The Kahiki Super Club was one of the greatest Polynesian restaurants in the world. Located in Columbus, OH, the Kahiki opened in 1961 and remained in business until August, 2000, when it was torn down to become a Walgreens. Yes, a Walgreens.
Most of the interior decor of the Kahiki was put in storage by the owners, including the massive Moai fireplace pictured above. I shot the salvage crew's rescue of the Moai through a hole cut in the roof two days before the entire building was demolised.
Here is a flickr photoset of the salvage operation, including interior shots.
Most of the great Polynesian restaurants are long gone, but a few spectacular ones remain, including the amazing Mai Kai in Ft. Lauderdale, which is an absolute must-visit.
Critiki is a great resource for discovering Tiki Temples past and present.
For more information about the Kahiki, visit the amazing community at Tiki Central.