Joji Yoshida
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Friday - June 11, 2005
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I’ve been around the block a few times over when it comes to auditioning actors. Not to sound jaded, but I was getting quite bored with my recent experiences. And boy, did I get hit with a sledgehammer at a recent casting call. Every so often a talented actress gets discovered.

Kaiser graduate Amy Yeh has a
bright future in film

Well, that’s truly the case with gorgeous Amy Yeh, raised in Guam since she was a year old. Taipei, Taiwan, is where she was born. Amy graduated from Kaiser H.S. last week with fellow actress Tiffany Tudor. They both mentioned something about being relieved. Now Amy can fully focus on acting and auditions. Jennifer Garner, Lucy Liu, Orlando Bloom and Jackie Chan are her favorites actors; 50 First Dates and 13 Going On 30 for movies. Gilmore Girls starring Lauren Graham and Keiko Agena is her favorite TV show. Panda’s Orange Chicken, Italian and Japanese food are her choices when she’s hungry. Amy works at California Pizza Kitchen (but please don’t bug her for autographs). She speaks fluent Mandarin and Japanese and loves kicking it with her friends at the beach. Amy’s credits are Lord of the Flies and The Great Gatsby, both at Kaiser H.S. Dances hula at Ka Hale I ‘O Kahala. Studied acting with Kyra Poppler at World Talent. Amy is a newcomer to the film industry, but I know she’s going to be a star. You heard it in Hawaiiwood first …

Hawaii International Film Festival executive director Chuck Boller is in Shanghai, China. He’s part of the contingent with Gov. Linda Lingle taking part in a goodwill tour. Traveling with the entourage is director Kai Bovaird with cause & f(x) pictures. Chuck will be attending the eighth Shanghai Film Festival, which is the sister festival to HIFF. Chuck’s work has allowed HIFF tremendous growth in popularity the world over. He works to educate and promote people of different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds to come together for fun and entertainment. Last year’s event was a gigantic success with record numbers in every category. Chuck is an entertainment attorney and his career spans more than three decades in the industry. The 2005 lineup of stars slated to attend will be attracting a lot of fans. The festival will take place at the Signature Theatres at Dole Cannery. Stay tuned for the gala event in October …

Actress Sandra Kam studies taekwondo with Dan Sugita at Tropical Lightning in Waipahu. Her goal is to achieve her black belt and do well in the upcoming competition in Long Beach, Calif. Sandra was a stand-in for Amy Hill in 50 First Dates. The strange part is that they don’t resemble each other. Sandra got her first role as a student on Byrds Of Paradise starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. Other local actors who got their start in the show were Glenn Ortega and Sean ‘D’ Hoban. Sandra is the sister of Nadine Kam, who writes for the Star- Bulletin, and Nadine’s classmate at Waipahu H.S. was Vivian Verdadero. If the name sounds familiar, she’s the mother of actress Malia Verdadero, who was the lead in the film Kamea. Small world …

A graduate of Damien H.S. and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, cinematographer George Russell is one of the hardestworking people I know of. He’s currently working on the final script for Hawaiian Ghost Story. The film involves four housemates who move into a house on Sand Island. They encounter a ghost in the form of a Japanese girl. They seek counsel from a kahuna, who tries to solve the mystery behind the apparition. George is seeking investors to fund this local film project. A few name actors have shown interest. Can’t say who yet. George is also an actor in his own right. He was cast recently in the film Sunday Wind by filmmakers Shawn Hiatt and Michael Wurth. George’s most recent work can be seen on OC16 Hawaii’s Reel Stories about stunt coordinator Colin Fong and the Hawaii Stunt Association …

Kim Kubo was born and raised in California and her ethnicity is half Japanese and half Jewish. She made the Tops with PBN’S 40 under 40 in 2003 where the 40 top Hawaii professionals under 40 years old are honored. She has an advanced degree in business management and education in fashion merchandising and marketing. Kim currently works as a makeup artist, personal stylist and photographer with amazing energy! Her taste in actors are Julia Roberts, John Travolta and Sean Connery. Kim volunteers her time with her church to serve at neighborhood outreach programs, and as a big sister to young girls. Last year Kim was honored as the Community Servicewoman of the Year by Soroptomist International’s local chapter. She’s passionate about empowering and beautifying women by assisting them with their physical as well as spiritual lifestyle. If you need her excellent services, call her at 479-5299. Her website will launch very soon at www.kimkubo.com

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