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Waikiki Room

Minneapolis, MN
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Washington Ave & Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN
No longer in operation.

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Waikiki Room

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The Waikiki Room was in the Hotel Nicollet. There was another Waikiki Room
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Waikiki Room
Minneapolis, MN
Bar & Restaurant
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in the Hotel Leamington across town.

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wellsprite
wellsprite was a regular at Waikiki Room, and was usually there 1975.
November 13, 2021, 6:58 PM
I was one of the original Lava-Lava Girls in 1975 when the Waikiki Room opened in The Leamington Hotel, the top hotel in Minneapolis. The Pope had stayed there, two presidents, and The Beatles. The Waikiki Room had been a landmark in the Nicollet Hotel since the early Ď50s, and the move to the Leamington left no expense spared. The decor was lush and dramatic. I was in the cocktail lounge, we had custom-made outfits, a structured bikini bra with a tiny sarong, of the classic Hawaiian red-and-white lava-lava print, which we were proudly told was worn by servants in the Hawaiian royal household. We had a room in the hotel for our dressing room. I knew nothing about cocktails at 18, rather was hired for my looks, 105-pound dancerís body with long, long dark hair. I served cocktails (fancy strong rum drinks with floating candles, dry ice smoke, and other exotic embellishments) and pu-pus (lots of crab rangoon and such). Sadly, the launch was doomed. The grinding Ď70s recession meant people werenít going out like they used to. And the Polynesian spectacle restaurant had gone out of fashion, just as punk rock was fomenting, not to be revived for another 15 or 20 years. I didnít make much money, and eventually went off to my next college job.

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