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midnite
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 1230
From: 37? 47' N, 122? 26' W
Posted: 2003-01-05 5:54 pm   Permalink

This is definitely one mug I want to acquire:

Frankoma War God

Not gettin' this one though. Frankoma collectors are rather "fervent". Maybe next time.

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aquarj
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Joined: Apr 02, 2002
Posts: 1080
From: SF bay area, CA
Posted: 2003-01-05 10:10 pm   Permalink

Hey, fun to see talk of the Lanai tiki by Barney West! If you think that tiki looks big, just consider that PolyPop is about 6'6" tall!

Thanks for mentioning my slideshow of the move, BigBro. In case it helps for anyone following that link, use the "Photos" link on the page BigBro listed to get to the Lanai tiki slideshow link.

So, here's some longwinded additions to the discussion...

Yes, the tiki is out in the elements all the time, just as he has been for the last 40 years, I guess. Actually, I keep wishing I could gather more facts about his age and so on. I've contacted some restoration / preservation experts in the bay area, and the consensus from most of them is to do nothing, since it has lasted well all these years. There are a couple things I will do though.

And yes, this tiki was most recently in front of the Lanai Liquors, which is still there and which still has a neat, but flickering neon sign. But the store owner is the one (among others) who told me that it used to stand in front of the Lanai restaurant. Having never seen the restaurant before it was Walgreen'd, I can't say for sure. Here's part of an old brochure that shows a couple shots of the front of the restaurant:



There's actually some kind of moai guy shown in this photo! But no sign of the other tiki in these pics, or any others that I've seen of the restaurant. The story I heard was that there were originally two big Barney West tikis out front of the Lanai, and that one ended up at the liquor store and one went somewhere in southern CA. Supposedly the owner thought they were bad luck. I can say it has brought me good luck since I've had it though!

The other story I heard was that the liquor store was indeed originally associated with the restaurant, and also with the Villa hotel and the Chartier restaurant, which were all in the same plaza called Villa Square (see the note on the brochure). One stop shopping - stay at the Villa, dine in simulated paradise at the Lanai, and then get stock up at the liquor store for the late nite hotel room escapades. Today that plaza is a Kinkos and a Walgreens, but the hotel and the liquor store are still there.

And yes, hulahula, stop on by! It's always a pleasure having TC'ers over, since as a lot, they tend to be very gracious guests!

-Randy


 
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traderfranks
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Joined: Apr 11, 2002
Posts: 39
From: Fresno
Posted: 2003-01-05 11:24 pm   Permalink

There's a restaurant in Fresno, CA called the Leilani and it has exactly the same palm tree sign as the Lanai. Were these signs mass produced, or were the two restaurants related?

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And yes, this tiki was most recently in front of the Lanai Liquors, which is still there and which still has a neat, but flickering neon sign. But the store owner is the one (among others) who told me that it used to stand in front of the Lanai restaurant. Having never seen the restaurant before it was Walgreen'd, I can't say for sure. Here's part of an old brochure that shows a couple shots of the front of the restaurant:






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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11158
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2003-01-06 11:07 am   Permalink

Great research, Randy, and my apologies to Polynesian Pop, you were better informed by Randy as the on-site urban archeologist.
I love that shot of the Lanai entrance! It makes sense that they had two Barney West Tikis there (You can see two of his Maois in front of the Washington Trader Vic's on page 53 of the BOT). In their time, there were surely snapshots posed with both of them, which now rest in some box in some attic, to be thrown out eventually...

The sign similarity is a more difficult question. It is likely that they were done by the same sign company. But then again, the old Polynesian restaurants (of which the Lanai was one) spawned entrepeneurs among their (often Chinese) managers that, after they left, or the place closed, went out and opened their own Tiki supper clubs, using the experience they had gained in the Polynesian/Chinese Cuisine field.

The Leilani on Blackstone in Fresno was a dual business with the Luau on 1663 Fulton Ave., owned and run by brothers Jimmy, Roy and Stanley Dunn. Maybe they used to work at the Lanai? I have a black Moai mug with "The Leilani" AND "The Luau" inscribed on the back.

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PolynesianPop
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2368
From: Corona, Ca
Posted: 2003-01-06 8:31 pm   Permalink

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Hey, fun to see talk of the Lanai tiki by Barney West! If you think that tiki looks big, just consider that PolyPop is about 6'6" tall!



Give or take a foot!

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Great research, Randy, and my apologies to Polynesian Pop, you were better informed by Randy as the on-site urban archeologist.



Bigbro, no apology required

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aquaorama
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Joined: Jan 11, 2003
Posts: 615
From: Tropical Bixby Knolls LBC
Posted: 2003-01-12 1:00 pm   Permalink

I still search Ebay all the time for a Trader Vic "Seahorse" mug. Everytime I think one is mine the price just goes crazy on it! ACK!!

 
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Chongolio
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Joined: Oct 02, 2002
Posts: 2765
From: The Coast of Kauai
Posted: 2003-01-12 3:01 pm   Permalink

Light is my grail. That is I need lamps! The puffer fish and the glass floats. They are available, but sometimes elusive and expensive. A stuffed marlin would be nifty too.

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twowheelin'tiki
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Joined: Nov 28, 2002
Posts: 712
From: santa monica
Posted: 2003-01-21 7:45 pm   Permalink

anything kelbos would do me just fine.....but a light up drink box menu from kelbos would be the ultimate!.

 
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twowheelin'tiki
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Joined: Nov 28, 2002
Posts: 712
From: santa monica
Posted: 2003-01-24 6:45 pm   Permalink

chongo, call oceanic arts for the light up puffer fish, and i have some floats that light up, what color and size?
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MauiTiki
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Joined: Jan 20, 2003
Posts: 693
From: A rock in the middle of the Ocean
Posted: 2003-01-25 2:19 pm   Permalink

My dream mug would be the Hawaii Kai tiki with the hula girl in it's mouth. (as seen on page 181 of the Book of Tiki).

I've got one pictured on a T-shirt but not the real thing. I never even see them on e-bay.
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Rorysm
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Joined: Mar 17, 2003
Posts: 161
Posted: 2006-04-12 07:33 am   Permalink

Sorry to bring alive a long-dead post, but I liked the topic and i stumbled upon it recently...

My three wish I had mugs:

3. Any mug from the Jeckyl and Hyde in NYC that isn't the brown headhunter (I remember when i ate there in 1999 that they had three types of mugs and I bought the brown headhunter, I can't even remember the other two!)
2. Reagan from Polytiki
1. Seahorse from Trader Vics (for the wife)


 
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JonPez
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Joined: Jul 01, 2003
Posts: 224
From: Orlando, FL
Posted: 2006-04-12 10:07 am   Permalink

My own personal Kahona to fire up in a torch-lighting ceremony at dusk every evening.


Oh yeah, and make it have an access panel in the back so it could double as a grill.
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McTiki
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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
Posts: 1962
From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2006-04-27 3:39 pm   Permalink

Here are some of my grails....I love this stuff.



 
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Tikiwahine
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
Posts: 3288
From: Victoria, BC
Posted: 2006-04-27 3:47 pm   Permalink

The Trader Vic's Green Seahorse Mug(any color, really) & The Otagiri Green handled guy biting his tongue



 
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kingstiedye
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Joined: Oct 05, 2005
Posts: 1301
From: sackatomato
Posted: 2006-04-27 3:56 pm   Permalink

i'd love to get something from the zombie hut in sacramento. i danced with a hula girl there in about 1970 when i was around 11. great memory! thanks for bringing back this thread, rorysm.

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