Hawaii Eats: Duke’s @ Waikiki Beach

We were in Oahu on a super quick trip for David and Sarah’s wedding! (Yes, we flew from Boston to Honolulu and were only in Honolulu for four days!!) Here’s where our foodie adventures took us in Oahu! Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck, Ted’s Bakery, Matsumoto Shave Ice, Kuru Kuru Sushi, Duke’s Waikiki and Candi’s Cafe.

I don’t know why we went to Duke’s but I’ve first got to claim that it was not my choice to go there! It’s on the beach (literally on!) which made it a huge tourist trap, and an expensive one at that! We were all looking to have authentic Hawaiian food, and this place claimed to be ‘Hawaiian’, so we stopped there. When we got there, we realized that there was really nothing Hawaiian about this place, so courteously decided to order the bare minimum to not be rude. The group decided that we will then head to another place for real dinner, WHICH DID NOT HAPPEN! (Argh!!!!)

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On the beach with tikis! You could literally put your feet in the sand because all the tables and chairs were in the sand!

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Kalua Pork Pizza – $14.95: This was quite good! The crust was kinda normal and turned soggy after a while, but the combination of kalua pork, pineapple and cheese was just glorious! I guess it’s not uncommom for kalua pork and pineapple to be together.

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Calamari – $11.95: Shittiest calamari ever! It was so bad that I remember this every time I have calamari. These are awful, processed goop (no different from your chicken nuggets) that can’t even be bothered to be shaped to look like calamari. WTH you ask. Yeah, me too. Biggest waste of $11.95 ever. How is this even on the menu?!

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Fresh Island Ahi Poke Duo – $16.95: These were decent, but the serving size was abysmal. Although it wasn’t bad, it was my least favorite poke the entire trip. The soy poke had a very distinct soy flavor but nothing else (these usually had a good oniony flavor in addition to the soy flavor, but not here!) The mayo poke was fine. Not very flavorful, and very very mayo-heavy. Eh, I probably won’t eat this ever again.

Duke’s Waikiki

Address: 2335 Kalakaua Ave, Ste 116
Honolulu, HI 96815
Telephone: (808) 922-2268
Hours: Daily | 7am – 12am
Price Range: $$$ ($20 to $30 per person)
Overall: Meh.

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