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Joji Yoshida
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Friday - March 24, 2006
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2005 Miss Oahu Teen America Nicole Kuuipo Akiko Pharr is pursuing an acting career
2005 Miss Oahu Teen
America Nicole Kuuipo Akiko
Pharr is pursuing an acting
career

Kamehameha Schools senior Kuuipo Pharr was crowned 2005 Miss Oahu Teen America last year. Now she’s entering the world of acting and making an immediate impact. This gorgeous young lady is Hawaiian, Korean, Caucasian, American Indian and Chinese in ethnicity. She’s very talented in both creative and athletic endeavors. She is currently a brown belt in Kempo karate and an honors student in school. Her future goal is to become a fashion designer and pursue a singing career after college. She enjoys working out, pasta, hula, basketball and shopping. Kuuipo landed her first role in a film by Steve Meyer recently. I’ll keep you posted on the development of this talented actress in the future ...

Scott Russell jump-started his acting career right on stage with the Hawaii Opera Theatre. Just recently he was seen in Tosca, where he played the torturous henchman. Pamela South and Jake Gardner starred in the opera at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Scott was born and raised on the Windward side. He’s a graduate of University of Hawaii at Manoa and also a proud Kalaheo High School alumnus. His film and TV credits include You, Me and Dupree, Pearl Harbor, Lost, Hawaii and North Shore. He enjoys the acting of Gwyneth Paltrow and Al Pacino. Scott’s favorite films are Casablanca, Walk the Line and The Godfather. In his spare time he likes to play musical instruments and partake in sporting activities. He’s currently making the rounds in the booming local indie scene ...


Congrats to Masumi Childers, whose film, Future World: Tape 8, was accepted at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The event will be held May 4-11 in Hollywood. Masumi studied acting with Paul Cravath at Leeward Community College and appeared in many stage productions. He’s worked alongside filmmakers Titus Chong, Mane, Imelda Betiong and Lena Kaneshiro on other notable films. Masumi enjoys the films of the following icons: Vivian Lake, Clint Eastwood, Orson Welles. During his down time, he’s known to hang out at Bob’s Big Boy in Mapunapuna ...

Newcomer Milan Tresnak will star in Gerard Elmore‘s latest movie Barry. The film was written by playwright Eric Yokomori and marks the film debut of Rebecca Rogers and Maxwell Smart. Other key personnel are producer Yuri Biersach, Scott Mason, Mike Bacon, Lew Lappert and Dusty Cross. Milan is a huge fan of motocross racing and Ducati 748 is his choice of ride. He likes to skateboard and surf, and he studies Kiefer Sutherland‘s acting on 24. The sky’s the limit for Milan’s acting career; you heard about him first in “Hawaiiwood” ...


President and co-founder Jason Suapaia of ‘Ohina Short Film Showcase announces it’s accepting short film submissions. The deadline for entries is Friday, June 2. Filmmaker Jeff Katts created the film festival with Jason back in 1999.

The festival will be held Aug. 4 and 5 at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Doris Duke Theatre. Entry forms are available at all BLOCKBUSTER locations on Oahu and the Neighbor Islands. ‘Ohina provided a site for many of the local filmmakers to showcase their short films. Many isle actresses’ screen debuts were at this venue including Cathy Tanaka, Kyra Poppler, Caryl Nishioka and Bridget Owen. For more information, call the ‘Ohina Hotline at (808) 428-0100. Directors, get your cameras rolling ...

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