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Polynesian Room, Naniloa Hotel, Hilo, HI (restaurant)
Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4084
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-08-06 09:31 am   Permalink

Name:Polynesian Room, Naniloa Hotel
Type:restaurant
Street:
City:Hilo
State:HI
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:



The Polynesian Room was a pretty cool looking restaurant and bar located in the Naniloa Hotel in Hilo, Hawaii. I have a few postcards that show the bamboo and tapa-rich interior of the room.





The ceiling lights were an amazing combination of bamboo and fish floats.





With the centerpiece chandelier even described on the back of the postcard.



Some New Caledonia Tikis on the wall.



Here is another photo of the Polynesian Room showing the concave ceiling and the stage area from Arkiva Tropika.



And a menu from the same.



I also picked up this postcard rendering showing the overall hotel grounds.



The matchbook with cool looking volcano.







There was once a large Tiki out in front of the hotel as evidenced in this tourist photo.



Makes you want to jump on a plane and head to Hawaii!

DC



 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11004
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-08-06 11:52 am   Permalink

Here is my photo of that rad chandelier and the great ceiling from several years ago when I was last in Hawaii:




Exactly as described in the postcard caption!

The rest of the room had been stripped and painted white (though they left the Tiki poles)

Examining my photo again, another detail came to my attention (inexplicably not photographed closer at the time!):
The "Outrigger beams" at the end of the dark-painted buffet overhang in the background are actually made with the classic O.A. warclubs:




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naugatiki
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Joined: Jan 02, 2004
Posts: 822
From: Port Angeles, Wa
Posted: 2011-08-06 1:53 pm   Permalink

Shame that room has been white washed you'd think that with the revival and the tourist appeal someone would have restored that place. Hawaii had a nice tradition of watercolor rendering of these Polynesian hotels, first with the Naniloa



then the Kauai Surf


and even The Waikikian where it looks like the same artist captured the idyllic surroundings.


I wonder who it was and what else they've done.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11004
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-08-14 6:59 pm   Permalink

In the above rendering, the "Polynesian Room" restaurant is barely visible on the left in the back, but on THIS postcard:



...you can see the four hut shaped roofs of its building on the left. I came upon this place years ago, by chance, when I was staying at the Naniloa for a couple of nights to explore Hilo. The main entrance to the hotel lobby is on the RIGHT of the big high rise tower. The lobby felt like there should be some vintage Tiki, but there was none to be found.


The next day I set out to explore the grounds, and I followed my Tiki nose, starting at the pool (on the right)...



...down the meandering path, taking a pleasant stroll along the lava rock beach, until I came upon that building quite unexpectedly. It was deserted and decomissioned, probably kept for events, but looked like it hadn't been used for a while. Heaven knows if it is still standing, and in what condition.

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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2013-04-26 6:55 pm   Permalink

Matchbook I found today












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