Barefoot, Spirited and Gracious as Ever -- Hawaii's Duke Comes Ashore at Ka'anapali Beach

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Beachside restaurant on West Maui's famous Ka'anapali shore to evoke the spirit of a younger Hawaii and the good nature of original beachboy, surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku.

Ka` Even as he subdued towering waves and dominated the world of surfing, Hawaii's Duke Kahanamoku impressed the world with his gentle manner, friendly ease, authenticity and dignified aloha. In this spirit, the beachside restaurant to be created on lovely Ka'anapali Beach will evoke the Duke's extraordinary ho'okipa (hospitality) and the heyday of Hawaiian surfing over which he presided.

Intrawest Corporation, the world leader in destination resorts and adventure travel, announces their collaboration with T S Restaurants, Inc., Hawaii's premier high-concept restaurant operator, to create Duke's Maui at the Honua Kai Resort.

In architectural and interior design, menu and service philosophy, the new restaurant will underscore Intrawest's commitment to create at Honua Kai a rare community reflecting an extraordinary sense of place, designed in deference to the land and the Hawaiian people. Its rare location on the last available beachfront in Ka'anapali, arguably one of the finest beaches in America, is a T S trademark.

"We're thrilled to have found in T S Restaurants a partner who knows and loves everything that is extraordinary about Hawaii, and who brings a rich and comprehensive vision for authentic, memorable dining experiences," said Trevor Dunn, Intrawest's regional director of lodging. "Their long track record of success will go far in sustaining Duke's Maui as a flagship amenity for Honua Kai."

Overlooking the emerald waters and teeming coral beds of Maui's western shore, with breathtaking sunset views of neighboring islands Molokai and Lanai, Duke's Maui at Honua Kai will offer leisurely upscale dining featuring a casual menu of the freshest island fish, prime steaks, seasonal produce and local flavors complemented by exotic tropical cocktails. Residents and guests of the resort will also enjoy pool and room service by Duke's.

"Honua Kai's homeowners and guests can feel comfortable that when they are visiting the property, they're going to experience an outstanding level of flavor, freshness, creativity, service and aloha that meets their expectation of a Hawaiian vacation," said Bill Parsons, CEO of T S Restaurants.

In the tradition of other Duke's restaurants by T S, guests at Duke's Maui will love the restaurant as much for its period-inspired interiors and outdoor dining area as for its hospitality and food. The 7,500-square-foot facility (which includes 2,500 square feet of outdoor dining and bar space) will feature an extensive collection of Duke memorabilia, including period photographs, koa outrigger canoes, surfboards and vintage Hawaiiana. Live Hawaiian music performed outdoors amid the sway of balmy island trade winds is a Duke's hallmark. Interior textures typically feature Hawaii's endemic botanicals and hardwoods, including thatched palm, rich koa, bamboo and lauhala.

The restaurant will operate seven days a week, offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and bar service. Honua Kai architect, WCIT of Honolulu, plans a one-story, old Hawaiian, open-air style for the residential-scale building. Completion is estimated for late 2008.

The Beach: Muse and Life for Duke Kahanamoku

"I have never seen snow and do not know what winter means. I have never coasted down a hill of frozen rain, but every day of the year where the water is 76 degrees, day and night, and the waves roll high, I take my sled, without runners, and coast down the face of the big waves that roll in. How would you like to stand like a god before the crest of a monster billow, always rushing to the bottom of a hill and never reaching its base, and to come rushing in for a half a mile at express speed, in graceful attitude, of course, until you reach the beach and step easily from the wave to the sand?" ~ Hawaii surfing legend, Duke Paoa Kahanamoku (1890-1968)

Maui: Muse and Life for Honua Kai

"All our work at Honua Kai culminates in one goal: to cherish Maui -- one of the most storied and beloved places in the world -- by creating the ultimate vacation and lifestyle experience at Honua Kai," Dunn concluded. "Our choice of restaurant partner and the Duke's concept reveal how truly uncompromising we are in this regard."


Intrawest Corporation is a world leader in destination resort and adventure travel. Intrawest has interests in 10 resorts at North America's most popular mountain destinations, including Whistler Blackcomb, a host venue for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Intrawest owns Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world, and an interest in Abercrombie & Kent, the world leader in luxury adventure travel. The Intrawest network also includes Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Florida and Club Intrawest -- a private resort club with nine locations throughout North America. Intrawest develops real estate at its resorts and at other locations across North America and in Europe. Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit

T S Restaurants

T S Restaurants develops, builds and operates high-quality restaurants in California and Hawaii. All restaurants are located in prime locations in Hawaii and California's best resort areas, with all restaurant concepts reflecting the culture of their respective markets. One of the largest dinner house operators in Hawaii, T S Restaurants is ranked the 89th largest company in the state by Hawaii Business magazine. The restaurants, in order of opening dates, include: KIMO'S (Lahaina, Maui); JAKE'S ON THE LAKE (Lake Tahoe, California); JAKE'S DEL MAR (Del Mar, California); LEILANI'S ON THE BEACH (Ka'anapali, Maui); KEOKI'S PARADISE (Poipu Beach, Kauai); SUNNYSIDE RESORT (Lake Tahoe, California); DUKE'S CANOE CLUB (Kalapaki Beach, Kauai); LA QUINTA CLIFFHOUSE (Palm Springs, California); DUKE'S CANOE CLUB (Waikiki Beach, Oahu); HULA GRILL (Ka'anapali, Maui); DUKE'S MALIBU (Malibu, California); DUKE'S HUNTINGTON BEACH (Huntington Beach, California); and HULA GRILL WAIKIKI (Waikiki Beach, Oahu).

More Information

For more information about Honua Kai, visit or call 1-866-678-1310.

Media Contacts:

Heather Kirk or Laura Serena

Immedia PR

For Playground Destination Properties Inc.

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This is not an offer to sell, nor a solicitation of an offer to buy, to residents of any state or province in which restrictions and other legal requirements have not been fulfilled. This offer is void where prohibited by law. The prices, plans, amenities, availability and improvements are subject to change without notice. Improvements, facilities and programs are in formative stages, and there is no guarantee that they will be completed or developed.

Playground Destination Properties Inc. is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Hawaii.


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