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Waikiki Tiki; Art, History and Photographs OFFICIAL THREAD
Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2012-04-05 4:25 pm   Permalink

Aloha,

I'm off to Waikiki to follow a lead and do a tour for some Florida Ohana!

More pictures later! But here's a shot of the ticket lobby at the Honolulu International Airport that might amuse you!





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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2012-04-13 4:54 pm   Permalink

Aloha!



Here's a shot of the now destroyed Laie Inn

See more in this very highly entertaining thread on Tiki Central.

The trio of Tiki that fronted the Inn are still MIA.
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msteeln
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Posted: 2012-04-14 09:38 am   Permalink

Thank you, Philip, for the rare shot of my all-time favorite tiki family. Had I known there was any chance of those great pieces coming down I'd have done everything possible to save them, or at least know where they were going. Do you have more unused angles?

 
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HOUSE OF KU
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Posted: 2012-04-15 03:03 am   Permalink

Got another angle...



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msteeln
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Posted: 2012-04-15 2:55 pm   Permalink

Luv it, thanx!

 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2012-04-21 6:23 pm   Permalink

Aloha,

Good Stuff Freddie!! Here's a shot from the Holokai Grill Grand opening in 2008. The restaurant, a sister to Tiki's Grill and Bar lasted about year. Most of the Tiki carved by the Tikimaster migrated there. I think the Waka Canoe Salad bar is in his warehouse...




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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2012-04-28 8:21 pm   Permalink

Aloha,



Here's another angle from the 3 Regents Apartment complex in Salt Lake!! If you are coming to the islands, please let me know! Always like to meet up with like minds! Got a friend in town tomorrow from California, so we'll meet for some drinks and tiki chat! Good times!




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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2012-05-03 9:01 pm   Permalink

Aloha,

More friends here on vacation and one asked me about the iron sculptures on the (long gone) Cinerama Theater on King Street pictured toward the end (maybe 20 pages from the back?) of Waikiki Tiki. It's now an auto parts store and the icons are long gone.

The manager disavows that they were ever there. I still think they are still in a storage area somewhere on site.

Here's a close up...



I can identify a few of them... but any ideas on the others?

Top left Confirmed: Japanese Kabuki Noh Devil Mask...
Top right? Is it an Balinese or Japanese devil dog figure?
Middle left: ???
Middle right? is it an Ultraman (or Kikaida) or a Lono?
Bottom Left Confirmed: Mayan Golden Burial Mask form! I've identified that one for sure.


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Greg_D_R
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Posted: 2012-05-04 08:26 am   Permalink

Sorry if this is already answered in the thread somewhere, but do we know who carved the large City of Refuge park tikis, and when?



 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2012-05-04 4:07 pm   Permalink

Aloha Greg,
Quote:

On 2012-05-04 08:26, Greg_D_R wrote:
Do we know who carved the large City of Refuge park tikis, and when?



Yes I do and it has not been addressed in this thread or any other about about Honaunau. I thank you for your question.

But first, a little background, briefly...

The Ki'i (also known as Hawaiian Temple Sculpture) were a part of the site until the death of Kamehameha I in 1819. As Kamehameha II assumes the throne of the Kingdom, (with the urging of his mother) he declares the Kapu system over. He orders the heiau walls broken and the idols burned. His law does not take root overnight but the islands are now ruled by more Western-styled laws.

Many images are burned. Others are simply ignored and left to decay naturally in the elements. Others still go into hiding in private collections, caves, and of course museums like the B.P. Bishop. It takes many years for the images to return to the site. 147 years to be exact.

The Honolulu Star Bulletin reports in their Thursday March 31, 1966 issue... (Sadly the pictures from the article are not currently available to post... I have to go back and scan the article again. )

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Hawaiian Temple Sculpture revived at Big Isle's Honaunau.

Hawaiian temple sculpture is being revived at Honaunau on the Big Island.

At left, Ako Grace, employee of the National Park Service works on a green ohia log, felled from the Honaunau Forest. For speed, he uses a steel instead of a stone adz but his cutting edges are shaped like those used two centuries ago when the City of Refuge was just that, and not a national park.

Grace and other employees are being directed by Jacob Lindberg-Hansen, professor emeritus of art from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Their designs are based on early sketches and on sculptures in British Museums.

A half dozen sculptures are complete and being displayed near the entrance of the park. Eventually they and some three dozen others will be moved to the restored Hale-'O-Keawe within the old sacred area that provided inviolable sanctuary for ancient Polynesians fleeing from their enemies or the government.

The sculpture is part of the general restoration of the area being undertaken by the National Park Service. Superintendent Russell A. Apple estimates it will take two or three years to complete the carving. One central carving will be made using a stone adze.

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It is my understanding that occasionally replacements are carved by the park service with assistance by students of Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii, but most of the work is original to the 1966 restoration. Your tax dollars ARE at work!

Here is a slide scan from 1967 (that I think came from Sabu the Coconut Boy in a trade) that shows a ranger explaining the carving process to interested visitors!



best,

Phillip

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Greg_D_R
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Posted: 2012-05-05 10:51 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-05-04 16:07, Phillip Roberts wrote:
Aloha Greg,
Quote:

On 2012-05-04 08:26, Greg_D_R wrote:
Do we know who carved the large City of Refuge park tikis, and when?



Yes I do and it has not been addressed in this thread or any other about about Honaunau. I thank you for your question.




Phillip, thanks much! Isn't it amazing that these specific carvings are the source of so many ripples and imitations through our culture, they're modern, and it's hard to find out who did them? This is the first place I have been able to learn anything about them, besides where they were.


 
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msteeln
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Posted: 2012-05-06 12:59 am   Permalink



Phillip, you've come thru big time yet again! I've long hoped to have a capture of this iconic facade, as those pieces always intrigued me, and I only wish I could have personally insured their salvage when the theater closed. Their whereabouts or demise is indeed a seemingly tight lipped mystery!


 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2012-05-12 7:01 pm   Permalink

Aloha,
Quote:

On 2012-05-06 00:59, msteeln wrote:
Their whereabouts or demise is indeed a seemingly tight lipped mystery!



Well, I remember once they took them down for repainting and I got some pictures on a Quicktake100. That was when the Cinerama was still operating so 2003ish? The pictures where of really low quality and I think on a disc somewhere. I'm still working on tracking down the disk...

I've actually been going through old computer discs lately and finding some cool stuff.

Like... 1950 this article about Don The Beachcomber... before the library system had a decent working microfilm scanner.



But magically you can almost read it now that! It really sums up what the Beachcomber was and what he did for this resort! (NOTE, I have made it bigger! 5/13)



If in town, try the Big Kahuna on Kuhio! They have a drink in a fishbowl and a custom Tiki mug.

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msteeln
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Posted: 2012-05-13 03:58 am   Permalink

Neat, that article looks worthy of finding my magnifying glass.
Looking forward to what more you find on those discs.


 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2012-05-13 11:23 pm   Permalink

Aloha,
Quote:

On 2012-05-13 03:58, msteeln wrote:
Looking forward to what more you find on those discs.





Spence Weaver of the Spencecliff Corporation at the Tahitian Lanai, Waikiki in Hawaii. I tried to clean it up but you can just see the carving in the background...
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