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Tur Mai Kai Kalamazoo MI. photos, new pics pg 6.
uncle trav
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Posted: 2006-12-08 06:57 am   Permalink

A few pics I dug up about the long gone Tur Mai Kai. Sorry for the quality. I don't have a scanner so these are pics of photo copies. The first one shows the OA Tikis out front one 10' and the other 8' tall.

An ad from the 1969 phone book


The Lum's (owners) at the carved front doors

The interior "village" area designed by OA at a cost of 75,000 in 1969! kind of a grainy pic but it's all thats left.

A couple of news clips showing artist drawings.

Another news clip of what would become the menu art. and the grand opening.
The news clips talk of the watrer fall over the cocktail hut and the fish laden stream with a bridge over it. Many seperate theamed huts to dine in and fresh fish and fruit flown in daily from around the world. Sadly the Lum's sold the Tur Mai Kai in I belive 1979. The place lived on as the Peking Palace until it was closed and torn down a about two years ago. It still had drinks in mugs and tiki could still be seen. It sure would be nice to stop by for a "Hawaiian Orgy" cocktail on a snowy Michigan day like this but I have to settle for my old TMK menu and my home lounge.



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croe67
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Posted: 2006-12-08 07:19 am   Permalink

Thanks for posting - I used to go there as a kid in the 70's & the decor was fabulous!!! Now when I drive by the site where it used to be, it just bums me out. (I'm from Kalamazoo & we go back a couple times a year.) There don't seem to be any other tiki spots to visit when I'm in town that I have found - are there any???

 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2006-12-08 07:24 am   Permalink

Hi croe67. Not a tiki to be found. The old GUM-HO on Portage Rd. used to have a polynesian theam a long time ago in the bar area but GUM-HO is done gone.

 
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Posted: 2006-12-08 08:11 am   Permalink

I live in Ann Arbor, and that places looks like a nice oasis in the desert. Now Michigan pretty much is all dried up. That is very interesting to know about that place and I bet not too many people knew it existed.

 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2006-12-08 08:21 am   Permalink

Not to much left up here. Kinda tough to find any TMK items. I have a matchbook and a menu. I know of a hurricane glass with the logo on it but not much else. Years of looking and still can't score the hurrican glass! Still a few items here and there come up from time to time.

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2006-12-08 09:11 am   Permalink

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On 2006-12-08 08:11, teaKEY wrote:
I live in Ann Arbor, and that places looks like a nice oasis in the desert. Now Michigan pretty much is all dried up. That is very interesting to know about that place and I bet not too many people knew it existed.



..i heard the carters knew of it's existence for a long time...but dave has had a history of keeping places secret from others till he's done plundering tiki items from them...sorry, dave, but you really burned us with that "beyond the reef" tiki bar years ago...we would have loved to spend more than one evening there before they tore it down...i'm sure others would have too.....


 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2006-12-08 09:33 am   Permalink

A couple shots of the menu for ya.






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croe67
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Posted: 2006-12-08 12:15 pm   Permalink

That menu has some striking similarities to the Kahiki menu....wonder if they used some of the same mugs? Like the Hoffman Moai that seems to be pictured? I've got the hurricane glass (thanks to my Grandma, who still lived in Kzoo), but haven't, yet, managed a menu, though I am hoping to someday....

 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2006-12-08 12:36 pm   Permalink

Good eye on the Kahiki connection. I have a Kahiki menu and sat down one night and took a look at both. The TMK is a direct ripoff right down to the Kahiki picks for the fruit to garnish the drinks. Same names, artwork, even the number of leaves on the mint sprigs. Looks like they took a negitive and turned it into a two color print.
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Feelin' Zombified
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Posted: 2006-12-08 6:59 pm   Permalink


great pics Trav. I recently lost that menu in an auction... any chance you can post some high-rez scans someday?



-Z

PS- is it true that quality of Bilbo's Pizza is not what it once was?
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pa'akiki
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Posted: 2006-12-08 10:07 pm   Permalink

Here is the hurricane glass. Great info Uncle Trav. Believe it or not I won two Polynesian menus on eBay and the seller gave me the Tur Mai Kai menu as an extra. You never seen two people jump for joy like we did. that day.







 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2006-12-09 04:46 am   Permalink

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On 2006-12-08 18:59, Feelin' Zombified wrote:

post some high-rez scans someday?


PS- is it true that quality of Bilbo's Pizza is not what it once was?




I try to get some high-rez scans out of the menu at some point. As for Bilbo's I think it's still great.


 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2006-12-09 04:51 am   Permalink

[quote]
On 2006-12-08 22:07, pa'akiki wrote:
Here is the hurricane glass. Great info Uncle Trav. Believe it or not I won two Polynesian menus on eBay and the seller gave me the Tur Mai Kai menu as an extra. You never seen two people jump for joy like we did. that day.

Wow Like buying two bars of silver and get'n a gold bar for free. Thanks for postig the hurricane glass pic...!!






 
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Formikahini
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Posted: 2006-12-09 09:30 am   Permalink

Uncle Trav-

GREAT urban archeology!!
That place was a treasure, and I really appreciate getting to at least see all the artifacts together.
Thanks for all your hard work researching, collecting and posting.

Wistfully longing to have seen it in The Day,
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2006-12-10 10:22 am   Permalink

Excellent work..places such as this and the Mahi Mahi in Nashville would be lost to the record forever without research like this...Mahalo!

 
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