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Critiki's latest new features: Themed Image Galleries, username photo credits
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 22, 2002
Posts: 3691
From: San Francisco
Posted: 2004-03-15 5:08 pm   Permalink

It is with a mixture of relief, anticipation, anxiety and joy that I present to you: Critiki. I’m not a mother, but I imagine this is what it feels like to send your child off to their first day of school.

When I found Tiki Central in August of 2002, almost immediately I knew how I wanted to make my own contribution to the community. Others provide wonderful music for us, mix delicious drinks, create inspiring artwork; I’m no good at those things. But there is something I am good at – databases. After much begging & pleading with my then-husband, I bought a web server and began developing Critiki in December of 2002. Now, 15 months later, it’s still not ready to roll out, but I’m doing it anyway. It’s time to let Critiki begin growing in new ways.

Critiki is a database of tiki locations all around the world (450+ at this writing).

Each location at a minimum has the name and the city, but for many locations I have much more information, including:

  • Street Address
  • Link to a map
  • Website link
  • Email link
  • Phone number
  • Hours of operation
  • Link to Tiki Central Locating Tiki thread
  • Descriptive paragraph
  • Photo Galleries, including photographs, postcards, menus, matchbooks, etc. (280+ images at this writing)

Locations are categorized by the type of location, including bars, restaurants, attractions, apartment buildings, home bars, bowling alleys… you can browse by category, or by region. You can also do a text search on the location name or the city.

In the future, you will be able to add your own “critiki” of a location – a number-based rating system for each location, where you can individually rate your personal experiences with the drinks, food, service, music, etc. What Critiki is not for, however, is discussion or text-based reviews of locations. That kind of community-based content belongs at Tiki Central, which is why I’ve included a link to an appropriate Tiki Central thread for many locations. If you want to discuss a particular location in Critiki, start a thread on Tiki Central (make sure to search first to make sure one doesn’t already exist!) and I’ll create a link on Critiki.

I am hopeful that this will become a comprehensive archive of information about our favorite tiki locations (and some of the places we want to avoid, too!).

You’ll notice that some specific information, like the street address, is not available until you unlock it. This requires registration, and proving that you have a copy of James Teitelbaum’s Tiki Road Trip. Why is that? Because what I’ve done here is create a sort of next-generation version of James’ ground-breaking Tiki Bar Review Pages. I did not use any information he gathered, either from his web pages or his book. After going through all the hard work I know he had to do before me, I really respect how much effort went into his creation, and to show respect, I would like to ensure that those who use Critiki pick up a copy of James’ book. Most of my target audience already has, anyway, so it’s hardly a hardship. At some point, James & I will sync up our lists and help each other out, so that both Critiki and the next edition of Tiki Road Trip can offer the very best information.

Some of the information I have in Critiki is already out of date. Feel free to email me with corrections (don’t post them here on TC – there are too many and it’ll be no fun to slog through, plus it’ll be embarrassing for me!). Also, if you have photographs of locations, or even better, photographs or scans of related items (mugs, menus, postcards), I would love to represent them in Critiki. Visit the Critiki website to learn more about how to do that (don’t email them to me – my inbox can’t handle it).

I need to give mighty massive thanks to a couple of people for their help with Critiki.

First, I need to thank James Teitelbaum, for being so helpful and supportive. I had no way of knowing how he would respond when I first told him about my project, and I am so thankful that rather than be disappointed at the news of a new tiki location website on the horizon, he was not just open to it, but truly enthusiastic.

Next, I need to thank puamana & Selector Lopaka, not only for their support and enthusiasm for the project as I was working on it, but especially for putting so much hard work into scanning puamana’s menu, postcard and matchbook collection. The items represented in Critiki from puamana’s collection are only a small fraction of what she has, and it already brings these golden age locations to life.

I also would like to thank all of the wonderful TCers – too many to mention individually – who have opened up their hometowns to me and joined me on my tiki travels. I look forward to many more travels in the future.

Critiki is still pretty rough around the edges, and there are many improvements still to come – the aforementioned critiki rating system, and also improved search capabilities, and the ability to see which locations are rated highest in the different categories. Also, the registration & unlocking process seems a touch buggy and needs work (if it gives you guff, try going back to the main page – if you can’t get yourself registered and unlocked, throw me an email and I’ll get you set up). As I get settled in my new hometown and continue my travels, these improvements will likely come in small dollops, but they’ll continue. Most of the work at this point is dedicated to keeping the content up-to-date.

I hope that you find Critiki useful. That would make me very, very happy.

And now...

The best tiki bar is the one that's within stumbling distance of your bed
The Humuhumu Room

[ This Message was edited by: Humuhumu 2009-03-07 20:05 ]

[ This Message was edited by: Humuhumu 2009-03-29 10:09 ]

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 26, 2002
Posts: 756
From: Grape Town, California
Posted: 2004-03-15 5:23 pm   Permalink

Congrats! Critiki looks super and its content is sure to be a boon to us tiki lovers. I know this has been in the works for quite sometime and wish you the best in the future with it. Good times!

-Weird Unc

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2370
From: Corona, Ca
Posted: 2004-03-15 5:33 pm   Permalink

Congrats Ms. Humu -- the website looks fantastic! I look forward to its perusal.


Poly-Pop *

Bartender, make mine a glass of WATAHHH!!!!!

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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2989
From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2004-03-15 5:54 pm   Permalink

Great idea, and a wonderful conception!

Having the hours and a map for restaurants and bars is really handy - info that was often hard to find before.

Perhaps in the future one could download listings into a PDA and take it with them on a trip (along with Tiki Road Trip of course).

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 03, 2002
Posts: 1500
From: Huntington Beach, California
Posted: 2004-03-15 6:43 pm   Permalink

I was thinking the exact same thing as TheJab said about downloading to a PDA.

I submitted my "Critiki" on locations I have been to, but did not see them turn up on its respective page, so I am guessing that you (Humuhumu) need to approve them before they actually show on the website.

The website is looking good and will most likely add some new excitement around here, especially since it is something that (almost) everyone can participate in on as far as "Critiki'ing" individual locations.


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 22, 2002
Posts: 3691
From: San Francisco
Posted: 2004-03-15 6:48 pm   Permalink

I'm sorry, SCD, I should have been more clear. The ability to add your own "critiki" is one of the things that is not yet entirely finished (close, though!). Hopefully, getting people using Critiki will be the kick in the pants I need to finish the job!


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 03, 2003
Posts: 875
From: San Jose, CA
Posted: 2004-03-15 6:59 pm   Permalink

Sweet website, Humuhumu!!!!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 09, 2003
Posts: 3836
From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2004-03-15 7:02 pm   Permalink


On 2004-03-15 17:08, Humuhumu wrote:
I knew how I wanted to make my own contribution to the community.

Thank you for such a wonderful splendid contribution.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 06, 2002
Posts: 322
From: Hockessin, Delaware
Posted: 2004-03-15 7:17 pm   Permalink

I have only one comment, in the future if your going to make a PDA or downloadable version. Start figuring out and storing GPS coordinates for each location along with the address. With more phones, cars and PDAs being made every day with GPS recievers in them, that is bound to be how people will find stuff in the future.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 22, 2002
Posts: 3691
From: San Francisco
Posted: 2004-03-15 7:21 pm   Permalink

In the database, but not shown on the website, I'm storing latitude & longitude. However, I probably won't do a PDA version anytime soon -- I would rather work on improvements for the website that more people would be able to take advantage of, and besides, you've got Tiki Road Trip.

One thing on my wish list is to incorporate built-in mapping for multiple locations at once, so you can see what locations are near a specific point (much like location finders for chains of locations like McDonald's or Jiffy Lube). It'll be a while before I get to that, though.

Thanks so much for all your kind comments, it means so much to me!


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 14, 2002
Posts: 1219
Posted: 2004-03-15 8:06 pm   Permalink

It looks great. I really got to get some time to really absord it. Great job.

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jun 07, 2002
Posts: 92
From: Medford, NJ
Posted: 2004-03-15 8:29 pm   Permalink

Fahbulous, dahling. I can't wait to start posting and reading about the local tiki hot spots, so many to catch up on here in New Jersey. Nice work...


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 02, 2003
Posts: 489
From: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Posted: 2004-03-15 8:46 pm   Permalink

Nice site, like the "picture of the day". I think I may have found the second best Tiki bar in South Florida (yes, better than swannys), I will update with pictures and more info soon.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11594
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2004-03-15 10:04 pm   Permalink

The baby is swimming! Congratulations Humuhumu! (Shouldn't it's name be "Nukunuku"?)

Looks and feels great, one more step towards the Tikification of mankind!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 23, 2003
Posts: 2158
From: www.crazedmugs.com
Posted: 2004-03-15 10:20 pm   Permalink

Don't you sleep?
Don't you work?

Sheesh, I hate you overachievers!

My anger is only assuaged by the fact that I will be using your site to breathe in the atmosphere of many places I would have otherwise missed.

Oh - and drain their rum supply.

Mahalo for all the hard work.
You're quite a girl.

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