This summer an old friend (who I hadn’t seen for over 12 years, since we’d been playmates back in Virgin Gorda!) was in Hawaii for a few days to begin his training for the Teach For America program. I have never heard of anyone else who signed up for Teach For America and got so lucky as to be assigned to work in Hawaii! Since it was his inaugural trip to the island, my other friend Aaron and I decided to take him to some of the most authentic beaches and of course, to some of the corniest, most essential Hawaiian tourist locations. One such touristy scene is the Barefoot Bar at Duke’s Waikiki, which I actually love because it is one of the few locations on Oahu where you can literally eat and drink on the beach. Even though it is a tourist hotspot and easily visible from the beach, Duke’s is actually tricky to find if you’re coming from the road/strip in Waikiki, because you have to walk through a hallway and part of a hotel lobby to reach it.
We had all already eaten, so we only ordered drinks (Thomas ordered the obligatory Mai Tai, since he’d never tried it). However, we saw our waitress bring a massive dessert over to the table next to us, and we couldn’t resist following suit. The dessert (the only dessert item on the menu) is only $7.95 and it easily fed all three of us. This scrumptious, overwhelming creation is called Kimo’s Original Hula Pie® and consists of a dark chocolate cookie crust underneath a mountain of macadamia nut ice cream (I think that’s the secret to why this pie is so wonderful) and topped with chocolate fudge, whipped cream, and more macadamia nuts. The pie is so epic that Duke’s has devoted an entire page of its website to describing what the pie is made of, where it comes from (Maui), and how to eat it.
Location: 2335 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 116 Honolulu, HI 96815 Phone: (808) 922-2268