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Aku Aku . Cadillac Sands Resort, Cadillac Mi., new photos (restaurant)
uncle trav
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Posted: 2008-09-28 3:26 pm   Permalink

Name:Aku Aku . Cadillac Sands Resort, Cadillac Mi.
Type:restaurant
Street:6319 E. M-115
City:Cadillac
State:MI
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

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I did a search of TC and couldn't find this one so here we go. I just picked this menu up today. I live here in Michigan so anything Tiki from this far north catches my eye. The resort is still in operation. They do have a restaurant called the Clipper Room and a lounge called The Porthole. The menu is in great shape with some good graphics. I am not sure of the date but looking at the prices I would put it in the early 60's. The photo of the Porthole lounge is bad but it still has a nautical theme and a float light or two. The bamboo chairs maybe a holdover from the original Aku Aku as well as some of the decor. The font for the resort includes a torch which looks classic. That's all I have for now but a good start. I'll post the pics below. Thanks for looking.




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uncle trav
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Posted: 2008-09-28 3:35 pm   Permalink

The two page menu and front and back.







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uncle trav
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Posted: 2008-09-28 3:40 pm   Permalink

The Porthole Lounge which maybe is all that is left of the old Aku Aku. Sorry for the bad quality of the pic. I''l have to do some more digg'n for some more information.

Love this font with the torch....classic.







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uncle trav
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Posted: 2008-09-28 4:16 pm   Permalink

With a little help from Savage Sissy we now think the Clipper Room was originally the Aka Aku as the Clipper is pool side at the resort today as the Aku Aku was in the past. What appears to be a lava rock wall in the Clipper along with a fish trap and some netting as well as some decor in the Porthole may have come from the Aku Aku. Soooo a little more info as we go along.

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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2008-09-28 5:58 pm   Permalink

Fantastic find, thank you so much for sharing it, and taking the time to do some digging. Will you be making a field trip to Cadillac?


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uncle trav
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Posted: 2008-09-28 6:03 pm   Permalink

Thanks Humuhumu. I hope to get up there soon. If I can't I'll have to deploy my Tiki agents to the location (my inlaws). Thanks for looking.

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naugatiki
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Posted: 2008-09-28 6:23 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-09-28 15:35, uncle trav wrote:
The two page menu and front and back.






Nice Menu, the graphics look like the same ones from The Tahitian Lanai (Stanley Stubenberg) and the prices are comparable on both menus for the 60's.





 
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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2008-09-28 6:44 pm   Permalink

Oooh, good eye, naugatiki. Sounds like another one of those cases where inspiration struck after a vacation to Hawaii. I've added both the Aku Aku and the Clipper Room/Porthole Lounge to Critiki:

Aku Aku, Cadillac
Clipper Room and Porthole Lounge, Cadillac



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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-09-29 11:21 am   Permalink

...plus the Aku Aku typeface is from the Las Vegas original one, and the "Romance of Rum" is from another menu, too...I think a Crane Kon Tiki menu. The Ku looks like the often copied Coco Joe's/Brady Bunch tourist piece.

All this is part of the Polynesian pop "Chain of Transmission".


 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2008-09-29 2:20 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-09-29 11:21, bigbrotiki wrote:
...plus the Aku Aku typeface is from the Las Vegas original one, and the "Romance of Rum" is from another menu, too...I think a Crane Kon Tiki menu. The Ku looks like the often copied Coco Joe's/Brady Bunch tourist piece.

All this is part of the Polynesian pop "Chain of Transmission".




actually, the tiki is identical to the cocojoes tiki bookends tiki, minus the sculpted grass wall background with bamboo frame which makes up the rest of the bookend....they probably took a photo of the bookend then traced the tiki and base in pencil..adding the detail in for the final printing.


 
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savage sissy
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Posted: 2008-09-29 8:43 pm   Permalink

Heres one of my bookends, it's unmarked or if it was, it's not anymore.
Sorry for the poor quality, it's late and the rum was good.


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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2008-09-29 8:46 pm   Permalink

Wow, I love those old Frankenstein's monster menus. Too much. Thanks for sharing!


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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-09-30 9:27 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-09-29 11:21, bigbrotiki wrote:
....The Ku looks like the often copied Coco Joe's/Brady Bunch tourist piece....



NOT! What was I thinking/drinking? That was a complete mis-filing in my brain, tiz tiz.


 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2008-10-01 2:00 pm   Permalink

WOW !! Great detective work everyone. Amazing how people on TC can look at an item and cross reference to another. We have this menu down almost to the brand of paper it was printed on. Good stuff. I still have to get up there and check it out soon. Hopefully there are some folks that can give me a little history of the place. Thanks for all of your help.



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uncle trav
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Posted: 2008-10-16 2:41 pm   Permalink

Found some postcards of the resort. The resort today looks nothing like these vintage views. The first card shows the mid-century modern design of the building and the interior of the Aku Aku.

Her are a couple of blown up views. Sorry for the bad quality of the scan. Looks to be a velvet painting on the wall flanked by what maybe Witcos. Crossed war clubs or paddles mounted on grass mat with a tiki above can be seen. Float lights, and some other classic lights can be seen hanging. There is a small lounge in the background behind the fish netting. The rattan chairs appear to be the same as the chairs in the newer Porthole Lounge.

The main dinning room with a turtle shell on the wall.

This is the pool that the Aku Aku looked out on complete with fake palm trees.

Another exterior view.

Thanks for looking.










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