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The Tonga Room

Friday, September 11th, 2009

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

On Labor Day K and I went to The Tonga Room, a tiki bar located in the basement of our hotel, The Fairmont, in San Fransisco. I’m not gonna rate the drinks or the price, but it was a fun tiki themed experience. Usual bar and grill fare with $20-$35 dinners and $10 cocktails. Some good some bad, but all in all a fun place.

Tikis:

It’s a little sparse on tikis, and in the vein of the Tiki Room at Disneyland.

Drinks:

Good over all, fruity and full of booze, $10 each is the lowest price, up to $17.

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

Music:

It was a cover band when we went on a sunday night. It was a $5 cover and not too bad. They play on a boat that floats in the middle of the room in a pool of water(by the way the Tonga room used to be an indoor pool at the Fairmont, so thats where the water comes from.)

The Tonga Room

If you dine there you get to sit in the boat house. This has a thatched roof, and boats slung from the ceiling, but it is the least tiki-riffic area of the whole joint.

The Tonga Room

If you sit in the cocktail area, you get more tiki fun and decorations.

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

The Tonga Room

Last but not least, the dance floor is the deck of a pirate ship, with a giant tiki guarding it.

The Tonga Room

Check out the Tonga Room if your in San Fran, it’s good.

The Last Vacation – No time lost

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

This weekend K and I took off to San Fransicso for Labor Day weekend. We spent the weekend going to all the art and science museums. I had heard that the De Young Museum was having a display of African masks and statues and some photographs by some famous photographers, but I didn’t really have an idea of what was going to be there. Well, King Tut was there on display, but sans a mummy, I wasn’t interested in looking at gold stuff and old jars with a million other tourists and paying extra to do it. What I didn’t know about the De Young Museum was that it is home to an awesome collection of tribal and ancient art and artifacts.

Here are some highlights:

Asmat Ancestor Skull
Asmat Ancestor Skull

Asmat Ancestor Skull
Asmat Ancestor Skull

Dayak Carving
Dayak Carving

Tiki from Samoan Islands
Samoan Tiki

Skull Reliquary from New Guinea
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Decorative Shields
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While I didn’t make anything for Halloween over the 3 day weekend, I got a whole bunch of ideas to try and squeeze in this years haunt.

Nothing like some field study for inspiration

Monday, May 18th, 2009

I just got back from Hawaii last week. I saw some cool tikis and got some new ideas for Haunted Tiki Island.

Here are some tikis from Pu’uhonua o Honaunau:

Tiksi from Pu'uhonua o Honaunau

Tikis from Pu'uhonua o Honaunau

Tiki from Pu'uhonua o Honaunau

Tiki from Pu'uhonua o Honaunau