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Waikiki Tiki; Art, History and Photographs OFFICIAL THREAD
The Sperm Whale
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Posted: 2011-11-20 09:40 am   Permalink

I'm with Phil!! If you are bothered by this thread you really need to get out of the house and off your your computer.

 
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msteeln
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Posted: 2011-11-20 6:12 pm   Permalink

Say Phil, notice anything familiar on this album cover? http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-LP-NEW-ORLEANS-JAZZ-BAND-HAWAII-HAWAIIAN-LP-/260895553494?pt=Music_on_Vinyl&hash=item3cbe9637d6

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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2011-11-20 9:21 pm   Permalink

Aloha,

Yes I do. It's the Tahitain Lanai drum being discussed on
this Tahitian Lanai thread that Freddie saw at the Flea Market and is now on ebay! Now, we know the name of the band "John Norris and the NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND OF HAWAII." I only wish I could see the shirts better. They look Awfully FAMILAR. A better shot taken on Duke Kahanamoku beach at the Hilton in the background.

1967ish?

From HIS Obit in 2002 from the Star Bulletin...

John Norris, the Hawaii musician revered as the leader and keeper of the flame of the New Orleans Jazz Band, died at home Friday. He was 85.

"It was a good death; he died at home listening to music, and we all spent a lot of time with him," said his daughter Kathleen Norris.

Norris died with his family around him after a six-year battle with a form of degenerative anemia.

"He'd been doing pretty well up until about two weeks ago when he had to go to the hospital for a while, but we were determined to bring him home. He knew he was home, and he was making jokes until almost right up to the end. He asked for a gin and tonic in the ICU," she said.

Norris touched many in Hawaii since he came here with his family in 1959. As an educator, Norris shared his love of music with uncounted thousands of students in Hawaii's public schools. As an unflinching advocate of social justice and outspoken critic of some aspects of American foreign policy, Norris stood up and was counted at a time when many found it expedient to remain silent and duck. He was one of the first people not at risk of doing time in Vietnam to question the official rationale for the American military presence there.

In later years, Norris became the indefatigable editor of a newsletter that combined coverage of the national Dixieland jazz underground with political pieces on American foreign and domestic policy.

Born on Nov. 17, 1916, in Wallace, W.Va., Norris grew up in South Dakota, and received a bachelor of arts degree in music from Northwestern University. Norris was in some respects a romantic; he persuaded Lois Totten to elope in 1938 and they were married on July 17. Norris was teaching music in South Dakota when he was drafted in 1943, and it was as a Navy musician that he came to Hawaii for the first time near the end of World War II. He returned with his family in 1959 to assume the post of Navy bandmaster at Pearl Harbor.

Norris shared his musical talents with the civilian community as well. He played cello with the Honolulu Symphony and was also the choir director of the First Methodist Church.

He retired here in 1969 with the rank of chief warrant officer.

Kathleen Norris said her father was already planning to retire when a local newspaper ran a photo of him attending a Church of the Crossroads board meeting in his naval uniform. The church was a center of anti-Vietnam War activities and had given sanctuary to several American servicemen who objected to the war for political or philosophical grounds. Kathleen Norris says the military authorities weren't happy with her father's position as the head of the church board and "sort of urged him" to retire sooner rather than later, and so he did.

Norris then embarked on several new careers. He enrolled in the University of Hawaii, got a degree in special education and spent several years teaching special ed classes for the state Department of Education. He then began teaching music in public schools in rural Oahu.

Norris got into local entertainment playing cornet for Trummy Young at the original Garden Bar in the Hilton Hawaiian Village. When Young decided to retire from the Sunday afternoon event, he invited Norris to take over the band, and the New Orleans Jazz Band was born. With Norris leading a constellation of talented musicians, the New Orleans Jazz Band was a Sunday afternoon hit for years at the Garden Bar.

"He had a lot of regulars -- a lot of locals, and a lot of visitors who would schedule their trips to come and dance," Kathleen Norris said.

John Norris is also survived by wife Lois, son John T., daughters Rebecca and Charlotte, and four grandchildren.
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2011-11-26 11:04 am   Permalink

Aloha,

Walking around the International Market Place has always been a pleasure! On a recent trip, walking around with a journalist doing a story on Tiki, I noticed a few thing's to come back to document...



Some new paint on one of the Brownlee carvings at the Food Court really makes it pop out!

But the biggest surpise was after showing him the lava fijian chair, he points up into the banyan where Donn's Tree house for two was located and says "Hey, what's that one?"



I'd never seen it before in all my tours. You can still see a hint of the original color.

So a week later, when I got back to photograph it, I thought, where there's one there's usually another. So I spent a little extra time inspecting trunks of the exceptional Banyan...



Amazing, even after all these years the old girl continues to give... I'll have another looksee later today!


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WaikikianMoeKele
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Posted: 2011-11-26 11:20 am   Permalink

Wow, so cool to find something new (of course, it's actually something old, but I think you know what I mean!)
~kele


 
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msteeln
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From: Ka'a'awa, HI
Posted: 2011-11-26 5:01 pm   Permalink

Quote:

It's been there so long the tree is growing around the piece, cool!


 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2011-11-28 11:47 am   Permalink

Aloha,

Thanks!! I hope everybody had a nice holiday! More exploration yesterday.



This one is deep in the heart of the banyan... I crawled behind the chief chair where they keep the pump for the waterfall. I couldn't get a better shot.



However, this one is hiding in plain view... I'm pretty sure 'ole one eye' is a Brownlee original.

Wow! I wish I'd seen it in time to put in Waikiki Tiki...


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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2011-12-02 11:04 pm   Permalink

Aloha,

I would like to say something to Zulumagoo and Bora Boris and ALL BECAUSE I DONT Want to villanize any one.

Gentlemen,

I apologize if my earlier response were taken the wrong way. I encourage your feedback. I value your opinions and do respect you.

Waikiki Tiki: Art, History and Photographs IS a book worth owning. It was intended as a jumping off point to generate more meaningful and interesting discussion about these islands and their role in Tiki Culture.

just a quick fer instance...

One of the 5 most Brutally shameful mistakes in the first edition (That will be fixed in edition 2.0 is the photo labeled Pearl Harbor. It should have said Hickham AFB.

I some how missed that on your blog.
http://tikiarchitecture.blogspot.com/

I encourage you ALL in aiding me in helping sharpen my UNDERSTANDING of this special place where so many memories were formed during the TIKI AGE IN HAWAII. THIS. that is Waikiki. I want to hear memories and see pictures. Hey I got leid there once. I need, and want to understand this resort better. More memories. There is some one out there with more pictures (hypothetical scenario) of his birthday at age 8 at the Kon Tiki Room at the Sheraton.

By the way, I would like to ask a question of you all. We didn't put page numbers on the first edition.
Do you want them? I do not. Others have suggested that they want numbers.

BIG STONE HEAD Has AWESOME Numbers.



Polunesian Cultural Center around 2006. One of three/




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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2011-12-07 6:56 pm   Permalink

Aloha!

The slide scanner is finally UP and working... This is exciting... getting great detail on these test scans off negatives and slides.



1955 Lurline hula lesson enroute to hawaii.



2/3 PPC Entry panel circa 2004



3\3 PPC Entry panel circa 2004



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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2011-12-13 1:33 pm   Permalink

Aloha,

Quite inspired by the few new finds at the IMP, I've been looking even closer.

Quote:

On 2010-12-31 20:03, Phillip Roberts wrote:



This outtake is a bit of a mystery. There are a few of these panels on Ahua street. The owner rescued them from the International Market Place. I cannot exactly attribute them to a single location beyond that yet.




This weekend I found one in situ at the International Market Place! Well, the food court anyway. Above Tiki Burger. It's been spray painted gold.



And there's a new restaurant opening in the foodcourt as well... was closed, or I would have asked them what inspired their name.



Kajun Island.

Mahalo for reading!

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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2011-12-19 7:57 pm   Permalink

Aloha and Mele Kelikimaka!



So what's the connection to Waikiki? This Christmas card was designed by Noreen of DAGA and sent out around 1991. She did many of the "Table tent" drawings back in the day advertising mugs in Waikiki restaurants!
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2011-12-24 09:36 am   Permalink

Aloha and Mele Kelikimaka!

Wishing you all the best in 2012 from Waikiki!



Sand sculpture at the Sheraton Waikiki Lobby in August 2011 by Jill Harris and Thomas Coet of Sandsational Sculpting. Done in 5 days with 6 toms on sand!



It has recently been replaced by a sand sculpture of Santa and his elves. But they left the Tiki sign up, leading me to believe it will be back some time after the holidays.

Such is the way of tiki, fleeting glimpses captured in memory and (if luck) by a lens.






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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2011-12-31 1:29 pm   Permalink

Aloha and Happy New Year!

This mural, sunfaded since about 1974, shows a rapid transit system proposed by Mayor Frank Fasi that was never built. It is located in an industrial area, below Nimitz, between Republican and Democrat Streets. There is no artist signature.






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msteeln
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Posted: 2011-12-31 3:02 pm   Permalink

wow, I've never seen that mural, pretty cool.

 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2012-01-03 10:40 pm   Permalink

Aloha,
Quote:

On 2011-12-31 15:02, msteeln wrote:
wow, I've never seen that mural, pretty cool.



And isn't that the point of Waikiki Tiki: Art, History and Photographs? This thread has always been about memories; yours, mine and ALL others. Feel free to add any photo on this thread to any other.

Please share your stories. That's what makes interesting content to me. It's all about the exploration of this resort and it's place in Polynesian Pop.

As a state that came late into the Tiki Scene, (and lasted far beyond the accepted decline) I find Hawaii incredibly fascinating.

There is SO MUCH out there, waiting to be discovered.

Today, I got an email from someone local who bought the book and called Bess Press to get in touch with me.

In Millilani, there is a previously un-documented Brownlee carving bought at the closing auction of the Tahitian Lanai and apparently installed at his house. I am scheduling a road trip to take pictures of John's carving in the very near future.

And now, a little something for Kele...



An INSIDE shot of the Tahitian Lanai looking OUT toward the pool lanai. This comes from a scrapbook dated around 1967... You can barely see a carved Brownlee pole outside the window to the right of the lady and further right a waitress. Try as I might, I can't bring those out better in Photoshop. Glass, flash and dark are very hard compensate for.




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