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Joji Yoshida
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Friday - August 04, 2006
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Serena Karnagy
Serena Karnagy

Serena Karnagy will be making her screen debut in Brown, by filmmaker Renato Fontaine. The film also stars up-and-coming actor Edison Erorita. Serena is a junior at Punahou School and active in karate competition. Recently won a gold and two bronze in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Photographer Rick Bernico introduced me to this talented young lady. Her favorite foods: Quiznos sandwiches, strawberry shortcake and white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. She studies Rachel McAdams movies as one of her many acting tools. Serena is definitely going to be remembered not just for her beauty, but her enormous talent. I’ll follow up on her fast-rising acting career in the future

...Congratulations to Blane Dydasco on his film being selected for the 2006 ‘Ohina Short Film Showcase. The movie, Nate Washington , was shot by Daniel Cotroneo and stars Kevin Nichols,Adrian Flowers, Lara Black and Africa Miranda. Blane is making a return to the showcase, when his last film Sundance: The Moonchild Chapter was screened. Born in Virginia and raised in Hawaii, Blane played wide receiver at powerhouse Saint Louis High School and is a graduate of Chapman University. He directed five short films and worked on more than 25 projects. Welcome back, Blane ...


I had the pleasure of judging the 2006 Miss East Oahu and Miss Kahala contests. Now here comes the 2007 Miss East Oahu and Miss Kahala Pageant search. The event will be held Sept. 23. The winner eventually goes on to compete for Miss Hawaii. Pageant director Ann Mata is seeking the next contingent of talented ladies. To enter, you must be single, never married, U.S. citizen between ages 17 to 24 years old by Sept. 30, 2006, a high school graduate or have a GED.

Competition is based on these categories: personal interview, evening gown, swimsuit, talent and their platform question. Natasha Akau, Miss East Oahu 2006, and Nicole Cabral, Miss Kahala 2006, will be handing the torch to their successors this fall. Interested young ladies can contact Pageant Productions at 342-1515 or by e-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Good luck, ladies ...


The 2006 ‘Ohina Short Film Showcase premieres 14 films of every genre on Aug. 4 and 5, 2006. The event will be held at the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Every year many Isle filmmakers, actors and local media celebrities attend this showcase. ‘Ohina was started by Jeff Katts and Jason Suapaia to provide an opportunity for local filmmakers to screen their films. Also the added benefit to actors is to gain much needed publicity and experience. Audiences are in for an entertaining evening, with short films by Hawaii filmmakers. Brent Anbe, Cameron Spangler, George Russell, Hank West, Hiroshi Mori, Jules Nathan, Karin Rust, Michael Ogasawara and Shane Curtis all made contributions to the show in the past. For the lineup of film entries, visit www.ohinashowcase.org. The event is free to the public, but they’re expecting a full house. Get there early if you can ...

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