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Ojaitimo
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Posted: 2009-10-07 09:01 am   Permalink

Under the Trade Wind's trees would be a cool field trip from the Rincon Room. Maybe we could have a mini luau there?

 
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VonTiki
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Joined: May 05, 2004
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From: Ventura, Ca
Posted: 2009-10-11 9:26 pm   Permalink

Hey Ojaitimo! Do you have any pix from when you and I explored the WW? We even got a few cool souveniers!
We explored it when it was very recently closed. We scored menu's and wagon wheels and clip art and lots of shwag. Tim you have the pix somewhere. Remember when I tore my pants climbing in the window? That was fun. The sign is really cool and still in tact. That would be a really cool thing to have, but it's so big!


 
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Ojaitimo
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Posted: 2009-10-26 2:55 pm   Permalink

Yep, I'll start a post in Beyond Tiki. Here is a post card from Jeffrey Maullhart's new book on Oxnard. Lots of great images of all of Bud Smith's projects and some cool surprises like the Crow's Nest next to Oxnard Airport





 
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Tiki Shaker
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Joined: Jun 28, 2008
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From: Menifee, CA
Posted: 2009-10-26 4:19 pm   Permalink

Hawaiian Cowboy? Yikes, that must have been around the Urban Cowboy style/fiasco.

 
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WouldThatICould
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Joined: Sep 29, 2010
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From: PacificNW
Posted: 2010-09-29 6:11 pm   Permalink

I know I am years late for this topic, but that's ok as the only incarnation of the building I ever knew was the final one. I may be wrong, but I think it was simply known as The Ice Cream Palace. I was very young, but it was my favorite place anywhere until the day they shut it down. Then I discovered the Tiki Room in Disneyland and the addiction was born. The design has stuck with me for so long that to this day I am determined to thatch the roof on my house and put tiki's in my yard. If I ever get around to it that should bring some interesting looks from my neighbors here in NW Oregon.

Aaron

[ This Message was edited by: WouldThatICould 2010-09-29 18:13 ]


 
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tld92019
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Joined: Dec 23, 2010
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From: Oxnard, CA
Posted: 2010-12-23 5:46 pm   Permalink

Wow, this thread is fascinating! I'll start by introducing myself. I'm a resident of Oxnard and me and my gal purchased a mid-century modern home in North Oxnard just minutes from Wagon Wheel. I go by the place every day. Anyway, I want to do a tiki inspired room in our home. This forum is so full of great ideas I don't know where to begin!
My hats off to all the hard working people and activists who tried to save the Wagon Wheel area from the wrecking ball. To no avail, its scheduled to become high-rise condos. But much of the area remains for now.
Our home was designed by Richard Kehoe and I will be posting pics soon.
Cheers!
Todd


 
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abstractiki
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From: Lodi, CA
Posted: 2011-01-02 10:29 am   Permalink

Local News reports show that Hop Louie and Minnie Woo took over the Trade Winds from Smith in mid 1968 and reopened it on August 6th 1968 as "Hop Louie's Trade Winds".

Reports also show that he and his wife were making many changes in the restaurant including "extensive redecoration to pattern it after their quarter million dollar Latitude 20 in Torrance".


 
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Okolehao
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From: Monterey, CA
Posted: 2011-01-07 6:17 pm   Permalink

When I was a kid growing up in So Cal we'd occasionally drive up thru Ventura county and I still remember looking out to just the other side of the gigantic rotating neon Wagon Wheel Junction sign (you could see that thing for miles at night) and seeing the tall palms and high A-frame of the Trade Winds calling to me. Dad never would stop for dinner because 'It's too damn expensive'. Oh well. At least he'd take us to Kelbos.
BTW: I drove past The Junction on a trip over the holidays and it practically made me cry to see what's happened to it, and the rest of the 101 corridor there. I'm sure bongofury would agree with me that the greatest example of a city destroying it's scenic identity has got to be Oxnard's absolute orgy of retail all along the freeway from Ventura to Camarillo. The rock band America described how beautiful it used to be in their 70's song 'Ventura Highway'. Now it's just disgusting.
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1961surf
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From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2011-01-09 1:15 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-10-26 14:55, Ojaitimo wrote:
Yep, I'll start a post in Beyond Tiki. Here is a post card from Jeffrey Maullhart's new book on Oxnard. Lots of great images of all of Bud Smith's projects and some cool surprises like the Crow's Nest next to Oxnard Airport






First time checking this thread out.What an incredible looking interior...figures a set
designer from 2oth Century Fox had the creativity and imagination to put together such a
great looking and inviting interior.


 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-02-09 5:02 pm   Permalink

Boy it sure would be nice to see all of the historical images restored that Bongofury posted at the beginning of this thread (hint hint).

Here is a sweet matchbook from the Trade Winds that I attempted to purchase on ebay.










DC


 
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bongofury
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From: Ventura County
Posted: 2011-02-09 9:19 pm   Permalink



Someday I will try to repost all those images. Takes me forever and I didn't save them on this computer. I bid on that matchbook too. Went for a lot more than I wanted to part with, but had never seen that one before.


 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-09-14 9:09 pm   Permalink

I hit a little Trade Winds trifecta, the matchbook, a mini matchbook, and a swizzle pic that I have never seen before.

The matchbooks.






The pic



The junk featured on the matchbook was replicated to perfection on the pic.




Bongofury's gonna like these!

More info to come

DC


 
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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2011-09-14 9:37 pm   Permalink

Awesome finds DC!!

But you have seen that pick before - BOSKO
shared one with us back in 2008. It's an amazing find and as far as I know one of only 2 in existence but I really hope not, since I's gots to have one!



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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-09-16 07:59 am   Permalink

Bora Boris,

Of course Bosko would have one.

The colors looked like these were made to celebrate a new born, Mai Tai with a pink swizzle for a girl or a blue swizzle for a boy!




DC


 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-09-19 10:30 pm   Permalink

Found an article discussing the upcoming opening of the Trade Winds with some old crusty photos.

The owner Martin Bud Smith.




The architect Fred Moniger and the model - he designed movie sets.


The Tiki carver Richard Ellis.



The article.







DC


 
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