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Friday - February 24, 2006
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Nicole Pfeffer and Meghan Akim on the Punahou campus
Nicole Pfeffer and Meghan Akim on the
Punahou campus

Our teen on the move is Punahou School junior Meghan Akim. Her experience is usually in front of the camera as a model. She’s directing a PSA for Oahu Dines and the Life Foundation with the help of sophomore Nicole Pfeffer and freshman Travis Dos Santos-Tam. The segment will touch upon the benefit fundraiser taking place Wednesday, March 1. You can help by dining at one of the sponsored eateries on that day. Participating restaurants include some of my faves: Big City Diner, Tiki’s Bar & Grill, Umeke Market, Volcano Joe’s and A Taste of New York. The event coordinator is Cathy Pudwill, and you can get more information at www.dineforlife.org Meghan was born and raised on Oahu and is actively involved in neighborhood service projects. She enjoys hula, math, music, science and traveling, and mixes her scholastic and creative talents very well, I might add. Wishing her continued success on her endeavors ...


Director Rawson Marshall Thurber is rumored to be helming the Magnum, P.I. movie for Universal Pictures. His last movie was Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story starring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller. For casting purposes only, how about Vince as “Thomas Magnum” (Tom Selleck, of course) and Ben as the sidekick “Rick” (Larry Manetti)? Who knows what the Hollywood studio execs are thinking? The TV series ran an amazing eight years on prime time! The cast list is a who’s who of the Hawaii film industry starting with Carmella Barut, Elissa Dulce, Elizabeth Lindsey, Jo Pruden, Kathy Paulo, Clyde Kusatsu, Colin Fong, Dick Jensen, Doug Mossman, Fuzzy Moody, Glenn Cannon, Joe Moore and John Nordlum. Hawaii is ripe for another police drama series ...

Where are they now? Actress Jenny Chang is currently residing in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, she attended the University of Hawaii at both Manoa and Hilo. Jenny told me a story about one summer when she caught a king salmon that weighed almost 50 pounds. She was seen on screen at the 2005 Hawaii International Film festival in Scott Mason‘s The Orb, featuring a great ensemble cast: Julius Ledda, Ioulia Alcorn, Dezmond Gilla, Sarina Smith, Gerard Elmore, Malia Ho, Lew Lappert, Glennel Warren and Steve Boatright. She also produced the film Agent Orange, directed by Anita Allison. Jenny’s credits include Lost, Fields of Mudan and
In the Moment. Hawaii misses her ...


Kailua High School grad Taires Hiranaka was born on Kauai. He served as associate producer on the OC16 TV series Losing It, produced by former Miss Hawaii USA Alicia Michioka-Jones. Taires works with many of the indie film-makers including Aaron Yamasato, Lon Takiguchi, Titus Chong and Imelda Betiong. His spare time is spent hiking, and eating Japanese food at Kiibo’s on Kauai. Back in high school, he founded a filmmaking club with classmate Eric Rossiter - together they made more than 50 short films varied in genre. Taires is currently enrolled at Leeward Community College in the TV production program. The future of local filmmaking looks bright with Taires leading the way ...

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