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Joji Yoshida
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Friday - March 03, 2006
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Kaiser grad Alison Gano is star material
Kaiser grad Alison Gano is
star material

Kaiser high school alumna Alison Gano currently attends San Diego State University. She was born in Salt Lake City and grew up in Hawaii. She enjoys Julia Roberts’ movies, baseball, chocolate chip cookies, pasta, Pop Tarts and Hawaiian music.

Her modeling credits include Sony Video, Jams World and Fuji Film. Alison was also in the music video of the popular Japanese rock group Tube.

She’s represented by Joy Kam of Kathy Muller Talent Agency.

Her classmates from Kaiser, Amy Yeh, Danielle Foster and Tiffany Tudor, are also making their mark in the industry. Wanna see a rising star? Alison is known to frequent Starbucks and, yes, I’ve seen my share of celebs at the Kahala location ...


Kandie Stevens’ introduction into TV came as a surprise when she was performing at the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo. A phone call from a casting director and the next thing you know, she’s on the set. Kandie was used as a background tourist in an airport terminal scene. Not a speaking part, but she was thrilled, to say the least. Thus her show biz career began. Beyond the Break, Grandma’s Recipe, Lost and the biopic on Mark David Chapman are her most recent credits. Kandie’s significant other is her husband of three decades, Bob Stevens. He’s a tremendous actor, in my opinion. Together, they are one of the best acting combinations in Hawaii. For relaxation, Kandie and Bob like to head out to Ruth’s Chris for ribeye steak. I’ll be right over ...

I met this talented actor many years ago. His name is Karim Cervantes. His career started when he enrolled in an acting class taught by Paul Cravath at Leeward Community College. Karim’s resume includes You, Me & Dupree, North Shore, Lost and Beyond the Break. His ethnicity is a mix of American Indian, Chinese, Italian and Spanish. He’s currently seen as the sleazy character in the Mortgage Alliance commercial directed by Ryan Kawamoto. Karim’s favorites in movies are Scarface, Lord of The Rings trilogy, and Natalie Portman, Michelle Pfeiffer, Benjamin Bratt and Samuel L. Jackson for actors. At the 2005 Hawaii International Film Festival, Karim starred in filmmaker Ryan Ishii‘s Hopeless In Honolulu ...


Filmmaker Michelle Opitz is presenting her latest movie, But Seriously, Folks, at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Los Angeles on Monday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. If you know her, you’ve probably got the invite to the premiere. As an undergraduate at Chapman University she studied with directors John Badham and Mark Rydell. Now that’s film school training in itself! Mr. Badham directed John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, and Mr. Rydell worked with Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda in On Golden Pond. Michelle has worked alongside Hollywood’s major players including producers Jerry Bruckheimer, Greg Bonann, Chad Oman and Heidi Jo Markel. A hearty congratulations to Michelle on receiving her master’s degree from the American Film Institute ...

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