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Mauna Loa, Detroit, MI (bar)
uncle trav
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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2014-09-06 3:31 pm   Permalink

Finally scored a vintage Mauna Loa mini menu in mint condition. Beautifully printed with great graphics on heavy paper.

I love the ML branding iron graphic.







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Feelin' Zombified
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From: The Exotic Shores of Lake St. Clair
Posted: 2015-10-25 09:28 am   Permalink

With my last mug find, I'm officially done with the Mauna Loa.
Not pictured: water glass still boxed away.





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Posted: 2015-10-25 10:08 am   Permalink

WOW! What a great collection and the lamp is a real nice added bonus. You just need to buy a fitter and build yourself a new top. Congrats

 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2016-01-22 03:46 am   Permalink

I saw these Mauna Loa paper napkins up for sale on eBay awhile back. I have never seen these before. I thought I would save the pic as I lost the auction. Twenty paper napkins sold for $53 !!



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Jeff Bannow
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From: Detroit, MI
Posted: 2016-03-28 12:26 pm   Permalink

Did the Mauna Loa have any signature drinks? It would be cool to recreate something from there for my home bar.
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2016-03-28 5:06 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-03-28 12:26, Jeff Bannow wrote:
Did the Mauna Loa have any signature drinks? It would be cool to recreate something from there for my home bar.



Unfortunately the recipes from the Mauna Loa may be lost. The menu images and descriptions on page eight of this thread give a hint as to what they were like. I have said it before in this thread and it still rings true. The Mauna Loa is one of those places that has moved into the realm of legend. Opened for such a short time documentation and artifacts are rare.
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Jeff Bannow
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Posted: 2016-03-30 05:18 am   Permalink

That's too bad. I guess I'll have to do a tribute drink instead.

 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2016-05-01 08:16 am   Permalink

One of the lingering mysteries of the Mauna Loa is the cauldron mug. These mugs have been a puzzling relic of the legendary Detroit location for years. It has been speculated that these may have been used to serve soup as the mug doesn't appear in the cocktail menu. I believe these were actually drink mugs that never made it to the restaurant in time for the printing of the menu. Maybe delayed due to the elaborate construction of the mug. Many of the mugs that have been found in the past few years have included the original shipping box hinting to the fact they never made it onto the restaurant cocktail line. I believe these would have not been a good vessel to serve soup in a restaurant. The double walled construction of the mug may not have held up well to repeated banging with a spoon over time. Just a few thoughts that may be all wrong but I thought I'd throw out there for consideration. Here are a few pics of the mug I picked up recently. Thanks.













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uncle trav
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Posted: 2016-11-05 04:25 am   Permalink

I saw this small article about the Mauna Loa on the net and thought I would add it to the thread. It dates from 1967 and describes the elaborate interior. Girls diving for pearls in deep pools is mentioned and another rendering is pictured. Truly a legendary location. I'm trying to track down a better copy of the article.






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Posted: 2016-11-05 07:17 am   Permalink

Thanks Trav...love to see a another copy. BTW, Is that bird mug as stunning in person as it is in photos?

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2017-02-04 10:54 am   Permalink

Here is another article on the opening of the Mauna Loa.








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kenbo-jitsu
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Posted: 2017-02-04 1:44 pm   Permalink

Sixty different types of glasses and ceramic mugs! Whoa.

 
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Feelin' Zombified
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From: The Exotic Shores of Lake St. Clair
Posted: 2017-02-19 11:53 am   Permalink

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On 2016-05-01 08:16, uncle trav wrote:
One of the lingering mysteries of the Mauna Loa is the cauldron mug.... I believe these were actually drink mugs that never made it to the restaurant in time for the printing of the menu. Maybe delayed due to the elaborate construction of the mug. Many of the mugs that have been found in the past few years have included the original shipping box hinting to the fact they never made it onto the restaurant cocktail line.





I've wondered the same thing. But what makes the most sense to me is that these were part of an updated menu or "new for this year" concept that never happened. Here's why: There are 2 different salt and pepper shakers, both the same design but different molds. The originals are darker glaze and are imprinted "design by Mauna Loa Detroit" on the bottom, and are harder to come by. The newer, lighter glaze shakers are simply imprinted "Japan" on the bottom and are readily found on eBay, often in new-old-stock packaging. I would conclude that the small initial run was quickly pilfered by diners in the restaurant and a 2nd, bigger batch was ordered some time later, probably around the time the cauldrons were ordered, but they closed up shop before they could be used.

I'd like to know the drink recipes!

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uncle trav
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Posted: 2017-02-19 2:43 pm   Permalink

You may be on to something Z. Besides the differences in The S&P shakers the logo mug came out in two incarnations. The Baha Lana cocktail was served in the black glazed mug version shown in the cocktail menu. The mug is also found with a bisque finish in a tan color. I wonder if this was also a later version of that mug without the glaze as it may have been cheaper to produce and purchase for the restaurant.
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From: The Exotic Shores of Lake St. Clair
Posted: 2017-02-19 6:08 pm   Permalink

I'm still not convinced that version of the mug was ever used at the Mauna Loa at all. The RAM stamp on the bottom is completely different than everything else. Every other ceramic piece has the name somewhere on it. The only mention anywhere that it was from the Mauna Loa is in Tiki Quest, which could be incorrect. With all of the Mauna Loa mugs that I've found in the metro area in 25 years, I've never run across the RAM mug. You'd think there'd be more out there locally if it's from Mauna Loa.


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