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Tiki Gardens, Indian Rocks Beach/Indian Shores, FL (restaurant)
Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-07-14 6:49 pm   Permalink

I was going through my postcards from Tiki Gardens and thought it would be fun to post all of the different Tikis along with the names that Tiki Gardens used.

The first and most prominent Tiki was the large Kahona, the Water God, located near the entrance. There are many different postcards featuring Kahona, here are a few of my favorites.








Up next is Little Kahona, God of the Birds.





Here is Oro, the two faced Wind God





Lono, Polynesian or Supreme God





Ku, the Hawaiian War God.



This one was called Aku Aku.



Long Ears, an Easter Island God.





A fernwood Tiki.


A Tiki for Pacco the Red Macaw


A funky Monkey God Tiki




And, the impressive Kahiki-like-Tiki located at the entrance to Trader Franks.




That's alot of Tikis, what a great place!

DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-07-15 11:29 am   Permalink

X-elle-lent post, DC. What a cavalcade of concrete characters! Lining up the usual suspects, and then some!
If only they would have had concrete on Easter Island, they would have had much less work, and maybe the forests would still be there.
But then again, the island paradise of Tiki Gardens suffered the same fate as Rapa Nui.


 
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1961surf
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Posted: 2010-07-15 1:57 pm   Permalink

What happened to all these cool tikis...possibly all demolished when the place closed .

 
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JonPez
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Posted: 2011-04-01 10:25 am   Permalink

Going through some old boxes from my childhood and came across a souvenir bag from Tiki Gardens. Not the best condition, but....




Good ol' Kahona...
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Posted: 2011-04-01 10:34 am   Permalink

Indubitably an ancient parchment found in an ancestral cave on EASTER ISLAND!




 
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JonPez
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Posted: 2011-04-04 12:51 pm   Permalink

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Indubitably an ancient parchment found in an ancestral cave on EASTER ISLAND!






Sometimes it feels like archeology when I am excavating boxes at my parent's house...
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JonPez
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Posted: 2011-04-04 12:53 pm   Permalink

Found a tourist slide taken at Tiki Gardens in December 1983 a while back and now that I have the slide scanner up and running, here goes! Enjoy!


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-07-24 4:53 pm   Permalink

Here are some nice wire photos that went for some Big $ on ebay a while back.







Also dug up a few more photos and stories from a historical book on Indian Rocks Beach.

Frank and Jo



I never realized how big the Ku was.



A sticker.



A thimble




The record Bigbro was looking for. Has anybody heard this? Narration by Frank Bowers.







And a Really BIG matchbook.





DC








 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2011-07-25 09:56 am   Permalink

I have a recording of the record. It is ... interesting.

 
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JonPez
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Posted: 2011-07-26 06:23 am   Permalink

I have a copy of that album... I agree with Swanky.

As for the old wire photos on eBay, was anyone on T.C. one of the big bidders? P.M. me if you were!
Thanks!


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TikiGardener
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From: 1st website dedicated to Tiki Gardens
Posted: 2011-07-28 5:11 pm   Permalink

Re-enabled links to all the photos I've posted... Enjoy....

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-07-29 4:40 pm   Permalink

TikiGardener,

Thanks for re-posting all of the great photos.



The Tiki Gardens bumper stickers are back on ebay for $4.99 each, not a bad price for some Tiki Gardens fun. I may have to get another one to put on my motorhome.


http://cgi.ebay.com/Tiki-Gardens-FL-Vintage-1950s-Style-Travel-Decal-/220821604677?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3369fe4945

DC


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JonPez
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Posted: 2011-07-31 5:58 pm   Permalink

These are smaller repros of the original ones...

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TikiGardener,

Thanks for re-posting all of the great photos.



The Tiki Gardens bumper stickers are back on ebay for $4.99 each, not a bad price for some Tiki Gardens fun. I may have to get another one to put on my motorhome.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Tiki-Gardens-FL-Vintage-1950s-Style-Travel-Decal-/220821604677?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3369fe4945

DC



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JonPez
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Posted: 2011-08-01 09:05 am   Permalink

The story goes that group of Australian investors traded opals for Tiki Gardens instead of cash. The father of a former girlfriend was the real estate broker for the deal (or part of it). He gave me this on my college graduation in 1989. It was one of the opals he received as his commission of the sale.



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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-08-06 10:28 am   Permalink

Jon Pez,

That is an interesting story on the opals.

There were some more of the wire photos sold on ebay that I grabbed a few images from. First a few of Frank.





A couple Tikis that I have never seen before.

Kula the Camera God.





And this little guy hanging out by Lono.





Cool historical stuff.

DC


 
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