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Tiki Architecture (page 2)

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The Cove
Twin Falls, ID

The Cove opened in 1952. For more, see this website. [map]

Hala Kahiki
River Grove, IL

Hala Kahiki (translation: "Home of the Pineapple") opened in 1966. They serve only tropical drinks. There are close to 100 choices offered. There is no beer, no food, and no entertainment. Ah, but the atmosphere! There is also an incredible Hawaiian gift shop. For more, see this website. [map]

Bali Ha'i at the Beach
Kenner, LA

The Bali Ha'i at the Beach restaurant operated from 1958 to 1986 as part of the Pontchartrain Beach amusement park. It was originally known as the Pontchartrain Beach-Combers. The building was destroyed by fire in 1986 but the entrance and two tikis were saved and installed at this picnic shelter in the Veterans Memorial Park. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Hu Ke Lau [gone]
Chicopee, MA

The Hu Ke Lau opened in 1965 and went through many expansions. It featured floorshows with Samoan Fire Dances, Fuji War Dance Drums, and Hawaiian Hula Dancing. There were also special events with big-name comedians. The interior featured vine-covered ceilings, fake trees, murals, giant tikis and a working volcano. In 2018, the restaurant closed. The building will be demolished.

Aku-Aku [gone]
Worcester, MA
Tiki Lau [gone]
Westford, MA

Aku-Aku offered Polynesian fare and comedians. They also had locations in Newton and Cambridge, MA (both now gone). In 2004, the Worcester building became a Ninety Nine Restaurant and Pub, a chain with dozens of locations in the Northeast.

Tiki Lau opened in 1974. It's nothing spectacular inside and now serves Cantonese. They once had an Amesbury, MA location as well. In 2007, new owners renamed it the New Tiki Restaurant and Lounge. It closed in 2008. The building was either remodeled or rebuilt for a 99 Restaurant. For more, see this website.

Bali Hai
Lynnfield, MA
former Tanela restaurant
Shrewsbury, MA

The Bali Hai had low lighting and Polynesian accents inside. It opened in the 1960s or 1970s. The restaurant offered a Polynesian/Chinese menu. The restaurant closed in 2018. It seems that the building will be demolished for either apartments or a different restaurant. For more, see this website. [map]

The Tanela restaurant is long gone but this building and Moai were still there in 2011 when these photos were taken. From around 2000-2003, it housed Trance Buddha, a nightclub with heavy metal bands. The interior of this building has since been gutted. The building was still vacant in 2017. [map]

Kowloon Restaurant
Saugus, MA

The Kowloon was built in 1950 and has been expanded five times. It now resembles a Polynesian Long House and can seat 1,200. It features Thai, Chinese and Japanese food plus a comedy club. The interior has carved tikis, masks, fountains, palm trees and an erupting volcano. The exterior features a 15 foot replica of the Hawaiian temple god Kukailimoku above the front door. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Easter Island statue
Wheaton, MD
(now Kensington, MD)
Chin's
Livonia, MI
The Easter Island statue in Wheaton was originally used on a float for the Wheaton High School homecoming parade in the early 1990s. This photo is from 2004. The statue has since been relocated to a gas station in Kensington. For more, see this website. [map]

There is another Easter Island statue in Baltimore, MD.

Chin's opened in 1955. Marvin Chin opened another location in Detroit, Chin Tiki, in 1967. That location closed in 1980. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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