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Tiki Architecture (page 2)

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Makai Beach Lodge
Ormond Beach, FL
2009:
2020 and 2021:
The Makai Beach Lodge was built in 1956. By 2016, the sign had been replaced with a monument sign in the grass. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Julian's Dining Room and Lounge [gone]
Ormond Beach, FL
Polynesian
Gardens Apartments
Plantation, FL
Julian's Dining Room and Lounge was built in 1967. The interior featured original Polynesian style murals and decor. The restaurant closed in 2012. In 2013, there was talk of the restaurant reopening as the Mango Cove but that never happened. In 2014, it was announced that the building would be demolished soon. The photos above are from 2020. By 2021, the building was gone. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

These tiki heads are located at the Polynesian Gardens Condominiums which were built in 1974. There was a four-lane bowling alley was converted into a gym in 2020. The bowling alley had tiki details like wicker furniture and murals which are gone now. Giant tiki heads were installed over the pins at the ends of the lanes. For more, these websites: 1 and 2.

Hawaiian Inn
Daytona Beach, FL

2009:

2021:
The Hawaiian Inn was built in 1965. There is nothing tiki-like left in the rooms. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Aku Tiki Inn
Daytona Beach, FL

2009:

2021:
The Aku Tiki Inn opened in 1967. It is now owned by Best Western. In 2004, the giant moai was damaged by a hurricane and replaced with a replica. While the statue no longer has flames coming out of its head, the red eyes glow at night. Around 2021, the Polynesian facade and roof at the entrance were completely remodeled. The moai and the statues by the entrance remain. The adjacent Traders Restaurant which was built at the same time also remains. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Bahi Hut Lounge
Sarasota, FL
The Bahi Hut Lounge opened in 1954. It is part of the Golden Host Resort, the motel next door. When these photos were taken in 2020, the lounge and motel were being renovated. They reopened a few months later. For more, see this website. [map]

Tahitian Motor Lodge
Holiday, FL
The Tahitian Motor Lodge was built around 1969. It was owned by both Best Western and Quality Inn. I don't know which was first. The place is now known as the Holiday Hotel & Resort. For more, see this website. [map]

Mai-Kai Restaurant
Fort Lauderdale, FL

2005:

Mai-Kai Restaurant
2021:
The Mai-Kai Restaurant was designed by Charles McKirahan and built in 1956. The building was expanded from a four-room hut to a complete Polynesian Village with eight dining rooms and a sunken galleon bar. Each room represented a different region of Polynesia and overlooks a waterfall or lagoon. The Islanders Revue floor show was performed twice nightly with costumed dancers and fire-eaters. There was also a gift shop. The exterior featured tiki torches, a thatched roof, and a wooden plank bridge entrance. In 2020, the restaurant closed and the property was put up for sale. There were plans to auction off the contents. However, in 2021, it was announced that new owners would reopen the restaurant after restorations are completed. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. [map]

More Florida Tiki:
Tiki Gardens & Trader Frank's: 1, 2, 3 (Indian Rocks Beach) [vintage; gone]

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