||Kahiki Big Moai Rebirth
Joined: Apr 09, 2003
From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
|Posted: 2006-09-28 9:00 pm  Permalink|
I'm glad the topknot is still there.
Joined: Nov 21, 2004
|Posted: 2006-09-29 05:08 am  Permalink|
spooky...the last time i saw those was when i was leaving kahiki for the last time.......weird......anyway, good score.....soon you will be able to stand inside it and sell tickets to visit your tiki world out there in ohio!! hmmmmmm..could be the beginning of the new "tikis" theme park, like the old one that was on the west coast.......
Joined: Apr 07, 2004
From: North Coast/ DEAD
|Posted: 2006-09-29 5:56 pm  Permalink|
they are writing a book about the KAHIKI? who's their publisher?hope this one doesn't take 4years.
Joined: Aug 23, 2003
From: Las Vegas
|Posted: 2006-09-29 10:33 pm  Permalink|
How fricken' awesome is that?
Are ya gonna bring it to the next Coon Tiki?
Keep the progress pics a' comin'!!!
Joined: Nov 12, 2002
From: Huntikington Beach
|Posted: 2006-09-30 08:24 am  Permalink|
We should build a 1/10th scale Kahiki there on your land!!
Custom Tropical Decor
I build Tiki Rooms for you! Just ask around ;)
Joined: Oct 21, 2003
From: So Cal
|Posted: 2006-09-30 10:37 pm  Permalink|
John, that is an amazing piece and with all the heritage, great job with the rescue and restore, can't wait to see it up right...
Joined: Nov 26, 2005
|Posted: 2006-10-01 10:38 am  Permalink|
Great idea Ben! When can you start?
Amy your place looks great! Can't wait to meet you someday.
Joined: Jul 14, 2006
From: Bellows Falls Vermont
|Posted: 2006-10-01 8:11 pm  Permalink|
Okay, Tikiskip and all the other fine tikiphiles, finally had some good weather and the time to uncover these “sacred” and scarred relics of tiki history.
First I would like to thank timely circumstance and the generosity of the Tsao family who offered these treasures.I wasn't expecting or looking for this windfall but am thrilled (and broke!) after rescuing these icons from imminent destruction. While interviewing the late Michael Tsao’s wife, Alice and sons, Jeff and Tim, and in looking at photos of the Kahiki I asked whatever happened to the pieces that had been saved for a possible rebirth. Tim mentioned that the fireplace and moai were disintegrating and had little salvage value (what?!). He asked if I knew anyone who would want them as they were too large and damaged to be saved and were about to be scrapped. In disbelief, I said "I'll take them!” ... the Tsao’s said okay, but they have to be moved in three days. Then the scramble to hire a truck on short notice and make loading and offloading arrangements. I was going to take all three pieces but I thought that it would be a great idea to offer one moai to my friend, John (tikiskip) as he has been so welcoming, generous and helpful with the Kahiki book project. He’s as crazy about this stuff as we I am (if not more!) and it would be great to have one moai stay in Columbus. This decision and offer were made well before I realized the flatbed may not have held all three pieces.
There’s more to this saga of bringing these magnificent tiki artifacts to Vermont, but realize that my love for things Kahiki and tiki goes beyond good reason. I'll will post progress on the restorations and addition, but it probably won’t happen until spring since Vermont's winter is fast approaching. (not too much of an exaggeration!).
Thanks John and Barb for your continued friendship and I'm looking forward to meeting many of you at the Hukilau.
pondering how to get it on the flatbed (thank god for credit cards--shipping was $3000!)
collecting the pieces that were crumbling off
after a crane offloaded them at our house (another grand)--fireplace detail
recognize those eyes?
gas burner mechanism for the topknot
interior view of face; back has a crack all the way to the top
just moving it around the yard......yeah, right !
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
|Posted: 2006-10-02 06:04 am  Permalink|
Great pics! Those eyes could not even be seen when you got the fireplace.
Your moai is in better shape the mine I think. Thanks again guys.
I could have never dreamed I would end up with one of these!
Have fun at the Hukilau!
Joined: May 09, 2005
From: San Diego
|Posted: 2006-10-02 08:49 am  Permalink|
You guys rule! Happy to see someone saving some of the greatest pieces of tiki history out there.
Joined: Feb 08, 2006
From: The Shadowy Moss Draped South
|Posted: 2006-10-02 09:57 am  Permalink|
Hey man, you really should know that you are doing a great part in the advancement of historic preservation. Maybe if you conduct tours once a year for people to see that thing you could qualify for a Federal restoration grant....maybe not. I would like to say that I am also conducting research on the Kahiki and am working through the University of Georgia to create a cyber walking tour through its interior and around the grounds. The basis for this work is to create a new teaching tool that will further our understanding and appreciation of historic architecture by recreating the treasures we have lost in the wake of modern development trends. Would you mind providing the measurements for the moai so that they can be entered into our database?
Joined: Nov 26, 2005
|Posted: 2006-10-02 11:15 am  Permalink|
I once saw a complete to scale model of the Kahiki. It was great!
But yes I will send you measurements of the moai.
Thank you. And good luck with your project.
I will help anyway I can.I have many items from the Kahiki.
Maybe you could add pictures of the items that were in the Kahiki
to your project.
PS I have two hours of video of the Kahikis last days, plus the last night party.
You need to come over and see it.
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Joined: Jul 23, 2002
From: Columbus, Ohio
|Posted: 2006-10-03 02:13 am  Permalink|
Aloha Greg and Melissa,
Thank you so much for rescueing these rare artifacts from Tiki's golden age. The Kahiki was one of the finest Polynesian restaurants ever constructed. Thanks also for donating the extra Moai to my friend tikiskip. He is in the process of restoring it as we speak. It is nice to keep at least a piece of this in Ohio.
You guys are definitely preserving a piece of Ohio history and for that I thank you very much. It would have been a real shame to learn that these items were destroyed.
Thanks for posting the pictures and keep us updated on your own restoration project.
Cheers and Mahalo,
Joined: Oct 01, 2003
From: Baltimore, Maryland, PNG
|Posted: 2006-10-03 05:05 am  Permalink|
On 2006-10-02 09:57, Swamp Tiki wrote:I would like to say that I am also conducting research on the Kahiki and am working through the University of Georgia to create a cyber walking tour through its interior and around the grounds.
hey swamp do you have measured or construction documents for the kahiki? if so can such a thing be shared? be your best friend...
Joined: Nov 26, 2005
|Posted: 2006-10-13 12:15 pm  Permalink|
Back from Hukilau. So here's some pics of the repairs.
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