HawaiiWood

Joji Yoshida
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Friday - March 17, 2006
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(from left) Dezmond Gilla, Ida Anderson, Laine Yoshioka, Maile Steele, Ryan Calder, yers truly, Dustin Geiger, Doris Miocinovic and Mark Ganialongo at the ‘Only The Brave’ screening

(from left) Dezmond Gilla, Ida Anderson, Laine Yoshioka,
Maile Steele, Ryan Calder, yers truly, Dustin Geiger, Doris
Miocinovic and Mark Ganialongo at the ‘Only The Brave’
screening

I’m celebrating the anniversary of my Hawaiiwood column in MidWeek. It’s been a year since it started to go weekly.

Thanks to publisher Ron Nagasawa, who discovered me, and to my guru editor Don Chapman a big mahalo for his enthusiasm. Kudos to the MidWeek staff. Let me tell you it’s an incredible support team. Along the way I’ve met some amazing people in the film and music industry. The following actors are the ones who keep the independent films thriving in Hawaii: Laine Yoshioka, Maile Steele, Doris Miocinovic, Ida Anderson, Dezmond Gilla, Dustin Geiger, Mark Ganialongo and Ryan Calder. Without these talented actors, the filmmakers won’t be able to tell their stories. And to the faithful readers, thanks so much for your continued support. I’ll do my very best to provide you with interesting showbiz news and profiles of local talent ...


Comedian Alan Mueting received his bachelor’s in geology from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona. He wants to break into local independent films this year to get more experience. His TV show credits include Lost, North Shore and Rocky Point. He loves grilled cheese sandwiches, Elvis Presley, fresh salmon, Casablanca and Reese Witherspoon movies. Alan performs his standup routine at Sharkey’s Comedy Club in Honolulu. He studies acting by watching various police dramas on TV. You might catch this charming individual eating at his favorite restaurant, Curry House ...

Walter Wauke won second place for commercial print modeling at the International Performing Arts Conference. The event was held in Hollywood, and numerous Hawaii talent participated in the event. Mililani’s Chelsea Medrano captured the gold medal in the dance segment. Walter was born in Okinawa and grew up in Hawaii. He’s a proud Moanalua High School Menehune, currently working as an apprentice at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. His favorites are the Star Wars trilogy, gummy bears, Seinfeld, french fries and The History Channel. He was thrilled to compete in the event, but mentioned he’s never changed clothes so much in his life. Welcome to the world of modeling. Next up for him is the acting world - break a leg ...


The fantastic journey of the mega-hit series Lost continues. Actors working tirelessly on the set are Bryan Sato, Chris Quimby, James Hadde, Jesse Smith, Paul Rosenthal, Sean D Hoban, Steve Tanizaki, Ivana Smith and Natalie Lau. The show has worldwide appeal and spawned more than 40 fan sites. Check out the official Lost web-site at: http://abc.go.com/primetime/lost/ for more information. You can even address a question to one of the producers, J.J.

Abrams, Jack Bender, Bryan Burk, Carlton Cuse or Damon Lindelof. Your answers might be posted on the message board or through the Lost  podcast. I’m one of the million of fans obsessed with the show, so on Wednesday evening from 8 to 9 p.m. I can’t answer my phone. Quiet, please, and cameras rolling ...

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