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Actor Nolan Hong is the owner of Fighter’s Corner with partner Mark Pang. The store is the only mixed martial arts store in Hawaii. Nolan is a Punahou graduate and studied at Furman University in Greenville, S.C.

Actor Nolan Hong at Fighter’s Corner
Actor Nolan Hong at Fighter’s Corner

His most notable commercial is the one for Zippy’s where he plays the college student in the dorm room. One of his earlier credits was on stage in Army Community Theatre’s South Pacific. Nolan played the part of Sgt. Kenneth Johnson. The play was directed by Lina Doo and starred my classmate in acting school, Elisabeth Wenzel. Nolan studies with Burton Richardson at Jeet Kune Do Unlimited. Fighter’s Corner is celebrating its one-year anniversary next week. For more info, check out their website at: http://www.fighter-scorner.net. The store is at 405 N. King St. across from Aala Park, if you want to get some gear ...

After an extended stay in Los Angeles studying at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Tiffany Tudor is back home for a little rest and recuperation. This talented Kaiser High School alumna is fluent in Japanese and Italian. She enjoys traveling to exotic locales around the world. Favorites include Curry House Coco Ichibanya in Puck’s Alley on University. I met Tiffany on the set of the band Steel Train‘s music video. The lead actors were David Farmer, Jan McGrath, Lew Lappert, Christina Simpkins, Ron Lake, Laine Yoshioka and Curtis Bush. Tiffany’s first appearance on stage was with Michael Jackson during his Dangerous Tour in 1992 at the Tokyo Dome. Talk about sharing the limelight with the greatest entertainer on the planet at the time ...

Jose Corpus makes his directorial debut in Surf Sistas starring April Grover, Harmony Pacheco, Cristina Luck and Kula Barbieto. Jose currently studies filmmaking at the Academy of Creative Media at UH-Manoa. He produced the film Piko , which premiered at the 2005 Hawaii International Film Festival. Fellow ACM filmmaker Hyun Shin directed the touching tale of broken family relationship. Jose hails from the Windward side and is a proud Kailua Surfrider. He enjoys eating grilled cheese sandwiches and watching Keira Knightly movies. Jose is training hard under sensei Sean Roberts at the Minakami Karate Dojo in Kaimuki to attain his next rank ...

Film club members (front from left) Lisa O’Brian, Mike Martinez. (back) Chika Orito, Mark Nitta and Harry Buerkle present the Shorts on the Rocks film festival Saturday
Film club members (front from left) Lisa O’Brian,
Mike Martinez. (back) Chika Orito, Mark Nitta and
Harry Buerkle present the Shorts on the Rocks film
festival Saturday

The inaugural Shorts on the Rocks short film festival will premiere Saturday, April 29, 7:30 p.m. The screening will take place at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Doris Duke Theatre. Tickets will be available for purchase at 7 p.m. The event was created by Hawaii Pacific University students Mike Martinez, Mark Nitta, Harry Buerkle, Lisa O’Brian, Chika Orito and Marlene Okner to support student filmmakers. Fifteen film shorts were selected for viewing with an award show to follow. The awards include best in acting, cinematography, editing categories and best short film. One of the coveted prizes for an actor is a headshot session with photographer Dorys Foltin. One of the featured selection is Elevation by Seong Kyu Whang, which stars Laine Yoshioka, Dezmond Gilla, Roxanne Fay, Duane Kiyota, Leslie Gil and Roy Tjioe. See you all at the movies ...

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