Friday - March 11, 2005
A young star on the rise Matthew Y. Thompson is an amazing talent I saw in an episode of the ABC series Lost. This young gentleman is mature beyond his years; when I first met him I thought he was much older. Not because he’s tall for his age, but the way he carried himself.
Matthew Y. Thompson, at 13, has acted
on ‘Lost’ and is close to a tae kwon do
He’s 13 going on 30, and I mean that in a positive way. Matthew is also accomplished in tae kwon do and one step away from earning his black belt. His favorite pastime is eating pepperoni pizza, cookie dough ice cream and going shopping at Wal- Mart. Not in a specific order though. Running around with his dog Terry gets both of them plenty of fun and exercise. His acting credits include Jo-Jo’s Island and Ohana Hotel and Resorts promo spot. He’ll make an appearance at the Actors’ Showcase April 15 at the Waialae Country Club. I’ll be there …
Jaime Abregana Jr.: martial artist,
boxer and more
Martial artist Jaime Abregana Jr. grew up in Hawaii. His ethnic background is Filipino, Irish, Japanese and Puerto Rican. He first studied karate, kenpo and jujitsu in 1968 under his father, Grandmaster Jaime Abregana Sr., founder of the Ewa Kenpo Karate Club. In 1978, Jaime was awarded his black belt, then he entered the United States Army. During that period he earned a B.A. in accounting. He was also an outstanding amateur boxer in the ’70s. In 1995 and 1996 Jaime won two World Kali Traditional full-contact competitions in Mindinao, Philippines. In 1995 he began the Hawaii Martial Arts Society, which now has members from around the world. In 2004 Jaime started the Hawaii Entertainment Association. The membership-based association is a unique organization composed of members in the entertainment industry. Hawaii Entertainment Association operates as a virtual meeting place for its members, and the organization is dedicated to bond ing the different cultures via networking events and educational programs. You can access the website at http://www.hawaiientertainmentassociation. com.
Next up for Jaime? He’ll produce and act in Showdown, the independent film slated to begin production soon …
Ron Nagasawa, Russell Tanoue, Juliet Lighter and Joji at the
MidWeek The Weekend bash
MidWeek had a grand party at Zanzabar last week to premiere the new MidWeek the Weekend. Publisher Ron Nagasawa opened the festivities with a stirring speech. The place was jumping with entertainment and music. Oh yeah, the food was marvelous. Among the celeb guests present were Alan Arato, Kim Gennaula, Peter Carlisle, Guy Hagi, Tom Moffatt and a few hundred more. Also present were the beautiful writers MidWeek’s Katie Young, Yu Shing Ting, Linda Dela Cruz and Melisa Uchida (also a KHNL TV reporter). No, they didn’t pay me to write that! Just my humble opinion. A big thank you to editor Don Chapman and president Dennis Francis for this great new addition, MidWeek the Weekend! Last, but not least, to all the staff and production people, you’re the best! Enjoy the weekend …
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