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the lost chapter: Hop Louie and the Stockton Islander (image heavy)
tikicleen
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From: ripon: almond capital yet no orgeat
Posted: 2006-08-21 10:18 pm   Permalink

unfortunately, the chapter of the islander is coming to an official close.

the building the hop louie built from the ground up, and turned into a polynesian pop temple will face demolition in the spring of 2007. the pollards, which own pollardville/chicken kitchen sold the land to a developer who will most likely build housing and strip malls in the lot. they ran the infamous roadside stop for numerous years and have decided to retire and sell the land. they were responsible for saving the almost historical landmark islander building from uncertain future in the early 1980s when lincoln center could not rent it out.

there has been some questionable rumours about certain individuals who are interested in buying the building and moving it to a different location (i heard even the bay area!) but it is highly doubtful.

so cherish it while you can, visit it now before it is gone forever!
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quickiki
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From: Stockton, CA
Posted: 2006-08-22 3:19 pm   Permalink

Kudos to tikicleen and the drunken hat for sharing in your research and photos over the past few months. Driving past the old place in Pollardville nearly every day for many, many years, it seemed so incredibly sad to see it decay through time. It seemed so much more impressive as a memory than to see it now. I would like to think that someone would purchase the building, relocate and restore it to its former glory, but I would venture to say that it is way beyond repair since it has been left to rot in Pollardville for 20 years. Thanks to you guys, at least there is some history to savor and remember here.

On a related note, a couple of years ago I ran into an antiques dealer in Clements that said he was talking to someone from the valley who was compiling Islander photos and artifacts for a book on the subject. Was that you guys? Just wondering....

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moondog426
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From: Carmichael, CA
Posted: 2006-08-22 3:28 pm   Permalink

Tikicleen...what a great post and so damm informative...Who said learning can't be fun?..oh wait, most of us did in high school...seriously I really enjoyed reading of the history of the Islander...I'm still up a creek if there is a test later...I hope I can buy you a drink on the Hooptylau!!!!

 
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Posted: 2006-08-25 09:36 am   Permalink

Great research! My dad lived in Stockton in the 1960-70. I'll have to show him this post and pics. I recall visiting the Islander when I was little going back to visit family in Stockton (we moved in 1971).

 
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tikicleen
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From: ripon: almond capital yet no orgeat
Posted: 2006-08-27 10:31 am   Permalink

thanks for the great compliments everyone. having a great group of people back you on these types of projects further motivates us to do more digging in the urban jungle. we really appreciate the positive responses to our post.

quickiki, you hit the nail on the head. there have been swirls of talks about someone maybe scooping up the building and moving it elsewhere. but in reality, even if one had the money to do such a thing, there would be much restoration and repair jobs to perform. it just is not feasible, unfortunately.

i know the antique dealer you speak of quickiki, yet i cannot recall his name. we always referred to him as "chuckles" and he had a huge lot of stockton islander postcards that he found in a dumpster. he closed up shop a couple years ago, but still would show up to sell at the alameda swap meet time to time. as for your question, nope that wasnt us. it was always our intention to do research on the islander to satisfy our curiosities, and then report back all that we found on tc for everyone to see.

when are we going to be able to coerce you into coming down to our place?
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From: Stockton, CA
Posted: 2006-08-28 11:13 am   Permalink

hey guys, from time to time my wife and I stumble around Minnie's and/or Modesto. Maybe some Friday or Saturday night we could hook-up (not this weekend though - DUI patrol, you know!). PM me when you'd like to meet sometime or if you're in the Stockton area!

 
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From: ripon: almond capital yet no orgeat
Posted: 2007-07-04 2:04 pm   Permalink



and on july 4th, 2007;

~finally free to reside in a tiki bar~




happy independence day!
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Paipo
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Posted: 2007-07-04 2:08 pm   Permalink

Huh? Don't tell me you finally got your hands on it?!?

 
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Posted: 2007-07-04 2:12 pm   Permalink

Hip Hip Fucking Hip Hip Hooray!

Congratulations and all my best!

Psycho Tiki D (I know I am and that is too cool)!


 
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Chongolio
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Posted: 2007-07-04 2:43 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-07-04 14:04, tikicleen wrote:
and on july 4th, 2007;

~finally free to reside in a tiki bar~


NO WAY!!!! C'mon out with it, you gotta tell us. That is EPIC!

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Unga Bunga
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Posted: 2007-07-04 2:44 pm   Permalink

He couldn't have found a better home.
Congrats you two!


 
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Bora Boris
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Posted: 2007-07-04 2:46 pm   Permalink

YAY! I am so Happy for you.

Congratulations!


 
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Gigantalope
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Posted: 2007-07-05 06:53 am   Permalink

It's like the Elgin Marbles

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2007-07-05 07:10 am   Permalink

nice story!! and even better pic of the vintage sign.....can you guess what my next sign replica project is going to be now???

 
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ManFromT.I.K.I.
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Posted: 2007-07-05 10:22 am   Permalink

I've been reading this thread with great interest--thanks for the research on this lost landmark. It really was a landmark in the true sense of the word. So conspicuously located on Pacific Ave. and different from anything else around it. You really couldn't miss it.

Makes me wish I had appreciated it more, but sadly for me at the time I didn't see it for the special place that was. I was sad to see it moved away though . . .

I'm really happy that the tiki went to someone who can fully enjoy it as one of the last vestiges of this particualr piece of Polynesian-Americana.


 
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