Joji Yoshida
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Friday - July 22, 2005
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Teen Caroline Oguma is hitting
the music scene

A young star on the horizon is 14-year-old singer Caroline Oguma. This amazing talent is about to break out in the music scene. This young lady is mature beyond her years. But like most teenagers, she likes going shopping and hanging with friends. Her CD was just released by record producer Mo Luv, who wrote and performed the awardwinning Anti-Tobacco Campaign video. Caroline’s endeavor is to follow Alicia Keys’ and Mariah Carey’s singing careers. Currently studies with William Daquioag at Performing Artist Academy. Caroline’s stunning looks come from her Filipino and Japanese ethnicity. She’s also been active in the pageants and was crowned Junior Miss Oahu Filipina 2000. Proud parents are Luz and Masaki Oguma. Caroline will be a sophomore attending Kapolei High School this autumn. Her CD release party is scheduled to be at the O’Lounge in September. Want to catch a glimpse of her sooner? Try Kunio Japanese restaurant in Waikele. You can ask for her autograph after she finishes eating. To book Caroline, contact manager Ogie Eulatriz and Outloud Entertainment at 728-7168. Next on Caroline’s agenda? Acting. It’s only natural …

Congrats to Lono Goo on the continued success of Makai, Ocean Lifestyle Magazine. He’s the publisher and editor of the monthly publication. He handdelivered the magazines to hundreds of locations when he first started. Amazing. The glossy features surfing, watersport and local celebrity articles. Includes a calendar of monthly ocean events for you hardcore athletes. On the cover of the last issue is cinematographer Mike Pritchett. The feature article was written by fellow MidWeek columnist Alison Stewart. The magazine is available free at more than 280 locations including Maui. Lono is a surfer so he knows the lifestyle in and around the water, so to speak …

My neighbor in the outskirts of Kahala is photographer John Garcia. He’s a graduate of nearby Kalani High School and already making huge moves in the industry. I met John through filmmaker Gerard Elmore on the set of Valtor the Great Vs. The Universe. To make a long story short, he impressed me from the get-go — so young and accomplished so much. On a personal note, he likes any film by Akira Kurosawa or Quentin Tarantino. Favorite actors are Uma Thurman, Halle Berry, Edward Norton and Morgan Freeman. His company, John Garcia Digital Media, provides many media services. Check out his website at www.john-garcia.com

Kimo Moore played the Duke of Athens in the Kennedy Theatre production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream a few years back. The Shakespearean play was directed by Terence Knapp. Kimo is an award-winning set designer. He helped build the interior set for the hit series Lost. The joke between us is that we both get cast for the same parts: drug dealers, pimps, undercover cops, thugs and various slimeballs. So far it’s working well for both of us …

In the band Steel Train’s music video actress Jan McGrath played the lead opposite veteran David Farmer. She played Gretyl to his Hansel. Kai Bovaird directed the video Better Love at the Paliku Theatre in Kaneohe. Other principal actors were Christina Simpkins, Laine Yoshioka, Lew Lappert, Ron Lake and kickboxing champion Curtis Bush. Jan’s granddaughter Jessica Shiarella was also featured. I recently saw Jan perform in the acting workshop at Kathy Muller Talent Agency. What a wonderful actress she is, and I’m certain all the young actors learned something that evening. Jan is on stage this weekend at the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre at UH-Manoa. She plays Egeus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Harry Wong lll and starring newcomer Joanna Sotomura as Helena. Don’t miss it …

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