Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board

Synopsis: In the movie, Johnny Kapahala, a teen snowboarding champion from Vermont, returns to Oahu, Hawaii, for the wedding of his hero -- his grandfather, local surf legend Johnny Tsunami -- and to catch a few famous Kauai waves. When Johnny arrives, he meets his new family including "Uncle Chris" (the 12-year-old son of his new step-grandmother) who resents the upcoming marriage. Chris's only interest is to join a mountain boarding crew led by a teenage bully. When Johnny's grandfather and his new wife open a surf shop that also caters to mountain boarders, they are soon embroiled in a turf war with a rival shop owner who wants to shut their business down. Chris's antics cause complications for the store opening and the wedding, but eventually he reaches out to Johnny who helps Chris find his place within the new family and settle a turf war between the dueling sports shops.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Director(s): Eric Bross
Production: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  2 wins.
90 min

- There's, uh...

- No.

- That's my Chris.

Your new uncle.

Hey, Chris.

- This is Johnny.

- Hey.

- This, uh, used to be his room.

- Yup.

Yeah, well, uh, he can have it.

It smells like fish.

Dude, that's just the salt air, or...

it might actually be fish.

I used to bring buckets

of stuff in here.

Mom thought it was gross,

but Grandpa was cool.


Well, Chris had his

first surfing lesson today.

- Yeah, that's right. That was, um...

- Lame.

I was gonna say cool, but, um,

dude, I totally understand.

When I was first learning,

I wiped out constantly.

- Well, Chris is gonna surfjust fine.

- Yeah.

He just needs practice. Right, Chris?


Oh, unreal, huh?

We don't got waves like this back

in Vermont, I can tell you that much.

- Chris is a real challenge, huh?

- Uh-huh.

Come on, Pono, you can say it.

Look, I'm sure Chris is totally cool

once you get to know him.


Thanks for coming, Pono.

It's the biggest day of my life,

and you being here made it bigger.

I wouldn't miss it for anything.

Oh, Houston on the outside!

- Oh, drop in, drop in.

- Whoa!

Some things never change, eh?

- Pono.

- Hey.

- So we hitting Sunset?

- Ah, nah.

- No time for surf today.

- Rewind.

I heard you just say something

crazy like no time for surfing.

Yeah. Come.

I wanna show you why

Carla and Chris came to Oahu.

- This is why they came to Hawaii?

- Carla's father owned this shop.

When he passed away,

he left it to her.


And, uh,

I'm going to help her get it going.


- You're gonna run a shop?

- Don't look so surprised, Pono.

Ta-da! Whoo-hoo!

So this is where

old surfboards go to die.

- What you think, Pono?

- It's, um... It's nice.

- Hey.

- Hey!

- The cavalry's here. Hey.

- Hey, Johnny.

- Hey.

So, uh, where's Chris?

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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