||Aloha and welcome to La Mariana, please come in........
Joined: Jun 24, 2002
From: Huntington Beach
|Posted: 2002-11-27 8:15 pm  Permalink|
Amazing pics, Gecko!
By far the best tiki bar I've seen! How did I ever miss this place? Used to go to Hawaii twice a year but haven't been in 5 years now and going through withdrawal!
Where is it located exactly? Hawaii Kai?
We may be out there this summer. My wahine and I will definitely let you know.
Joined: Mar 31, 2002
|Posted: 2002-11-27 10:32 pm  Permalink|
Wow! That is a great looking place! I hope to one day make it to Hawaii again and would love to spend some quality time with La Mariana...
Joined: Mar 24, 2002
From: Tulsa, Oklahoma
|Posted: 2002-11-30 6:56 pm  Permalink|
My new wife Gaye and I paid a visit to La Mariana on Wednesday at the end of our Hawaiian cruise. Gecko and his lovely wahine, Ailie, greeted us and showed us around. This is an incredible tiki bar as Gecko's photos show. Gecko introduced us to the owner, now in her 80s. Very nice lady. The piano player did "Quiet Village" which really set the scene. This was one of the best things we did on our trip. We took many of the suggestions made by Tiki Centralites...more later.
Just wanted to say thanks again to Gecko and Ailie for a great time.
[ This Message was edited by: tulsatv on 2002-12-01 10:42 ]
Joined: Jun 01, 2002
From: South Sea Arts Honolulu
|Posted: 2002-12-01 4:44 pm  Permalink|
here are some new pics of La Mariana.
new TC members Tulsatv (Mike and his newly wed wife Gaye) Tulsa thinks this palce is the mecca of Tiki bars!?! It's for sure up there.
da gecko with my other favorite bar tender Jesse James the tastyiest Mai Tais in da South Seas. He is the creator of a shot drink he made for me.
here is Jesse with his new D-Li-Cious creation called "Da Spotted Gecko". So, If you come to LaMariana and see Jesse working, ask him for da spotted gecko. I got wasted. no one knows da drink but Jesse because it's not on the menu yet. Mike the general manager calls it the "smiling gecko" I think. Which eva one you will for sure see spots and smile after a few of those.
your host on the left and the right. starting from the left, the lovely Jenny, Ailie my Wahine in the middle and the lovely Judy. You make sure you take care of these ladies because they are great! Tell them you seen them on TC. They get a kick out of that! Jesse too.
Jenny and Tito(bar tender) told me some ladies that browse on TC came into the bar last week because they seen it on TC. Michelle I think is one of the names of the ladies. If you read TC don't be ashamed to post anything. We could have met. I here the ladies live here on the island to! lets party! If you don't want to post feel free to click on my eamil icon to email me. anytime we have TC visitors from da mainland I will post them on this same post so always look for new pictures on the la mariana post.
Joined: Jan 04, 2003
From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
|Posted: 2004-07-04 09:48 am  Permalink|
Wao Nahele Kalepa Kumula'au Hale
[ This Message was edited by: Jungle Trader on 2004-07-14 08:03 ]
Joined: Apr 03, 2002
From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
|Posted: 2004-07-04 12:30 pm  Permalink|
Wow, that looks pretty cool. Makes me think of doing a Cook Islands mug that stands on 3 legs... If you have seen tikis in the Cook Islands, you get what I mean!
"Mai-Kai: History & Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant" the book
Joined: Jun 06, 2003
|Posted: 2004-07-04 12:46 pm  Permalink|
On 2004-07-04 12:30, Swanky wrote:
If you have seen tikis in the Cook Islands, you get what I mean!
Ya, a mug with a kick stand.
Nice photo Vic!
Joined: May 30, 2004
From: Somewhere on Planet Tiki
|Posted: 2004-07-04 7:16 pm  Permalink|
Yo Gecko, man those are some awesome photos, cannot believe I was never there when I lived on the island. But man I know where I will be spending some quality time when I get the chance to return.
May the aloha spirit be with you in all that you do.
Joined: Apr 09, 2003
From: Victoria, BC
|Posted: 2004-07-13 2:01 pm  Permalink|
[ This Message was edited by: Tikiwahine on 2005-06-09 16:55 ]
Joined: Jun 11, 2003
From: LB to LA, CA
|Posted: 2004-07-19 5:31 pm  Permalink|
Joined: Jun 10, 2005
|Posted: 2005-09-23 8:16 pm  Permalink|
This thread needs a BUMP! Last night I went to La Mariana for the 91st Birthday of the lovely owner, Annette Nahinu. Great party. Free Puupuus.... I even tried a "Spotted Gecko". Don't know what was in it, but I had to close the place down to be able to drive home legal... I ran into Gecko and his fellow artist and friend Freddie. I took some photos and thought some of you might want to see them. First is Gecko with Annette:
Then we have Freddie and the Birthday Girl:
Then Gecko posing with a painting:
I will finish with a photo of the sunset view from La Mariana:
Joined: Jun 24, 2004
|Posted: 2005-09-23 8:59 pm  Permalink|
Just beautiful. We were there last year, and hope to go again in December....sigh...
Joined: Jul 23, 2003
|Posted: 2005-09-24 06:23 am  Permalink|
Good to see Gecko looking well.
Hope to play you a few songs at your studio sometime soon.
Joined: Mar 24, 2002
From: Oceanside Ca
|Posted: 2005-09-24 08:28 am  Permalink|
Let's go to the PI
Joined: Jun 10, 2004
From: Reseda, calif.
|Posted: 2005-09-24 2:04 pm  Permalink|
I was there last year also and took some pictures with her...I know, I know, I should post them but I don't know how, damn-it.