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California Tiki (page 2)

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

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Sam's Seafood was established in 1927. The restaurant moved to this location in 1960 and brought the sign with them. It closed in 2006 but reopened briefly in 2007. In 2008, it became the Kona restaurant. Since 2009, the building housed Don the Beachcomber. The sign's neon was replaced with LED rope. 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 decor and floor shows until it closed in 2018. The building will most likely be demolished. It was still there in 2019. The sign was removed in 2021 and is now in storage at Lace Music Products in Cypress, CA. The sign was restored with LED strips. The building now houses the Himalayan Grill. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [2007 photos above thanks R.B. Reed] [map]

Royal Hawaiian Apartments
Huntington Beach, CA
The Royal Hawaiian Apartments were built in 1964. [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. [map]

Moai [gone]
Los Angeles, CA
Tiki-Ti
Los Angeles, CA
former Kelbo's Hawaiian Bar-B-Q [gone]
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 and 2. [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. The building last housed Fantasy Island, a strip club. The lighthouse and pole sign were built for Kelbo's. Around 2017, the neon was removed from the pole sign shown on the left above and new plastic panels were installed. None of the interior details remained. The building and sign were demolished in 2019. For more, see this website.

Tiki Lodge & Tiki Cocktail Lounge
Modesto, CA
former 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 featured Polynesian decor and more tikis. In 2020, the building began housing the Splash Video Dance Bar. I don't know if any of the interior remains. The two tikis outside remain. 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 this website. [map]

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

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