Joji Yoshida
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Friday - March 10, 2006
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(from left) Stephanie Sanchez, Mark Malalis, Stu Hirayama, Ryan Kawamoto, Jason Suapaia and James Sereno at the 2005 HIFF premiere of ‘Sand Island Drive-In Anthem’
(from left) Stephanie Sanchez, Mark Malalis, Stu
Hirayama, Ryan Kawamoto, Jason Suapaia and
James Sereno at the 2005 HIFF premiere of ‘Sand
Island Drive-In Anthem’

Back in 1998 the local independent film industry was in its infancy. Emerging from that group of filmmakers was Ryan Kawamoto. He’s an alumnus of Waiakea H.S. and University of Hawaii at Manoa. His most recent success came at the 2005 Hawaii International Film Festival. Sand Island Drive-In Anthem won the Audience Award for best short film. Kudos to producers James Sereno and Jason Suapaia and writer Cedric Yamanaka. It features a great ensemble cast of Augie Tulba, BullDog, Mark Malalis, Stu Hirayama, Daryl Bonilla, Ku’uipo Naehu, Stephanie Sanchez and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. The movie was filmed entirely at Meg’s Drive-In on Sand Island, known for its beef stew plate, Ryan’s favorite. He also likes Kikaida, Star Wars Trilogy, Lost, J-horror movies, singer Jack Johnson and any Martin Scorsese film. Next on the plate for Ryan is a feature film project. Stay tuned ...

Bangu Alecia Ntwaagae is a sophomore international business major at Hawaii Pacific University. She’s a native of the Republic of Botswana located in southern Africa. She currently studies modeling and acting at Barbizon under the watchful eye of Doris Miocinovic. Bangu attended high school in Geneva, Switzerland, where she learned to speak French. She enjoys Cameron Diaz and Will Smith movies, bowling, sausage pizza, swimming and learning new languages. Favorite quote is, “don’t worry about being known, make yourself worth knowing.” Bangu is new to the islands, but I know she’ll be a household name soon ...Actor Edison Erorita was born in the sleepy town of Lihue. After graduating from Kauai High, he relocated to Oahu and enrolled in the Leeward Community College’s drama program headed by Paul Cravath. Edison originally started performing as a singer in church plays. That led to the formation of a group called The Ministers of Music. He met Janet Jackson‘s dance choreographer Gil Duldulao along the way and was inspired. Edison’s credits include The Criminally Inept, Lost, North Shore and The Orb. He also studied with Stephanie Winieski and Don Ranney. Edison’s energy level is off the meter and is contagious in a good way. I think I need to catch his fever ...

The Hawaii 5-0 movie buzz is in the air again. I think it’s the perfect time now. The series, still seen on local TV, stands the test of time. Among local actors who made appearances on the show are Chanell Akamine, Gus Rethwisch, Lloyd Kino, Seth Sakai, Terence Knapp, Wayne Ward and the gorgeous ladies Varoa Tiki, Carole Kai, Helen Funai, Cathy Foy, Emma Veary and the late Dorothy Mackaill. I watch the show now because I couldn’t catch it the first time around. The names rumored earlier as a possible “Steve McGarrett” were Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and Ben Affleck. Now that’s a thought, with Ben and pal Matt Damon as the Danny “Danno” Williams character. Only time will tell ...

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