Duke Paoa Kahanamoku is one of Hawaii’s most famous icons. His love of swimming, surfing, canoeing, and bodysurfing won him several accolades, including Olympic gold medals. His legacy as the Ambassador of Aloha is visible in several forms — from his bronze statue on Kalakaua Avenue to one of the most popular restaurants on the Waikiki shore.
Locals and tourists alike crowd the famous restaurant and bar known simply as “Duke’s,” which is conveniently tucked on the bottom floor of the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel. The best time to enjoy the amazing atmosphere in this place is just before sunset. You can watch the surfers at Canoe’s or the sun as it sets just beyond your vision to the west.
All food comes with a salad bar free-for-all, and lighter fare is served on the pool deck below. My buddies and I like to go nightsurfing and then paddle up to the beach and grab a drink in our wet bathing suits before paddling back out for more surf.
The atmosphere at Duke’s really is hard to beat. It’s the perfect combination of island relaxation, friendliness, and fun.
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