FEATURES | MUSIC | BOOKS | DRINKS | FORUMS | GAMES | LINKS | ABOUT


advertise on Tiki Central

Celebrating classic and modern Polynesian Pop
  [Edit Profile]  [Edit Preferences]  [Search] [Sign Up]
[Personal Messages]  [Member List]  [Help/FAQ]  [Rules]  [Login]
Tiki Central Forums Locating Tiki Kona Kai, Philadelphia, PA (restaurant)
Goto page ( Previous Page 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 )
Kona Kai, Philadelphia, PA (restaurant)
tiki1963
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 12, 2003
Posts: 212
From: los angeles
Posted: 2013-06-23 4:57 pm   Permalink

yeah, thanks for posting. i've been looking for that one too.

here's the curved entry trim panel right before removal in 1984 and today:








 
View Profile of tiki1963 Send a personal message to tiki1963  Email tiki1963     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
bigbrotiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11398
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-06-23 10:28 pm   Permalink

Now you gotta find those Tikis, Jordan

And the next mystery is: WHAT was the design in that translucent skylight? Must have bee resin panels...



 
View Profile of bigbrotiki Send a personal message to bigbrotiki  Goto the website of bigbrotiki     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
tiki1963
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 12, 2003
Posts: 212
From: los angeles
Posted: 2013-06-24 09:46 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-06-23 22:28, bigbrotiki wrote:
Now you gotta find those Tikis, Jordan

And the next mystery is: WHAT was the design in that translucent skylight? Must have bee resin panels...






looks like resin with ocean debris. if so, that's a pretty spartan pattern.

if it is, it says a WHOLE LOT about the difference of how tiki decor is today from how it was done back then. today, every square inch of those resin panels would be colored and brimming with objects.


 
View Profile of tiki1963 Send a personal message to tiki1963  Email tiki1963     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
tikicoma
Grand Member (4 years)  

Joined: Jan 16, 2010
Posts: 495
From: wakinekona
Posted: 2013-06-24 8:21 pm   Permalink

Dead moths?

 
View Profile of tikicoma Send a personal message to tikicoma      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
bigbrotiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11398
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-06-24 10:00 pm   Permalink

It could be anything :



Jack Bouck with "Conversation window" at Kelbo's

Another photo from Kelbo's:


People did some great stuff with resin then...
Someone was suggesting a map - I like that idea


 
View Profile of bigbrotiki Send a personal message to bigbrotiki  Goto the website of bigbrotiki     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
TIKIBOSKO
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Oct 17, 2004
Posts: 328
Posted: 2013-06-28 11:01 am   Permalink

Hey DC thanks again, that amazing entry shot is incredible, everything a Tiki palace needs is in the shot.

 
View Profile of TIKIBOSKO Send a personal message to TIKIBOSKO  Goto the website of TIKIBOSKO     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Hale Tiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Oct 19, 2004
Posts: 1798
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2013-07-01 05:44 am   Permalink

Holy hell. What a shame that place went down. I spent years in Philly looking for stuff, but to no avail.

 
View Profile of Hale Tiki Send a personal message to Hale Tiki  Email Hale Tiki Goto the website of Hale Tiki     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4623
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-12-30 8:41 pm   Permalink

A simple little ad from the Kona Kai bump this thread.




DC


 
View Profile of Dustycajun Send a personal message to Dustycajun      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
TikiTacky
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 23, 2010
Posts: 1314
Posted: 2014-05-10 2:24 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-06-24 23:12, Dustycajun wrote:
Does anybody ever look at Locating Tiki anymore? Or has it become crap from some old place blah blah blah blah blah lets get to the next Tiki party dude.

A beauty ashtray from the Kona Kai from ebay.






One of these is up for sale again:
http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&alt=web&id=261472842443

 View Profile of TikiTacky Send a personal message to TikiTacky  Goto the website of TikiTacky     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Tattoo
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 24, 2005
Posts: 261
From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2014-05-10 5:35 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-03-05 23:46, Sabu The Coconut Boy wrote:
An interior photo of the Philadelphia Kona Kai from 1974:








Looking at that picture, I realize that the lamp is the Kon Tiki lamp...

but with a rope shade...

I have an original Oceanic Arts rope shade from a ceramic tiki lamp. The retrofit works quite nicely and fits snugly on top of the glass shade. Oceanic arts handmade these rope shades and I believe the lamp is from Orchids of Hawaii. Looks like some sort of mashup. Maybe they replaced their original lamps with newer Orchids of Hawaii lamps but kept the original shades. At least, for me, it dates these metal lamps to the mid-70s.


 
View Profile of Tattoo Send a personal message to Tattoo  Email Tattoo     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4623
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-07-15 8:39 pm   Permalink

Tattoo,

Nice lamp. I picked up a new matchbook from the Kona Kai and when I looked my collection I realized there were several variations.



Ah, the subtle life of a paper collector!

DC


 
View Profile of Dustycajun Send a personal message to Dustycajun      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
KonaKaiBaby
Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Jun 05, 2015
Posts: 65
From: Middlesex, VT
Posted: 24 days ago; 11:35 am   Permalink

Wow. I know this thread has been quiet for quite a while, so maybe no one will actually see this! But I just had to say thank you to everyone. I was actually in tears looking at all of the fabulous pics. Soooooo wonderful.

I pretty much grew up at Kona Kai. Born & raised in Philly, it was my favorite place in the world from my earliest memory. Every birthday, family celebration, special occasion was spent there. It was like walking into a magical land where the rest of the world's worries couldn't reach you. I've carried that with me throughout life & at 20 I was married at the Polynesian Resort in Disneyworld. I finally have enough space now to build an in-home tiki lounge--my own little Kona Kai. Been hunting for bits and pieces from it on eBay--a pair of salt & pepper shakers, a mug, a postcard...your pics will really help me re-create the magic in miniature!

It was a total trip to see the menus. I always got the Lobster Cantonese. And I always wanted a giant Paradise Punch, served in an Orchids of Hawaii 3 tiki scorpion bowl! It looked so decadent.

BTW, the long waterfall depicted in the rainforest sketches did materialize and was not scaled down. It was in the lobby, right inside the main doors, before you took the big stone staircase up to the actual dining rooms. I've been hunting all over the Internet for a photo of that fabulous waterfall, but still no luck. One of the pictures posted showed the top of the staircase, but not the base of it, where the waterfall was. How I wish my mom had taken more photos.

And since y'all brought up the very silly In Crowd movie, I'll throw into the conversation that I'm one of the teenage extras in that movie in the dance scenes (which were all filmed in one of the auditoriums at Temple U). Just look for the really goofy gal with the horrifically teased up hair, ugly green blouse, and pleated white skirt. Or better yet, don't look...it's just too silly. The film is truly ridiculous, but it's worth sitting through to get a glimpse of my Kona Kai again

Thanks again everyone for posting all of this!
Tara


 
View Profile of KonaKaiBaby Send a personal message to KonaKaiBaby  Email KonaKaiBaby     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Tattoo
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 24, 2005
Posts: 261
From: Los Angeles
Posted: 23 days ago; 1:54 pm   Permalink

Thank for sharing your memories KonaKaiBaby!

 
View Profile of Tattoo Send a personal message to Tattoo  Email Tattoo     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
KonaKaiBaby
Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Jun 05, 2015
Posts: 65
From: Middlesex, VT
Posted: 21 days ago; 07:40 am   Permalink

Thanks! Been searching for any photos from all of those birthdays and family celebrations, but no luck yet. Can't believe my mom didn't keep any!
But haven't given up hope yet...
_________________


Come on down to the Hokulani Lounge!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hokulani-Lounge/1110336148981097

 View Profile of KonaKaiBaby Send a personal message to KonaKaiBaby  Email KonaKaiBaby     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Goto page ( Previous Page 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 )
U-Moderate:
  
v1.5

[ About Tiki Central | Contact Tiki Central | Advertise on Tiki Central ]
(c) 2000-2015 Tikiroom.com (tm), Tiki Central (tm)

Credits & copyright infomation