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HB TIKI
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Joined: Dec 12, 2008
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Posted: 2009-07-07 12:47 am   Permalink

CORBY'

S SIGN FOR CLUB PAGO PAGO FOR A HAWAIIAN STONE SOUR
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Kona Chris
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Joined: Jul 16, 2005
Posts: 240
From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2009-07-09 3:25 pm   Permalink

Here's a matchbook from the Bali Hai, which is what the Pago Pago became in later years. Note the same address:



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Grand Kahu
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Joined: Jul 31, 2006
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From: Dallas, TX
Posted: 2009-08-20 8:03 pm   Permalink

The Then-and-Now shots are so painful to see...but interesting the old Pago Pago Tucson building still stands, even if covered in stucco now and surely devoid of anything tiki-like inside or out. Note the drum-like enclosure of the original entry - and the original stone base (now covered with stucco) of the sign beyond the modern street signs.

What year did it close?



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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-11-28 1:43 pm   Permalink

I tried to win this Pago Pago menu on ebay recently but only got the images.

What A funny looking combination of characters!





The caricature on the inside of the menu looks like the figure used in the Copacabana postcards.



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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Joined: Aug 20, 2002
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From: Carson, California
Posted: 2010-01-27 8:23 pm   Permalink

Here's another napkin from the Pago Pago in Portland:



Compare to the narrower napkin in Mimi's collection:



I wonder if the half-napkin size was part of the war-time effort to conserve paper. So that even the cocktail-drinker felt they were doing their part.

Here's my only evidence:



I've got several of these half-napkins in my collection and they all seem to be made out of ultra-thin, inferior paper that wouldn't stop a ring-mark on a bar if they tried.

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Nokala Rocky
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Joined: Mar 13, 2005
Posts: 80
From: Rochester
Posted: 2010-02-10 12:39 pm   Permalink

I've been wanting to see the movie "South of Pago Pago" one of the actors is Abner Biberman, who was in quite a few films from that era. I can only find the movie on VHS on amazon for about $40.00! Any one have it to rent?

Here is a picture of Abner;




 
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nature boy
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Joined: Apr 02, 2008
Posts: 69
From: Timonium, Maryland
Posted: 2010-02-10 3:11 pm   Permalink

Here is my first and maybe only contribution to Tiki Central. I was looking through my dad's old matchbook collection and found one from Pago Pago Portland.









 
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cheeky half
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Joined: Nov 22, 2002
Posts: 795
From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2010-02-10 5:00 pm   Permalink

Came across this ad recently. From 1953


 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-02-10 5:37 pm   Permalink

Nature Boy,

That's cool to get a piece of historical Tiki from your dad!

Cheeky half,

That add reminded me of a postcard I have from the Pago Pago when Phil owned it. Must have been after the Homer and Bob era.






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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-02-10 5:45 pm   Permalink

Cool finds! I like that last caption:
Why get specific and waste space by listing them all: "It's clientele of famous people from all over the world!" 'nuff said!


 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-04-04 1:27 pm   Permalink

I spotted a different twist on the Pago Pago matchbook from Tucson recently on ebay.

It is similar to the original one posted by Bigbro to start this post:




Except that the monkey is replaced by our new proprietor Phil!







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tikibars
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Joined: Apr 11, 2002
Posts: 2024
From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2010-04-26 09:40 am   Permalink

A blurb in today's Chicagoist about the imminent destruction of Chicago's beloved Pago Pago billboard...


http://chicagoist.com/2010/04/26/pago_pago_no_more.php


What the pics on this blog don't show are the cranes and scaffolding that have been erected all around the building for the past few weeks.

Those wanting to get their last glimpse of this legendary bit of Chicago tiki need to do so very, very, very soon.



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bongofury
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Joined: Oct 15, 2002
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From: Ventura County
Posted: 2010-10-16 06:06 am   Permalink

From the 1961 movie "Five Minutes to Live" with Johnny Cash and little Ron Howard



Quick shot of exterior. The interior looks like any diner from that time.....nothing Polynesian.


 
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tikibars
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2010-11-03 6:04 pm   Permalink

The Pago Pago sign in Chicago is gone.

The building it was on no longer exists.
(a bit of the facade was saved, propped up with scaffolds, and the rest of the building has been erased).





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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-11-03 6:26 pm   Permalink

Bummer



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