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Mauna Loa, Detroit, MI (bar)
dangergirl
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Joined: Dec 16, 2012
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Posted: 2013-01-05 9:50 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-12-18 17:49, Dustycajun wrote:
Dangergirl,

Thanks for posting, look forward to seeing more from your collection. Do you know where that magazine article came from?

DC



I have no idea what magazine it was since it was a pull out and not attached to anything. I'll have to ask my mom and see if she knows.


 
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dangergirl
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Joined: Dec 16, 2012
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Posted: 2013-01-05 9:53 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-12-19 11:00, Hale Tiki wrote:
Dangergirl,
Post everything you have! It will be most appreciated here. Thank you for finding us!



I am flying back home for a few days next weekend, so I will try to scoop up more stuff. I found you while googling my dad's name. I was missing him and I'm glad he is remembered here.


 
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OrlandoBond
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Joined: Jun 06, 2012
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Posted: 2013-02-04 12:42 pm   Permalink

Thank you for the information on the Mauna Loa, it was my favorite as kid in Detroit. I was working next to it in 1979/1980 (dont remember) after the fire that shut it down and I paid the wrecking guy $20 for two real very well carved tiki's which are now in my tiki room. Many of the carvings and decorations were piled on the street and had been purchased by a decor company...

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
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From: HELL
Posted: 2013-02-05 04:52 am   Permalink

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On 2013-02-04 12:42, OrlandoBond wrote:
Thank you for the information on the Mauna Loa, it was my favorite as kid in Detroit. I was working next to it in 1979/1980 (dont remember) after the fire that shut it down and I paid the wrecking guy $20 for two real very well carved tiki's which are now in my tiki room. Many of the carvings and decorations were piled on the street and had been purchased by a decor company...




Hi- thanks for the info !! was wondering if you would be so kind as to post some pics of the tikis you have (and any other items) from the mauna loa ? - we like to document stuff on this site for future reference and it's always cool to track what vintage tiki bar items ended up where and to have a historical record of them, especially from places like mauna loa that were not in business very long and have a little to no record of their interiors and decor items. So many vintage tiki bar items were lost or destroyed when a place closed down. It's always encouraging to hear about things resurfacing years later. Thanks in advance !!


 
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tikilongbeach
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From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
Posted: 2013-07-01 10:21 am   Permalink

www.hourdetroit.com/Hour-Detroit/July-2013/Mauna-Loa-1967/



1967 During the 1960s, the popularity of tiki bars and restaurants exploded like a South Seas volcano. Carved masks, palm trees, beaded curtains, and rattan furniture became the décor rage, and exotic drinks laced with rum, pineapple, and coconut were merrily chugged down. Trader Vic's in the Hotel Statler and the Chin Tiki on Cass were well-known downtown Polynesian-themed restaurants, but for over-the-top exotica, no place matched the Mauna Loa. It opened in 1967 on West Grand Boulevard, across the street from the old General Motors building in the city's New Center. Palm trees and waterfalls set the tone outside, but the interior, divvied up into several themed rooms, was almost outlandish in its ambience. The 1970 book Detroit: A Young Guide to the City dubbed the Mauna Loa "the Disneyland of Detroit restaurants" and offered this vivid description: "Every inch of its enormous interior is splashed with colors and shapes … catamarans slung from the ceiling, palms, giant blowfish lanterns, streams gurgling past the tables … a pool where girls dive for pearls." A 1967 article in The Detroit News made note of the Mauna Loa's "lighted waterfalls flowing from nearly every corner" and "romantic lights glowing from stuffed blowfish." For all its spectacular adornments, the Mauna Loa lasted only a few years and was later taken over by a seafood restaurant that burned down. Today, the area where the lavish restaurant stood is part of the Hotel St. Regis property, and Detroit's slice of Polynesia, however kitschy, is just a glamorous memory — although Mauna Loa tiki mugs and menus sometimes turn up on eBay.



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Chub
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Joined: Jan 26, 2005
Posts: 264
From: Detroit, MI but now in sunny Los Angeles
Posted: 2013-11-06 8:46 pm   Permalink

A picture of the building as it stood in 1976. I can't really make out what name on the building is... The Clam Shop? Glam Shop?

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CooperBird
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Joined: Mar 27, 2014
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From: St. Clair Shores, MI
Posted: 20 days ago; 2:19 pm   Permalink

Great thread! Wish I had gone to the Mauna Loa; I worked in downtown Detroit when it was in operation. Guess it was too pricey for my paycheck. Scored this spoon today for my tiki collection, just a few miles from home. It's probably not rare but is my first Mauna Loa find.



 
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SandraDee
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Posted: 20 days ago; 4:15 pm   Permalink

Never personally seen any silverware from there--great find! Thanks for posting on here!

 
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Big Kahuna
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Joined: Apr 11, 2007
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From: SoMass
Posted: 19 days ago; 7:48 pm   Permalink

Definitely a good score. Welcome to TC, Coop!

 
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