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Joji Yoshida
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Friday - January 06, 2006
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Zero made his screen debut as a Japanese gangster in the HIFF 2005 trailer
Zero made his screen debut as a
Japanese gangster in the HIFF
2005 trailer

Actor Zero made his screen debut at the 2005 Hawaii International Film Festival, playing the role of the Japanese gangster in the HIFF trailer. James Sereno directed the most incredible trailer I’ve seen in quite some time. It was screened before every film and was seen by thousands of moviegoers. Zero enjoys movies with Colin Farrell, Jackie Chan, Angelina Jolie and Lucy Liu in them. His talents are varied: fire-knife dancing, Native American flute, break-dancing and yoga. Credits include Dis-N-Dat TV, The Orb, Hawaii and Rocky Point. Appeared in the Shadow Warriors TV series in Japan starring martial arts icon Sonny Chiba. Zero’s film career began when he was still a student at Maui High School. The movie was Gone to Maui starring Tara Sweatt, Todd Ganzagan and former Maui Mayor James Kimo Apana. Zero earned his first degree black belt in taekwondo at only 12 years old. He’s a hot commodity right now in the indie film circuit ...

Back in the acting game is filmmaker Gerard Elmore. He’s been busy making films the past few years. The Campbell High School grad landed the recurring role of “Blake” in Boarding School. The show features former Baywatch star David Chokachi. Co-stars are Sonya Balmores and Jason Tam, representing Kauai High School and Punahou respectively. Other local actors making recent appearances on Lost include David Ely, Curtis Jackson, James Edward Sclafani, Mark Stitham and Rand Wilson. Congrats to all ...

Caitlin Tong is a student at Castle High School following in the footsteps of actresses Kimee Balmilero, Erin Chang, Aiko Schick and Laine Yoshioka - all alumni of

Castle Performing Arts Center founded by Ron Bright. Caitlin was on stage recently in The Taming of the Shrew directed by Karen Meyer. The play starred Katrina Johnson, Leslee Pulliam, Sky Okimoto, Javan Villegas and Gino Titus-Luciano. Twix candy bars, Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton are Caitlin’s faves. She studied acting with Belle Armstrong and Paul Weber of MGM Studios. Caitlin’s other talents include wiggling her ears and raising one eyebrow ...

Surfer Jesse Billauer was injured while surfing, which paralyzed him almost a decade ago. The tragic accident rendered him a quadriplegic. He spoke recently on spinal cord injuries at the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific in Nuuanu. I was there to support my amazing friend who shared his life stories to a captivated audience. Jesse is a graduate of San Diego State University with a communications degree. Confident he can inspire others about the value of life, family and friendship, he ventured into a career as a motivational speaker. Filmmaker Dana Brown featured Jesse in his documentary Step into Liquid. I’m also thrilled about the premiere of the Mark Jacobs film Jesse’s Story in 2006. The non-profit organization Life Rolls On Foundation is headed by Josh Billauer, Jesse’s older brother, and his father, George Billauer. Jesse is the founder and chairman. For more information, check out the website at http://www.liferollson.org

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