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JonPez
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Posted: 2005-09-22 02:06 am   Permalink

Hello all...
Just started going through all the napkins I have picked up over time and thought someone out there may want to have a look...


A napkin from the late, great Tiki Gardens


Mystery Aloha napkin. Possibly from Tiki Gardens.


Great napkin with Tikis on it. Possible from TG.


Another tiki napkin, again, may be from Tiki Gardens (right locale/era).


Hale Tiki napkin


Hawaiian Village, Honolulu


Bahi Hut in Sarasota (really strong drinks!!)

More to come when I dig them up!




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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2005-09-22 02:56 am   Permalink

What a great topic! I've got a few napkins at home, I'll scan them when I get a chance. I love napkins. The combo of limited color capability with a fair amount of space makes them generally go graphic, which I love. I love that "napkin sketch" design, too! Great stuff!


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tikibars
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Posted: 2005-09-22 2:31 pm   Permalink

You can still get that Bahi Hut napkin if you are brave enough to visit the place.

 
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Tiare
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Posted: 2005-09-22 10:28 pm   Permalink

I took my 70 year old in laws to the Bahi Hut last year and I have never seen them so loaded. I was pretty tanked myself and my poor designated driver husband had to drive us all home, with me, who gashed my heel against the Bahi Hut's front door while taking a photo (someone opened a door on my foot, If I was sober I think I would of had the sense not to stand in front of a door) and my in-laws in the back seat screaming that they wanted to keep partying and wanted my husband to drive them to another bar.

And we only had 1 drink each, but it was a doozy.

i did get a napkin though.
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JonPez
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Posted: 2005-09-23 07:18 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-09-22 14:31, tikibars wrote:
You can still get that Bahi Hut napkin if you are brave enough to visit the place.



Geeez... You make it sound so bad.
I don't think bravery is an issue. Its not in a bad neighborhood, on a main street, in a Best Western parking lot for crying out loud. It's in Sarasota, not "Escape From L.A."
Sure, it's dark inside. Many older bars are. Yes, it smells like 40 years of stale cigarettes. It is tiny.
But the staff is friendly and they make some of the strongest drinks I have ever had (other than at Wally's in Orlando, of course).
I went there all the time when I was in college and never feared once for my safety. Walked home many a time. I've been more scared in the parking lots at Downtown Disney at night.
They still have the napkins, and according to Tiki Road Trip, they are still using the big batch they ordered many decades ago.
So never fear everyone. Stop by there and patronize a very old, dark, small, sometimes stale smelling, classic tiki-ish bar. Have a stiff drink. See for yourselves why it has been there so long.
And get yourselves one of those napkins before they finally run out.

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Tiare
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Posted: 2005-09-23 1:18 pm   Permalink

Not a scary place at all, worth a visit if you are the area. I like how they have a limit on their drinks. Now everytime we go back to Sarasota, my inlaws want us to take them there again!
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2005-09-25 6:15 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-09-22 02:06, JonPez wrote:

Mystery Aloha napkin. Possibly from Tiki Gardens.



I bought a bunch of these at the Punahou School "White Elephant" sale a number of years ago. I also got placemats and dinner napkins with the same design in the set. The artist is Susan Barker. The napkin is signed on the lower right of the table.

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robotiki
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Posted: 2010-07-10 2:09 pm   Permalink

The Bahi Hut napkins are being recreated.
According to the owner of the Bahi Hut and adjoining Golden Host Resort, the art was lost in a vendor shuffle and they've long since run out. But thanks to a scan and modern technology, the artwork is being readied for eventual rerelease on napkins (In piles, next to the tub o' cheese during happy hour).

The artwork was the handiwork of noted illustrator and portrait artist Thornton Utz. Utz was a big time illustrator doing covers for Saturday Evening Post and similar magazines back in the late 50's-early 60's. During this time he had a little publication company doing local maps that had advertising around the edges. When he sold an ad to a company that did not have any artwork, he'd do a little original sketch for free as part of the ad cost. Such is how an illustrator whose originals go for quite hefty sums, came to do the artwork that was on the napkins mentioned in Tiki Road trip.

When I mentioned the above book, the owner said "yeah, that guy was in here, he left us some books...."

Fast forward to today. The widow of Utz has given her approval on using the logo in more ways. Look for some cool merchandise to be developed. Thorton's son David is a painter who works in the style of Henri Rousseau. He may be involved in a few projects that would be a combination of his art with his father's artwork for Bahi Hut. Tiki collectors stay tuned as this develops.....

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-01-11 6:27 pm   Permalink

This thread needs a little kick start.

Ahh, the cocktail napkin. One of the more elusive little pieces of paper ephemera. So delicate and fragile, yet so beautiful to behold. Here are a few from my collection as well as some images snagged from the web.

THE OLD

I have a few old pre-Tiki napkins that used the same base design and then printed the name of the establishment.

The Hula Shack in Oakland


Glenna's Bamboo Room in South Gate


Another style from early Damons.



Repeated at the Tropics in San Francisco.


A few more early venues.

Hawaiian Gardens in San Jose


Club Royal Hawaiian in San Francisco.


The Hurricane San Francisco.


Tahitian Hut San Francisco.


Tradr Sams San Francisco.


Zanzibar San Francisco.



THE POLY POP ERA

Trader Vic's


Skipper Kents Zombie Village


Zombie Hut Sacramento.



Coral Reef Sacramento front and back





Another Coral Reef Sacramento (thanks Sabu)+


The Polynesian Torrance


The Tahitian Pasadena


South Seas Hollywood


The Islander Los Angeles


Kelbos Los Angeles


One of my favorites, the Leilani Hut Long Beach.



The Hawaiian Long Beach


The Luau and Leilani, Fresno




Hawaii Kai New York


Another Hawaii Kai paper wrapper for a cloth napkin.


The Mahi Mahi Nashville.



ON TO HAWAII

Coco Palms


The Willows


The Halekulani


Waikiki Tavern


South Seas


THE NEW YOU CAN STILL GET THESE

Damons Glendale



The Galley Santa Monica


Trader Vic's assortment







Chucks of Hawaii, Santa Barbara


And finally the Endless Summer in Santa Barbara.



Thats a wrap.

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-01-11 11:50 pm   Permalink

WHOOA!, major collecting, scanning and posting job, Cajun-man! Kudos for your continuous work that reminds everyone that Tiki is a visual art form.

 
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WestADad
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Posted: 2012-01-12 06:07 am   Permalink

That was great, thanks DC! Don't see to many advertisements today for "Chinee Smorgie"!

 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2012-01-15 10:09 pm   Permalink






Skipper Kents in San Francisco.

ps- Check my eBay or PM me if anyone wants to buy it.
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2012-01-22 10:21 am   Permalink

Another version of 7 Seas napkin.


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-01-28 08:36 am   Permalink

Here are a few more modern napkins I picked up in a trade with Bora Boris.

The Warehouse


The Mai Kai


And a few more oldies from Arkiva Tropika.

The classic image from the Aloha Room at the Beach Boy


Pago Pago


And a nice old one from the Royal Hawaiian before the "upgrade".


DC


 
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tikidon
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From: portland OR
Posted: 2012-02-22 7:56 pm   Permalink

Got this Lanai napkin in the 80's


 
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