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Tiki Tops, Kaneohe, HI (restaurant)
Chub
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Posted: 2010-10-11 5:29 pm   Permalink

Name:Tiki Tops
Type:restaurant
Street:
City:Kaneohe
State:HI
Zip:
country:USA
Phone: 247-2128
Status:defunct

Description:
Tiki Tops was one of the Spencecliff owned restaurants in Oahu. It was located in the Windward City Shopping Center in Kaneohe.







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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-10-12 12:26 pm   Permalink

Chub,

What a great picture of the Tiki Tops Tiki and restaurant sign. Where did you find that? Nice post.

I have another matchbook that actually advertises a Tiki Bar at Tiki Tops. I'm thinking that this has to be one of the earlier references to a Tiki Bar.




Here is the cool architecture of the original Tops coffee shop, I wonder what the Tiki Tops building looked like??



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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-10-12 2:13 pm   Permalink

A cool menu, indeed.
But I have always wondered how the artist arrived from that really cool Tiki statue to that misbegotten, chubby-cheeked smiley Tiki:



What we have here is a basic failure to interpret Hawaiian idol facial features


 
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Chub
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Posted: 2010-10-13 12:25 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-10-12 12:26, Dustycajun wrote:
Chub,

What a great picture of the Tiki Tops Tiki and restaurant sign. Where did you find that?

DC



The first picture is from a book called the "American Heritage New Pictorial Encyclopedic Guide To The United States Vol. 4" By the way, nice matchbook DC!
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2010-10-13 4:52 pm   Permalink

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The first picture is from a book called the "American Heritage New Pictorial Encyclopedic Guide To The United States Vol. 4"




And by Werner Stoy. I used it in Waikiki Tiki: Art, History and Photographs. I would also love to see the building and interior. I have been unsucessful in finding that. Run by the Spencecliff Corporation, it must have been full of things from Spence's travels. The space-age Safeway is still there. I drove past it on Monday.
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naugatiki
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Posted: 2010-10-13 5:13 pm   Permalink

According to this literature there should be a picture of it in Time Magazines Hawaii Statehood edition, anyone got one? And what do you suppose is in a tiki burger?






 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2010-10-14 5:51 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-10-13 17:13, naugatiki wrote:
According to this literature there should be a picture of it in Time Magazines Hawaii Statehood edition, anyone got one?



August 10, 1959 issue.

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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2010-10-15 12:34 am   Permalink

I do have this photo of the Tiki Tops from the Aug 1960 issue of Architectural Record magazine:





It actually gives a view of the Tiki Tops restaurant with its modernist, scalloped roof. The roof of the supermarket was engineered by Richard Bradshaw. He probably engineered the Tops roof as well.



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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2010-10-16 07:51 am   Permalink

I believe Armet & Davis did the Honolulu Tiki Tops. Man, those two modern buildings with the Tiki in between! My kinda stuff!

 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2010-10-16 11:50 pm   Permalink



Cheeseburger on Kalakaua Avenue



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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2010-10-17 09:28 am   Permalink

So, the Tiki Tops became a cheeseburger restaurant named after a song by.......
Jimmy Buffet!!



Oh the humanity. Would have preferred the sports bar or Disco place burned down ending like so many others.

I read that this location is not one of the Jimmy Buffet chain restaurants. Buffet sued to owners and reached a settlement that they could keep the name for the two locations in Waikiki and Lahaina but not open any more with that name.


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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2010-10-17 1:29 pm   Permalink

No, DC. The Tiki Tops is not the Cheeseburger. Breathe easy, man. I'm just showing the same wavy building style in Waikiki...
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Psycho Tiki D
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Posted: 2011-02-22 1:44 pm   Permalink

Small contribution to this thread...the brochure has some paper residue from glue...




Later,

PTD


 
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tikiyaki
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Posted: 2011-02-22 4:46 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-10-13 16:52, Phillip Roberts wrote:
Quote:


The first picture is from a book called the "American Heritage New Pictorial Encyclopedic Guide To The United States Vol. 4"




And by Werner Stoy. I used it in Waikiki Tiki: Art, History and Photographs. I would also love to see the building and interior. I have been unsucessful in finding that. Run by the Spencecliff Corporation, it must have been full of things from Spence's travels. The space-age Safeway is still there. I drove past it on Monday.



I've been to that Starbucks in that shopping center...The Space Age Safeway is al hidden back now.
Armet and Davis rule.


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-06-09 4:57 pm   Permalink

Here is a better scan of the Tiki Tops ad that PTD posted.



And the cover of the brochure that it came from, I really love this graphic with the Tiki and the Wahine.




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