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California Tiki (page 2)

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Sam's Seafood (now Don the Beachcomber)
Huntington Beach, CA

2007:

2008:
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Sam's Seafood was established in 1927. It was either remodeled or rebult in 1960. The restaurant closed in 2006 but reopened in 2007. In 2008, it became the Kona restaurant. The building has housed Don the Beachcomber since 2009. There were about 16 Don the Beachcomber restaurants that operated between 1933 and 1989. The restaurant chain was revived with the opening of this restaurant. It continued to feature Hawaiian décor and floor shows until it closed in 2018. The building will most likely be demolished. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. [2007 photos above thanks R.B. Reed] [map]

Royal Hawaiian Apartments
Huntington Beach, CA

The Royal Hawaiian Apartments were built in 1964. For more, see this website. [map]

7000 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Inglewood, CA
604 Evergreen St.
Inglewood, CA

This apartment building at 7000 S. La Cienega Blvd. was built in 1963. [map]

This house at 604 Evergreen St. is just around the corner from the apartment complex. It was also built in 1963. [map]

Kala Kai Apartments
Lomita, CA

The Kala Kai Apartments has fun tikis and other details. For more, see this website. [map]

Moai [gone]
Los Angeles, CA
Tiki-Ti
Los Angeles, CA
former Kelbo's Hawaiian Bar-B-Q
Los Angeles, CA

These two pairs of Moai are 18 feet tall and made of fiberglass. They were located at C.P. Three, a movie prop warehouse. The statues were previously installed in front of the building. They were then moved around the side of the building, behind a chain link fence. These photos are from 2013. By 2015, these Moai were gone. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Tiki-Ti bar opened in 1961. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Kelbo's Hawaiian Bar-B-Q restaurant chain was established in 1947. This was the original location. There were four other locations in the Los Angeles area. This building now houses Fantasy Island, a strip club. The lighthouse and pole sign were built for Kelbo's. None of the interior details remain. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Tiki Lodge & Tiki Cocktail Lounge
Modesto, CA
Minnie's Restaurant
Modesto, CA

The Tiki Lodge and Tiki Cocktail Lounge was built in 1961 as a Tropics Motor Hotel and Restaurant (see the Palm Springs location). The four tiki sculptures carved from palm trees by Ed Crissman remain. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Minnie's Restaurant opened in 1954. The interior features Polynesian decor and more tikis. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Harbor Hut
Morro Bay, CA

The Harbor Hut restaurant opened in 1951. It was rebuilt in the late 1960s after a fire. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Akua Motor Inn
Morro Bay, CA

The Akua Motor Inn was built in 1961 as the Akua Motor Hotel. The dramatic sign and many features are gone now. For more, see this website. [map]

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