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Pictured is a 1980s matchbox depicting the dining room of the Paradise Cove Sandcastle Restaurant, with the Paradise Cove Pier in the background. Photos submitted
Pictured is a 1965 postcard of the Tonga Lei restaurant. Photos submitted
Pictured is a 1960s drink menu from the Tonga Lei restaurant in Malibu.
Suzanne Guldimann, Freelance Reporter
3:43 pm PDT August 18, 2014

The golden era of roadside attractions is long gone, but there was a time when Cape Cod cottages and Tiki kitsch were a key part of Malibu’s mojo.
The restaurants and hotels are all gone, or remodeled past recognizing, but ephemera like postcards, matchboxes and menus preserve a record of Malibu’s gloriously goofy past, and in many cases, TV and films shot on location offer a glimpse of vanished local landmarks.