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Does anyone know about the Kapu-Kai in CA?
forgotten tikiman
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From: Forgotten Tiki Room. Pismo Beach, CA
Posted: 2014-06-04 8:44 pm   Permalink

That looks great Sven. Kapu Kai was truly a Tiki marvel. Just throwing in my 2 cents.

 
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AceExplorer
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Joined: Apr 03, 2008
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2014-06-05 04:10 am   Permalink

Kapu_Kai_Son, I just went through the early pages of this thread to see the old photos you posted. Unfortunately those photo links have expired and all of your great original photos have disappeared. Would you consider uploading the photos to Tiki Central directly and pasting new links into your earlier posts? Some really excellent material originally appeared in your early posts, and it would be great to get them back for the benefit of the many who so appreciate the Kapu Kai.

I was born not too far from the Kapu Kai, and in later years I spent a lot of time in the mountains above and behind the Kapu Kai. That whole area is a part of my personal past, and as a kid my family drove by there many times although I never remember any of us stopping there and going inside.

Thanks.
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2014-06-05 7:21 pm   Permalink

GREAT video Colin!
Having grown up in a restaurant family I know how important the restaurant is to the family
that owns one.
My mother used to call our places the sixth child as many times the restaurants came first before the family.
It’s awesome to be able to see the décor of the Kapu-Kai and I got many ideas for lights so
thanks for that too!

Good luck!!
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ErichTroudt
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From: SoCal
Posted: 2014-09-29 3:28 pm   Permalink

Don't remember where or when I got them....never noticed the bottom until I went to catalog them on Ooga Mooga...





 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2015-03-21 12:52 pm   Permalink

Time to bump this great thread. Some news clippings from the Kapu Kai.

Aloha Lanes!


Talent Night.


Grand Opening.


Here is a matchbook image I clipped that I had never seen before.



I used to be in on a bowling league team sponsored by the Toes on the Nose Tavern - we had Hawaiian bowling shirts so I can really relate to this place.

DC


 
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Unga Bunga
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From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2015-03-24 12:09 pm   Permalink

They had a talent show night too?
I really wish I could have seen this place.

Somebody should come out with / make a commemorative mug.


 
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AceExplorer
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2015-03-24 1:27 pm   Permalink

The big storm and flooding which came down from the mountains will happen again someday. I wonder how their flood control is different now than it was back in the late 60's when the Kapu Kai was damaged and forced to close?

I was born not too far from the Kapu Kai, in Pomona, and I lived my first 11 years in the Pomona Valley. It was always a hot and dry place in the foothills, but when it stormed and rained, look out! As I got older, I came to spend quite a bit of time in the mountains surrounding that part of So Cal. I wish I had been more aware of the demise of the many things I grew up seeing. The valley was rich with mid-century neon from bowling alleys, huge and glamorous car-hop restaurants, and many other cool things. It's a very different place today, but it still retains that hot and dry feel I remember when I lived there.


 
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Pacifilantic
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From: Florida
Posted: 29 days ago; 4:41 pm   Permalink

Another Floridian here who grew up in the area of the Kapu-Kai. It appeared suddenly, there in Cucamonga, on Foothill Boulevard. It was fantastic! My parents asked me where I wanted to celebrate my 12th birthday. I wanted to celebrate at the Kapu-Kai; where else! My parents drove a blue American Motors Rambler station wagon full of 12-year-old girls to the Kapu-Kai for my birthday dinner. Nine months later, my family moved away from California to Florida. We had visited Florida for many years, and frequented The Luau, another fantastic tiki palace in Miami Beach, now gone. But the Kapu-Kai was, and is, very, very special to me.

 
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johnnyvelvet
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From: Louisiangeles
Posted: 28 days ago; 05:24 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2015-03-24 12:09, Unga Bunga wrote:

Somebody should come out with / make a commemorative mug.



What an excellent idea. I hope it is shaped like the matchbook tiki with it's tongue protruding and the boss 'Kapu-Kai' sign logo with each letter on a shield... are you listening, Wendy? : )

Isn't it amazing how something so wonderful [the Kapu-Kai] sometimes appears out of nowhere, yet we just take it for granted? And often it goes away, and suddenly everybody misses it..


 
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johnnyvelvet
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From: Louisiangeles
Posted: 28 days ago; 06:01 am   Permalink

Here I go off-topic again. Could the Kapu-Kai be opened again today? Could a combination Food/Bar/Bowling facility with a Poly Pop theme survive as a viable, profitable business? With the Tiki Revival going strong, perhaps - but I feel only Cali has enough true devotees. The bowling crowd would come. The food would bring the hungry. The Surf and/or Rockabilly people would come [bowling; bands or car shows in parking lot..?] Like Tikiyaki said, what a great evening it could be.

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 28 days ago; 4:50 pm   Permalink

A few more images from the Kapu Kai. Another shot of the great sign.



Bigbro with a miniature of the sign made by Dave Hansen purchased at Don the Beachcomber's Tiki Market Place.



Bosko's Kapu Kai hut with the Milan Guanko Tiki post as the center piece.




Some of the entertainment at the Kapu Kai over the years.












This is from 1967 before the flood, it looks like there was a new owner/remodel of the Kapu Kai.




DC



 
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forgotten tikiman
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From: Forgotten Tiki Room. Pismo Beach, CA
Posted: 28 days ago; 7:35 pm   Permalink

Very cool DC. Always enjoyed hearing about the Kapu Kai. Thanks for sharing the current photos.

 
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