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Kamuualii - The Amazing Pre-Tiki Tiki of The Royal Hawaiian Hotel
finky099
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Joined: May 15, 2012
Posts: 505
From: Orange County, CA
Posted: 2017-07-19 11:00 pm   Permalink

It baffles me (1) why the hotel wanted the statue removed, but not bother to remove the base ( don't get me wrong, I'm glad something remains for us to seek out there and remember it). The statue had a very long history at the hotel and was a popular photographic centerpiece with guests, and it doesn't appear they did anything with the space in the redesign that couldn't have incorporated the statue. Why not play up its historic spot at the hotel?
Ignorance is ghastly.


 
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creativenative
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Joined: Feb 17, 2012
Posts: 313
From: Island of O'ahu
Posted: 2017-07-21 02:21 am   Permalink

That's a great mug. How can I get one?

 
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
Posts: 7216
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2017-07-21 8:12 pm   Permalink

Wendy Cevola

 
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creativenative
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Joined: Feb 17, 2012
Posts: 313
From: Island of O'ahu
Posted: 26 days ago; 04:16 am   Permalink

Now that I read the whole thread, I agree with Phillip that this ki'i (Hawaiian word for tiki, which simply means an image like a painting, statue, or photograph) is an image of a menehune or a Hawaiian version of a leprechaun. The hat, the mischievous grind and hand positioning and the revelation that it originally wore a loin cloth all points to a menehune image. I posit that the shark God name was something the Hotel (unofficially) made up for the tourist. They obviously didn't know what the statue was and they didn't think it as a real Hawaiian God ki'i or they would of respected it and saved it. I agree with their assessment because it doesn't have a Hawaiian god like likeness. Thus the Hotel management considered it an "eyesore". Nevertheless it was historical and meaningful and should of been saved. I'll double check this week with my friend at the Bishop museum on my theory.

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EnchantedTikiGoth
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Joined: Dec 31, 2003
Posts: 230
From: Calgary, Canada
Posted: 25 days ago; 08:27 am   Permalink

I get the feeling that the Royal Hawaiian should get in touch with Wendy about selling those mugs at the hotel as souvenirs! What a great mug!

 
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tikitube
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Joined: Apr 25, 2017
Posts: 91
From: Ozark Underwater Cliffs
Posted: 24 days ago; 7:29 pm   Permalink

Any chance somebody dumpster dived and walked away with a very heavy footless tiki? Sad to see anything with such history be destroyed. Cool thread, though. Thanks for sharing.

 
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