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Pat's at Punaluu, Hauula, HI (restaurant)
Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2008-09-23 5:06 pm   Permalink

Name:Pat's at Punaluu
Type:restaurant
Street:53-567 Kamehameha Hwy
City:Hauula
State:HI
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
A north shore landmark where you may enjoy lunching and dining the sea in a true Polynesian atmosphere.




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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-09-23 5:20 pm   Permalink

Pat's at Panaluu Restaurant was located on the north shore/windward side of Oahu. From what little I know, it was a Hawaiian/tropical restaurant with an Irish twist. The owners were Pat and Iris Hallaran. The restaurant was torn down 8 years ago and the grounds now house a large condo/apartment complex. I have also heard that there is talk of building a new restaurant.

While this place was not really Tiki, it had a great tropical Hawaiian atmosphere with the glass floats, bamboo and flora.

An early postcard showing the exterior of the restaurant. Pretty cool with the lei vendor greeting guests at the front door below the Aloha sign.



Two postcards showing the interior tropical decor. The first card is pretty common.



The second card not so much.



This is a more modern postcard showing inside and outside shots where you can see the larger condo development that was built.


Does anyone have either of the menus the hostess is holding?


Here is a matchbook from Pat's.



A nice little table card with the restaurant motto "A place to dream awhile".



The back of the card with the Hawaiian words dictionary.


The middle of the table card shows a map of Oahu and the location of Pat's.



I have only seen two mugs from Pat's. This is the Daga mug.


This mug was posted recently by Bay Park Buzzy appears to be from Pat's as well.


The bottom reads that it was made by Jeanne Ceramics - Hawaii.


Hope you enjoyed Pat's.

Aloha, DC


 
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tikiyaki
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From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2008-09-23 5:57 pm   Permalink

Wow, that place looked amazing !

ON the North Shore, no less....even better.



 
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Koolau
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From: Oahu, Hawaii
Posted: 2008-09-24 12:05 am   Permalink

Thanks Dustycajun - I never knew the address of Pat's - I'll try to run up to Punalu'u this weekend and see what's there now.

That large concrete condo building has been there since the 60's, so it's not where Pat's was.


 
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tikiyaki
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Posted: 2008-09-24 08:35 am   Permalink

Wow, at closer look, those Calder-esque Fishing float mobiles hanging from the ceiling are REALLY cool. A really great example of Tiki Modern.


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tikiyaki
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Posted: 2008-09-24 7:49 pm   Permalink

It appears that it's a vacation rental now

http://www.gigisparadise.com/cottages.htm#The%20Kapa%20Kai%20Hale%20U'uku%20Paradise

It actually looks like it could still be the same structure, but subdivided into separate units. If you look at the vaulted, beam ceilings, they look similar.

far fetched, maybe, but you never know.

Edit : Just re-read the dustycajun post...it was indeed torn down. Some of the bungalows look great. I'd stay there. It's probably 5 min from the Polynesian Cultural Center. Other than that, there ain't much up there, except for the beautiful Pacific Ocean, Chinaman's Hat, and some really nice geography.





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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-09-24 10:32 pm   Permalink

Tikiyaki,

First of all, I have to agree that the glass float mobiles are amazing. That is what originally brought my attention to the postcards.

The way I am reading the history on this is that Pat's at Punaluu started as the restaurant and some beach cottages on a fairly decent piece of northshore property in the 1950s. The upscale condo development was built in the 1970's and the restaurant remained standing until about 8 years ago (1999?). The condo place is still called Pat's at Punaluu.

Here is a pic of the complex with what I am assuming is the restaurant on the right side of the photo.



 
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VanTiki
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Posted: 2008-09-27 3:42 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-09-24 00:05, Koolau wrote:
Thanks Dustycajun - I never knew the address of Pat's - I'll try to run up to Punalu'u this weekend and see what's there now.

That large concrete condo building has been there since the 60's, so it's not where Pat's was.



I second this one - if you are driving to the north shore from Kailua side, you'd pass the former restaurant location on the mauka side of the road (now totally run down and overgrown) a bit further down the road you see the condo thingy on the left (makai) side.

SO neat to see photos of the restaurant as it once was!

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tikiyaki
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Posted: 2008-09-27 4:00 pm   Permalink

Van Tiki...can you see "Chinaman's Hat" from this location ?

I'm thinking that it's right near there.
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LikaNui
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Posted: 2008-09-29 1:43 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-09-24 22:32, Dustycajun wrote:
The way I am reading the history on this is that Pat's at Punaluu started as the restaurant and some beach cottages on a fairly decent piece of northshore property in the 1950s. The upscale condo development was built in the 1970's and the restaurant remained standing until about 8 years ago (1999?). The condo place is still called Pat's at Punaluu.

Howzit?! I'm a newbie here on the website, but I can answer some questions.
The condo building was originally built in the mid 1970s as a hotel, and the restaurant was right next to it on the Kaneohe side. The check-in counter for the hotel was actually inside the restaurant. In the early 1980s the hotel became condos (and definitely not "upscale"). About half of the condos are available as vacation rentals through each condo's owner or agent.
The building itself has just been renovated with major spalling repairs and new paint, and it looks great now. Many of the unit owners have renovated their own units and they also are pretty darned nice. Some units are still in original condition. They're cheaper to rent or buy. Heh.
As for the restaurant, it was NOT torn down! It's still standing, though in a sad state of disrepair. It's been closed for many years, but a new owner is in the process of going through all the red tape to tear down the old restaurant and build a new one that should look a lot like the old one! HOORAY!!!

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Here is a pic of the complex with what I am assuming is the restaurant on the right side of the photo.




Nope, the restaurant is on the far LEFT side of that photo! Looks like kind of an A-frame roof. The structure on the far right is a private home and not part of the Pat's At Punalu`u property.
Hope that helps. Any more questions, fire away!


 
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LikaNui
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Posted: 2008-09-29 1:48 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-09-27 15:42, VanTiki wrote:I second this one - if you are driving to the north shore from Kailua side, you'd pass the former restaurant location on the mauka side of the road (now totally run down and overgrown) a bit further down the road you see the condo thingy on the left (makai) side.


Nope. The restaurant is on the makai side, not the mauka side. And it's only a few feet away from the condo building. Actually, it's attached to it!


 
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LikaNui
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Posted: 2008-09-29 1:53 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-09-27 16:00, tikiyaki wrote:
Van Tiki...can you see "Chinaman's Hat" from this location ? I'm thinking that it's right near there.

Nope, you can't see it from Pat's At Punalu`u. Chinaman's Hat is in Kaneohe Bay, around the corner from Kualoa Ranch, so the Ko`olau mountains block the view.
You know where Crouching Lion Inn is? Well, four more miles up the coast toward the north shore, and that's where Pat's is located. Right past Crouching Lion you curve inland briefly as you go around Kahana Bay, then Pat's is just a little farther.


 
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tikiyaki
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Posted: 2008-09-29 2:35 pm   Permalink

Lika Nui...Are you the same Lika Nui from Hawaii threads ?

If so, ALOHA, and welscome to TC. You need to hang here more often, as it's always good to have Islanders in here for correct answers on stuff, like the ones above.


 
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LikaNui
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Posted: 2008-09-29 2:50 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-09-29 14:35, tikiyaki wrote:
Lika Nui...Are you the same Lika Nui from Hawaii Threads ?

Yep, that's me! Good to 'see' ya!

Quote:
If so, ALOHA, and welscome to TC. You need to hang here more often, as it's always good to have Islanders in here for correct answers on stuff, like the ones above.

Thanks for the welcome, brah. Unfortunately, I don't have enough free time to hit a lot of forums, so HT is pretty much it for me. I'll try to check in here at TC now and then, but if there's something you really need answered you might have to PM me over on HT.
I may try to grab a few shots of the restaurant at Pat's and post 'em here sometime soon.
And pardon a slight bit of thread drift, but... when the heck are you and the band coming to Oahu?!?!??


 
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tikiyaki
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Posted: 2008-09-29 3:14 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-09-29 14:50, LikaNui wrote:
Quote:

On 2008-09-29 14:35, tikiyaki wrote:
Lika Nui...Are you the same Lika Nui from Hawaii Threads ?

Yep, that's me! Good to 'see' ya!

Quote:
If so, ALOHA, and welscome to TC. You need to hang here more often, as it's always good to have Islanders in here for correct answers on stuff, like the ones above.

Thanks for the welcome, brah. Unfortunately, I don't have enough free time to hit a lot of forums, so HT is pretty much it for me. I'll try to check in here at TC now and then, but if there's something you really need answered you might have to PM me over on HT.
I may try to grab a few shots of the restaurant at Pat's and post 'em here sometime soon.
And pardon a slight bit of thread drift, but... when the heck are you and the band coming to Oahu?!?!??



Cool ! Man, we'd L O V E to play Oahu. We'd need someone with some serious $$$ to bring us over there. But we all agree that a few weeks residency in Waikiki would be something we'd all love to do....I mean...who WOULDN'T ?

Thanx for posting here, and when you get some pics of Pat's, by all means, post them.

Hopefully you'll find some time to stop back here and talk story about the classic places in Waikiki that you know about.


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