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1958 pics Waikikian / Tahitian Lanai
naugatiki
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From: Port Angeles, Wa
Posted: 2014-01-19 05:59 am   Permalink

This is a post from a food blog where the author's aunt was once a bartender at the Tahitian Lanai. Although the restaurant is better know for its architecture It's nice seeing the tiki filled bar.
http://juanitamore.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/tutus-legendary-mai-tai/






Tutu’s Mai Tai

1 oz dark rum
1 oz light rum
1/2 ounce Orange Curaçao
1/4 ounce rock candy (simple) syrup
Juice from one fresh lime (about 3/4 ounce)

Pour all of the ingredients except for the dark rum into a shaker with ice cubes. Shake vigorously. Strain into an old-fashioned glass half filled with ice. Top with the dark rum. Garnish with a cherry.


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msteeln
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From: Ka'a'awa, HI
Posted: 2014-01-19 12:14 pm   Permalink

We lost a lot with the demise of the TL and grounds.
Whatever hotel blight is there now is nothing but a soulless moneymaker.
And yet they blame the homeless for stifling tourism in Waikiki.


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-04-25 11:00 am   Permalink

Was poking around flikr and found this great slide photo from the Waikikian Gardens posted by Kamaaina 56



The tropical plants, the lava rocks, the clam shells, the A-Frame... what a scene!

DC


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-04-25 12:16 pm   Permalink

A few more flikr photos of the Waikikian exterior from Kamaaina 57.

The lobby building and hotel signs.



Tower building with that great exterior art.



DC


 
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Kaiwaza
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From: Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Posted: 2014-04-25 3:54 pm   Permalink

I miss that great building next to the Waikikian pictured above! Glad you posted a pic I could save of it! While I'm no fan of the huge building that fills the space where this building & The Waikikian used to be, in all fairness, and to add some sort of positive note..I must say, the lagoon fronting the place beachside is in better shape & lovelier than it EVER was under the Waikikian. They did a really nice job when they redid the lagoon, or upgraded it, creating a system where fresh seawater circulates inside the lagoon, making the center island really beautiful & it's swimmable now (it was really gross to try & swim in it when I moved here in 81) & there are paddle boats now. I think it's quite a nice spot.

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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2014-04-25 8:39 pm   Permalink

On our first trip to Hawaii we of course stayed in Waikiki. On the trip from the airport we passed by the Waikikian it was a real head turner, in my case literally! My first thought was, why couldn't be staying there. We were only there a few days and I never found my way back, I wish had.

aloha, tikicoma


 
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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2014-04-26 08:59 am   Permalink

Great stuff, as always, DC. Thanks for the pics!

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2014-04-26 10:05 am   Permalink

Jack Lord pointing at the Ilikai - turning his back to the Waikikian tower. A rather symbolic gesture!



 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-05-31 7:59 pm   Permalink

Tikis in the lobby of the Waikikian!



DC


 
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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2014-06-01 07:14 am   Permalink

WOW! Anyone know where those Tikis ended up?

 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2014-06-01 8:48 pm   Permalink

Aloha,

Those are new to me. Not Brownlee carved, so I'd suspect they are later additions. No clue where they might have ended up.
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naugatiki
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Posted: 2014-06-02 08:36 am   Permalink

I saw one of them shortly after the place closed down in front of a strip mall on Kona St.then it was gone with in a month. Also if you look closely at those tikis you'll see they're not made of wood but a clear resin that has brown leaves suspended in it to create the illusion of a wooden finish.

 
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howlinowl
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From: Port Saint Lucie, FL
Posted: 2014-06-02 2:20 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-06-02 08:36, naugatiki wrote:
I saw one of them shortly after the place closed down in front of a strip mall on Kona St.then it was gone with in a month. Also if you look closely at those tikis you'll see they're not made of wood but a clear resin that has brown leaves suspended in it to create the illusion of a wooden finish.



OK....that leads to another question.... Did these tikis have a mold? Where the bloody hell are the molds?? I want the molds!!!

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Big Kahuna
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2014-06-02 3:03 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-06-02 08:36, naugatiki wrote:
I saw one of them shortly after the place closed down in front of a strip mall on Kona St.then it was gone with in a month. Also if you look closely at those tikis you'll see they're not made of wood but a clear resin that has brown leaves suspended in it to create the illusion of a wooden finish.


That's pretty wild!


 
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msteeln
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Posted: 2014-06-06 3:45 pm   Permalink

Here's a unique shot from '61 via ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-Slide-Royal-Waikikian-Hotel-in-Honolulu-Hawaii-1961-/400718746172?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item5d4cb2d23c

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