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Club Royal Hawaiian, San Francisco, CA (restaurant)
Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4272
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-04-20 5:06 pm   Permalink

Name:Club Royal Hawaiian
Type:restaurant
Street:960 Bush Street
City:San Francisco
State:CA
Zip:
country:USA
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description:
The Club Royal Hawaiian was a classic pre-Tiki joint located in San Francisco. Arkiva Tropika provides the following history:

The Club Royal Hawaiian was located at 960 Bush Street in San Francisco. It opened in 1934, after its predecessor, the Club Kamokila, closed. 960 Bush Street was residence to a host of other nightclubs after the Royal Hawaiian, including the well-known music venue, The Boarding House in 1971. The building was replaced by condos in 1980.

I picked up this brochure





That gives us a look at the inside.











The matchbook from Arkiva Tropika










They used several different types of feature matchsticks.





The napkin.



And a sheet music cover for the Sophisticated Hula dance sensation, as written by Sol Bright who performed at the Club Royal Hawaiian.




As shown on the matchbook, the Club Royal Hawaiian was at one time a related to the Hawaiian Gardens restaurant located in San Jose.




More info on that here:

Hawaiian Gardens

DC



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bigbrotiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11137
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-04-21 08:56 am   Permalink

Nice job! Who inspired who?



 
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Dustycajun
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4272
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-04-23 3:34 pm   Permalink

Nice tie in Big Bro. But wait, the girl is under the tree and the guy is on the sand in Laguna


And the guy is under the tree and the girl is in the sand in San Francisco!


The Club Royal Hawaiian was the Club Kamokila before, with this bit of history from Arkiva Tropika:

"Club Kamokila was located at 960 Bush St., in San Francisco. Founded in 1933 by pineapple heiress Alice Kamokila Campbell, it was originally called Kamokila's Temple to Art. The temple was the auditorium, as the building was former church that became a speakeasy. Legal issues arose after the club was raided for unlawful liquor sales, and Campbell closed the club in April of 1934, & moved back to Hawaii. It was then taken over by Kamehameha Corporation, and renamed the Royal Hawaiian."

The menu cover which had the same pineapple face as the Club Royal Hawaiian.




Back of the menu:




DC


 
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