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Whanga Rei Bar & Grill, Turlock, CA (restaurant)
Jungle Trader
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From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2004-07-21 9:16 pm   Permalink

2 new 10 footers at Whanga Rei



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tikicleen
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Posted: 2004-07-21 9:19 pm   Permalink

right on! its about time they get some permanent tiki going on those premises! where is that first tiki placed jt? was that behind where we were sitting on opening night?

that will definitely make the place that much cooler. im so proud of you vic!



 
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Jungle Trader
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Posted: 2004-07-21 9:22 pm   Permalink

Yes, Cleen that's where the first one is. The tongue one is by the entrance to the inside bar. These beckon travelers on the 99 and Taylor Rd. You can see them from the 99.
Why thank you my dear.
Care to join me for a drink Fri. or Sat.?

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Benzart
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Posted: 2004-07-23 1:13 pm   Permalink

Way to go Jungle Trader. those are Big and Awesome. Can't wait to see the inside.
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kiwilad
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Joined: Jul 23, 2004
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Posted: 2004-07-23 3:16 pm   Permalink

What A Laugh! Tried to move away from Whanga's NZ as it is affectionally known & it popped up again only minutes away.
I live in Tracy, CA (30 mins drive from Whanga rei)but grew up in "Whangarei", New Zealand.
I will have to come over and check it out!
Haere ra!

Here is the article I spotted in the NZ national paper:

It's a small world after all! "Whangarei" is now only minutes drive from Tracy.
-Tim

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3580067&thesection=news&thesubsection=general&thesecondsubsection=

'Whanga Rei' becomes safe place to dine in US

24.07.2004
By JON STOKES maori issues reporter
An American has not let accuracy get in the way of moves to open a Maori-themed restaurant in California.

Californian Jeff Thompson has opened a family restaurant in Turlock, about 80km east of San Francisco, named Whanga Rei.

In a news report in the Turlock Journal Mr Thompson said he liked the name Whanga Rei, for its connotations of safety and protection for travellers.

"Basically, Whanga Rei is a safe harbour," he said.

Mr Thompson has decorated his restaurant with "the symbols of New Zealand's tribal group, the Maori", in the form of giant tiki.

While impressed by the appreciation for Maori culture, Waikato university senior Maori lecturer Tom Roa said he was surprised by the unusual use of the word Whangarei.

Mr Roa said the area was named after Rei Pae, who was abandoned at the site by her twin sister Rei Tu during a journey on the back of a giant bird from Waikato to be with their husband-to-be, Ue-oneone. He said the name had since been shortened from Te Whanga a Rei, or the wait of Rei.

However, word meanings can change when separated. Rei can mean whale bone, treasure and to grimace with teeth, and whanga, harbour, waiting or to wait.

Restaurant customers will no doubt prefer a safe harbour to waiting with grimaced teeth




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Jungle Trader
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Posted: 2004-07-25 10:11 pm   Permalink

Welcome to TC kiwilad. Please join me for a drink this coming weekend, if you can, at Whanga Rei. Bring any design ideas you have. I'd like to pick your brain.

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theronpk
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Posted: 2004-07-28 1:19 pm   Permalink

sounds like a very cool restaurant, I assmue it's now open...I might be comming up the 99 this weekend, I'd love to stop by for a drink. anyone know the phone number?
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Benzart
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Posted: 2004-07-28 4:23 pm   Permalink

Congrats, thats really cool to have a story in a NZ paper. way to go and WELCOME KiwiLad enjoy our site.

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Jungle Trader
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Posted: 2004-07-28 6:49 pm   Permalink

theronpk, let me know when you're coming up, I'll be there Friday night. I inserted the phone number for Whanga Rei on the original post above.
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Polynesiac
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Posted: 2004-07-28 7:03 pm   Permalink

Funny article. I love how words come to mean many different things, and when taken out of context (like the language itself) a string of beautiful words to one ear, is total nonsense to another. That being said...

JT, are you going to safe harbor to wait with grimaced teeth?
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Jungle Trader
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Posted: 2004-07-29 7:27 pm   Permalink

Grimaced teeth? No, hanging tongue maybe.

 
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Jungle Trader
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Posted: 2004-09-10 7:24 pm   Permalink

My latest at Whango zee Tango



Now here we have Chongolio's surfboard art gracing the hallowed Whanga Whanga Bar with lovely....I'll call her "From Russia with Love"
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Tiki-Toa
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Posted: 2004-09-10 8:40 pm   Permalink

JT love the new guy you have placed there, wow is he awesome, and I like the Chongolio bar board and the bar broad ain't so bad to look at either.

 
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Unga Bunga
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Posted: 2004-09-10 11:39 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-09-10 19:24, Jungle Trader wrote:
Now here we have Chongolio's surfboard art gracing the hallowed Whanga Whanga Bar


There's a surf board in the picture?

(That's a beauty Randy! Oh ya. and the surf board too.)
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Posted: 2004-09-11 1:28 pm   Permalink

Hey, that board looks pretty good up there. Thanks for postin' the pic JT.

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