Hawaii's most-noted actor, Randall Duke Kim, who's appeared in leading roles with the New York Shakespeare festival, San Francisco, ACT, New Haven's Yale Rep and Lincoln Center, will make his Washington bow for a two-week run starting Nov. 28 in the Kennedy Center's Chautauqua Tent.

Kim has appeared in the title roles in "Richard III," "Perlcles" and "Hamlet," and his critical encomiums have rnaged from Mel Gussow's "adventurous" to Kerr's "superb." He'll be doing a one-man show, "Walt." Kim's own gleanings from Walt Whitman.

The production is by American Players Theater, a new non-profit group which plans to tour classic plays to middle-sized cities which don't boast their own or touring companies. Prices will run from $5 to $7.50. Details at 364-7201.

It's musical chairs time. Dore Schary's one-man play, with Robert Vaughn as "FDR," which was to have played Ford's, opens Tuesday at the National for four weeks. Vincent Price will return to Ford's that night in "Diversions and Delights" for one one week only. Because a Buffalo preview exposed "Sunset," starring Alexis Smith, as "unready," its Opera House slot in early january will be filled by "Timbuktu," the musical version of Kismet," previously slotted for the National. All clear?

Marianne Marcellin's "Moments in the Life of the Prodigal Son" will return to the Washington Project for the Arts. 1227 G St. NW, tonight through Saturday, bound for New York's La Mama on Nov. 10. Created and staged by Marcellin for The Attic Theater, Inc., the cast includes Marcel Bouquet, Matthew Coughlin, Susan Paccini, Joy Jackson, Sally Roffman, Lee Malone and Rick Venable. Details at 347-8304.

"The Merchants" Robert Maxwell, whom a radio voice keeps calling "Robert," critic-director Harold Clurman and Richard Barr, president of the League of New York Theaters, will be speakers at Friday's annual one-day symposium by The Theater School sponsored by the Friends of the Kennedy Center. From 10 a.m. there will be a series of workshops; the panel discussions will be at 1:30 p.m. in the eisenhower. Reservations at 638-2813.

Tubular bells will form the setting for the Oxford and Cambridge Shakespeare company's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," to be played Nov. 9 and 10 in Trinity Theater, 3514 O St. NW, George Washington University's Footlights Club is sponsoring the Oxbridge group, which will return in the same play Dec. 15 and 16. In director Peter Farago's concept, the "Dream's" fairies will play drums, bongos, sax, guitar, harmonica and congas.

Trinty Theater's upper-floor Actor's Studio is the setting for the new Georgetown Ensemble Theater Commpany's productions of two short plays to be staged by Charlotte Tighe. Jason Miller's "Lou Gehrig Did Not Die of Cancer" and Leonard Melfi's "The Birdbath" will be played this and the next two weekends. Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. Details as 265-4493.

Langdon Mitchell's "The New York Idea," which repeated its 1906 hit spring for BAM, the Brooklyn Academy of Music Theater Company, will be presented by Georgetown Workshop Theater in Christ Church Parrish Hall, 3116 O St. NW, tonight through Saturday and the same nights next week. In the audience will be the son and daughter of this once celebrated playwright, Weir Mitchell and valentine Mitchell Gammell. Details at 333-7305

Paradise Island Express, a theater company founded in '75 by director Jackhalstead, will present "Trueheart's Pass" Nov. 10-13 and 18-20 at WPA, 1227 G St. NW. Details at 347-8304 . . . The Washington Theater Laboratory, now at 1327 F St. NW. will continue "The Snow Queen," a folk musical from the Andersen fairy tales. Thursday through Saturdays at 8:30; details at 347-9415 . . . The Naval Academy Masqueraders are playing "Our Town" in Mahan Hall on the Annapolis grounds. Friday and Saturday nights at 8 through Nov. 19 . . .