Food Finds: Waikiki

Duke's Waikiki

Duke out the long lines of O‘ahu diners and you'll find yourself handsomely rewarded with a seat at the award-winning Duke's Waikiki. This landmark Waikiki restaurant has been serving guests from around the world for dozens of years, evoking redolent reminders of Hawai‘i's brilliant sunsets, Waikiki Beach's gentle waves, swaying palm trees and healthy helpings of Duke's equally unforgettable Hula Pie.

Make a reservation early and kick off your slippers (flip flops) with a drink or two and a few pupus (appetizers) at the Barefoot Bar. Their lineup of live entertainment and parade of patrons makes it the perfect place to people watch, while digging into your dinner of fresh fish and their miles-long salad bar (if you're craving something on the lighter side).

And make sure to save room at the end for Duke's Waikiki's world-famous Kimo's Original Hula Pie (this pie-mazing dessert is one which travelers still wax poetic about years later). Whipped up with macadamia nut ice cream on a cookie crust with fudge, whipped cream and chopped macadamia nut to top it off, it's no wonder that Duke's serves up dozens of these pies daily. We call it our own little slice of Hawai‘i dessert heaven.

 

Know Before You Go

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Don't duke it out for a seat. Make a reservation and kick off your slippers with a drink at the iconic Barefoot Bar.

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This is one of our favorite places to people watch over a meal of fresh fish and live entertainment.

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Soak in the open-air ambiance, but pack a light sweater to ward off the chilly sea breezes.

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