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Hawaii Kai, NYC in Scorcese's 'Goodfellas'?
TabooDan
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Posted: 2008-08-22 5:23 pm   Permalink

I know we have dated the close of the Hawaii Kai to 1989/90, but just to put a little more weight behind that, in the New York Times in September of 1986 there is a little bit of information about the Hawaii Kai and referring to it as still a restaurant to visit.

"At Hawaii Kai, another theater district tourist treat, a little plastic lei awaits every diner, and the floor shows features hula lessons. There is even a souvenir stand with plush animals, just like a 1940's nightclub - remember when Humphrey Bogart got into a fist fight over custody of a stuffed bear?

Hawaii Kai also maintains the tradition of funny drinks, of which the funniest is a volcano, a great ceramic bowl of rum punch, colored aquamarine to represent the ocean, with a ceramic cone rising from the middle. Sterno is placed in the cone, and then ignited; the thing is served with long straws, which keep you from singeing your eyebrows, while the flickering purple flame permits you to admire the bamboo-and-batiked interior, which is otherwise inordinately dark. Trader Vic's, which might be considered an upscale Hawaii Kai, has nothing half as delirious."

Neat l;ittle write up! I also find it interesting how the Hawaii Kai sign was still on the building up until at least 1993!


 
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sneakyjack
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Posted: 2009-01-29 5:27 pm   Permalink

The sign before applebees took over - photo Taken from 50th street looking north west (famiglia pizza would be behind the photographer)



And where are those Hawaii Kai teddy bears? that the drunks fought over?

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donhonyc
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Posted: 2009-01-29 8:04 pm   Permalink

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On 2009-01-29 17:27, sneakyjack wrote:
The sign before applebees took over - photo Taken from 50th street looking north west (famiglia pizza would be behind the photographer)



And where are those Hawaii Kai teddy bears? that the drunks fought over?





If I only knew then what I know now. I think the building itself is also long gone and made way for that great symbol of modern taste...Apple-friggin-bees.


 
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