February 27-28, 2016
Saturday @ 8pm
Matinee Sunday @ 3pm

Hawaii’s Moses Goods is DUKE!

Directly from HAWAII, playwright/actor Moses Goods tells the story of the heroic Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, U.S. Olympic swimmer, grandfather of modern surfing, actor, and friend of celebrated philanthropist Doris Duke. A Family audiences feature. IN THE BRONX!

A feature event of PregonesPRTT’s 21 Islands Project.

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The thrilling story of Hawaii’s greatest athlete and the grandfather of modern surfing: Duke Kahanamoku, unquestionably one of the most important and beloved figures in sports history.

Master storyteller Moses Goods creates an unforgettable portrayal of an extraordinary life.

“From the Olympic trials to Hollywood, from a daring surfboard rescue to the romance of Duke falling in love – the spirit of aloha is depicted vividly in this warm portrayal of the Hawaiian hero. ” – Christian Dose • Hitting The Stage.

Born in Honolulu in 1890 he grew up near Waikiki Beach, the son of a police captain. In 1911, he broke 3 freestyle world records in Hawaii’s first ever AAU swim meet at Honolulu Harbor. He won a place on the American swimming team at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, the only Hawaiian present. Duke won Hawaii’s first Olympic gold medal for 100-meter freestyle, and a silver medal for the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. The Philadelphia Inquirer called Kahanamoku “a human fish.” In 1917, Duke rode a monster wave 1-1/8 miles at Waikiki on a wooden surfboard without a skeg or leash–one of the longest rides in memory. He appeared in more than two dozen movies; as a pirate, bodyguard, soldier, Sioux Indian, Turk, Hindu, Persian, and South Sea Islander. In the 1920 Olympics, he won two gold medals in 100-meter freestyle and 4×200-meter freestyle relay. He was 8 years older but his new world record was faster than his 1912 victory. In 1925, when a 40-foot yacht called Thelma capsized near Newport Beach in a turbulent sea, he used his surfboard to swim out to the craft three times to save eight passengers from drowning. Called the “King of all Swimmers,” Duke used his fame to bring surfing into popular culture. From 1934-1960, he was elected Sheriff of City and County of Honolulu 12 times. In 1959, Duke became Honolulu’s paid “Ambassador of Aloha.” He taught the hula to England’s Queen Mother Elizabeth. He was the first person inducted into both the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Surfing Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame. In 1990, a statue was dedicated at Waikiki on the centennial of his birth. In 1999, Surfer Magazine called Kahanamoku “Surfer of the Century.”

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The NY premiere of DUKE  is made possible, in part, by public funds from the First People’s Fund, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the NYS Council on the Arts. Pregones is a Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). This project is made possible in part by support from the NPN Performance Residency Program. Major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information:



About Moses Goods
Originally from the island of Maui, Moses Goods is a professional storyteller, writer and award-winning actor. He also studies hula under Kumu Hula Māpuana de Silva of Hālau Mōhala ‛Ilima. Moses began his performing career in the University of Hawaii’s Department of Theatre and Dance in 1999 and has since traveled the globe sharing the stories of Hawaii’s Kūpuna (ancestors) with audiences in Europe, the continental United States, the Pacific Islands and Canada. Moses has done extensive work as a company actor with the renowned Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Other professional theatre involvement include work with the long running production ‛Ulalena and The Legend of Kaululā’au, a one man show whose lengthy run included performances on Maui, Honolulu and in Edinburgh Scotland. In May of 2015 he traveled with fellow storytellers Kealoha Kelekolio and Lelea‘e Wong to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC to share stories of Pele and Hi‘iaka.

In addition to writing his own storytelling material, Moses’ playwriting credits include Lono’s Journey, The Charge of ‛Ai‛ai and The Magical Pū Stealer. He collaborated with the Honolulu Theatre for Youth and Bishop Museum to develop the one-man show about the legendary Duke Kahanamoku .


Advance Tickets
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Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 8pm

Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 3pm

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Pregones Theater
575 Walton Avenue
The Bronx, NY 10451

Located on Walton Avenue between 149th and 150th Streets in The Bronx.


“Moses Goods’ performance as Duke deserved every minute of the standing ovation it received as the countless hours of tedious work are evident in this well crafted production.” – Christian Dose • Hitting The Stage, Hawaii

“Goods and [Director] Johnson make an excellent duo, painting for the audience an engaging image of this great man – Duke.” – Christian Dose • Hitting The Stage, Hawaii

“This one-man show was written by and stars theater royalty, Moses Goods, as he deftly maneuvers through the life and times of one of Hawaii’s most beloved surfing icons, Duke Kahanamoku. Goods’ take on Kahanamoku is probably one of the best examples of a beloved local son honoring another through his art.”– Troy M. Apostol • Hitting The Stage, Hawaii