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Notoriously tricky to find, La Mariana Sailing Club is located in an industrial part of Sand Island, along the shores of Keehi Lagoon.
Notoriously tricky to find, La Mariana Sailing Club is located in an industrial part of Sand Island, along the shores of Keehi Lagoon.

A Mai Tai should never be consumed in a hurry. That’s a general rule of thumb. But nowhere is that more true than when you’re at La Mariana Tiki Bar and Restaurant in Honolulu.

It’s near impossible to be in a hurry at this 57-year-old watering hole, tucked away in an industrial part of Sand Island, along the shores of Keehi Lagoon. It’s the kind of place where time seems to warp. You’re already operating on island time, and as soon as you walk in the door, you’ll wonder if you walked through a time machine, too.... Read More →

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Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

[PHOTOS] Travel in Historic St. Croix

Posted on: December 16th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn No Comments

 

In the Winter 2015 issue of Preservation magazine, writer Scott Elder takes readers on a journey to the sun-drenched, story-rich shores of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Here, we showcase more of Raymond Patrick’s exceptional photography from that story, giving you a further glimpse into the centuries of history that have shaped the island’s one-of-a-kind culture.... Read More →

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Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.

[Historic Bars] The Tonga Room in San Francisco

Posted on: December 11th, 2014 by Katherine Flynn No Comments

 

A floating barge in the middle of the Tonga Room’s “lagoon” frequently features live performers.
A floating barge in the middle of the Tonga Room’s “lagoon” frequently features live performers.

San Franciscans adore the Tonga Room. Situated in the basement of the swanky and storied Fairmont Hotel, the renowned restaurant and tiki bar is, for some of the city’s residents, woven just as deeply into the urban fabric as cable cars and the Coit Tower.

So when Mai Tai fans in the Bay Area first got wind of the possibility of their favorite historic watering hole becoming a casualty of redevelopment at the Fairmont in 2009, they did what any bar preservationists in their right mind would do -- they went to happy hour.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.

[Historic Bars] The Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale

Posted on: December 4th, 2014 by David Robert Weible No Comments

 

Aloha, historic bar lovers! It's time to escape chilly winter temps and enjoy warmer climes inside historic tiki bars, those Polynesian-inspired spots known for their island flair and exotic cocktails. First up: Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Mai Kai was designed by the Fort Lauderdale architect Charles McKirahan and was restored to its original look after Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
The Mai Kai was designed by the Fort Lauderdale architect Charles McKirahan and was restored to its original look after Hurricane Wilma in 2005.

It all makes too much sense: A Texas kid leaves home, becomes a bootlegger, and then falls even further from mainstream society. He floats around the Caribbean for a spell before he washes up on a Pacific island no one from Texas has probably ever heard of. When he moves back stateside, he turns his booze-sodden adventures into a business empire and nationwide sensation.

It’s the story of Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt, a.k.a. Don the Beachcomber, who opened his eponymous Pacific-island themed café in Hollywood in 1934 and eventually set off a national obsession with hula skirts, heavy rum pours, and all things Polynesian.

In honor of this obsession, our next round of historic bars serves up a mixture of the best historic tiki spots America has to offer -- native girls not included.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

[Retro Roadmap] Donohue’s Steak House in New York City

Posted on: December 1st, 2014 by Beth Lennon No Comments

 

The mirrored bar back has been reflecting the faces of Donohue’s patrons since 1950.
The mirrored bar back has been reflecting the faces of Donohue’s patrons since 1950.

The cobalt-hued pachyderm holding court in the middle of the back bar at Donohue’s on New York City’s Upper East Side may be holding his trunk aloft in an attempt to keep his martini from spilling, but this lucky pose has served his station well. Donohue’s, once one of any number of neighborhood cocktail and comfort food joints (from when comfort food was known just as food) lining the sidewalks of New York, has had the continued good luck to escape the gentrifiers’ grip, much to the benefit of patrons wanting a classic cocktail and a hearty meal.... Read More →

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Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.