The birthplace of Exotica: the Shell Bar at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Note the frog statues in the pond outside... a subtle tribute to Martin Denny?
The Aluminum Dome being razed to build a new hotel tower. The Dome was the showplace for many Exotica artists and recording studio for Arthur Lyman.
A view of the International Marketplace from Kalakaua Street. This was the former location of Don the Beachcomber's and the Dagger Bar where Martin Denny got his start in Waikiki.
The Surf Room at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Many Exotica artists played here, including Martin Denny.
The dead Trader Vic's at the International Marketplace. Note the sad sight of no cocktails on the menu today...
Not truly Exotica related, but this tiki-themed McDonald's is right next to the Polynesian Cultural Center.
The Halekulani Hotel. Famed for fabulous sunsets and Mai Tais,
the Halekulani is where Arthur Lyman was working before being hired by Martin
Denny. The rest, they say, is history...
There's a much more recent history tour now available from Xtrememusic.org. Check it out folks!
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