Entries from June 2006

June 4, 2006

Rare Flounder Art on eBay

Filed under: Art,Shopping,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 5:35 pm
Aloha Hut mug painting by Flounder
Aloha Hut mug painting by Flounder

Two original paintings by Flounder from his very popular Tiki Mug series are up for auction right now on eBay. The paintings are an amazing example of Flounder’s photorealistic skills, and pop beautifully against their black background. The two paintings up for sale are two of four that were commissioned by Primo Kimo for his now-gone Kahiki Moon restaurant in Burlington, Vermont. The two paintings are of an Aloha Hut mug and a green Harvey’s mug. Pictures truly do not do these paintings justice, they are amazing in person, and this is a unique opportunity to own a piece from this popular series of Flounder’s — all the original paintings in this series were sold long ago.

Stolen Tiki Alert: Lucky Tiki in Mission Hills

Filed under: Los Angeles,Stolen Tiki Alert,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 1:57 pm
Lucky Tiki painting by Kirby
Lucky Tiki painting by Kirby

This painting was recently stolen from the Lucky Tiki in Mission Hills, just north of Los Angeles. The painting was done by Kirby, and it depicts the Lucky Tiki logo tiki (designed by Kevin Kidney) surrounded by smaller tikis, drinks, and the words “Lucky Tiki”. If you see this painting, contact Kirby at seekirbypaint@yahoo.com.

San Francisco: The 6th Annual Tiki Central Tiki Crawl

Filed under: Events,News,San Francisco,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 1:17 pm

The dates have been announced for the sixth annual Tiki Central Tiki Crawl in San Francisco — it’s happening the weekend of July 21-23, 2006. This is the only official Tiki Central event, designed for TCers to meet each other in the city with the highest-density high-quality Polynesian Pop in the world. The first one happened in early 2001, making it the longest-lived of all the annual tiki gatherings. It’s a little different each year, and with the opening of two outstanding new tiki bars in the East Bay in the past year, there’s a fresh abundance of tiki to be seen. Details about the crawl have not yet been announced, but save the date — whether you’re a local or you’ll be coming in from out of town, it’s a great way to see all the tiki that the Bay Area has to offer!

June 3, 2006

Ft. Lauderdale: The Hukilau 2006

Filed under: Events,Ft. Lauderdale & Miami,News,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 4:41 pm
Website for Hukilau 2006
Website for Hukilau 2006

The website for the Hukilau was launched just a couple of days ago, and tickets are now available for purchase! The event — the fifth year of Hukilau — will take place October 5-8, 2006, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

The annual Hukilau event has always been eagerly anticipated, but the interest in this year’s event has been especially high, as it is also the celebration of the 50th year of the Mai-Kai, which is without a doubt the finest of all Polynesian Pop palaces. Those who have already experienced and fallen in love with the Mai-Kai are saying they won’t miss this event, and those who have been wanting to make it to the Tiki Mecca are making this the year.

A new addition to the Hukilau roster this year is a series of special presentations by tiki luminaries:

  • Sven Kirsten – The author of The Book of Tiki will be presenting a preview of his next book, with his talk “Tiki Modern and the Wild World of Witco”
  • Jeff “Beachbum” Berry – The author of the Grog Log, Intoxica! and Taboo Table will be presenting “Mixology 101: The Beachbum on the Beachcomber” – a look at the drinks of Don the Beachcomber, complete with live mixing and drink samples for the audience
  • Geoff Sundstrom – The Florida resident, tiki collector and urban archaeologist will be talking about the unique history of Polynesian Pop in the Sunshine State, complete with rare views of items from his extensive collection of postcards, brochures and other items
  • Jeff Chenault – Music historian and Exotica DJ Jeff Chenault will be offering reflections on the history of Exotica music, from its genesis to today’s performers

Plus, the Mai-Kai family is making available one-of-a-kind images and items from their archives to create a special exhibit, “The Mai-Kai: A Look at the Past.” This exhibit will be on display adjacent to the Tiki Bazaar, where unqiue tiki items will be on sale from a variety of vendors (including the event mug, created this year by Munktiki!).

Musically, Hukilau will not disappoint, either — past favorites I Belli di Waikiki are returning, all the way from Italy, and in a very special performance, California band APE will be joined by their own hero and inspiration, the great Billy Mure. Other performers will include the Haole Kats, the Intoxicators, Combo Mahalo and Selector Lopaka. Non-musical performances that are not-to-be-missed: Charles Phoenix will be giving a slide presentation (Charles was a breakout hit last year), and burlesque by Torchy Taboo.

The centerpiece of the event is of course a magical evening spent at the Mai-Kai itself. Each year, the Mai-Kai staff (which is huge — large enough to form not just a softball team, but an entire league) looks forward to this event, and they really put their heart into making the night special for their guests, even creating special dance routines just for that night. For many who have spent time at the Mai-Kai during Hukilau, it is the very definition of “enchantment.” They really go all-out, and with this being their 50th anniversary, it will be rarefied air that night.

Tickets are going quickly, especially for the special guest speakers, where room for attendees is limited. Everything you need to know to get yourself to Hukilau is at the website — this year, there is a handy-dandy Hukilau To-Do List, to walk you through getting your tickets, your lodging and your Mai-Kai reservations. I was extraordinarily honored to be asked by Tiki Kiliki to do this year’s website, and I’m so glad I finally get to spill the event details! Tiki Kiliki will be keeping a blog on the Hukilau website, be sure to stay tuned to hear more about this once-in-a-lifetime event.

The Demise of Sam’s Seafood

Filed under: Los Angeles,News,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 3:44 pm
Tiki waterfall at Sam's Seafood, photo by tikijackelope
Tiki waterfall at Sam’s Seafood, photo by tikijackelope

Word came, rather suddenly, a few weeks ago that Sam’s Seafood would be closing imminently. The owners have sold the land to developers, who aim to build retail space and condominiums on the site. It appears that government red tape will keep any building from happening on the site for perhaps years, making it possible that the restaurant could re-open under new management, but it’s a mystery what the near future will hold for Sam’s Seafood. As it stands now, the restaurant is closed.

A special goodbye celebration was organized for last Saturday, May 27, with performances by King Kukulele, the Martini Kings and the Glasgow Tiki Shakers.

Sam’s Seafood will be greatly missed by Southern Californians. It had certainly seen better days, but it’s bar and Hidden Village room had many beautiful original details, and until recently a Polynesian floor show was performed weekly during the summer season. Many locals have celebrated special occasions there and have many wonderful memories.

Also, the Royal Hawaiian’s closure is now imminent, and reports are that the restaurant has been gutted of its Polynesian decor, and will be extensively remodelled. It’s definitely been a sad week for Southern California tiki.

Tiki Research Adventure: Pirate’s Table

Filed under: History,Los Angeles,Research,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 3:16 pm
Mystery Ladies at Mystery Tiki Location, 1970
Mystery ladies at Pirate’s Table, 1970,
from the collection of Matterhorn1959

Matterhorn1959, who runs the excellent Stuff from the Park blog, posted on Tiki Central four photos he found of a group of ladies, all dressed in black, with pink & black hats & pins, having dinner at a tiki bar somewhere in Southern California. The square, color photos are imprinted with “June 1970″ and have tikis and glass float lamps in the background. An orange menu can just barely be seen in the photos.

Using some clever photo forensics, tikigreg was able to just barely make out the words “Pirate’s Table” on the menu, providing a fresh lead this mystery restaurant. Tikigreg searched on the internet and found a ship-themed Pirate’s Table in South Dakota, of all places. Tikigreg called the South Dakota Pirate’s Table, and was able to speak to Ron Beshara, the son of the founder & owner, Jim Beshara. It turns out that the South Dakota Pirate’s Table didn’t open until 1984, but the Besharas were inspired to open their restaurant after a visit to a restaurant called Pirate’s Table at the Anaheim Holiday Inn! Ding, ding, ding, ding!

Sabu the Coconut Boy was then able to chime in, right on cue, with his late-’60s brochure from the Anaheim Holiday Inn, which was just across the street from Disneyland. The brochure features full-color photos of the Polynesian Room, and the Ship’s Lounge — which shortly after the printing of the brochure must have merged into the Pirate’s Table. The photos from Sabu’s brochure are a perfect match for the scenes in Matterhorn1959′s photos. As Sabu points out, it was fairly common in those days for the establishments surrounding Disneyland to be themed in keeping with Disneyland attractions — in this case, the then-new Enchanted Tiki Room and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Excellent investigating by all involved, with fantastic photos of a little-discussed tiki location: stellar!


Filed under: Tiki — Humuhumu @ 2:26 pm

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Mimi Payne’s massive Polynesian Pop collection

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Beachbum Berry
Author of Grog Log and Intoxica!, and one of my dearest drinkin’ buddies

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Worldwide Guide to Tiki Bars & Polynesian Restaurants

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Forbidden Island
My Wednesday hangout, the Bay Area’s best tiki bar

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