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Waikiki Tiki; Art, History and Photographs OFFICIAL THREAD
Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2010-12-10 9:38 pm   Permalink

Aloha,

Let me do a quick reset here. I wrote a book published by Bess Press called "Waikiki Tiki: Art, History and Photographs." I'm posting many outtakes here on this thread; bad photos, fuzzy photos, alternate angles, deleted items, new things, pieces that just didn't fit into the finished book as of deadline... I'm enjoying it. I hope you are pleased by my photographs. I hope you will consider adding 'Waikiki Tiki' to your collection.

Phillip



Marquesas image - Oil on wood, kiosk door at Polynesian Cultural Center courtyard, Laie - HI
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2010-12-12 9:58 pm   Permalink

Aloha,

I got a really nice review in the
in today's Honolulu Star Advertiser I am stoked!



"WAIKIKI TIKI ART, HISTORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS," by Phillip S. Roberts (Bess Press, $22.95)

Don't let the compact size fool you. This hugely enjoyable ride through our mutated cultural landscape, as defined by carved wooden tiki statues, probably has more cool dope per page than any other Hawaii book we can think of.

Tikis are the icons, the graven images of tiki culture, born of that sunset lounge experience of exotic music, flaming torches, grass walls, bizarre, fruity rum-based drinks and black velvet paintings of nubile maidens glowing in the dark. Watching over it all are the statues hewn from wood, eyes bulging, mouths grimacing the kitschy kids of Hawaii's sacred kii by way of Easter Island and Hollywood.

Kii are sacred; tiki are commercial props, and Phillips' mania for recording the cultural grab bag of tiki production seems to know no bounds, ranging from enormous wooden pillars for architectural purposes to tiny reproductions. Henry Kapono, in a charming introduction, reveals that one of his first toys was a tiki key-chain dangler with glass eyes.

This is one of those instant nostalgia books that maniacally delves into a previously overlooked corner of pop mythology. It covers the era when Waikiki evolved from a beach with some hotels to a gloriously overcooked homage to romanticized South Pacific fantasies. And it's already fading as Waikiki becomes more international and generic.

We like this book a lot.

They also did a Sidebar interview with me
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abstractiki
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Posted: 2010-12-13 05:47 am   Permalink

Congrats on that nice review and that's a great angle for your thread.

I like to listen to "alternate takes" sometimes published in new CD releases of old jazz music and this is kind of like that.

It will be interesting to see the finished book after seeing the stuff that didn't make it in it. I think its great that you published a book on this subject and that it puts it in a historical context. Keep up the good work.


 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2010-12-13 10:38 pm   Permalink



Vintage Kodakchrome of this canoe prow was just a wee bit too blurry to use in the book, but there is a Sheraton Hotel brochure in Waikiki Tiki showing the double headed canoe in action in the 1960's.
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-12-13 11:02 pm   Permalink

Phillip Roberts,

I am enjoying your outtakes. That looks like the same boat prow from the Hawaiian Village brochure I have.





Sabu's got some more photos of that boat too.

Mrs. Dustycajun got a BIG hint to tell Santa to put a copy of the Waikiki Tiki book in my stocking this year, can't wait for Christmas!


DC


 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2010-12-13 11:28 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-12-13 23:02, Dustycajun wrote:
Phillip Roberts,

I am enjoying your outtakes. That looks like the same boat prow from the Hawaiian Village brochure I have.



DC





I have a theory that the beachboys who ran that concession, owned the boat. and moved locales depending on who paid better...
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2010-12-14 1:36 pm   Permalink



US Army Museum of the Pacific. I used a different shot pointing out the 6 toed Barefoot Bar sign. Here's the small collection in the bar. Swizzles, some nice Tahitian Lanai glass Mai Tai buckets, a Trader Vic plate, Al Harrington Mug, Primo Can, etc...
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WaikikianMoeKele
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Posted: 2010-12-15 7:50 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-12-14 13:36, Phillip Roberts wrote:


US Army Museum of the Pacific. I used a different shot pointing out the 6 toed Barefoot Bar sign. Here's the small collection in the bar. Swizzles, some nice Tahitian Lanai glass Mai Tai buckets, a Trader Vic plate, Al Harrington Mug, Primo Can, etc...




wait, wait, wait... where exactly are the "nice Tahitian Lanai glass Mai Tai buckets"? I'm having trouble picking them out in this photo...


 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2010-12-15 9:40 pm   Permalink

Aloha,

The 3 "Tahitian Lanai" glass buckets are not easy to see in the photo but they are just to the right of the cash register. One is holding the swizzles. They are simple; red paint with the maiden from the matchbook and the name of the bar as far as I remember. They might only have the maiden. Someone here must have one and hopefully will post it. Same size and shape as the classic 'Don Ho Suck 'em up' bucket. I do not own one or I would have used it in Waikiki Tiki: Art, History and Photographs.

As a point of interest, I have been unsuccessful in my MANY efforts over the years to trade for one of the three I have because no matter what I offered...

"This is a museum, sir. That glass is government property and not for trade. You could donate your item(s) to the museum, but there is no guarantee we'd use it in the exhibit. There's be forms and authentication issues..."

I DO urge that you visit the museum when in Waikiki. The kids really liked seeing guns and tanks. There are replica feather masks and Hawaiian weapons. Loads of info. You will love the Rocky Jensen sculptures.

Plus, as a bonus, my book IS available at the U.S. Army Museum of the Pacific at Battery Randolph giftshop. The guy that runs it is VERY cool.

Moving on..



Today's outtake is a side view of the maori gable at the now closed Hawaiian Hut


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Alii Tiki
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Posted: 2010-12-16 12:01 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-12-15 21:40, Phillip Roberts wrote:
I DO urge that you visit the museum when in Waikiki. The kids really liked seeing guns and tanks. There are replica feather masks and Hawaiian weapons. Loads of info. You will love the Rocky Jensen sculptures.


I agree wholly, the museum is very interesting and FREE admission too. WooHooo

The Rocky Jensen sculptures are VERY beautiful,does anyone have information or photos of any others done by him?


 
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msteeln
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Posted: 2010-12-16 7:18 pm   Permalink

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The guy that runs it is VERY cool.

Was that Dorian Travers? I apprenticed under him as a rigger aboard the Falls Of Clyde in '80 & '81.


 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2010-12-16 8:52 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-12-16 19:18, msteeln wrote:
Was that Dorian Travers?



No, the guy that runs the giftshop at the Army museum is named Sheldon.

Rocky Jensen article. No pics of his work, just him.



The petroglyph painted tiles at the Seabreeze apartments didn't make the final cut. The building has these artistic tiles stretching all the way to the top of the building. I'd need a better lens to capture the full building. It is all the way at the end of the Kalakaua Avenue, near Kapiolani Park.


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christiki295
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Posted: 2010-12-16 10:56 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-12-12 21:58, Phillip Roberts wrote:
Aloha,

I got a really nice review in the in today's Honolulu Star Advertiser I am stoked!



"WAIKIKI TIKI ART, HISTORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS," by Phillip S. Roberts (Bess Press, $22.95)

Don't let the compact size fool you. This hugely enjoyable ride through our mutated cultural landscape, as defined by carved wooden tiki statues, probably has more cool dope per page than any other Hawaii book we can think of.

Tikis are the icons, the graven images of tiki culture, born of that sunset lounge experience of exotic music, flaming torches, grass walls, bizarre, fruity rum-based drinks and black velvet paintings of nubile maidens glowing in the dark. Watching over it all are the statues hewn from wood, eyes bulging, mouths grimacing the kitschy kids of Hawaii's sacred kii by way of Easter Island and Hollywood.

Kii are sacred; tiki are commercial props, and Phillips' mania for recording the cultural grab bag of tiki production seems to know no bounds, ranging from enormous wooden pillars for architectural purposes to tiny reproductions. Henry Kapono, in a charming introduction, reveals that one of his first toys was a tiki key-chain dangler with glass eyes.

This is one of those instant nostalgia books that maniacally delves into a previously overlooked corner of pop mythology. It covers the era when Waikiki evolved from a beach with some hotels to a gloriously overcooked homage to romanticized South Pacific fantasies. And it's already fading as Waikiki becomes more international and generic.

We like this book a lot.

They also did a Sidebar interview with me




Nice!


 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2010-12-17 10:28 am   Permalink

Aloha,

ooh! My friend just posted a cool picture of me and Arthur Lyman from October 1999 at The Kaimana Beach New Otani Hotel. Arthur did lunchtime shows there on Fridays, drank Vodka Cranberry, and talked a lot about golf during his breaks...


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msteeln
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Posted: 2010-12-17 11:26 am   Permalink

Great shot of a healthy Atta! That table immediately to his left was mine whenever I went to the NO and this gracious guy was the best. Slyly said he hated doing the bird calls, and that he didn't get a dime from all the re-released LP/CDs... He told me he had to go into the hospital the last week I saw him, and he didn't win that battle, but I got a nice recording of that final performance to always remind what a special man he was.
A friend who loves him followed up on Atta's suggestion to bring a list of requests the next time they visited and surprised him by printing and presenting a list so long it rolled out like giant toilet paper across the floor, Atta's jaw dropped! He actually played a couple of them.


 
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