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Aloha John's Exotic Village - new pics added on pg 2 - 7/2/09
Aloha John
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Joined: Oct 25, 2005
Posts: 143
From: San Bernardino, CA
Posted: 2008-03-12 7:35 pm   Permalink

Well I have been holding out on you guys. June '07 I started a major backyard overhaul and it is now almost done. Prior to June my collection of car projects has gotten out of control and my yard had evolved into a gravel junkyard. I got sick of my yard looking like it did, so I came up with a plan, got rid of several cars, and went to work. I did all the work (design, electrical, landscaping, and construction) myself, with some design input and manual labor here and there from my girlfriend. I haven't really done too much on it since the first of the year. It was done enough in early Jan to put away the chop saw and shovel and make some drinks and work on my cars. But now that spring is here I will get back to it and wrap up the last of the projects.

E komo mai...

The "Kapu Cove"

The "Beachcomber Bar"

The view from behind the bar-

"Moai Beach"

"The Lagoon"

Some of the things I still need to finish are the barstools, the firepit, and the spa step. And I have some shell lamps I am going to make and more nautical decor to add to the Beachcomber Bar.

Here are some of the pre-village shots and some of the construction.

Back in that corner is where the spa is...rediculous isn't it?

I couldn't sell them all, so I decided to "hide" the ugliest one-

Another old shot from upstairs-

Bamboo to screen off the view of my neighbors monster rv.

The "Hana Hut" (the shed) and the layout starts...

Starting construction on the Kapu Cove and the Beachcomber Bar-

Gotta give credit to my dad (retired civil engineer) for helping me design the roof and he helped me install the rafters/center beam.

That was a lot of hard work, but loads of fun, and very rewarding! Now I can alternate between working on my cars and my hanging out with friends in my Exotic Village.

-Aloha John


[ This Message was edited by: Aloha John 2008-07-14 19:05 ]

[ This Message was edited by: Aloha John 2009-07-02 22:10 ]

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LOL Tiki
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Joined: Sep 06, 2007
Posts: 932
From: San Diegoish
Posted: 2008-03-12 7:55 pm   Permalink

Wow! That's an impressive transformation.

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Jungle Trader
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Joined: Jan 04, 2003
Posts: 3755
From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2008-03-12 8:48 pm   Permalink

Hell yeah! Now you can suckem up in style.
Wanna sell the T-Bird?

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La Esquina Del Tiki!
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Joined: May 23, 2007
Posts: 42
From: Bloomington, MN
Posted: 2008-03-12 8:51 pm   Permalink

Being a car and tiki guy I must say I am super jealous of your backyard! Your work and creativity is top notch, thanks for sharing.

Good to see you kept the Buick.

LED Tiki

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8FT Tiki
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Joined: Nov 30, 2003
Posts: 1406
From: Kansas City, MO
Posted: 2008-03-12 9:29 pm   Permalink

That's inspirational. And to think you accomplished so much in a short time too. A standing ovation to you!
I once was lost.....but now I'm found.....

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Joined: Jan 11, 2008
Posts: 268
From: Buena Park, Ca.
Posted: 2008-03-12 10:17 pm   Permalink

What a great yard!! It has all the elements, a water feature, great landscaping, & cool lighting. Being a Buick guy too I glad to see it in the new pictures. What happen to all the rides?

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Joined: Sep 14, 2004
Posts: 4284
From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2008-03-13 03:52 am   Permalink

Wow - what an awesome piece of work there, well done Sweeeet rides too

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Joined: Mar 27, 2005
Posts: 650
From: Amesbury, Mass
Posted: 2008-03-13 05:23 am   Permalink

Fantastic transformation. Love the whole open outdoor concept. The tub enclosure structure with the bar seemingly attached yet off at an angle. Love the "airquarium" behind the bar. Amazing job with the utility shed! That tall Moai looks real cool. The whole place must just be magical at night. You went from 'Sanford and Sons' to 'Gilligans Isl'e to 'Fantasy Island' with amazing style. Great job - I soooo want a space like that, that I can call my own someday!

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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
Posts: 6161
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2008-03-13 05:39 am   Permalink

Yep...what they all said...amazing job!!! I especially love Moai Beach...very kewl. Had a 62 T-bird in my younger day...great car.
"Oh waiter, another cocktail please!!!"

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Joined: Jan 29, 2004
Posts: 2094
From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2008-03-13 08:31 am   Permalink

JOhn - beautiful, absolutely beautiful. You've really carved your own slice of paradise back there with two of my favorite things too - tiki and old cars!!!!

I admire your attention to detail and I REALLY like how you "hid" that shed.

I remember you mentioning this project back at TO 6 and it's great to see the major components up and working! thanks for sharing!

OMG! I'm on Instagram!

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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
Posts: 7202
From: Tujunga
Posted: 2008-03-13 08:40 am   Permalink

That looks awesome. Great job. When can GROG come over for a drink and lounge in the hottub?

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Joined: Dec 07, 2005
Posts: 38
From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2008-03-13 08:47 am   Permalink

It looks like you put in a LOT of hard work. Now sit back in the spa with a Mai Tai and ENJOY it!

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Joined: Jul 07, 2005
Posts: 1566
From: Mass.
Posted: 2008-03-13 08:50 am   Permalink

Great work. The hard work shows. Thanks for taking the time to share.

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Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
Posts: 3414
From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2008-03-13 09:27 am   Permalink

John, excellent job with the amazing backyard transformation! Looks like it was a lot of labor... but a labor of love. Relaxing in this backyard paradise must have been a huge motivating factor. I love the little theme areas, you packed a lot into an average size backyard. The log edging looks great and I envy your new plants. I could plant those all in May and they would be dead by the first frost in October.

The Marq and Tang wall hangings look great here! A fine environment they ended up in! Thanks again for all your support!

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Flat Black
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Joined: Feb 14, 2008
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From: Chicagoland
Posted: 2008-03-13 1:31 pm   Permalink

Now that was an awesome transformation.

Looks amazing now.

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