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Mauna Loa Lounge, Mayfair Hotel, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada (restaurant)
bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-06-29 09:08 am   Permalink

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On 2008-06-29 06:35, bigbrotiki wrote:
Dear TC Moderators, I am bumming about some of the images posted here lately reducing themselves down to thumbnail size. It interrupts the narrative flow of threads like the above. As a visual person and frequent image uploader, it would be frustrating to find my work reduced like that just after a couple of weeks/months. Luckily it has not happened to me, but why IS it happening, and how can it be prevented? I know those lost blue question mark images have to be replaced by the original posters, but can these mini ones be fixed to full size again?



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On 2008-06-29 08:28, GatorRob wrote:
Sven, the images in this thread that have been reduced to thumbnail size are hosted on shutterfly.com, not on Tiki Central. So the problem is with shutterfly or that person's shutterfly account.



Aha, thank you, Rob. So folks, do not use Shutterfly anymore! Hosting/posting images thru TC is so quick and easy, I do it everyday!




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KreepyTiki
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Posted: 2008-07-13 12:49 pm   Permalink

Amen, Sven!

I was just about to post asking this question myself, but I'm glad you beat me to it and already elicited the answer to the mystery!

No more Shutterfly, indeed! And, yes, it IS extremely easy to post images through TC. I also do it almost every day as well.

Mahalo & Cheers!


 
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TabooDan
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Posted: 2008-07-15 6:48 pm   Permalink

Okay, I fixed the images in this post so they should be back to normal now! A bit time consuming but had to be done!!
I forgot how cool this post was! As I was fixing the images I went through it again and what a great little Tiki lesson!!

Thanks for the info. about correcting the images. It is pretty easy to download pictures through TC. How many will it hold in here and do we know how long for?

Mahalo, TabooDan









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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-07-16 5:46 pm   Permalink

Thanks for doing that, Dan, it is a fun thread, the reference to the "original Mauna Loa" is unprecedented in Tikidom, usually proprietors would just swipe a name and concept and use it as if they thought of it.

And good question about the life span of the images ---since I post so many. I know one thing: They won't last as long as ...BOOKS !!!


 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2009-08-29 01:51 am   Permalink

Some cocktail umbrellas that surfaced recently on eBay from the Mauna Loa in Portage la Prarie, Manitoba:






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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2009-08-29 02:01 am   Permalink

Ghee, what do those poor little wrecks go for...? Seems like the Canadian Mauna Loa did not only borrow the drink holder Tiki concept from Steve Crane's Kon Tiki, but his Luau logo Tiki as well. Well, it's all part of the great design, the "Tiki transmission tradition" of Polynesian pop.

 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2009-08-29 02:05 am   Permalink

I believe those 4 tattered little umbrellas sold for $17.00. Not so bad in today's cut-throat tiki collectibles market.

The same seller (in Manitoba), must have come across a cache of items from the Mauna Loa. He's been selling large lots of picks and swizzles for really good money recently:









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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-10-08 1:13 pm   Permalink

TabooDan,

I finally got one of those great postcards from the Mauna Loa. Also saw this add on ebay with the same interior shot. The hotel sure wasn't very big when it started.



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TabooDan
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Posted: 2009-11-10 6:26 pm   Permalink

Yeh Dusty, I saw that Ad on Ebay as well. It was a cool one and you're right about the amount of rooms. I bet that place was probably barely ever full even with that small amount of rooms!! It is in the middle of no where!!

I tried contacting a few people about the Mauna Loa and have not turned up anything new. The person who was selling the stir stix and stuff that were posted above does not really know anything about the place other than what I had already posted. It's hard to find out about these places and it's funny how many people out there just really don't want to talk or give any assistance.

Oh well...the hunt goes on!


I did however find what I believe to be the only known photo of the outside (I can say that because I live up here and I have not seen another!! ) of the Mauna Loa in Portage!

It is a little small and hard to see but you should be able to make it out.



This image is from a postcard I found from Portage.

You can see on the far left the Mayfair Hotel. The pharmacy, as discussed in my beginning post, is on the first floor and on the left side (right on the corner) and the Mauna Loa Restaurant is beside that on the right. It looks like it has a large Neon sign which says Mauna Loa above the doorway and it also seems to have a volcano and a piece of bamboo also in neon. It is hard to make out but I think that is what it is.

Here is a little bit of a close up:



I wish I could make it a bit clearer and get closer but I will have to work at it.
This is a cool shot from the late 60's I believe.

I also found a small dish from the Mayfair Hotel which has it's original stamp on the back, that is, pigskin back. See my first posts for the story on this type of collectible glassware. It's kind of a cool piece and has great colors to it.

Here it is:



Well, that's it for now.
Mahalo, TabooDan


 
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TabooDan
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Posted: 2018-03-05 4:37 pm   Permalink

The following is a nice description and write up on the Mauna Loa and the owner George Hill.
The article is from a local historian in that small town who was actually there and knew the people. He himself seems to be quite a character as well. The author does a good job describing the times of the small town and the changes.

The Mauna Loa starts around the 7th paragraph down but the rest is a good read.

The article is from June 15th, 2016.

Hill’s Business Opportunities.
By Don Pelechaty,

"In my last reminiscences of George Hill I talked of his start in the hotel business and my troubling fixation with the Mayfair soda bar! But the Mayfair was never just another restaurant- it was so much more.. It was an experience in becoming a social animal in a period when all the world, certainly our little world of Portage la Prairie, seemed swept up in a cycle of good times and buoyant expectations for the future. But that feeling died somewhere along the way. Now surveys indicate that we expect our children to do less well than we did. Perhaps it took thirty years for the economy to wind down after the pumping up it had in the Second World War!

The Mayfair Hotel was Portage’s first touch of a new age of sophistication. That gold-flecked tile covered building and the ambiance within made us feel that we, ourselves and our town, had finally come of age!

In those first summers of the 1950’s we had a new drive-in theatre, two downtown theatres, two bowling alleys, the fashionable Olympia Restaurant, Robbies selling blue ice cream, an A&W Drive Inn, and Saskatchewan Avenue was lined with interesting and classy shops. The Avenue was walkable , parkable, and had allure with dress shops,butcher shops, drug stores, jewellery stores, shoe repair, watch repair, men’s suits, restaurants, a stock broker, thriving hotels and bars, great shopability! Merchants decorated their windows and washed the sidewalks. It all disappeared! Do you have the answer why?  W e also had  a new Manitoba Hydro Building at the corner of Second and Sask. Avenue (old McLenaghen Block corner)We had welcomed a new Monarch Queen Elizabeth II .

“Regina Elizabeth” the celebration sign read in the window until somebody probably a former student of Margaret Webster, went in and told the manager that it should read ‘Elizabeth Regina’ Some of us still knew our Latin syntax. Do you remember the Hydro’s magic mirror that spoke to you?    
Well, the marquis over Hill’s new Mercury dealership became the stage for George Hill’s special brand of Christmas entertainment. Hill knew that a major downtown Christmas event was crucial to kick off the shopping that made up one half of most merchants annual sales, and so he invented his own Christmas spectacular.

How we kids looked forward to the bands, dancers, costumes ,singers and performers and finally the appearance of Santa in his sleigh. From the stage he would toss out candies and oranges to all the cold but glowing kids! This Disney-like event began with four hours of cartoons at the Army Drill Hall. By the way, the year before in l949 the huge limestone pillared Dept. Of Veterans Affairs building had burned down next door and Hill was busy hauling the remains over to the Island for an elevated and secure footing for his new home then underway. The columns from that building are still on my back patio!. After all those hours of cartoons and treats there could not have been a decent kid who was not anxious to show his appreciation to Mr. Hill  by dropping into his drug store to buy such swell gifts as shaving soap in a wooden bowl for Dad and a flacon of Evening in Paris perfume in that long blue bottle  with a tassel for Mom. Oh, in those days we all pretty easily satisfied.

In the early 1960’s Hill embarked on his most lavish and theatrical business venture and one that would prove to be a fantastical escape for Portagers. At that time a trip to Winnipeg was still a great adventure!

A large renovation project to the eastern part of the hotel (old Cannif Drug Store) slowly turned into an authentic looking Polynesian cocktail lounge. For years Hill had been bringing back saleable exotic souvenirs to stock his gift shop and in the process he had fallen in love with the special charm of the South Seas. Now on the very spot where twenty five years previous he had begun his drug store career, he reached what I think was his finest moment! This was the spot he chose to convert into the ultimate theme lounge-the Mauna Loa. (‘Big Mountain’).

Appearing before us was a room with walls and ceiling of grass matting sewn onto large bamboo poles. It was in effect a large Polynesian hut with glimmering coloured globes hanging around an outrigger canoe and a lighted King Turtle Shell. Blow fish hung in round windows(Hill loved the circular line). The walls were alive with gilded tiles, village scenes and painted leather.

Fountains tinkled near the mahogany bar, peacock chairs waited to enveloper you next to hand carved tables(Bill Kirkland). Waiters wore flowered shirts, white pants and flower leis. Over all this tropical splendour flowed  the strains of Hawaiian music. A storm may have been raging with winds howling across Saskatchewan Avenue but in the Mauna Loa Lounge we were safe in our South Seas cocoon! Hill’s bankers said this bar would never work in Portage and advised against it, but within six months Hill had the ten thousand dollar loan paid off!

The drinks were just as exotic as the surroundings, served in Tiki God crockery or cylinders of brightly coloured glass. Singapore Slings each wore an umbrella! The Mauna Loa Singapore Sling recipe- in a tall glass add ice cubes, one and half ounce gin, orange juice. Grenadine, cherry kiafka, add a twist of orange, swizzle stick and umbrella! You knew you had been enjoying yourself too much when the table became littered with cute umbrellas!

Here and there stood strange Polynesian  “Gods” hand carved and painted in authentic hues, one even had a ruby in it’s navel. These Gods were the creation of my old pal Daryl Giffin and myself. They added flavour to this tropical stage set! The interior decor had been carried out by artist Edith Holden.

The opening day bar tenders were Ken Bowman, Eddie Koppen and Ed Stellar. The serving staff forbade profane language or bad behaviour. Once a waiter banned you only he could re-instate you! George Hill told the bar tenders that if a banned guest protested that they were a personal friend of Mr. Hills then the miscreant was to be given a nickle and told to phone George!

The ‘God of Good Luck’ Buddha sat over a fountain at the bar. Your wish just might come true if you rubbed it’s tummy! Someone must have felt down on their luck for  the Buddha suddenly disappeared! Anyone want to sell it to me? One evening Edith Holden sat by that fountain and along with her cocktail ordered a sandwich. The bar tender  Ed Stellar hated food in the bar and when he finally brought the sandwich up from the kitchen to her Edith purred, Mae West style,“ I hope you didn’t have to make that yourself honey!”.
Those were the days my friend...."

That's the end of the article.

Great description of the place!!
I thought I'd share this here and hope somebody gives us some more history.

Mahalo
TabooDan







 
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