WAIKIKI, HAWAII (February 21, 2008) – Continuing its mission to give back to the community and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture of aloha, Duke’s Canoe Club Waikiki – a tribute to Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern day surfing and a US Olympian Swimmer – recently donated $4,000 to the Polynesian Voyaging Society as part of its first Legacy of Aloha donation.
The Polynesian Voyaging Society was founded to research ancient Polynesian migrations, navigation and seafaring heritage, and received a Legacy of Aloha donation of $4,000. Surfing the Nations and SurfAid International, also received $3,000 each from Duke’s Waikiki.
“The Polynesian Voyaging Society is very close to our heart in that it seeks to preserve the ancient traditions of Polynesian navigating,” said Duke’s Waikiki General Manager Ross Anderson. “Contributing greatly to the Hawaiian culture, the Polynesian Voyaging Society has rekindled a passion for the seemingly lost heritage. We are so pleased to support its mission.”
Created in 2007, the Legacy of Aloha is a charitable donation program that fulfills Duke’s Waikiki’s mission to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture of Aloha by giving back to the community and to those that are in need. The program raises funds for non-profit organizations in Hawaii through the sale of an annual commemorative “Legacy of Aloha” t-shirt; $10 of each t-shirt sold during the year is donated to organizations that Duke Kahanamoku would have supported in his day, including water-sport related or canoeing organizations, ocean and water environmentalist groups, youth and elderly organizations and cultural organizations within Hawaii’s community. Organizations may obtain an application form from Duke’s Waikiki to be considered for as beneficiaries of the Legacy of Aloha program.
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, 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 dukeswaikiki.com.