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The tiki torches still burn brightly at the Bahooka restaurant on Rosemead Boulevard in Rosemead, which opened at the end of the Googie surge.  The Polynesian-style design pays tribute to the soldiers returning from the Pacific theater.  The island decor mostly popped up in the suburbs, where it was considered new and daring by residents.

( Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times )

The tiki torches still burn brightly at the Bahooka restaurant on Rosemead Boulevard in Rosemead, which opened at the end of the Googie surge. The Polynesian-style design pays tribute to the soldiers returning from the Pacific theater. The island decor mostly popped up in the suburbs, where it was considered new and daring by residents.

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