Duke's Waikiki Among the Best Beachside Restaurants on Oahu

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Dylan and Kelii
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Duke's Waikiki's General Managers

Dylan Ching, left, and Kelii Gouveia don their dark sunglasses in honor of the legendary Duke Kahanamoku.

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Duke's Anniversary Party
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A Round of Cheers for the Legendary Duke Kahanamoku

More than 200 people attended Duke Waikiki's 26th Anniversary Pau Hana party. Guests raise their glasses to honor the Duke.

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Duke's Kitchen Staff Members
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Kitchen Crew

The kitchen staff kept up with the demad for poke, gyros, lomi lomi salmon and kalua pig. Members include, from left, Kekoa Hussey, executive chef William Bruhl, Paul Rivera, Spencer Michels, Shane Tsuchida and Brent Cabbab

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Duke's 26th Anniversary Party
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Group Gathering

Outrigger Enterprises staff members joined the celebration, including, from left, Barbara Campbell (in green), Sean Dee and Luana Maitland (in yellow).

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Duke's 26th Anniversary Party
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Gracious Hosts

Duke Waikiki's general manager Kelii Gouveia and spouse Hanae welcomed guests to the party.

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Duke's 26th Anniversary Party
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VIP Guests

Local television news anchor, Diane Ako, left, poses with John Poehnelt and Lisa Perenchio.

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Duke's 26th Anniversary Party
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A Look of Surprise

Duke Waikiki's bar manager Kari Takaoka, right, was surpised by Michelle Whitton and Billy Paa.

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Duke's 26th Anniversary Party
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Hula Pie

Kimo’s Original Hula Pie® is made with Kimo’s favorite macadamia nut ice cream piled high on a chocolate cookie crust and topped with chocolate fudge, whipped cream, and more macadamia nuts. It is sized for sharing, but rarely goes unfinished.

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Duke's 26th Anniversary Party
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Dig In

Diane Ako and her daughter Olivia are all smiles as they dig into the famous hula pie.

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Duke's 26th Anniversary Party
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Fresh Island Poke

Among the menu highlights was the fresh ahi poke served over rice and garnished with edamame.

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Duke's 26th Anniversary Party
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Hops and Grids

In addition to cocktails and beers, guests were treated to a buffet of Hawaiian food, including kalua pig, teriyaki chicken, smoked beef, lomi lomi salmon and chicken long rice.

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Shaka of Approval

Didi Robello, left, and Tammy Fukagawa flash their shaka of approval.

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Duke's 26th Anniversary Party
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Old Timers

Kahu Dennis Salas, center, pays homage to a couple of old-time legends.

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Duke's 26th Anniversary Party
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Salad Station

Lomi lomi salmon was among the various salads available during the party.

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Duke's 26th Anniversary Party
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Happy Birthday Cake

A large sheetcake was created for the special occasion.

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Live Entertainment

Maunalua performed songs from their latest CD "He Inoa." The award-winning trio includes, from left, include Richard Gideon, Bobby Moderow and Kahi Kaonohi. 

By Simplicio Paragas

VIP guests, friends and families helped celebrate this venerable beachside restaurant's 26th year. Located within the Outrigger Waikiki Resort, Duke’s Waikiki has transported countless guests 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 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 Duke's general manager Keliʻi Gouveia in a released statement. “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.” 

Simplicio Paragas
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