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Kon Tiki Hotel, Phoenix, AZ (hotel)
1961surf
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Posted: 2009-06-04 12:09 pm   Permalink

Another Xlnt post guys.What ever happened to this place, and what is there now ?
Does anyone know?


 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2009-06-04 12:20 pm   Permalink

They bulldozed the Kon Tiki in 1993 I believe and put this exotic parking area in it's place.


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-03-07 10:54 am   Permalink

I picked up a different postcard from the Kon Tiki. They put a big Best Western pole sign out front, how romantic is that.



A better shot of the cool sign




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bigtikidude
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Posted: 2010-03-07 7:01 pm   Permalink

so cool,
if that place was still open.
I'd want to stay there after the "Relight the Night" event at the Kon Tiki Restaurant in Tuscon, Even though it was in Phoenix, the 1 hour drive would be worth it.

Jeff(btd)





 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2010-06-26 06:54 am   Permalink

Nice photo from the Arizona State Archives.


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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2010-10-20 4:14 pm   Permalink

Another photo I snagged off eBay long ago:





 
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ErkNoLikeFire
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Posted: 2010-10-23 8:18 pm   Permalink

What a cool sign, wonder if anyone ran off with at least part of it.

 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2010-11-05 5:06 pm   Permalink

Here's another place in Idaho Falls, ID that appeared to use the same-style pole & mask sign.

This ad for the Hawaiian Room is from 1963:



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tikicar
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From: York, Pa.
Posted: 2010-12-12 5:17 pm   Permalink

A buddy of mine just found me this menu. 15 cents for a cup of coffee so I am guessing 1960's ?







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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-12-13 12:20 pm   Permalink

Whooah! Never seen that menu before. Great A-Frame graphics. Interesting that they show the Tiki by the buidling, but left out the sign. Was it ...too "tacky"?

 
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tikicar
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Posted: 2010-12-13 2:36 pm   Permalink

Yeah I kind of thought the same thing. Nice to know there are still things out there that you haven't seen Sven. My buddy bought a box of old menues at a auction. This was the only Tiki one. Soon as he handed it to me. I thought I know I have seen that building in your book. As always if you needed to borrow it for research you are more than welcome to it. Scott

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-12-15 4:22 pm   Permalink

Thank you Scott. I would love to use that cover for one of my next projects. It's probably too big to scan? or will one of each half-page fit? P.m. me and we figure out how you can get the image to me.

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-07-24 7:22 pm   Permalink

A few black and white photos of the sign and building found on the net.





Close up of the sign and the Tiki.




DC




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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-12-06 12:17 pm   Permalink

I picked up a slightly different (and beat up) version of the Kon Tiki hotel postcard.





And I couldn't help but notice the Milan Guanko Tiki statue standing under the sign.







Does anybody know if this one survived?


Also found some more old photos of the hotel architecture.





DC


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-03-06 1:24 pm   Permalink

Another postcard I found that with a rare look at the Tiki torches and hut by the pool at the Kon Tiki.



You can see some carved Tiki poles holding up the roof.




And a menu I saw on ebay with a nice rendering of the sign.





Finally a nice artist interpretation of the sign bu Suzanne Falk.



DC


 
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