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Kahiki Supper Club
Kahiki Supper Club: A Polynesian Paradise in Columbus | David Meyers, Elise Meyers Walker, Jeff Chenault, Doug Motz
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Inspired by Floridas famed Mai-Kai restaurant, Bill Sapp and Lee Henry opened the Kahiki Supper Club in 1961. They set out simply to build a nice Polynesian restaurant and ended up establishing the most magnificent one of them all. Patrons lined up for hours to see the celebrities who dined thereeveryone from Betty White to Raymond Burr. Outside, two giant Easter Island heads with flames spouting from their topknots stood guard while customers dined in a faux tribal village with thatched huts, palm trees and a towering fireplace moai. One wall featured aquariums of exotic fish and another had windows overlooking a tropical rainforest with periodic thunderstorms. For nearly forty years, the Kahiki was the undisputed center of tiki culture.
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Kahiki Supper Club: A Polynesian Paradise in Columbus | David Meyers, Elise Meyers Walker, Jeff Chenault, Doug Motz
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If you‘re from Columbus, you‘ll remember the Kahiki Supper Club. It was a restaurant like no other. We always went for birthdays and would cook our own meatballs over mini fires and order the smoking drinks. It was torn down over 15 years ago to build a Walgreens and I‘m still not over it. 😭

#anotheronebitesthedust #anglophileapril

AlaMich It sounds like it was a lot of fun, like a tiki theme. 7mo
ravenlee Kahiki was my homecoming dinner sophomore year of high school. Also, when I was about 10 and moving to Columbus, random girl in my dance class told me about this place she couldn‘t remember by name but it has fish on the walls and everybody goes there - years later we figured out it was Kahiki. 7mo
cherinium It was such a landmark, it was terrible to see it razed. 7mo
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rretzler I loved Kahiki and still miss it too! There is a new tiki restaurant in Powell that I‘ve been meaning to try, but I‘m sure it will not be able to compare with Kahiki! 7mo
Mdargusch I love that there are kahiki fans on Litsy!!! @ravenlee @cherinium @rretzler 7mo
rretzler @Mdargusch @ravenlee @cherinium @Reviewsbylola It makes me wonder how many Littens are in the Columbus area. I live in Dublin, but have been in Columbus since 1981 - originally from Wintersville, OH, a small town in eastern OH near the Ohio River. 7mo
ravenlee @rretzler I‘m not in Columbus anymore. I left Ohio 15 years ago and have been back just a handful of times since, but we lived in Gahanna from ‘91-mid ‘00s and my dad still has family scattered around town. I think there‘s been an Ohio Litten meet-up - @Chelleo did you set that up? 7mo
Chelleo @ravenlee @rretzler Yes, I did and we have another #OhioLitsyMeetup scheduled for this coming Saturday at the #OhioanaBookFestival We‘re meeting in the Cafe of the Columbus Metropolitan Library at 9:30am. 7mo
ravenlee Thanks, @Chelleo - that sounds like fun. Hope you all have a great time! 7mo
cherinium @rretzler I am also not in Columbus anymore. I grew up in Franklin (near Dayton), went to college in Findlay (spending my summers in Columbus), then moved to Columbus. I stayed in Columbus until my husband took a job in St. Louis in 2012. I miss it tremendously. 7mo
emilyhaldi So tragic 😭 7mo
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Kahiki Supper Club: A Polynesian Paradise in Columbus | David Meyers, Elise Meyers Walker, Jeff Chenault, Doug Motz
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So yeah, this has nothing to do with #brazil #sorryimnotactuallysorry 🤷🏻‍♀️ but actually #polynesia ✨ Thank you @emilyhaldi for letting my steal the recipes from your book, this drink was an absolute delight! Wait and see what I make tomorrow night 😉. Also, I want to thank @Mdargusch for taking me to the Kahiki for my earlier birthdays, it was the coolest 😽. #aprella

Miznanner That drink sounds divine! 2y
Meredith3 @Miznanner it was magnificent! 2y
Arcana ❤️❤️❤️👏👏👏 2y
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emilyhaldi Brazil... Polynesia... Who's really keeping track anyways? 2y
emilyhaldi I hope you added a little extra rum 2y
emilyhaldi It looks beautiful btw... Party at your house this wknd!!! 🍹🍹🍹 2y
Meredith3 @emilyhaldi ikr??? 😹😹😹🎉🎊🍋🍌🌴 2y
Meredith3 @Arcana 💛✨💛✨💛 2y
Cinfhen That does look divine @Miznanner 🍹🙌🏻 2y
Reviewsbylola Omg your nails. 😍😍 2y
Mdargusch Sounds amazing! 2y
TK421 That drink looks great! I can't wait to make some of these! 2y
Meredith3 @Reviewsbylola ✨💅🏻✨ 2y
Meredith3 @TK421 it was great! I'm going to make a dinner recipe tonight, but I plan on trying more of the mixed drinks! 2y
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