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April 5, 2007

The Kona Luanii — Home Tiki Bar Excellence

Filed under: Art,Denver,Disney,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 6:37 pm
A battered sail from the Kona Luanii
A battered sail from the Kona Luanii
Fountain, tikis and tiki birds in a corner of the Kona Luanii
Fountain, tikis and tiki birds
in a corner of the Kona Luanii

I’ve mentioned ZuluMagoo’s Denver home tiki bar in passing, when pointing out his amazingly spot-on Enchanted Tiki Room birds. It’s turning out so well, the whole room deserves to be showcased. It’s still just under development, and all the photos so far have the dreaded ambience-killing flash, but it’s already awe-inspiring. I cannot wait to see pictures of this bar once it’s completed and he can take some beauty shots.

The attention to detail, combined with a fab sense of design and a great use of different textures, makes the Kona Luanii stand out already. The scale of the items being used is just right — not too big, not too small; I can almost hear the gasps of surprise people will be uttering when they enter this space for the first time. The bar is themed in a nautical-meets-tiki style, and has a whole backstory… this is the shipwreck of the Kona Luanii, which sailed around the world, bearing tiki cargo to great Poly Pop restaurants everywhere. The room looks darned-near seaworthy. It’s chockablock with riggings, pulleys, masts, lanterns, lots of rope, and of course a beautiful figurehead. The tiki elements are well done, too, and are very inspired by the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland.

Be sure to look through the Tiki Central thread for the Kona Luanii, where ZuluMagoo is posting his progress pictures, including some step-by-step work.

Barrels of rum, coconut milk and pineapple juice
Barrels of rum, coconut milk and pineapple juice

December 11, 2006

New Hula’s Location in Santa Cruz

Filed under: Denver,Monterey & Big Sur,News,San Francisco,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 1:16 pm
Hula's Island Grill & Tiki Bar in Santa Cruz, photo by Citibeach
Hula’s Island Grill & Tiki Bar in Santa Cruz, photo by Citibeach

I’m absolutely tickled to see pictures of the new location of Hula’s Island Grill & Tiki Bar in Santa Cruz on this thread on Tiki Central. My visit last year to the original location, which is still pulling in the local crowds in Monterey, was a revelation. The space was a triple threat of great decor, great drinks, and even more shockingly: great food. Having grown up in the epicure’s heaven that is Seattle, my standards for food are pretty darned high, and Hula’s is the only Tiki-themed joint that has had food I considered truly wonderful.

In my trip report from last August, I passed along the news from Hula’s co-owner Chris that they were hoping to open a second location in a new city, with a stronger focus on creating an elegant tiki environment (the original location started out more generic/surf-themed). I crossed my fingers back then that they would choose a city near mine, and I got my wish — their new location is in Santa Cruz, and the drive there is the same distance as my drive to Forbidden Island, in the opposite direction.

The owners have recruited some assistance from all corners in developing the space’s decor, including help from Bosko, Oceanic Arts, ‘Onatiki, Polynesiac and Tiki Tony. They’ve consulted with Forbidden Island’s Martin Cate in developing the bar. The pictures look extraordinarily inviting, and I envision a visit in my very near future. While I’m there, I’ll get the latest scoop on the related location in the works for Denver — the latest report on Tiki Central is that it’s to be called “The Hut” and work is starting next month on a location on South Broadway.

September 15, 2006

Colorado Springs: A Night at the Castaways

Filed under: Denver,Events,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 12:20 pm
Flyer for a Night at the Castaways
Flyer for a Night at the Castaways

The Rocky Mountain Tiki Newsletter presents a fun evening: a Night at the Castaways. The Castaways restaurant opened in 1971, and it still has its original tiki decor intact. This little-known restaurant is in Manitou Springs, at the foot of Pikes Peak, just outside of Colorado Springs. The gang is getting together there at about 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 21. A whole bunch of people will be gathering first in Denver, and forming a caravan to make the 60-minute drive; they are meeting at 4:30 in the parking lot of the Red Robin restaurant at the Park Meadows Mall, and will have maps to hand out. If you’d like to RSVP, or you’d like to start receiving the Rocky Mountain Tiki Newsletter, contact Zulu Magoo at RockyMountainTiki@yahoo.com.

July 26, 2006

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

June 13, 2006

Denver: Mysterious Island of the Tiki Finks

Filed under: Denver,Events,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 10:33 am
Mysterious Island of the Tiki Finks flyer
Mysterious Island of the Tiki Finks flyer

The Tiki Finks are hosting a very special tiki event this summer — the Mysterious Island of the Tiki Finks. The event takes place at their 1956 midcentury-modern home, complete with outdoor tiki bar. The festivities will include performances by a ukulele player and a Javanese gavelan, croquet, and most of all, specialty cocktails served up by the hosts, along with plenty of island-inspired food. There’s no cover charge for the event, but of course it’s always a good idea to donate a little green to the hosts to help them cover costs. It all happens June 24, from 4pm to 10ish, at 1415 S. Cherry St. in Denver. The event is open to all tiki-lovers, as the Denver tikiphiles are eager to connect with like-minded folks in their area. Be sure to wear your aloha wear, and bring a tiki mug to drink from!

April 13, 2006

Denver: Hula’s Island Grill & Tiki Bar Opening

Filed under: Denver,News,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 5:48 pm
Hula's in Monterey, photo from Hula's website
Hula’s in Monterey, photo from Hula’s website

Truly great news for Denver tikiphiles — the excellent Hula’s Island Grill and Tiki Bar, which has been enormously successful in Monterey, California, has decided to open a location in Denver. The new place is coming on August 1st to South Broadway. It will be a full bar and restaurant, and will likely be even tiki-er than the Monterey spot. When chatting with one of the owners during a visit last summer, I learned that they were eager to do a second location in another town, and they planned to incorporate a vintage Polynesian Pop feel from day one (the Monterey Hula’s has a very tiki side room that they added on a couple years ago, but the core restaurant is more casual). Denver, you lucky, lucky dogs. The food at Hula’s is delicious — easily the best food I’ve ever had at a tiki restaurant. The Mai Tai I was served was nearly spot-on, and we dined in the shadow of a very large Tiki Tony carving, and beneath some lovely reproduction black velvet paintings. The service was friendly, and the music and lighting were great. As far as I’m aware, there is no connection between this place and the new Tiki Boyd’s that is in the works. The past year has already seen some dramatic movement in the local Denver tiki scene, and this news is the best yet. If we didn’t have Forbidden Island opening here in the Bay Area in just a couple weeks, I’d be downright envious.

March 31, 2006

Denver: Tiki on the Town

Filed under: Denver,Events,News,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 9:57 pm
Tiki on the Town event in Denver
Tiki on the Town event in Denver

Denver tikiphiles aren’t just sitting around twiddling their thumbs as they wait for the re-emergence of the on-hiatus Tiki Boyd’s; they’re keeping the fires burning with a “Tiki on the Town” event, sponsored by the new Rocky Mountain Tiki Newsletter.

Tomorrow night, April 1, folks are meeting up at the Twin Dragon Restaurant & Lounge (3021 South Broadway in Englewood) at 7pm for flaming pupu platters, volcano bowls, and drinks served in tiki mugs. It’s actually a Chinese restaurant, but you have to take your tiki where you can get it in lean times. Afterward, the group is heading over to Skylark Lounge (140 South Broadway, just north of Alameda) for a show by surf band The Beloved Invaders. Newcomers are welcome (just chime in on the thread on Tiki Central, so they know how many to expect), and be sure to wear your best aloha wear!

The Rocky Mountain Tiki Newsletter is a new publication by ZuluMagoo, a free and irregularly published periodical to keep the newly-percolating Denver tiki scene hip to the goings-on. If you’d like to receive the Rocky Mountain Tiki Newsletter, drop a line to ZuluMagoo at RockyMountainTiki@yahoo.com.

February 14, 2006

Tiki Boyd’s Is On the Move

Filed under: Denver,News,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 3:48 pm

Just a few months after opening, Tiki Boyd’s in Denver has had a bit of a shakeup. A dispute between the management and some of the key players behind Tiki Boyd’s, including Boyd Rice, has led to Tiki Boyd’s pulling up stakes and looking for a new location. Particularly at issue were the firings and/or perceived mistreatment of head mixologist Lorin Partridge, who designed most of the tiki drinks for Tiki Boyd’s, and Brian Clark, who had created the website, printed menus and provided much of the vinyl.

Boyd Rice had suggested and supplied the tiki decor, and having done so gratis, decided to take the name and decor back when relations went sour. Per Modern Drunkard Editor Frank Rich:

At that point Boyd decided to pull his décor. He’d never been paid for any of the labor or materials, so he certainly had the right. He enlisted the help of six members of the Denver Gentleman’s Pipe Smoking League (including myself) and during an extraordinary daytime raid the intrepid (and rather smartly dressed) cadre managed to strip the place bare in less than forty minutes.

Man, I wish I could have been there to see that! The former Tiki Boyd’s is now operating under an unknown new name, and having been stripped of the tikiness, is more of a retro/rockabilly place with posters for decor. The Tiki Boyd’s team is intent on doing it right now that they’re starting over; they now have larger financial backing, and are looking to go “more authentic.” They’re scouting locations, and hope to have one selected soon.

January 7, 2006

Denver Tiki Slideshow at Tiki Boyd’s

Filed under: Denver,Events,History,Research,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 11:20 pm

Tiki explorer and historian ZuluMagoo is presenting his third session of tiki slideshows at Tiki Boyd’s on Thursday, January 12 at 9:00. This session will be a look at the history of tiki in Denver. Recently, ZuluMagoo uncovered the exciting revelation that not only had there been a tiki bar in Denver, but it had been on the exact site where Tiki Boyd’s stands today. ZuluMagoo does his homework and puts his heart into it, and this show is sure to be a winner.

September 13, 2005

New Tiki Bar in Denver: Tiki Boyd’s

Filed under: Denver,News,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 2:07 pm

There hasn’t been a tiki bar in Denver for a long, long time. The day has come for Denver tikiphiles to rejoice, for tiki has returned. Tiki Boyd’s, in the Ramada downtown, is the creation of Boyd Rice. Yes, that Boyd Rice. Rice is a tikiphile and a vintage music enthusiast; Tiki Boyd’s is reportedly playing music only from vinyl. Tiki Boyd’s is still pretty new, and the bartenders are still expanding their roster of tropical cocktails, but Frank from Modern Drunkard says it’s “well on its way.”

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