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Luau Miami Beach
SoBeTiki
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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
Posts: 92
From: Miami Beach, Florida
Posted: 2002-12-16 3:06 pm   Permalink

I just acquired what I consider to be the holy grail of Tiki mugs (since I live on Miami Beach). It's from the Luau on Miami Beach, long since defunct.

Luau Miami Beach Mug


Sammy Davis and Frank Sinatra frequented this place when they did the Miami Beach circuit in the 60's.

[ This Message was edited by: SoBeTiki 2008-04-30 17:32 ]


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fatuhiva
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Melbourne Beach, FL
Posted: 2002-12-16 9:09 pm   Permalink

nice!

ive got a menu from that place


 
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Kailuageoff
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Joined: Mar 27, 2002
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From: Honolulu Lounge,Lewes, DE
Posted: 2002-12-17 08:42 am   Permalink

Great score! I have two drink menus from that place, and am willing to sell one of them. If you want it, send me an e-mail. I can ship it, or we could meet next time I'm in South Florida.

 
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tikifish
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From: Toronto,Canada
Posted: 2003-06-10 3:03 pm   Permalink

My mom emailed me a while back and said "I saw this tiki mug from Luau Miami Beach at an antique shop out of town... but it had a chip so I left it behind".

Being the kind loving daughter I am, I told her to get the hell back there and buy it! Next time she went by that way, she got it... methinks I will get the precioussss in my hot little hands on thursday when she comes to visit.

I didn't know anything about it when she first told me - only that I had never heard of it before... she described it as - and I quote- "it is brown, says at the top 'Luau -
Miami Beach' big ugly face, the tiki is holding what looks like a hot dog in
each hand ) and there is a silver foil Relpo label on the bottom (Made in
Japan). I don't think I've seen him before."

From now on, he shall be known as the hot dog tiki! hahah


 
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tikifish
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From: Toronto,Canada
Posted: 2003-06-10 3:09 pm   Permalink

Oh, did I mention it was 5 bucks? That's 5 bucks CAN so about $3.25 US.

My preciousssss.....


 
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Tiki Royale
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Joined: Dec 06, 2002
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From: The Aloha Room in Beautiful Belmont, CA!
Posted: 2003-06-10 5:05 pm   Permalink

Nice score SoBeTiki!
I've been looking for one of them guys myself. I'd love to display it with this picture of the folks which I now am pretty confident was taken at the Luau Miami back in the day.
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=2454&forum=1
Aloha,


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Kailuageoff
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From: Honolulu Lounge,Lewes, DE
Posted: 2004-02-20 10:51 am   Permalink

I finally scored one of these elusive buggars on ebay for $26. It was listed as ceramic barware, of course.



Now I'll find three at a local thrift store... or worse, Flounder will.
KG

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Aloha from the Sunshine State!



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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2008-04-25 3:20 pm   Permalink

I recently purchased these postcards from The Luau Restaurant in Miami Beach.



The large card with the flaming Tiki heads, illuminated sign, and the blue tinting is really hot!


I also added some other pictures of menus and mugs from the Luau that I found on the web since most of the pictures in this thread do not show up anymore (why don't the older pictures still work on TC?)

Postcard Mailer from Mimi's Site





Menus From TC



Mug from Mikes Tikiroom



 
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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2008-04-25 6:02 pm   Permalink

Here is a Tea Cup from The Miami Luau ~







 
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Tiki Royale
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From: The Aloha Room in Beautiful Belmont, CA!
Posted: 2008-04-25 10:56 pm   Permalink

Here's the shot of my folks at what I believe to be the Luau Miami Beach
(link repaired from earlier post)




Here's a closer view of the bowl on the table holding the pineapple...
Sure looks like the same logo as on the tea cup from Bora Boris.



Aloha,

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1961surf
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Joined: May 03, 2007
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From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2008-04-26 1:03 pm   Permalink

Great thread on the Luau Sobe tiki.
I have an extra LUAU menu available if anyone is interested.
Don't really want to hassle putting it on ebay.
Trader Bill






 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2008-04-26 3:48 pm   Permalink

Here is another Luau drink postcard from Mimi





 
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SoBeTiki
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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
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From: Miami Beach, Florida
Posted: 2008-04-30 5:21 pm   Permalink

I found another great postcard from the Luau Miami Beach:



 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-04-30 10:37 pm   Permalink

This thread is coming together real nicely, folks! Great urban archeology with that cup find in that classic group photo. I always marveled at those Moai sculptures outside of the place. Kailuageoff has a nice rendering of that scene....K.G. my old friend, where did you go?

Dustycajun, could you perhaps produce a blow up of that lower left corner of the postcard, including the Moai, to give us a closer view of the bridge area with those Hawaiian figures? I realize it will be very grainy...


 
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tiki1963
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From: los angeles
Posted: 2008-05-01 07:42 am   Permalink

Brings back memories, shoved between the pages in my mind...

I grew up down the street from the Luau on the 79th St. Causeway. It eventually became a Benihana of Tokyo.

My first tiki/mug contact was at that sacred booze hole. Places like the Luau and Castaways made Miami Beach very Tikified.

Thanks for posting the pics!


 
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