It’s hard enough to run a business in this economy, let alone one that caters to this wacky subculture (rest assured I mean that in the most endearing way). And so September meant bidding aloha to the House of Tiki.
This family-run shop brought a slice of Hawaii into a World War II Quonset hut in Costa Mesa.
You may not be able to visit the brick and mortar (er, bamboo and corrugated steel) location anymore, but you can still browse their wares courtesy of their eBay store.
I picked up one of their signature Shaka Tiki mugs—the green one in the upper left corner—which were sculpted by Crazy Al. On the right, you may recognize Tom Selleck as Magnum P.I. immortalized in mug form.
The owners graciously served up shaved ice for the folks who came out. Mr. Baseball, who melts in the heat, was much appreciative.
What to say but; Mahalo? It was really kind of you to come out for our “Sad to Say Aloha” shindig. Your post and pictures brought back a lot of emotion, but along with that a lot of great memories. We’ve had some fun over the years and it’s because of great people like you that we held on to the reins for so long.
Hopefully, one day in the future, we can try again. In Hawai’i, we say; “If can, can. If no can, no can.” Meaning; if we can do it, we will. If we can’t, we can’t. Either way, it’s all good. Life has a way of working itself out..ya know?
Mahalo nui and since we don’t want to say Good-bye, we’ll just say “A Hui Ho!”
Malama Pono, Pua from House of Tiki
Thank you for the lovely comment! I do hope we see more from House of Tiki.