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Don the Beachcomber - The Locations (Updated 11-22-10)
kiara
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Posted: 2012-10-14 12:44 pm   Permalink

what a great photo. Here's another Dons Waikiki image. was this the same building as the last two photos?



 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2012-10-15 11:59 am   Permalink

Aloha,

Quote:

On 2012-10-14 12:44, kiara wrote:
what a great photo. Here's another Dons Waikiki image. was this the same building as the last two photos?





No the previous photos were (about a block away from what would become the International Market Place, where Macy's and previously Liberty house was built) in Donn's three hut domain until 1958ish...
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Trad'r Bill
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Posted: 2012-11-05 07:45 am   Permalink

Just won this menu on eBay - looks to be pretty late (1990's?), based on the prices.






And the back lists quite a few locations that I don't think have been documented yet... I see:

Keauhou, Kona Hawaii - Keauhou Beach Hotel
Peoria, Illinois
Excelsior, Minnesota (or is this the same as the St. Paul location?)
Memphis, Tennessee
Kendall, Miami, Florida



Enjoy,
Trad'r Bill


 
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Posted: 2012-11-05 10:22 am   Permalink

That's quite a find. I wonder, though, if those last three ever opened. And I can't read it on the menu - what hotel in West Lafayette was DtB at?


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Trad'r Bill
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Posted: 2012-11-05 11:14 am   Permalink

I'm still waiting for the seller to ship it to me, but it looks like it says the West Lafayette location was at the Sheraton Hotel.

 
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Posted: 2012-11-05 1:07 pm   Permalink

By the way, I'd say early 1980s rather than 1990s. The one at the Cosmopolitan was there from '79-'82, and the Aurora location opened in '81 so I'd say that places this menu squarely in the years 1981-82.

 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2012-11-06 09:21 am   Permalink

aloha,
Quote:

On 2012-11-05 07:45, Trad'r Bill wrote:

And the back lists quite a few locations that I don't think have been documented yet... I see:

Keauhou, Kona Hawaii - Keauhou Beach Hotel



Hmmm... Don't think that one ever opened... But I will go to the library...

When you get it, please let me know if you see the "AMFAC Corporation" anywhere on it.
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-11-09 12:23 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-10-14 12:44, kiara wrote:
Here's another Dons Waikiki image.





Kiara,


That is a great photo. I have never seen that Don the Beachcomber building before. I am a little confused as to which one it is.

There was the original facility designed by Wimberly with the three grass huts,


Then the second place seen in the postcard that became Dukes. Is this the same building as Kiara's photo?


Then the third place was the Colonels Plantation,

This is not the same location as shown in Kiara's photo

Then the last spot in the Beachcomber Hotel.



So is this a 5th location within the International Market Place area?

Maybe Phillip Roberts could elaborate some more info on this.

DC


 
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Bora Boris
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Posted: 2012-11-09 3:02 pm   Permalink

and who is Samson?

 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2012-11-09 5:21 pm   Permalink

Aloha,

Quote:

On 2012-11-09 12:23, Dustycajun wrote:

Then the last spot in the Beachcomber Hotel.



Maybe Phillip Roberts could elaborate some more info on this.

DC



I don't think this bottom location was a separate shop. The two images seem to be of the same place at the Beachcomber Hotel. Look at the doors... Look at the same design above the door... Look carefully at the placement of other images... They seem to match up well.

By this time, the AMFAC Corporation was running both the Oahu and Maui (1972) locations... One can extrapolate that Samson was the interior designer hired by them.

Kiara's picture is the Third restaurant at the Kalakaua/Ewa End of the Market Place. Also the location of the Colonel's Plantation (upstairs with the Dagger Bar) note the Brownlee gable... Standing there now is the Quicksilver shop..,
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kiara
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Posted: 2012-11-09 7:20 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-11-09 12:23, Dustycajun wrote:
Quote:

On 2012-10-14 12:44, kiara wrote:
Here's another Dons Waikiki image.





Kiara,


That is a great photo. I have never seen that Don the Beachcomber building before. I am a little confused as to which one it is.

There was the original facility designed by Wimberly with the three grass huts,


Then the second place seen in the postcard that became Dukes. Is this the same building as Kiara's photo?


Then the third place was the Colonels Plantation,

This is not the same location as shown in Kiara's photo

Then the last spot in the Beachcomber Hotel.



So is this a 5th location within the International Market Place area?

Maybe Phillip Roberts could elaborate some more info on this.

DC




Thanks DC and thanks for the info Phillip. I didn't know there was a location where the quicksilver shop is now.
The last time I was on Oahu, I took photo's of the I.N.M.P. location. Or what's left. This photo is a little busy but you can still see a couple of artifacts from the above photo.


Look closer to see the tiki.


And does anyone remember this? I think the whole wall is gone. That's my wife in the foreground.


 
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kiara
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Posted: 2012-11-09 7:26 pm   Permalink

I know that there's a photo of this wall in Waikiki Tiki.

 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2012-11-09 8:10 pm   Permalink

Aloha,

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On 2012-11-09 19:26, kiara wrote:
I know that there's a photo of this wall in Waikiki Tiki.


Great shots. Mahalo!! I always enjoy seeing different angles and times.

My shots of the wall always have vendors in it. the shot in Waikiki Tiki was taken from the parrot walk bridge toward the shell of the Trader Vic's treehouse. below it was Captain Zacks, the former Tiki broiler.

It was made of some kind of light weight material. It showed up in pieces for a while on Craigslist in Hawaii offered from a certain unscrupulous character who shall remain nameless.

And the Moai. For a while they were surrounded by a coffee cup dislpay.

In their last known location, 660 Ahua Street!

Drop a pin on that map feature if you want to see them.
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kiara
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Posted: 2012-11-09 9:40 pm   Permalink

Wow, so those Tikis are gone now too. Is the International Marketplace going to be there much longer? I hate to get off of the Donn's topic of this thread, but here's a cool angle of the Brownlee entrance tiki/sign I took about 10 yrs. ago.



Have you heard anything about a smaller place just north of The I.N.M.P. called something like, South Sea village?


 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2012-11-10 12:08 am   Permalink

aloha,

DING DING DING!!!

AND!!! LADIES an GENLTLEMEN!!

there it s folks. Game over! Best tourist shot EVER. It's really quite something. Amazing angle and great color.
Do you have a date of that vacation?

These Brownlee Sculptures represent Hawaii's Image to the world in the MID CENTURY and the advent of the Tiki Age in Hawaii.

Incredible. Mahalo Nui Loa.

"Ulu mau village" is where those other pictures should go. use search. There were two. cant wait

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On 2012-11-09 21:40, kiara wrote:
Wow, so those Tikis are gone now too. Is the International Marketplace going to be there much longer? I hate to get off of the Donn's topic of this thread, but here's a cool angle of the Brownlee entrance tiki/sign I took about 10 yrs. ago.



Have you heard anything about a smaller place just north of The I.N.M.P. called something like, South Sea village?


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