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The Kona Luanii, Denver, CO
ZuluMagoo
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Joined: Jun 26, 2002
Posts: 469
From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2009-06-09 8:27 pm   Permalink

A good local source for bamboo (well sort of local) is McGuckins Hardware up in Boulder. That's where I got all my bamboo. But I had to do all the torching and splitting myself.

 
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Matt Reese
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Joined: May 09, 2005
Posts: 1150
From: San Diego
Posted: 2009-06-22 8:26 pm   Permalink

Man, you guys come up with some of the most creative ideas. Keep them updates rolling in! Every time I see the stuff you do I get all motivated to build more stuff at my place. One word... fantastic.

 
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Tiki Kupcake
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Joined: May 07, 2008
Posts: 362
From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2009-06-22 9:09 pm   Permalink

Looking good!

 
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ZuluMagoo
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Joined: Jun 26, 2002
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From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2009-06-23 6:25 pm   Permalink

One of the items I got from Bensons was coconut palm fibers. I wanted to try them on the wall like shingles. So I got out the staple gun (hint, color the top of the staples before loading into your gun so they don't show up on the fiber, I used a Sharpie).




Here are the fibers. They are pretty big, very lightweight and very easy to install!




Once I had the wall covered with the coconut fiber, it looked like a giant bear skin rug! It looked really funny. So I had to trim down the really fuzzy fiber parts and added some bamboo trim. I liked the way it eventually turned out, so I continued around onto another half wall.






I also finished putting the half rounds and full poles onto the ceiling. I use the poles to hang nets, cargo, lamps, etc. (coming later).







 
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Tiki-Kate
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Joined: Sep 21, 2003
Posts: 1700
From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2009-06-23 6:32 pm   Permalink

You make me want to have a better house.

I love the way the wall turned out. Thanks for sharing all of this, Mike.
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ZuluMagoo
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Joined: Jun 26, 2002
Posts: 469
From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2009-06-28 9:17 pm   Permalink

All of the prep work is now complete for Phase II (refloored, repainted, all wall trimmings are done).



The last wall needs trimming.



Finished with the trim!!!












Now I'm ready to start with the fun stuff/decor. Last fall Bamboo Ben posted some shots of the
Tonga Lei tribute room he worked on for the Malibu Pier restaurant. I was inspired by what he did with the round booth!




This is the Tonga Lei tribute room in Malibu, CA.

So I started searching Craigslist looking for a restaurant booth to make the centerpiece of the Phase II expansion. I had a little luck , but all of the listings were for standard rectangular booths. Then, a few months later I found this beauty at an estate sale. It is in almost perfect condition (one small tear on the seat which is being repaired). I got the booth and the table for $80. I brought it home and stored it in the garage until the flooring, painting, trimming was complete.





The Kona Luanii booth and table waiting in my garage. Now the challenge. That beast has to get down into my basement through this doorway!




Yeah right!!





That doorway does not look any bigger from the bottom!



Fortunately, the booth comes apart into three pieces.





The base was easy to get down there turned on its side.





The back was much larger and a bit more challenging.





Going down with less than 1" to spare on the door frame!





Watch your fingers!





Bring the seat down and put it back together.






Now to find just the right place to put it.........


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arriano
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Joined: Jun 13, 2006
Posts: 1284
From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2009-06-29 08:23 am   Permalink

Wow, that's a great booth! And congrats on the very good price as well. Are you going to rehab the table that came with it, or use something else?



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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
Posts: 5811
From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2009-06-29 2:34 pm   Permalink

Zulu,
That is a masterpiece.
Only the best to you and your bar.


 
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Gremmie
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Joined: Jun 29, 2009
Posts: 25
From: Landlocked
Posted: 2009-06-29 3:16 pm   Permalink

Wow! This has been a fantastic looking project - WOW!

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Murph
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Joined: Jul 11, 2006
Posts: 719
From: SoCal
Posted: 2009-06-29 4:44 pm   Permalink

The place is looking fantastic!

That booth is rad.

Keep the pics coming.

thanks
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hiltiki
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Joined: Jun 10, 2004
Posts: 3095
From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2009-06-29 6:08 pm   Permalink

I love how your place is coming together. The progression pictures are so fun. Best of luck with the rest, you are doing a great job.

 
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TorchGuy
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Joined: Apr 24, 2008
Posts: 204
From: Renton, WA
Posted: 2009-07-03 03:45 am   Permalink

My vote: In the last photo, rotate it a quarter turn and put it in that rear left corner, facing the camera. That low beam (duct?) won't matter much there, and can be hidden weith hanging thatch and maybe a cluster of lighted glass floats in netting? And of course, a tall, thin tiki in the back left corner would be cool. Maybe some vertical bamboo poles on the right side where that sloped wall splits off and back, on which something could be hung on each side?

Love the booth but, all around, love the bar. Looks wonderfully cozy and comfy, a place I'd be happy with a drink in my hand and some Exotica on the stereo. I take it there are speakers poking around in there?

And what sort of treatment is planned for that window? Me being a fountain nut, I would jump at the chance to build a little tank outside it with "rain" splashing down. Even better if it's in one of those sunken wells due to basement being below ground level - put a removable cover over the top, add "rain" and deep blue lights and some plantings to flank the window, and it's always a rainy tropical night in the safety and comfort of the Kona Luanii, recalling the nights spent at sea!


 
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Matt Reese
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2009-07-03 10:28 am   Permalink

I'd like to add a big WOW here as well.

 
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Surf Seal
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Joined: Jul 08, 2004
Posts: 41
From: Seal Beach, CA
Posted: 2009-07-03 2:25 pm   Permalink

Fantastic! Denver was where I grew up on Tiki dreams. You are doing a great job!

 
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Swanky
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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
Posts: 5034
From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2009-07-05 07:04 am   Permalink

Okay, the booth does it! I'm coming to visit! Actually, we may have plans for the Denver area...

 
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