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Hotel Taharaa, Papeete, Tahiti (hotel)
Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-02-20 7:01 pm   Permalink

Got a new postcard with a double view of the Hotel Taharaa.



Another photo of the Crissman Tiki under the A-frame.



And this is nice, the back side of the A-frame and the stone wall with the Polynesian motif.



DC


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-02-23 08:46 am   Permalink

Love the photos, thank you, Wendy

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2013-04-23 4:53 pm   Permalink

Thanks Wendy.

Here is a photo of the artist rendering for the Taharaa as seen on ebay.



Spectacular!




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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-04-27 01:01 am   Permalink

Spectacular, yes, but also a harbinger of how mass tourism blew up the human scale of recreational edifices until the romance of the South Seas was no more.



Waikiki being the classic case, this unchecked development is what rightfully lead the younger generation to become disenchanted with their forefathers ways.



Don's original International Marketplace, the original Hilton Hawaiian Village, and the Waikikian Hotel vs the Ililkai are all examples of how capitalism bulldozed the grass hut.


 
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No No
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Joined: Mar 25, 2013
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From: Volcano, Calif.
Posted: 2013-08-22 2:15 pm   Permalink

Hi guys.... I found this site last spring and have meant to post something ever since, but I forgot about it. The posts seem to be months/years apart but if anyone is interested, I think I could add a little history. I am a 77 year old adventuresome kid who was there before ground was broken on the hotel's construction and worked on the "team" to see it through to fruition. I know the history. (sort of) I can tell you many stories that only a few of the "Inner Circle" of the construction team know. But alas, most of them are pushing up daises now. So unless I write a book about it, this forum may be the last place to present some interesting factoids. Let me know of any interest.

 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-08-22 2:34 pm   Permalink

Yes, please, first-hand reports from such Tiki "power places" as the Hotel Tahara'a would be much appreciated!

 
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No No
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From: Volcano, Calif.
Posted: 2013-08-23 07:36 am   Permalink

Great! What I can remember after 46 years might stir up some interest in both me and the "Tiki Community". I will set about to gather my thoughts and facts and return with my first subject post in a few days.

 
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No No
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From: Volcano, Calif.
Posted: 2013-08-24 12:51 pm   Permalink

Well, where to begin? At the beginning is a good place I guess. Joseph M. Long was born in Covelo, Calif. A one room school house provided him with all the education he would get prior to heading off to U. C. Berkeley with his first pair of store bought shoes in tow. His mother was the teacher at this little school house and done him right proud. With a couple of degrees under his belt, he set about to build a retail empire with his brother, Tom. Over 450 stores in 7 states unfortunately culminated in the sale of the Longs Drug Store family run chain to CVS a few years back.
Somewhere along the line, Joe developed a love affair with Polynesia and the fruition of that dream was: Societe Hoteliere De Tahara'a, more commonly referred to as Hotel Tahara'a.
Got to go for now. I will post more later

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No No
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Posted: 2013-08-24 3:18 pm   Permalink

What one must realize about this man was the fact that he was the antithesis of a "headline grabber" He quietly moved behind the scenes making things happen. He was a caring person who had a strong passion for furthering education as was demonstrated by the many philanthropic causes to which he donated millions. A keen sense of the great outdoors and a love for flora and fauna was enhanced by the tropics and their mysterious beauty. After successfully developing the Del Webb Townhouse in San Francisco, he expanded his hotel interests to Bora Bora, where over the water bungalows were an instant hit.
As an aside, when he saw all the beautiful children on the island smile, he was greeted with almost all toothless smiles.....too much sugar cane! He set about to correct that problem. A state of the art dental clinic was built and he invited his dentist friends to Bora Bora for a free stay. One catch....they must ply their trade. Soon there were no cavities an the island. No one was afraid to smile.
Then, it was on to Tahiti and the culmination of his tropical paradise vision. After extended negotiations with the French authorities, the green light was given to proceed. He gathered together his team and the work began.

"THE TEAM" consisted of the following players:
1) Architectural firm - Wimberly, Whisenand, Allison & Tong - Honolulu, Hawaii - George Whisenand AIA (boots on the ground)
2) General Contractor - Swinerton & Walberg, S.F. Calif.- Don Leyman - Site Construction Manager - "Tex" was the Supt. (got things done)
3) Interior Designer - Neil Prince - New York, NY - He put the ambience in every nook and cranny of the hotel.


 
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8FT Tiki
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Posted: 2013-08-24 3:38 pm   Permalink

No No, welcome to Tiki Central. Wow this story is really interesting and you just got started. I am looking forward to all you are going to share here. Please continue as often as you can even if it's just a small tidbit of history at a time. We are honored you are here. Thanks for your memories!
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No No
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From: Volcano, Calif.
Posted: 2013-08-24 4:06 pm   Permalink

Sorry...ran out of room. Soooo... "The team" continues:
4) IHC (as they were known) was selected to manage the hotel. I never dealt with them they were aloof. Inter Continental Hotels was a subsidiary of Pan American Airlines who owned 35% of the action.
5) Edward Fearon - Joe's man in Polynesia - He looked over what IHC was doing and kept track of the goings on in Bora Bora.
6) Landscape Architect - Parry Laird (me)- Volcano, Calif.- Designed and oversaw the installation of the gardens and pitch & put golf course.

We worked closely together to ensure that the project moved along smoothly, on time, on budget and that it was built to the highest quality standards that we could achieve in such a remote location

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Tiki Toli
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Posted: 2013-08-24 9:04 pm   Permalink

Fantastic stuff No No. Nothing better then when the people that lived it come and share their experiences. Thank You!

 
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Tiki Toli
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Posted: 2013-08-24 9:05 pm   Permalink

Fantastic stuff No No. Nothing better then when the people that lived it come and share their experiences. Thank You!

 
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No No
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From: Volcano, Calif.
Posted: 2013-08-25 4:06 pm   Permalink

A little more....
Tiki Toli, 8ft Tiki, and bigbrotiki....thank you all for your encouraging remarks. I will try to keep the creative juices flowing as best I can.

A few things you should know about me so you can understand better where I am coming from, is the fact that I am a detail oriented, organized technical person. Friends call me "Mr. Clean." I never met the standards of my super demanding parents, so for years, I thought of myself as an "low potential, low achiever." That self impression began to change about the time I was included as the last and youngest addition to "the team" I was like a mouse in the corner trying to sop up all the knowledge I could from this high powered group of professionals. George Whisenand took me under his wing and together we explored the design potentials for the integration of the landscape with the structure. I will tell you a few of the most interesting ones, but first I must digress. I would like to clarify a few things: Inter Continental Hotels did not ever own Tahara'a. They were brought on board as a "Hotel Managing Partner" so to speak. Also,in a few posts,the entrance structure was innocently referred to as an "A" frame. It is more correctly considered architecturaly a hyperbolic parabola and the French in Tahiti called it a Porte Cochere. The massive size was intended to provide the visitor with a "WOW" factor first impression. The Tiki's size was right in scale and an integral part of that "WOW" concept.


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-08-26 01:34 am   Permalink

Thank you No No for all this background. So if the O.A. Tiki was made to scale, does this answer my earlier question of...

Quote:

On 2010-06-27 18:48, bigbrotiki wrote:

The Tiki was shortened at its knees. Initially, because he was too tall? Or years later, because of wood rot?



...the cutting of the feet must have been due to rot?

Ever since I found out that the builder of the Tahara'a was American (and retired in Glendale CA, if I recall correctly?) I wanted to know more about the whole story. I found this out from the manager of the Royal Tahitian Hotel in Papeete, an English gentleman who once been a manager at the Tahara'a (I think his name was, err, Roger ?.....? - I am glad YOU have such good memory ) and who sold me the last original Royal Tahitian logo shirt they had there.

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=23789&forum=16&vpost=300690

P.S.: Comparing the photos of the Tiki in this thread again, it actually looks more like they did not CUT the Tiki's feet, they just poured a new base of concrete around them, to strengthen a base probably weakened by time and climate.


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