Honolulu Theatre for Youth

Written and Performed by Moses Goods
Created in collaboration with the Bishop Museum
Produced by Honolulu Theatre for Youth

Hawai‘i’s first Olympic gold medalist and the grandfather of modern surfing, Duke Paoa Kahanamoku is unquestionably one of the most important and beloved figures in Hawai‘ian history. In many ways, Duke is Hawai‘i. He lived through Hawaiʻi’s transition from an independent Nation to a U.S territory and on to statehood. His gentle, welcoming spirit helped Hawai‘i gain the Aloha reputation that continues to attract people from around the world even today.

Using a minimalistic set and projections showing images and pictures from Duke’s life spanning from the turn of the century through modern times, we find Duke through his own eyes, through history’s reflection on his journey in a complicated era, and through the viewpoint of those who loved him. As playwright and performer, Moses Goods creates an unforgettable portrayal and transforms himself into dozens of characters to bring to life a true Hawai‘ian hero.
Best for Grades: 3rd+

– Available to stream for Families
– Available to book for Virtual Fieldtrips
– Available for digital engagement in continental United States and Canada through Holden Arts https://www.holdenarts.org/duke

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