Entries from July 2006

July 31, 2006

Tiki Farm Chimenea in Action

Filed under: Shopping,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 12:53 pm
Mr. Rapa Nui in action
Mr. Rapa Nui in action

Tiki Farm’s moai-shaped chimenea (mentioned here last March), Mr. Rapa Nui, started shipping last week, and our friends Tofu Joe and haole’akamai were the happy recipients of a black one (they were also created in brown and green). The timing was perfect, as they’d planned a bocce & tiki drinks party this past weekend, and we were able to help them break him in. As dusk fell it was slightly chilly, and Mr. Rapa Nui’s radiant wamth was much appreciated. Before lighting, Tofu Joe anointed him with a bit of Lemon Hart 151 rum, for good luck.

Tiki Farm has only a few chimeneas remaining, check the Tiki Farm website to see what’s currently available, and call Tiki Farm at 1 (800) 357-3360 or send an email to holden@tikifarm.com to get shipping costs and place an order.

Incidentally, Tofu Joe and haole’akamai served the delicious Martha Washington’s Rum Punch, as seen on Tiki Central. Very tasty!

Tucson: Ernie Menehune at the Kon Tiki Lounge

Filed under: Events,Music,Tiki,Tucson — Humuhumu @ 12:11 pm
Ernie Menehune with Mr. & Mrs. cheeky half
Ernie Menehune
with Mr. & Mrs. cheeky half

An exciting opportunity: Ernie Menehune will be performing on Sunday, August 13 at the Kon Tiki Lounge in Tucson, from 5-7 p.m.

Ernie Menehune is the “Suntanned Hawaiian Irishman,” he was born and raised in Hawaii until he moved to the Mainland at the age of 25, in 1952. He initially settled in Los Angeles, but soon moved to the warmer climate of Arizona, where he eventually began singing there in nightclubs, and eventually developed his own Polynesian revue. He performed in a circuit that included Las Vegas, the Latitude 20 in Torrance, and multiple clubs in Arizona, and he was on the same bill as acts like Esquivel, Frank Sinatra, Harry Belafonte, Buddy Hackett (now THAT’s a show!), and Tom Jones. He and his troupe, which included his wife Beverly and her twin sister, performed thorughout the ’60s and ’70s, and stopped touring in the mid-’80s as their child entered kindergarten.

In recent years, Ernie Menehune had been performing at Ye Old Lantern in Tucson, until it closed a few months ago. Ernie has hosted the occasional luau at his home ranch, Menehune Village, just outside of Tucson. Now comes word that he will be performing at the Kon Tiki Lounge in Tucson, which will hopefully become a monthly engagement. The Kon Tiki Lounge is one of the best-preserved examples of midcentury Polynesian Pop, and is worth going out of your way to check out; a performance by Ernie Menehune (who by all accounts is simply a marvelous and warm fellow) makes it something truly not to be missed.

Seating will be limited, call (520) 323-7193 to make reservations.

Tiki Propaganda

Filed under: Art,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 11:09 am
Sabu the Coconut Boy's propaganda
Sabu the Coconut Boy’s propaganda

Sabu the Coconut Boy is responsible for this Tiki propaganda poster; it’s a play on a few different inside jokes at Tiki Central. The result is not just gorgeous — it’s a compelling call to commit yourself to the Tiki Army. Heil Sabu!

July 28, 2006

Postcard from the Waikikian Hotel

Filed under: Hawaii,History,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 1:59 pm
Postcard from the Waikikian Hotel
Postcard from the Waikikian Hotel

I recently found this postcard from the Waikikian Hotel in Waikiki; it was one of the most dramatic examples of modern Polynesian architecture, designed by Pete Wimberley. It was one of the main tourist hotels during the height of the midcentury love for all things exotic and tropical and Hawaiian. This is a nice view of the lobby, but what I love best is what’s written on the reverse:

Reverse of postcard
Reverse of postcard

2/ And here is the Waikikian – built like the prow of a nature ship – where I spend my final week in a “jungle suite” + my “half gone native” room mate with her Hawaiian boyfriend hovering. Now that I’ve moved to the centre of tourist activity “on the strip” I begin to be glad of the Waikikian week – believe it is rightfully the best surviving proponent of old Hawaiian hospitality – despite the bell boys who persistently put an arm across my shoulder + an obsequious manager who persisted in addressing me as Miss Jones! The “Jungle” tapers off to a bay lost beyond this picture – to the right beyond the glaring electric sign. Lobby illumination so “full of atmosphere” too dim to even read newspaper headlines.

It’s apparently #2 in a series of postcards used to log someone’s trip. It’s far more interesting than the typical “The weather is amazing here, I don’t want to come home!” business normally to be found on these old postcards.

July 27, 2006

Tiki Magazine: New Issue, New Website

Filed under: News,Shopping,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 7:38 pm
Tiki Magazine Summer 2006
Tiki Magazine Summer 2006

Tiki Magazine’s Summer 2006 issue has been released, with cover art by none other than Shag. Even cooler than that — the cover depicts Southern California Polynesian Pop revival legend Bosko Hrnjak; both Shag and Bosko are profiled in this issue, which I’m betting is going to be a very hot seller.

More exciting news from Tiki Magazine — they have a new website, created by your old pal Humuhumu! Tiki Magazine publisher Nick Camara requested something “fun, bright and tropical,” which launched me in a slightly different direction than the other websites I’ve created (though I strive to make sure all the websites look different; it’s important to me that the sites I create don’t look like “another Humuhumu site,” and instead reflect my customer’s image). My inspiration this time around was a very bright and beautiful A-line dress from the ’60s in my collection.

New Tiki Magazine website
New Tiki Magazine website

Check out the Tiki Magazine website to see more about the current issue, puchase back issues & fine Tiki Mag swag, and of course — to get your subscription!

July 26, 2006

Two New Tiki Paintings from Flounder

Filed under: Art,Shopping,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 4:07 pm
Sunrise Tiki by Flounder
Sunrise Tiki by Flounder
Sunset Tiki by Flounder
Sunset Tiki by Flounder

One of my favorite artists, Flounder, has created two new tiki-themed paintings, Sunrise Tiki and Sunset Tiki. As the names suggest, the two paintings are a blue sunrise scene and a red sunset scene, each with three tikis of very different styles. Each of the two paintings are acrylic on 18″ x 12″ Masonite wood, and each is $500. Hand-signed prints of the paintings are also available for $30 each, plus $6 shipping (shipping is more if outside the contiguous U.S.). The prints are 17″ x 11″ on 19″ x 13″ heavyweight paper, and are mailed flat; shipping is combined if you buy both.

Munktiki Seeking Images for Book

Filed under: Art,Shopping,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 3:08 pm
Tiki the pug loves his Munktiki
Tiki the pug loves his Munktiki

Munktiki is looking for Munktiki lovers to submit images for an upcoming book about Munktiki. The book is to be published by The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco. They especially want candid images, showing how Munktiki mugs work their way into people’s lives. It’s okay if it’s one mug or a hundred, but make sure it’s high resolution. You can email them to cheers@munktiki.com. You can see some of the swell pictures they’ve collected so far on their Mug Shots page (warning: NSFW!). Also, be sure to check out their fancy-schmancy new website!

Denver: Tiki Links 2006

Filed under: Denver,Events,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 2:56 pm

A mini-golf tournament and celebration are planned in Denver on Saturday, September 16. The event starts at Hyland Hills Adventure Golf at 4 p.m., and later moves to the Red Lantern Chinese restaurant at 7:30 p.m. Here’s a description of the event, from Eleio the Fleet:

On Saturday, September 16th the Denver Ohana wish to welcome all of our aloha spirited family to a day and evening of tiki inspired mayhem as we host our first annual Tiki Links mini-golf tournament and celebration! Wits will be tested and skills tried as competitors vie for unique and exotic tiki treasures, created by some of the most prolific names in all of tikidom! Those brave enough to face snapping crocs, ancient ruins and a fire belching volcano, will gather in teams of two and prove their putting prowess by attempting to master the most exotic 18 holes of mini-golf to be found throughout our island! After our spirited contest is over, we’ll retire to a nearby hut for good food, fellowship and the Tiki Links prizes!

There are room for 20 teams to compete, get your RSVP in soon! The Denver crowd is a good one, and growing nicely — don’t be shy about participating even if it’s your first time meeting up with them.

Hyland Hills Adventure Golf — 9650 N. Sheridan Blvd Westminster, CO
Red Lantern Chinese — 8770 Wadsworth Blvd # 3 Arvada, CO

Bamboo Hut Tiki’s Provenance Revealed?

Filed under: Central California,History,Research,San Francisco,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 2:25 pm
Large tiki at Bamboo Hut
Large tiki at Bamboo Hut

When creating the souvenir passport for this year’s Tiki Crawl, I paid a rare visit to the Bamboo Hut’s website, and noticed a mention that the large tiki near the entrance is from “1948.” It doesn’t say anything else about it — where it came from, how they got it, or whether perhaps it’s supposed to look like a tiki that could be from 1948. 1948 — that’s pretty darned old, and I thought perhaps it could be a typo. In the course of conversation this weekend, I learned from someone (Will the Thrill, I think) that they’d heard when Bamboo Hut opened in 1999 that the tiki had come from some old Chinese restaurant up in Sacramento that had closed. We couldn’t figure out which place it was, no names we could come up with jogged his memory.

I did, however, remember a great thread on Tiki Central that Sabu the Coconut Boy had started about a number of similar-looking tiki signs (I posted about it here on Humu Kon Tiki in February). While we were at Bamboo Hut on Friday I made sure to get some good pictures of the tiki, and just now I finally caught a moment to dig up that old thread and compare.

Coral Reef napkin
Coral Reef napkin

Sure enough, not only does this tiki echo the look of the tikis in those other signs, one of the places that seemed to have a logo that matched is the Coral Reef, a Cantonese restaurant in Sacramento. Pictured here is a napkin that shows the logo tiki, which looks to be a near-perfect match for this old tiki.

I must admit — I’m not a big fan of the design of the tiki — I honestly thought it was something they’d hacked together with plaster. But knowing it might have an interesting history, while it may not make it more attractive, does make it (and Bamboo Hut) a ton more cool, and the simpleness of the design makes a lot more sense when you understand that it was intended to be viewed from many, many yards away.

6th Annual Tiki Central Tiki Crawl: Day Four

Filed under: Events,San Francisco,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 1:28 pm

On Sunday, we got to sleep in a bit, the pressure was off, and we finally got to just kick back with our friends over drinks and Play-Doh. Once again, here’s the thread on Tiki Central where you can see pictures, and here’s my rundown:

Hubert is a lush
Hubert is a lush

Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe
It wasn’t on the official schedule, but a few of us had time to kill between waking up and Forbidden Island, so we met up for breakfast and mimosas at Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe in Emeryville. The food was delicious, the mimosas were much appreciated, and the patio was deluxe, and the conversation was silly. Compared to the rest of the punk-flavored clientele, with their chain necklaces and mohawks, our bright aloha attire made us look not unlike a troop of clowns. Pictured is Hubert, our Swiss ski instructor monkey friend, getting hopped up on sake screwdrivers. Here are my pictures from Rudy’s.

Forbidden Island Play-Doh Throwdown
Moving the Crawl from early spring to summer made a huge difference; it’s a lot easier to play with Play-Doh when your hands aren’t freezing. Another big plus this year was moving it to the patio at Forbidden Island. I think the turnout was about three times what it’s been in the past for Sunday. Inky Louise was the clear queen of the Play-Doh, but everyone had at least one masterpiece. Here is my link to more pictures, and here are a few selections:

Inky Louise's Blue Plate Special
Inky Louise’s Blue Plate Special

Inky Louise created this fab chicken dinner blue plate special, complete with mashed potatoes & gravy (I mixed up the brown Play-Doh for her!), carrots, and some very wee, time consuming peas. Mr. Wong made a blue ribbon, so pleased he was with her efforts.

Mr. Wong's Green Eggs and Ham
Mr. Wong’s Green Eggs and Ham

Mr. Wong made this lovely plate of green eggs & ham.

Mai Tai & Hanford share a Mystery Bowl
Mai Tai & Hanford share a Mystery Bowl

Time for a volcano bowl break! Here are Mai Tai and Hanford sharing a Mystery Bowl, and below is a volcano bowl made by Coco Loco.

Coco Loco's Volcano Bowl
Coco Loco’s Volcano Bowl

Mr. Wong, Phil & Buster's Undersea Garden
Mr. Wong, Phil & Buster’s Undersea Garden

Mr. Wong, Phil & Buster made this keen undersea garden — I especially love the pearl oyster.

Coco Loco's Crab Rangoon
Coco Loco’s Crab Rangoon

Coco Loco made this fab basket of Crab Rangoon, served with french fries & a spring roll — all tasty food items you can get at Forbidden Island.

Humuhumu's twinkie
Humuhumu’s twinkie

I made this Twinkie, which has to be turned upside down to really be appreciated.

Korn-Tiki lives!
Korn-Tiki lives!

Korn-Tiki lives again! At left is the original Korn-Tiki, created by Hanford Lemoore a year or so ago at Bahooka in Rosemead, at right is the Korn-Tiki resurrection. Inky Louise made the corn, and Hanford carved him up.

Hanford's impression of a Forbidden Island mug
Hanford’s impression of a Forbidden Island mug

Hanford wrapped some Play-Doh around the front of a Forbidden Island mug to get this relief impression of it, and then stuck it in a see-through cup to hold the shape.

Inky Louise's sushi
Inky Louise’s sushi

Inky made this delish sushi trio, I made the pickled ginger.

Inky Louise's miso
Inky Louise’s miso

Inky also made this lovely bowl of miso, with toothpick chopsticks.

Tiki Vixen's sushi
Tiki Vixen’s sushi

Tiki Vixen made this sushi roll, with tobiko by her, Inky & me.

teeny tobiko
teeny tobiko

Inky tries the kabobs
Inky tries the kabobs

Hanford made these tasty-looking kabobs that Inky is pictured giving a try, and an eerily-accurate Play-Doh tortilla chip.

Hanford's tortilla chip
Hanford’s tortilla chip

Thayer's Fugu
Thayer’s Fugu

Thayer made this Play-Doh representation of the oft-ordered Forbidden Island drink, the Fugu for Two, served in a Munktiki Fugu bowl.

So, there you go — that was our crawl weekend. If you were there, thanks for coming and making it all so much fun, and if you weren’t there, I hope you’ve had fun hearing all about it, and maybe you’ll come join us next year.

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