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Hawaiian Room, Bellflower, CA (bar)
WooHooWahine
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From: Mission (Impossible) Viejo, Ca
Posted: 2010-11-14 6:21 pm   Permalink
























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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 9077
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2010-11-15 12:35 pm   Permalink

Nothing says Tiki more than Coors Lite Neon signs and Karaoke.


Jeff(btd)



 
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shakenjason
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Joined: Dec 02, 2010
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Posted: 2010-12-02 4:51 pm   Permalink

I've lived in Bellflower my entire life, but just noticed this place yesterday for the first time! Looks interesting!

 
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JOHN-O
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Joined: May 16, 2008
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From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2011-03-16 8:37 pm   Permalink

I recently visited the Hawaiian Room as I was driving North from Irvine, and it was still too early for DTBC Dagger Bar. Could the HR be the only Tiki bar in the world (other than Frankie's) where you can get a drink at 10am ?? I really like the HR, not only is it a vanishing breed of authentic mid-century Tiki bar, but it's an actual Tiki DIVE bar. You can't say that about the refurbished Tonga Hut anymore.

Here's some interesting undocumented (??) facts that I got while chatting up the local barflies. When the HR opened in 1964, it was simply called the "Hawaiian Room", there was no Poly-Pop decor. The story goes that the following year (or maybe even much later), one of the regulars who was a superintendent at the nearby Tahitian Village motel complex in Downey, "appropriated" some of the decor there for the HR. I don't know if that's really true, but this is what they told me.

They also told me they have a great $7 steak special on Sundays and to come back for that. They were all a friendly bunch of working-class regulars who were VERY proud of their bar. They know that the tapa paper is very valuable and that nothing should be pinned on top of it, and not to turn on the fragile looking Pufferfish lamp.

Maybe we should start having a Tiki Central night there.


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Fez Moai
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Posted: 2014-04-17 11:46 pm   Permalink

Some pics that I took there in 2012











 
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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2014-04-18 7:25 pm   Permalink

OK, John-O. See you there in November!

 
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bigtikidude
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From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2014-04-19 1:24 pm   Permalink

I wonder if they still do the steaks there?

Jeff btd


 
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Maui Chimes
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Joined: May 10, 2010
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From: The Hyacinth House
Posted: 2014-11-18 10:34 am   Permalink

Does anyone know if the Hawaiian room is still open? I tried to call the other day and it appears that the phone has been disconnected?

 
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Jeff-Ro
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From: Long Beach living in Riverside CA
Posted: 2014-11-18 12:41 pm   Permalink

Appears to be open, as of last week. There's a post on Yelp http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-hawaiian-room-bellflower

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mike and marie
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Joined: Jun 24, 2008
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Posted: 2015-03-25 7:41 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-09-23 18:26, tikitortured wrote:
I don't mean to beat a dead horse by reviving this thread but I really think this place deserves the attention. It's really a relatively unknown and unfrequented gem. It is such a classic old tiki joint and it gets very little recognition.[...] I'm not trying to "rally the troops" or anything but I do want to bring attention to one of the last REAL Tiki bars in L.A. or California, or the U.S. for that matter[...]



Ten years later and it bears repeating -- loudly this time, because big changes are afoot!

This place is a serious relic ... is it the second-oldest tiki bar in LA? Why has it never gotten any love from the tiki locals? So it's not a place for "craft cocktails" and $20 drinks, or heck for any exotic libations at all -- probably not even something involving Lemix -- but what it's got is tiki authenticity. It's funny how the press never includes it in a list of LA's oldest tiki, either, so they missed the latest news...

But as of last year, it still had the air of a forgotten tiki tomb from 1960:









Now, big changes. It was recently bought by the owners of the Bottoms Up Sports Bars. They are "keeping the Hawaiian theme" but "updating" it ... the bartenders have to dress in Aloha shirts now. We have no idea what happened to the insides of the place; all we know is something just happened!

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Fez Moai
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Posted: 2015-03-25 11:47 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the update, John O and I were wondering a few weeks back about the place.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 30 days ago; 07:18 am   Permalink

"But as of last year, it still had the air of a forgotten tiki tomb from 1960.."

Something tells me that this is not gonna be the case anymore


 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 30 days ago; 12:17 pm   Permalink

Sounds like bad news. Who is going to volunteer to survey the damage?

DC


 
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