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Honolulu Harry's Waikiki Restaurant, Chicago, IL (restaurant)
Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2008-07-02 5:32 pm   Permalink

Name:Honolulu Harry's Waikiki Restaurant
Type:restaurant
Street:804 Wilson Avenue
City:Chicago
State:IL
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
Honolulu Harry's Waikiki Club and Restaurant was a happening South Pacific restaurant and night club in Chicago. Advertised American, Cantonese and Hawaiian foods with dancing under the Hawaiian skies.



 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-07-02 5:43 pm   Permalink

I had posted a menu from the South Pacific Restaurant located in Chicago and got a lot of feedback on the numerous tiki restaurants that once flourished in Chicago. I decided to put this post together showing all of the paper I have collected for Honolulu Harry's Waikiki Club and Restaurant.

The Waikiki bar



Surf Dining Room


This is an oversized card showing different rooms within the restaurant.



Close-up of the Surf Room and Stage



Close-up of the Hoonanea Lounge


Close-up of the Waikiki Bar



Close-up of the Surf Room South Section



Here are a couple of Business Cards front side



Business Cards back side



These are always fun - the restaurant photo holder with the old time photo intact.



It seems that "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" even back then! It must have been Ladies Night.



 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-07-02 6:51 pm   Permalink

Here is a picture from the Barefoot Hawaiian showing a Hula performances at Honolulu Harry's Waikiki.

Barefoot Hawaiian founder, Gwen Keaké akamai Kennedy, front center, at 4 years old
Stars in floor shows at the world famous and highly nostalgic, Honolulu Harry's Club Waikiki





 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-07-04 09:46 am   Permalink

Forgot to include this matchbook.
















 
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tikibars
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2008-07-04 12:12 pm   Permalink

Nice collection.

This place is right near Lake Shore Drive, I drive by the location fairly often.
there is a modern hi-rise apartment building there now.

Gwen has told me lots of stories about dancing there as a kid.
If you ever see her at a Barefoot Hawaiian event, ask her about her adventures - she has been dancing the hula in Chicago area tiki bars for her entire life, and has been to all of the defunct ones that we crave info on!





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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-07-09 11:27 am   Permalink

James,

Must have been very cool to talk to Gwen about the good old days. Here is a link to the Barefoot Hawaiian web page which has got some neat stuff. Those Barefoot Hawaiians must get awfully cold during the Thanksgiving Day parade in Chicago! Have you seen them in that before?

http://www.barefoothawaiian.com/

Here are a few more posts of menus from Honolulu Harry's from Mimi Payne's website.



















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Mongoloid
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Posted: 2008-07-18 1:15 pm   Permalink

On the menu under Waikiki appetizers theres something called Rumaki which is Chicken Liver, Bacon and Chestnuts. Wow thats straight out of Fear Factor!

 
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tikiyaki
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Posted: 2008-07-18 3:29 pm   Permalink

I wanna play on that stage in the Surf dining room !

 
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tikibars
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Posted: 2008-07-18 11:08 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-07-18 13:15, Mongoloid wrote:
On the menu under Waikiki appetizers theres something called Rumaki which is Chicken Liver, Bacon and Chestnuts. Wow thats straight out of Fear Factor!



Runaki was a popular appetizer in many of the classic Tiki restaurants.
A lot of them still serve it.
Can't say that I am a fan...!





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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2008-07-19 06:20 am   Permalink



it's actually quite good if you substitute grilled chicken for the chicken liver part....
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-07-19 1:40 pm   Permalink

Hey, you just don't go and change a famous Don The Beachcomber recipe like that!

 
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SelenaC
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Posted: 2009-10-11 09:26 am   Permalink

Really enjoyed looking through your fabulous collection from Honolulu Harry's! How sad it's now a highrise. A note on rumaki---it is really yummy when cooked correctly!

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bananabobs
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Posted: 2009-10-25 08:35 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-07-02 17:43, Dustycajun wrote:

It seems that "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" even back then! It must have been Ladies Night.





Man that's a swinging bunch, why do I think that the Lei's and the picture was their highlight of the evening?
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msteeln
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From: Ka'a'awa, HI
Posted: 2009-11-02 6:46 pm   Permalink

And why does the woman seated lower right look liken a dead ringer for Hawaii's current Governor, Linda Lingle?
There may be a story behind this pic.
Where is Charlie Chan when you need him?!


 
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puamana
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From: Seattle, WA
Posted: 2010-01-19 10:47 am   Permalink

Here's another matchcover from the Club Waikiki... interesting that Honolulu Harry isn't mentioned on this one...
wonder if it changed owners in the late 1950's or early '60's ?








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