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Caber-Net
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 120
From: Manchester, CT
Posted: 2002-04-05 06:54 am   Permalink

I know we're the quiet corner but I'd like to get a little input. We are the farthest away from any real tropical Polynesian influence so any Tiki siting is a joy.
Two examples are.
1: In lovely Brass City "Waterbury" CT we have a watch museaum by Timex. Very expensive and exclusive watches. Swiss I think. Anyway the theme is "Time". I have a copy of the flyer at
http://home.att.net/~eagleson/wsb/html/view.cgi-photos.html-MerchantID-127916-Publish-t-makestatic-true-skip-10.html
2: On route 6 on Cape Cod MA right near Brownies Cabins is a Junk ..er Antique shop across the street. Along the street in front is a 6' Moai Statue made of stone. I'll get a picture soon.


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johntiki
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Joined: Mar 31, 2002
Posts: 1528
From: MD
Posted: 2002-04-05 11:49 pm   Permalink

I live in rural Maryland and I know the feeling of living in an area pretty devoid of tiki or polynesian influence - I can't even find Hawaiian records at the thrift shops around here, let alone any tiki mugs. My best discovery of tiki here in Maryland is in Ocean City about three hours south of me - A couple tiki themed miniature golf courses - one with great carved tikis, the other with fiberglass Moai! The other is a tiki bar that is actually an hour away from me in Washington DC called the Politiki. They have pretty cool tiki mugs in the shape of former presidents - I got FDR and Reagan!



 
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tikimug
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Joined: Apr 01, 2002
Posts: 752
From: 1217 mi. North of the Mai Kai
Posted: 2002-04-06 10:29 am   Permalink

Aloha! Good to hear from some people on the East siiii-eeeede! I live just outside Philadelphia, PA and the closest "Tiki" thing to me is the lamest theme resturant I have ever seen named Kahunaville.

They have these two huge "talking" animatronic(sp?) tikis. I forget thier names, probably something like "lame" and "lame-o" greeting you at the front door. The rest of the resturant is just a HUGE arcade game room... aarrrggg the sounds, the flashing lights... my head, my head!!

Here is the link to their website "The Legend of Kahunaville" The tiki name is Rotten Rob... huh?

click if you dare...
http://www.kahunaville.com/legend.htm

BTW, it's located in the food court at the local mall.... need I say anymore?



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snarkoutgirl
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Joined: Mar 27, 2002
Posts: 61
From: SoCal, but I currently am in Texas(sigh)
Posted: 2002-04-06 3:30 pm   Permalink

I went to the Kahunaville in the Treaure Island hotel in Las Vegas. The ambiance is not the best, I agree. But I also didn't see any animatronic tikis, alas! It just seemed rather surf-ish as opposed to exotic. However, my husband and I both found the food to be excellent, and presented very festively in large portions. We also got strawberry margaritas there, which were also huge and excellent, even if the gummy worm looked a little out of place... All in all, we found it an enjoyable experience as a "place to eat while we wait to be seated for Cirque du Soleil" kind of thing.

 
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Fonduie
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Joined: Mar 29, 2002
Posts: 80
From: San Carlos (San Francisco Bay Area)
Posted: 2002-04-06 5:16 pm   Permalink

I don't know,
There's something twistedly appealing to me about talking Tiki's in the local mall's food court. A blending of Kitsch past and present perhaps? Okay, no. I guess not.

But thanks for the link. I downloaded some of the coloring pages for my Preschool students. I'm always looking for opportunities to indoctrinate the kids with Pseudo-Polynesia.


 
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Trader Woody
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2301
From: Tiki Manor, Forest of Bowland,UK
Posted: 2002-04-10 3:55 pm   Permalink

Don't forget the Kowloon, North of Boston.

http://www.kowloonrestaurant.com/

Anywhere that has a Volcano room, a Tiki room, and welcomes Terry O'Reilly amongst it's celebrity customers is ok by me.

Trader Woody



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johntiki
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Joined: Mar 31, 2002
Posts: 1528
From: MD
Posted: 2002-04-10 4:55 pm   Permalink

http://www.kowloonrestaurant.com/
Wow!!! I gotta make a roadtrip to Boston!!

Just Cool,
Johntiki



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Kailuageoff
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Joined: Mar 27, 2002
Posts: 1506
From: Honolulu Lounge,Lewes, DE
Posted: 2002-04-10 6:40 pm   Permalink

I am off to D.C. in the morning so I am glad to hear the Politiki is still there. If anyone can get me their address this evening I would greatly appreciate it.
Also, for those anywhere near the Beltway: you absolutely must go to the Honolulu Restaurant in Alexandria, Va. It is a tiny bit of paradise near the Huntington metro stop. The owner is a bartender who learned his craft at the Trader Vics in Washington,DC. The place is very tiki inside, but small and nondescript outside. Drinks are wonderful and served in mugs -- which you can buy. I found this place in 1982 when I lived down the street from it and used to go all the time. I went back last year (I moved to Florida in 1989) and it was just the same. If I have time tomorrow, I am going there for any early dinner and then to the airport. Enjoy.


 
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Tiki Chris
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 1542
From: London
Posted: 2002-04-11 05:59 am   Permalink

does anyone know about any websites for the honolulu restaurant in arlington or poli-tiki in d.c.?


Tiki Chris

[ This Message was edited by: Tiki Chris on 2002-04-11 05:59 ]


 
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Trader Woody
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2301
From: Tiki Manor, Forest of Bowland,UK
Posted: 2002-04-11 06:15 am   Permalink

Politiki used to have a website a couple of years ago, where they showed off the interior as well as the amazing ex-prez themed Tiki mugs they used to sell. Sadly it's gone the way of the bar....

A clip from the Washington post,
"Politiki, the bar that brought a bit of Polynesia to Capitol Hill, has undergone a serious makeover. The signs outside still say Politiki, but walk inside and you're in for a shock. Gone are the tiki-shaped ceramic mugs and the tiki heads shaped like political figures; in their place, pictures of steel mills, train sets and Rolling Rock ads. What the heck is going on?

The first floor has been turned into the Penn Ave. Pourhouse, a Pittsburgh-themed bar. Iron City beer trays, a collection of Western Pennsylvania road signs, and old beer cans set the mood. But what's captured the attention of customers so far is the collection of Mr. Rogers memorabilia hanging in a glass case over the door, including King Friday and Lady Elaine Fairchild puppets."

Oh god nooooooo.....

Trader Woody



 
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SullTiki
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 228
Posted: 2002-04-11 07:11 am   Permalink

Yes the first floor is now the "Pourhouse", but I thought the basement was still the "Politiki".

Can someone please confirm this for me? I'll be in DC area this July and was going to stop by.

SullTiki

[ This Message was edited by: SullTiki on 2002-04-11 07:12 ]


 
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tikifish
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2720
From: Toronto,Canada
Posted: 2002-04-11 09:20 am   Permalink

Don't get me wrong, I'm no huge fan of Kahunaville or the Rainforest Cafe, but I'm certainly not against them. Think about it - these may be the very places our kids will be collecting memorabilia from 30 years from now.

When I asked my mom if she ever went to the Ports of Call (big fancy tiki joint) here in Toronto back in the 60s and 70's sha said she never went cause she thought it was 'too tacky and commercial'.

Sound familiar?


 
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tikimug
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Joined: Apr 01, 2002
Posts: 752
From: 1217 mi. North of the Mai Kai
Posted: 2002-04-11 11:44 am   Permalink

Hey! I said I'd never be like my parents!

Kahunaville and The Rainforest Cafe (and the lot), may have a place in future coolness
It's just not in the here and now

I agree with you tikifish and I am not really against them. I just think they could do a better job all-around... for my tastes anyway.

Now if I could just keep these dag-darn-nabid #*%@!#* kids off my lawn!


 
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johntiki
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Joined: Mar 31, 2002
Posts: 1528
From: MD
Posted: 2002-04-11 10:06 pm   Permalink

Yes the Politiki is still there - the tiki bar is in the basement - at least it still was when I was there in January! There is also a great Thai place a couple stores down - it sure beats the "bar grub" that Politiki offers.

Just Cool,
Johntiki


 
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Kailuageoff
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Joined: Mar 27, 2002
Posts: 1506
From: Honolulu Lounge,Lewes, DE
Posted: 2002-04-12 1:47 pm   Permalink

I went to Poli-Tiki yesterday (04/11/02)around 4 pm. It is still there in the basement and they do sell the mugs. Unfortunately, they didn't open until 5 pm and I sorely needed to visit the Honolulu Restaurant before I left town. I'll be back in D.C. at the end of the month and promise to go back for a look see. Poli-Tiki is between 3rd and Forth Streets on Pennsylvannia Ave. S.E. (on Capitol Hill).

 
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