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Joji Yoshida
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Friday - September 15, 2006
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Filmmaker Jeff Katts is slated to premiere The Hidden Battle at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theatres. The cast is comprised of Julia Gainey, Gretchen Nilsen, Kyra Poppler, Fran Rose, Mary Ann Taheny, Chad Burch, Tanner Henderson and Alexander Jacob. Showtimes are 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20. Tickets will be available only at a table next to the main box office. Check out the movie web-site for additional information at www.thehiddenbattle.com. Please support the completely locally made movie by one of our own. Jeff is the owner of Ventureway Entertainment, a film production company. He has written, directed and produced eight films so far. I was cast in one of his earlier films, Finding The Moment, which screened at the 2000 ‘Ohina Short Film Showcase. He enjoys films with Kathy Bates or Denzel Washington and eating at Like Like Drive Inn. Jeff’s ethnicity is Japanese, Hawaiian and African-American. See you all at the theater ...


Chelsea Medrano
Chelsea Medrano

Chelsea Medrano garnered the Tahitian dance title at the International Performing Arts Conference in Los Angeles. She started dancing hula at Wahiawa Hula Studio II several years ago. She was born on Oahu and raised with her sisters Stephanie and Ashley Medrano in Mililani. Chelsea participates in volleyball and sings in the school choir. Her faves include In-N-Out Burger, shave ice and actor Frankie Muniz. Chelsea enjoyed entertaining her audiences and decided to embark on an acting career at a young age. It’s great to know that the talent base in Hawaii includes youngsters like the Medrano sisters ...

eff Katts, Lew Lappert and Aubrey Allen at Chai’s Island Bistro
eff Katts, Lew Lappert and Aubrey Allen at Chai’s
Island Bistro

These young actors are busy honing their craft by auditioning in the local indie films. Kudos to the following talent and their respective schools. Castle: Kimi Tupuola; Iolani: Mie Omori; Kaimuki: Grant Uchida; Kalaheo: Scott Francis Russell; Kalani: Josh Margulies; Kamehameha: Hannah Thomas; Kauai: Edison Erorita; Maui: Zero Kazama; Mid-Pacific Institute: Sean Jones; Mililani: Tracy Mattos; Punahou: Nicole Pfeffer; Roosevelt: Kalai Kamauoha; Sacred Hearts: Lauren Wong; Waipahu: Malia Verdadero. Break a leg, as they say in show biz ...


Black Bart Bon Vivant Bandit or San Quentin is his best hiding place - yes, it’s the long title of the Lanikai Mortgage Players fall season production. Jack Morse is casting the play on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at Lanikai Park. Newcomers are welcome to try out at the open casting call. I became a huge fan of director Lucille Shreve after watching Blazing Guns at Roaring Gulch starring Keith Merriam, Caron Dian Nielsen, Michael Rainey, Carol Nichols and Lew Lappert. The acting ensemble is closing in on 36 years of entertaining Windward residents since opening their curtain. One of the perks of the show is the unlimited popcorn with your ticket. I’ll keep you posted on the performance dates ...

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