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The Kona Luanii, Denver, CO
burleyque
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Joined: Mar 29, 2002
Posts: 47
From: Denver
Posted: 2007-09-14 10:26 am   Permalink

Holy Moly! I'm so impressed! And inspired!!!

 
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Tiki-Atari
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Joined: Aug 06, 2007
Posts: 127
From: Atlanta
Posted: 2007-09-14 12:39 pm   Permalink

Kudos to you! Definitively spectacular. Some of those techniques will be used when I get to the next step of my home bar in a few weeks. (Particularly the blowtorch. Inspired!). The water feature is particularly gorgeous.

 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
Posts: 5737
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2007-09-14 5:50 pm   Permalink

Very inspiring indeed. Such great attention to detail. Have ya been drinking in there.
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Helz
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Joined: Oct 31, 2004
Posts: 416
From: Westminster, CO
Posted: 2007-09-14 9:37 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-09-14 17:50, VampiressRN wrote:
Have ya been drinking in there.




As a matter of fact, I have. All I can say is the pictures do not do it justice. The place is truly fantastic!


 
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closettiki
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Joined: Mar 23, 2007
Posts: 304
Posted: 2007-09-14 11:06 pm   Permalink

WOW...im impressed...for a home bar ...i could call that home....kudos and seal claps.....WOW

 
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irishf
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Joined: Aug 19, 2007
Posts: 97
From: Athens, Georgia
Posted: 2007-12-14 9:19 pm   Permalink

Thanks so much for the inspiration. My husband and I are completely remodeling a California style split level ranch in Athens, GA with a retro and tiki bar theme. Your photos give me hope and ideas for the possible. Right now our entire home is a construction zone, we are doing it ourselves.

Using the battery operated candles is pure genius.

I love the sail you made.


 
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JohnnyVegas
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Joined: Dec 15, 2007
Posts: 2
From: Toronto
Posted: 2007-12-16 04:08 am   Permalink

Thanks for putting up all the photos. I am currently finishing my basement with the target of a tiki bar as a broad theme, but a little lighter look. That said you have done an awesome job and given me a great bunch of ideas that I will try to include.

Regards,

JohnnyVegas


 
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Carmine Verandah
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Joined: Oct 23, 2007
Posts: 107
From: Denver area
Posted: 2007-12-18 9:19 pm   Permalink

Having enjoyed the finished premises personally, it was quite thrilling to see the "before" and "during" photos. Bravo, Senior Zulu!

And I must say, those Christmas touches at the cocktail party -- the Santa hat on the blowfish, the little wreath around the shrunken head, etc. -- really gave the place that festive holiday spirit!



 
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Matt Reese
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Joined: May 09, 2005
Posts: 1153
From: San Diego
Posted: 2008-06-15 1:33 pm   Permalink

Decided to give this thing a bump. This has gotta be one of the greatest tiki environments ever! People are constantly looking for examples as they start their own places. And since we know using the search feature can take a lot of time here is one for all the people building their places this summer.
One of my top 2 favorite home bars. 'Onatiki's has got to be the other.
Cheers.


 
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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
Posts: 5820
From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2008-06-15 2:00 pm   Permalink

Zulu!
I never saw that video.
What a great Tiki bar you built. Excellent!

By the way, I still enjoy your Tiki guide of So. Cal..
A great effort.
ALOHA!


 
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ZuluMagoo
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Joined: Jun 26, 2002
Posts: 469
From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2009-04-29 8:59 pm   Permalink

It's been a few years now and the Kona Luanii has hosted some great parties and get togethers. Time for the next phase!

The other half of my basement (Phase II)has been offf limits since I started back in 2006. We kept the kids big toys on that side and left it as a play area for them. I have been waiting for them to outgrow this stuff to expand the Kona Launii and the time has finally arrived. After getting rid of stuff at garage sales and Goodwill, Phase II is empty and ready for tikification.


Pictured back in 2006, Phase II is the area in the back of the picture, behind the stairs.


The big decision this time around involved the existing white carpet. I hate it down there in the basement, so I took it out and started from scratch.




Looking from the other end of the room, can you spot the dividing line between Phase I and II?



The other half of Phase II ready to go.




So the painting begins (with a little help from the kids). So much easier to do the celing when it's empty



Using more orange, brown and lovely avacado green! After the painting was done, I started laying the laminate flooring in the back room (Phase III - to be discussed later)working my way out.



Flooring complete in Phase II.



My biggest decision still revolved around the white carpet that was left in the Phase I portion. I ultimately deceided to go for it, rip it all out to make the entire basement look top notch. But, of course that meant dismantling my existing tiki room. It was a tough decision, but I did it.

This was the completed room with the white carpet.



Same room just completed and redone with the new flooring.




Now that the flooring is finished, I can bring the stuff back in and redo the decor.




Phase II is now ready for wall treatments, celing treatments, etc. I have some great ideas of things to come for this side of bar..........













 
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burleyque
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Joined: Mar 29, 2002
Posts: 47
From: Denver
Posted: 2009-05-12 10:15 pm   Permalink

It'll be easier to clean up the sticky tiki drinks too!

 
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ZuluMagoo
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Joined: Jun 26, 2002
Posts: 469
From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2009-06-03 5:54 pm   Permalink

Have started trimming out with wall treatments and bamboo trim...










And a box of goodies showed up today from Benson's Import in Huntington Beach, CA (luahala matting, palm thatch and coconut palm fiber shingles). Shipping was kind of expensive, but what can you do when there is no local supplier?





 
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Paipo
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Joined: Jun 22, 2006
Posts: 1886
From: Aotearoa / NZ
Posted: 2009-06-03 6:18 pm   Permalink

Still one of my favourite ever home projects - I can't wait to see your complete vision unveiled! That bamboo looks great with the avocado...I have pretty much the same colour on the walls in my workshop and my bedroom. Not sure I'd get away with bamboo in the bedroom (though I do have a tiki lamp and a topless wahine velvet on my side) but I can now see how cool it would be in my shed.
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Beach Bum Scott
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Joined: Oct 28, 2008
Posts: 307
From: The Ranch in CO
Posted: 2009-06-09 1:41 pm   Permalink

Looking good there Zulu!!!

I feel ya on that shipping it's the reason I went with the reed fencing for the walls...
I'm glad the other half agreed to drive out to Tiki Oasis, I plan on stopping by Mainlanders and filling the car on the way back. I want bamboo fencing for the front of the bar and everywhere I find it online it costs as much for the shipping as the bamboo.
At least I found a nursery down here in the Ranch that sells poles fairly cheep too, if only they came pretorched!!!

Oh, I just noticed that Savers bag no wonder I never find anything there!!!

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