Tonga Lei

Bar, Hotel/Motel & Restaurant
22878 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California, United States
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Opened in the '60s
Closed in the '70s
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
The Beachcomber, Malibu 0.2 mi
0.3 km
The Aku Aku Motel, Woodland Hills 9.8 mi
15.8 km
The Galley, Santa Monica 11.1 mi
17.9 km
Cacao Coffee House, Los Angeles 12.6 mi
20.3 km
Mar Vista Lanes, Los Angeles 14.1 mi
22.7 km
menu, 150-151
Detail from jumbo postcard showing the exterior of Tonga Lei in Malibu
date unknown, from the collection of Mimi Payne
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Humuhumu’s description:
Tonga Lei was a restaurant and motel right on PCH in scenic Malibu, and operated from the '60s probably into the '70s, when it became a Don the Beachcomber. It's now the non-tiki Malibu Beach Inn.
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February 14, 2011, 6:45 AM
My husband and I.. married now 43 years.. had our fist date at the Tonga Lei.. that would have been in 1967, I believe.. We have great and fun memories of it; it's part of 'our story'.
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January 4, 2015, 9:07 AM
In June of 1976, my then girlfriends high school graduation dinner was held at Tonga Lei restautant. The same year this menu was published. I have three vivid memories from that night nearly thirty eight years, an adult in our party commented that the prices were high (lol)... two, it seemed like the drive there from Thousand Oaks took forever... And three, my girlfriend and I enjoyed ourselves on the ride home (wink, wink) in the back seat of her parents car with both of her parents unaware in the front seat. Fond memories indeed.

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