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1958 pics Waikikian / Tahitian Lanai
1961surf
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Posted: 2010-10-16 5:07 pm   Permalink

Artist rendering postcard .




 
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WaikikianMoeKele
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Posted: 2010-10-16 6:11 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-10-16 10:53, naugatiki wrote:
It is a print, this one hangs in the back room. I framed it trying to mimic the shark tooth motif of the building and ravi lobby. It measures about 20 X 26. Iíve seen one before several years ago on auction but was outbid and when this one came on a few months back I didnít let it slip through my fingers. I wish I knew more if its origin. It would be nice to hear it was available at Jillís Gift Shop in the gardens. It is dated 1968 on the bottom left by the signature. It is romanticized to the point of having an ocean in front of the building rather than the reality of the traffic of Ala Moana Blvd that was normally there, Artifice, where would poly pop be without it?


Oh, Gregg, so you're the one that I was bidding against for this print! I was devastated to lose it, but at least now I know that it went to a good home!
~kele


 
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WaikikianMoeKele
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Posted: 2010-10-16 7:15 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-10-16 09:15, Sophista-tiki wrote:
I think maybe a new version of the fabric might be in order. A couple different color schemes and views of the building. I'm knee deep in Waikikian paintings right now. It would look good as a boarder print




Dawn, that would be so fantastically wonderful!
~kele


 
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naugatiki
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Posted: 2010-10-17 09:52 am   Permalink

Oh, Gregg, so you're the one that I was bidding against for this print! I was devastated to lose it, but at least now I know that it went to a good home!
~kele
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Yeah isnít ebay great with its revamped anonymous users policy. Before we use to know who the dirty bird that outbid us and now I have to look on Tiki Finds to see who got the prize.


 
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WaikikianMoeKele
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Posted: 2010-11-04 7:43 pm   Permalink

I found a little something else from the Waikikian, a swizzle from the time when it was 'Home of the Hawaiian Polo Club.'

~kele


 
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bananabobs
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Posted: 2010-11-07 3:39 pm   Permalink

A saddle roof is one which follows a convex curve about one axis and a concave curve about the other. The hyperbolic paraboloid form has been used for roofs at various times since it is easily constructed from straight sections of lumber, steel, or other conventional materials.[1] The term is used because the form resembles the shape of a saddle.
Sometimes referred to as a hypar, the saddle roof may also be formed as a tensegrity structure.[2]
Mathematically, a saddle shape contains at least one saddle point.

You can see from the pictures, the roof was made of long straight pieces of wood.

A good example of a hyperbolic paraboloid is a Pringle.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-11-12 9:27 pm   Permalink

More photos dug out of my old 90s albums (remember photo albums? )
These had been on my mind to post for a while, and the recent Beachcomber post finally made me dig them all up together.
I hope they provide some additional thrills for us Waikikian geeks here:



A moody shot of a Tiki (already over-painted) and flaming Tiki torch in the Waikikian Tiki Gardens.
Looking up from that, the tower of the Ilikai looms over the quaint Waikikian, dwarfing A-frames and Tikis, and announcing the new era of Hawaii 5.0 Waikiki:



My son Diego and me as a young man in one of the Tahitian Lanai's dining huts at the end of the gardens:



Now here is a flash-lit shot, which I usually abhor, of the room:



But I felt I needed to document the amazing carved desk that every room sported. Where else have you seen a CARVED likeness of the Tiki temple as part of the decor!? It really proves how much that A-frame was the logo of the place. Couldn't take that with me, but the dressers had little carved drawer pulls:



I wonder who owns one of those desks now!
After the Waikikian was gone, my friend Doug Miller helped me to track down the original artist's rendering of the hotel:



It was a beaute, over 4 and 1/2 feet long in all. It was in the possession of the wife of the contractor who had torn down the place. Unfortunately she did not want to sell it. Life is no fair sometimes. Luckily I got to use the rendering in Bosko's(?) brochure for Tiki Modern.

Last not least here is a pic of me at the home bar of black velvet painter David Voss. I interviewed him for Tiki News.



David's black velvet nudes graced the Tahitian Lanai. He was one of the regulars there since the beginning, and even had met his wife there. I hope they switched to La Marianas when the Lanai shut down.


 
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naugatiki
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Posted: 2010-11-13 07:16 am   Permalink

Iíve always wanted to see one of those carved desks close up and am impressed at how elaborate the carving looks. I was wandering around the hotel about a week before the auction and remember seeing the parking lot askew with all these desks from the rooms in several rows but didnít have the foresight of going in for a closer look thinking they were just plain old desks, ah regrets. Luckily I waved down a manager and asked about the tiki lamps in the rooms and he took me to one being used to store them with those horrible non tropical lampshades. A few of the employees took some as souvenirs but I was able to procure 7 of them for a sweet deal. I was driving a Honda Elite moped at the time and with 3 in the basket 2 on the floor board and balancing one on my lap I was quite a sight putting along Kalakala Blvd.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-11-13 10:31 am   Permalink

Aaaah, love those urban archeology adventure stories filled with triumphs and regrets!

 
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Chub
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Posted: 2010-11-13 10:51 am   Permalink

Could it be that the mystery tiki in the left pic was at the Tahitian Lanai? I know they aren't the same carving, but it just seems similar somehow. Does the building in the background match in any way to the Tahitian Lanai? I can't tell.


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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-11-13 11:19 am   Permalink

Chub, those Tahitian Lanai hut posts are more authentic, standard Tahitian/Marquesan style posts that became quite common in early 60s American Tiki temples as Oceanic Arts adopted them. The left one with Elithe Aguiar is more stylized in the direction of Polynesian pop - taking the Tahitian post concept as a starting point, but executing it in a more whimsical manner.

 
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Chub
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Posted: 2010-11-13 11:24 am   Permalink

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On 2010-11-13 11:19, bigbrotiki wrote:
Chub, those Tahitian Lanai hut posts are more authentic, standard Tahitian/Marquesan style posts that became quite common in early 60s American Tiki temples as Oceanic Arts adopted them. The left one with Elithe Aguiar is more stylized in the direction of Polynesian pop - taking the Tahitian post concept as a starting point, but executing it in a more whimsical manner.



I hear you Sven, and agree, but does that mean there is no way these two pics weren't taken at the same location? Have we identified the building in the background yet? Looks like a hotel or office type building to me.

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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2010-11-14 11:56 am   Permalink

Aloha!
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On 2010-11-12 21:27, bigbrotiki wrote:
More photos dug out of my old 90s albums (remember photo albums? )



That's some good stuff, Sven.



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WaikikianMoeKele
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Posted: 2010-11-14 4:07 pm   Permalink

Sven,
You're making me cry, both with joy & with heartache, missing the Waikikian & Tahitian Lanai & so ecstatic to see pictures. I had seen pics of the drawer pull, but not the desk itself before. I would be so thrilled to see any & all pics that you (or anyone else) might have of this wonderland. Even badly taken snapshots of anything at the Waikikian/TL would make my day, week & year! & yes, I'm old enough to remember photo albums. Besides all of those that I have from my childhood in a lovely mcm house constructed in 1956. I also have a lovely one that my dad filled when he was stationed in Oahu during WWII. Fortunately, he arrived after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, when things were fairly quiet.
~kele


 
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aquarj
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Posted: 2010-11-14 10:47 pm   Permalink

Wow, more incredible stuff on this thread! The Waikikian holds a special place of honor for me, with the magic of its design.

Great to see naugatiki's post of the Lloyd Sexton print - one can only hope that finds its way to reproduction someday! And the desks and drawer-pulls are fantastic. Sven - looking at the flash photo, were those cinder block walls in the room? That seems surprisingly "institutional" for a place with such attention to form and finish.

Also, funny how the Waikikian seemed quaint next to the Ilikai, which itself is becoming a relic these days. Progress, I guess. Here's a closeup from the Ilikai brochure, circa 66, showing how the mass of the Ilikai quite literally overshadowed the iconic form of the Waikikian.



-Randy


 
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