||The Kona Luanii, Denver, CO
Grand Member (first year)
Joined: Jun 21, 2006
|Posted: 2009-12-30 5:54 pm  Permalink|
Very nice home bar. GROG like.
Joined: Apr 03, 2002
From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
|Posted: 2009-12-31 08:14 am  Permalink|
Excellent! I love the "clutter." That's the next "phase" for the Hideaway.
|Beach Bum Scott|
Joined: Oct 28, 2008
From: The Ranch in CO
|Posted: 2010-01-09 08:28 am  Permalink|
The pictures don't do this Tiki Room justice... What an inspiration...
This place needs to be featured in Tiki Magazine!!!!
Joined: Feb 23, 2010
From: Atlanta, GA
|Posted: 2010-03-08 07:00 am  Permalink|
Zulu- what a space! Sometimes, I think I'm better off not looking at others' bars especially when they look like this! Lots of great ideas and very cool effects, so thanks for sharing. You put a lot of work (and probably $$) into this lounge and it shows.
Joined: Feb 15, 2003
From: San Diego, Ca.
|Posted: 2010-03-25 2:31 pm  Permalink|
On 2009-10-10 22:03, ZuluMagoo wrote:
Thanks for the comments TorchGuy. I was leaning away from the silk fire flames myself, trying to come up with something a little different.
...and you have lava. The flickering bulbs in the larger bubbles really bring the whole thing to life. It really looks like smoldering lava.
That looks really good! What if you did the same thing around the outside of a large Coffee Can, and then mount that behind the Mouth with a small, quiet DC motor to make it slowly rotate? Hopefully it'd look like slowly running Lava; kind of like the lava effect in the "Primeval World" Dinosaur Diorama at Disneyland.
Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Freelance, Ph.D., Th.D., D.F.S
Joined: Apr 24, 2008
From: Renton, WA
|Posted: 2010-03-25 9:37 pm  Permalink|
Were you to do as described above, you'd need a way to get power to the lights that rotate on the drum. Weird custom homebrew lighting effects are my bag - one of 'em, anyway. If you ever try this, here's my idea: Start with a coffee can or other cylinder, and build your motor using an old rotisserie motor and spit shaft. Should be easy to grab one off eBay or at a thrift store. On each end of the drum, cover the surface with something nonconductive. A coffee can lid works. Need this on both ends. Now, run one of the two power wires down onto each end, glue in place, and get yourself a wide metal ring. Glue the ring to the end cover, and attach the each wire to the rings. For the power itself, split the power cord and, at each end of the drum, affix the wire to some sort of solidly-attached terminal on the support base, add a strip of springy metal, and bend these until they rest firmly against the metal rings. This keeps current flowing to the onboard lights as the drum revolves.
Given the chance, I'd love to try to build this unit. Sounds fun.
Joined: May 09, 2005
From: San Diego
|Posted: 2010-03-29 7:26 pm  Permalink|
This is one of the greatest home bars ever!
Joined: Sep 05, 2005
From: Australia / Argentina
|Posted: 2012-05-31 05:02 am  Permalink|
Can't believe I missed this thread until now. Unbelievable home bar! So much creativity, thanks for the how-tos. Any progress on the tiki bowling area? And did you ever post a vid of that lava?
|moki and duke|
Joined: Jun 07, 2011
From: New Mexico
|Posted: 2012-06-05 11:32 pm  Permalink|
Wow! VERY inspiring! Definitely need to bump this one to the top of the thread once in a while
Joined: Oct 02, 2003
|Posted: 2013-05-07 8:47 pm  Permalink|
Deserves a bump.
Joined: Oct 19, 2004
|Posted: 2013-05-09 03:51 am  Permalink|
Joined: Apr 11, 2007
|Posted: 2013-05-09 10:38 am  Permalink|
Fabulous bar, too bad Zulu seems to have disappeared.
Joined: Jun 26, 2012
From: Van Isle BC CA
|Posted: 2013-05-09 10:52 am  Permalink|
Very nice! Wish I had the room for a booth!
Joined: Aug 05, 2011
From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
|Posted: 2013-05-09 11:09 am  Permalink|
Wow! I love the lava and I love the 'found object' aspect of the lounge. It reminds me of Trader Sam's.
Joined: Jun 26, 2002
From: Denver, CO
|Posted: 2014-08-18 3:30 pm  Permalink|
As life would have it, the Kona Luanii....is no more.
After a divorce a year and a half ago, I packed everything up into boxes and put into storage. My ex still lives in the house and all the wall treatments are there, just no more tiki bar.
Version 2.0 will live again and I have so many new ideas. Dammit, I'm starting all over again from scratch.
I know my next bar will have a lot of the lava element, I was very inspired by the lava wall that Slacks Ferret built in his place and will do something similar.
I'll post pictures when the new build starts.