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KAHIKI Columbus, ohio tiki bar restaurant. Bill Sapp, the catalog
tikiskip
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Posted: 2012-04-05 4:26 pm   Permalink

Here is Sam.






 
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Posted: 2012-05-18 4:37 pm   Permalink

Some of you may not know this but this is what we got in place of the great Kahiki.
I do not shop Walgreens as they do this all the time find cool old places, buy em tear them
down then put up their store.
I guess they think if you are used to going there it will help that store sell more, who knows.
Got some new tidbits about the Kahiki coming soon.



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Posted: 2012-05-18 5:23 pm   Permalink

i have one on the card that was a rare find along with some cloth dinner napkins







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Posted: 2012-05-18 7:44 pm   Permalink

Nice.

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Posted: 2012-05-19 06:27 am   Permalink

Can we see a close up of that "Kahiki Tiki" cardboard backing, please?

 
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Posted: 2012-05-19 09:29 am   Permalink

i'll post some more pictures after dinner tonight
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Posted: 2012-05-21 12:29 pm   Permalink

That's a long dinner!

 
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Posted: 2012-06-02 05:20 am   Permalink

I am still hopeful that eventually a closer shot of the necklace will appear here...


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On 2012-05-19 06:27, bigbrotiki wrote:
Can we see a close up of that "Kahiki Tiki" cardboard backing, please?



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i have one on the card that was a rare find along with some cloth dinner napkins




 
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Posted: 2012-06-02 1:06 pm   Permalink

i'll try to take some with my good camera tonight...hope this will work for now










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Posted: 2012-08-03 09:14 am   Permalink

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On 2011-01-31 02:30, bigbrotiki wrote:







Just found out that this photo was taken at the Kahikis back service bar.
This would have been on the right of the room as you walked into the main dinning room
3/4 of the way back near the kitchen.


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2012-08-04 09:46 am   Permalink

Here is the Top restaurant Bill Sapp and Lee Henrys First restaurant.
Bill said they paid it off in only one year!
They do not own it at this time.
It is still open today.
Cool, old Vegas vibe.










 
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Posted: 2012-08-26 11:07 am   Permalink

Just found these under my pool table.
Got so much I don't know what I got or where it is.
The larger of the two is 25 inches wide.
A 21 inch shell like this just sold at a Trader Vic's auction(Chicago)for $1,800. 8/21/2012







 
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Posted: 2012-09-01 03:59 am   Permalink

Below is from a Ebay sale, And on this sale it says it's from the Dispatch.
But it is a good edited summary of the Kahiki.
Plus I can add some small stuff to it.
Like the very first day of the Kahiki.

This great mini Tiki reminded many patrons of a wonderful adventure in eating at this legendary Columbus restaurant. I remember going there a number of times for special occasions (usually a birthday) and it was always a real adventure.

It measures 4.75" T x 1.5" W x 2" D.

It is in Very Good Condition with a green line on the lower left side.

I have other Kahiki items for sale and I will be happy to combine items to save on shipping.


10 years after torches go out, Kahiki memories live
Restaurant with Polynesian theme has devoted fans
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
By Elizabeth Gibson
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

No restaurant with a fire-breathing stone head has ever captured the hearts of Columbus quite like the Kahiki.

The Polynesian eatery took Tiki kitsch to the max with an aviary, indoor thatch huts, umbrella-topped drinks, waterfalls and the deep thrum of drums.
Ten years ago today, the Kahiki closed its doors to make way for a Walgreens pharmacy. The Kahiki name lives on in a Gahanna-based frozen-food company, but company President Alan Hoover says he still gets calls about the restaurant.
"Two months ago, I was leaving the office in the evening and a couple was walking up the front walkway," he said. "I asked if I could help them, and they said, 'Yes, we'd like to have dinner tonight.'

"It's amazing that these things are still happening."

The Kahiki, at 3583 E. Broad St., was the brainchild of Bill Sapp and Lee Henry, also the creators of the Top Steak House near Bexley. Their temple of Tiki opened in 1961 after their Tiki bar, the Grass Shack, burned down.
They built the Kahiki for more than $1 million (about $7.3 million today). Sapp said they sold it to help them finance a new restaurant, the Wine Cellar, also long gone now.

"We were sorry within two weeks that we sold it," he said. "We had this great big gong, like 4 to 5 feet across, that went bong, and right after we sold it they replaced it with this little thing that went ting."
The restaurant went through multiple owners. The last was Michael Tsao, who started the frozen-food business and sold the property to Walgreens. Hoover said it was a smart business move. The restaurant was draining, and Tsao wanted more time to focus on expanding the factory.

Tsao's son Jeff said that before his father unloaded the restaurant he had grand dreams for relocating the Kahiki to the riverfront Downtown. But it never panned out because the factory got busy and government support fell short. Then his father died unexpectedly.

"I don't know if it could ever happen again," Jeff Tsao said. "But we're very, very pleased and thankful that we still have so many fans."

But that doesn't necessarily soften the blow.

"I think a lot of people are still bitter about it. We all miss it," said Stu Koblentz, who was a member of the Ohio Preservation Alliance when the organization labeled the Kahiki one of the top 10 endangered historic buildings in Ohio.
Kahiki fans say the restaurant was a place for special occasions and fond memories.
There are dozens of active Kahiki tribute websites and discussion boards. There are photo albums on Central dot org full of Kahiki swag - drink stirrers, napkins, toothpicks, salt shakers and matchbooks.

Tiki enthusiasts write books and poetry about the restaurant. Columbus resident Jeff Chenault unearthed a 1965 recording of the Beachcomber Trio at the Kahiki.
Dionysus Records produced vinyl copies for sale online, and they're selling.
Other Ohioans remember a prom night, an anniversary getaway, playing table games in the basement or bouncing with excitement as a child, sipping virgin mixed drinks and roasting meatballs over an open flame. Zsa Zsa Gabor famously ordered milk.
"When I was a kid and we'd drive by the huge sloping roof with dragons and torches, it always seemed to me to be a grounded ship on E. Broad Street," Newark resident Lesa Best said in an e-mail.

"There were macaws in the bar, and the booth walls were lined with aquariums, or 'rain forests' complete with thunderous sound effects. By the '80s, it was past its prime, definitely, and cheesy? Yes it was. But my friends and family loved going because it was different, it was campy and the food was really quite good.
"I long for just one more Mystery Drink."

Each time someone made a pilgrimage to the Kahiki, they would take word back to their hometowns.

"When I was a kid growing up in Pittsburgh, my dad regularly traveled to Columbus on business," said Worthington resident Bill Nordquist. "We had a postcard picture of the exterior, and in the mid-1970s I had never seen anything like that."
Even some people who never went to the Kahiki said they were dismayed to hear it would be torn down.

Jennifer Akers grew up nearby and begged her parents to take her there for her birthday. They told her the Kahiki wasn't in the budget for a family of six, so she never set a foot inside.

But when she heard the Kahiki was auctioning off its wares, she had her chance. Now she owns a copy of its blueprints.

"I spent hours and lots of dollars buying treasure," she said. "I have boxes of menus, match boxes, napkins, cups. I have the boss' couch right out of his office."
New Yorker Frank Decaro flew to Columbus when he heard the Kahiki was closing. Ten years later, he still can't believe they tore it down.

"At the point when the last great Tiki bar closes, someone will open a new one and everyone will say these are great," he said. "It's a shame we always seem to realize too late how much things mean to us."

Timeline
1961 |(Feb 20th 1961 First day open) Bill Sapp and Lee Henry open the Kahiki after their Tiki bar, (the Grass Shack, burns down.(On Bill Sapp's birthday June 14th 1958 or 1959) Mr Sapps year of birth?
Kahiki means "a joyous voyage to Tahiti" Citizens Journal Thursday March 23 1961, "Splendor of the tropics is setting at Kahiki"(artical name)

1970's | Moai out front are not lit from an order from the City of Columbus because of the 70's energy crisis.

1988 | After a slew of owners (Mitch Boyce), Michael Tsao buys out his partner and takes over the restaurant.

1995 | Tsao starts a frozen-food company next door to the restaurant.

1997 | The Kahiki is put on the National Register of Historic Places, And is the only tiki type place
on this list.

April 17, 2000 | Walgreens confirms that it wants to build a store where the Kahiki sits.

June 30, 2000 | Tsao says that he will sell the Kahiki to Walgreens but never reveals how much money it took.

July 2000 | Tikiskip hears on radio Kahiki is closing, calls Skip davis at Kahiki no employees know of this news. Michael Tsao is in Hawaii at this time.

Aug. 25, 2000 | The Kahiki closes its doors before a private farewell party put on by Otto von Stroheim And Tiki news, Tickets are $100.00 each, the event sells out.

July 22, 2005 | Michael Tsao unexpectedly dies 10 weeks after the realization of his dream of moving the company into a bigger factory. The company is in debt and in mourning.

Nov. 15, 2005 | The Kahiki outlet store starts selling off the rest of their stuff. Mostly lights. 11/15/05

Sept 28, 2006 | Kahiki items in a warehouse go on sale, One moai and fireplace go to Vermont. The other Moai is in norwitch township in Ohio. The rest and last of Kahiki items go to Vermont as well.

2006 | A group of former Kahiki employees (Theang&seong), With Francis Llacuna a hawaiian born guitarist as entertainment ) opens a restaurant called Tropical Bistro,It closes on January 27 2008.

May 2007 | A Pittsburgh company buys Kahiki for $11.7 million, although the factory stays in Gahanna.

2010 | The company makes almost $50 million in sales a year and sells 70 products in groceries across the country. President Alan Hoover said it still makes many of the dishes from the Kahiki menu.

2010 Nov,27 | Vermont Moai is sold on ebay, Now the Moai will be living on the beach in Hampton, Mass.

2012 Sept, | The DVD of Tiki - Vol. 1 // Finally for sale, DIRECTED BY JOCHEN HIRSCHFELD & SCHLANGO With scenes taken by Tikiskip of the destruction of the Kahiki.


Source: Dispatch archives And other.



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Posted: 2012-09-02 09:27 am   Permalink

Here is an artical from the Citizen Journal Mar 23, 1961




 
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Posted: 2012-09-11 12:13 pm   Permalink

Here's an article on the Kahiki. Includes some pics and Jeff's LP.

http://www.columbusunderground.com/history-lesson-the-history-of-columbus-most-famed-lost-restaurant-the-kahiki

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