Duke's Waikiki Surfs Into Sweet 16th Anniversary

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Restaurant Supports Surfing Community with Legacy of Aloha Donation

(Right to Left) Duke's Waikiki Senior General Manager Ross Anderson, Surfing the Nations Founders Tom Bauer and Cindy Bauer. Photo credit: Brett Uprichard

Through Duke's Legacy of Aloha, we're helping programs providing vital services to not only the Hawaii community, but to international communities as well. Surfing the Nations is a shining example of community service and we're sure Duke would have supported its efforts in his day.

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Duke's Waikiki - a tribute to Father of Modern Day Surfing and U.S. Olympic swimmer, Duke Kahanamoku - marked a milestone on Friday, January 23, 2009 as it surfed into its Sweet 16th Anniversary. In celebration, the landmark Waikiki restaurant supported the surfing community with a donation to Surfing the Nations as part of its Legacy of Aloha program.

Surfing the Nations is a non-profit organization dedicated to impacting local and international communities through the sport of surfing and community service, and received $3,000. The Hawaii Food Bank also received $7,000. The organizations were recognized and presented with checks at Duke's 16th Anniversary party.

"It's in our make-up to support the surfing community; surfing is part what Duke's Waikiki is all about," said Duke's Waikiki General Manager Ross Anderson. "Through Duke's Legacy of Aloha, we're helping programs providing vital services to not only the Hawaii community, but to international communities as well. Surfing the Nations is a shining example of community service and we're sure Duke would have supported its efforts in his day."

The Legacy of Aloha charitable donation program supports Duke's Waikiki's mission to give back to the community and perpetuate Hawaiian culture. Funds are raised through the sale of an annual commemorative "Legacy of Aloha" t-shirt; $10 from each t-shirt sold benefit the Legacy of Aloha program. Each year Duke's Waikiki selects organizations that Duke Kahanamoku would have supported in his day as the Legacy of Aloha recipients, including water-sport related or canoeing clubs, ocean and water environmental groups, youth and elderly organizations, cultural preservation societies, and agencies that are providing support and aloha to those in need.

Duke Kahanamoku was a Hawaiian native, Beach Boy, U.S. Olympic gold medalist swimmer, and more popularly known as the "Father of Modern Day Surfing." He took surfing to Australia and California, further popularizing the sport overseas and formed the Duke Kahanamoku Surfing Classic in 1965. Duke was inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. The Duke Kahanomoku Invitational Surfing Championships are named in his honor, as well as Duke's Canoe Club Waikiki, Duke's Malibu, and Duke's Huntington Beach.

As one of the 13 T S Restaurants located throughout Hawaii and California, Duke's Waikiki was founded on the T S Recipe of Success, which includes offering oceanfront dining, a sense of place (in Duke's case: an "old" Hawaii ambiance), Island-style entertainment, reasonably priced Hawaii regional cuisine, and friendly service with aloha.

Duke's Waikiki is located beachside in the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach Hotel and is a partnership between T S Restaurants and Outrigger Hotels & Resorts. Named "Best Place to Take Visitors" by Honolulu Magazine in the 2008 Hale 'Aina Awards and "Best Place to Go on a Sunday" by Honolulu Weekly in its 2008 Readers' Picks, Duke's Waikiki pays tribute to Duke Kahanamoku and provides its customers with an authentic and enjoyable Hawaiian-style dining experience. Duke's Waikiki is located at 2335 Kalakaua Avenue. Validated parking is available at Ohana East Hotel, 2375 Kuhio Avenue. For dinning reservations call (808) 922-2268 and for more information visit http://www.dukeswaikiki.com.

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Jocelyn Collado or
Maria McGregor
Becker Communications, Inc.
(808) 533-4165

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