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Tiki Kai Slides Redondo Beach Early 1960s
Tom Slick
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Posted: 2007-01-28 2:00 pm   Permalink

Thanks Bifcozz for taking the guesswork out! This location became known after the Tiki Kai as Brothers Restaurant(A-Frame still intact) before going to demolition. My understanding is that this location changed names a few times before ultimately meeting its demise. Great work TC sleuths!

*Added update*
After further investigation, Humu is correct. The Tiki Kai wasn't located inside the V intersection of Artesia and Redondo Beach Blvd. as I had first thought, but on the North side of it. That is a Pizza Hut Location now, that has a small but lengthy strip mall that follows to Hawthorne Blvd. I believe that if you stood near the North side of the Nordtroms(South Bay Galleria) located across the street, you would get an accurate view of how the vintage picture is taken. The Technical corner that the Tiki Kai sat on would be Grevillea Ave. and the absolute end of Redondo Beach Blvd. Pizza Hut is further most west business before Redondo Beach Blvd merges into Artesia Blvd(litterally the corner of Grevillea and RBB). The realtors office "Conley Realty" adress should have been on Artesia based on todays maps. I am thinking however, that there was some street movement when they redid that area with the 2 strip malls and the big mall(where the picture seems to have been taken from) since this photo was taken. This has been alot of fun!

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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2007-01-28 2:25 pm   Permalink

Thank you, bifcozz, and everyone else who's contributed on this great thread! I've added Tiki Kai to Critiki.

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PiPhiRho
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Posted: 2007-01-28 3:12 pm   Permalink

Yes, there was a tiki bar/restaurant that once upon a time sat on the little triangle between Hawthorne, Artesia and Redondo Beach Blvds. This is where the Marie Callendars (et al) and right next to where the South Bay Galleria mall stand today.

Too bad this is gone. This location is walking distance from where I sit right now.


 
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ZuluMagoo
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Posted: 2007-01-28 4:54 pm   Permalink

Here is the current aerial photo of the area.




 
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Matterhorn1959
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Posted: 2007-01-28 7:05 pm   Permalink

Hey all- thanks for the work. This is what I like about TC!


 
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Tiki Shaker
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Posted: 2008-12-12 6:48 pm   Permalink

I have the postcard that Humuhumu posted the image of.

The address was 4469 Redondo Beach Blvd.
Lawndale, California

It says:
Our purpose at this Paradise House is to serve you the finest Cantonese Cuisine and exotic drinks carefully selected by South Sea travellers. The Foods & Drinks, Prices will delight you. We are looking forward to seeing you soon.


 
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Doctor Z
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Posted: 2008-12-12 9:06 pm   Permalink

Wow - I'm surprised Sabu hasn't sounded off on this thread, 'cause he knows much more about it than I do (having grown up in the area). But, yeah - as you can see from ZuluMagoo's photo, it's a Pizza Hut now, and has been as long as I can remember...
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Tiki Diablo
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Posted: 2008-12-12 11:49 pm   Permalink

Ha! I live on Grevillea and that lil strip mall is where I take my watches to be serviced.

 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2008-12-20 5:14 pm   Permalink

I agree with BigBro that this must have been a very short-lived restaurant, because as long as I can remember, from the early 70s, it has always been a Pizza Hut. My folks don't remember it either, and we lived within a few miles of the location since 1969 and drove by all the time, and often went shopping at the South Bay plaza across the street.

Wish I had more info, as it looked to have been an eye-catching place.

Sabu

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tikipaka
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Posted: 2008-12-21 03:24 am   Permalink

Matterhorn1959, will you be adding your photos to Critiki? It could use a couple of these nice slide photos over there. This way maybe someone who checks out that site will recognize it and could possibly add more information there also. That is of course if they don't come to TC first! Just a thought! Let spread the word.


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Tom Slick
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Posted: 2012-09-17 6:07 pm   Permalink

Found this tonight while surfing...From the Torrance Herald, November 1962.


Also from the same paper;

"The Tiki Kai has recently signed a gentleman who Is considered world champion of the electric guitar.
His name is King Bennie Nawahi.
The interesting fact about Nawahi is that he is blind.
He will entertain you nightly at the Tiki Kai on Redondo Beach Beach Boulevard."

Which led me to this little discovery about the "King" of steel guitar;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22King%22_Bennie_Nawahi

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