Trade Winds

Oxnard, CA
Bar, Restaurant & Floor Show
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2615 Wagon Wheel Rd
Oxnard, CA
Opened in 1964
Closed in the late '70s
No longer in operation.

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Humuhumu’s description

Trade Winds was erected by developer Martin "Bud" Smith, and opened in March 1964. It quickly became the hot place to be in town.
The restaurant had a lagoon leading up to a soaring A-frame entrance; inside were a series of themed rooms, including a central gazebo-shaped structure, the Samoa Hut/Tiki Temple. The predominant theme was Polynesian, but some of the rooms included an East Indies room, a Sadie Thompson room, and a Zanzibar room, all designed by 20th Century Fox designer Fred Moninger, and decorated by Ione Keenan. There were many tikis, carved by Richard M. Ellis. There was a Polynesian floor show.
Some time in the 1960s, Hop Louie (of Latitude 20 in Torrance, Minnie's in Modesto and the Islander in Stockton) took over the restaurant. In the late '70s, it became a Don the Beachcomber
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In later years, it became Coconut Joe's Warehouse Restaurant, and then later still around 1981, it became Hawaiian Cowboy (some of the decor was removed to make room for a mechanical bull and a BBQ pit. About a year later, it became an ice cream parlor, and in 1984, the building was demolished. The site is now a road.


February 20, 2018, 4:01 PM
All I know about the Trade Winds is anecdotal, from my wife who visited there as a child with her parents, and from my visit with Mr. Lee, the former Asian food chef at the restaurant in the 1960s-70s. He graciously allowed me to acquire the items in the photos from him in 2014 and I treasure them - and his story. I have also acquired a rare Trade Winds hot drink mug (also pictured) but still seek a TW dinner menu to round out my collection.

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