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Tiki Central night out in Philadelphia - 2/19
Hale Tiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Oct 19, 2004
Posts: 1799
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2005-02-19 9:17 pm   Permalink

Thank you to EVERYONE who came!!! No matter how lost you got. It was really great to meet and greet other tiki people. TO those who drove a long distance, I certainly hope the food and show was worth the trip. Things have changed since I wrote my initial review, and I have to go back and write a new one. But, to all the Tiki Centralites, THANKS FOR COMING OUT@!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 31, 2002
Posts: 1528
From: MD
Posted: 2005-02-20 7:48 pm   Permalink

I had a great time! It was nice to meet so many PA and DE tiki fanatics and see my "ol' pal" Vern again! The Kona Kai exceeded my expectations - the food was good, the hula show and live Hawaiian band were entertaining (what little I saw of it - damn that Mapquest!) and the drinks weren't great but the surroundings and the company made them palatable! It's always refreshing to be reminded that you're not the only one with such a passion and appreciation for tiki!

Hale Tiki - thanks for putting this together and thanks for the directions on how to get my ass back to Maryland. Unfortunately, I did end up getting lost and what was supposed to be a 1hr. 45min. drive south ended up being closer to 4 hrs. We walked out of the Kona Kai at 11:30 and I rolled into the driveway at 3:00 AM!! That was okay, it was nice getting an excuse to do a little late night Philadelphia sightseeing! Oh, check it out...

I did manage to check it out! Not tiki but cool nonetheless - thanks for the tip Hale Tiki!

Hope to see you all again at another event in the coming future!

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Joined: Jul 27, 2002
Posts: 1323
From: D.C. / Virginia
Posted: 2005-02-21 12:58 pm   Permalink

Yes, the Kona Kai on Saturday was a nice event, and thanks to Hale Tiki for organizing the event. It was nice meeting TikiGoddess and Mai Tai Matty, and the few others who made the trip.

The monthly hula show that we attended was nice, and I thought the band was very good - the best part of the evening, and certainly as good if not better than the bands I saw in Florida last month. This band normally perform for only private gatherings, so if you pay a visit to the Kona Kai, try to do it on the one day of the month when they are playing. I liked it when the one older gent from the audience sang a song, while his wife, wearing her Hawaiian dress, performed a solo dance to his singing.

The biggest downside to the show was that the Kona Kai kept their television sets on, and hula dancing combined with rodeo footage doesn't quite work! The drinks could use some improvement - I had two Scorpions in a row, and the second one tasted nothing like the first, but even the more poorly made drink somehow tasted better when it is consumed in a bamboo rich setting with tiki friends.

I felt there was still some growing pains involved, as the former steak restaurant continues its transformation to a more tropical setting, but I did feel that progress towards an even more tiki-fied environment is being made.


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