The flyer for the Auction
Now we head up to the Tahitian Lanai to conclude the tour. Here are a few examples of the menu, the yellow one shows a stylized interpretation of the bar that had scattered thatched huts surrounding a pool. For another menu and a sample of the cuisine click here
Remember the cool neon sign on the Ilikai fence?
|Click Here to Open Yellow Menu
From the Gecko Collection, this bathing beauty use to adorn the bar's interior.
A few of the ceiling lights from the bar I grabbed as the only bidder at the auction and a few examples of the ever changing mug. I know other mug types exist . On a sad note you can see the last mugs at this place were nothing but coffee mugs with the logo on them. Call me pathetic but on the last night there I ordered a Mai Tai served in this cup. I can pretend, canít I?
Goblet picture courtesy of Mimi Payne
The Devolution Of The Mug
A Few Vintage Postcards
These 2 cards brought to you from the Mimi Payne archive
This Illustration is from The Excellent Pacifica House Hawaii Cookbook, The Lagoon in much healthier times, compare it to the one at the bottom of the page.
Twilight of the Tiki Gods
Finally, the joint was fenced off and in time was bulldozed, I use to make regular pilgrimages to this site hopping for an 11th hour before it was leveled . Iíve since moved off the island but am pleased that I was able to enjoy the last days of Waikikiís tiki culture in its splendor.
Mahalo to Gecko for the destruction photos
ACROSS THE ALLEY FROM THE
by Paul Page © 1973
Across the alley from the Ilikai
There's a tavern
And I can't deny
It's like home away from home to me
There beside a blue lagoon we knew
Be it morning, noon, or nitetime too
You will find me
Underneath a coconut tree
Follow the sound of a happy song
Follow the pathway
You can't go wrong
'Round the piano bar, how time goes by
Ia o ra na my friend
And aloha 'til we meet again
'Til we meet again
At the Tahitian Lanai
FORGET HIGHRISE, GIVE US THE TAHITIAN LANAI
In the June 16 business section, "Hilton launches time-share project," Joseph Toy, president of hotel consultancy Hospitality Advisors LLC, is quoted as saying, "If you look at what was there before ó the Tahitian Lanai and the Waikikian ó this really rejuvenates the area ... "
Well, Mr. Toy, with all due respect, a lot of us would rather have the Tahitian Lanai than your 38-story tower. Many of us would prefer to wander through the lobby of the Waikikian, pass by the thatched-hut open-air dining, sit by the lovely pool with the map of Hawai'i painted at the bottom, and enjoy another Tahitian Lanai breakfast with those incredible home-made popovers.
But instead, we'll have overcrowding and insufficient parking.
No, Mr. Toy, I believe a number of us don't appreciate your kind of "rejuvenation."Martha Jane Urann
The "New" Waikikian, target date late 2008
To view stills of The Tahitian Lanai and The Waikikian from the TV Movie And The Sea Will Tell Click Here
Anyone miss the night time hapa haole songs of yesterday at the Tahitian Lanai? Pine no further and click here for a short video circa 1994.