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Joji Yoshida
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Friday - December 22, 2006
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Me and Linda Dela Cruz at the ‘Star-Bulletin’ and ‘MidWeek’ Christmas party!
Me and Linda Dela Cruz at the
‘Star-Bulletin’ and ‘MidWeek’
Christmas party!

Star-Bulletin and MidWeek had a fabulous Christmas party at E&O Trading Company last weekend. It was a first-class event with great food, entertainment and giveaway prizes. Star-Bulletin president and publisher Dennis Francis started the evening with encouraging words. The restaurant had a full house, and singer Erika Kauffman provided the entertainment with her beautiful voice, accompanied by slack key talent Jeff Peterson. Among the guests enjoying the holiday festivities were Terri Hefner, Susan Sunderland, Linda Dela Cruz, Lucy Young-Oda, Carol Chang, Betty Shimabukuro, Alison Stewart, Roy Chang, Randy Cadiente, John Berger, Frank Bridgewater, Dan Boylan and Charles Memminger. I headed straight for the buffet line, specifically for the Malaysian fried rice with huge prawns. I’m also celebrating my 100th “HawaiiWood” with today’s column. Thank you to all the readers here on Oahu and Neighbor Islands. Keep the e-mails coming ...


Fran Ward, Wayne Ward, Robin Royce and Eric Ward at the Waialae Country Club
Fran Ward, Wayne Ward, Robin Royce and Eric Ward at the
Waialae Country Club

Waialae Country Club was the venue for the 2006 Actors’ Showcase produced by Wayne Ward. The event attracts talent agents, producers, local celebrities and casting directors. Filmmakers in attendance were Gerard Elmore, Jason Suapaia, Jeff Katts, Jose Corpus, Josh Margulies, Mark Ganialongo, Nelson Pires, Renato Fontaine, Titus Chong, Vince Lucero, Sherrie Robertson and Christina Simpkins. Wayne’s been teaching acting in Hawaii for three decades. He also directed and produced many theatrical productions, and toured extensively in the U.S. His TV credits include The Jeffersons, Vegas, Jake and the Fatman, Magnum P.I. and
Hawaii 5-0. Wayne is currently in pre-production for his upcoming 2007 Spring Actors’ Showcase. Stay tuned ...


Larry Wiss, Daniel Marks, Tomomi Kawasaki, Nick Gianforti and Leslie Brown at the 2006 Fall Actors’ Showcase
Larry Wiss, Daniel Marks, Tomomi Kawasaki, Nick Gianforti
and Leslie Brown at the 2006 Fall Actors’ Showcase

I recently saw Shelley Krawchuk at the Actors’ Showcase. Her performance on screen was one of the evening’s best. New to the film scene in Hawaii, she’s steadily making her presence known. Her credits are Larry Wiss, Daniel Marks, Tomomi Kawasaki, Nick Gianforti and Leslie Brown at the 2006 Fall Actors’ Showcase on The Presidents’Son, Lost and an Ohina Short Film Showcase commercial. Musically speaking, she studied both classical piano and the bassoon. Her favorites are movies starring Meryl Streep and Christopher Walken. Shelley performed onstage at Paliku Theatre in the dance production of Jasmina & the Jansher.

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