Last week we had the pleasure of spending #AlohaFriday down at Duke’s Waikiki. An iconic Oʻahu dining and pau hana joint for visitors and locals alike, Duke’s is known for its scrumptious menu items, enchanting live music, breathtaking ocean views…and Hula Pie, of course! So we definitely couldn’t pass up the chance to celebrate Duke’s 25th anniversary at its gorgeous beachside locations.
Duke’s is named after the late Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaiian swimmer and surf legend known widely as the “king of the ocean.” Since 2007, Duke’s has been serving up delicious island-inspired fare, from huli huli chicken to ahi poke and sashimi. Diners are especially fond of the Breakfast Buffet, featuring made-to-order omelets, eggs benedict, banana pancakes, a variety of meats and more. Best of all, breakfast diners are treated to spectacular sights of the sunrise as it spills across the sparkling waters of Waikīkī beach.
For its 25th anniversary, Duke’s Waikiki threw a festive private party on Friday, January 19 for friends, supporters and media. We couldn’t wait to celebrate with Duke’s and spend Aloha Friday at one of the most beautiful spots on the island.
The party began with a warm welcome from Greg Ames and Darin Tann before they handed the mics over to Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning band Maunalua. We enjoyed listening to the smooth sounds of slack key guitar while chatting with fellow guests and soaking in the seaside ambiance.
While catching up with some old friends, I caught a whiff of something delicious. I ventured out to the poolside deck where a long line had already formed. Turns out there were multiple food stations situated throughout Duke’s, so I returned to the shaded hallows of the restaurant and waited in a much shorter line for delicious pupus including Korean tacos and make-your-own roast beef sliders with a scrumtious gravy au jus.
To commemorate this milestone anniversary, Duke’s Waikiki also unveiled its new “Legacy of Aloha” t-shirt design, now available in a short-sleeve t-shirt and will be offered as long sleeved later this year! Best of all, a portion of the proceeds raised from the Legacy of Aloha t-shirts go to community organizations that support ocean and environmental conservation efforts.
Topping off the perfect Aloha Friday afternoon was the new Duke’s Blonde Ale, reconceived by Duke’s Waikiki and Kona Brewing Company. Similar to its signature recipe, the new ale is brewed with lemon peel and imparted with a light citrus flavor, the perfect, refreshing beverage for a nice day at the beach!
The next time you’re on Oʻahu, visit the iconic Duke’s Waikiki to see what all the fuss is about! Whether you’re looking for a festive pau hana joint or a spot for late night cocktails, Duke’s is a great place to enjoy an authentic Hawaiian experience.
Lauded for its bustling music scene, Duke’s is also known for its afternoon “Concerts on the Beach” and late night live music, featuring the lauded “Wild Hawaiian” Henry Kapono every Sunday afternoon! Visit our website for the full live performance schedule.