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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2012-10-30 3:47 pm   Permalink

This matchbook is for sale on etsy.com from the Hawaiian Luau.



www.etsy.com/listing/107793125/vintage-1960s-motor-hotel-hawaiian-luau?ref=sr_gallery_27&ga_search_query=south+pacific&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_page=6&ga_search_type=all




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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2013-03-08 5:32 pm   Permalink

Tried for this Kodak slide photo of the Bali Hai restaurant on ebay.

Nice view of the interior with the blue Tiki bowl in action.



What's that drink menu doing on the floor next to the women's purse? Treasure hunting perhaps?

DC


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2013-03-27 5:48 pm   Permalink

I picked up a postcard showing another unknown Tiki bar in a New Orleans hotel. This one is the Reef Lounge located in the Hilton Inn by the airport.







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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2013-12-14 5:29 pm   Permalink

A somewhat rare matchbook from the short-lived Beachcomber that became the Bali Hai in New Orleans.



I have several of the Beachcomber mugs but this is the first paper item I have seen from the Beachcomber.

DC


 
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TheDrunkenTiki
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Posted: 2015-02-12 8:38 pm   Permalink

I found this one over the weekend in New Orleans. The old lady in the antique store said she remembered Bamboo Villa but I can't seem to find anything about it online. Anybody know anything?




 
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johnnyvelvet
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From: Louisiangeles
Posted: 2015-02-26 05:42 am   Permalink

Dustycajun,
You have done masterful research regarding Tiki activity in Louisiana. It gives me hope that an occasional artifact will surface here. Been slim pickings so far. I was told recently that there was a Tiki-type restaurant/bar in Alexandria that closed in the early 1980s. Still have yet to discover any evidence. Thanks again for your efforts.

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suzy wong
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Posted: 2015-07-13 11:03 am   Permalink

I was a member years ago but had to re register (same name) for unknown reasons?

I posted this reply on the wrong topic but didn't know how to delete it.

Cajun Tiki, a term I never heard until today. HA

Nice photographs!

I remember going to most of the places mentioned here as a child/teenager. I have some mugs, matchbooks and swizzle sticks.

The only one I don't recognize is "Bamboo Villa". I believe Barney's was a seafood restaurant.

Bali Ha'i had a distinct accent to the name unlike others with that same title.

I posted this ages ago, it's the blue tiki bowl my grandmother got in the 1960's? from Bali Ha'i. What a fantastic place as was Pontchartrain Beach amusement park attached/next door.


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2015-07-21 3:11 pm   Permalink

Suzie Wong,

Welcome back and thanks for the post. Here is another location from Alexandria Louisiana - the Port O Call restaurant (spotted on ebay).



Complete with Tiki drinks


And the Polynesian food menu.



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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2015-08-02 10:43 am   Permalink

The Mai Tai restaurant, with locations in New Orleans and Metairie.




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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2015-12-01 5:10 pm   Permalink

I scored this great napkin from the Hawaiian Luau restaurant at the Fontaineblau Hotel in New Orleans.

One side has a rendering of the Tapa clad A-Frame entrance.




And the other side has a rendering of what appears to be the restaurant patio with some Tikis.



A real beauty!

DC


 
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michmoore
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Posted: 2015-12-18 10:30 am   Permalink

Here is the menu cover from Tonga Island in Monroe.



 
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gooneybird
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From: Nashville, TN
Posted: 2016-03-09 11:41 am   Permalink

My parents (in Louisiana) found this trio of Warrior Mugs marked 'Tiki Club - Thibodaux, LA.'





 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2016-07-18 2:28 pm   Permalink

Some more information and images from the Bali Hai in New Orleans. First a little more history from the web.

"In April 1958, park director Barry Batt brought in massive amounts of bamboo poles to build the roof and walls of what was originally called the “Beachcomber,” a new tropical-themed restaurant to take the place of the Beach Terrace that had operated since the park’s early days. Joseph Lenz designed the new eatery under Barry Batt’s direction. Featuring Polynesian cocktails and Cantonese cuisine, the new place attracted plenty of attention from customers – as well as from attorneys for Don the Beachcomber, a popular West Coast restaurant with similar cuisine and South Seas decor. Consequently, When Pontchartrain Beach’s ’59 season began, the restaurant re-opened as the Bali H’ai."

So that explains the change from Beachcomber to the Bali Hai - Don the Beachcomber copyright lawyers at work again.

Here is an add for the Beachcomber with the Waikiki Room and the Tahitian Lounge




The Bali hai employed a Sampan Taxi to transport you from the parking lot to the restaurant.






An of course the Tiki Bob style mug.







A few wedding photos with a glimpse at the interior.






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Dustycajun
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Posted: 8 days ago; 7:32 pm   Permalink

I picked up this cool little key chain from the Hawaiian Luau at the Fontainebleau Hotel in New Orleans.







It has been shipped to Jeff Beach Bum Berry's Latitude 29 restaurant in New Orleans and you can see it in the Tiki display case at the restaurant.

DC





 
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Zeta
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Posted: 8 days ago; 7:44 pm   Permalink

Great work Dusty!
Louisiana is my next travel destination!


 
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