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The Polynesia, Seattle, WA (restaurant)
smini
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Posted: 2014-11-25 11:06 pm   Permalink

It is pretty amazing that these beams were saved and that someone thought enough to save them. I am so curious to know if a previous owner of this house knew David Cohn or had some kind of connection that allowed them to gain access to these beams. Next time I speak with my landlord, I will see if she knows more about the beams and who/when they were brought here to the property.

I looked up Witco, as I wasn't sure what it was. I know in the Seattle Times article at the beginning of this thread, it states that Donald Keys and Donald Ingalls, local Seattle artists, both hand carved the beams. Were these two gentlemen part of the Witco Company?


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-11-26 7:04 pm   Permalink

Smini,

What a cool find, thanks for posting.

This piece from my magazine ad provides a little more detail on the beams.






 
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smini
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Posted: 2014-11-26 10:48 pm   Permalink

Thank you DustyCajun for posting this! Very interesting information on the beams and the type of wood used. I wish I could have seen this restaurant--it sounds like it was really an amazing place! Dusty Cajun, I saw the tiki mug and dishware from the Polynesia that you posted on this thread--that is very cool! Where did you find those items? Did you ever get the chance to go the Polynesia?

 
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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2015-03-21 12:43 am   Permalink

Been digging around for awhile trying to find a good shot of the Polynesia sign that was by Alaska Way without any luck. What I've found is very interesting to me. The original sign was oval and on a pole that flared at the top and this pole may have been painted with a decorative pattern. Beside the sign pole is what looks like a carved log pole (a tiki maybe?).


This is from Dustys, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop postcard guessing the 60's.

This next shot is from 1965 when Skagit Belle sternwheeler sank beside the pier.



Lastly from the 70's the original sign and pole is gone replaced by a rectangular one but the carved pole is still there in the background.



Any help would be welcome, my wife is going to try to get the web source photo data to try to clear up the pictures, until then...

aloha, tikicoma


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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2015-05-22 10:46 pm   Permalink

From the other side of Surfside fish n' chips with the Polynesia pole and sign in the background.



finally a good enough shot to pull up some detail!



This is from around 1970 with the second sign, no idea if the pole is still the original though.

aloha, tikicoma


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2015-09-02 12:28 am   Permalink

Just saw this. Very cool photo archeology! The post is based on New Caledonian door panel designs:







 
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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2015-09-04 12:46 am   Permalink

Just spent 2 hours looking at images of Kanak door post and panel carvings, cool stuff! You nailed it again Sven. But see what you miss when you waste your time filming movies and putting together shows at museums? Knock it off and get back to enlightening us plodders.



aloha, tikicoma

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Kilaueakyd
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Posted: 2018-01-31 2:01 pm   Permalink

I rescued this Tiki in Edmonton, Canada which came from the Beachcomber. I am sure it was carved by the same artist.
The eyes are a bit different but such a stunning likeness to Polynesia's Tiki.



 
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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2018-01-31 11:57 pm   Permalink

Kilaueakyd, I've always assumed that their large Ku came from the Philippines because some of the small ones at the Polynesia matched with ones from there. That being said they do look a lot alike though, as you said, the eyes and also the nose look a bit different.



(Dave Cohn on left with the out going president of the restaurant association)


 
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HopeChest
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Posted: 2018-02-01 11:05 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2018-01-31 23:57, tikicoma wrote:
That being said they do look a lot alike though, as you said, the eyes and also the nose look a bit different.




Are you talking about the tikis or the lads themselves?!?





 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2018-02-01 3:01 pm   Permalink


What a wonderful thread to read. Thank you Hamo for bringing it to our attention. Wendy
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Kilaueakyd
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Posted: 2018-02-11 1:42 pm   Permalink

tikicoma what info can you shed that makes you think they came from the Phillipines? Another Tikiphile thought they were carved by the designers of the Polynesia. I have no idea but trying to find out. Perhaps what kind of wood was used. They did have a few other Tiki's two of which were similar in style.



And this is the storage locker they were found in.




 
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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2018-02-11 4:38 pm   Permalink

Kilaueakyd a couple things. Most importantly from Woofmutts first post that started this thread where he quotes the Seattle Times from 10/3/61 "A life-size Tiki figure, in the hallway, was carved in Manila of monkey pod."

Also this smaller tiki at the Polynesia...



That matches this one...



That was in front of the Philippines handicraft exhibit the next spring at the 1062 Seattle Worlds Fair shows that at least some of their tikis were carved in the Philippines.



 
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Prikli Pear
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Posted: 2018-02-11 9:19 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2018-02-11 13:42, Kilaueakyd wrote:
And this is the storage locker they were found in.




What I wouldn't give to find a storage locker like that here in Texas!


 
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Kilaueakyd
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Posted: 2018-02-13 2:07 pm   Permalink

Tikicoma your research is really great. Big Mahalo to You and all the other contributors to this thread. I still wonder what kind of wood? Maybe Monkeypod? Does monkeypod get big enough to carve a 400 lb Tiki? More info on my storage locker finds can be found on FB page "Tiki Night in Canada"

 
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