1973 Williams Royal Hawaiian (Shuffle Bowler)


This machine had (I’ve been told) been sitting in the Wurlitzer warehouse in Buffalo (Tanawanda) NY for many, many years.    A friend had purchased the contents of the warehouse and moved it to Toronto.   I picked up the machine from a dirt floor barn in eastern Toronto, and somehow fit it into my minivan.   The alley section came all the way from the rear of the van to the rear-view mirror, and rested on the tops of my two front seats!

Driving across Toronto in freezing rain, with this thing perched on my shoulders was a bit nerve racking.

Once I got it home, I went through the mechanisms and found that most of them had seized up with old solidified grease.   My only EM experience at that point had been on my Jacks Open pinball machine, so the insides of this shuffle bowler were very daunting.    There are so many steppers, score reels, etc…

Backbox – Score reels, credits, and pin-reset mechanism. DSC00423 

Various game relays, start game, scoring, bonus, etc. DSC00447

Units to track next frame scoring for spares and strikes. DSC00448

Back door, player unit, reset bank, flash unit, game unit. DSC00457

Royal Hawaiian Schematic

18 thoughts on “1973 Williams Royal Hawaiian (Shuffle Bowler)

  1. I am trying to repair this machine – the wires pulled off of the harness that connects the back door to the console. Do you have a wiring schematic for this section or can you send a close up picture?

  2. I grew up with this game in my parent’s basement. My brothers and I spent hours and hours playing it with our friends while listening to my dad’s juke box. Good times.

    • I think these games are sometimes underrated since they are not “full size bowlers”. But I agree, they are a lot of fun, and great for multiple people to play together. Ours is set up at a friends house now, and he is enjoying it with his family/friends.

  3. I am trying to move my game. I thought there were connectors that would unplug allowing me to separate the alley from the scoreboard. Surprise, it appears to be all hard wired. I purchased this 8 years ago and cannot recall how I got it home. Does anyone have advise on the best way to move this game? Is there a way to separate it into 2 pieces or do I need to move it as one piece. Thanks in advance for your help.

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