Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board (Disney Channel Original Movie)

“Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board” is a Disney Channel Original Movie that premiered in 2007. It is a sequel to the 1999 film “Johnny Tsunami” and continues the story of Johnny Kapahala, portrayed by Brandon Baker, as he returns to Hawaii for a visit.

In “Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board,” Johnny is now a teenager living with his mom in Vermont. He has become an accomplished snowboarder and is looking forward to participating in a prestigious snowboarding competition. However, his plans are disrupted when his mom gets married to a man named Pete, played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and they move to Hawaii to join Pete’s family.

Once in Hawaii, Johnny is reunited with his grandfather, Johnny Tsunami, portrayed by the late Johnny Kapahala, who is a legendary surfer in the community. Johnny struggles to adjust to his new life in Hawaii and finds it challenging to connect with his new stepfamily, including his new stepsister, Sam, portrayed by Mary Page Keller, and her daughter, Emily, portrayed by Robin Pearson Rose.

Johnny’s passion for snowboarding is also met with resistance in Hawaii, where surfing is the preferred sport. Despite the cultural differences, Johnny is determined to follow his dreams and participate in the “Aloha Oe” snowboarding competition.

Throughout the movie, Johnny faces various challenges, both in his personal life and on the slopes. He learns the importance of family, friendship, and embracing his Hawaiian heritage. With the help of his friends and family, Johnny finds the courage to pursue his passion for snowboarding and also forms a bond with his new stepfamily.

“Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board” continues the themes of cultural identity and sportsmanship from the first movie, while also exploring the dynamics of blended families. It emphasizes the importance of understanding and respecting different cultures and the power of perseverance in pursuing one’s dreams.

The film received a positive response from audiences for its heartwarming story, positive messages, and the return of the beloved character, Johnny Kapahala. It further solidified the legacy of the “Johnny Tsunami” franchise and remains a favorite among fans of Disney Channel Original Movies.

Additional Details


  • Brandon Baker: Johnny “Pono” Kapahala
  • Jake T. Austin: Chris
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa: Grandpa Johnny “Tsunami” Kapahala
  • Robyn Lively: Carla
  • Mary Page Keller: Melanie Kapahala
  • Yuji Okumoto: Pete Kapahala
  • Jonathan McDaniel: Sam Sterling
  • Andrew James Allen: Jared
  • Rose McIver: Valerie “Val”
  • Phil Brown: Troy
  • Akoni Kama: Himself
  • Thomas Newman: Bo
  • Fasitua Amosa: Officer
  • William Wallace: Officer


  • Director: Eric Bross
  • Producer: Tobin McLane

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