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My dad is a part of tiki history!
King Kukulele
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Joined: Sep 22, 2002
Posts: 234
From: The Lemoyne Lanai in Echo Park, CA.
Posted: 2005-07-14 6:23 pm   Permalink

I was surprised when I heard the name Hop Louie in the Latitude 20 thread, and I wondered if it was just a common name. Well I live in Echo Park, Ca. which is the neighborhood next to Chinatown in LA. I wandered into Hop Louies Jade Pagoda for lunch one day and I was stunned by the feeling that I had walked into a place that hadn't changed since the 40's. The outside of the Jade Pagoda is really cool and the going there gives me the feeling of being an insider with a cool secret hangout. The new wave of artists moving into Chinatown has led to the opening of a nice quiet bar on the first floor of the Jade Pagoda. I recommend you stop there for lunch sometime, its very reasonable. Perhaps Mr. Smiley will fly his private lear jet down to LA and treat us all to a Jade Pagoda feast. Hats of to Hop Louie the Hawaiian Hipster!

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ookoo lady
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Joined: Jun 24, 2004
Posts: 779
Posted: 2005-08-09 3:36 pm   Permalink

I found this mug at the Pasadena City College swap meet last week. I would have passed it up because I already have several coconut mugs, but I bought it because of this thread. It's really cool to know about the history of the old tiki bars, not just the more famous ones like Trader Vics. Keep up the good work doing Tiki archeology!


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Joined: Dec 13, 2002
Posts: 378
From: New York City
Posted: 2005-08-09 4:10 pm   Permalink

Lucky you! Up until this point, I never really collected vintage mugs. My collection is either Shag mugs, or random new Tiki Farm that I just liked the design. I'm now hunting for anything from restaurants that Hop Louie used to own.

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