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TabooDan
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Posted: 2010-03-25 3:55 pm   Permalink

Yeh, that's a cool matchbook and you don't see it very often.
I can't find them right now, but I have some round paper coasters with the same boat logo on them with the stylized Kon Tiki name on it just like the above matchbook.
I think they also say Hawaii on them.
I will try to find them and post unless someone else has one accessible.

Mahalo, TabooDan

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TabooDan
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Posted: 2010-03-25 4:04 pm   Permalink

You just gotta look in the right spot and there they are!

Here's the coaster that's like the matchbook on the bottom of the last page:



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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-03-25 8:15 pm   Permalink

Taboo Dan,

Great coaster, thanks for posting. Have you ever seen that type logo for other Kon Tiki restaurants?

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uncle trav
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Posted: 2010-06-16 6:46 pm   Permalink

Nice interior shot shows the atmosphere well.


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WJHScrimshaw
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Posted: 2010-06-16 6:52 pm   Permalink

Love that SABU photo just above my post...she's got some great swimming muscles.

 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2015-08-10 09:25 am   Permalink

Here is the ugly alien mug from Kon Tiki Sharaton I found at Goodwill yesterday. It's made by Steve Crane. I know most of you find this mug ugly, I like them because they are so ugly.













 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2015-08-18 09:23 am   Permalink

Aloha! Actually made by DAGA for Steven Crane!

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Here is the ugly alien mug from Kon Tiki Sharaton I found at Goodwill yesterday. It's made by Steve Crane. I know most of you find this mug ugly, I like them because they are so ugly.







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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2016-02-28 3:47 pm   Permalink

Found this today





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sputnikmoss
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Posted: 2016-08-26 09:55 am   Permalink

On 2010-01-07 00:32, Sabu The Coconut Boy wrote:


I just saw this tiki online and wonder what came first! Has anyone seen this thing before?



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TikiTeddie
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Posted: 2017-03-27 1:26 pm   Permalink

Some further information on the Kon Tiki at the Sheraton in Waikiki for those interested, including lots more photos of the interior. This was the last of the Kon Tiki chain to open June 1971 and was the last to close in 1993, yes, it actually lasted until then. Might be some new information for some people in the below newspaper extracts from the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star.

May 30th, 1971 - some nice details on the layout of the restaurant :






June 25th, 1971 - description of the opening event on June 22nd, 1971 :







Oct. 26th, 1971 - early ad for the restaurant :





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TikiTeddie
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Posted: 2017-03-27 1:35 pm   Permalink

August 5th, 1973 - evidently that spray of tikis in the central room was in a pond of water :






January 13th, 1974 - a never seen before photo the elevator that took you from the cocktail lounge up to the main dining room :







June 23rd, 1974 - lots of standard tiki fare on the table, and same large shell lamps on the wall as seen in other locations :





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TikiTeddie
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Posted: 2017-03-27 1:46 pm   Permalink

June 1st, 1975 - free ice cake if it is your birthday!






August 24th, 1986 - lots of those table lamps that I most definitely covet :




September 13th, 1987 - free Kon Tiki salt and pepper shakers during Aloha Week!






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TikiTeddie
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Posted: 2017-03-27 1:56 pm   Permalink

September 11th, 1988 - some more of the interior :



August 6th, 1989 - some nice tiki mugs on display, still in general use and a nice closer photo of the forest of tiki :








August 13th, 1989 - a sign that things are not going well, but a nice photo showing some mugs, and interesting what looks like printed one, and shakers :






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TikiTeddie
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Posted: 2017-03-27 2:08 pm   Permalink

February 7th, 1991 it was reported that the Kon Tiki would be closed temporarily and that 30 staff were laid off because of this. The article also talks about large downturn in the hotel and restaurant trade in Hawaii.

September 15th, 1991 - Kon Tiki is reopened, a new menu will maybe save the day, lets put tablecloths on those beautiful organic form monkey-pod tables...what else?, oh nice glass salt and pepper shaker...






The Kon Tiki in Waikiki hobbled along for another year and a bit, there are ads for Mother's Day lunches and Xmas specials in 1992, sadly 1993 was the end. I found nothing on how the contents were dispersed or sold, though others in this thread has stated some of the items went to a local marina.

December 26th, 1993 - a list of places that closed in 1993...



I feel like I just wrote some tragic love story!

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Prikli Pear
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Posted: 2017-03-27 2:18 pm   Permalink

Wow! What a trove of articles you've unearthed, Teddy! I remember the recession from the early '90s. Had no idea it hit Hawaii so hard.

 
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