The Story of Mr. Bali Hai
Guarding the front entrance of the Bali Hai Restaurant is the Famous Mr. Bali Hai Tiki. Modeled after early Headhunters of the South Pacific, Mr. Bali Hai was first put on guard back when Tom Ham took over the restaurant.
Over the years, Mr. Bali Hai has changed colors numerous times not to mention suffered from wood rot etc.. For a full re-cap on Mr. Bali Hai’s recent restoration, visit Sven Kirsten’s Book of Tiki website.
About the Bone through his Nose! The original Mr. Bali Hai Tiki had a bone through his nose, but due to wood rot and weathering and time the bone fell off (or was removed). There is talk of replacing the bone and bringing Mr. Bali Hai to his full original look! We will keep you posted!!
The Mr. Bali Hai Tiki Mug was created in the shadow of the Mr. Bali Hai Tiki at the front door. The original mug was manufactured by Otagiri Mug Company and was served with a fabulous concoction of fine spirits brewed by the Bali Hai’s own resident witch doctor! Two holes in the lid made his head a party for two!
Recently, the Mr. Bali Hai Tiki Mug has been slightly remodeled and brought back to life by our friends at Tiki Farm. Once again, you can drink out of the Mr. Bali Hai’s head at the restaurant and opt to take him home with you.
There have also been several brothers to the Mr. Bali Hai Tiki mug that have been manufactured over the years. There were the Mr. Bali Hai Salt & Pepper shakers, which are highly collectible along with the Tiki Mug on eBay, and just recently, we commissioned Tiki Farm to manufacture the Mini Mr. Bali Hai Shot Mug!!
Be sure to visit our Gallery for historic pictures of the Bali Hai and collectible products from over the years!!