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|Posted: 2006-01-26 2:31 pm  Permalink|
Tikiskip here tiki nutz.
I was thinking it would be nice to have a thread that showed tiki items from each restaurant. We have oooga mooga for the mugs, But need a place for the other stuff. Pictures, Napkins,lamps, ECT... Try not to dupilcate. Also give brief discriptions. Here goes.
The Kahiki Tiki bar,restaurant 3583 East Broad Street Columbus Ohio,43213 (614)237-5425 in Whitehall.
I am trying to update pictures in this thread.
Some of them I can't find.08/05/2008
New Sept 6 2012 here is a good timeline of Kahiki events, Will add to as new info arives.
Bottom of page, that's the links page.
Here are Lee Henry and Bill Sapp.
This may be opening day.
1961 |(Monday Feb 20th 1961 First day open)
This is bill sapp.(age unknown) Lee Henry and Bill Sapp started the kahiki. They had the little grass shack before the kahiki.Grass Shack burned down on Bill Sapp's birthday June 14th 1958 or 1959.
They also had The Top steakhouse before, The Kahiki, and The Wine Cellar at the end after both Kahiki and The Top steakhouse.
Bill also owned Duffs Smorgasbord some time after the Wine Cellar.
Lee Henry was not part of the Duffs Smorgasbord.
This is an ealry photo of the beachcomber gift shop. See the starboard mug on the far right? And I think that is a lamp just below it.
And a book of receipts from the Beachcomber gift shop at the Kahiki.
Gift shop sign, last photo.
Henry, Jr. Leland W ( Lee Henry Kahiki) was born on May 9, 1930
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 1959 a Sunday) 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.
2013 Oct, The authors David Myers, Elise Myers, Jeff Chenault and Doug Motz release a book on the history of the Kahiki Supper Club being published by History Press.
2015 Sept 22, Lee Henry passes away.
Source: Dispatch archives And other.
[ Edited by: hanford_lemoore - Added town to title - 2006-04-21 21:19 ]
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