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Don the Beachcomber - The Locations (Updated 11-22-10)
Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2012-01-19 1:49 pm   Permalink

aloha,

From Sky Queen to Beachcomber
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JONPAUL
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Posted: 2012-01-19 3:11 pm   Permalink

Discussions on the oval-headed carvings have occurred in Miss Kauai and the Mysterious Tiki and TRADER VIC's Warehouse Sale

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-01-21 05:48 am   Permalink

Thanks JP. Looks like everybody was thinking that it was a Trader Vic's Tiki or a Tiki at a Hawaiian park, but not so, it was Donn's.

Here is another photo, you can see the Don the Beachcomber restaurant building and pond in the background.



Mystery solved!

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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2012-01-24 10:56 pm   Permalink

Here's an ad, dated 1974, from the 4th incarnation of Don's in Honolulu - at the Beachcomber Hotel:



 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2012-01-25 5:34 pm   Permalink

Aloha,

Quote:

On 2012-01-24 22:56, Sabu The Coconut Boy wrote:
Here's an ad, dated 1974, from the 4th incarnation of Don's in Honolulu - at the Beachcomber Hotel:





I posted this in a mug thread, but it fits with Sabu's ad... About Amfac..

As far as "Island Holiday Resorts" goes, that was under the umbrella of the Amfac Corporation. They operated the following 12 hotels during the early 1970's-1980s, when the mug is circa...

Kauai - Coco Palms, Kauai Beachboy Hotel, Waiohai Hotel and the Poipu Beach Hotel.
Maui - Royal Lahina Resort (including the first outer island Don The Beachcombers restaurant,) and the Kannapali Beach Hotel
Hawaii - Keauhou Beach Hotel and the Hotel King Kamehameha
Oahu - Waikiki Beachcomber (including the last Don the Beachcomber restaurant in the islands opens in 1972ish..) Holiday Isle Hotel and the Waikiki Malia Hotel.

They worked somewhat closly with Donn as their advisor, so naturally there was plenty of tiki installed at most of these hotels during the 1970's and 1980's... He's expanding adding the Waiakea Village more properties

AMFAC actually has an intersting history, starting in 1849 as a dry goods store in Honolulu. Seized during WWI and then sold in 1918 to by the US government to a consortium of businessmen, they were big into sugar. They ran Liberty House and 40 or so other companies before bankruptcy, due to the decline of sugar prices, around 1989.



Our Guy,



Inside the Treehouse,



And the whole scene...

I got a few more more sides somewhere...







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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-01-31 1:09 pm   Permalink

Sabu, thanks for the ad, almost looks like a young Arnold Schwarzenegger!


Phillip, great slides, hope to see some more.

I found this ad that advertises Don the Beachcombers coming to Florida!




From 1981 back in the days when Don the Beachcomber chain was franchising all over the place. Very surprised that one did not end up in Florida.

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Heath
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Posted: 2012-02-10 7:07 pm   Permalink

A friend inherited an assortment of Earl Carroll Playgoer Magazines from the early to mid Forties.
Flipping through one from 1942(not sure of the month), I found this:



Close-up:




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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-02-27 7:01 pm   Permalink

Another photo from Vegas.


Close up of the Polynesian mural - looks like a Hukilau scene.


A tourist slide from Waikiki.



Still need a photo or something from San Jose/Santa Clara... anybody??


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-03-03 09:40 am   Permalink

A couple of print ads from the Don the Beachcomber in Oxnard.







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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-05-23 8:59 pm   Permalink

Spotted this fan from the Don The Beachcomber at the International Market Place in Waikiki.





The back is interesting...



Don's Cabaret featuring the Martin Denny Group and the Adomono - guitarist fantastique!





Don's Rocks!

DC


 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2012-05-23 10:31 pm   Permalink

Aloha,

Yes. Adomono. John Adomono... There is very little about him that is documented online... Apparently it was gypsy/flamenco/surf stuff...

I guess another trip to the library is called for to scan microfilm.

Some interesting comments here

Nice shot of the marketplace in 1965

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-05-24 12:31 pm   Permalink

Phillip,

Thanks for the info, look forward to seeing what you find on the subject.

DC


 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2012-06-17 2:09 pm   Permalink

Aloha,

Microfilm scan... Don the Beachcombers, Waikiki interior... probably the third one...



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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-06-18 08:29 am   Permalink

Phillip,

Nice photo, haven't seen the inside of the Hawaii locations much.

Here is another tourist photo of the Don the Beachcomber sign at the Market Place.



And another photo of the Blairs sign at the Don the Beachcomber similar to the earlier one posted by Tradr Bill.



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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-06-19 08:08 am   Permalink

Here is a great ad for the Martin Denny Group playing at the Bora Bora Lounge in the Don the Beachcomber International Market Place location.




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