Bali Hai Restaurant has a very colorful history. It was the first Tiki
temple on Shelter Island, originally called "The Hut",
a subsidiary of Christian's Hut in Newport Beach, California. Two years
after it's opening in 1953, Tom Ham, the Hut's manager, took over the
ailing business, gave it a new name (after the movie Bali Hai was released)
and transformed it into
the most popular place in San Diego.
The Bali Hai had a Polynesian floorshow in the South Pacific Room where
many celebrities danced. The Bali Hai also featured it's own logo Tiki..."Mr.
Bali Hai", at the front door entrance to the restaurant he has
just been recently renovated. The other popular, yet misunderstood,
Bali Hai icon ( you can't miss him, he's up on the roof! ) is "The