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Big Kahuna
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Joined: Apr 11, 2007
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2008-09-22 7:00 pm   Permalink

I've been babbling about & drooling over everyone else's Tiki Bars & Lounges for way too long. It's time to get my butt moving on my own. The name comes from the Mauna Kai poly-pop restaurant & lounge that was down the street from where I grew up in Marlboro Mass. I don't remember eating there more than once or twice, but we always got take-out & I vividly remember going in with my dad to pick it up. The place burned down when I was in junior high & never re-opened. I have yet to find any artifacts from it in my hunting, but I'm always hoping. This is my pathetic starting point, after I removed the maggot-infested rotting squirrel carcasses from my dropped ceiling. I 'm a big Hot Rod/Kustom Kulture guy so the room will be split between that & Tiki. Here's the mess I'm starting with!:





I'll keep you posted!








 
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ZuluMagoo
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Joined: Jun 26, 2002
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From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2008-09-22 8:51 pm   Permalink

Youv'e got a lot of stuff to work with there, now get to it. Keep the pics coming.

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LOL Tiki
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From: San Diegoish
Posted: 2008-09-22 10:59 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-09-22 19:00, Big Kahuna wrote:






Is that a Schwinn Sting-Ray there in the corner?
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Big Kahuna
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2008-09-23 7:55 pm   Permalink

Aye, Aye Zulu!
LOL, that is The Blue Devil! It started life as a swap meet find, mustard yellow, Colombia 3-speed. My son & I, with the help of many friends, converted it into The Blue Devil. He rides it at all the traditional Rod & Kustom shows that we sell at & it's always a big hit.







 
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Big Kahuna
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2009-01-06 7:38 pm   Permalink

Okay, I cleaned up the mess made by the squirrel carcass extrication, found a new home for my goalie equipment, & generally made the place livable for the time being. Now that the holidays are over, I really need to buckle down & get to work. Here's a few shots of my starting point & my collections & raw materials.






This last pic is of the ceiling. I really like the fake pressed-tin look of these tiles & think it will blend well with the tiki theme. It'll be kinda like someone in the fifties built a Polynesian restaurant in an old main street building.

That's it for now! I'll keep you posted!


 
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Big Kahuna
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2009-01-13 7:31 pm   Permalink

OK, I've been going through my raw materials, flotsam & jetsom and everything tiki as I plan my lounge. I'd like some opinions on a couple of things, please. The first is a print that my mother-in-law received as a wedding gift in 1960.

The second is a WWII era bomb. I was thinking of maybe painting the name of my lounge on it & hanging it from one of the dropped ceiling supports.

I'd like to know if you folks think either of these items belong in a Tiki Lounge.
Thanks for your help,
Rick



 
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Kiki von Tiki
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From: Irvine, CA
Posted: 2009-01-13 9:50 pm   Permalink

I think the most interesting thing about a tiki bar is the odd stuff you chose to put in them. That's your personality in the room! You have some amazing stuff! Put what you love in your room and it will be great. By the way, where did you get the silver Christmas tree? My grandmother had one and I would LOVE to have one now! Have fun building your room!

 
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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2009-01-14 08:14 am   Permalink

Ceiling is Tapa.

A lil' paint and bam!


 
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Big Kahuna
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2009-01-14 7:48 pm   Permalink

Geez, Ben! It's about time. I've been trolling to get a rise out of you with all of my white, dropped ceiling comments! Leave it to you to actually come up with a solution. I'm actually removing the dropped ceiling on the tiki side of my room because I have all of this stuff to hang.

I plan to start working on the ceiling tomorrow. Hey, Ben! What do you think of the bomb & the "Mystic Galleons" print? I'll keep posting as things progress! Don't be shy about expressing your opinions, folks. I really am counting on everyone's input.
Mahalo,
Rick


 
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The Granite Tiki
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From: Nashua, NH
Posted: 2009-01-14 8:55 pm   Permalink

I love that print AND the bomb!

I think nautical things like that print work well in a Tiki Lounge as long as there aren't too many of them.

I'd definitely paint something on the bomb, a hula girl in the style of those classic paintings on the sides of bombers.

It's funny, I thought of you Tonight while watching the Barrett-Jackson Auction on TV.

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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2009-01-14 9:09 pm   Permalink

The Bomb and Ships rock!

Kelbos had keys!!!!

Anything works!!

( just not white!!


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Big Kahuna
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2009-01-15 09:42 am   Permalink

Thanks for the input,guys! Kiki, I "stole" that tree at a local antique store about 15 years ago for $22.00. They typically sell for $300-$400 now. Granite, one of these days, I'm gonna go to that auction & come home with another car, if it kills me. Well, it looks like they're both gonna be included in the initial version of the Mauna Kai Lounge. I'm definitely gonna go "bomber art" on the bomb. Being in the Rod & Kustom biz, I have a lot of talented friends that could do the job. The print may only be up temporarily. It's huge & I only have so much wall space, so when I acquire more Tiki art, it'll probably come down. Don't worry, Ben. No white anything!!!
Mahalo,
Rick


 
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TabooDan
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Joined: Jul 18, 2004
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From: BC, Canada
Posted: 2009-01-15 4:58 pm   Permalink

Hey Big Kahuna, This is going to be a cool space!
For sure the bomb works!! Check out Bahooka!! Does a jail belong in a Tiki Place?? Fit's right in at that joint!
Old school bomber graphics would be the way to go on that one! I wouldn't do too much though. Might take away the 'Bang' of it you know?

I saw a picture of an old WWII plane on Ebay and it had the Don The Beachcomber wooden plank and name on it. Both him and Vic were big into supporting the Military so it will go good!

Keep em coming as it's always good to see the changes!!
Mahalo, TabooDan


 
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kustomtiki
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Joined: Oct 28, 2003
Posts: 152
From: La Mesa
Posted: 2009-01-15 5:50 pm   Permalink

Lookin good Kahuna!you gotta keep some of that Kustom car stuff up,like the Larry Watson print,mines been up since 96 and i aint never takin it down,have fun!!!.
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Surf tiki
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Joined: Jun 28, 2005
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From: Va Beach
Posted: 2009-01-15 5:55 pm   Permalink

That bomb is...well, the bomb. It would look extra killer if you could find someone to do a pinup on it along with your bomb name, or even decoupage one on there.

 
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