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Tiki Architecture: California (page 2)

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former Tropics Motor Hotel
Palm Springs, CA

This Tropics Motor Hotel opened in 1964. There were four other California locations in the Tropics Motel chain. They were located in Blythe, Indio, Modesto (below), and Rosemead. In 2000, this motel was completely renovated and renamed the Caliente Tropics Resort. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. [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 Palm Springs location above). 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]

former Trader Island
San Bernardino, CA
2008: 2013:

Trader Island opened sometime in the mid-1960s. In 1970, it became Edwin Tan's Chinese Gardens. In 1975, it became the Imperial Palace Inn. Then in the mid-1980s, it became the Mandarin Garden. In 2008, the building housed the Scorpions Sports Bar & Grill. By 2013, the building was vacant. The exterior's hanging lamps and tiki details on the exposed beams have been removed. In 2016, chain link fencing was installed around the building. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

former Bahooka
Rosemead, CA

The Bahooka restaurant opened in 1967 in West Covina. This was the second location, built in 1976. The two restaurants were consolidated in 1980. The lush interior features a shipwreck theme with bamboo, tortoise shells, nautical artifacts, and over 100 aquariums. The restaurant closed in 2013. In 2015, the place reopened as the Moonlight Restaurant & Bar. It closed in 2016. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. [map]

Oasis Apartments
West Covina, CA

The Oasis Apartments were built in 1965. [map]

Outrigger Apartments
Pasadena, CA

The Outrigger Apartments retains a lot of nice details -- or at least they did. In 2008, just after these photos were taken, the place was remodeled and renamed the Huntington at Pasadena. The big tiki (shown top right) in front of the building has been removed. I'm not sure what's happened to the rest of the place. For more, see this website. [map]

Hawaiian Village Apartments
Norwalk, CA

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

Kala Kai Apartments
Lomita, CA

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

Island Village Apartments
Fullerton, CA

The Island Village Apartments were built in 1963. For more, see this website. [map]

Kona Kai Apartments
Westminster, CA
Mona Kai Apartments
Culver City, CA

The Kona Kai Apartments was built in 1963. [map]

The Mona Kai Apartments were built in 1965. For more, see this website. [map]

Eli Kai Apartments
Torrance, CA

The Eli Kai Apartments features tikis, lava rock, carved beams, and more. I believe it was built in 1965. For more, see this website. [map]

Kona Kai Apartments
Torrance, CA

The Kona Kai Apartments appear to be from the mid-1960s. [map]

Iris Apartments
Torrance, CA

The Iris Apartments were built in 1963. [map]

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

This apartment building was with the totem detail was built in 1964. [map]

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]

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