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Canlis', Honolulu, HI (restaurant)
bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-02-11 12:44 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-02-11 12:02, Dustycajun wrote:
Here is another postcard with an interior scene.




Aaah, I think I see these chief's bowl sculptures hidden in the plants!



It appears these were not only decorative wall sculptures, but a water feature, with water running down from the bowl along the tile, which caused the wall to become overgrown with plants. Sigh ....time machine, please!


 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2010-02-11 1:18 pm   Permalink

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So Phil, can you confirm that the menu art is not an accurate rendering of the original carving?


yup.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-02-11 3:27 pm   Permalink

Ho-kehhh...this is gonna be a long interview! Now, do you own that carving?

 
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GatorRob
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Posted: 2010-02-11 4:25 pm   Permalink

WOW!! What tiki architecture eye candy!! I would dearly love to see all of the book.

The mosaic behind the bar looks spectacular. I can only imagine what it would look like in color.

This post once again brings home the realization that we now live in such an architectural dark age...

Rob

PS - Thanks for the post, Mike. Enjoyed sitting next to you and chatting at the Bum's seminar at the Mai-Kai last June (was that the best?). Hope to run into you again soon.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-02-11 4:42 pm   Permalink

I'm gettin' the feeling that it'll be name, rank, and serial number only from Phil from this point on.

 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2010-02-11 11:34 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-02-11 16:42, bigbrotiki wrote:
I'm gettin' the feeling that it'll be name, rank, and serial number only from Phil from this point on.


Well, not really. Sven, I know you have scholarly questions about the item in question.

I do not own it. It took me years to track it down and (a few more months after I did,) to get permission to photograph the Brownlee carving. While I cannot reveal the location or the owners due to their request for privacy, I can tell you that it is safe and being preserved for the future. They do understand the huge importance of the piece, Brownlee's first commission.

I will tell you, to finally touch the master carver's work was a distinct pleasure. It had a certain unexplainable mana that sent shivers up my spine.

There IS much more to this story, but I cannot reveal it now. Please bear with me.

I will tell you I had a very interesting meeting today (2/11/10) and am hot on the trail of another VERYimportant artifact. I hope soon to document it's current state of existance. I'm so very close, I can almost reach out and touch it.


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-02-11 11:45 pm   Permalink

Phillip,

Thanks for the amazing photo and the info on the Canlis Tiki.

Very interested to see your latest research.

DC


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-02-12 12:28 am   Permalink

Very exciting to hear, Phil, it is wonderful to know there are Tiki agents out there who get it, and who do the work of finding the lost artifacts, and of documenting them for future generations (however small future Tiki appreciation generations might be)

 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2010-02-12 01:16 am   Permalink

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The mosaic behind the bar looks spectacular. I can only imagine what it would look like in color.




If you look closely in the first postcard that Tikishaker posted, in the bottom right corner, you will see the mosiac in color.

Thanks DC and Sven. Your kind words are much appreciated. Sabu, I dig your Kung-fu.

[ This Message was edited by: Phillip Roberts 2010-02-12 01:16 ]


 
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WaikikianMoeKele
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Posted: 2010-02-13 8:41 pm   Permalink

I've enjoyed the pics offered by others. Thought you might enjoy the whole Canlis article from "Interiors Book of Restaurants."




I really like this book. And now that I've glimpsed part of "1950's Buildings in Waikiki and Honolulu", I have such a hunger to see all of it, too!
~Kele


 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2010-02-15 1:51 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the photos and the title of that book, Kele. Now I need to find myself a copy.


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-02-20 07:56 am   Permalink

What a great post this turned out to be. Here is another rendering of the Tiki from an ad seen on ebay.



DC


 
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aquarj
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Posted: 2010-03-17 10:39 pm   Permalink

Another pic, this one's from the 80s.



-Randy


 
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swoopjenkins
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Posted: 2010-04-12 2:28 pm   Permalink

Hi All,

My name is Joy from Honolulu, HI and I'm looking for any memorabilia from Canlis Honolulu. My mom used to work there and she always has a twinkle in her eyes when talking about the good ol' days there. She has always spoken so highly of Mr. Canlis and I would love to give her something special for her 60th birthday. She has many great stories and even appeared in a newspaper ad for a gift certificate for Canlis. She also got a small gig on Hawaii Five-O while working at Canlis. Everything about Canlis makes her smile.

Please let me know if you have any information on where I can get anything pertaining to Canlis Honolulu or if you can send me towards the right direction. I greatly appreciate your time.

Thank you,
Joy


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-04-12 5:59 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-04-12 14:28, swoopjenkins wrote:
Please let me know if you have any information on where I can get anything pertaining to Canlis Honolulu or if you can send me towards the right direction. I greatly appreciate your time.

Thank you,
Joy



Joy,

Check ebay for some postcards and a nice little fridge magnet with the menu art.

http://desc.shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=canlis&_sacat=0&LH_TitleDesc=1&_trksid=p3286.m270.l1313&_odkw=canlis&_osacat=0&bkBtn=&_rdc=1
DC


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