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New Trip Report-Mark & Linda do SoCal - Sept 13-Oct 2, 2018...
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Posted: 2017-11-28 11:02 am   Permalink

Final lengthy entry: Day 3 – Hotel at the Waldorf / Home

Travel home day, but not before busing down to the east side and visiting The Hotel at the Waldorf.
With our flight at 4:00 pm, we called ahead to the Waldorf and asked if we could show up and check out the basement rooms (available for rent, which is the nudge-nudge, wink-wink premise we used when we asked to see the rooms). This place must have been amazing in the day. Rooms are still being used for private parties, Island Nights etc, but they are getting pretty rough looking. We were told ahead of time that a lot of the stuff was gone, but there are still a lot of items there as you will see by the way too many photos below. The Waldorf is also in an “industrial” part of town and some people mentioned that it was pretty rough. The bus trip from the Sylvia through downtown (high land value) and east to the Waldorf (low land value) was an education about different areas of town. It’s certainly not English Bay but I was never really uncomfortable. Nighttime may be different, I don’t know.

The Waldorf Hotel was built in 1947-48 and the Tiki Lounge opened in 1955. The black velvet paintings are by Edgar Leeteg and the murals were created by Peter Hopkinson. There are a lot of photos for this one as I don't expect too many people have had a chance to make it here.

… and then to the airport and finally home again.



Waldorf Hotel, 1489 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC



Waldorf Exterior



Waldorf – upstairs restaurant



Waldorf – upstairs restaurant



Upstairs “Tiki Bar”



Upstairs “Tiki Bar” The velvet paintings are all closed and sealed.



Upstairs “Tiki Bar”



Upstairs “Tiki Bar”



Waldorf staircase



Waldorf staircase



Waldorf downstairs



Waldorf downstairs



Waldorf downstairs



Waldorf downstairs



Hallway connecting Tabu Room with Hideaway. Hard to see, but there is very old tapa cloth on the ceiling.



Waldorf downstairs - One of a several carved doors



Waldorf downstairs



Waldorf downstairs



Waldorf downstairs



Waldorf downstairs



The compulsory pic of the Cascades from the airplane.














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Posted: 2017-11-28 11:37 am   Permalink

loved your last set of pictures from Waldorf, amazing murals and artwork.

 
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Posted: 23 days ago; 1:57 pm   Permalink

New tiki trip takes/took us to SoCal, like last year took us to places we hadn't been to before. First part of trip, booked many months ago, was supposed to be centered around Don The Beachcomber, but its closing kinda put a hamper on that, so to start we went north to Ventura and then to Huntington and added Laguna as a stop. Intinerary was:

Sept 13-19 along the coast - Ventura, Huntington, Laguna
Sept 20-24 San Diego
Sept 25-29 L.A.
Sept 30- Oct 2 Disney!!!

This report will be way less photo extensive than the previous for two reasons, way shorter making it easier to go though and camera died two days in. Pics generally are all from cell phone.

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Day 1 LAX - Car rental. Sorry car just recalled, choose another. No other issues after that. Yay. Drove up the Pacific Coast Highway to Ventura listening to surf tunes all the way. Amazing drive seeing all these towns and places I've seen referenced in so many movies, TV, etc. Checked into hotel and walked the 2 blocks past a park with a What!! craft beer festival?.. to Ventiki. Great venue, great vibe. Most of the bar seating is outside and bar was packed so we happily spent the night outside chatting with locals. First of many mugs acquired.





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Posted: 23 days ago; 2:50 pm   Permalink

Day 2:

Wandered around Ventura. Great breakfast burrito beside hotel and fish taco place across the street for lunch later. Really nice downtown area. Very laid-back atmosphere. Cool antique shops. Headed back to Ventiki early to get inside. Shopped next door. We had met the owner Dwayne at the Hukilau in June and by chance he was there so had a long chat as well as with some regulars. Elvis and Moni behind the bar beveraged us and fed us until late. We were off to a very good start on this tiki tour.




Ventiki



Ventiki


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Posted: 23 days ago; 3:17 pm   Permalink

Day 3: traveling to Huntington Beach: While talking to people at the Ventiki we said we were heading to Huntington and the beach days was going on at the beach near Dukes Huntington. We were told Duke's Malibu was better so we hit that on the way down. It was a very, very busy beach day along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) with a surf competition as well as a triathlon, but we managed to get into Duke's and then headed down to highway stopping at Tony's on the Pier for a break, grabbed a couple of mai-tai glasses before heading to Huntington. We stopped at Don's parking lot, sighed and then headed to our little beach-side motel. Checked out the beach and the other Duke's and called it a night.




Duke's Malibu



Tony's on the Pier



Duke's Huntington


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Posted: 18 days ago; 1:27 pm   Permalink

Day 4 and 5. Drove around the HB area checking out the beaches and see if we could get camera repaired. Nope. Then back to town. Read here on TC that Bamboo Ben was working on a site on the pier so we went for a beverage and to check out the new location. Ben himself was there, so we chatted a while. The location is great out over water, but won't open for a while. Then hit Main St. to the no.ka.oi for some adorable "mini killer mai tais", then on to the Aloha Grill. Much bamboo here. Their main drink is the "World Famous Rainbow". You have now been warned... have at your peril. Back to Duke's to watch sunset. Tues. after breakfast burrito and tooling around town again public transit to Billy's At The Beach. Nice location on the water, nice décor and food was good. Great way to spend the afternoon. Uber back to motel, watch the sunset, and then headed into town. Each Thurs. is the farmers market with live bands etc. Good last night in HB.




Ruby's at the pier



No Kai Oi




Aloha Grill



Sunset 1



Breakfast



Billy's



Sunset 2





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Posted: 18 days ago; 1:42 pm   Permalink

Day 6 took us to Laguna Beach and the Royal Hawaiian. Lots of trendy art stores and a pleasant walk through town as our room wasn't ready because we arrived really early. So a daytime shop / walk to the Royal Hawaiian a return later that evening after check in. Another very nicely decorated location. Sat at the bar (preferred location) both times. Again good food and very good drinks.






Royal Hawaiian






 
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Posted: 16 days ago; 4:49 pm   Permalink

Day 7 : More PCH, La Jolla, and into San Diego. Traveled down the highway to La Jolla and checked out a bit of the town before heading to Pacific Beach area. Parked and had a few hours before opening time for the Grass Skirt so we walked the boardwalk down to Miss B's and shopped a bit at Boutiki and then went to the Grass Skirt for opening. Another great looking place. Very neat that some areas are actually outside. Again good drinks and good food. Headed to Humphrey's to check in and relax.









Grass Skirt



Humphrey's Half Moon Inn







 
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Posted: 16 days ago; 5:35 pm   Permalink

Day 8:San Diego, Ocean Beach and Bali Hai

Checked out the hotel and the rest of Shelter Island, on to the Crowne Plaza for a quick look around before heading to Ocean Beach for some shopping. Met Matt "Tikiman" at his booth in The Antique Mall on Newport Ave. Scored some great old Bali Hai chopsticks an early Tiki Farm shot glass. Awesome guy, great to talk to. He said most of the artifacts at False Idol are from him. He also has another shop near the sports stadium. Back to the hotel and a walk across the traffic circle to the Bali Hai. Another classic place with good food, drinks and their own over the top Mai Tai. Great location and views. Had a great night going through a lot of the menu, talking with fellow bar dwellers, not so much about tiki, more of a local institution.



Humphry's







Bali Hai



Mr. Bali Hai and Mai Tai



Aloha Kiss and Paralyzing Puffer Fish












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Posted: 16 days ago; 5:57 pm   Permalink

Day 9 San Diego. Checked out downtown San Diego, Little Italy inc. The Ballast Point Brewery, Seaport Village and then on to False Idol for opening time. OMG. Fabulous place. Place got very full in no time with many tiki people and many locals. Great drinks and turns out one of the bartenders is also a tiki carver. Every drink was great, plus a great assortment of rum. Made reservation for the bar again on Monday (although if you get there early you don't need them ).



Ballast Point



False Idol





Choose well





 
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Day 10 and 11: Day 10 decompression with a lazy day at the PIFA (Pacific Islander Festival Association) with all kinds of food, crafts and goods from various islands and a walk over to Trader Mort's. Day 11 was a trip to Coronado Island and back to False Idol for opening and yet another great evening there.



Trader Mort's



Coronado Island



Coronado Island. Another tiki bar not open



False Idol



Artifacts at the False Idol



False Idol











 
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Posted: 16 days ago; 6:45 pm   Permalink

Day 12 into L.A. and day 13: One of the things we try to do is to stay within walking distance of at least one of our destinations. We chose to stay near the Tiki Ti. Perhaps not the most luxurious area of LA, but worked out fine. After a stop at Oceanic Arts and a few purchases, first night was both tiki-free and alcohol-free. Attended a show that I drove to at the Nebulon (Endless Boogie and Träd, Gräs och Stenar for the curious). Day 13: a drive though Griffith Park because it's real close and then to the Tiki Ti for opening. We got there about 3 min. after opening and there was only one spot left at the bar, but no worries. Everyone said to go to Tiki Ti. They were so right. So much history, friendly people, great drinks and an ambiance that cannot be duplicated. Wed. night is special, if you can, go on a Wed. but note place can get really packed. Met Murph from The Tonga Hut and assured him we would be going there.



Griffith Park.. holy crap I'm in the batcave





Ray's Mistakes







Which colour? Blue.. no Red waaaaaah





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Posted: 16 days ago; 7:29 pm   Permalink

Day 14 go big or go home: Warner Bros. Tour / Damon's / Kahuna Tiki / TikiNo / Tonga Hut. We were told by Murph and Mike Sr. at Tiki Ti to go to Damon's to see the place, so we booked an early WB Tour and headed to Damon's for lunch. So much decor. Certainly was worth the trip. Have the Chi Chi. Back for a nap. Subway to Kahuna Tiki. It's like a big backyard oasis. Nice reprieve from the hustle of LA. Drinks are more like beverages than cocktails. Food good. Walk from there to Tiki No. Notice on the door of new ownership. Apparently we learned that there have been many in a very short period of time. While nicely decorated and the drinks were ok, no real conversations going on. One drink and Uber to Tonga Hut. Now we're talking. So many people engaged in conversations. Many wanting to talk tiki and the trip. "Did you go here?". Murph was still there and gave us a tour and we got a chance to say Hi to Marie whom we also met at the Hukilau this year. Stayed there until closing. Again great history, people, and drinks. Great place. Thanks again Murph.



WB tour



Damon's



Damon's



Kahuna Tiki



Kahuna Tiki



Tiki No



Tonga Hut



Tonga Hut



Tonga Hut







 
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Posted: 15 days ago; 05:31 am   Permalink

Day 15: Downtown LA and Clifton's. We were also told not to miss Pacific Seas so we subwayed downtown checked out The Biltmore Hotel (there was a major film shoot going on) and The Bradbury Bldg. and few other downtown icons before hitting Pacific Seas at opening. Wow. What an amazing place. The decor is astounding in all the rooms. The cafeteria was closed for renos (the story of this trip it seems), but everything else was open. Stayed for a few drinks then back to Tiki Ti's.



Biltmore



Bradbury bldg "All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain..."



Clifton's Pacific Seas



Clifton's Pacific Seas








 
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Posted: 15 days ago; 06:04 am   Permalink

Day 16 LA one more day: Hollywood / Lono Subway again to Chinese Theatre and shopped until opening for Lono. Quite the show on Hollywood. Lono is a very large place with a second full service bar at the back. Very good drinks and good food. Back to pack and one more quick walk to Tiki Ti. Special thanks to Mike Sr., Mike Jr, and Greg at Tiki Ti for an amazing time.




Lono



Lono



Lono



Tiki Ti














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