Joji Yoshida
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Friday - July 29, 2005
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Zayla Toledo

Zayla Toledo was discovered at the 2005 Actors’ Showcase at the Waialae Country Club. She shared the silver screen with her gorgeous mom, actress Grisel Toledo. Their dramatic scene was my choice for best performance of the evening. Talent and looks definitely run in the family here. The event is produced by acting coach Wayne Ward to give exposure to local actors. She likes to read Manga, which are Japanese comic books. Her favorite movie is Constantine with Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz, but likes “anime” films too. Spare moments are spent with guitar and karate lessons. Zayla is new to the scene, but I’m looking forward to seeing her again … As a youngster, he specialized in the art of makeup. Introducing Bryan D. Furer, who’s been in the Hawaii film industry for over three decades. He studied with the best makeup artists in Hollywood. He’s Hawaii’s premier makeup artist. In 1981 he formed the only commercial makeup and effects company in Hawaii called Image Factory Inc., where he builds prosthetics, rubber props to outright scary monsters. He’s constantly in demand, working on films such as Pearl Harbor, Mighty Joe Young and Raiders of the Lost Ark. He’s worked with Tamlyn Tomita, Tia Carrere, Ben Affleck, Peter O’Toole and Richard Grieco, among many.

Actor Richard Grieco gets a touchup
from makeup artist Bryan D. Furer

TV credits includes Hawaii Five-0, Baywatch Hawaii and the current hit series Lost. To this day he studies filmmaking and stays connected with the local film industry. Bryan’s currently working backstage on Disney’s Beauty & The Beast at Diamond Head Theatre. David Spangenthal directs and stars in the production. On the light side, Bryan once gave me a pompadour hairdo a la Jack Lord when I played a detective on the New Hawaii 5- 0 pilot. That turned major heads on the downtown location …

Herman Cobile began his career as a stuntman in Magnum P.I. starring Tom Selleck. Then Herman went on to work with such notable actors as Gene Hackman, Kris Kristofferson, Matthew Broderick, Kim Delaney and Cheryl Ladd. Herman teaches at Progressive Streetfighting Combat Systems in Waipahu.

His style is comprised of techniques from different martial arts. He also trains with the Hawaii Stunt Association started by John Nordlum and Colin Fong. Herman’s credits include Marker, One West Waikiki, Blood & Orchids, Godzilla and Tour of Duty. His most dangerous stunt was in Uncommon Valor where he hung from a helicopter, then got smashed into a shack. Ouch! Need extreme stunts? Herman’s ready … Sean ‘D’Hoban hails from Maryknoll H.S. where he was an all-around athlete. He’s a proud alumnus, and many talented performers came from his school. He’s currently the stunt double for Dominic Monaghan on Lost. His most fun was playing a HPD officer in the pilot The Break filmed in Waikiki. Close, but no cigar, Sean almost got cast as a stand-in for Rob Schneider in 50 First Dates, but was turned down when the producer saw his hairy calves! True Hollywood story. His debut in showbiz was in Byrds of Paradise years ago. The series starred then-unknown Jennifer Love Hewitt. Sean was a popular former I-94 radio deejay. He holds a black belt in karate, and on top of that was an Eagle Scout. Despite all his fame, he’s still well-grounded … Welcome home to actor Don and Teri Stroud, who recently moved back to Hawaii. Don’s acting career started right in Waikiki Beach where he was discovered. He grew up in Kahala. His career started as a stunt double for Troy Donahue on the Hawaiian Eye TV series. Check out his extensive website at www.donstroud.com

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