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Punchy’s Hawaiian Animatronic Punch Band at Sea World

If you happened into Sea World in the 1970s/1980s and wandered past the Walrus pool on your way to the skyride and happened to take a left instead of a right, you would find yourself in the magical Hawaiian Punch Village. There Punchy reigned and not only served up delicious Hawaiian Punch, but he had and animatronic band to entertain and sooth your frazzled nerves. I was turned onto the band from this photo post by the Waffle Whiffer that shows the attraction along with the mascot Punchy that wandered the park.

For all pics, click on them to see the original (which are often much larger)


Hawaiian Punch - Sea World - 1970s

I quickly went around trying to find video footage of the band in action, but found nothing, but I did find some more amazing photos and scans. Like these ones by Michael Poulin that show the band in color and also a 1970s ad for the Village.


Check out the Hawaiian Punch guy

old Sea World and Hawaiian Punch ad from the 70's


And I was floored by these posts by Dan Goodsell who has some shots of the Village, but also of the menu of “exotic” drinks and snacks.


Hawaiian Punch Village

Hawaiian Punch Village

Punchy's Hawaiian Punch Band

Hawaiian Punch Village

Hawaiian Punch Village

I would really love to hear and see this in action. Does anyone have any memories of this one in San Diego or the one in Orlando? Or more importantly does anyone have any footage they are willing to share? I went to Sea World in Florida in the 1980s and I have looked through my photos from the time and found nothing related to this magical place. Perhaps it had closed by then?

Tiki Magnum PI by Tom Thordarson

I make it no secret that I am a fan of Magnum PI and the man behind the mustache, Tom Selleck. What I do not often talk about is my love of Tiki culture. I just can’t get enough of it. So when I spotted this piece that combines both of my fandoms with one solid image, I was all over it.

In Tom Thordarson print, he has carved Selleck’s trademark character from the base of an old palm tree. To add a spot of tiki he sports a coconut lei, and to capture the Magnum PI magic, his trademark baseball cap. It would make a wonderful addition to any fan’s collection.

[via] Tom Thordarson [@] Etsy

Retroist Scooby Doo Where are You Podcast

Retroist Scooby Doo Where are You Podcast

Welcome to the Retroist Scooby Doo Where are You Podcast. Today’s show is all about Scooby Doo, Where are You? I start by talking about how I watched the Show as a kid. Then I go into the history of the show, the actors who gave voice the legendary characters and touch briefly on the shows that were influenced by Scooby Doo. New talent this week! I would like to welcome metagirl to the crew. She is presenting the top 5 list this week and we are very pleased to have her aboard. The Retroist Podcast family keeps growing – we might need to build some new offices soon. It reminds me I need to check on that old movie projectionist I hired, he never seems to leave the vault down in the sub-levels.

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