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Tiki Central Forums Locating Tiki Island Breeze, Gardena, CA (apartments)
Island Breeze, Gardena, CA (apartments)
Sabu The Coconut Boy
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 20, 2002
Posts: 2793
From: Carson, California
Posted: 2005-09-04 10:12 pm   Permalink

Name:Island Breeze
Type:apartments
Street:1321 West Rosecrans Ave
City:Gardena
State:CA
Zip:90245
country:USA
Phone:
Status:operational

Description:
High-security tiki apartment complex in a not-so-good neighborhood. Some tikis still inside.



 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 20, 2002
Posts: 2793
From: Carson, California
Posted: 2005-09-04 10:19 pm   Permalink



I found the Island Breeze over a year ago but was unable to gain access to the interior. I appreciate the fact that the original sign still exists though.


Three entrances like this one. Barbed wire and security gates. This time I hung out in the back and waited. Finally someone had to dump trash in the dumpsters out back. I held the gate for him and he let me in.

There's a pool, but no tikis around it. The only tikis left in the whole complex are the posts at this standalone office a-frame:


Same carver who did the tikis and posts at the Islander in Gardena, the Tiki Aloha in Torrance, and the Kala Kai in Lomita.


A view of the carvings on the back of the posts:



I found this a satisfying end to a good day of tiki apartment hunting.

Sabu

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Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4356
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-06-04 12:48 pm   Permalink

Too bad Sabu's images are gone. Same Tiki poles as the nearby Islander in Gardena, the Tiki Aloha in Torrance, and the Kala Kai in Lomita.

Google street view shows that the A-frame entrances are still there.







Now here is a cool lit bit of history. The apartments started out in life as the Hawaiian Village Apartments, as seen in this ad.



20-foot waterfalls, the Pango Pango Cabana Club and lava rock gardens. I am thinking there were some Tiki Gods present.

Love the managers Fred and Bertha, chiefs of the Hula Huts!

DC


 
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