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Hali Kalani, Whittier, CA (apartments)
Grumbler
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Joined: Apr 24, 2008
Posts: 7
From: Grog Ridge, CA
Posted: 2008-04-24 1:26 pm   Permalink

Name:Hali Kalani
Type:apartments
Street:10041 Scott Ave
City:Whittier
State:CA
Zip:90603
country:USA
Phone:(562) 693-0935
Status:unknown

Description:
A two story stucco suburban L.A. apartment house with a Tiki flair.



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Grumbler
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Joined: Apr 24, 2008
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From: Grog Ridge, CA
Posted: 2008-04-24 1:47 pm   Permalink

I haven't been by the Hali Kalani since 2002 so I don't know if they are still operational. Here are some pics I took that summer.

The entrance is (was?) really inviting:





The carports are somewhat less exotic than the entrance. The lava rock wall is pretty cool. Or maybe that's accumulated smog soot.




The neighborhood exudes a tropical ambiance, don't you think?




A tiny bit of Waikiki, right there in Whittier. You can listen to the gentle clanging of the steel safety gate while sipping your MaiTai:




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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11594
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-04-24 1:55 pm   Permalink

Dang! Zulu Magoo, did you know about this one? That outrigger beam on the A-frame is cool, but the pool shack has the wildest outrigger extensions I have ever seen! Those pool fences be damned.

The pics are from 2002? Can somebody go by and check if its still like that?


 
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Tiki-Kate
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Joined: Sep 21, 2003
Posts: 1700
From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2008-04-24 2:08 pm   Permalink

Quote:

The pics are from 2002? Can somebody go by and check if its still like that?



Yes.


 
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MrBaliHai
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Joined: Jun 01, 2002
Posts: 867
From: Behind the Cheddar Curtain
Posted: 2008-04-24 2:27 pm   Permalink

My grandparents lived about 3 blocks from this complex on Carnell St., so I probably passed by it a couple-hundred times on my way to the Whitwood Mall back in the Sixties and Seventies. Can't say that I remember it real well. My aunt and uncle still live in that area, so I'll have to cruise by it next time I visit.

If you check the street-level view of that address on Google Maps, you can see it clearly. Looks like it's still intact.
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ZuluMagoo
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Joined: Jun 26, 2002
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From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2008-04-24 3:07 pm   Permalink

This place is new to me. Have never seen those pool shack outriggers either, very cool.

 
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ZuluMagoo
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Joined: Jun 26, 2002
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From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2008-04-24 3:12 pm   Permalink

It's not far from Oceanic Arts, would make a easy side trip to visit.

 
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Joined: Apr 24, 2008
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From: Grog Ridge, CA
Posted: 2008-04-24 4:21 pm   Permalink

I grew up in the 50's/60's suburbs of eastern L.A. county. In those years I remember seeing many of these kinds of apartments, especially in the (then) newer areas.

My recollection is that the area bounded by the cities of La Mirada, Cypress, Westminster, Anaheim and Fullerton had a number of these places.

I believe that someone with spare gas money and a keen eye could find a few. Unfortunately I live far away and can't volunteer for that. But if I am ever back in that area I'll see if I can locate any more survivors.


 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2008-04-24 5:49 pm   Permalink

Grumbler,

Excellent find.

Tiki Kate,

Let us know what's up.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11594
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-04-24 6:18 pm   Permalink

Grumbler, meet Mr. Zulu Magoo, Tiki Apartment archeologist extraordinaire. He lives in Denver and has found more Tiki settlements in the L.A. basin than any of us....I probably come in second. We sort of believed to know of most of them, but as you just have proven, there is always one that slips by!

We both just went on a Apt expedition to Costa Mesa and Long Beach when Zulu was in town Monday, I will post pics of the mixed results later.


 
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Grumbler
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From: Grog Ridge, CA
Posted: 2008-04-24 7:30 pm   Permalink

I am delighted at the positive responses you all have given my posting.

On trips I carry a digital camerea and take pictures of a variety of things. If it evokes nostalgia, or if it is an interesting thing that I am sure will never be made again, I'll probably take a picture of it.

For example, there is a sign at an old skating ring very close to Oceanic Arts with a skater girl on it that I like, and a really cool art deco elementary school hidden away in uptown Whittier. I like old neon signs too.

When I took the pics of the Hali Kalani I wondered if there was anybody else who would even be interested. So glad there is.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-04-24 8:17 pm   Permalink

Interested? Hell, we COLLECT these buildings!




...and keep on photographing old signs and architecture, your shots might end up being the only evidence of something.




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MrBaliHai
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From: Behind the Cheddar Curtain
Posted: 2008-04-25 04:03 am   Permalink

"there is a sign at an old skating ring very close to Oceanic Arts"

Sure is. I roller-boogied and Hokey-Pokey'd away many a Friday night there in my misspent youth.
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2008-04-25 08:46 am   Permalink

The apartments are still there in these photos from Live Search Maps which are pretty current. The structure by the pool is also still there.






 
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Grumbler
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Joined: Apr 24, 2008
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From: Grog Ridge, CA
Posted: 2008-04-25 09:13 am   Permalink

If someone makes a special trip over to the Hali Kalani or Oceanic Arts and is interested in finding more Tiki-inpired apartments, there is an area nearby that might have some. I emphasize *might*.

The uptown area near Whittier College bounded by Hadley St, Pickering Ave, Painter Ave and Whittier Blvd has a number of smaller apartment buildings of the right era. The area east of Painter Ave between the college and La Cuarta St might be worth a look.

Also, if I were looking I would drive the major streets south of town bounded by Washington Blvd, Whittier Blvd, Beach Blvd, I-5 (Santa Ana Fwy), and Norwalk Blvd. Almost all of that is 50's and 60' construction.

Good luck!


 
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