Friday - December 08, 2006
Traci Toguchi on the beach at the ‘Feel the Breeze’
photo shoot with Mark Bell
Former Miss Hawaii Traci Toguchi will perform live onstage at Kahala Mall on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m., and will sign copies of her Feel the Breeze CD at Barnes & Noble Kahala following the performance. As a child, Traci was cast in Karate Kid, Part Two and made her movie debut with Ralph Macchio. Tracy started singing at 5, and while in high school she garnered first place in the Brown Bags to Stardom talent contest. Her stage appearances include the Broadway production of Miss Saigon, directed by Nicholas Hytner. One of Traci’s most memorable moments in her career was winning the Amateur Night at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. She won first place singing the tune And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going from Dreamgirls. If you can perform there, you can make it anywhere on the planet. Her commercial credits include spots for Panasonic, Nissan, Mitsubishi, McDonald’s and Hawaiian Airlines. She sang the national anthem at Women’s World Cup, which aired nationally on ESPN. Traci is a supporter of senior citizens’ groups and volunteers her time at community cultural events. Her website is www.tracitoguchi.com to get more info on this multi-talented actress. See you all at Kahala Mall ...
Henry Mochida graduated with an economics degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. At the 2006 Hawaii International Film Festival he screened Chopsticks. The film was shot by cinematographer Jay Hubert on location in Tokyo. Henry is an alumnus of Mid-Pacific Institute, which is known for training wonderful actors. With the emergence of a talented filmmaker like Henry, I’ll be looking for more young auteurs from Mid-Pac to follow. He studies films by famed director Zhang Yimou from China, who was in the Isles during the film festival. When Henry’s not on the set, he’s at home watching Al Pacino and Uma Thurman movies. He’s currently a candidate for the master’s program in urban and regional planning at UH. Stay tuned for more ...
HIFF party at Washington Place (front, from left) Lew
Lappert, Taylour Chang, Mary Ann Taheny (back) Bob
Stevens, Ann Patterson and Milan Tresnak
Actor Milan Tresnak was born in Prague, Czech Republic. He moved to Hawaii when he was a toddler, and started acting at Kalaheo High School. He moved to Tinseltown after graduation and was discovered by a talent agent. He worked as a model for Embrel, Fusion Hair Products, Keyes Auto, K-Swiss and Jack in the Box. Milan studied acting with John Homa, Scott Tiler and Paul Weber in Hollywood. While in high school, he won the 2000 Kalaheo Hackey Sack Championships.
He starred as “Barry,” the title role in Gerard Elmore‘s film. The movie premiered at the 2006 Hawaii International Film Festival. Milan’s talents include juggling, skateboarding, tae kwon do and - get this - drinking 12 ounces of beer in three seconds. Now that’s talent ...
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