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Kamuualii - The Amazing Pre-Tiki Tiki of The Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Robb Hamel
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Posted: 2010-12-17 4:21 pm   Permalink

He definitely didn't look like wood.

This's some very nice collective archaeology work. Good job.

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christiki295
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Posted: 2010-12-18 8:38 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-09-29 22:25, Sabu The Coconut Boy wrote:
If you search for tiki postcards and photos on eBay for more than a few years you will probably eventually see an image of this fellow:






Another excellent post!


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-10-10 11:25 pm   Permalink

Another view of the Royal Hawaiian Tiki.




There was a second one on the grounds.




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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2011-10-11 09:48 am   Permalink

Aloha,

Hmmm. That one looks like hapua fern.


 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2011-10-11 1:57 pm   Permalink

Yes, looks like fern wood to me too.

It also looks like it was carved by the same person who did these at the Waikiki Shopping District on Kalakaua Ave. Is the photo dated, DC?



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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-10-11 3:14 pm   Permalink

Sabu,

The photos are dated 1954. The set also included another photo of the fern Tiki in front of the shopping center, also from 1954.






Sure looks to be the work of the same carver.

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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2011-10-11 11:53 pm   Permalink

DC - that 1954 date is awesome. It fits in nicely with other data I've been accumulating. However, looking at the photos closer, I'm wondering if the second tiki you have marked as on the grounds of the Royal Hawaiian, might not actually be the Kalakaua Ave shopping center tiki, just shot from the store-window side. Notice how the planter around the tiki's feet and the base look the same. In any case, it's a tiki by the mystery fernwood carver who was very active in Waikiki/Honolulu from around 1954-1957; just prior-to or at the same time Ed Brownlee started carving hardwood tikis in Hawaii. This fernwood carver's tikis share a lot of similar attributes:

DC's photo, dated 1954 and Hina Tiki, 1955 which was shipped to Honolulu Harry's in Chicago:


The two tikis on Kalakaua Ave, from a postcard postmarked 1955, (notice the headdress on the first is almost like a cigar-store indian's and how the tiki is a dead-ringer for the one in DC's black & white photo):


Tiki from Alex Stordahl's "Magic Islands Revisited" lp and a similar tiki from the 1957 University of Hawaii yearbook, (again notice the almost indian-style headdress):


And finally I would argue that the Tiki from Don The Beachcomber, Honolulu (1955) and the Trader Hall's tiki are also by the same carver, based on facial features and body styles:


As Bosko noted in another thread, this local carver really was making a name for himself at the time. I just wish we know what that name was. He's still a mystery.


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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2011-10-12 12:46 am   Permalink

Getting back on track, with DC's great 1954 photo of Kamuualii, the Shark God...



... I went through my postcard collection and spotted him again in the background of this classic 50's tourist card:



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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-10-12 10:08 pm   Permalink

Nice Sabu, I'm going to have to find that postcard!

I don't think the picture of the second Tiki from the Royal Hawaiian could have been from the shopping center, as that arcade was located directly adjacent to the street.




I am guessing it may have been moved there.

Here are some more modern color photos of the the Royal Hawaiian Tiki.





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Posted: 2011-11-12 10:38 am   Permalink

aloha,



From a 1960's Paradise of the Pacific.

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2013-04-20 11:02 am   Permalink

Time to bump this great thread with another photo of our Tiki hanging out with a lovely Hawaiian maiden.



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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2013-04-20 1:00 pm   Permalink

nice...

Btw, when I go tour with peeps and show them the stump, one of us has left a tiki figurine there...

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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2013-05-01 5:33 pm   Permalink

DC - that's a great photo!

Here's another one:



This is the Bushnell family. The photo is dated Jan 19, 1968.
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2013-12-14 08:13 am   Permalink

Another couple of tourist photos of our man.



People sure loved posing with that guy!

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Posted: 2013-12-14 10:20 am   Permalink

While lookin for him recently,
An employee asked me what I was looking for,
You should have seen his face when I said:
"FEET"





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