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Joji Yoshida
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Friday - July 15, 2005
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Teen model Tihani Correa is
busy working on her career

Gorgeous model Tihani Correa will attend Kahuku High School as a junior this fall. Her interests are Japanese culture and language. She hopes to broaden her cultural perspective and to speak the language fluently. I saw Tihani for the first time at the Barbizon Hawaii competition at the Ilikai Hotel. She was competing under the scrutiny of talent coordinator Doris Bikar. Tihani is currently taking college prep courses at the University of Hawaii and also is involved with ‘Olelo Community TV, taking production classes. She enjoys eating at Assaggio’s, mentioning Italian food as her favorite. She likes to watch movies with Angelina Jolie and Hayden Christensen in them. Tihani’s beautiful looks are a blend of Portuguese, Korean, Puerto Rican, French and Polish. Her next logical step would be acting. Look for her in a theatre near you …

Todd Locey is currently in Maracaibo, Venezuela, on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He’s a graduate of Kamehameha Schools. His film Celebration was screened at the 2003 Hawaii International Film Festival. Todd’s teacher at Kamehameha was Patricia Gillespie,who started the video production department there. I’ve seen many excellent movies produced by her current and former students. The future of Hawaii filmmaking looks promising with Todd leading the way …


Making waves on a different venue is pro surfer turned actor Matty Liu. He’s a hot promoter now and throws the best events in the islands. Matty was featured in the pilot of NBC’s Hawaii starring Michael Biehn and Sharif Atkins. The premiere was at Sunset on the Beach to a huge audience. It’s sad that the show was cancelled mid-season. Those were the days. Matty made his big-screen debut in the surf film In God’s Hands back in ’98 with Shane Dorian and Matt George. It was beautifully shot by cinematographer John Aronson. For those not familiar with Matty, he’s a five-time Hawaii surfing champion. He originally comes from Haleiwa, but resides in my neck of the woods. Hmmm, Kahala or Diamond Head? We’re both well aware of the paparazzi since the Lindsay Lohan shenanigan … I met writer Moon Yun Choi, who’s a staunch supporter of independent films, at the Honolulu premiere of To End All Wars. The film was directed by Big Island native David L. Cunningham. The film starred Kiefer Sutherland, Robert Carlyle and local actors James McCarthy, Les Ihara, James Larson and Yers Truly. Moon Yun attended Maryknoll High School, and USC where she was a French major. Fluent in the language, she landed her first job as a reporter in Tahiti. Lucky her. Her taste in film is so vast that she doesn’t have a favorite. She does like Russell Crowe and Tom Cruise. Moon Yun, a MidWeek contributor, also freelances for international publications. She was last seen at Chiang Mai, her favorite Thai eatery …


Moon Yun Choi and Lynne Halevi at
the ‘To End All Wars’ premiere party

Scott Lee Mason recently directed his first feature film The Orb starring Sarina Smith, Jenny Chang, Dezmond Gilla and Lew Lappert. Scott is a graduate of Punahou and Florida State University,where he honed his visual effects skills using claymation and Lego animation. Scott was the lead graphic artist at Mike Vasilinda Productions, where he created numerous 3D works for corporate videos. In Hollywood he shot a high definition film for the producers of NYPD Blue. His movie led to the graphic design work for the ABC series Threat Matrix featuring Melora Walters and James Denton. His dream is to build a movie industry in Hawaii that rivals Hollywood. It’s definitely happening now, thanks to Scott …

Aloha, Scooby Doo is the movie Tia Carrere did voiceover work as the character “Snookie.” Casey Kasem, Ray Bumatai and Don Ho also lend their distinctive voices to the movie. In another faraway locale, Tia filmed Supernova in Cape Town, South Africa, with Luke Perry of 90210 fame and Peter Fonda. Tia also worked with Ray’s brother, Andy Bumatai, and Yuji Okumoto in Aloha Summer, for you film buffs …


Filmmaker Scott Lee Mason
on the set of his debut
feature, ‘The Orb’

Stunt coordinator Colin Fong will appear on OC16 in Hawaii’s Reel Stories. The segment was shot by filmmaker George Russell. In the show, Colin explains the career of a stuntman is often treacherous without proper training and conditioning. He emphasized safety as the utmost of importance. Colin has more than 50 stunt coordinator credits and acts as the vice president of the Hawaii Stunt Association. His resume is packed with film and TV credits, and I don’t have enough space here to list them all. His most recent work was on Tides of War starring Adrian Paul and Catherine Dent. Colin has a background in music and plays the piano. So you see, he’s not just a stuntman, but a wellrounded individual. Check out his interview tonight on Hawaii’s Reel Stories on OC16 …

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