House of Tiki – Costa Mesa, CA

House of Tiki in Costa MesaIt’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.

Hawaiiana at the House of Tiki

This family-run shop brought a slice of Hawaii into a World War II Quonset hut in Costa Mesa.

Retro Hawaii posters and tiki lamp

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.

Green Shakatiki mug

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.

Shaved iceThe owners graciously served up shaved ice for the folks who came out. Mr. Baseball, who melts in the heat, was much appreciative.

Nice ride!