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Enchanted Tiki Guy
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Joined: Aug 14, 2008
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From: West Hollywood, CA
Posted: 2008-08-15 5:01 pm   Permalink

Paul, I'm just plain stunned! How awesome your Paradise Cove is!!!! I can't wait to see it in person! Oh my god! See you on August 31st!

 
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KreepyTiki
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Joined: Mar 18, 2007
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Posted: 2008-09-06 12:01 pm   Permalink

First, thanks for the kudos, Enchanted Tiki Guy! (And once your cold is better, we'll re-schedule your visit to the Cove!)

Secondly, thought I'd share two new acquisitions which now have found a home in Paradise Cove...

The first is this new peacock chair:



An essential element in almost all the classic Golden Age tiki restaurants & power spots, I think you'll agree. Even the newest power-spots like Forbidden Island proudly feature these. And yet I'd been searching in vain for one of these babies for over a year!

And then Mr. Noname (bless his lil beachcomber's soul!) informed me (while at the Bali Hai for the opening of Oasis '08) of not one but TWO of those chairs he'd just seen at a local Salvation Army! Well, needless to say, I was there bright and early the next morning and BOTH were excellent! So I quickly grabbed the one that was in the best shape -- bought it for half price (a whopping $13.00) as it was on sale that morning -- and found that it fit PERFECTLY into my little Suzuki hatch-back! (This factor had been a major concern.)

And the rest is history -- and a beautiful finishing touch to my lounge! (Though, of course, I'll ALWAYS be adding new little touches here and there and making various improvements.)

Then there is my favorite souvenir of "Zombie Island" (Oasis 2008) -- the amazing Munktiki event mug:



Gotta love it!

Well, that's it for now. Though I'll soon be posting 20 additional pics of my lounge from a new photo-session I recently did which incorporates about a dozen changes/additions made since the last pics were added.

Cheers & Mahalos!

Castaway Clemens


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KreepyTiki
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Joined: Mar 18, 2007
Posts: 204
Posted: 2008-09-08 1:56 pm   Permalink

Aloha, all!

Okay -- here are the tropical fruits of my new photo-session -- starting at the entrance area in the rooms' South-East corner and basically moving clockwise from there...

Enjoy!





That Chinese-lantern style light-blue hanging lamp is one of the many new additions to the Cove in recent months/weeks/days.



And, yes, that IS a COMPLETELY (and deliberately) out-of-place Tweety Bird you see affixed to the upper-right corner of the door. It pleased me to perversely include a totally inappropriate WTF element in my otherwise poli"tiki"ally correct lounge! So -- call me weird. Ya wouldn't be the FIRST!



Notice the new green mini-spot I added just behind the blue Caliente tropics night-light illuminating the grinning face of a tiki that got completely lost in the shadows before?



I'm really enjoyin' the recent addition of this red-glowing tiki wall-mask! (Would ya believe I nabbed that sucker at OSH!? Just shows -- you can find tiki almost anywhere if ya keep yer peepers peeled!)



Just for this photo I got a little pin-spot to illuminate Tretchikov's "creepy blue-skinned Chinese girl". (Have you ever noticed that that's almost ALWAYS the way that painting is described?)





Though hard to spot amidst all the other clutter, there's a new set of thatch n' tapa bamboo wind-chimes here and a new hanging glass lamp as well.





That's a new swag lamp (with chain) hangin' from the ever-starry ceiling!



Beneath all those hibiscus blooms are three beautiful white porcelain nudes, only two of which are barely (pun intended!) visible in this pic. And I've hesitated posting any pic closer than this because one of 'em is being particularly naughty ('Nuff said! ), and I'll probably catch some kinda flak for it! Why are some folks on this site surprisingly prudish? Ya'd think the tiki-vibe, by its very natural nature, would sorta cancel out that kind of closed-minded attitude, wouldn't you? But I guess ya just never know!



And the two lovely metal signs I just got from my dear friends at Mainlanders (aka Tropical Tikis, aka Culbertson Imports --c'mon guys, pick ONE name!) make a very pleasing addition to the shoreline of the Cove, along with the new orchid lights!





Naturally, I'm pleased as Planter's Punch re. the proud new addition of my peacock chair -- a throne fit for King Kamehameha himself!



Yep, that IS Bali Hai's infamous Goof now crowning my Big Kahuna fountain -- thanks to Holden, Squid, and Tiki Farm!







That bottle of Santiago Bay West Indies Rum proudly sports a red devil-head bottle-stopper (topper?) courtesy of me pirate-pal Thor as a tribute to all his wonderful new rum paintings! Also, underneath the illuminated Ku, is a vintage outrigger model-kit I got on eBay which, once assembled, will eventually hang from the ceiling. I mean, I'd love to have a full-size one like so many classic Poly-Pop restaurants, but in THIS lil' place? Good luck!


I enjoy how the glowing black-lit crab here seems to be about to attack the kool pendant I got at Oasis from my pal Tiki-Al!



MAN I wish there was a way to have the lighting come out just as it is in this photo WITHOUT my moving waterfall picture being WAY OVEREXPOSED!


Oh well, I guess ya can't always get whatcha want! (Haven't I heard that line in a SONG somewhere???)

Okay -- well, th-th-th-that's all, folks!

Cheers & Mahalos

Castaway Clemens


 
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KreepyTiki
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Posted: 2008-09-15 07:51 am   Permalink

Okay -- I finally caved!

The "Eek! -- Tweety!" comment has really been getting to me...



But rather than remove the deliberately perverse and offendingly non-tiki Tweety from the Cove, I decided to effect a little ("wittel"?) transformation on him (her?) -- or rather on three of Tweety's accoutrements...

And so -- Ta DA!



Introducing "Tiki Tweety", complete with souvenir Mai-Kai cap, I Heart Tiki sweatshirt, and War Club!

Cheers!


 
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KreepyTiki
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Posted: 2009-04-28 07:29 am   Permalink

A few more pics of some new additions/touches to the Lounge...


































 
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Mr. Pupu Pants
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Joined: Mar 06, 2008
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From: Edmonds, WA
Posted: 2009-04-28 12:52 pm   Permalink

Looks like a lot of love went into this place. I sure love the mood.

 
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Queen Kamehameha
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Joined: Oct 21, 2003
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From: So Cal
Posted: 2009-04-28 1:13 pm   Permalink

Kreepy, great job, I haven't done an inside space, but I imagine it is hard to capture the essence and get it right, you certainly have done that. I love the bamboo frames where you have all the wall art. It is all done so well! Congrats!

 
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KreepyTiki
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Posted: 2009-04-28 11:13 pm   Permalink

Thank you both!

High praise indeed, coming from YOU guys!

And, yes, a WHOLE LOT of love went into this place (Not to mention a fair amount of BUCKS! But it was worth it!)

Cheers!

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Enchanted Tiki Guy
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Joined: Aug 14, 2008
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From: West Hollywood, CA
Posted: 2009-07-03 9:21 pm   Permalink

Well Paul, it may have taken until July 2nd, 2009 to see your Paradise Cove but it was worth the wait! Fellow Tiki fans, words cannot express the AWESOME tiki environment my friend Paul has put together! He is a truly imaginative, creative artist in many ways. I layed down on his bed and looked up to the purplish blue star nebula sky projected onto his ceiling and took in all the colorful lights and tiki adornments. I drank in all the wonderous tiki statues, fountains (all with running water) mists, lanterns, nets, etc like a good tiki drink! I begged him to let me rent Parasise Cove for a week, but he wouldn't budge! How can I blame him! I hope other Los Angeles tiki fans can contact him for a visit perhaps, for photos cannot do it justice. Thank you Paul my friend for taking me to Paradise Cove for a truly cool visit!

 
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KreepyTiki
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Posted: 2009-07-08 09:05 am   Permalink

Mahalo, my friend!

It was my pleasure! Your appreciation is much appreciated!

And you're welcome to a return trip any time -- just be sure to book in advance! (You know how looooong it takes to get all the lights and fountains and other stuff goin'!" )

Cheers!



 
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Swamp Fire
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Joined: Jul 31, 2003
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From: Long Beach, CA
Posted: 2009-07-09 08:43 am   Permalink

Wow Paul, the place is look'n sharp.

So much to look at and atmosphere up the wazoo.

Great job!!
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TikiPops
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Joined: Jan 11, 2008
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From: Buena Park, Ca.
Posted: 2009-07-09 10:50 am   Permalink

Your lounge looks awesome. You've got quite a collection going there.

 
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Capt. R.H. Falernum
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Joined: Mar 05, 2009
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From: Mar Vista (Los Angeles), CA
Posted: 2009-08-14 12:41 pm   Permalink

KreepyTiki - wow! This is a stunningly impressive room you've created.
Have you ever considered being part of one of the 'home tiki bar' tours (such as
the one being discussed for 2009)?

It'd be great to see this in person as it looks like the ideal place to enjoy a cocktail or 10.

Cheers, mate.


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Wayfarer
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From: Italy, but not by choice
Posted: 2009-08-15 12:47 pm   Permalink

Very well done, I can practically hear Quiet Village playing in the background. I wonder what the TiPSI is for that room? (considering the amount of tiki I changed it from 'tiki per square yard' to 'tiki per square inch')

 
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KreepyTiki
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Joined: Mar 18, 2007
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Posted: Yesterday; 02:32 am   Permalink

Aloha Ohana!

It's been quite a while since I last posted any new pics of my Paradise Cove Lounge. But after the long illness and eventual passing of my dear mom, I've gradually gotten back into the tiki loop again and I've been hard at work renovating and adding vintage treasures such as some Florian Gabriel mugs from The Luau (and chuckin' some old stuff out), as well as adding new treasures (Trader Sam's anyone?) and adjusting lighting, etc.

And after a recent (and expensive!) trip to our beloved Oceanic Arts, as well as making some nice purchases at the International Tiki Marketplace (Bosko, Trader Pup and Monkeyman Design to name just a few), I have added new layers of mystery and exotic magic to my lil' semi-private island! And aside from new float lights, new puffers and ornate swag lamps, wall-carvings, standing tikis and paddles, etc., I've also added some koolamundo new rippling aquatic reflection FX on the ceiling.

But rather than enumerate each addition photo by photo, I'll just let the following images speak for themselves....



























































I should make mention of one interesting lighting problem I encountered and how I solved it.

If you happened to notice a nice big sandblasted purple float light, I got that at Oceanic Arts and fitted it with a lamp socket and cord. Simple enough. But I then got quite a surprise when I added a 25 watt bulb and switched it on -- instead of the lovely rich purple of the non-illuminated glass, the color was now an awful Pepto-Bismol pink! Eeeek! And that would just not DO!

So, beginning to experiment, I next tried a clear purple party bulb. Almost no difference. Hmmmm... Strange... Next I tried a blue party bulb which, to my surprise, made the whole float light a uniform blue, with no hint of purple! Curiouser and curiouser... Becoming exasperated, I began looking around my lounge searching desperately for other possibilities. And that's when my gaze fell on a fluorescent blacklight twisty-bulb I had illuminating one corner of the room. And, remembering I had another put aside just in case, I put that one into the float and -- VOILA! EUREKA! YES! The PERFECT rich, mysterious PURPLE float-light I'd been dreaming of cast its ultraviolet beauty on the ceiling and the wall behind it!



So I hope my little experiment may save others some time and trouble should you also want a proper purple to float your boat!

And, lastly, I recently was delighted to find a Disney collector's pin featuring Jiminy Cricket with the exact same Tangaroa Enchanted Tiki Baby that was given to me years ago by a dear friend whose dad was the Vice President of Marketing for Disney. And here you see that actual painted fiberglass Tiki Baby still hanging happily from the bottom of a shelf in Paradise Cove! (You can see a clearer flash-pic of him/her? earlier in this thread which nicely shows the whole body and the original, NEVER-to-be-altered Disney paint-job.)





Cheers and Mahalo!



 
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