Duke’s Waikiki celebrates 26 years

Duke’s Waikiki commemorates another year of success. The beachside restaurant celebrated its 26th anniversary on January 18.

“Duke’s Waikiki is proud to provide locals, visitors and guests from around the world with an unforgettable Hawaiian-style dining experience and we are excited for the future in the years to come,” said Keliʻi Gouveia, General Manager of Duke’s Waikiki. “Named in honor of surfing legend, Duke Kahanamoku, Duke’s Waikiki truly embodies Kahanamoku’s legacy and dedication to sharing the ‘aloha spirit’ with all who visit the shores of Waikiki Beach.”

In conjunction with its 26th anniversary, the popular restaurant and bar unveiled its latest “Legacy of Aloha” t-shirt design, now available for purchase online or at the Logo Booth inside the restaurant. Each year, Duke’s Waikiki designs a t-shirt as a fundraiser and donates a portion of the proceeds to support organizations concerning ocean and environmental groups, water sports and those proactively aiding our local communities. Legacy of Aloha shirts are currently available in a short sleeve t-shirt and will be available in long sleeve later this year.

Located within the Outrigger Waikiki Resort, Duke’s Waikiki decor harkens back to an earlier time reminiscent of the golden years of Waikiki Beach, when surfing was in its heyday, Beach Boys ruled Waikiki, and Duke Kahanamoku was the undisputed “king of the ocean.”

Duke’s Waikiki is located at 2335 Kalakaua Avenue, beachside in the Outrigger Waikiki Resort on the Beach. Validated parking is available at OHANA East Hotel. More at www.dukeswaikiki.com.

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