|The Jade East Restaurant & Club|
|The Kon-Tiki Koni|
|Club Trade Winds/Tiki Nook Club|
|The Polynesian Trade Winds Items|
|TTM Amazon aStore: Tiki items|
||The TV show, "Hawaiian Eye", was the first exposure for many of us to
Tiki culture (Wikipedia
link) . The carved figure is a Tiki.
Read more here about this 1959-1963 private eye show starring Robert Conrad, Anthony Eisley, Connie Stevens and Poncie Ponce.
William Froug (IMDb), brother
of the retail magnate (Froug's in Tulsa), was a very successful producer
in Hollyweird. He produced such memorable shows as "Adventures in Paradise"
as well as a number of episodes of the original "Twilight Zone".
Regarding honeymoon cruise and note about Kahanamoku statue:
In 1953, while in transit from a North Atlantic cutter assignment to the cutter Iroquois, based in Honolulu, I stopped for a few days on the west coast. Former KOTV director Herb Lightman, who was working in LA at his own company, invited me to join him for dinner out in the San Fernando Valley at Tex Ritter's house.
Ritter and his wife Dorothy, a former starlet in western movies, had two children who were playing on the floor as we sat talking. One of the boys had CP and the other helped him as they played. That kid's name was John, and he's had a hell of a career for himself.
During dinner, Dorothy Ritter said that since I was going to Hawaii, I should look up an old friend of theirs, Duke Kahanamoku, whom they had met through his work in motion pictures. I silently doubted that I'd do it, but I said I would certainly check up on Duke when I got there.
After I'd settled in on the Iroquois, we docked near the Aloha Tower, in Honolulu, and I saw a charter fishing boat nearby. On deck was a guy who could only be Duke Kahanamoku. I called out, introducing myself, adding that the Ritters had said I should say 'Hello' should I run across him.
The result was that he invited me to dinner with him and his wife at their home and treated me, a swabbie from Oklahoma, as though I were an old friend.
I'm glad he got the statue.
I was first directed to Tulsa TV by my good friend Cody Hoover, a native of Tulsa now living on Maui.
I was surprised to see pix of my other great friends, Gecko & Ailie, in our old stomping grounds on Oahu, La Mariana Sailing Club.
We just recently lost Augie Colon and Martin Denny, undisputed king of Exotica. Martin was a lovely man, and I had the pleasure of meeting him several times and visiting him in his home with Gecko & Ailie. Gecko made a custom tiki bar for Martin, and my other half, Michael, did a custom montage of Martin's album covers for the bar top, which was then sealed under a thick resin coat on top of monkeypod. Martin loved it...and Gecko loved Martin.
We'll all miss him and I count myself extremely lucky to have met him. We were all glad he lived to see Tiki and Exotica make a comeback. He performed right to the end of his life and would come alive in front of the crowds. And, you can bet there were ALWAYS standing ovations for the king.
Anyway, cool site! Enjoyed seeing it. Check me out at TikiQueenArts.com and let me know if you enjoyed my stuff.
Thanks, Holly Lewis a.k.a. Tiki Queen