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The Polynesian Village, Chicago, IL (restaurant)
Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-02-24 07:27 am   Permalink

Bifcozz,

I have this drink menu mailer from the West Indies in Reno that talks about being created by the "men who helped make possible the Bay Area's famous Zombie Village". I always wondered about the Skipper Kent connection.





Do you have any more info on this one? Maybe we could start a new location thread.

Thanks again.,


DC

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bifcozz
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Posted: 2010-02-24 08:13 am   Permalink

Here is a followup from last nights drunken post.
here is a letter dated jan 1st 1955 from Josephine


Here is a cute letter jan 5th to Mr Benway at polynesian imports Honolulu about a ten foot clam.


Here is a letter from Otto Mammon giving the Kents an update on how the polynesian room is doing






Here is a letter from Roger Sonnabend to Skipper Kent




here is a picture of Skipper Kent on his boat




Here is another letter from Roger Sonnabend.




We will post more information on the Kents in the appropriate locations within the next couple of days.



 
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bifcozz
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Posted: 2010-02-24 09:31 am   Permalink

Here is the eye candy....


























































 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2010-02-24 10:06 am   Permalink

eventually, the edgewater beach location became a kon tiki ports, i believe - or was it don the beachcomber....one of the 2 before it closed.....tiny boat taxis used to ferry folks to the edgewater hotel and back from navy pier and other stops along the lake front.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-02-24 4:33 pm   Permalink

Amazing! Thank You biffcoz for scanning all that in! This must all be from his estate sale/auction a couple of years ago ( the same that yielded that amazing spec bowl I show in Tiki Modern?) It is great to see all this material ended up in appreciative hands. It always is a little eerie to see that no family members cared for all that. Well, we're his "family" now, we care!

Would it possible to enlarge/zoom in on the "Social Calendar November/December" piece, I would love to be able to read his movies' titles!

It is amazing to see that the little bit of "menu mythology" that I showed in the Book of Tiki was no sailor's yarn, but only a small part of his true story!


 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2010-02-24 5:13 pm   Permalink

Thanks so much, bifcozz. It's nice to have that mystery-connection solved and the answers saved for posterity. I like that photo of Skipper Kent and this piece of artwork especially:



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bifcozz
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Posted: 2010-02-26 3:58 pm   Permalink

bigbro here is the closeups you asked for





 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-10-29 12:08 pm   Permalink

Time to give this awesome thread a bump.

Picked up this nice flier advertising the Rage of the Tropics show at the Polynesian Village.



What a line up, Danny Kaleikini, the Tu-Tus comedy team and the Manu the sword dancer.

DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-10-29 1:19 pm   Permalink

...and "the HAUNTING Gene Rains Quartet"! Cool.

That one's got to be in my next CD booklet, DC, on the double page for the Gene Rains tune I will have in it!


 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2010-10-29 1:41 pm   Permalink

Would have been nice to hear Gene Rains do "Tiki" there...

 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2010-11-11 12:21 pm   Permalink

I was very excited to be able to purchase the original large-format negative of this photo. It shows a stylish couple having drinks in the Polynesian Village in June, 1960. Lots of nice details, including the man's shirt, that Tahitian tiki that shows up in so many other images, and a drink bowl to the far right.





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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-11-11 12:32 pm   Permalink

Sabu,

That is a great find! Another amazing thing about the photo is that it has the illustrated islands drink map on the wall mural. It looks like the same one that you can get a peak at on the right side of the Skipper Kent's postcard.



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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-11-11 12:36 pm   Permalink

Is there an emoticon for "stuffing your fist in your mouth and biting on it" symbolizing a high level of excitement!?

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-11-11 2:01 pm   Permalink

I tried to doctor around on the contrast and gamma of the pic to lift up the background, but those white folks get too white real fast:



O.A. used to make this style Marquesan Tiki, here is a beautiful one at Duke Carter's amazing house:


You can see him better in a B&W version:



The Marquesan at Skipper Kents is quite similar, but I don't know if it's from the same carver as the two Tikis above.


 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2010-11-12 10:20 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-02-24 17:13, Sabu The Coconut Boy wrote:
Thanks so much, bifcozz. It's nice to have that mystery-connection solved and the answers saved for posterity. I like that photo of Skipper Kent and this piece of artwork especially:






Think that's a Stubenberg or just a copy of his style? Maybe clip-art?
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