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Tiki Iniki on Kauai Now Opening "Winter 2013"

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kathryn Jul 10, 2013 11:29 AM

Their Twitter profile now says:

Aloha!
Tiki Iniki Lounge and Restaurant
Opening winter 2013
North Shore Kauai

North Shore Kauai · tikiiniki.com

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    Beach Chick Jul 11, 2013 06:05 AM

    Aloha Kathryn..

    Mahalo for the info.
    After watching Todd at Daryl's House in Kauai, I was so looking forward to having drinks at Tiki Iniki..

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      Bellachefa Jul 15, 2013 09:51 AM

      That's crazy! How long have they been in the property? The complaining neighbors that chose to buy adjacent to commercial property certainly haven't been practicing aloha.

      1. beantowntitletown Jul 15, 2013 01:04 PM

        This thread seems to have some recent information regarding the delay:

        http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...

        Hope everything works out for all parties and that Tiki Iniki is open when we're back next March.

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          melee Jul 15, 2013 02:38 PM

          Bummer. I was hoping to check it out when we go to Kauai next month.

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            mick Oct 12, 2013 11:06 AM

            its now October 12. Tiki Iniki was supposed to have opened yesterday,last week, last month,last year. have not heard that it opened. is it possible that training staff, soft opening could go well into 2014 before doors open for locals and tourist alike to pay those bills. The dream of Island time lives on in reality.

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              Beach Chick Oct 13, 2013 06:59 AM

              Aloha..
              I was there a couple of weeks ago and had hoped to be partying with the gang but it is da islands bruddha.
              Wish it was down Poipu way..

              Wishing Todd and Michele lots of Aloha.

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              kathryn Oct 20, 2013 07:30 PM

              Opened this past weekend.

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                wabi Oct 20, 2013 11:05 PM

                Yup...its official.
                I couldnt go to the grand opening since I had to work.
                That said....I will go very soon/

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                  Beach Chick Oct 21, 2013 05:10 AM

                  Aloha and Congrat's to Todd and Michele Rundgren..
                  Can't wait to have a couple of mai tai's and drum with my tribe.

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                    kaleokahu Oct 21, 2013 02:42 PM

                    Hi, Beach Chick:

                    I wish them well, too, I really do. The Rundgrens have been good to Kaua'i nei, supporting KKCR and ho'omālāma other causes.

                    Still, I feel that Princeville needs more fake Hawai'ian culture like the Alawai needs algae. Couldn't they have come up with something better than this theme? Their website talks about appealing to Hawai'ian "nostalgia", but nostalgia for a 20th Century CALIFORNIA kitsch aesthetic? Tiki is about a Hawai'i that never was. Why perpetuate that? It's also mildly offensive to the other peoples of central and eastern Polynesia for whom Tiki is a prominent figure in their creation stories. Imagine a "Moses & Golden Calf Cocktail Bar" plunked down somewhere.

                    I mean, it's not like Kaua'i doesn't have a fabulously rich history to draw upon... I fear this place will be more kiʻi maka liʻiliʻi than anything special.

                    Aloha,
                    Kaleo

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                      mick Oct 21, 2013 03:30 PM

                      It's a rather small space that is aesthetically well done. The ambience is not over the top Tiki. I don't think it's going to topple the lore of Kauai. Fun, relaxing and comfortable and not at all kitchy

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                        kaleokahu Oct 21, 2013 03:56 PM

                        Hi, mick:

                        That's good. The graphic designs they had done sure look Full Monte kitschy. They had me worried with the talk of "homage" to Coco Palms--I flashed back to the South Park episode with kahaole o elvis...

                        I'll check them out when next back on the 'aina.

                        Aloha,
                        Kaleo

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                        Beach Chick Oct 22, 2013 08:09 AM

                        Aloha Kaleo!
                        As an island chica, I totally get what you are saying BUT Todd and Michele Rundgren are so beloved in Kauai and I feel they will do right and produce one hell of a drink and some fab grub too, that islanders will embrace and love.

                        BTW...love love love when you write in Hawaiian.
                        xo

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                          kaleokahu Oct 22, 2013 01:57 PM

                          E, Beach Chick, Aloha:

                          Like I said, I wish them well. They are good people.

                          Kaua'i continues to change. I suppose a tiki bar next door to a faux Boticelli fountain (and up the road from a putt-putt golf course) isn't going to change things much. Personally, I think Princeville was already a blight, very little mana there. So better there than at Hanapepe, Hanalei, or other spots, I guess.

                          My dismay is over perpetuating Mainland fantasies of Hawai'i. Kinda like portraying Ponderosa as being representative of life in the American West. Tourists expect to see fire dances, so the troupes do them, and the visitors go home thinking it's Hawai'ian, when it's Tahitian. The idea that one can be nostalgic about something that never existed--like the tiki aesthetic--is very strange. IMO, it further erodes a culture that's already been done no big favors.

                          In contrast, last time I was in Hanalei, there was a new shop, Havaiki, that offered real Polynesian art and objects for sale, along with accurate history and information. IMO, Kaua'i could have used a restaurant in the same vein.

                          Aloha,
                          Kaleo

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                            macsak Oct 22, 2013 03:15 PM

                            worse yet is when people want to see the hawaii as in movies or tv
                            for example, elvis' blue hawaii or when the brady bunch or charlie's angels went to hawaii
                            oops, maybe i better pick more recent examples, i am revealing my age
                            :)

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                              Bellachefa Oct 22, 2013 04:04 PM

                              You mean Vincent Price wasn't a hawaiian kahuna homeless dude?

                              If native hawaiians came from Tahiti or Marquesas or Somoa how are tikis and fire dancing not connected to their roots?

                              Young Elvis may not have been able to hula, but he sure could move those hips!

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                                kaleokahu Oct 22, 2013 05:04 PM

                                Hi, bellachefa:

                                *Some* native Hawaiians clearly did come from Tahiti, but there's solid evidence that there were already people there when they arrived.

                                Genetic and sea science (along with re-discovery of ancient navigational knowledge) has recently called into question the entire "counterclockwise" settlement paradigm. Genetic similarities between Hawai'ians, Taiwanese, Tlingit, Haida, and Peruvian native people seem remarkably connected with seasonal winds and currents across the Pacific. For example, the largest Hawai'ian voyaging canoes were almost certainly hewn from huge logs that floated to Hawai'ian shores from North America.

                                The Tahitian invaders of Hawai'i certainly brought their personal and family gods with them in the form of "tiki". Kamehameha's war god became the especially-feared Kūkāʻilimoku. Kaua'ians are especially proud that Kamehameha and Kūkāʻilimoku were powerless to take our island and Ni'ihau. It took treachery to do that.

                                Aloha,
                                Kaleo

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                                  Bellachefa Oct 22, 2013 05:45 PM

                                  Aloha and muchos mahalos Kaleo!

                                  I love reading the history of hawaii when I'm not in hawaii!!!

                                  Although not chowish, I would love some more suggestions on books to read.

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                                    kaleokahu Oct 22, 2013 08:14 PM

                                    Hi, bella:

                                    Edward Joesting's "Kaua'i: The Separate Kingdom" is excellent.

                                    Aloha,
                                    Kaleo

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                                      Bellachefa Oct 22, 2013 09:07 PM

                                      Excellent, will order it. You might like Lost Kingdom..... by Julia Flynn Siler. I quite enjoyed it. (Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure)

                                      Mahalo!
                                      Malama Pono

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                      mick Oct 21, 2013 09:56 AM

                      Opened Wednesday, checked it out Saturday going back tonight. Bar very cool , open kitchen with just a few tables and small simple patio overlooking strip mall area. Tiki drinks were amazing! No wine yet but they do have some MBC beers. Food was very very good. Coming from SF and NY and into the food culture there was very pleased with the menu creation and the resulting dishes. Between us tried about half the dishes and will try the rest on Monday. Very solid fresh and not overdone with sauces and in a literal sense as are so many food items in Hawaii. The two desserts sounded great but didn't quite deliver. Will definitely try again. Thought the crust on the coconut based dish was very hard, needed a knife to cut it and the chocolate dish, for me had two many elements. The pastry chef is awesome so I know they will be great Open 5 days now this will be a great spot eventually making it hard to get in for Kauaii.

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                        melee Oct 21, 2013 10:32 AM

                        Thanks for the report. Can't wait to get back to Kauai to try it!

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                          kathryn Oct 21, 2013 01:19 PM

                          Nice, please report back after your 2nd visit! What kind of food/dishes are they serving?

                          I'm having a hard time figuring out what kind of food they serve as the web site doesn't have a food OR drink menu!

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                            Bellachefa Oct 21, 2013 01:31 PM

                            That also surprises me since they had so many delays due to the neighbors and shipping. You would think they would have had plenty of time to upgrade the website while they were on island time. It's all a bit of an enigma from the mainland considering how much time this has taken to launch.

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                              mick Oct 21, 2013 02:14 PM

                              Kathryn
                              For apps they have a flatbread with goat cheese and Portuguese sausage. Shrimp Rangoon. A Kampachi dish. A beet salad with goat cheese and a few other salad and apps.
                              Mains they have at least now a monkfish. Burger with spam. Hanger steak and about three other dishes. Sides they have purple potatoes, rice and a fantastic eggplant dish. Will give some more detailedinfo after tonight

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                                wabi Oct 21, 2013 07:54 PM

                                I look forward to trying it out as well. I'll wait for a weekend...I live Kapaa...too far to drive on a work night!!

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