Bahooka restaurant are the Kahlua Apartments, at 5339 Rosemead Blvd., in San Gabriel, California. These apartments appear to have been built in the late 1960s, although I have no solid date of construction. The photos in today's post all come from this complex. I'm a little disappointed that I couldn't get into the central courtyard to get some pictures in there. Somehow I suspect that more tiki goodness awaited beyond the locked gates.
Based on the careful efforts to preserve the tikis and the working
condition of the waterfalls, it seems clear that the management
understands what a gem they have here. Let's hope the residents do also.
The Lower Modernisms, observed that the Kahlua "is equipped with plenty of gables.
Technically, this is a gablet roof (also called a Dutch gable roof), a
combination of hipped and gabled roof construction. There is some bona
fide justification for using this form in a Polynesianized theme
building, because such roofs are frequently seen in older Hawaiian
buildings. At the Kahlua, whereas the ridge of the roof is flat, the top
of the gabled portion slopes up, another method of pursuing that sense
of jaunty-casual sought in the aforementioned buildings by the raking of
their projected gables."