Montreal, Quebec, Canada
The Mauna Loa Lounge is the home tiki bar of John Trivisonno & Betty Ciccone in Montreal. It was created in April 2010. The bar's name was inspired by the RCA Living Stereo LP "Music of the Islands" by The Mauna Loa Islanders.
The bar is in their living room, which has floor-to-ceiling glass windows and several mature trees outside. Since a traditional, dark tiki bar wouldn't work in this space, the couple instead aimed for a blend of mid-century modern and tiki. The time of day or the season of the year can change the feel of the room, thanks to the large windows bringing the outdoors in.
The bar has several tikis, including one by California carver CC Rider, two rescued from the Kona Kai Motel in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, and a tiny tiki from Tahiti. The main bar itself is a 1960s era mid-century modern bar, likely Danish or Canadian. A second 1960s bar, by Danish designers Erik Buch & Paul Heltborg, is used for storage and display of some of their tiki mugs and other vintage barware. A third mid-century modern bar, Norwegian this time, is opened up at the other end of the living room for larger parties. A vintage 1960s/70s overhead light above the bar was originally in John's parent's basement bar. The barware and decor continue the mid-century modern and tiki theme.
The Mauna Loa Lounge is used for cocktails in the evening, regular gatherings with a group of friendly cocktail enthusiasts, and some larger gatherings.