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Kono Hawaii, Santa Ana, CA (restaurant)
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 11, 2008
Posts: 358
From: Long Beach, CA
Posted: 2010-12-07 12:26 pm   Permalink

Here's a photo posted on Facebook by my friend Bryan Thomas, who posted it in an album of shots of vintage vans. However, I recognized from the building and the partial sign that this is outside Kono Hawaii. Most of the flyers and brochure shots seem to be taken from the other side looking this way, so here's a rarer reverse view.

Caltiki Brent

PS - This shot may be of particular interest to Jim Bacchi (if he hasn't seen it before)

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Joined: May 03, 2007
Posts: 1933
From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2010-12-07 4:55 pm   Permalink

Serious wide meat on those rear tires !

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4486
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-07-28 12:04 pm   Permalink

I saw this more modern drink menu from Kono Hawaii.

In doing a little research on the web, I found a facebook page with tons of old photos.

Here are a few from the golden Tiki era.

Good stuff!


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Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2012-07-28 3:05 pm   Permalink

Nice finds DC. Thanks!

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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11348
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-07-29 11:32 am   Permalink

Great stuff, love the "Haoles doin' the Hula" shot.

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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 9040
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2012-07-29 11:44 am   Permalink

Awesome pics, thanks for posting DC

It's funny, I remember going by here in the Mid 80s, on the way to the beach,
(either bus or by car) and thinking that place looks so cool, like the tiki room at Disneyland, only better. And wanting to go so much.
Yet never did. ;-(
and this 10 to 12 years before I found out about the "tiki scene"

damn parents.

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Joined: Nov 13, 2013
Posts: 13
Posted: 2014-04-30 8:41 pm   Permalink

I realize that i'm very late to this thread, but i'm a newbie to TC. I grew up as a kid in Santa Ana through the 70's, and my father was a musician who's band performed at the Kona Hawaii . They played top 40's music, oldies, and also did a Hawaiian set with hula dancers and multi percussionists. We moved away in the 80's , but , as the world turns, I ended up moving back in the mid 90's and remember seeing the placed closed with chain link fencing around the property . This would of been around 1995/'96. That city was completely different in its heyday , and simply couldn't last in that area in later years. Sad. Another one gone.

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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-04-30 8:46 pm   Permalink

Axle do you remember Kona having a "New Wave" dance night in the 80s?

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Joined: Jun 16, 2014
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Posted: 2014-06-16 6:54 pm   Permalink


On 2012-07-28 12:04, Dustycajun wrote:

[ This Message was edited by: Dustycajun 2012-07-28 12:45 ]

Dustycajun, I joined this forum 100% because of this post. I'm dying to know where you found this picture. That is my father in the picture between dancers Pua and Lei, who were very good friends of my mother. So good, in fact, that I'm named after Lei and my sister is named after Pua. I have never in my life seen this photo, and I see Lei's name is written on it...do you know if it came from her or perhaps one of her children? I've found Pua on Facebook and we're back in touch, but have not been able to locate Lei and would love to if at all possible.


Nevermind! I found a Kono page on FB, and thru that I found Lei's husband Thank you for posting this picture!! If I hadn't seen this, I may never have found her

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Joined: Apr 03, 2008
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2014-06-16 7:09 pm   Permalink

Wow, that's cool. Welcome to Tiki Central, and good luck to you in finding Lei, VoniLei!

DustyCajun, you're on deck!

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