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Crouching Lion Inn, Kaaawa, HI (restaurant)
Tiki-Kate
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Joined: Sep 21, 2003
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From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2009-11-23 6:05 pm   Permalink

Name:Crouching Lion Inn
Type:restaurant
Street:51-666 Kamehameha Highway
City:Kaaawa
State:HI
Zip:96730
country:USA
Phone:(808) 237-8981
Status:operational

Description:
The Crouching Lion Inn is located on Kamehameha Highway on the windward coast of Oahu beneath a rock formation resembling a lion.

They are open for lunch and dinner.



 
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Tiki-Kate
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From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2009-11-23 6:05 pm   Permalink

The Crouching Lion Inn's website is down, but it seems that they've been open for over 50 years. I couldn't find much info on the history of the place, but what I did find was a huge disparity between the reviews regarding the food and the service.

I looked up the location on Googlemaps. I understand why people are drawn to this place. The view of the ocean is lovely. No sign of the giant tiki from the menu though.





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tikimecula
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Joined: Apr 27, 2004
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From: BFE, KS
Posted: 2009-11-23 6:30 pm   Permalink

I have been there. That tiki is not there. Food was not that good.

If I remember right they have a large gift shop, with mostly touristy stuff.


 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-11-23 7:09 pm   Permalink

I got this nice little postcard rendering from the Crouching Lion Inn years ago and always thought that the place should have some Tiki.



Here is a more modern postcard showing the building (on ebay). You can see that the front part of the building by the A-frame was expanded from the rendering.





DC


 
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LikaNui
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Joined: Sep 29, 2008
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Posted: 2010-02-21 8:35 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-11-23 18:30, tikimecula wrote:
I have been there. That tiki is not there. Food was not that good. If I remember right they have a large gift shop, with mostly touristy stuff.


When were you last there? Yes, the food used to be barely passable, as it was geared mostly to serve the large tour groups that came through on buses. However, a new owner took over the Crouching Lion just over a year ago, made extensive repairs to the structure (while keeping it in its original configuration), and defintiely upgraded the menu and the quality of the food. The one-year anniversary party was just a couple of months ago.
Also, at some point after those photos and illustrations above, another large dining room was added on the right side. There's a small gift shop below that addition, but it's not run by Crouching Lion; it's rented out to various vendors. Over the past few years it's been an art gallery, a gift shop, and a few other uses.
The main building was originally a private home before being converted.
There's also a brand new carving of a crouching lion at the front entrance, done by the gentleman who carves all the tikis in the front yard of his home near the mac nut farm close to Kualoa Ranch and Chinaman's Hat island.
Crouching Lion also has a new series of tall tiki mugs that they started selling late in 2009, celebrating 50 years of statehood. I just looked at mine, and on the bottom it says "Parker Mfg. by TikiFARM 2009." I'll try to post some photos soon.
I'll also try to take photos of the other tiki items. I play music out there every Wednesday night from 7pm on. If you're in the area, come on out and say Aloha to the bass player!

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HOUSE OF KU
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Joined: Apr 15, 2005
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From: TIKILAND, USA
Posted: 2011-02-08 9:25 pm   Permalink

Vintage Mug



Kinda sand colored outer glaze, red lion, white inner glaze and brown matte bottom


Crouching Lion Inn, Kaaawa, Hawaii
A couple years ago, the owners of Tropicaina in Punaluu were going to take over Crouching Lion....still need to check-in one of these days...

Aloha, Freddie
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Phillip Roberts
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Joined: Sep 09, 2003
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From: OAHU/Seattle
Posted: 2011-02-11 12:01 pm   Permalink

Giftshop



Inside the inn... Update - Freddie tells me it's a Gecko casting...




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Trailerpark Tiki
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Joined: Mar 27, 2010
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2011-02-11 4:14 pm   Permalink

The Crouching Lion is kind of a legendary place in my memory. To this day, if anyone asks my dad about driving out past Makaha he will tell the story of how he would drive all the way past Kaena Point to the Crouching Lion when he was a young man in the Navy. Back then (early 70's) I was never very interested in the Crouching Lion but it is kind of a landmark and now holds a special place in my heart.

 
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naugatiki
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Joined: Jan 02, 2004
Posts: 836
From: Port Angeles, Wa
Posted: 2011-02-11 5:03 pm   Permalink

Does anyone know if the same watercolor artist did these 3 Hawaii establishments depictions? If so who is it?










 
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Phillip Roberts
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Joined: Sep 09, 2003
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From: OAHU/Seattle
Posted: 2012-04-06 7:27 pm   Permalink

Aloha,

Here's our lady again. I tried to clean up the microfilm scan. I am getting a bit better at it.



Interesting to see the building in the background... Hmmm, what are those things on the building? Could it be?



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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-05-28 09:56 am   Permalink

Found an old photo of the restaurant online, no sign of the Tiki out front.



But wait, here is a photo of the Tiki from 1967, looks to be in on the side of the restaurant building with a cool little grass hut.



That was one impressive Tiki!

DC



 
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