Kona Lanes

Kona Lanes was a bowling center in Costa Mesa, California, that opened in 1958 and closed in 2003 after 45 years in business. Known for its futuristic design, it featured 40 wood-floor bowling lanes, a game room, a lounge, and a coffee shop that eventually became a Mexican diner. Built during the advent of Googie architecture, its Polynesian Tiki-themed styling extended from the large roadside sign to the building's neon lights and exaggerated rooflines.

Kona Lanes, Costa Mesa, CA, USA.JPG Kona Lanes' exterior in 2002

When Kona Lanes was demolished in 2003, it was one of the last remaining examples of the Googie style in the region; its sister center, Java Lanes in Long Beach, was razed in 2004. Much of Kona's equipment was sold prior to the demolition; a portion of the distinctive sign was saved and sent to Cincinnati for display in the American Sign Museum.

Kona Lanes 1960–2002.jpg Kona Lanes in 1960 (top) and in 2002

Costa Mesa's planning commission approved a proposal to build a department store on the site; following public outcry, those plans were scrapped. In 2010, the still-vacant land was rezoned for senior citizens' apartments and commercial development. Construction on the apartments began ten years after Kona Lanes was demolished.

Kona Lanes ASM 2014.JPG The surviving KONA LANES section of the sign on display in the American Sign Museum in 2014
Kona Lanes roadside sign.JPG

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