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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2008-12-21 1:06 pm   Permalink

Hurricane Hayward,

Thanks for the photos, look forward to your continued investigations.

Here are a few matchbooks I have from the Florida "Hawaiian" resorts.

This is from the Hawaiian Inn at Daytona Beach with the signature mug image.





This is from the Hawaiian Inn in St. Petes.



This is the first time I have seen the Kon Tiki Supper Club and Aloha Lounge referenced.




Interesting inside of the matchbook, looks like an early attempt at a "time share"?



DC


 
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Hurricane Hayward
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From: 16 miles from The Mai-Kai
Posted: 2009-01-08 09:42 am   Permalink

Following is photo documentation of the expedition deep into South Florida's Polynesian Gardens. It took multiple forays and extended talks with the natives but we were able to gain access to several inner sanctums typically not seen by outsiders.

I talked to several residents, including one lovely lady who has had the pleasure of calling Polynesian Gardens home for 31 years. Another has several units that are available for rent under a special clause in the condo bylaws. This complex typically does not allow renters. Owners must inhabit their dwelling. But with foreclosures rampant, there is some leeway allowed in special cases.

So if anyone has any designs on moving to the Fort Lauderdale area, I would highly recommend this distinctive enclave. Especially for pool-playing fans of Witco who love bowling.

Now on to the pics! I have so many I will divide them into three separate posts.

First, an overview of the lobby/clubhouse, which is open to the public during business hours. However, you will be questioned if you linger too long so have a good story (or Realtor) handy.

Here's a wide view from ground level:


The room is dominated by this odd metallic center tiki and surrounding artwork:


Stairs leading to the second floor are illuminated by these incredible pieces:


A view from the second floor balcony:


Close-ups of these artifacts:






Another view of the atrium, this one from high above:

Some points of reference for my next post. In the view above, the main entrance is to the left, the back (pool) entrance is to the right and the doors straight ahead under the mural lead into the auditorium. Notice the vintage Witco above each door. Let's take a closer look, shall we?




 
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Hurricane Hayward
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From: 16 miles from The Mai-Kai
Posted: 2009-01-08 09:56 am   Permalink

After entering, turn around and behold the inside of the front door:


Perched high above the door, are two proud Witco owls:


A closer view:


The back door has a similar design and another two classic Witco pieces above. Here are two different angles:




Let's zoom in for all the Witco fans:


I nearly missed this next one. On my last visit, I wandered down a nondescript hallway and discovered this incredible Witco. You may know it as "Tahitian Lovers," featured on page 188 of Tiki Modern:


Continuing our exploration, we turn our attention to the grand mural:


A closer view of the auditorium doors:


Behind these doors lies a huge meeting room that can accommodate probably up to 1,000 people. There doesn't appear to be many artifacts within, however. The room was dark and I was surreptitiously exploring so I was not able to get a great look at everything, but nothing jumped out at me. However, using my night vision goggles I was able to find one nice piece:


Anyone for a game of pool or tenpins?


 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2009-01-08 10:34 am   Permalink

Following is our trickiest exploration. In order to procure admittance to the natives' ritualistic game rooms, we first needed to gain their trust. Eventually, we were able to venture into these areas with the aid of armed sentry. Our access was brief but we were, however, able to take a few clandestine photos.

At the top of the stairs in the main clubhouse, a long hallway leads to an incredible sight. A billiard room filled with not one or two, but four pool tables. And plenty of Witco. Behold:









The room even included another "Tahitian Lovers" piece:


I'm confident I documented every Witco piece and most of the major decor in the main clubhouse and billiard room. But what of the holy grail? The majestic bowling alley, accessible from the inner pool area. The sign outside says it's still "closed until further notice." The inhabitants weren't sure why. At last, I was able to cajole my escort into a brief tour ...

The four-lane, professional alley is indeed a sight to behold. One wall is lined with indentations that feature a series of gods looking over the proceedings:


And finally, as dubbed by one famous artist friend of mine, "the coolest thing I've ever seen" ...





The lanes appeared to be in good shape and recently in use. Hopefully they'll be back in operation soon.

Let's tip our hats (and hoist a drink) to the preservation efforts (however unknowingly) of a small condo association in the Fort Lauderdale suburbs. Mahalo!



 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-01-08 12:00 pm   Permalink

Hurricane,

All I can say is WOW and thanks for the incredible expedition. That is sooooo coool. I am stoked that the bowling alley, murals and Witco pieces are all still intact. And thanks to Bigbro for initiating the quest.

DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-01-08 6:42 pm   Permalink

AMAZING! Great job! And I just assumed it all had been renovated away! So great to see there are still discoveries to be made.

I never could make out that weird "fountain" (that's not water, is it?): A brass Tiki, how cool! And the doors! There seems to be a signature on the front one. And then the mural!

Are the Tikis on the bowling alley painted, or somewhat sculpted? Man o man!





 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2009-01-08 11:22 pm   Permalink

That whole centerpiece, faux fountain included, appears to be made of metal. Could it have been made by the same person who made the doors and fixtures above the stairs? Here's a close-up of the signature on the front door. I think it says "Payez" or "Poyez" ... Does that mean anything to anyone?



Also, I just realized I forgot to post a photo of the other Witco piece above the back door. Unlike the identical owls above the front door, the pair above the back door are different:



The Tikis on the bowling alley appeared to be molded and painted plastic of some sort. I couldn't get close enough to touch.

Looking back at the original archival photos that were posted, it appears I was able to account for everything except:

* A missing Witco piece between the two owls above the front door. It appears to have been removed to make way for some sort of alarm sensor. There could have been a middle piece above the back door as well. Also replaced by electronics.

* As bigbrotiki pointed out, the early photos showed Witco benches and stools around the center "fountain." They must have been removed during a furniture upgrade at some point.

* I never saw the card room and it was not mentioned as one of the amenities. I'm guessing it was subdivided into the gym area (sans Witco) upstairs next to the billiard room.

Everything else appears much as it did some 40 years ago.


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-01-27 3:47 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-08-07 17:49, Dustycajun wrote:
These are from the Royal Hawaiian in Daytona Beach.




I found another card from the Royal Hawaiian. This one is a cool night shot with the hula dancer and sign lit up.



DC


 
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GatorRob
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From: 3 hrs 33 mins to paradise
Posted: 2009-01-28 3:43 pm   Permalink

As cool as that hula dancer sign is, it's that three-tiered wall fountain that really catches my eye. That's a great element on that rock wall. Thanks DC.

 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2009-03-22 3:31 pm   Permalink

Not sure if this has been posted before but I thought the video belonged in this thread. Great web site too. You can briefly glimpse some Tikis. Good stuff from the Hawaiian Isle resort.
http://web.mac.com/jtbcmac/MaiTai/HawaiianIsle.html

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-04-29 3:31 pm   Permalink

Just got this postcard from the Hawaiian Inn at Daytona Beach. Great shot of the hotel and all of the cars on the beach. The good old days.



Here is a close up of the Waikiki Lounge sign at the hotel. Just like the signature mugs from the Hawaiian Inn.



DC


 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2009-05-01 10:10 am   Permalink

Here's a couple of photos from Jungleland from 1969.....enjoy.






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uncle trav
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Posted: 2009-05-14 6:56 pm   Permalink

Jungleland 1966 baby!!!!!!!!




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Mo-Eye
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Posted: 2009-05-14 7:02 pm   Permalink

I want to go to Jungleland!!!!

 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2009-06-20 07:39 am   Permalink

Hawaiian village to add. Sign and moai from 1969.

A graet matchbook from ebay.





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