FEATURES | MUSIC | BOOKS | DRINKS | FORUMS | GAMES | LINKS | ABOUT


advertise on Tiki Central

Celebrating classic and modern Polynesian Pop
  [Edit Profile]  [Edit Preferences]  [Search] [Sign Up]
[Personal Messages]  [Member List]  [Help/FAQ]  [Rules]  [Login]
Tiki Central Forums Locating Tiki Ala Moana, Costa Mesa, CA (apartments)
Ala Moana, Costa Mesa, CA (apartments)
ZuluMagoo
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 26, 2002
Posts: 469
From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2005-09-10 4:39 pm   Permalink

Name:Ala Moana
Type:apartments
Street:530 Wilson Street
City:Costa Mesa (SoCal)
State:CA
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:operational

Description:
This complex is not far from the John Wayne Airport. It still has a running waterfall with a bridge over a small lagoon at the entrance. Not much left inside, a few portholes and pilings around the pool, no more tikis.





[ This Message was edited by: ZuluMagoo 2005-09-10 16:40 ]


 
View Profile of ZuluMagoo Send a personal message to ZuluMagoo  Email ZuluMagoo     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
TikiJosh
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Feb 01, 2005
Posts: 735
Posted: 2006-09-22 9:07 pm   Permalink

Here's a shot of the pool area:

_________________


 
View Profile of TikiJosh Send a personal message to TikiJosh      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
MadDogMike
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Mar 30, 2008
Posts: 7312
From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2010-03-26 07:49 am   Permalink

Here's a couple bigger shots of the entry. When you stand in front of the waterfall you can close your eyes and imagine a time when tikis ruled the scene.







 
View Profile of MadDogMike Send a personal message to MadDogMike  Goto the website of MadDogMike     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
TikiG
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 17, 2008
Posts: 1542
From: Riverside, California
Posted: 2010-03-26 08:02 am   Permalink

Great to see these pics...

Back in the 60s when I was a small child attending a day care/pre-school in Costa Mesa - I remember the car-ride home after my father would pick me up in the afternoon. We would pass several Polynesian themed apartment complexes, most of them with A-frame entrances, operating gas torches and waterfalls out front. I took those themed buildings for granted as a kid.

It wasn't until much later that I became interested in mid-century style - especially documenting what I could around my hometown environment before stuff disappeared. Unfortunately much of my childhood already did
_________________
TikiG

tiki since '67!


 
View Profile of TikiG Send a personal message to TikiG  Email TikiG     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
abstractiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 29, 2009
Posts: 604
From: Lodi, CA
Posted: 2010-03-26 6:08 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the update MD. It looks like the place still has green and red flood lights over the water fall pond area so that's good. It probably looks nice at night. A couple of Tikis out front and a gas Tiki torch n this place is back in business!



 
View Profile of abstractiki Send a personal message to abstractiki  Email abstractiki Goto the website of abstractiki     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Sistah Rose
Member

Joined: Jun 29, 2012
Posts: 3
Posted: 2012-06-29 12:35 pm   Permalink

We drove past it a lot when I was a kid in Costa Mesa; it was far more classic then.

 
View Profile of Sistah Rose Send a personal message to Sistah Rose      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
bigbrotiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11153
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-06-30 03:36 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-03-26 08:02, TikiG wrote:
.... We would pass several Polynesian themed apartment complexes, most of them with A-frame entrances, operating gas torches and waterfalls out front. I took those themed buildings for granted as a kid...



Sadly, it seems that everybody did, and that they were not photographed in their heyday. This is one of the biggest apartment A-frames I know of, and I would LOVE to see a photo of how the face of the A was decorated back when it was new - it must have had something, a pattern, tropical material, a lamp, a mask...


 
View Profile of bigbrotiki Send a personal message to bigbrotiki  Goto the website of bigbrotiki     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
forgotten tikiman
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 18, 2011
Posts: 478
From: Forgotten Tiki Room. Pismo Beach, CA
Posted: 2012-06-30 10:58 pm   Permalink

I love this. Ofcourse being born in the 80's I missed alot of classic Tiki style in its heyday. But I really appreciate it now and love seeing complexes like this.
_________________
I'll have a Green Lizard please! Tiki-Ti.


 
View Profile of forgotten tikiman Send a personal message to forgotten tikiman  Email forgotten tikiman     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
tikilongbeach
Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Aug 05, 2011
Posts: 1334
From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
Posted: 2012-09-24 7:26 pm   Permalink

Apartment Therapy did a small story on this complex back in 2007.

www.apartmenttherapy.com/complex-love-al-30057


_________________
-Lori


 View Profile of tikilongbeach Send a personal message to tikilongbeach      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
1961surf
Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 03, 2007
Posts: 1925
From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2014-06-20 11:59 am   Permalink

Was in the area so I thought I would go by Ala Moana apartments .The lava rock fountain was not turned on,but looks like it has been operational recently.As stated by Sven prior on this thread , has probably one of the highest pitch A frames on a building I have seen in So Cal.Would be nice if this place was brought back to it's former glory with carved tikis , glass float lamps etc.Photos may duplicate those have been submitted on this thread in the past however , just wanted TC folks to see what it looks like today .




I could see an extra large glass float lamp probably hung from the A frame .


large gauge naval chain rails with dock looking deck walkways painted, but all intact.


lava rock fountain


lava rock wall opposite of waterfall walk way intact


Very cool solid brass original extra large ship portholes



 
View Profile of 1961surf Send a personal message to 1961surf  Email 1961surf Goto the website of 1961surf     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
U-Moderate:
  
v1.5

[ About Tiki Central | Contact Tiki Central | Advertise on Tiki Central ]
(c) 2000-2014 Tikiroom.com (tm), Tiki Central (tm)

Credits & copyright infomation