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Tiki Central Forums Locating Tiki Tiki Hut, at Hacienda Hotel near LAX, EL SEGUNDO, CA, CA (restaurant)
Tiki Hut, at Hacienda Hotel near LAX, EL SEGUNDO, CA, CA (restaurant)
bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-05-19 07:44 am   Permalink

Name: Tiki Hut, at Hacienda Hotel near LAX
Type:restaurant
Street: 525 N Sepulveda Blvd
City: El Segundo
State: CA
Zip: 90245
country: USA
Phone:
Status: operational

Description:
As a hotel close to the L.A. airport, it has to stay up-to-date to the latest business travel trends, so there is nothing of its TIKI HUT left. But the Tiki hut's A-frame made up one of my all-time favorite matchbook covers once. It is a reminder that there was a time period when it seemed almost obligatory for any hotel to have a Tiki lounge.

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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2012-05-19 07:53 am   Permalink

"It is a reminder that there was a time period when it seemed almost obligatory for any hotel to have a Tiki lounge."

Can we pass some sort of law and make it so again?
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-05-19 07:56 am   Permalink

Here is above mentioned matchbook in the BOT:



My friend Kiara just sent me a photo of which this is a closer frame capture:



I am posting this location in hopes that other, complete photos of this place will surface. One can see how it looked exactly like the rendering, with its two sky-high torches left and right of the outrigger beam. When looking at the rendering again, we can also see that it probably was just a separate entrance structure propped up by itself in front of a boxy building. It is however a great example of what Alan Hess called "the building as a sign", and full shot of it (with its sign) would look great for sure.

Here's what it looks like now, of course:



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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4269
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-05-19 5:59 pm   Permalink

Sven,

Zulu Magoo has a bit of information and photos on his blog.

It started out life as the Huki Lau Restaurant in 1962.



http://tikiarchitecture.blogspot.com/2012/02/huki-lau-el-segundo-california.html

DC


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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-05-20 01:14 am   Permalink

Good catch, DC, gotta remind myself to check Mike's excellent blog more regularly! Good info, great rendering, but that great 3/4 frontal full view money shot is still missing.

I have always liked these "Triangle touching ground" A-frame roofs: Very simple in design, very modern, very effective: They could make any structure into a Tiki restaurant, like here, a boxy coffee shop.

Here is an example of one, in a side view of the ruins of the Kapu Kai bowling alley. Not the one on the right, but the left one we are seeing from behind:



(even though this one is structurally more attached to the main building)


 
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