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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 Kalua Room, Windsor Hotel- Seattle, WA

Item added on December 21, 2008, 5:30 PM
Latest picture added on December 21, 2008, 5:31 PM

The Kalua Room was located at the Windsor Hotel, on the corner of 6th & Union in downtown Seattle. At one point, there was a second location for the Kalua Room, at the Governor Hotel in Olympia, WA. Following is a terrific description of the Kalua Room, from the 1955 guide book to Seattle restaurant, "You Can't Eat Mt. Rainier" : "One of the great delights of dining out is dining just as far away as possible from the humdrum of our daily lives. And when you step through the doors of the Kalua Room you've entered the portals of a Polynesia paradise. Gwynne Austin, a young man with verve and imagination, who served long and well as a restauranteur in the Hawaiian Islands, has brought a completely authentic bit of the lush South Seas to Seattle. The local folk get a particular kick out of his two cinnamon, ring-tailed monkeys who regale the customers from behind the plate-glass of their air-conditioned cage. And the monkeys, in turn, have a pleasant vista of happy people lulled by exotic drinks, food and decor. In another corner there is an orchid waterfall tucked away, which makes glamourous use of fresh orchids and one of those giant clam shells. As a matter of fact, with careful use of matting, screening and decorative walls, the Kalua Room has been artfully divided into a series of small, intimate dining areas. And with infinite attention to detail- from a hanging stalk of real bananas to an old-time diving outfit with hand pump- an unbelievable collection of South Seas lore has been assembled... ...One of the special features of decor in the bar is the monkey-pod wood which makes up the tables. Its an interesting natural wood from the Hawaiian Islands that has a polished dark center surrounded by a bleached blond perimeter. Piped-in music is featured during the day with musicians taking over in the evening from nine until midnight. All in all, from the telephone girl upstairs who answers with "Aloha, Windsor Hotel," to the pretty waitresses in native costume, the Kalua Room is a mecca for people who love things Hawaiian- including our visitors from Hawaii."

1950's dinner menu, front cover

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