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What was your first mug?
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Joined: Feb 22, 2003
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From: New Orleans Upper 9th ward
Posted: 2003-08-09 06:18 am   Permalink

When I was a child I used to keep some weebles in the Bali Ha'i (New Orleans) 3 tiki blue bowl from my grandmother.

"Oh, Oliver. Oliver, how could I have been so careless? I should have covered the entrance to the cave better. Those children are going to ruin everything. I've got to get rid of them." Professor Whitehead 10/6/72 Brady Bunch "Tiki Caves"

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Tiki Royale
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Joined: Dec 06, 2002
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From: The Aloha Room in Beautiful Belmont, CA!
Posted: 2003-08-11 11:01 am   Permalink

When I was in college, my girlfriend who is now my wife, found a set of 6 mugs at a junk shop. She thought I'd dig them because she knew I had a thing for all things Hawaiian/Polynesian. When she brought them up to the register, the lady looked at her sideways and said, "You want THOSE?" I think she got the lot for a couple of bucks.
Here's a link to them, there are 3 of each:

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suffering bastard
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Joined: Feb 08, 2003
Posts: 69
From: Silver Spring, MD
Posted: 2003-08-11 12:26 pm   Permalink

I still occasionally get the "You want THOSE?" look at the flea market/thrift shop, often followed by the old "Are those worth anything?". I love those moments!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 14, 2003
Posts: 184
From: Palm Springs
Posted: 2003-08-11 10:54 pm   Permalink

ALoha! Hey, this is really cool. It makes me a litle crazy when I think of the stuff that slipped through my hands over the years.

The first (I think) was from the Outrigger on Cannery Row in Monterey.

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Tiki King
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Joined: Jun 13, 2002
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From: Lush tropical Santa Cruz, CA.
Posted: 2003-08-12 5:12 pm   Permalink

A set of Tiki Bobs. Not the palm log style, but the OOH statue.
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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 11, 2003
Posts: 477
From: LB to LA, CA
Posted: 2003-08-13 11:58 am   Permalink

Trader vics coconut mug.... It came free with drink. I think I have 100 of them now.

Yippee A'Kai Yay!

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Joined: Aug 11, 2003
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From: Orange County
Posted: 2003-08-15 5:10 pm   Permalink


On 2003-08-13 11:58, MTKahuna wrote:
Trader vics coconut mug.... It came free with drink. I think I have 100 of them now.

That was my first one too... then i got two Shag mugs from his 2nd edition at shop in Laguna, only $18 each! that was a great day...

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Joined: Oct 02, 2002
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From: The Coast of Kauai
Posted: 2003-08-15 6:01 pm   Permalink

Mine was a little 2" wooden tiki mug I got from a birthday trip to Disneyland when I was a kid. I completely remember spending all my B-day loot at an Adventureland gift shop. I picked up a plaster Moai wall mask, an African carving of a native holding a spear and shield and the little tiki mug. I still have them all! The price sticker is still on the bottom of the mug and says Disneyland $2.00.
That is the only stuff that survived my Firecracker years.
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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jun 07, 2002
Posts: 92
From: Medford, NJ
Posted: 2003-08-16 8:15 pm   Permalink

I got a skull mug and a Moai the same night at the Kahiki about 10 years ago, still have both in places of honor...

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 04, 2003
Posts: 226
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Posted: 2003-08-17 02:16 am   Permalink

Tiki Farm's "Hot Head" although I'm not really collecting mugs and mainly use them for drinking


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Midway Cafe
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Joined: Aug 03, 2003
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From: Greenville, Rhode Island
Posted: 2003-08-17 12:19 pm   Permalink

My first mug? I'll let you know when I get it.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Feb 16, 2003
Posts: 824
Posted: 2003-08-17 2:44 pm   Permalink

When I was about 4-5 (1959) My Dad used to take us for long weekends down to Shelter Island so he could watch the Navy ships and dream of better days. We were regulars at Bali Hai, he would prop me up at the bar with a virgin Mai Tai and we would watch the Polynesian Revue. Its no wonder that my first mug was a Mr. Bali Hai. (no wonder I have a problem with booze...)

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Joined: Sep 15, 2002
Posts: 2331
From: Costa Mesa
Posted: 2003-08-17 4:32 pm   Permalink

I don't remember exactly which one it was but I'm sure it was probably a Stockton Islander mug. That was back when I could find mugs for a buck each. Probably at the same thrift store that I found my suffering bastard decanter at too ( $.75 ! ).

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 1368
From: 1st website dedicated to Tiki Gardens
Posted: 2003-08-17 8:03 pm   Permalink

orchids of hawaii r-91 set of six


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Traitor Vic
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Joined: Jan 02, 2003
Posts: 428
From: Greenville, SC
Posted: 2003-08-17 10:35 pm   Permalink

Orchids of Hawaii R-72 Moai Mug. Have a friend in the restaurant supply business who has hooked me up with some cheap modern imitations since and I appreciate that very much (Even the Cheap Ones have Character - Just Character Different from the Originals). Also have "Collected" (er... Bought) several Tiki Farms. Even have the silly little set of 4 from Archie McPhee. I must admit to being a drinker outer of'er and not a collector myself. I do, however, get a special thrill when drinking from a piece of history.

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