I discovered Duke’s Beach House by way of Google Maps. I was looking at a map of our hotel on Maui and saw a place called Duke’s that looked to be very close to it.
I went on its website and thought the menu offerings sounded delicious; needless to say it was quickly added to my place of restaurants to try while we were there. Duke’s is located on the grounds of the Honua Kai Resort and Spa; however, you can access it from the walkway that goes along many of the hotel properties located on Kaanapali Beach. We ate there only for breakfast although I heard that they do a great happy hour and have some cool specials too (next time).
Although its website does say reservations are recommended, we didn’t have to worry about it for breakfast. The place was only moderately crowded, most likely with a lot of other East Coasters whose body clocks had still not adjusted to the local time. Although the restaurant is situated further back from the beach than some, you still have perfect views of the ocean.
One might think the prices are a bit high for breakfast and yet it’s Hawaii, prices are high for just about everything. D and I split the Maui grown fruit platter for $8.25, which included strawberries, papaya, pineapple, star fruit, tiger fruit (this is extremely exotic), and lychees and was accompanied by a light yogurt for dipping. This was terrific since back home usually the only fruits mentioned above that I can get at my local supermarket are papaya, strawberries, and pineapple, the latter two at extremely high prices. Other selections from its fruit and cereal section include half of a papaya, assorted cereals, and oatmeal, tropical island style (with mango).
For my entree, I ordered local kine eggs (organic eggs from Launiupoko Farms in Lahaina) which came with my choice of either wheat or sourdough toast and fingerling potatoes or Jasmine rice for $8.75. Other Hawaiian egg dishes included Eggs Benedict, Bikini Benedict (spinach, vine ripened tomatoes, macadamia nut pesto hollandaise), and Peppered Ahi Bennies. There are also five omelette selections that come with the same sides as the egg dishes.
D ordered from the Island Favorites section and got the Onolicious French Toast for $10.50, which was made with Molokai Sweet Bread and came with lilikoi lava butter. The waitress described it as being dessert at breakfast and within eating his first bite, D quickly concurred. He also ordered a side of applewood smoked bacon ($3.50).
I stuck with just water but D ordered a cup of Hawaiian Roast Coast, Maui grown ($3.00). Also available was a mimosa, a tropical fruit smoothie, and a drink we found to be ubiquitous with Hawaii, POG (Passion-Orange-Guava juice). Needless to say POG isn’t available back home.
All in all, the food was great, the portions perfect, and service greatly attentive. If you’re staying in the Kaanapali Beach area Duke’s is a great spot for a meal, and even if you aren’t, it’s definitely a drive worth doing.
Duke’s Beach House Maui
130 Kai Malina Parkway
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