Balhi Ha'i

San Francisco, CA
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San Francisco, CA
Opened in 2011

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Balhi Ha'i



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Decor 10
Drink Quality 10
Drink Selection 10
Mood 10
Music 10
Service 10
Tikiness 10
Tilt 10
Vibe 10

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Humuhumu’s description

Balhi Ha'i is the home tiki bar of Critiki creator Humuhumu (that's me!). My original home tiki bar, The Humuhumu Room
The Humuhumu Room
Seattle, WA
Home Tiki Bar
, closed when I moved away from Seattle in 2003. Balhi Ha'i made its debut in 2011.
Balhi Ha'i occupies half of the lower level of my home, roughly six times the size of the Humuhumu Room. Visitors pass through a dark jungle area, with nighttime wildlife sounds, before entering the main area, which plays an Exotica soundtrack. The room includes a built-in wet bar (vintage circa 1968) upholstered in avocado green vinyl in tribute to the green upholstery found in golden era Trader Vic's locations. There is a good amount of vintage rattan seating, and the room has its own bathroom. A rain lamp birdcage, decorated in tribute to Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room
The Enchanted Tiki Room
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Themed Attraction
, hosts a bird named Mimi. A large, firelit shelving unit showcases highlights from the mug collection. A dramatic, towering rattan chair with a scooped "wave" top has a hanging lit pufferfish named Jack. A floor-to-ceiling dimly-lit panel is covered with tapa cloth. Most of the carved pieces in the room are in a traditional style. Highlights include several large authentic Papua New Guinea pieces, a Maori-style plaque carved by Basement Kahuna, and a couple of Witco tikis. One wall has an arrangement of smaller pieces of art, including carved Maori plaques, some Coco Joe's "lava" pieces, and a few pieces of modern Tiki art.
Balhi Ha'i has its own logo, imprinted on custom zombie glassware. Stemmed drinks are served in vintage Noritake Bamboo pattern coupes. A rotating selection of tropical drinks is presented on a carved Marquesan-style tiki drink menu. There is a growing selection of sipping rums available. We host a party on the second Saturday of every month.
When not in use for bar entertaining, a projector screen comes down and the space becomes a home theater with surround sound.
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June 29, 2017, 1:20 PM
Just took a photo tour. Wonderful space you've got there.
Robin has visited Balhi Ha'i.
June 26, 2017, 2:23 PM
What a treat to visit this wonderful home tiki bar. It is so well done, we're really jealous of the place and thinking of our own basement bar :) Thank you Humuhumu for the hospitality and the great (really great) drinks!
June 22, 2017, 12:14 PM
I weep with jealousy at how awesome this bar looks. WELL DONE!!!
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