Duke Kahanamoku vs The Surfnappers

Eric Overmyer

Enter total users


A play for children. When a statue of the legendary Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku comes to life, he relates his story to the Hawaiian children.

Production Info

Cast: 9 total (3 female, 6 male)
Full Length Comedy (about 80 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes
Category: Tag:

Press Quotes

“… Duke was the man. The play [is] essentially a not-so-thinly-disguised homage to his amazingly rich and humble life, from early Olympic beginnings to an acting career in Hollywood, to being sheriff of Honolulu, to returning home and basking in the role of Hawaii’s cultural ambassador … ‘Here was a man who was as important to the people of Hawaii as Michael Jordan was to Chicagoans.’ But we’re not talking some dusty history lecture … Who could resist getting sucked into such a timeless fable? Duke’s statue in Waikiki comes to life when it’s discovered that Hawaii’s surf has been missing for two weeks; the ocean’s ‘like glass,’ the groms say. This is no average flat spell, he realizes as the ultra evil Mr Double Bogey has plans to turn the entire Hawaiian Island chain into the world’s biggest golf course and convention center. Bogey’s holding the surf hostage and won’t give it back until Duke presents him with all Hawaii’s land deeds. So — in between historically informative monologues detailing Duke’s life — the good guys go looking for the surf, literally …” —Marcus Sanders, Surf News

About the Author


  • Eric Overmyer

    Eric Overmyer is a playwright and a television writer and producer. He graduated as a theater major from Reed College in 1973. His plays include ON THE VERGE, THE HELIOTROPE BOUQUET, IN A PIG'S VALISE, DON QUIXOTE DE LA JOLLA, NATIVE SPEECH, MI VIDA LOCA, IN PERPETUITY THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE, and DARK RAPTURE. Mr Overmyer has written extensively for television, including for Homicide: Life on the Street, The Wire and Law & Order, and has been nominated for two Emmy Awards. He received an Edgar Award for the television feature Rear Window. Overmyer was also a co-creator of the HBO series Treme, about musicians in post-Katrina New Orleans.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 7/22/2019
Pages 42
ISBN 9780881458305

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

by Honolulu Theatre for Youth in 1993.
It was then produced by Honolulu Theatre for Youth
in 1994, directed by Ron Nakahara.

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Duke Kahanamoku vs The Surfnappers is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC