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Hurricane Hayward
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From: 16 miles from The Mai-Kai
Posted: 2008-08-10 11:39 pm   Permalink

A little background and update on the Palm Beach Hawaiian: It was originally built around 1964 and at some point became the Palm Beach Hawaiian Oceanfront Inn. Then, of course, they eventually dropped "Hawaiian" from the name, remodeled the entire site and it's now the generic "Palm Beach Oceanfront Inn."

However, it appears that much of the original structure remains, including the distinctive roof:

http://www.palmbeachoceanfrontinn.com

I plan to take a ride by there and snap pictures if any interesting artifacts remain but I'm not getting my hopes up. It's still a decent botique hotel and boasts the closest oceanfront dining in the area (Tides Bar and Grille), literally on top of the beach.

And in a rare win for the good guys, a controversial proposal to replace the inn with a luxury resort-style 12-story condominium-hotel built over two stories of parking was unanimously rejected by the Town Council on Oct. 30, 2007.

It's the only commercial business establishment within the tiny town of South Palm Beach and the council members are rightfully leery of more high-rise condos, a trend we're seeing mainly in small Florida towns. I wish the bigger cities would have the guts to put the brakes on mindless development.


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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2008-08-11 04:16 am   Permalink


cool- looks like the only thing they rebuilt was the restuarant and bar on the ocean front....otherwise it basically remains the same, structure-wise...they added the extra stairway access to the beach and put in a fence along the pool side...more current pics of this will be interesting to see...it;'s amazing how much has developed around it, enclosing the entire property on all sides....
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-08-11 6:39 pm   Permalink

Bosko,

Thanks for the history on the band. It would be great if someone could post that live recording on You Tube.

Here are a couple more postcards that I neglected to include in my first posting.

The Hawaiian Inn



The Hawaiian Isle


Check out the cool lettering in the logo on these close ups.






 
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Howland
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Posted: 2008-08-14 10:38 pm   Permalink

Also, in Panama City was 'Jungle Land'. Not so much tiki but everything else was there. I vacationed there several times with the fam when I was but a yungin'. Awesome memories of running wild through that huge (seemingly, at the time) volcano with waterfalls and the alligator gar fish you could throw food to in the lagoon and the parrot show where they rode little bicycles and walked little tightropes. I have a pic somewhere of being there with parrots on my shoulder and some old, crusty floridian parrot keeper in the background.

Looking at the pics that are still up on Tangaroa's thread, I see why Dad wanted to keep going back year after year---jungle babes! Check Tang's thread (anyway to get those missing pics back up?)

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=19340&forum=1

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-08-14 11:58 pm   Permalink

Howland,

Here is a picture of the postcard from the Tiki Gallery. I picked one of these up a few years ago and have not seen another since. This certainly would leave a lasting impression on a young lad on vacation!




That certainly looks like our girl Melody May up on top there.



 
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Hurricane Hayward
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From: 16 miles from The Mai-Kai
Posted: 2008-09-06 11:40 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-08-11 04:16, Tipsy McStagger wrote:

cool- looks like the only thing they rebuilt was the restuarant and bar on the ocean front....otherwise it basically remains the same, structure-wise...they added the extra stairway access to the beach and put in a fence along the pool side...more current pics of this will be interesting to see...it;'s amazing how much has developed around it, enclosing the entire property on all sides....




I'm so glad I finally got a chance to check out the Palm Beach Hawaiian (now the Palm Beach Oceanfront Inn) on the beach in South Palm Beach. I went down there at sunset on Aug. 29 and shot all the photos that follow. This place is indeed a relic. It might be the only remaining mid-century motor lodge on the ocean in central Palm Beach County.

I'm not sure how much longer this great artifact will remain considering not only rampant development but also its dangerous proximity to the Atlantic Ocean (see the final photos and link).

As noted above, the main structure remains pretty much as it was originally designed ...





Looking back at the old placemat and vintage photos you'll see an elaborate fountain to the left of the entrance. This amazingly remains in place, albeit in scaled-down form, complete with bubbling fountains ...



I examined the roof and found it to be in nice shape. It appears to have been recently refurbished, though some of the trim was a bit ragged ...



The bar and restaurant were not very busy on a Friday evening during happy hour, though this is off-season (and hurricane season) so that's not too surprising. As advertised, the pool deck is right on top of the beach ...



The indoor restaurant looks right out onto the Atlantic and when the surf kicks up patrons enjoying drinks or food on the pool deck get a big splash when the sea is rough, which was the case when I was there ...



It was so rough, in fact, that the stairway down to the beach was closed. Apparently there is no more beach ...



The severity of the erosion problem and the threat it poses to the hotel became even more clear after my visit when Hurricane Ike threatened this week. Here's a story that ran in The Palm Beach Post, which quotes the family-owned hotel's owner: "We don't know how much punishment and pounding we can take. Nothing has been done by our government to replace the beach that was lost. We have nothing to protect us from the raging ocean waters."

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2008/09/05/0905erosion.html

Here's hoping that somebody will step up to help protect this landmark from future storms.

(By the way, the hotel and restaurant are both highly recommeneded. And from what I sampled at happy hour, the bar (while not a traditional tiki bar) does offer a nice selection of cocktails poured by some very capable barmaids. The $3.50 rum & pineapple was a steal.)











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GatorRob
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Posted: 2008-09-07 10:45 am   Permalink

Hayward,

Thanks for the photos. That's a great A-frame roof. Glad to see it's being taken care of. As to the encroaching Atlantic ocean... while I really want to see places like this preserved and protected, I'm generally loathe to see our tax dollars continually spent on artificially rebuilding the beaches that the ocean keeps trying to claim. It's a losing fight. As sea waters worldwide rise, eventually the ocean will win.

So what does the inside look like? I might have to make a stop there and check it out.

EDIT: I just got a look at their web site and while I'm sure it's pleasant to sit out on the back deck with dinner and a cocktail, the interior of the place looks generic and bland. Beige everywhere. Too bad they couldn't match the interior to that nice vintage roof.

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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2008-09-08 6:35 pm   Permalink

I will need to rent a room (or perhaps sneak in when the maid isn't looking) to give a true report on the insides of the place. I plan to eat at the restaurant some day as well but I'm sure that's been modernized over the years. Probably so too have the rooms.

Since this is a proto-typical motor lodge, all the rooms open into the parking area. There are no indoor common areas to speak of besides the restaurant, bar/pool deck and lobby/check-in. I'll have to poke around there as well but I have a feeling that the roof is this place's remaining historical artifact.

Agreed on the costs of beach "renourishment". But if this place were on Miami Beach with all the Art Deco, it would have a half-mile of beach in front of it.


 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2008-09-09 8:22 pm   Permalink

Well, this certainly didn't take very long: Palm Beach County commissioners this morning agreed to spend $14.3 million to protect the county's shoreline from erosion, despite frustration that their previous efforts have been fruitless. The money would be used on seven projects, including restoration in Jupiter, South Palm Beach (home of the Oceanfront Inn) and Ocean Ridge.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2008/09/09/0909beach.html

County environmental resource managers said much of the money will be used for rocks, not sand, which help protect the shoreline from erosion by breaking waves before they reach the beach.

Let's hope this works better than past efforts.


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-10-04 12:26 pm   Permalink

Here is another old photo of the Palm Beach Hawaiian from a brochure that Tikisgrl posted a little while back. It is amazing to compare this early picture with the wide open spaces to the built up environment on the photo posted by Hurricane Hayward

Then


Now



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GatorRob
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Posted: 2008-10-04 6:31 pm   Permalink

Yep, isn't unrestricted development wonderful?

 
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tikicar
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Posted: 2008-10-05 10:01 am   Permalink

Hey Dusty: My brother lives in Daytona. We are trying to figure out where the Royal Hawaiian Inn was. Do any of the post cards give a street adddress. It looks to be beach front because the hotel is deep. We just wonder what is there now. Thanks, Scott

 
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TabooDan
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Posted: 2008-10-05 12:40 pm   Permalink



Anybody go pull back all those trees and bushes to see what looks to be some masks and possibly carvings on the wall??? Come on..let's see!!



Can you do a close up of the front area by the fountain for us to take a look at?

Can't tell in the new picture whether or not their still there and if not, maybe the family knows where they are(storage?). Just curious. Great pictures and info. everyone!!

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-10-06 5:11 pm   Permalink

TabooDan,

Here is the close up of the Palm Beach Hawaiian. There was a large Tiki that used to be located in front of the building were all of the overgrown vegetation is now. Might be worth a look-see behind the hedge. There was also a nice Tiki on top of the hotel sign along with a big parrot and a cool outrigger and Tiki shack in the foreground of the sign.



Tikicar,

Your guess was right, the hotel was located at 925 South Atlantic Avenue on the beach side. Here is another picture of the Royal Hawaiian postcard that I did not post before showing the hotel swimming pool right next to the beach. I think there is a Travelodge there now.



Here is the back of the card with the address and description. Would love to have seen what the "intimate Grass Shack lounge" looked like on the inside!

DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-10-13 1:37 pm   Permalink

So, finally found this lil' icon in my files that belongs here. It is such a great A-frame/Tiki graphic, I wanted to use it in Tiki Mod, but found no room:



Gives us somewhat of an idea what the sign and torch Tiki looked like. But what is it with Florida and the parrots being dragged into Polynesian pop?




 
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