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Joji Yoshida
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Friday - September 02, 2005
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You can catch Sherry Shaoling
Chock at the O’Lounge Jazz
Night Wednesdays

Sherry Shaoling Chock is known among theatre fans, but is making the transition to film. She’s a graduate of Punahou and earned a B.A. in biology from UH. She’s currently pursuing another degree in vocal performance. Sherry performs with Dino Imamura, Jacki Kuwako, Kevin Leong and Noly Paa at Jazz Night Wednesdays in the O’Lounge. Sherry was born in Japan and grew up in Nuuanu. Her favorites are green tea ice cream, Bruce Lee, Flashdance and Kill Bill. She gives voice lessons in a private studio and at Chaminade University.  She recently appeared in The Forbidden World of Don Tiki with Willow Chang, Lopaka Colon and Emi Hart.  The exotic sounds were created by legendary Martin Denny. I still treasure his autographed headshot and CD he personally gave me. Sherry’s film credits are Finding Aloha and Stolen Reels, both by producer Titus Chong. She said her most memorable role was on stage at the Hawaii Theatre in Dirty Laundry. Joe Moore, Ray Bumatai and James MacArthur starred in the play. You can count on seeing and hearing a lot more of Sherry in the future ...


Videographer John Yasuo Kuamo’o specializes in wedding videos, photos and DVD production in his business, Kuamo’o Moving Picture Company. John’s last film credit was in Almost Paradise by recent USC Film School graduate Marisa Wahl. The movie features local actors Dustin Geiger, Mimi Sadoshima, Kena Heffernan and Lew Lappert. Check out the website at geocities.com/john_hi_00/. John is qualified to provide theatre services for movie projection. He’s the man in the back of the theater who makes sure there’s no glitches during the movie ...

Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, is Marcia Ardito. This sultry actress is very much in demand. She’s Spanish, Italian and German in ethinicity. She’s currently working on Lost, and recently became a Screen Actors Guild member. I met her on the set of Blue Crush and we became fast friends. Her accent made my knees buckle for a moment, though. Of the hundreds of beautiful girls on the North Shore location, Marcia definitely shined.  She enjoys watching movies like Vanilla Sky, Endless Summer and Napoleon Dynamite. When she’s not on the set, catch her hanging 10 on the North Shore ...

Burton Richardson is a certified instructor in Jeet Kune Do, a martial art created by Bruce Lee. Burton is not only a gifted and respected teacher, but an actor and filmmaker as well. He’s worked in Hollywood with Steven Seagal, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Dacascos, Marg Helgenberger and Maui resident Kris Kristofferson.  Burton owns JKD Unlimited High Performance Martial Arts School. Among his students are actors Nolan Hong and Paul Rosenthal. Burton is currently working on a film project slated for Hawaii. Knowing him, I have the utmost confidence he’ll get it done ...


Promoter Alan Arato and actress Stephanie Ortega at
cause & f(x) pictures party

Making a comeback of sorts in the film industry is Diane Oda. She studied acting with MGM Studios casting director Paul Weber. Diane started acting in drama classes at Kailua Intermediate and High schools. She then stepped on the set of Jake and The Fatman starring William Conrad and Joe Penny.  Diane was born and raised on the Windward side. She’s active in tennis, karaoke and horseback riding.  Her favorite actors are Mariska Hargitay and Tom Hanks. She also worked on Raven with Jeffery Meek, Lee Majors and Andy Bumatai as "The Big Kahuna." The series had potential to follow Magnum P.I., but was cancelled after a season. Diane is continuing on with renewed vigor as an actress — break a leg ...

Little-known trivia goes back to the late ‘70s when promoter Alan Arato got his start in show biz. He was a finalist for a modeling contest called Liberty House Hi-Board for teenagers. His counterpart was finalist Wendy Ward, whose parents are actors Fran and Wayne Ward of Hawaii Kai. Alan has been active in the entertainment business in Las Vegas and Hawaii for more than two decades.  He works out of Tom Moffatt Productions, and has worked on concerts with artists such as Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Janet and Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey. He also started Hawaii Casting Services for Film and TV projects. His last TV series work was on NBC’s Hawaii as a casting associate.  His generosity is appreciated by many local actors whom Alan gave their first break. Stay tuned for more surprises from Alan ...

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