Skull & Crown Trading Company opened in downtown Honolulu's Chinatown in June of 2019. They occupy the spot formerly occupied by Grondin French-Latin Kitchen. Noa Laporga and Angelina Khan run Skull & Crown Trading Co., which is the latest in the duo’s history of mysterious, haunting and enchanting ventures. You might know them from Haunted Plantation, which takes over Hawai‘i Plantation Village every Halloween; they also ran the Unlocked escape room at Ward Warehouse in 2016 and Ala Moana’s Ghost Bar in October 2018, as well as a special effects company, Black Box FX. In keeping with this background, the bar has a bit of a "dark tiki" theme with a creepy mermaid over the bar and lots of skulls.
The craft cocktail menu was chosen with care and has received rave reviews.
There is also a back patio area.
The Chi Chi opened in 1936 as the Desert Grill. Eventually, Jack Freeman sold his financial interest in the profitable eatery to his business partner, Irwin Schuman, who revamped it as a fancy Polynesian-style restaurant and bar.
Schuman christened his new venture Chi Chi Grill Cocktail Lounge in 1938 — inspired by an exotic portrait of a topless Hawaiian girl painted by Edgar Leeteg he’d seen in an art gallery on a trip to Honolulu.
Credit for the club’s name also has been attributed to Palm Springs artist Jack Church, who reportedly dubbed the painting “the Chi Chi girl” because of her sexy expression. For good luck, Schuman displayed a copy of Leeteg’s portrait, Hina Rapa, on the wall of his cocktail lounge. Onlookers found the image of the smiling native girl so captivating that Schuman blithely had it reprinted on cocktail napkins, dishware, glasses, matchbooks, swizzle sticks, menus, and playing cards. These dinner-table items quickly became prized souvenirs.
“I did not give Chi Chi permission to use my Hina Rapa to reproduce in any way,” complained Leeteg in an angry letter from his home in Tahiti. “The least they could do is to give me a credit line, but that is too much to expect from a Hollywood gin mill.”
The unexpected controversy helped publicize the tropical-themed restaurant; and Schuman opened a second Chi Chi bar in 1946 on Santa Catalina Island. More locations followed in Riverside, Hollywood, Long Beach, and San Diego.
The media described this giant supper club as “The second biggest nightclub west of the Mississippi,” where some of the brightest names in showbiz gathered for more than 25 years.
Practically any New York and Las Vegas headliner that ever took a bow performed at the Chi Chi in its heyday: song and dance pioneers such as Eddie Cantor, Sophie Tucker, Rudy Vallee, the Ritz Brothers, Lena Horne, and Mickey Rooney, along with virtuoso performers such as Tony Martin, Jane Russell, Hoagy Carmichael, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis, and Peggy Lee.
The Chi Chi lasted until 1977 when it was torn down and replaced by The Desert Fashion Plaza.
Port O' Three was a very short-lived restaurant that lasted only a couple of years. It opened in 1971. The facility was big, seating approximately 500 people and with 140 workers/crew with 3 different themed dining rooms...a Polynesian Room, Japanese Room and a Ship/Nautical Room that had a 19th century schooner ship inside. The Ship Room was designed to give the feeling of being on a top deck of a sailing vessel. In-between the main dining rooms was a tiki bar with hand painted (black light) murals on the walls. The property, a site of the former landmark, Devon Gables, was acquired by Marvin Chin, (CHIN TIKI) Dr. Walter Thom, and Rourke Haas in May of 1971 and they re-opened it as Port O' Three in September of that same year. Since Marvin Chin, owner of the Chin Tiki, was also co-owner of Port O' Three, its menu, swizzles, and signage used many of the same graphics as the Chin Tiki.
Opened in June 2019 right next to the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay. This small bar and grill offers great views as well as food and drinks.
Canlis’ Charcoal Broiler Restaurant was opened in 1954 by owner Peter Canlis and architect George “Pete” Wimberly. It is known for its high-end architectural and interior design as well as the kimono-clad waitresses. It also had a large 15' tiki in the main banquet hall whose design is repeated on their logo menu art. This tiki was carved by Edward "Mick" Brownlee (a non native who was also acknowledged as a master woodcarver and became known as the "Waikiki Wood Carver". Brownlee also carved for The Waikikian, The Tahitian Lanai, The International Marketplace and the Aku Aku in Las Vegas. His story is documented in the book, Waikiki Tiki, by Phillip S. Roberts. A second Canlis' Restaurant was later opened in Seattle, Washington. The original Canlis' was razed in 1998.
This location opened in 1959 as a tiki themed coffee shop belonging to the Spencecliff Corporation which owned many classic tiki themed unique architectural sites. Today it is Flamingo. There were at least two other Tops locations, one in Waikiki and one in Waipahu.
From their website: "Black Hat bar is a Caribbean pub with tropical cocktails by Dima Sokolov, island cuisine and an oceanfront hut interior. 100 kinds of rum!" They have a tiki mascot for their logo and use tiki mugs, but many of them are the pop culture variety. There appears to be at least one large tiki carving in the main bar area. Most of the decor is beach shack style with a little bit of pub thrown in. This bar appears to have inherited the Aloha Bar Facebook page, as all the most recent posts from that now closed venue are directing traffic to Black Hat.
The newly renovated B Ocean resort hotel was built in 1956 and originally known as the Yankee Clipper. Under new ownership, it has some new additions, like the Naked Crab restaurant on one end of the lobby. But across from the restaurant, the Wreck Bar remains pretty much unchanged. With its nautical flair, stained glass and rope elements, it’s fashioned to look like a Spanish Galleon ship that didn’t make it quite to shore — hence the name. Above the bar, six large portholes offer views into one of the retro hotel’s swimming pools. From 1956 until 1965, the Yankee Clipper hosted swim shows, incorporating the portholes. Marina Anderson started MeduSirena — an underwater spectacle featuring a team of figure swimmers, the Aquaticats — at Wreck Bar in 2006 as an homage to that past.
Although technically a nautical bar and not a tiki bar, The Wreck does incorporate some Indonesian style tiki masks in its main room. Also, Marina herself, has become a headlining personality at many tiki events and the Wreck Bar has become almost synonymous with her and the Aquaticats.
From their website:
"Hades Hula House is Adelaide's Premier tiki bar and restaurant. Exotic flavours and liquid libations await those who dare!
Owned by entrepreneur and powerhouse Abby Roennfeldt 'Just Abby', Hades Hula House was birthed to life from her love of tiki culture and good drinks. Never one to shy away from the limelight Abby and her team of hospitality guns have been pushing this small bar from strength to strength. This beachside hideout boasts impressive breakfast and dinner menus, as well as an in-house cocktail list featuring over 20 boutique classic and modern takes on tiki, with some Hades exclusives thrown in.
From the decor to the drinks, meals, music, and service, this slice of new-built history has something for everyone. People come to Hades to get away. If only for a few hours they can be anywhere their Polynesian dreams desire. The bar is warm and littered with palm trees, carvings, bamboo and vintage trinkets."
From their website:
"The team that brought us Pagan Idol was inspired to create another tiki bar - one that would pay honor and homage to the late, great Skipper Kent and his dream of a place where his guests would enjoy wonderful drinks and receive extraordinary island hospitality. In 2019, The Zombie Village opened in San Francisco's Tenderloin District shocking those who couldn't believe that the Bay Area would come to have another tiki bar, and delighting everyone who has walked through its doors.
The bar's design not only includes tiki elements reminiscent of the South Pacific, but it also celebrates the spirit of the Caribbean, a region synonymous with fine rums and hospitable, fun-lovin people. A team of renowned tiki artists was assembled in order to create a real, authentic tropical paradise. Ivan Mora, Bamboo Ben Bassham, Crazy Al Evans, Woody Miller, Bosko Hrnjak, and Mikel "MP" Parton all contributed custom works for the bar. The beverage program, designed by Doc Parks, boasts an array of exotic flavors and unique spirit blends. It takes inspiration from Skipper Kent's Zombie Village cocktail menu and includes drink names originated by the Skipper himself."
Strong Water Anaheim is a tropical, nautical bar with Asian inspired food and a small hidden room full of wonder based on the mid-1800s mysterious shipwreck of the vessel Clementine. Brought to you by the owners of Blind Rabbit, this Packing House-adjacent bar has a whole back bar dedicated just to gin and also serves up tropical libations and Asian-Hawaiian inspired appetizers and entrees. It does have some tikis throughout, a fountain shaped like a giant moss-covered skull, and a tiki mug cabinet with several shelves of mugs -- vintage and from other establishments and events.
Coco Palms Resort was a resort hotel in Wailuā, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi, that was noted for its Hollywood connections, Hawaiian-themed weddings, torch lightings, destruction by a hurricane, and long-standing land disputes. The resort includes or is near to culturally significant spots and the sites of some of most important legends and historical events for Native Hawaiians.
The land is ancient Hawaiian royal property that has been in dispute since 1866.
Lyle Guslander leased the site of Coco Palms from the Territory of Hawaii in 1952; the resort opened in early 1953 with 24 rooms. The hotel manager, Grace Buscher, took control of marketing the hotel as a Hawaiian-style getaway for tourists.
Coco Palms was the location of the famous outrigger canoe wedding scene from Elvis Presley's Blue Hawaii, released in 1961, the resort was also used in many other films, such as South Pacific, Pagan Love Song, and the TV series "Fantasy Island”.
The hotel made a big business out of Hawaiian-style weddings for decades. Buscher started a tradition, still in use at hotels throughout the islands, known at the hotel as the torch-lighting ceremony. Buscher also initiated a tree-planting ceremony to replenish the old coconut grove and honor individuals of note.
It was the world's most famous Polynesian resort until Hurricane Iniki struck Kauai on September 11, 1992. The Coco Palms was severely damaged by Iniki and the resort was left to decay for decades. The costly repairs and insurance issues left the Coco Palms officially closed with no announced plans to reopen.
In 2016, Honolulu developers GreeneWaters LLC formed a partnership, Coco Palms Hui LLC, to restore the resort. Their intent was to reopen Coco Palms "as part of Hyatt's Unbound Collection." However, in 2019 the project collapsed.
Dallas's newest Tiki bar - Not quite open yet but, will be open soon...Keep your eye out for their grand opening....but, due to covid it will be a weird opening.....city rules and stuff. Bambooham and Fred will be there so look for us.
Located in the Canvas Condos tower, Esotico’s chic take on the retro Polynesian Pop theme features bold tropical wallpaper offset by black-and-white checkerboard flooring and a contemporary exposed ceiling. Lush greenery ties together décor such as a Hawaiian surfboard, muted sconce lamps and track lighting. Potted plants surround the patio while a backlit bar features a bamboo footrest and nearly 230 rums, including Dalla Pola’s own label, Alamea. Eventually, the goal is to carry 365 rums.
They describe themselves on their Facebook page as "An intimate Tiki experience located inside Tuffy's Bottle Shop & Lounge."
Tiki Tango is a 3 level tiki lounge in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. Each level has a distinct island vibe and mood (Flamingo Room, Tiger's Den, and Tango Room). Previously known as The Lava Lounge, new owner Scott McCray employed tiki interior designer and artist Frank Simotics — better known as The Tiki Rancher — to assist with the bar’s tropical transformation. Tiki Tango opened in January 2019.
From Facebook: Breakers Roar is an authentic nautical Caribbean Tiki Bar located on the waterfront of Christiansted, St Croix USVI. Featuring 30 unique and flavorful Tiki cocktails made from local juices, rums and spices.
Huli Huli is a casual atmosphere tiki oasis in the northern Columbus suburbs.
Specializing in small plate, Pacific-inspired food, the cocktail menu is an extensive mix of cocktails ranging from early period classics to modern finds, peppered with house originals.
For those who are seeking a tropical escape in Historic Savannah, look no further than The Bamboo Room Tiki Bar above Sorry Charlie's. Your worries melt away as you enter. When visiting our little oasis, expect to be transported to a den of exotica where you will enjoy delicious tiki cocktails, frozen drinks, island-inspired snacks, friendly people and funky vibes.
The Bamboo Room is an immersive, exotic tropical hideaway nestled in the heart of Downtown Savannah. The design of The Bamboo Room features a collection of artifacts sourced from around the globe, personal collections, and hand-carved one of a kind items and trim. The interior construction, custom carvings, hand painting and fit and finish was headed up by Dave “Basement Kahuna” Wolfe and Jim “Woodland Giant” Stacey. Additional carvings in the bar are from the talented Dave Hansen, Leroy Schmaltz and Glen Barefoot.
Our tiki drink menu shines with classic tiki drinks, modern tropical cocktails, and an extensive rum selection from around the world. Our cocktails are made to order, using fresh juices, premium spirits and house made syrups. The creation of our drink menu was overseen by mixologist Scott Marshall. Scott is well-known around Savannah as having been instrumental in the launch of the Alley Cat Lounge.
You’ll feel your worries slip away as you sit back and sip one of our handcrafted tiki or tiki-inspired cocktails or frozen drinks, while you enjoy the carefree and authentic tiki vibes.
Long Beach’s only 7 days a week Tiki bar! Interior design by Bamboo Ben. Fantastic wall murals by Big Toe and Ken Ruzic. In addition to the outstanding cocktails, they also have a very good in-house menu. Last but not least, they occasionally play host to the Hardcore Tiki Marketplace on the weekend, with tons of great tiki vendors.
Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3PM - 7PM
Mobile Tiki Bar from Belgium, est. 2019.
The Tiki Bar at the House of Foong Lin is a great example of a "community" tiki bar. Chef Fu generously allowed the local VA/MD/DC Tiki community to transform his typical strip-mall style chinese restaurant into a complete tiki bar. With a new custom tiki drink menu lead and curated by Jeff Westlake, and combined with the outstanding chinese food that Mr. Fu has always served, Tiki Thirstdays are an excellent weekly gathering of local Ohana in a home they built for themselves. Not required, but if you show up without an Aloha shirt, there's a whole wall of clean loaners available to join in the fun.
Tiki on 18th is a small tiki bar located above the Game Sports Pub in Adams Morgan. Their goal is to pay homage to classic tiki cocktails, as well as introducing some modern twists. The small-plate food menu consists of Polynesian inspirations, Hawaiian favorites and a Filipino twist.
Patio and Private reservations are available.
A South Seas Escape
Experience a unique, world-class immersive experience for friends, co-workers, or a romantic escape.
Our three-story urban oasis features an immersive two-story dining and drinking experience designed to transport guests to a distant tropical paradise bathed in perpetual twilight. Our third floor, opening in late 2020, will include boutique lodging that carries on our tiki theme.
Max’s features an original interior design from Bamboo Ben and Notch Gonzalez, two of the best-known tiki artisans in the world, along with a giant collection of vintage and modern tiki art and decor.
This is the speakeasy style tiki bar hidden behind the already excellent Archipelago DC tiki bar. Lost Island aims to recreate a much more traditional Tiki escape from the city outside. Quiet, dark, completely removed from the U Street nightlife, the Lost Island has its own custom menu of classic and modern tiki drinks. A small bar area is separated from table seating. Access is by reservation only.
4 Kahunas Tiki Lounge opened in June 2018 in Arlington, Texas, between Dallas and Fort Worth. The bar is topped with thatch, and backed with four large carved tikis, caricatures of the four "kahunas" who run the bar.
Devil's Reef is a fully-themed tiki bar in the Triangle/St. Helens neighborhood of Tacoma, from the owners of nearby Tacoma Cabana, Jason Alexander and Robyn Murphy. Tacoma Cabana was much-celebrated, and Devil's Reef is the next-generation evolution, where Alexander and Murphy are able to lean even deeper into their strengths in creating a great environment for enjoying excellent tropical beverages. An extensive rum list and tropical drink menu is offered. The decor plays with the darker side of tiki, combining the couple's affection for both Polynesian Pop and H.P. Lovecraft. Devil's Reef opened on January 19, 2018. Tacoma Cabana was closed in September of that year, so that Alexander and Murphy could focus their whole efforts on Devil's Reef.
Hula Hoops is a tiki bar and restaurant in South San Francisco (which is different from the south part of the city of San Francisco, it is a separate town down the peninsula, closer to the San Francisco Airport). It has a sporty slant, specifically targeting fans of the local Golden State Warriors basketball team. The main dining room has three televisions to show Warriors games, but are not otherwise in regular use. The space was decorated by tiki legend Bamboo Ben. The main room is a large space with black walls and ceiling, and glass windows along a southern wall, bringing in more light than is customary for a tiki bar. Despite the challenges of a large windowed space, there is a coziness thanks to the wall treatments and an assortment of beachcomber lamps, and there are several good-sized tikis in the space. Worth a special mention is a little tiki lounge room built by Ben just off the main room.
Daniel Parks of Pagan Idol assisted with the drink program, which includes some classic tiki drinks, and also the Bird of Paradise as seen on the menu at Pagan Idol, along with drinks served in real pineapples and coconuts with dry ice effects. The food includes island fare like Spam Musubi, Lumpia Shanghai, and Loco Moco, alongside a selection of inventive pizzas.
Last Rites is a "Polynesian Noir" bar that opened in San Francisco's Duboce Triangle/Castro area in June 2018. The bar goes deep on story: the setting is the fuselage of a crashed plane deep in a jungle, with drinks served in "scavenged" bottles cut into glasses. Beyond the plane are vine-encrusted stone ruins, decorated with huge stylized skulls. The team behind Last Rites, owners Justin Lew and Ian Scalzo, have been active in the San Francisco craft cocktail scene for many years, and they have enlisted bar & restaurant designer James Lagoc and fabricator Brian Sullivan to shape the space. Drinks are a departure from classic tiki, while retaining the experimental use of flavors.
Lost River is a tiki bar, opened on the east side of Detroit in June 2018 by owners Karen Green and Matt Mergener. The space is dominated by a vibrant black-backgrounded mural of tropical blooms along one wall by Detroit artist Ouizi. There are hanging wooden lights by Bamboo Ben, and another wall is covered with fish nets and colored "float" string lights. A menu of both classic and original tiki drinks are served in tiki mugs.
Mutiny Bar opened in Southwest Detroit in November 2017 by Dave Kwiatkowski's Detroit Optimist Society bar group. The bar's vintage wood paneling is in place, topped with some added bamboo and thatch touches. The decor includes fish nets with colored Christmas lights on the ceiling, tiki and nautical pieces hung on the walls, and a selection of framed vintage menus from the area's mid-century Polynesian restaurants. The team of bartenders has been playing with tiki drinks in the Detroit area for years, and the menu is mainly focused on their own tiki-inspired creations.
Pau Hana Lounge is a tiki bar, part of On the Hiyu, a rental facility from Seattle, Washington, based on a previously retired ferry. The 165-foot ferry, called the Hiyu, has been converted into an arts space, which is available for special event rental, and which hosts some public arts events including music and cabaret acts. The ferry has two interior passenger compartments, and one contains the Pau Hana Lounge which was created by Aleks Petrovitch, a longtime member of the tiki revival scene who used to own Aqua Surf Shop in San Francisco, and Tiki Bosko of San Diego. The work started in summer 2017, and the bar opened in late 2017 or early 2018. The Hiyu is moored on the east side of Lake Union.
Red Rum is a tiki bar and restaurant in Bellingham, Washington. It opened in March 2018. The space is dimly lit with mainly red lights. The bar is lined with bamboo, and thatch is used throughout the space, including on an A-frame structure over seating. There are several large tikis in the space, including a very big moai on the wall beside the bar. A full menu of tiki drinks is served in tiki mugs, and light food is available late into the evening. Tuesday is a karaoke night. The front of the building is lined with bamboo.
The Atomic Tiki opened in January 2018 in Memphis, Tennessee's Evergreen neighborhood. The owners were Brian "Skinny" McCabe and Jeff Johnson. The space was dim and minimally decorated. The drink menu included a mix of classic and original tiki drinks, and the food menu was casual with Polynesian restaurant-inspired offerings. Jeff Johnson announced in September 2019 that Atomic Tiki would morph into Parish Grocery and that concluded the chapter for this former tiki location.
The Hidden Idol is a small tiki bar, tucked above Southside Bar & Kitchen in the City Park neighborhood of Denver. The space was once called Beetle Bar, and changed over to the new tiki concept and name in April 2017.
The Kon-Tiki opened in early November 2017 in Oakland, California, in a space that had previously held Longitude.
The Polynesian is an upscale modern restaurant in midtown Manhattan, near Times Square. It is located on the third floor of The Pod Hotel 42, and opened in May 2018. The space is sleek and airy, with more subtle nods to Polynesian art and culture. Seating dividers are made from sticks, clearly inspired by traditional Oceanic sailing maps; graphic repeating patterns on the floor and behind the bar appear to be very-abstracted echoes of tapa or quilt designs of the Pacific. The dominant colors in the space are warm wood and ocean blue, and select pieces of Oceanic art are on display.
The restaurant has been created by New York's Major Food Group, with help from bartender Brian Miller, who had been hosting regular tiki drink nights around New York for several years. Miller's menu includes not just nods to drinks from the history of tiki bars, but incorporates nods to actual Polynesian history. The food menu is limited and tends toward the snack end, with some classic fare like Crab Rangoon.
This Tiki Iniki was a second location in Atlanta's Virginia-Highland neighborhood; a sister to the original Tiki Iniki location on Kauai. Unlike the Kauai location, this one did not have any ownership or involvement by Todd and Michele Rundgren, instead being operated by Atlanta's Supper Club Group under a license agreement. One of the partners in Supper Club Group, Bill Chapman, was an investor in the original Tiki Iniki. It opened in November 2018 and closed in September 2019, a relatively short-lived endeavor, and was re-opened as Madhouse Lounge. Madhouse appears to still be using much of the same decor and menu items, however...
Tiki Tatsu-Ya is a planned tiki bar and restaurant in South Austin, Texas, that has been projected to open soon since 2018. As of 2020, we are still waiting in anticipation. Owner is Tatsu Aikawa, who owns several restaurants in town including neighboring Ramen Tatsu-Ya, and was inspired to open a tiki bar by his brother Shion. Aikawa plans to emphasise tiki's long tradition of incorporating Asian elements, and the heavy influence of Asian cultures on Hawaii. The bar program will be created by Aaron Reed. In addition to tiki drinks, there will also be a tiki-inspired menu, sure to have Japanese flavors and dishes strongly represented. The bar will be housed in the former Backbeat space, right next to Ramen Tatsu-Ya's South Lamar shop.
Adrift is a modern-era tiki bar and restaurant. The primary focus is quality, classic tiki cocktails. The bar is covered in plenty of bamboo, the walls are lined with bamboo, and murals of elegant vintage-feel scenes of Polynesia are framed in bamboo, as well. Light comes from pufferfish lamps, glass floats, and a bit of fire for good measure. Carved tikis are found inside, and outside the building is flanked with metal tiki wall sconces and two large carved tikis.
Adventure Island Mini Golf is a tiki-themed miniature golf course, it opened in 2008. The indoor course features lots of faux rock work, bamboo, artificial palm trees, and many tikis and moai. There is a "tiki bar" that serves light refreshments and a selection of bottled drinks.
In 1967, CBS paid for two television pilots based in Hawai'i. One was picked up, the other was not. One was Hawaii Five-O starring Jack Lord, the other was Kona Coast starring Richard Boone. I'm sure I don't have to tell you, but just in case: Hawaii Five-O was the one that went on to glory, while Kona Coast was destined to be completely unknown.
But Warner Bros, producer of Kona Coast, chose to recoup their costs by releasing Kona Coast as a film. It still is pretty darned obscure, it barely made a squeak when it came out in 1968. Butand let's give thanks for this right nowfor some oddball reason, Warner Bros decided to release Kona Coast on a very bare-bones DVD. Now you can see this terrible, wonderful show/movie. It's full of fantastic '60s Hawaiian fashion, scenes of the gritty side of Waikiki, and scenes of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island.
Which brings us to Akamai Barnes. Akamai Barnes was a tiki bar, named for a Donn Beach-type character in Kona Coast, that was one of the main sets for the show, and was right on the main drag of town. Richard Boone was not just the star of Kona Coast, he was a driving force behind the project. Since the hope was that this would get picked up as a series, Akamai Barnes was open and operated as a real bar. A US Navy sailor who visited Kailua-Kona in June 1967 on the USS Tiru reports an evening spent at the bar; Richard Boone and the cast of Kona Coast were there, along with actors Lee Marvin and Jonathan Winters (who were not in the film; Lee Marvin and Richard Boone owned a charter boat together in Kailua-Kona).
After the shoot was finished, it must have been operating for some months before word came that it wouldn't be needed for the series after all. Richard Boone continued to live in Hawai'i, and kept Akamai Barnes running. A June 1968 article in Playboy references Akamai Barnes, calling it "one of the liveliest bars in the Pacific." Per an interview with a musician of the era in Kailua-Kona, he performed at Akamai Barnes for around five years, starting when it first opened.
Looking at scenes from Kona Coast and comparing them to Alii Drive today, it appears that the spot that held Akamai Barnes is now a vacant lot.
Aku Aku opened at the beginning of 2014 and is a sister property of the adjacent mid-century-themed Stardust Lounge (Aku Aku's name is a nod to the relationship between Las Vegas' Stardust Casino and its Aku Aku). The back wall of the space is one large shelving unit full of rectangular cubbies of varying dimensions, filled with little bits of Polynesian Pop decor. A large Moai overlooks the room from a corner. A small selection of classic tropical drinks are available, and a longish rum list has some nicer sipping rums (and a lot of unfortunate flavored rums).
Aku Aku offered "Poolside Dining" at the Cadillac Sands Resort. Tiki designs on the menu appear to have been lifted from a menu from the Tahitian Lanai in Waikikiit's unlikely there's any connection beyond an inspiration.
Aku Aku is gone, but the Cadillac Sands remains. This space has retained at least some of its theming in its current incarnation as the Clipper Room and Porthole Lounge.
Aku Aku Tiki Bar opened in May 2007, in the Grnerlkka neighborhood of Oslo. Some of the decor is on loan from the Kon-Tiki Museum, including a large canoe hanging from the ceiling. The walls are lined with straw matting. Classic tiki drinks are served in tiki mugs, and the music is a mix of Hawaiian and Exotica tunes.
Aloha is a Hawaiian-Chinese restaurant that looks fairly old-school with some tiki masks and some lauhala matting.
Aloha Bar began as a project connected with Tiki Bar in Moscow, but the two appear to have separated well before Aloha Bar closed. Aloha Bar had a focus on craft cocktails. The rum list and cocktail menu were extensive. The interior was framed with bamboo, and included "Moscow's largest indoor waterfall," though the overall feel tended toward the sleek, modern end. Aloha Bar's Facebook page has ceased to advertise itself for some years but there are still recent posts, almost exclusively about Black Hat Shack Bar, a newer Moscow tiki bar which seems likely to have been created by some of the former principal owners of Aloha Bar.
Aloha-Luau Lounge was a short-lived pop-up in the Kreuzberg area of Berlin in early 2007. There was a small bar in the back of the space, with an art gallery in the front. Aloha-Luau offered classic tiki drinks like Zombies, Navy Grogs and Mai Tais.