Friday, February 17, 2012

Duke's on Sunday

Duke's Beach House, this is a restaurant chain named after Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968) He was a Hawaiian swimmer, actor, lawman, early beach volleyball player and businessman credited with spreading the sport of surfing. He was a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming.

The restaurants have spread out over three differenet islands and there are even two on the mainland. The one on Maui sits in a perfect spot on the beach at the Honua Kai Resort on Ka'anapali Beach.

When we first arrived at the restaurant I thought this was a great spot and it was. The only problem is the food was not great. Don't get me wrong, the food was good, just not great. Not what I expected for the location and the price. They touted a macaroni and cheese dish as being world famous and it may be, but I doubt it's famous for being the best mac and cheese. It was pretty much a bland tasting dish with extremely over cooked noodles. The rest of our food was also just OK. It wasn't bad but it wasn't something you would want to write home about either. I might mention the service was impecabble which helped make up for the food.

If you're looking for a place to sit and have a cocktail around sundown and watch the people and the beach then Duke's on Maui is a great place to be. If you are wanting excellent food I would suggest several other places including Kimo's in Lahaina.


  1. Really like the top picture, bottom one isn't bad either!

    Interesting review of Duke's. Sounds like they have a little work to do on the food part of their restaurant...

  2. I think his name has just about every letter in the alphabet covered! If it was me, I would call myself Al!LOL

    Sounds like a Hot Dog from a street vendor and leaning against a palm tree on the beach, would have been a better deal.LOL

  3. LOL Parker! You may actually be right about his name, the Hawaiian alphabet only has twelve letters.

  4. I agreed with Parker. Most of the restaurant in Kauai is not that great either. If you want good food, go to the one that local people hangout. But, make sure take a lipitor after your meal. The only way to save money on the food, you need to stay in the rental place that have a kitchen. Then shop at Costco, and buy ready made meals in the meat department.

  5. I like those oldies but goodies photos of the surfers. Too bad about the bland tasting Mac and should have just cooked yourself I bet it would have been better. ;) Have a nice week!


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