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Bali Hai Restaurant, originally named The Hut 2230 Shelter Island Drive Built: 1953-55 • Architect: Raymond Frazier Originally a local franchise of the Christian’s Hut chain of Newport Beach Tiki bars, by the mid-50s its manager Tom Ham rechristened it after mythical forbidden isle of hidden native women in James Michener’s 1946 book, Tales of the South Pacific, which was later made into the Broadway musical South Pacific in 1949. Look for the iconic “Goof” and “Mr. Bali Hai” sculptures.


Stan Miller Yachts, photo by Stephanie Rose Bevil


While Shelter Island contains the most Tiki and


Maritime Modern style buildings in one location,


there are other hidden Tiki Modern-influenced throughout San Diego County.


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