Entries from February 2007

February 15, 2007

My Travels: I’m Tiki-Ti Bound!

Filed under: Events,Los Angeles,My Travels,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 11:17 am
Headed to Tiki-Ti!
Headed to Tiki-Ti!

Aloha! I’ve got so, so much great stuff to post, but first, I have to head south for the winter — or at least for a weekend. Los Angeles, and the dulcet tones of Robert Drasnin’s Voodoo 2, are calling me.

First stop: Tiki-Ti.

We’re hitting the road now-ish, and we’ll get to L.A. in late afternoon, hopefully in time to be at Tiki-Ti not too long after it opens at 6p.m. If you happen to be in the area, please come by and say hello! I’ll be the blond chick with the bamboo handbag. (As pictured here, but the hair is shorter. On me. The handbag is bald.) A number of other folks in town for the Drasnin recording will probably be there too, it promises to be a very fun night. Tiki-Ti is kind of like pizza and sex — an off night is still fantastic, and when the night’s a winner — whoo boy.

Other stops for our weekend include Disneyland, and hopefully a pop into the Bevery Hills Trader Vic’s. We’re long overdue for a trip to L.A., I’m downright giddy.

See you all soon!

February 2, 2007

Color Me Pleased

Filed under: Events,Seattle,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 9:41 pm
Seattle tikiphiles at Hula Hula, photo by monkeyskull
Seattle tikiphiles at Hula Hula, photo by monkeyskull
Swanky's pufferfish lamps at Hula Hula, photo by Exoticat
Swanky’s pufferfish lamps at Hula Hula,
photo by Exoticat

My hopes for Hula Hula were not high, but I’m so happy to hear that the local Seattle tikiphiles have made a couple visits to Hula Hula, and they like the place a lot. It sounds like some changes are coming to the drink recipes, and it looks like the place is darker and moodier than the Hula Hula website would suggest — and you regular readers know what a sucker I am for a dark bar. The music selections still sound incongruous to the decor, but as mentioned earlier, booking Lushy to play a show there is a huge step in the right direction.

The local tikiphiles are planning on meeting up there the third Thursday of every month, with the first get-together happening on February 15. If you live in the area and would like to get to know other tiki-lovin’ people, I can personally vouch for them — the Seattle tikiphiles are near & dear to my heart. Perhaps Hula Hula will play some Exotica or some old hapa haole music for them on those days? Or better yet, hire Selector Lopaka to lend them a hand with the music!

There are some pictures of a recent Tiki Central gathering at Hula Hula here, along with some of their reviews of the place. I have no idea what the glass bananas are about.

Portland: Tiki Kon 2007

Filed under: Events,News,Portland,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 9:08 pm
Portland Tiki Kon 2007
Portland Tiki Kon 2007

Dates for Portland’s annual Tiki Crawl, a.k.a. the Tiki Kon, have been announced: it’s happening July 27-29, 2007. Tiki Kon: Venture into Darkness will include stops at Portland tiki mainstay The Alibi and of course Portland’s newest tiki hotspot, Thatch. HQ for the whole shebang is once again the Jupiter Hotel, and there will be a tour of area home tiki bars.

I was at the first Portland Tiki Crawl five years ago, and I haven’t missed one since — I’ll be there again this year, and I’m particularly excited to get to see Thatch in person. The Tiki Kon website only has a teaser image for now, but stay tuned to the site for details.

February 1, 2007

Trader Vic’s Coming to Florida Panhandle

Filed under: Florida Panhandle,News,Tiki,Trader Vic's — Humuhumu @ 4:10 pm
Site of Trader Vic's in Destin, Florida, from vrbo.com
Site of Trader Vic’s in Destin, Florida,
from vrbo.com

Some out-of-nowhere news: Trader Vic’s is opening next month in Destin, Florida, in the state’s panhandle. It’s part of the new Palms of Destin resort — the Palms website makes only vague references to a “themed” restaurant, but doesn’t mention Trader Vic’s anywhere. However, Craigslist ads are looking for a Sous Chef to work under Executive Chef Juan Palerm, and the Trader Vic’s website now has a page for the Destin location (with no information beyond “March 2007″). Someone who owns one of the condos has their unit up for rental, advertised here, with mentions of Trader Vic’s (and “Traitor Vic’s”), including this photograph of the purported location. I’m not sure the location could look less tiki unless it was a parking garage, but we can hope that this picture is pre-tikification.

It’s seems strange to me that the word has come out about this location so late in the game; I can’t help but wonder if this is a quickie marriage. The new San Francisco, Bellevue and Scottsdale locations have been criticized for their relatively spare decoration; I’m getting tired of saying resignedly, “well, at least you can get a decent Mai Tai.” Please, please, please let this location be a good one.

Thanks to GatorRob for the tip-off!

End is Near for Aku Tiki in Daytona Beach

Filed under: Daytona Beach,News,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 3:11 pm
Aku Tiki Inn, photo by John Holley
Aku Tiki Inn, photo by John Holley

Sad news from the Tiki Talk blog: the Aku Tiki Inn in Daytona Beach is slated for demolition. It is one of several hotels being torn down to make way for a massive new resort development. The new development, El Caribe, is to include over 1,000 hotel rooms and condos, and the resort will span 16 acres. The planning is in its “infant stages,” according to lead developers George Anderson and Doug Cook’s comments to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. The plans call for the work to start at the north end of the planned resort; the Aku Tiki Inn is at the south end, and no dates for the development work have been announced.

The plans would also take out the Traders Restaurant, which is attached to the Aku Tiki Inn. The Hawaiian Inn, which is just south of the Aku Tiki, is not included in the development.

The Aku Tiki has a few nice pieces of Witco art, from the days when William Westenhaver was hired to decorate the Hawaiian Inn — if those pieces haven’t been spoken for already, you can be sure they will be — Witco collectors don’t tend to drag their feet. In 2004, the Aku Tiki’s signature Moai was damaged by hurricane Charley; it was replaced with a new one, faithful to the original, created by Florida artist Wayne Coombs.


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