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Everybody knows how to surf!
Aloha, Scooby-Doo! is the eighth installment in the Scooby-Doo Direct-to-Video Film Series produced by Warner Bros. Animation.

This movie shows Mystery Incorporated in Hawaii on an all-expenses-paid trip thanks to Daphne, who won a contest to design some new swimwear for a surf company called "Goha Aloha" (who's also sponsoring the gang's trip to Hawaii). Daphne's supposed to meet up with a company representative named Jared Moon in a town called Hanahuna Bay, which hosts an annual surfing contest called "The Big Kahuna of Hanahuna." However, there's a lot of conflict surrounding this year's contest—traditionally, the contest is only for locals, but the mayor has now made it open for everyone, including mainlanders. Also, there's been a lot of scary stuff happening in and around Hanahuna Bay, relating to an evil spirit known as the Wiki-Tiki, who also has an army of little tiki-demons. Not long before the surfing contest, the Wiki-Tiki and it's mini-demons attacked the beach where the contest is supposed to be held and kidnapped Snookie, a local girl—Manu, Snookie's boyfriend whose also the best surfer in the area (and is also the current "Big Kahuna of Hanahuna"), agrees to help the gang solve the mystery of the Wiki-Tiki and rescue his girlfriend.


Oh, and Daphne's in the surfing contest.

This movie provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Adam Westing: Adam West (duh) as Jared Moon.
  • Aloha, Hawaii!: The film has Scooby and the gang go to Hawaii.
  • Artistic License – Animal Care: Scooby eats loads of macadamia nuts without ill effects. Macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs.
  • Artistic License – History: When Manu is telling the story of the Wiki-Tiki, he mentions that the first settlers to Hawaii were a group of Portuguese on board the El Guerrero looking for new lands in 1815. In reality Hawaii had already seen foreign contact in 1778 (some evidence suggests earlier contact between 1422-1664). Hawaii was soon established as a modernized Empire by King Kamehameha with the help of the British in 1795, but in Manu's story, it looks like the island is still in the stone age. Other problems include the ship known as, El Guerrero, which in reality was a US ship, later given to the Spanish, but never the Portuguese. The explorers depicted are also oddly wearing plate armour and morion helmets, as if it was set in the 16th Century, as opposed to the 19th Century as Manu claims.
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  • Bare Your Midriff: Daphne does this for the entire film—although it's justified in that she's probably wearing a bikini underneath her main outfit for the film.
  • Convection Shmonvection: As expected in cartoons, the fact that the air near lava is just as hot as the lava itself is ignored.
  • Cool Car: The gang apparently couldn't bring the Mystery Machine with them to Hawaii, but they got a rental car that has the same coloring scheme as the Mystery Machine does.
  • Darkhorse Victory: To the villains, as Scooby unintentionally beats them in the surfing contest.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Molly Quinn finds out that Manu, the best surfer on the island, was scapegoating her as a "mainlander" and been attracting everyone's ire for Tempting Fate with the Wiki-Tiki. When he claims he still won the contest, she gets her own back by delivering the trophy to Scooby.
  • Dramatic Thunder / Tempting Fate: When Molly Quinn tries to assure Mystery Inc. how safe Hanahuna is, she says, "You're more likely to get struck by lightning than become some silly sacrifice." Cue lightning suddenly flashing with some very loud thunder, followed by a downpour.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Auntie Mahina; in spite of having the "dark shaman" reputation, she is very playful, quirky and extroverted. Lampshaded by Velma:
    She's a Shaman — she's supposed to be eccentric.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: After Fred claims, "Danger is my middle name!," Velma reveals that his middle name is actually "Herman," making Fred's full name Fredrick Herman Jones.
  • Given Name Reveal: Snookie's real name is eventually revealed to be Pamela Waeawa, which is the name that she and Manu bought all the local property under.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Shaggy does this when he, Scooby, and Velma have to cross a rope bridge, to persuade Velma to go first. She lampshades that they don't seem to know how probability works, before going ahead to humor them.
  • Innocent Bigot: Despite his dislike of mainlanders, Little Jim is rather friendly towards Mystery Inc. Also, near the end of the movie when the surfing contest is going on, when a mainlander-contestant wipes out after getting attacked by the Wiki-Tiki, Little Jim goes over to help the guy up and make sure he's okay (which the guy seems to appreciate).
  • Jerkasses: Pretty much all the non-local contestants is a jerk except for Daphne (who ends up entering the competition as a way to draw out the Wiki-Tiki).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Molly Quinn is a bit harried and overconfident, wanting her mayor job because she doesn't want to go back to selling shoes. We find out she had nothing to do with the monster, and she's understandably put out to learn she was a scapegoat while the real culprits hurt innocent people. She not only crowns Scooby as the best surfer for beating the Wiki-Tiki, but also throws a party for the gang to thank them for saving the town, and her job.
  • Lava Adds Awesome: There's conflict where the gang have to get past lava just because.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!
  • Macgyvering: When Daphne nearly falls from a broken rope bridge, she digs dental floss from her purse using her teeth. She turns it into a makeshift grappling hook to pull herself up the cliff. As she puts it, "Don't leave home without it."
  • Mr. Fanservice: Manu could qualify for this—being voiced by Mario Lopez definitely helps.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Daphne, even more so here than usual, since she's either in a bikini or a midriff-baring outfit for nearly the entire film. Manu's girlfriend, Snookie, could also qualify.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: The real culprits probably would have gotten away with their crime, except they made several mistakes:
    • Manu faked his kidnapping while taking the gang to Auntie Mahina the long way, through tall grass. Mahina reveals she actually lives next to the main road. This alerted Velma that Manu was lying to them because te main road would have been easier to navigate.
    • Snookie screamed and ran away from them when they were investigating the volcano and revealing that they were a rescue team. While at the time the gang concluded she was scared out of her mind due to a monster imprisoning her, Velma got wise when she did some homework later on the Internet using Snookie's real name.
  • Real Estate Scam Reveal: After Manu and Snookie are revealed to be the culprits, Velma reveals that they were doing it to scare away both the locals and the tourists to buy up all the property in the area dirt-cheap and then sell it back to the original owners at a huge profit.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: The Wiki Tiki is really Manu in a disguise.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A nene appears near the beginning of the film, being photographed by Velma.
  • Surfer Dude: There are a few surfer dudes here, specifically Manu.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: Daphne spends a lot of screentime wearing a swimsuit.
  • You Meddling Kids: Or, more specifically, "meddling mainlanders."


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