The kind ladies from Historic San Diego kept us company much of the time and documented a lot of the work with photos and videotape. Many of the Shelter Island locals seem to have forgotten Mr. Bali Hai's name. We heard him referred to as "Big Kahuna guy" and "Mr. Raisin Head"...
The Baumann family who owns The Bali Hai are the greatest! The other evening Jody and I were treated to the original Mr. Bali Hai cocktail (which has not been on the menu for years). I was glad to see that the drink is a nice brown color (very fitting!).
The re-dedication ceremony for Mr. Bali Hai will (most likely) occur in early October. It all depends on when Historic San Diego will be able to get the most press out there. And everyone at the Bali Hai is excited about Tiki Farm's reissuing the Mr. Bali Hai mug!! (There was a prototype in the giftshop window which stirred up LOTS of interest while we were there).
We'll keep you posted!
A great big Mahalo to Larry Baumann and his generous family for their trust
and allowing us to make a mess in front of their beautiful restaurant for
three whole days. Also thanks to Louise and Pamela of Historic San Diego
for all their support in making this big step toward the preservation of
Shelter Island's historic "tiki district."