As Hawai‘i’s greatest waterman, Duke Kahanamoku brought great honor and dignity to Hawaiian watersports through his stellar achievements as a surfer and Olympic swimmer and through his love for the ocean. Each year the competition honors those who, in the spirit of Duke, made a significant contribution to Hawai‘i’s watersports culture. The annual fundraiser supports the multi-generational services the Waikīkī Community Center has been providing to the community for the last 39 years. In addition, visitors could browse the craft fair on Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Great Lawn featuring local crafts, goods, games and activities for the keiki. Some of Hawai‘i’s finest entertainers also performed during the event. This year's event honored John Clark, a waterman, writer, and historian who has done much to perpetuate the stories and culture behind Hawai‘i’s surf spots and coastal landmarks. Clark is the author of “Hawaiian Surfing: Traditions from the Past,” “Hawai‘i Place Names: Shores, Beaches and Surf Sites,” “Hawai‘i’s Best Beaches,” and more.
Even though we didn't win any prizes, our ohana got to engage in friendly competition with members of our community, as well as enjoy time with each other. The rewards for their efforts was a complimentary beef stew plate lunch and some hard-earned beers; most importantly, they got to cultivate and strengthen their bonds outside of the workplace while enjoying all the advantages living in Hawaii has to offer.
Coconut Marshmallow Creme, Dark Manoa Chocolate, Graham Cracker Shell, Hawaiian Grown Cacao Dusted
Aaron Placourakis - President / CEO Tri Star Restaurant Group, JAS Restaurants & AMP Restaurants, LTD.
Debra Ching Maiava and Ric Maiava - Ken's House of Pancakes
Well-known and longtime Hawaii sportscaster Kanoa Leahey emceed the event with Chef Alan Wong and Honolulu Magazine Food Editor Catherine Toth-Fox serving as guest presenters for the ceremony.
2015 - Chef Freddie Billena - Pōmaika'i Ballrooms
2014 - Chef James Aptakin - MAC 24/7
2014 - Chef Ken Mackenzie - Tommy Bahama
2014 - Chef Marc Anthony Freiberg - Mariposa
2013 - Chef Jesse Cruz - Lucky Belly and Livestock Tavern
2013 - Chef Cyrus Goo - Café Laufer
2012 - Chef Long - Prima
2011 - Chef Roger Dikon - Regency Culinary Services and HRC founding chef
2010 - Chef Goran Streng - Tango Contemporary Café
2009 - Chef Matt Young - Hula Grill
2009 - Chef Keith Kong - Duke's Waikiki
2008 - Chef Chai Chaowasaree - Chef Chai's
2007 - Chef Russell Siu - 3660 on the Rise / Kaka'ako kitchen