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T S Restaurants to open fourth Maui location at Honua Kai

By Staff | Sep 17, 2009

Legendary waterman Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (Aug. 24, 1890 – Jan. 22, 1968) was an Olympic swimmer and Hall of Fame surfer.

KAANAPALI — Duke’s Beach House is slated to open at the new Honua Kai Resort and Spa in late December 2009.  

Owned and operated by Maui-based T S Restaurants, Duke’s Beach House will provide guests an authentic Hawaiian dining experience and glimpse into the life of the restaurant’s namesake, Duke Kahanamoku. 

“In the tradition of T S Restaurants, guests at Duke’s Beach House will love the restaurant as much for its period-inspired interiors and outdoor dining area, as for its service with aloha and delicious food,” said Bill Terry, T S Restaurants vice president of Hawaii Operations.  

“Duke Kahanamoku was all about sharing the aloha spirit, and our new Maui restaurant will reflect his love for the Hawaiian culture.”

T S Restaurants is the parent company of eight Hawaii restaurants, including Kimo’s, a landmark in Lahaina since 1977.

Fresh, locally sourced ingredients will be featured throughout the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus at Duke’s.  

”The cuisine is Hawaiian influenced with a focus on fresh, sustainable seafood and premium steaks,” said Shaughn Helliar, general manager of Duke’s Beach House.  

“The team at Duke’s Beach House is looking forward to providing the residents and visitors of Maui with the Duke’s dining experience they know and love from our other locations, enhanced by a locally inspired menu.”

The new restaurant will overlook the crystal waters of Kaanapali North Beach. The scale and ambiance of this open-air restaurant will be more residential in feel than other Duke’s restaurants, T S Restaurants reported.

Design team Philpotts and Associates will be responsible for the décor, which will feature an extensive collection of Duke Kahanamoku memorabilia, including period photographs, koa outrigger canoes, vintage surfboards and Hawaiiana.

Duke’s Beach House will be the 13th location for T S Restaurants and join the ranks of the other Duke’s Restaurants in Waikiki, Kauai, Huntington Beach and Malibu.

“We are thrilled to welcome Duke’s Beach House,” said Ed Sowers, general manager of Honua Kai Resort and Spa.  

“We have a commitment to creating an ambiance where visitors and homeowners can experience connection to family, friends, sand, sea and aloha, and Duke’s Beach House reflects that promise.”

Founded in 1977 by Rob Thibaut and Sandy Saxten, T S Restaurants is one of the largest dinner house chains in Hawaii.