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Filmmaker Taylour Pua Chang
Filmmaker Taylour Pua Chang

Filmmaker Taylour Chang will be a senior at Punahou School this fall. She decided to make a documentary in the summer of 2004, attending countless bon dances, interviewing dancers, ministers and musicians. Her documentary Bon Dance was screened at the 2005 Hawaii International Film Festival. The same film was accepted by Kidsfirst!, which is the biggest film festival for children in the world. Taylour is a member of the National Honor Society and was appointed by Gov. Linda Lingle to the Juvenile Justice State Advisory Council. Taylour has a second degree black belt in Shotokan karate and has been on Punahou’s varsity track team since her freshman year. This well-rounded individual enjoys traveling to Paris, and movies by Akira Kurosawa. Taylour is busy working on her first dramatic film. Stay tuned for this one ...

Usually child actors are labeled unfairly when they attend acting classes with adults. That wasn’t the case with Jacqui Willig when I met her as a 12-year-old actress. She’s 23 now and over the past decade her talent took her in another direction - set and prop design for theatrical and video productions. Jacqui attended Saint Francis High School and Leeward Community College. In her spare time she composes music and writes poetry ...

Unlikely Lawman’ actors hamming it up at the cast party at the Outrigger Canoe Club (from left) Michael de Ycaza, yours truly, Colin Fong and Larry Southard
Unlikely Lawman’ actors hamming it up at the
cast party at the Outrigger Canoe Club (from
left) Michael de Ycaza, yours truly, Colin Fong
and Larry Southard

Punahou alumnus Howard Noh is a veteran theatre actor. His family owns the famous Noh Foods, known for its incredible Asian seasonings. Talent definitely runs in the family - brother David Noh studied acting with the legendary Stella Adler in New York. Howard’s classmates at Punahou included Audy Kimura, Rap Reiplinger and Nainoa Thompson.

Howard frequents Komakata restaurant in Aina Haina, and likes watching movies by Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro to study their acting skills.

Howard previously studied with Fran Ward, Anna Fishburn, Dick Kindelon and Richard Villard. Next in line for Howard is a role in an local independent film ...

Actor Michael de Ycaza did a great job playing the sadistic killer “Driscoll” in Unlikely Lawman. We were part of a gang of the old Western town of Topaz, Ariz. The rehearsal period of two months prior to opening of the play was a time of male bonding. It was just like being kids playing cowboys and Indians once again. I met Michael on the set of the ill-fated series Fantasy Island back in 1998. He currently works on the hit ABC series Lost as one of the featured “Others.” His hobbies include making wooden spoons and growing organic vegetables. The cast of Unlikely Lawman included ring-leader Matthew Pedersen, Allen Cole, Colin Fong, Larry ‘Tex’ Southard, Dezmond Gilla and yours truly. Michael is anxiously awaiting the return of season three of Lost ...

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