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House of Tiki is (sadly) Closing Our Hut
Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2009-09-12 02:07 am   Permalink

Do It!

 
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geedavee
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From: South Pasadena, CA
Posted: 2009-09-12 08:07 am   Permalink

I will be popping by there at some point today.
It's too bad the economy is hurting small businesses like this.
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2009-09-13 12:08 am   Permalink

Who needs shave Ice!

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2009-09-13 12:09 am   Permalink

Thanks Wes & Pua, you guys are the best....

 
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Krisdrama
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From: NoHo, a Stone's throw from the Hut, CA
Posted: 2009-09-13 11:15 am   Permalink

It was good to see so many people show yesterday. I wish it was under better circumstances. Thank you Wes and Pua. I'll miss being able to come in. I'm glad to hear the website will still be up!
Your Shakatiki has found a good home.




 
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TikiShopPua
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Joined: Nov 21, 2006
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From: North Shore, O'ahu, to OC, Cali.
Posted: 2009-09-14 09:10 am   Permalink

It's hard to describe. My heart is heavy, but also overflows with gratitude at the same time. It's hard to imagine that House of Tiki will be no more. Yet, there is no mistaking that it has indeed, left a footprint. For me, a bit more, a handprint on my heart.

Through H.O.T., I've met some of the best people in the world. People who have become more than friends. I have a hanai brother, Wes, to add to the 7 brothers and 6 sisters born to my 'ohana. And I have my hanai keiki Justin ("Juice!") to add to an already overflowing pu'uwai. To me, they couldn't be any more true kama'aina than if they had Hawaiian blood flowing through their veins. We will forevermore be family.

The Aloha Spirit I felt when I first came to H.O.T. I found in Sharon, her daughter Kaytee, and in Wes and his son Justin. It was home away from home and like a tonic to a homesick Hawaiian. That is how it's been these years.

There have been the highest highs and now the lowest low, but its been a great ride.

I want to thank everyone who has shown us love these past few days. Since we made the announcement, the outpouring has been phenomenal. I want to mention everyone by name, but the list would go on and on. There are, however, some House of Tiki 'ohana that deserve mention because they bent over backwards to help us and would not accept "we're fine" as an answer:

Lance; you're the man. Coming by nearly everyday to ask what you could do to help. Standing behind that shave ice machine for 10 hours straight and then standing behind your own tiki bar for a couple more to nurse our wounds and battle scars with your fabulous MaiKai Mai-Tais. Thank you Dear Friend.

Sharon, Gary, Kaytee, & the Tropical Paradise Dancers; Mahalo nui. In true Aloha, you offered your time and talent and turned what could have been a sad day into a celebration. Thank you. Sharon, thank you for the special trip you made to help us out. I wish I cold put into words how much that meant. You are an angel.

Caris, Charlie, Averie...You've always busted 'okole. You've been there through everything and worked your tails off. You always said; "How can I help?" and "What can I do?" and you never asked "What's in it for me?" You did what you did because your hearts were always in the right place and always at the right time, and because you loved me. Thank you.

Big Ed; Mahalo for the special trip. As you could probably tell by the end of the day Saturday..it wasn't without merit. You "rock" and I'll miss those Big Ed bear hugs.

Nick; the fact that you drove ALL THAT WAY to support us and to say Aloha will always be something I look on as special. It really meant so much to see you there. Thank you. I hope your son is loving his "surfing ants".

Holden; I honestly don't have words. Mahalo. From the bottom of my heart. From the words of encouragement through a really hard week, to your generosity in keeping our shelves stocked with the best mugs in the world, and for always listening with a kind ear and an open heart. Most of all, thank you for being there Saturday. It meant more to me than you can know.

To the TC 'Ohana who wrote notes and sent emails...mahalo for your heartfelt wishes. I know this isn't the end. It's just the beginning of new adventures.

To the friends and customers who've come through the years...thank you for your support. If I've forgotten anyone, please forgive me and know that you are in my heart and I am grateful.

Finally, to my hanai brother Wes; though it is heartbreaking to see our little hut close, we did what we could to nurture it. Because of that, friendships were made, bonds were formed, and new family was born. I watched you pour out a generous heart year after year. In my small kid days; my uncle always told me to do what you could with what you had, even if what you had was only manini (little). I've seen you do that again and again. You gave when you had little and you never expected a return. 'Ohana is more than just a word for family. Hanai goes beyond adopted family. It is the life which revolves around the extended family and the clan. It is a group of both closely and distantly related people who share nearly everything: land, food, children, status, and most importantly; the Spirit of Aloha. You have been more to me than the owner of a little shack of Aloha here on the Mainland. You are my friend. You are truly my brother. I adore you and I have been blessed and honored to have shared this experience with you. Me ke Aloha pumehana my dear and beloved friend. I do not know where the wind will blow us, but I know that there are new adventures ahead. This is not goodbye. Remember...Kulia i Kanu'u and IMUA! Malama Pono, Pua

Aloha `oe, aloha `oe
E ke onaona noho i ka lipo
One fond embrace,
A ho`i a`e au
Until we meet again. (Queen Lili'uokalani, 1878)



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bigtikidude
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Posted: 2009-09-14 10:47 am   Permalink

Sorry I didn't make it on Sat.

but I did see Wes on Sunday in Huntington Beach.
and he said that the store will be open till the end of Sept.
so if you couldn't make it on Sat like me.

swing by before the end of the month.

Good luck to everybody involved in the H.O.T. in future endeavors.

Jeff(btd)




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Tobor64
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From: Burbank, CA.
Posted: 2009-09-14 10:54 am   Permalink

That's good to know, BigTiki. We'll try to stop by this Saturday.

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2009-09-14 11:45 am   Permalink

Thanks Pua!,
It was an honor to help you & Wes out Saturday & any day you need it, all of you at the HOT are truly exceptional people
I am proud to call you Friends, Your Spirit will overcome these sad times, as was clearly shown in the laughs & story telling you brought to my home & Tiki Lounge, after a real days work! I would sling Shave Ice for you guys anytime!

Holden, Mike, Sharon, Big Ed all you guys are great! it was more like hanging out at the Oasis again, then working.
Thanks to all of you who came down to the House of Tiki to support Wes & Pua, I did not get to talk to many of you
But I think I met all of your Kids!

Best of Luck to all you!
Lance


 
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Jason Wickedly
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From: LBCTIKI
Posted: 2009-09-14 12:05 pm   Permalink

I managed to stop by for a few minutes on Saturday and pick up a mug, a shirt, and a pendant...it was good to see that the place was packed, but sad that it took such an event to fill it. I know this economy sucks eggs, but to me it was just a reminder that we have to support our Tiki establishments or they will disappear. Thanks for the heads-up about being open till the end of the month, I definitely saw some things I wanted to go back for.
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2009-09-15 12:08 pm   Permalink

House of Tiki will be open for a couple more weeks, Try to pay them a visit, say hello.
Do it,Do it,Do it.


 
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1961surf
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From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2009-09-15 2:47 pm   Permalink

I was there early 9:45 am ....got in and out before the herd showed up .


 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2009-09-18 02:00 am   Permalink

You guys are a real class act...

 
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TikiShopPua
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From: North Shore, O'ahu, to OC, Cali.
Posted: 2009-09-18 07:43 am   Permalink

Right back atcha Lance!

Yep, our rent's paid through the 30th, so we're still going to have the doors open until then. If you didn't make it on Saturday, you still have an opportunity to stop by and check out what's left. Still have some great things at big discounts.

Mahalo, Pua


 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2009-09-21 6:40 pm   Permalink

bump....

 
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