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Pukapuka (Danger) Room USN WWII inspired office
Pele Paul
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Joined: Aug 26, 2008
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From: San Dimas, ca
Posted: 2014-05-14 4:52 pm   Permalink

Pukapuka is a coral atoll in the Cook Islands in the Pacific Ocean, with three small islets threaded on a reef that encloses a beautifully clear lagoon. It is the most remote island of the Cook Islands, situated about 1140 kilometres northwest of Rarotonga. It is a triangular atoll with three islets comprising little more than 3 square kilometres of land area. On this small island an ancient culture and distinct language has been maintained over many centuries. Pukapuka's closest prehistoric associations appear to be with Samoa and other islands to the west. The traditional name for the atoll was Te Ulu-o-Te-Watu ('the head of the stone'), and the northern islet where the people normally reside is affectionately known as Wale (Home).

I decided to make my office, which leads to the garage the WWII South Pacific sub/PT-Boat/land based aircraft Poly-Pop room. it will lead out to the garage where the theme will continue with Hawaii during WWII, then out to the Jungle cruise yard. still need to paint, put up the rattan and bamboo. the Sub, flag and flotation collar are all from the movie; The incredible Mr. Limpet, and since its been so hot outside, I decided to do some work inside.....











































 
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Big Kahuna
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2014-05-14 5:54 pm   Permalink

Great stuff, man!

 
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hiltiki
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2014-05-14 7:51 pm   Permalink

I agree, I like everything you put up in your threads including this one.

 
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Pele Paul
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From: San Dimas, ca
Posted: 2014-05-14 8:03 pm   Permalink

thanks guys,
yea really need some OD green and Naval gray paint for the walls and some thatching, I hate seeing white walls, it drives me nuts!!!


 
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Kailuageoff
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Joined: Mar 27, 2002
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From: Honolulu Lounge,Lewes, DE
Posted: 2014-05-14 9:12 pm   Permalink

Great collection. Looks museum quality.... Thanks for sharing an do update as you move along.


 
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Ojaitimo
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Posted: 2014-05-14 11:38 pm   Permalink

Pele Paul,that is a great collection you have. Being in the Navy forty years ago and into Tiki since I can remember, some of your collection brought back many personal memories. Lived on Okinawa in 1969 and the Scout troop I was with would go to battlefields around the island. This camp out were about to land on the island Admiral Is, where in a WW2, Ernie Pyle was gunned down. This guy really is an unsung hero. He wrote a column that GI's read in the Stars and Stripes until a Japanese machine cut him down on the beach I was going to land on. There I was in a Higgins boat with the dropping ramp. Peering over the top, I thought about those guys about to storm the beach over twenty years before. Many of them made it after all of the island campaigns and it was these soldiers who returned to the states and for awhile every town in the United States had a Tiki bar. The Tiki Ti bar in Los Angeles serves a drink called the Blood and Sand. Today if you order it, everyone chants Toro but I'll bet when Ray Buen introduced the drink that the beach battles were remembered not the bull fights
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Pele Paul
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From: San Dimas, ca
Posted: 2014-05-15 07:10 am   Permalink

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On 2014-05-14 23:38, Ojaitimo wrote:
Pele Paul,that is a great collection you have. Being in the Navy forty years ago and into Tiki since I can remember, some of your collection brought back many personal memories. Lived on Okinawa in 1969 and the Scout troop I was with would go to battlefields around the island. This camp out were about to land on the island Admiral Is, where in a WW2, Ernie Pyle was gunned down. This guy really is an unsung hero. He wrote a column that GI's read in the Stars and Stripes until a Japanese machine cut him down on the beach I was going to land on. There I was in a Higgins boat with the dropping ramp. Peering over the top, I thought about those guys about to storm the beach over twenty years before. Many of them made it after all of the island campaigns and it was these soldiers who returned to the states and for awhile every town in the United States had a Tiki bar. The Tiki Ti bar in Los Angeles serves a drink called the Blood and Sand. Today if you order it, everyone chants Toro but I'll bet when Ray Buen introduced the drink that the beach battles were remembered not the bull fights
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thank you so so much for your service and kind words sir!!! Funny thing was I spent 11 years in the army, 4 of those in Hawaii where I discovered my love of Tikis! as a kid, I always loved the John Wayne movies set in WWII, especially "They were Expendable" which showed at a local theater during the summer time as part of the Golden age of movies, my friends and I would go and watch all these great classics, then go home and built a PT boat out of old cardboard and wood. Ive always loved the way my two loves tie in together, makes collecting a whole lot easier!!
Currently, Im working on building a bench, which when done, will look like the day room/commo room on one of the islands circa 1944. currently doing a bunch of research trying to find an island base that had both a PT squadron and an air field for land based USN aircraft. I just purchased a load of USN Radio equipment over the weekend as well as the Sub battle flags, I just need to get the correct shade of Navy Gray paint. seems you all had numerous shades, depending on the equipment and if it was to be stored above deck or below deck! I think I missed my calling by not going in the Navy lol.
thanks again for taking time to stop by and see the room!
paul










 
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Malibu-tiki
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Posted: 2014-05-20 2:35 pm   Permalink

Looking as awesome as ever mate. Never ceases to amaze me. You have a real talent.... Hope all is well with you

 
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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2014-05-20 4:07 pm   Permalink

These would fit in with your WWII theme. Sea mine, hand grenade and a bomb shot glasses.



www.homewetbar.com/bombs-away-shot-glass-set-p-3392.html?gclid=CLj70-fOu74CFa1cMgodRm0ATw
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Pele Paul
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Posted: 2014-05-26 11:24 am   Permalink




























 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2014-05-26 6:40 pm   Permalink

Wow...amazing collection and so appropriate to visit on Memorial Day. CHEERS

 
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Pele Paul
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From: San Dimas, ca
Posted: 2014-05-30 2:34 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-05-26 18:40, VampiressRN wrote:
Wow...amazing collection and so appropriate to visit on Memorial Day. CHEERS



Thanks so so much!!! yea had a chance to pick up some paint and some thatch, gonna have to start putting up some pics as I go!! got a lead on some really cool WWII USMC camouflage to use as curtains!!!


 
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thefallenbuddha
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Joined: Jun 15, 2014
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From: LA but currently living in Japan
Posted: 2014-06-15 09:00 am   Permalink

Hey Paul!

Long time no see!

The new room is looking great, and I really like the WW2 Tiki bar / office room theme!
It has given me a few ideas for my own home project!

Just curious, but why did you choose "Pukapuka" as opposed to other islands?


 
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Pele Paul
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From: San Dimas, ca
Posted: 2014-06-15 9:50 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-06-15 09:00, thefallenbuddha wrote:
Hey Paul!

Long time no see!

The new room is looking great, and I really like the WW2 Tiki bar / office room theme!
It has given me a few ideas for my own home project!

Just curious, but why did you choose "Pukapuka" as opposed to other islands?



Hey Buddy!!! I heard you got in a terrible accident in Japan??? hope your ok! do u plan on coming out to Ft Mac in July?
Yea I chose Pukapuka for the name which translate to "danger" in English, one I get everything dialed in I will prob change it to one of the names of the RON bases used by the PTs, still got paint for the walls, some rattan, tearing up the carpet and redoing the wood floor, putting up the captured Japanese flags, and getting all my WWII era radio equipment set up, sooooooooon!!!!!


 
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thefallenbuddha
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From: LA but currently living in Japan
Posted: 2014-06-15 11:01 pm   Permalink

Hey Paul!

Yes, I learned a guy on a bicycle (me) and a guy in a car (other guy) don't mix!
But, I am doing ok now.
I won't make Ft. Mac this year, but will be back in LA in August for a few weeks during the Japanese obon holiday season. It would be great to check out your new place, if it is convenient for you at that time. I can bring beverages!

Your upcoming plans sound pretty cool!
I've been planning to turn part of my grandmother's old place in Long Beach to a "war" themed tiki home bar for a long time (it is one of my projects for when I move back to California), so I am really looking at your work for inspiration!


 
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