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Duke Kahanamoku's, Honolulu, HI (restaurant)
Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-11-26 4:40 pm   Permalink

I found a matchbook and a drink table card from Duke's.


Some other matchbook styles as well.



Here is the table card.


That Don Ho was a hard working performer with shows at 8:30. 10:45 and 1:00 AM.



A finally a great photo of Don Ho in action at Dukes.




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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-07-05 4:51 pm   Permalink

An old ad for Don Ho at Dukes with the Aliis. The show also included the great Tavana's Tahitian Review.



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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2013-04-26 7:14 pm   Permalink

Today's matchbook find











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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2016-12-20 3:45 pm   Permalink

Did a little more digging for info on Duke Kahanamoku's Restaurant at the International Market Place. The restaurant opened on September 1, 1961 with non-other-than Donn Beach handing over the keys to Duke.





The manager who ran the place was Kimo Wilder McVay, seen in these photos.





Duke hired Don Ho in 1963 when he was playing at his mom’s bar, Honey’s, in Kaneohe. The two became very close.






Do Ho performed at Duke's for many years and recorded his first album there.









Duke even hosted his surfing event awards ceremony at the restaurant, as seen here with Fred Hemmings and Miki Dora.





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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2016-12-22 10:35 am   Permalink

Martin Denny was also a featured performer at Duke Kahanamoku's










He even recorded his "Martin Denny in Person" album there with some live action photos on the cover.







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gitiki
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Posted: 2016-12-22 6:46 pm   Permalink

Man, that was a walk down memory lane for me; thanks for posting!
I grew up in Honolulu during the '60's, and spent a lot of time at the International Market Place. We never made it to Don's/Duke's; out of our price range, but Duke and Don Ho were a constant presence on TV and radio in those days. Hawaii was stil a fairly isolated place then, with much more of a small town feel than one would expect from if you've been to modern Honolulu.
Somewhere I have some old photos of a young me on the bamboo bridge. I'll see if I can dig them up.
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2016-12-22 7:25 pm   Permalink

Cool photo streak there, Dusty!

I used the live intro for that album on my "Sound of Tiki" CD, the announcer's voice is so enigmatic when he says: "...the Exotic Sounds of...MARTIN DENNY!" It's almost like you are there.


 
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heylownine
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Posted: 2016-12-22 8:57 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-12-22 19:25, bigbrotiki wrote:
Cool photo streak there, Dusty!

I used the live intro for that album on my "Sound of Tiki" CD, the announcer's voice is so enigmatic when he says: "...the Exotic Sounds of...MARTIN DENNY!" It's almost like you are there.



That's where that intro came from!

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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2016-12-24 7:47 pm   Permalink

Dusty- nice run of pics
Thanks for posting


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2017-02-27 4:27 pm   Permalink

News article from May of 1961 announcing the sale of the Don the Beachcomber restaurant to Duke Kahanamoku.






The article recounts all of Donn's other ventures at the time.

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