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Arkiva Tropika is the online archive of the collection of Mimi Payne. This large collection includes a wide array of mostly pre-1970 menus, postcards, matchbooks, and paper ephemera souvenir items, mainly from Polynesian and other Exotic themed restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, bars, and the like.

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dinner menu from Canlis - Waikiki, HI

Item added on February 25, 2007, 3:21 PM
Latest picture added on February 25, 2007, 3:23 PM

Over the years, Canlis has had restaurants in Seattle, Hawaii, Portland, & San Francisco. This 1957 menu is from the Waikiki location, at 2100 Kalakaua Ave. Designed by Honolulu architect Pete Wimberly, it was quite the upscale dining spot in the 1950's & 1960's, with its huge open air dining room, a koi pond, wall of orchid plants, and a giant carved tiki, which is illustrated on the menu cover.

After the business closed, the building was later used as a police station, before being torn down in 1998 to make way for a shopping mall. Though the Hawaii, Portland, and San Francisco Canlis' restaurants are no longer around, the Seattle location (also designed by Wimberly) is still open and thriving today.

1957 dinner menu, front cover

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