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Big Kahuna's Tiki Shack
forgotten tikiman
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From: Forgotten Tiki Room. Pismo Beach, CA
Posted: 2014-03-04 7:49 pm   Permalink

Nice! . Looks great.

 
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Aloha Daddy
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Posted: 2014-03-11 9:44 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the nice comments, I gave the new bar a whirl last Saturday, my best buddy could not leave, he could not believe the difference! I am really enjoying the extra room inside the bar, it's amazing how much more room I have now from just adding a foot to the depth of the interior area. And it is so much more convenient having a fridge right there in the bar! I used to have to run to the kitchen inside to get ice and cold liquids.

I got the aquarium up and running last Saturday, the tank itself is a vintage stainless steel 10 gal tank, very unusual in that it is very tall and narrow, cool. I plant on planting it with lots of plants and stocking it with some show guppies that are a beautiful blue color. I also made a decision to move my 90 gal tank right next to the bar and it will be a planted Discus tank, filled with amazon native tropical fish . Sorry, I am a fish freak, I think it will be a great addition to the mood of the tiki theme, and very colorful.

Next is re-designing the fountain. I have a design of a tiki holding up the fountain bowl. My thoughts were to spray liquid foam onto the base of the bowl and sculpting it into the tiki designs. Still developing that one but I'll keep you posted.


 
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Aloha Daddy
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Posted: 2014-05-01 8:58 pm   Permalink

Aloha!! It's been a while since I posted any progress on my bar re-build, because I've been busy! I'll post some photos here of the progress, I'm really stoked as to how it's coming along. Definitely appreciating the LED lights, not only the remote control ones that line my shelves, but the new one I got for my aquarium. The plants are growing like crazy and the blue tint to the light looks cool. I decided to do a total redo on the stand for the 90 gal fish tank. I was in a hurry when I did the original stand and I'm not really proud of it, so I am starting to use bamboo poles and the woven palm stuff (sorry, forgot the word for it!) all over the sides. anyway, here are the photos;




















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Aloha Daddy
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Posted: 2014-05-01 9:08 pm   Permalink

I have to submit a new use for lighted ice in Tiki drinks, a couple of weeks ago we had a big storm roll through on a Friday night and the lights went out. All the lights that is...except for the ones in our drinks!!! Nice way to light our way through the house! Dual flashlight and hydration




 
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PabTiki
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From: In Los Angeles, from New Orleans
Posted: 2014-05-02 11:10 am   Permalink

Woah, that bar looks amazing!!!!

And lighted ice cubes?? I must find out about these!!

(I found this link on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Litecubes®-Flashing-Multi-Color-Freezable-Cubes/dp/B002IAXZSO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399053991&sr=8-1&keywords=litecubes)

I have remote control candles for my tiny 200 sq. ft. apartment that glow bright red, but I always say you can never have enough cool lighting!

Veering further off-topic, if anyone (else) is a fan of scented candles, I've been stocking up on the candles "Lanikai Coconut" from Bath & Body Works. They have a terrific beachy-smell, not too strong, like light coppertone with a hint of pineapple!

Anyway, great bar.
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PabTiki
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From: In Los Angeles, from New Orleans
Posted: 2014-05-02 11:12 am   Permalink

But obviously I wouldn't put candles anywhere near a genuine fiber canopy like that, ha!
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Aloha Daddy
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Posted: 2014-05-03 11:58 pm   Permalink

Mahalo! Those are the ice cubes, I actually got them from Trader Sam's at Disneyland. They are awesome, they can stay on one color, or turn from color to color. A must for any tiki drinks!

 
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ToddVegas
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Joined: Mar 29, 2011
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2014-05-07 11:03 am   Permalink

Your bar is a work of art! Nice job, sir!

 
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Aloha Daddy
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Posted: 2014-10-19 9:23 pm   Permalink

Aloha everyone, it's been too long since my last post, I've been laying low since I'm a landscape designer and summer is so busy. I was inspired at last weekend's tiki event at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach. So many cool ideas and products brought out by everybody. I have not been happy with my roof design, I really want the peak of the roof to extend out more with bamboo supports coming into the bar. The side pieces also are too close in and don't give me enough room inside the bar area for lights, decorations, etc. So next weekend I am planning on tearing down the current roofs and re-building them. In the meantime, I'll just continue to practice making these concoctions and enjoy my new Adventureland glasses I bought at Disneyland a couple of weeks ago.


 
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LoriLovesTiki
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From: NJ
Posted: 2014-10-22 12:56 pm   Permalink

Good luck with your roof redesign! I loved your bar before and new & improved version is terrific!
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 30 days ago; 5:10 pm   Permalink

You are blessed to have building skills and to envision what the outcome will be. Love the lighting and the little alcoves.
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Aloha Daddy
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Posted: 21 days ago; 10:14 pm   Permalink

Thank you Lori & Vampiress for the nice comments. Well, I just about finished the roof re-design. After constructing the main roof extending out I re-thought the side pieces and decided not to put them back up. I like how you can see the shelves better now and it makes the whole back wall look larger. Also without the side pieces I can hang lamps up and hang nets and other decor. Let me know what you think. I'm so excited also as I just ordered a glass Japanese fishing float that I will place a light in and hang at the tip of the roof. I've always wanted one as it reminds me of all the Polynesian restaurants we used to frequent for dinner & cocktails. I think it will really be the finishing touch for the new roof. I'll take photos and show you once it is up.






 
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Thurston Howell IV
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From: Hervey Bay Australia
Posted: 17 days ago; 3:19 pm   Permalink

Hey I really like that extended roofline. Great design reminiscent of the old Waikikian Hotel's Tahitian Lanai.
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Aloha Daddy
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Posted: 15 days ago; 10:07 pm   Permalink

Aloha friends, I continued work on the new roof and refined some of the other areas of the bar, added some bamboo trim pieces, basically fixed some little things that were driving me crazy. Ordered my first Japanese fishing float, a 12" aqua colored one, I got so excited! I've always loved these and I've always wanted one ever since I built my bar. I went to the store to get a glass cutting drill bit and OMG! They are expensive! No wonder I read someone bought theirs on Ebay. I think I'll contact a couple of glass companies tomorrow and see if they will cut it for me. Can't wait to get it lighted!

I'm really excited about my new fountain design. I bought a couple of tikis on Ebay and built a small pedestal about the same size as the tikis. I glued them to the front corner sides of the pedestal. I positioned it at an angle right above the aquarium. I made the basin out of a plastic salad bowl, spray painted it a medium green, and glued it to the pedestal with construction glue.

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Used the Rum bottle to weight the bowl down while it dried, hahaha!

I hot glued the greens and flowers to the sides of the bowl, I really like the way it looks now. Next step will be to get a couple of styrofoam pieces and attach them to the base on both sides of the pedestal and fill the areas with greenery. I also bought an LED underwater light for the fountain. I need to buy another nozzle for it and I can then set it up. Really excited for all the work I got done, looking forward to finishing these areas up and a couple of new ideas I have up my sleeve.

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ErichTroudt
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From: SoCal
Posted: 14 days ago; 12:55 am   Permalink

Nice work. I totally can see a round tapa and bamboo fixture going around that water tank on the ceiling....



 
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