|Sabu The Coconut Boy|
Grand Member (first year)
Joined: Aug 20, 2002
From: Carson, California
|Posted: 2003-04-15 12:01 pm  Permalink|
I think our mystery tiki-bar may have been in Miami!
I found this old postcard showing the WAIKIKI hotel, and it had an Aloha Lounge:
This hotel fits the profile. It was on the beach and falls into the tiki era. Compare the modernist architecture on the postcard with my photo of the Aloha Lounge below it:
Imagine walking from the front of the hotel in the first photo, to the rear of the hotel which faced the beach. The wide cement or steel ledge you see above the parking structure in the first photo, matches the same ledge that intersects the A-frame roof of the Aloha Lounge in the second photo. The glass windows, the spacing of their frames, and the curtains also seem to match. All this leads me to believe the Aloha Lounge was on the back-side of the Waikiki, facing the beach. Here's the text from the back of the postcard:
"The Fabulous New Waikiki. 100% Air Conditioned and Heated. On the Oceanfront at 18801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Fla. 350 outside rooms, all with Beauty Rest Mattresses, Hotel Rooms and Efficiencies with complete kitchens, Ample Free Parking, 3 Swimming Pools, 450 Ft. Private Beach, Dining Terrace, Dancing, Movies, Bingo, Beach Parties, Aloha Lounge, Pineapple Bowl Coffee Shop. AAA. Fire-proof. diner's Club, American Express, Carte Blanche."
Any opinions? Do you think this is it, or should I keep hunting? Are there any TC-ers out there who live in the Miami area who might be able to check out the site and see if anything remains?
[ This Message was edited by: Sabu The Coconut Boy on 2003-04-15 12:05 ]