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Bali Hai, San Diego, CA (Restaurant)
Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2008-08-11 6:24 pm   Permalink

Sabu,

Great to see you back posting your finds again. I picked up a postcard of that outrigger at Bali Hai some years ago, and yours is the only other one that I have seen. Here are a few more from my collection.

These are some older exterior shots





These are from an oversized card with several different views and a nice shot of a Mr. Bali Hai mug.





Here is an aerial photo



The male hula dancer



A few matchbooks.



And finally, the table card from the Polynesian Floor Show in the South Pacific Room (also in the BOT).


Check out the story on the back of the card for the Whalers Punch, this is great! Notice the limit of 3 drinks per customer.




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donhonyc
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Posted: 2008-08-17 11:23 am   Permalink

I was just in SD for an overnight to hang for a birthday for one of my wife's friends. My subconscious, I guess, told me not impose my Tiki obsessions for the night and I didn't even think of going to the Bali Hai. Next day like a light bulb on a Tiki lamp I remembered SD=Bali Hai. We headed over but unfortunately they were having a small wedding and weren't open for lunch. To make a long story short, the gift shop wasn't open either BUT through the good graces of common humanity they opened the door and I was able to purchase some goods. A Mr. Bal Hai mug, a Goof mug, and a Bali Hai Mai Tai glass. That place probably has the best gift shop out of any Tiki joint I have been to. Even better than the Mai Kai.

 
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arriano
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From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2008-08-18 2:15 pm   Permalink

I did basically the same thing on Saturday: requested the gift shop be opened and bought two goof mugs. A few days earlier I called and asked what the gift shop hours were. The woman who answered the phone put me on hold for a couple of minutes while she checked (??) and then came back and said, "Well, usually on the weekends, so, like, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. But anytime you're here and want to buy something, just ask and we'll open it up."

Seems like an odd way to do business, but whatever works.
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tikiyaki
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From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2008-08-18 2:28 pm   Permalink

Wow, can we get the bali Hai to decorate the place like that again ?



 
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Tiki Trav
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Posted: 2008-09-12 7:43 pm   Permalink

Yeah the old decor was pretty cool!

 
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Tiki Shaker
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Posted: 2008-10-24 7:57 pm   Permalink

I finally made my way down to the Bali Hai for the first time. I took pics, thought I would share.

















































 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2009-01-22 10:33 pm   Permalink

The original 1953 blueprints for the Bali Hai, when it was still called Christian's Hut. These photos are from the eBay auction of the blueprints a few years ago, which I lost









Here's a photo of the young architect with his parents just after the opening.


A tourist booklet from my collection


Barbara Rush and George Nader saying Hai.


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arriano
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Posted: 2009-01-23 08:49 am   Permalink

It's interesting to see how the tower changed from the original design. I think I like the original better. Boyle Engineering still exists, based in Newport Beach and with an office in San Diego.
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-01-23 4:33 pm   Permalink

Sabu,

Thanks for posting those old blueprints. I always enjoy seeing old sets of plans for Tiki places, such as in the BOT. The picture of the beaming young architect is great.

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-01-31 10:01 am   Permalink

Found some cool old photos from the Bali Hai while looking around for info on the Bali Ha'i in New Orleans.

The Goof At Night


The Goof on the Move


Lyman Swinging at the Bali Hai


Nose to nose with Jimmy Durante.


Mr. Bali Hai and the model - beauty and the beast


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arriano
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Posted: 2009-02-02 2:19 pm   Permalink

It's funny to see the photo of Durante from the La Jolla Light as I used to work for that newspaper. You can bet that his "vacationing in La Jolla" meant he was bettin on the ponies in Del Mar.


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-05-04 10:52 pm   Permalink

Thought I had seen just about every post card from the Bali Hai, then this one showed up.



Old School.


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-06-03 10:37 pm   Permalink

Yet another postcard view.



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Tiki Shaker
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From: Menifee, CA
Posted: 2009-06-05 10:03 pm   Permalink

This ad was in a San Diego Tourist Guide.








 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2009-06-06 05:52 am   Permalink

Wow! Can you zoom into that little photo of the A-frame with the dancers and Tiki? That must have been the side entrance to the gardens and the back porch where their dance troupe performed.

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