The Kahiki restaurant in Columbus, Ohio was one of the 7 wonders of the tiki world. Built in 1961 and demolished in 2000 to make way for a Walgreens, one of the most impressive features of the polynesian pop palace was a giant tiki fireplace that dominated the main dining room. The fireplace was salvaged that year for possible inclusion in a reborn Kahiki, but it was not to be. The fireplace and two moai sat in storage for another 6 years before they were given to a husband and wife writing team researching the history of the restaurant.
On Saturday, September 8, at 12:00 noon PST, 500 limited edition tiki mugs in the likeness of the famous fireplace will go on sale, with $7 from the cost of the mug being donated to fund the restoration of the landmark. Produced by Tiki Farm, each mug stands 9 1/2 inches tall and weighs a whopping 2 1/2 pounds!
$25.00, plus shipping.