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Exotica 2003: pictures!
cynfulcynner
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 1800
From: Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Posted: 2003-08-28 12:11 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2003-08-27 22:10, tikivixen wrote:
Waahhh. There's a big sob story from me too, involving a sudden downturn in my mum's health, but what I feel worst about is messing up Cynful's plans for a road trip by having to pull out at the last moment.

So, as TC is my witness, I owe her a hell of a consolation present.



Tikivixen,

Don't worry about it too much; you had to take care of your mom! I ended up taking a few shorter roadtrips instead, got a nice long massage in Calistoga (what's the deal with those mud baths, anyway?) and made some great thrift store finds in L.A.

--cyn

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Turbogod
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Joined: Jun 14, 2002
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Posted: 2003-08-28 12:41 am   Permalink

Friday @ the Kona Kai.

Mr and Mrs SuburbanHipster

Don't tell PoweroftheTiki you're out of Mai Tais.

Formikahini and Humuhumu dance away.

Saturday @ Hala Kahiki



The view from my seat @ Hala Kahiki

What I look like begging for a Witco fountain.

Tiki Bree @ the first ever Tiki Central/Exotica Antique Car and Hot Rod Show.

Capt. Dan get his groove on!?

Christopher, Formikahini & PoweroftheTiki pose for a Beatle-esque shot on the way back from Phyllis' Surf Rock Show.

This photo of the "mean" streets of Chicago pretty much sums up how I felt on the flight home.

Thanks again to all the hosts. It was great meeting all the nice people from TC finally. Randy nice talking to you. Alice send me a mailing address. Great show BigBro. Jab and Robin hope the ride home is a good one. Hope to see you all again someday!












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tikibars
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Joined: Apr 11, 2002
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2003-08-28 10:09 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2003-08-27 22:10, tikivixen wrote:
James, if I can find my way to Chicago in the foreseeable future, I still want to see Hala Kahiki. I'm so sorry I couldn't make it!!!



Lisa, I was so bummed that you and Cindy had to bail out of this one.

As soon as you mum is feeling better, you and Cindy can have a raincheck - I'll give you guys the private Tiki tour of all the Chicago hot spots - minus the Kona Kai, of course... not much I can do about getting in there... unless you want to bring a couple of thousand clams with you to rent the room!

Exotica 2003 and a half!



 
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Jeff Central
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Joined: Jul 23, 2002
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From: Columbus, Ohio
Posted: 2003-08-30 08:34 am   Permalink

I want to thank everyone for a wonderful time my wife and I had at Exotica 2003. The Kona Kai was a delight, the Hala Kahiki was truly incredible and Chef Shangri-La was very cool. Thanks Sven, James, Dave and Amy, Tristan and Bree for a wonderful time. If I knew how to post pictures up I would. They came out great!

 
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La Tiki Nostra
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Joined: May 07, 2003
Posts: 28
From: Chi-Town
Posted: 2003-08-30 12:53 pm   Permalink

Aloha All,
We would like to extend our warmest thanx to all that were able to make Chef
Shangri-La on the final day of Exotica 2003. It was great meeting everyone
and also grand to see some old friends! We hope everyone had fun and came
away with some great memories of the Chicago Tiki Tour. We would especially
like to thank Dave Lawrence, for all his great work in getting the message
out to the masses about our great Tiki here in Chi-Town, (and actually spear
heading the whole Exotica Event). Special thanx to new Mom & Dave's wife
Cindy as well (she has been a Saint). We would also like to thank Duke & Amy
Carter for getting the Marriott to let people in to check out a wonderful
piece of Chicago Tiki history that is "Kona Kai". Also Kudos go out to Capt.
Dan, DSK, Scott, and the rest of the Exotica Guides for all your hard effort
& support!
Mahalo,
Dave & Coalbe Vasta
PS. Thanx also to all that made it out to the All Night Flea Market!

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aquarj
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Joined: Apr 02, 2002
Posts: 1080
From: SF bay area, CA
Posted: 2003-08-30 4:09 pm   Permalink

More pics!

Going back through these some more today, it's fun to think of all the places and people, familiar (Sven, Naomi, Bruce, Dean, Robin, James, Alice, Humu) and new (Turbogod Chris, Duke and Amy, Dave Krys, Purple Jade, Suburban Hipster, and many more). Strange to go to a tiki event with SMALL attendance from CA!

These pics here are from Rockatiki. Coming up soon are my pics from Hala Kahiki and Chef Shangrila and Trader Vics!


Big moai just inside the entrance. I think that's Dave Krys dj-ing.


Mural that greets you on the way to the restroom





-Randy


 
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aquarj
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From: SF bay area, CA
Posted: 2003-08-30 4:12 pm   Permalink

Pics from Vics!













-Randy


 
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Jeff Central
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Joined: Jul 23, 2002
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From: Columbus, Ohio
Posted: 2003-08-30 10:41 pm   Permalink

Hey Randy,

Great pictures. Keep 'em coming! It was nice to meet you at the Hala Kahiki on Saturday. That place was the absolute highlight of the entire weekend!


 
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tikibars
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2003-08-31 10:46 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2003-08-30 22:41, Jeff Central wrote:
...at the Hala Kahiki on Saturday. That place was the absolute highlight of the entire weekend!



The people who run HK were initially a little resistant to the idea of us invading the place with a busload of aloha-shirted freaks, and it took a bit of doing to get Sven's slide show approved as well.

But afterwards, they were delighted, and couldn't wait for us to expand HKs role in Exotica 2004... look forward to it!

...and no one broke their leg there either!






 
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JTD
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Joined: Apr 07, 2003
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From: J'ville
Posted: 2003-08-31 4:53 pm   Permalink

And that's why Hala Kahiki is my FIRST stop next year.

-JTD


 
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aquarj
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Joined: Apr 02, 2002
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From: SF bay area, CA
Posted: 2003-09-02 3:44 pm   Permalink

Thanks Jeff - it was fun meeting you too. Another great example of what happens at these tiki events - strike up a conversation with a friendly person at the next table, and learn that you've actually communicated before online!

Here are my photos from Hala Kahiki...




Just inside the entrance


Main bar




Dean and Robin


Naomi consults the menu


The Green Guy


Sven with Witco lamp


Mrsmiley with purplejade, next to the colossal United Air tiki (they had 3 of em)






On the back patio




In the gift shop - see the whole cocojoe shelf

-Randy


 
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tikifish
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From: Toronto,Canada
Posted: 2003-09-02 9:13 pm   Permalink

Did anyone take a pic of the rules and regs inside the front hall of the Hala Kahiki? As I recall they were pretty elaborate and worht documenting...

 
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tikibars
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2003-09-03 12:08 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2003-09-02 21:13, tikifish wrote:
Did anyone take a pic of the rules and regs inside the front hall of the Hala Kahiki? As I recall they were pretty elaborate and worht documenting...





This is an older pic from Tiki Bar Review Pages.

"Hala Kahiki Rules" - indeed!

It is a bit hard to read, I'll have to rescan it some day (yeah, pre-digital!).

In the past few months, they have finally caved after 35-odd years of strictly serving Tropical Drinks only; they scratched the 'not' out of 'we do not serve beer and wine'.



 
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aquarj
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From: SF bay area, CA
Posted: 2003-09-04 6:32 pm   Permalink

For those who've been undoubtedly holding their breath, here are my last set of pics from the exotica weekend finally. These are from Chef Shangri-La.






Dave Krys, Laura, and... (I forgot) Gary Sinise?


The Enchanted Witco Shangri-La bar


The ceiling in the bar


Mrsmiley pours a soy sauce cocktail


Formikahini and tiki!

-Randy


 
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boutiki
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Joined: Jun 03, 2002
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From: The fly-over states
Posted: 2003-09-04 7:55 pm   Permalink

Damn Randy!
More outstanding photos! We should have asked you to be the official event photographer!
Thanks for taking the time and posting them.


 
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