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Joji Yoshida
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Friday - December 30, 2005
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You may recognize April Akeo from TV commercials
You may recognize April Akeo from
TV commercials

This familiar face belongs to actress April Akeo. She appears quite frequently on TV spots for KFC, Island Insurance, Foodland, Central Pacific Bank and Pizza Hut. Her beauty comes from a blend of Chinese, Filipino, German and Korean background. She’s repped by Nazarene Anderson of ADR Talent Agency. April’s faves are Italian or Thai food, Ashley Judd, Tom Hanks, Gladiator and Ocean’s Eleven. By chance, her career was launched when she was cast in her first speaking part. April resides on the Windward side. Pastimes are hula dancing, horseback riding and surfing. Look for her when you’re watching the telly ...


2006 is a few days away and here are some New Year’s wishes. To Dezmond Gilla, Paul Ogata, Aria Arari and B.K. Cannon: Mucho success in Tinseltown. Filmmakers James Sereno, Gerard Elmore, Ryan Kawamoto and Yuri Biersach, another award-winning movie: Many Golden Globes for the Lost cast and crew. A recurring role on Lost and SAG cards for Mary Ann Taheny, Jesse Smith, Lew Lappert and James Hadde. More work in University of Hawaii’s ACM film program for Ioulia Alcorn, Kailey Kaneshiro, Jan McGrath, Jeannette Roberts, Jessica Shiarella, Sarina Smith, Kandie and Bob Stevens, Mike Nakada, Chris Quimby, Rico Tudor and Jarrett Walters. Finally, to everyone at MidWeek, another fantastic year ...

I was introduced to photographer Dario Belenfante at the Hawaii International Film Festival by writer Moon Yun Choi. After seeing his portfolio, I knew he was one of Hawaii’s best. Originally from Colon, Panama, he’s lived in the islands since the late ‘80s. They say the similarities between a photographer and a filmmaker intersect quite often. They try to capture the essence of their subjects. And Dario does it all with flair. He contributes his pictures for my column numerous times. Another of his talent is Web design, and clients include City Councilman Nestor Garcia and state Sen. Clarence Nishihara. Check out Dario’s website at www.dariobelenfante.com for his services ...


Aloha from around the globe. Filmmaker Marisa Wahl is freezing in Cincinnati, Ohio, producing a horror feature. The hunks in Hollywood, Scot Davis, Jeff Ferris, Michael Sun Lee, Jason New and Matt Malliski all doing the actor things. Actresses Sarah Ferro and Jennifer Roe are both in New York doing well on stage and screen. Producer Dennis James Lee is acting for a change in an undisclosed location in Eastern Europe. Cuties Michelle Crush, Brianne Castillo-Huang, Alison Gano, Amanda Leong and Tiffany Tudor are back home basking in the sun. Miriam Newman saying “hello, mates” from West London. Sayonara to Xiomara Adames and daughter Natalia Andrea, who relocated to El Paso, Texas. Actress Amy Yeh is coming back after an extended stay in Taiwan. Welcome back, Amy ...

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