Club Kona

Bar & Restaurant
303 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito, California, United States
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Opened in the 1930s
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
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0.7 km
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6.8 km
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7.8 km
Kona Club, Oakland 5.6 mi
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Photo folder from Club Kona in El Cerrito
circa 1944, from the collection of esfulkerson
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Humuhumu’s description:
Club Kona dates from the pre-tiki era when elegant tropical nightclubs were themed with palm trees and bamboo. It was owned by Henry, Dolly and Phil Molino. It was initially located at 316 San Pablo Ave., and reopened at 303 San Pablo after a fire in early 1938.

From February 1948 to February 1949, Club Kona was temporarily leased to Lloyd Johnson while the Molino family took a vacation necessitated by Henry and Phil Molino being on probation for a gambling charge.

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August 31, 2008, 8:58 AM
The Club Kona was LEASED to Lloyd Johnson for One Year Feb 1948 to Feb 1949 while the MOLINOS's (not Malino) were "On Vacation". Actually Henry and Phil where "On Probation" because of a gambling charge. In 1949 the Molino's reassumed control.

I am the Grandson of Henry and Dolly. I have a collection of images dealing with the Club Kona on my Flickr site:
There you will find Pictures of Henry, Dolly and Phil, copies of two Menus (One from the late 1940's and one from the late 30's), photos from inside the Club, matchbooks, and pictures or the Kona's 1947 Championship Softball team (with a very young Billy Martin).

I am always interested in ANY Club Kona items to buy or trade.

August 31, 2008, 10:46 AM
Thanks so much for the information, Steve! I've updated the record in Critiki. You have some amazing items in your Flickr collection, it would be wonderful if you could add some of them to Critiki (thank you for that lovely photo folder you've already added).

Do you happen to know what years Club Kona opened and closed? Did the Molinos own it the whole time? Also, I've had trouble pinpointing exactly where Club Kona was... do you know the cross-street?

September 2, 2008, 3:12 PM
The Molino's opened the original Club Kona open in 1933/34 at 316 San Pablo Ave. After a fire in Feb. of 1938 a new club was built at the final location of 303 San Pablo ave. Some time around 1954 the numbering system for San Pablo Ave, was changed and the address became 9901 San Pablo Ave. This is directly across from the west entrance to the El Cerrito Plaza shopping center. The cross street was Carlson. After the Club closed (in about 1960) there was a McFarlands Ice Cream/candy store. A Payless Shoe Source now occupies the site.

The Molino family owned the Club till about 1959 when Phil went off to found his own place (Phil's Hut in Orinda/Layfatte).

September 2, 2008, 3:15 PM
The grand reopening of the new Club Kona was April 20th 1938.
And Yes, I will be happy to share some more items here.

September 2, 2008, 3:17 PM
One more item, I am desperately looking for a photo of the OUTSIDE of the Club Kona, if nay one has such a thing please let me know,

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