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Justin Adams, Jennifer Tokunaga, Kal Penn, Dezmond Gilla and Daryl Gilmore at the Governor’s Ball reception
Justin Adams, Jennifer Tokunaga, Kal Penn, Dezmond Gilla
and Daryl Gilmore at the Governor’s Ball reception

It was quite a homecoming for Dean Ishida, who garnered the Hawaii International Film Festival audience award for best short film. He’s an Iolani alumni and currently resides in Hollywood. His film, Ruckus!, was definitely my favorite comedy. It’s a hilarious take on four middle-aged men starting a boy band which stars David Chatfield, Dale Keis, Mike Merritt and Dean himself - he’s a graduate of the Boston University film program. Stay tuned for more ...

Gov. Linda Lingle once again opened Washington Place for the 2006 Hawaii International Film Festival. The event is rightfully named the Governor’s Ball. The mansion was filled to capacity with dignitaries from around the world. The spread of culinary delicacies was first class all the way. Aaron Yamasato, Bob Stevens, Chris Lee, Chris Tashima, Christian Razukas, Eddy Erorita, Gerard Elmore, Jason Scott Lee, Jason Suapaia, Jeff Katts, Renato Fontaine, Scott Francis Russell, Martin Troy, Milan Tresnak, Phillip Trujillo and Titus Chong were among the partygoers. As the evening progressed, the flow of guests continued into the venue. The air was electric as actors were seen networking with filmmakers ...

My selection for dramatic short was Dao by Jay Hubert. Breakout performance was by newcomer Shuangfeng Cai. The film co-stars Roy Tjioe, Chris Pereira-Yogi and Carly Cooper. Key production people were Alana Hong, Justin Adams, Daryl Gilmore and Henry Mochida. I remember saying the bar was raised last year for local independent filmmakers. It went up several notches again this year ...

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel was the venue for the Golden Orchid awards hosted by Elizabeth Lindsey and Andy Bumatai. Hawaii International Film Festival’s executive director Chuck Boller was there to welcome the guests. Highlight for the evening was the tribute to Ken Watanabe given by Terence Knapp, drama professor at UH. Mr. Watanabe was the recipient of the acting achievement award. For the film segment, the double winner was Na Kamalei, Men of Hula by Lisette Marie Flanary and Vince Keala Lucero. The category was for Hawaii Film & Videomaker Award and Audience Award for Best Documentary. On hand to receive the Maverick Award was the original indie filmmaker Kevin Smith. His speech brought many laughs from the audience. Seen at the reception were gorgeous ladies Christa Curtiswittmier, Jennifer Tokunaga, Serena Karnegy, Maki Vernon, Chantal Truong, Laine Yoshioka, Mane, Tiffany Tudor, Christina Simpkins, Kimi Tupuola, Mary Ann Taheny, Lena Kaneshiro and Erika Kauffman. The festivities came to an end with hopes of great films next season ...

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it was nice to see you out and about for the festivities. what a week! i put up the shots make sure you take time from being fabulous to check em out.

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