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The Green Turtle (Hawaiian Inn), Daytona Beach, Florida (restaurant)
Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2011-12-08 1:56 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the great photos, Tom.


The Witco fountain looks good and I'm relieved to see the two Moai at the entrance are no longer painted turquoise.


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-12-08 4:56 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-12-08 13:56, Sabu The Coconut Boy wrote:
The Witco fountain looks good and I'm relieved to see the two Moai at the entrance are no longer painted turquoise.




I second that Sabu. And they trimmed the bushes back that were obscuring the Moai on the right.

It went from this



To this


Now back to this.



Thanks for the photos Tiki Tom D.
DC



 
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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2011-12-10 06:14 am   Permalink

DC, in the evolution of paint schemes shown in your Moai photo collage, I have a clear preference for the latest.

I ran across a couple of Hawaiian Inn Waikiki Supper Club show ads in the news archives, though the microfiche quality is pretty poor...

Daytona Beach Morning Journal August 1, 1969



Daytona Beach Morning Journal May 6, 1971



-Tom


 
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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2011-12-18 08:50 am   Permalink

Last night, Pat and I were guests of Ohana Luau at their “Christmas in Hawaii” show. We had a wonderful time amidst the great Poly Pop setting of the Hawaiian Inn, arriving a bit early in order to snap a few photos as we wandered around...




The front desk...




The lobby Witco fountain with a little Christmas lighting...




Same thing with the camera flash enabled...




Looking out over the ocean, the main pool has been emptied for maintenance...




Looking back at the resort building from the seaward side...




Décor on the side of the beachside Tiki bar...




Painted Tiki between the beachside restrooms...




The beachside men’s room door plaque...




In addition to the main pool, there is a heated pool inside its own bath house next to the beach. Inside, we discovered another mural similar to that in the main lobby...








The etched glass entry door to Ohana Luau...




Inside, to our delight, there was Witco everywhere...












Wailana, “executive” hula girl, told me that this framed tapa was here at the very start...














To be continued…

-Tom


 
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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2011-12-18 11:31 am   Permalink

Continuing with our “Christmas in Hawaii” night at Ohana Luau, seasonal décor was everywhere...




There was more Witco...




A mural by Esene, Samoan husband of Wailana...




Food was set up in chafing dishes to be served buffet (not Buffett) style...




The salad area, with volcano in the background...




The bar...




Patti Santiago, owner of Ohana Luau with her husband, is on the left and Wailana, “executive” hula girl is on the right; both are holding a volcano bowl that Patti gave to Pat and I...




Wailana runs the day-to-day operations at Ohana Luau. In addition, she is in business as a home renovator with her husband, Esene, and is also a performer, bar tender, decorator and mother. Even at that, I am quite certain that I’ve missed a number of her talents and avocations.

Pat and I were seated at the table for two next to and on the left side of the stage...






Esene came out, having finished his duties as Chef, and poses here with Pat, my wife, prior to going on stage as one of the performers...




Wailana took a few moments out from her many duties to pose with Pat as well...




Here are Pat and I at our table...




Wailana suggested we try a cocktail of her own invention, not yet on the menu, so here is Pat trying it out...




Here is a closeup of Wailana’s custom cocktail, called the “Wacky Wai,” which she said was kind of a cross between a Rum Runner and Long Island Tea, containing Rum, Gin, Vodka, Banana Liqueur and Blackberry Liqueur; it was so good that that’s what we drank all night...




Wailana promised to share the recipe with me; that’s one promise I hope she keeps!

To be continued...

-Tom


 
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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2011-12-18 4:49 pm   Permalink

From the audience comes the youngest performer to take the Ohana Luau stage all night...




The entertainment began sometime after 7:30 pm...




Esene at the drums...




The Chief playing the guitar, conch horn and additional percussion...














The interested ladies (and some guys) in the audience get hula lessons...









The Santa Chief...

















From the audience came a select few who were willing to abandon personal dignity in order to promote mirth and merriment among their fellow guests...








The fire dancer...









The Chief as zombie or something like that...




Esene posing with Pat and friend, Lynn, after the show...




Three of the performers (Esene, Chief, Wailana) posing after the show with our friends, Jerry and Lynn, who own two of the Hawaiian Inn units, along with Pat and I...




It was a wonderful evening. The show, even with fewer performers than the Mai Kai, was very well done and a more intimate experience. The food and drink were excellent. The setting was authentic Poly Pop (kind of an oxymoron). It was so good that we’re tentatively making plans to attend Ohana Luau’s New Year’s Eve party. Anybody want to join us?




-Tom


 
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TikiHardBop
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Posted: 2011-12-19 09:58 am   Permalink

Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad told a really, really funny story about murder and working at the Hawaiian Inn:

http://www.cbs.com/late_night/late_show/video/?pid=ZggAGy8q8FF510ZoWxlrZ4kx_VnshzgF&vs=Default&play=true



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Bora Boris
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Posted: 2011-12-19 10:22 am   Permalink

That was great and so is Crantson. The Tiki Time episode of Malcolm in the Middle was solid.

 
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uglyguy
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From: R.I.
Posted: 2011-12-19 2:32 pm   Permalink

Great pics Tikitomd. I definitely want to pay them a visit the next time I'm down there. Looks like a fun place to hang out. The pics also helped confirm that one of my masks is a Witco. The masks you showed were on the sides of the tapa cloth. You can see my mask done in a different color scheme if you search Witco mask or knockoff. Aloha...

 
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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2011-12-20 11:08 am   Permalink

Uglyguy, glad you enjoyed the photos. Yep, you sure have a nice Witco mask (http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=41725&forum=5)!

Here’s a digital photo of a few of the performers idling after last Saturday night’s show, sent to me by the Ohana Luau's professional photographer, Don Howard...




And another with Pat and I on the right side with Wailana on the end...




-Tom


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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2011-12-20 3:47 pm   Permalink

I asked Wailana to email me her memories of the various Polynesian shows that had performed at the Hawaiian Inn from the beginning to now. Her recollections follow...

Quote:
On 2011-12-19, Wailana wrote:
Now to the history of the shows at the Hawaiian Inn...

The first show started in roughly 1965 or 1966 by a Samoan woman named Otila Massaro. The name of her show was “South Sea Island Magic.” It continued until approximately 1987. My parents were a part of this show. My father was named Prince Benjamin Pokii Hele Loa I Ko Aina Kelii Waiwaiole; my mother's stage name is Kalene Ku'ulei Teipo Temarama and her birth name is Darlene Dawn Wharton Waiwaiole. My mother performed on and off until 1972. My father mainly performed at his club on Long Island, "The Bali-Hai," or was touring the US with my mother. The name of my father’s group was "Silhouettes of the Tropics."


There were a few short term groups that I can't remember the names of.


In mid 1987, “Ali'i O Samoa” started their run by Doug Ali'i Slade, continuing until 1994.


From 1994 to 2008, there was "Teauila's Hawaii" run by Wayne and Teauila (Dorothy) Travassos.


From June to December 2009, there was "Drums of Tahiti" run by Andy and Moeata Tehani.


I have had the show from since then to now. My group is called "Silhouettes of Polynesia."


I have been a part of the shows at the Hawaiian Inn since 1982.



A bit of clarification: the show names and performer group names may or may not have been identical to each other. For example, Patti Santiago and her husband have operated Ohana Luau since February of 2008, but their performers’ group names have included “Drums of Tahiti” and "Silhouettes of Polynesia."

There’s a nice article by Bethany Chambers in the Hometown News edition of February 5, 2009 entitled
"Ohana Luau offers 'hipnotic' entertainment." Here’s an interesting excerpt...

Quote:
Onstage, the show is run by Wailana Waiwaiole-McFall, daughter of the show's original stars, Prince Pokihele Loaf Ko Ainae Kelii Waiwaiole, the last of the Hawaiian princes before the islands became a U.S. state, and his French/Tahitian wife, Princess Kalenakuulei Teipotemarama Waiwaiole.
Ms. McFall's husband, Esene McFall of Samoa, is the band's drummer. Even owners Jose Santiago and wife Patti, of Ormond Beach, met at the Hawaiian Inn.


Esene, Wailana’s husband, is from Apia, Samoa (recall that as the setting for the good Dr. Funk and his famous cocktail of the same name).

I found an article and an ad in the Google News archives describing that first “South Sea Island Magic” show...

Daytona Beach Morning Journal January 27, 1979 (page 3)



Daytona Beach Morning Journal August 18, 1978 (page 15)



There is internet evidence that, as of 2009, Otila was still active in the Manatee County (Bradenton), Florida area doing shows, teaching hula and recruiting hula dancers.

Wailana stated that “Drums of Tahiti” played at the Hawaiian Inn in 2009. This newspaper entertainment clip indicates that the show played in an earlier time at Sea World in Orlando...

The Evening Independent May 31, 1985 (page 32)



-Tom


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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2011-12-23 1:41 pm   Permalink

It didn’t occur to me to look before, but the murals adorning the Hawaiian Inn are signed. I snapped this photo today of the artist’s signature on the lobby mural while signing up for the New Year’s Eve party at Ohana Luau...




The first surprise was the date; at 2001, it’s pretty recent. I ran into Wailana who was holding a birthday party today for her daughter, Tiana. She came out to give me a hug, and I took that opportunity to ask her about the mural. She confirmed it was relatively recent. She said there was no prior lobby mural in its place, at least as long as she’s been here (29 years). She also said that she didn’t meet or know the artist.

A bit of searching revealed that the artist was Summer Ku`ulei Kirn of Ormond Beach. She was born and raised in Hawai`i, but is not of native Hawaiian descent. Rather, she’s a fourth generation descendent of a ship captain from Maine who settled in Hawai`i. At the time she painted that lobby mural, she was 71 years old. I found this information in a March 11, 2010 article by Wayne Grant in
Hometown News, along with this photo...




That article also goes on to say that the original story for the 1996 movie, “Race the Sun,” starring Halle Berry was hers, and she is credited in the film as a co-producer of the movie. Tri-Star Pictures hired a scriptwriter to rewrite her story, something she maintains was unnecessary...





-Tom


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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2012-01-12 08:28 am   Permalink

It was my good fortune to celebrate the new year, together with my wife, at Ohana Luau’s New Year’s Eve Party in the Hawaiian Inn on December 31.

In the entry hallway, Witco color sticks still adorn the wall just as they appear on page 261 of Tiki Modern...










A couple of Witco benches are in the hallway on the wall opposite the color sticks...






Thanks to Wendy’s (danlovestikis)
thread on the subject, I noticed the resin chunk lamps in the Polynesian show area and, through correspondence with Roge Bodine, confirmed that they were his mid-century Laguna Lamps creations. The folks at Ohana Luau stated that they have been hanging there ever since the opening of the Hawaiian Inn, almost 50 years ago. Here’s one of them (other photos posted in Wendy’s thread)...




Wailana, leader of the Ohana Luau Polynesian performers, and Esene, her husband, received from bigbrotiki and I a gift of Tiki Modern, with a personal inscription by the author...




Esene was a little banged up from a fall earlier in the week, but was otherwise in great form as he entertained us with drums, guitar and vocals throughout the night and early into the next morning.

Patti and her husband, Jose, the business owners of Ohana Luau, also received Tiki Modern as a gift.

I had the great honor to be introduced to Wailana’s mom, Darlene, who attended the show and was celebrating the birthday of a friend. Darlene is of French-Tahitian descent and performed with her husband, Prince Benjamin Pokii Waiwaiole, in their mid-century Polynesian troupe, “Silhouettes of the Tropics.” They appeared principally at the Bali Hai in Northport, Long Island, but also in other locations, such as the South Pacific in Hallandale (see family photo in the South Pacific thread). Both Wailana’s mom and dad also performed with Otila Massaro’s “South Sea Island Magic,” the original Polynesian show at the Hawaiian Inn. Here’s Wailana with her lovely mom at the New Year’s Eve party...




Before the show started, Pat and I enjoyed Wailana’s signature cocktail, the Wacky Wai...




We also got a pre-show visit by the Chief, a performer from Hawai`i...




Then the show commenced. It’s kind of difficult to take good photos when the subjects are rapidly moving and the camera operator is happily into his nth tropical cocktail (n > 2), but I managed to get a couple that are reasonably clear...








Wailana and Esene’s 16-year old daughter, Tiana, made her debut in the show, to the delight of the guests...






The Chief performed the fire knife dance...






Appearing from left to right in a group photo by the show’s professional photographer, Don Howard, are Evalana, Esene, Pat, me, Wailana and, in the front, Tiana...




-Tom


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-01-31 12:37 pm   Permalink

Amazing that this place has kept the Polynesian dance tradition alive for all of these decades. Some more early ads listing the various entertainers that came and went.








DC


 
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SandraDee
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Posted: 2012-03-19 7:08 pm   Permalink

Found this large never used dinner napkin today in a box of salesman samples marked 1970. Some napkins in the box were from the late 60s so the age of the napkin is between that timeframe.

Glad we have a "search" function on here so I could find this thread to add this too




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