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5th Anniversary of Don's Tiki Makeke! Jan 21st
Don The Beachcomber
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Posted: 2016-05-17 2:18 pm   Permalink

The Ding Dong Devils create a wild hybrid musical cocktail by taking a base of Tiki, exotica and Polynesian pop, then mixing it with dashes of fuzzy 60’s garage rock, amped-up rockabilly, tremolo-laden surf, and even the greasy bump and grind music that was used to accompany burlesque performers. As a festive garnish, they add eccentric stereo arrangements of 50s and 60s hi-fi records, featuring instruments such as steel and baritone guitar, xylophone and ukelele. Catch them on June 4th at Don the Beachcombers Tiki Makeke!




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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7823
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2016-05-22 08:48 am   Permalink

We're having an "UP TO 50% OFF SALE" at the next Tiki Marketplace at Don's June 4th!!!

Pics soon. Shelves, Bars, Lamps, Art, Etc......
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Bamboo Ben
Tiki Bars I've designed/built. Hale Tiki, Kona Club, Forbidden Island, Kon Tiki Tucson,
Don the Beachcomber, Tiki No, Tong Lei Room, Frankie's Tiki Room, Pacific Seas, Longi


 
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GROG
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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2016-05-22 8:18 pm   Permalink

Does that mean you put half as much work into making it?
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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2016-05-23 09:44 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2016-05-22 20:18, GROG wrote:
Does that mean you put half as much work into making it?




Wise ass!
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Tiki Bars I've designed/built. Hale Tiki, Kona Club, Forbidden Island, Kon Tiki Tucson,
Don the Beachcomber, Tiki No, Tong Lei Room, Frankie's Tiki Room, Pacific Seas, Longi


 
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hiltiki
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2016-05-23 09:50 am   Permalink




 
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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2016-05-28 08:04 am   Permalink

We'll also have a "Hawaiian Shirts for the Homeless" box. Donate your used Hawaiian Shirts and I'll personally
give them to down and out Homeless on the streets in DTLA. I did this the other day with a few of mine and they were really stoked!
Everyone in the Tiki Community should do this. Aloha! BB
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Tiki Bars I've designed/built. Hale Tiki, Kona Club, Forbidden Island, Kon Tiki Tucson,
Don the Beachcomber, Tiki No, Tong Lei Room, Frankie's Tiki Room, Pacific Seas, Longi


 
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Wildsville man
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Joined: Dec 13, 2007
Posts: 1388
From: PALM SPRINGSVILLE
Posted: 2016-05-29 10:16 am   Permalink

Tiki Caliente looks forward to being part of the Marketplace again next Saturday.
We will be releasing some very rare test glazes and sold out editions from my partnership from Eekum Bookum of years past.
also,
The last of the Don wHO "Suck on this" Bootlegger/Tiki Caliente Black Mai Tai glasses with exclusive GOLD swizzle sticks.








Mahalo,
W


 
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Traderpup
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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
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From: Long Beach, CA
Posted: 2016-06-01 3:09 pm   Permalink

We'll see you this Saturday, June 4th!



 
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GROG
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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2016-06-03 11:08 pm   Permalink

GROG will be there (with friends), B-Ben to pick up GROG' balck velevet, so don't forget to bring it, you bastard!
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7737
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2016-06-03 11:58 pm   Permalink

YAY! ERNIE WILL BE THERE!
Will be nice to see you
and to be able to share some of our Adventures Down under with you
and all the Ohana!
Will have plenty of hand-painted Poko Onos
some Original paintings for all economic strata of patron
and some new drawings in a cavalcade of sizes and varieties
an explosion of creativity as a result of
our Kustom Tiki! Kill! Kill! Prostitour Down Under
the Fatpack of Doug,Toe,and myself ravaged Melbourne and the Kustom Lane Gallery guests
Such energy,and of course it had to manifest somewhere,right?
So,as a result of such energy and individuals
here are some new pieces
just a crazy with energy and joy from that trip!
Paintings!




Went to the national Gallery of Victoria,chaperoned by the Talented and selfless Matt Bailey...
JUST YOU WAIT ,Folks! took LOTS of pictures for reference!





Drawings!








and a Super enhanced and worked over Kainoa bowl!
ALL of the details lovingly painted over and amplified
for the PERFECT KAINOA BOWL
(the bowl you bring out when the inlaws visit!)

Here it is next to two masks i was able to score at the Melbourne Sunday market..


and here are some details




Nice,huh?
Well...it is called the MOONLIGHT GLOW edition..
Here's why....
Click!


it glows in the friggin dark!
If you get it under a UV or a black light....fuuuuudge!
hard to photograph tho....
Anyways...all this new stuff and some choice treasures
hand-picked from around the studio will be there tomorrow
and maybe a new joke or two....
Ciao!




 
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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7823
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2016-06-04 9:19 pm   Permalink

Vote for Matthew Harper for State Assemblyman! He's 100% TIKI!!!




Trust me!

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Tiki Bars I've designed/built. Hale Tiki, Kona Club, Forbidden Island, Kon Tiki Tucson,
Don the Beachcomber, Tiki No, Tong Lei Room, Frankie's Tiki Room, Pacific Seas, Longi


 
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Don The Beachcomber
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Posts: 139
Posted: 2016-06-13 10:57 am   Permalink





Details
Join us on Saturday, July 23rd from 10am-3pm at the Tiki Makeke at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach!

INFO
Admission is $10 (cash) which includes a $10 Food & Beverage Voucher.
This public event is all ages. Children are FREE! (Strollers are not recommended)

ENTERTAINMENT
Big Poi Combo//Don's Dagger Bar.

Chief of the OC & the Wahine's of Atuumai//Longboard Room.

VENDORS
ART OF DIRK YATES
BAMBOO BEN
BEACH DUDE
BIG TOE ART
BRIAN PETERSON
BUZZ RHINO
CHEERFUL TIKIS
CLEE SOBEISKI
COOL GEE
CULTURE COVE
DELIGHTFUL ACCENTS BY DEE
DOUG HORNE
FANCY FRUITS
FREAKY TIKI
GRIDER CO.
HAWAIIAN IMPORT
JAMES C. MULLIGAN
JOHNNIE VELOUR CERAMICS
JUNGLE GINGER
JUNGLE MODERN CERAMICS
KAPALUA DESIGNS
LEILANI LOVES VINTAGE
METEOR JEWELRY CO.
MIKEL PARTON
MOONSHINE MAMA’S HANDMADE ACCESORIES
MZ FORMALDEHYDE
NELSON'S TIKI HUT
OB TIKI
OUTL1N3 ISLAND
POLY HAI
POWER JIVE RECORDS
RETRO RUTHIE
RON MONSTER
SMOKIN TIKIS
SURF CITY HAWAIIAN SHIRTS
SWEET SIREN DESIGNS
TEE-KI TOGS
THOR
TIKI AL
TIKI BONGOS
TIKI DIABLO
TIKI GONZO
TIKI MONSTER SIDE SHOW SODA
TIKI POPS
TIKI SWAG
TIKI TONY
TIKI TONZ TIKI
TRADER PUP'S OUTPOST
VINTAGE SURF
VIKI'S TIKI MOON ARTS

For More Info Contact:
Events@DontheBeachcomber.com or call
562-592-1321
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16278 S. Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(562) 592-1321
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com








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Don The Beachcomber
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Posted: 2016-06-14 5:38 pm   Permalink


Big Poi Combo is a magical, musical Tiki time machine! Hapa Haole to Punk Rock mashed up together in a Big Poi of Hawaiian style fun! Catch them performing live in Don's Dagger Bar at the Tiki Makeke on Saturday, July 23!



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16278 S. Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(562) 592-1321
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com

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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7823
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2016-06-14 9:58 pm   Permalink

I might, just might, have some left over Bahooka items from LA's newest TIKI Bar

"The Pacific Seas" on the 4th floor inside the legendary Clifton's Cafeteria on Broadway and 7th

in Downtown LA, for sale! I'll post pics soon!!!
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Tiki Bars I've designed/built. Hale Tiki, Kona Club, Forbidden Island, Kon Tiki Tucson,
Don the Beachcomber, Tiki No, Tong Lei Room, Frankie's Tiki Room, Pacific Seas, Longi


 
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Don The Beachcomber
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Posted: 2016-06-28 11:05 am   Permalink

The real story behind Don the Beachcomber:

In December 1931 a somewhat adrift 24-year-old washed up in Southern California, looking for something to do.

A native of New Orleans, he was named Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt. In 1931, Gantt made a living in the Depression economy through his wits and odd jobs—working in restaurants in Chinatown, parking cars and doing a bit of freelance bootlegging in the months before Prohibition ended. Sociable and charming, he befriended such Hollywood personalities as David Niven and Marlene Dietrich, and through them found occasional work as a technical adviser on films set in the South Pacific.

A couple of years after he arrived in Los Angeles, Gantt happened upon a newly vacated tailor shop just off Hollywood Boulevard. He built a bar that would seat about two dozen customers and scattered a few tables in the remaining space. He decorated the place with his South Pacific gewgaws, along with old nets and parts of wrecked boats he scavenged from the oceanfront. He called his watering hole Don the Beachcomber.

Rum was the least expensive of the spirits in that era, and Gantt had sampled a variety in his world travels. He devised an exotic menu of rum-based drinks that complemented his theme and scratched the names on a board behind the bar.

The combination of Gantt’s engaging personality and the novelty of his drinks proved irresistible to his patrons. Among those first drinks was the Sumatra Kula, which cost a quarter. A well-dressed man named Neil Vanderbilt came in one day and ordered one, then another and another. He said it was the best drink he’d had in years. He was a writer for the New York Tribune, and he soon came back with friends, including Charlie Chaplin.

Word of Don the Beachcomber began to spread through Hollywood and beyond. “If you can’t get to paradise, I’ll bring it to you,” Gantt told his customers. (It didn’t work for everyone; in July 1936 a wealthy businessman struck and killed a pedestrian with his car, allegedly while driving home after a night at Don the Beachcomber. The driver was Howard Hughes.)

The joint became so much part of his personality that he legally changed his name. Ernest Gantt was now Donn Beach. He was the inventor of the tiki bar, a new kind of place that, over the next 30 years, would migrate from the cities to the suburbs and beyond.

When World War II broke out, his ship was attacked by a U-boat. Beach was injured, and after he recovered he spent the remainder of his enlistment in charge of hotels and restaurants where airmen could rest and recuperate—on Capri and in Venice, on the Lido and on the French Riviera.

Beach’s ex-wife, Cora Irene (“Sunny”) Sund, was left running the business back in California. She proved as natural an entrepreneur as her ex-husband. When Beach returned home, he found that Don the Beachcomber had blossomed into a Chain with 16 locations. Beach signed on as a consultant and then packed his bags for Hawaii, where he opened his own unaffiliated Don the Beachcomber in an up-and-coming resort area called Waikiki Beach.

His restaurant became an instant landmark, more Hawaiian than most of Hawaii itself. A myna bird presided over the premises, trained to blurt out, “Give me a beer, stupid!” In the boozy intimacy of late evenings, a gentle rain would often begin to patter on the corrugated metal roof over the bar—thanks to a garden hose Beach had installed. (Always the businessman, he had observed that late-nightdrinkers tended to linger for another round if they thought it was raining outside.)

Donn beach remained a fixture in Honolulu until he died in 1989 at the age of 81. The New York Times ran a brief obituary that painted him as a sort of Thomas Edison of the thatched-roof bar and the inventor of 84 bar drinks.





 
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