The Islander

Bar & Restaurant
6623 Pacific Ave
Stockton, California, United States
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Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
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2.7 km
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48.8 km
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48.8 km
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menu, 162-163
mug, 250
photo, 126
Andres Bumatay tiki mug from the Islander in Stockton
date unknown, from the collection of Colleen Donohue
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Humuhumu’s description:
The Islander had a sister location in Los Angeles. Most of the Islander's mugs were manufactured by Otagiri (OMC) and included: the "Islander child's tiki" mug, more commonly called a peanut mug today, which was available in black and the more common brown; three-face bucket mugs in both a short and tall size, which Mai Tais were served in; a rare green Maori-face bucket mug; a strangely large Scorpion bowl for two with an outrigger scene on one side and palm trees on the reverse; a "surf rider" mug that was also used at the unrelated Latitude 20; a tall wahine mug in the shape of a palm tree trunk (also the same shape as a Tiki Bob mug); a tiki mug with the image of an Andres Bumatay tiki on it (this same tiki was also used for early Islander menu cover artwork); a three-tiki bowl by an unknown manufacturere, and marked as being from the Islander only with a clear sticker on the bottom; a "Hurricane" mug (more commonly called a Kon Tiki mug today, as the face was borrowed from Thor Heyerdahl's Kon Tiki); a later Hurricane mug that looked like a section of bamboo; a Wan Fu mug that is commonly called Mr. Sleepy by collectors; an unusual bug-eyed moai mug sometimes seen with white eyes; skull mugs for serving the Kona Grog, which came in black or white; a coconut mug which can be found in varying shades of brown, for serving the Coconut Punch; a pineapple mug with holes for two straws, which came with the Pi-Yi; a Suffering Tiki mug with two straw holes and a toothy grin that will be familiar to Kelbo's fans; and a Bora Bora head mug, also with two straw holes.

In the mid-90s, the building was moved to 10464 North Highway 99, and is now the Pollardville Chicken Kitchen. The left-behind lot is now a Tower Records.

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December 1, 2011, 7:32 AM
I grew up in Stockton, CA in the 60's. My parents went to the Islander a bunch of times, usually special occasions when company was in town. Sadly, the kids stayed home with TV Dinners and a sitter, so I only ever saw the joint from the outside! I recall it as a mysterious place smack dab in a farming community/small town...seemingly an unlikely spot for a Tiki palace. Hadn't really thought about it in years til I found many folks collecting mugs and sharing the history of it...including the Chicken Kitchen demise of the Islander.
I just purchased my first Islander tiki mug, the famous hula girl, and have a few others coming. It's a neat chunk of history and a reminder of a great Tom Sawyer-like childhood in Stockton back in the 60's. It'd be neat if someone who visited the Islander in the 60's or 70's would comment. Kudos to all those keeping the legend of the Islander going...a big Mahalo!

May 6, 2012, 11:01 PM
My mom and grandma took me to the Island when I was about 5, several times, for lunch. Ah, such good memories. Although, I don't have good visual memories of it. I did eat in the building when it became the Chicken Kitchen. Very sad for it to have been used for that. I do believe that the building has been completely destroyed now. I wish that I have some pictures to add.
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