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Tangaroa
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Posted: 2004-04-26 12:54 pm   Permalink

I borrowed some photos from a friend - I originally thought this was Sea World - but couldn't place the building. It didn't look like the Hawaiian Punch Village. Now I know why! On the back it reads:

Hilton Hotel, San Diego. Sept. '79

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Unga Bunga
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From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2004-04-26 12:58 pm   Permalink

Hi Tangaroa,
Have you heard, are the tikis still there?


 
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Tangaroa
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Posted: 2004-04-26 1:04 pm   Permalink

Sadly, I am deficient tiki lore outside of he amusement park realm... Anybody else know? Sven or Sabu...?
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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From: Carson, California
Posted: 2004-04-26 1:20 pm   Permalink

Nice find, Tangaroa!

I didn't know about these tikis - but I'll sure be looking for postcards now. Maybe one of the San Diego locals could investigate. Alnshely? I'm assuming this is the Hilton next door to Sea World at 1775 East Mission Bay Drive, although I believe there are others in San Diego.

Sabu

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2004-04-26 3:33 pm   Permalink

That's the very same Mission Bay Inn that was built by Del Webb that was the location for that Jerry Lewis movie that had the masks like the Kon Tiki Hotel in Phoenix that I showed you in my files, Tangaroa.

 
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Tangaroa
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Posted: 2004-04-26 4:53 pm   Permalink

Whew!

"The circle of liiiiife....."


 
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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2004-04-26 9:12 pm   Permalink

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On 2004-04-26 15:33, bigbrotiki wrote:
That's the very same Mission Bay Inn that was built by Del Webb that was the location for that Jerry Lewis movie that had the masks like the Kon Tiki Hotel in Phoenix that I showed you in my files, Tangaroa.



Was it this place?





Don't know the date that Eli decorated it but the phone # is "Browning 6-4010 .

He also did Kamia Village in the middle (Sven,Otto & Kevin have been there and done that).

Villa Samoa, need to research more. He did mega stuff back then.

The page I have is all glued together so pulling it apart is a drag.

I'll post more of Eli's Portfolio in the near future.






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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2004-04-27 12:55 am   Permalink

Yup, Del Webb's Ocean House. Had (still has?) the Jolly Roger restaurant in form of a ship's prow, a huge Island life mural on a wall at the beach, those Ku Tikis all around the pool, and stuff...it's now totally de-tikified.

Villa Samoa Apartments is still there also, the sign in the same typeface, but only two Tikis left holding up the A-frame poolhut


 
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RevBambooBen
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Posted: 2004-04-28 12:10 am   Permalink

cOOl!

 
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freddiefreelance
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From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2005-07-14 07:55 am   Permalink

The San Diego Hilton on Mission Bay Drive is now Tiki free. I walked the grounds & searched lobby & hallway areas without finding any. There's a mural showing Hawaiian/Polynesian folk scenes around one of the pools, but that's it.

It looks like the resort has been turned into some kind of Timeshare deal & is no longer a Hotel.

Edit: I'll try to check out the Mission Bay Inn on Clairmont Blvd. between Morena Blvd. & Denver St. later, but it looks to be decorated as a standard Spanish Colonial knockoff.
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bongofury
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From: Ventura County
Posted: 2005-11-10 4:55 pm   Permalink

Here are some pictures from a brochure.......











I will try to post some images from "The Big Mouth" that shows some great tikis from the resort.....there are also some good scenes from a newly opened Sea World.....


 
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Tangaroa
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Posted: 2005-11-11 07:23 am   Permalink

I'd love to see that - I still haven't seen 'The Big Mouth' yet...

 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2008-05-24 6:02 pm   Permalink

Some more pics of Del Webb's OceanHouse from the Jan 1963 issue of SUNSET magazine:


A close-up where you can just make out those three giant Ku's near the pool:


Inside one of the rooms:


The Jolly Roger Cocktail Lounge:


According to the ad, Architects for the OceanHouse were: Martin Stern Jr., AIA, Architect & Associates; Leon Glucksman, AIA, Assoc.; Benton Charlses Severson, Assoc.

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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-05-24 11:26 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-05-24 18:02, Sabu The Coconut Boy wrote:
A close-up where you can just make out those three giant Ku's near the pool:




...and you can clearly identify the lattice work on which Jerry Lewis is crawling in "The Big Mouth", which in the film held those tres Tiki Modern Kon-Tiki Phoenix/Tropics Lounge Wichita masks....



...their origin being an enduring mystery which I wrote about here:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=17576&forum=1

The A-frame beds are a classic, too, of course, the only other example of them I have seen was at the Miami Hawaiian Isle. Next I want to see images (vintage and current) of that Hilton's giant beach-side Polynesian mural, please!


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Daves Not Home
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Posted: 2008-05-27 09:27 am   Permalink

I can't really give any history or background to this; but when I was little (early - late 70's) I used to ride my bike past this place 3-4 times a week. You can see, in red, the bike/walk path that still runs along the bay today. Maybe one of the locals can take an updated pic?




 
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