Duke Kahanamoku is well-known and loved across the islands. Whether you know him as the person who reinvented surfing, an Olympic gold medalist, Hollywood actor or have simply stopped to admire his larger-than-life statue at Kuhio Beach, there’s no arguing that the Waikiki native left monumental footprints upon Hawaii’s shores. Found in the midst of Kahanamoku’s childhood playground is a restaurant that strives to emulate his legacy.
“We try to be like how he was and how he did it back in the day,” says Keli‘i Gouveia, general manager of Duke’s Waikiki. “For example, our service, we try to be as good as we possibly can and engaging as we can. We try to match his aloha spirit — every day.”
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