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Miss Kauai and the Mysterious Tiki
Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Joined: Aug 20, 2002
Posts: 2793
From: Carson, California
Posted: 2003-09-19 5:25 pm   Permalink

I know that Martin Denny lp cover-model Sandy Warner is supposed to be everyone's favorite Exotica Girl, but frankly, I'll choose Miss Kauai any day of the week.

A favorite model in Hawaii from 1963 to 1969, she is probably best known among tikiphiles for this postcard:

Which can still be found on ebay fairly frequently. The trick is to look for her picture in large lots of Hawaiian postcards for sale. When she comes up alone with the word "Tiki" in the auction, she's pretty expensive ($20-$30 range), but if you can spot her among 20 other postcards in an auction labeled "20 1960's Postcards, Hawaii", then you can pick her up for a few bucks.

I began to notice Miss Kauai on other postcards as well, so I began to collect her as little tiki side-dish. Most of these postcards are dated 1966, so I assume here reign as Miss Kauai must have been 1965 or earlier. I've got four of them and am always looking for more. Here's my collection so far.




The postcards state her name as Elithe Aguiar
and say that she is part Hawaiian, Portuguese, and Chinese. I've done a little more research on the web and found out that Elithe Aguiar has other tiki connections as well. She played the Hula Instructor in the 1973 Brady Bunch tiki episode, in the scene where Alice throws her back out during the Hula because of the cursed tiki. She also appeared as various characters on Hawaii 5-0 and on McCloud as well.

Evidently she used the modeling as a springboard to a career in public relations, then went on to become a stewardess for Aloha Airlines, then went into acting and writing children's stories.

She is now Elithe Kahn and she and her husband still live in Honolulu. Purportedly she now owns two businesses; the Hair Depot, and the Hawaii Hypnosis Center. Maybe Gecko can look her up and find out where that first tiki photo was taken?

By the way, that tiki in the first postcard also appears elsewhere. Here is a vintage shirt box from the McInerny Department Store in Honolulu during the 1960s. It looks like they grabbed the image right off the postcard:


Sabu


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SES
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Posted: 2003-09-19 6:05 pm   Permalink



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SES
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Posted: 2003-09-19 6:14 pm   Permalink



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Luckydesigns
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Joined: Sep 15, 2002
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From: Costa Mesa
Posted: 2003-09-19 6:35 pm   Permalink

It doesn't end for you does it Sabu.

While we have many great urban archeologists here on TC, I think you may be, next to Sven, the number one collector of info and stories. I enjoy them all. Good work.

She's not to bad looking.
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Octane
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Joined: Jun 23, 2003
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From: SLO California
Posted: 2003-09-19 6:42 pm   Permalink

Arrr! she is a looker. Ay thanks fur da pictures, pete ( the parrot) and i enjoyed them. Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

 
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bongofury
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From: Ventura County
Posted: 2003-09-19 8:59 pm   Permalink

Very nice Sabu.....They grow some beauties in the islands.....here is one taken at the International Market Place 1964....



Geri Hoo, former Miss Hawaii with Margo Mehling, former Miss Berlin....


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2003-09-20 04:06 am   Permalink

Good digging, indeed. I remember when Leroy at OA showed me that first postcard, sent by Tiki Carver Vince Buono in the day, where he refers to it as "Tit-biting Tiki".
I always thought that by the expression of the Tiki, it shows the moment just BEFORE the deed, and the Tiki, barely restraining itself, should have sweat drops on his forehead...
This was a close contender for the B&W pin up on my Tiki phallus symbol page in the BOT.


 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2003-09-20 08:09 am   Permalink

All of the photos have shades of Irving Klaw.

 
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GECKO
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From: South Sea Arts Honolulu
Posted: 2003-09-20 11:55 pm   Permalink

great post Sabu! I love your paper collection! and all of your pics you post! keep'em comin!

nice pic from Bongo too!

k'den shoots


 
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SES
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Posted: 2003-09-21 04:04 am   Permalink



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thejab
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Posted: 2003-09-22 3:30 pm   Permalink

Hubba hubba!

Thanks Sabu!


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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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From: Carson, California
Posted: 2003-09-22 5:32 pm   Permalink

You're Welcome, Jabbo!

SES - Don't be shy, post that goofy photo of you and that tiki in Hawaii.

Bongofury - What magazine or book did that photo come from? I'd like to find a copy. I just love a girl in a cheongsam!

Sabu


 
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Posted: 2003-09-22 6:24 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2003-09-22 17:32, Sabu The Coconut Boy wrote:
I just love a girl in a cheongsam!




Interestingly enough, the cheongsam isn't even of Chinese origin. It was 'invented' in the good ol USA!


    
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Atomic Cocktail
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From: Land O' The Next Big One-L.A.
Posted: 2003-09-22 8:39 pm   Permalink

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Interestingly enough, the cheongsam isn't even of Chinese origin. It was 'invented' in the good ol USA!



Bong, I believe you are mistaken. A number of scholars with even more arcane interests than ours have done research on the history of the Cheongsan. It appears that it is derived from the robes worn during the Manchu Dynasty.

Valerie Wilson Trower (of the London College of Fashion/Hong Kong University)in her lecture "When in Rome or ... Hong Kong: The exploration and assumption of Asian Dress by Western expatriate women in South East Asia" at the Design Historical Society Conference of 2002 shows how it was adopted by "Western" women living in China early in this century.

The book, "The Cheongsam" by Hazel Clark also gives a good history of the development and is chock full of sexy pictures!

Now if that isn't an advertisement for TCer's to help me get a job, I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS!

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SES
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Posted: 2003-09-23 01:30 am   Permalink



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