Vog over Hawaii by Kaye Koddy | Script Revolution

Vog over Hawaii



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At a Waikiki resort, a mixup in the guests' shopping bags messes up their plans. After an island-wide chase, they converge on the North Shore where a Zen surfer sorts it all out.

“Do be careful here in Hawaii. It's a very tricky place."-- Lila Mavisham

Vog over Hawaii is a comedy set in Hawaii. The script features a disgraced sumo wrestler, a mind-reading kahuna, ET tourists, a renegade snake, Hawaiian legends, stolen art, an aloha shirt fashion show, and lava rocks.

Herman is visiting Oahu for the first time to attend a trade show. He’s from snowy Duluth, Minnesota, and can’t wait to get a glimpse of the tropical sun. But just when he arrives, the sun disappears in a thick blanket of “vog”--volcanic fog--that covers the island.

A cabbie tells Herman that vog is a very rare phenomenon, and warns him to be careful--maybe it’s a sign that Hawaii has other tricks in store for him.

Herman’s watch is stolen, his wallet disappears, and his fiancée ditches him. He falls for Sally, a phony hula girl. But Herman has a jealous rival: Nobozumi, a sumo wrestler, is smitten with Sally too. He confronts Herman at the trade show and challenges him to a duel.

Herman and Sally take off on a wild chase around Oahu, with Nobozumi in hot pursuit. Everyone ends up on the North Shore, where a judge on a surfboard appears just in time to sort out all the complications. It may not be an idyllic trip, but Herman gets to experience a side of Hawaii that most tourists never see--the tricky side.

I created a cocktail to sip while reading the script.


6 oz. ginger beer, well-chilled
6 oz. Tropic Haze IPA, well-chilled
1.5 oz. dark rum

Garnish with a sunburst lollipop and a strip of rainbow candy.

Submitted: December 3, 2019
Last Updated: June 11, 2020

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The Writer: Kaye Koddy

The first film I ever made featured my grandmother in a ghost story. She was the perennial star in our local community theater. It was always magical to me how my shy little grandma was transformed onstage into a brassy comedienne with drop-dead timing. I often wondered what would have happened if she had abandoned her top-secret moon cookie recipe and kugel pans and run away to Hollywood to seek fame and fortune in the movies. Just like her heroines, the classic character actresses who started their film careers later in life and became favorite aunts, spinsters, and battle-axes in movies of the 30s and 40s--May Robson, Elizabeth Patterson, Beulah Bondi. And of course Marie Dressler, who... Go to bio