Carolina Martins Magalhaes

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February 06, 2009
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Age: 23
Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Weight: 118
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro-Brazil
Ethnicity: Caucasian, Hispanic
Agency: ADR
Hair & Makeup: Dayna Okuma
Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

I am originally from Brazil and moved to Oahu three years ago. When I first came here, it was for a visit, but then I met my boyfriend and decided to continue my education at Hawaii Pacific University. I’m graduating next spring and will pursue advertising - which I love.

FAVORITES

Restaurant Leilei’s
Place to shop Ala Moana, Waikiki and always Brazil
Accessory Engagement ring
Item in my closet All my Levi’s jeans
TV show The Hills and Big Brother Brazil
Leisurely pursuit My iPhone
Vacation spot Brazil
Techie toy/gadget My Macbook

DID YOU KNOW?

Dream gigBeing on the cover of a magazine
Beauty secret Always wear sunscreen on my face
Hidden talent I played tennis my whole childhood and was a swimming competitor
Indulgence Oreo McFlurry from McDonald’s
Last big purchase A leather bag

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Chelsey Renee Sponsler

Photos by Russell Tanoue | Compiled by Alana Folen
January 30, 2009
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Age: 22

Height: 5 feet 8 inches

Weight: 110

Birthplace: Northridge, Calif.

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Agency: Premier

Hair & Makeup: Russell Tanoue

Location: Honolulu

About Me:

I grew up in Los Angeles, but the Islands have felt like home since my first visit when I was 13. I moved to Oahu at 20 and currently attend Kapiolani Community College. I plan to transfer to UH Manoa next year, where I hope to enroll in the communications program.

I also wish to learn more about nonprofits, as I would like to own a charity some day.

FAVORITES

Restaurant Anywhere with good fish

Designer Michael Stars

Accessory The rings from my mom that I wear every day

Item in my closet My gold Versace heels

Movie Wayne’s World

Leisurely pursuit Boating

Workout routine Surfing

Vacation spot Capri, Italy

Website/blog Pandora

DID YOU KNOW?

First gig Jamz World

Dream gig To have a job in Europe

Beauty secret Sunscreen on my face every day

Hidden talent I make a special hot-wing sauce that I learned from my dad

Last big purchase An Ella Moss dress

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Kristina Lum

Photos by Russell Tanoue | Compiled by Alana Folen
January 23, 2009
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Age: 29

Height: 5 feet 6 inches

Weight: 110

Birthplace: Washington state

Ethnicity: Greek, German, Austrian

Agency: Premier

Hair & Makeup: Dayna Okuma

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

I’m a 1998 graduate of Hilo High School and received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from UH-Manoa and my master’s in counseling psychology from Chaminade University.

I currently work as a behavior specialist, and I’m also Mrs. Hawaii 2008. I’ve modeled for Cinnamon Girl, Guess, Billabong and more.

FAVORITES

Restaurant Irifune

Designer Calvin Klein

Place to shop Express

Accessory Wedding ring

Item in my closet My pajamas

Weekend getaway Sitting on the beach watching the sunset

Vacation spot Santorini, Greece

Website/blog Facebook

DID YOU KNOW?

How I was “discovered” First runner-up in the Miss Kona Coffee Pageant

First gig Cinnamon Girl

Dream gig Being on the cover of a magazine

Beauty secret Lots of sleep

Hidden talent I make the best homemade spaghetti sauce

Indulgence Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!

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Sheri Lynn Haunani Taflinger

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January 16, 2009
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Age: 27

Height: 5 feet 4 inches

Weight: 106

Hometown: Mililani

Ethnicity: Portuguese, Chinese, Hawaiian, Filipino

Agency: ADR Agency

Hair & Makeup: Russell Tanoue

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

I’m a 1999 graduate of Castle High School and currently work as a police officer. The best part about my job is helping the community.

My husband, Thomas, and I have a beautiful 18-month-old daughter named Tessa.

DID YOU KNOW?

How I was “discovered” Dancing hula

First gig A commercial dancing hula for Japan

Dream gig As a model, to be on the cover of a national magazine. I also would like to be promoted in my career field.

FAVORITES

Restaurant Uncle Bo’s

Designer Fendi

Item in my closet Clothes, clothes and clothes!

Place to shop Fighting Eel

Beach Lanikai

Workout routine Crossfit Hawaii with Kimo Kockleman

Inspiration My daughter Tessa and husband Thomas inspire me to get home safe from work.

Charity American Cancer Society and Special Olympics Hawaii

Emery A.K. Tavares

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Emery’s Favorite Quote/Advice:

“Live each day as if it’s your last. Look forward - don’t get stuck in the past - and always strive to be the best.”


Age: 33

Height: 6 feet

Weight: 205 pounds

Hometown: North Shore - Paia

Ethnicity: Hawaiian, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Chinese, Tahitian

Hair & Makeup: Russell Tanoue

Location: Sheraton Maui Resort

About Me:

I’m a local boy always looking for a challenge and an opportunity. I work as a Realtor and hope to have at least four or five investment properties in 2009. I also install granite and stone in the higher-end homes on Maui.


FAVORITES

Restaurant Kobe

Pau hana hangout Tavares Bay - surf session

Place to shop Online, of course

Accessory My surfboards

Beach Makena - Big Beach

Snack Li hing mui

Drink Vitamin Water - Cranberry/Apple

Workout routine Cardio

Weekend getaway Anywhere in the 808

Vacation spot Bahia, Brazil

Techie toy/gadget iPhone


DID YOU KNOW?

How I was “discovered” Working at the Four Seasons Resort

First gig Woman’s Journal Magazine

Fun fact Women are always right

Hidden talent Capoeira professor

Indulgence Mint chocolate chip ice cream

Last big purchase Investment property on Maui

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Erica Kawehionalani Reiko Scharsch

Photos by Russell Tanoue | Compiled by Alana Folen
December 19, 2008
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Age: 17
Height: 5 feet 9 inches
Weight: 120
Hometown: Kalihi Valley/Pauoa
Ethnicity: Hawaiian, Tahitian, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, French, Jewish, Spanish
Agency: ADR
Hair & Makeup: Dayna Okuma
Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

I am currently a receptionist/vet assistant at a veterinary hospital. The best part of my job is seeing all the puppies and kittens, and also some of the unique dogs that come in. The toughest part is dealing with bites and scratches.

FAVORITES

Pau hana hangoutHome/beach
Designer Dior, Billabong, Juicy Couture, Baby Phat, Roxy
Place to shop Pearlridge, Waikiki and Ala Moana
Accessory Bags, jewelry
Item in my closet All my bags!
Beach Sandy’s
TV show America’s Next Top Model, OC-16 and Animal Planet
Workout routine Surfing

DID YOU KNOW?

Dream gigParis high-fashion runway show
Beauty secret A good night’s sleep
Hidden talent I danced ballet for 10 years
Last big purchase My T-Mobile Dash

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Clea Saldania-Rountree

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December 12, 2008
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Age: 24

Height: 5 feet 6 inches

Weight: 100 pounds

Hometown: Waialae Iki

Ethnicity: Filipino, Irish, Scottish, English, Russian, Polish, German, Spanish, Portuguese, American Indian

Agency: Premier Model and Talent Agency

Hair & Makeup: Russell Tanoue

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

I’m a 2002 graduate of Saint Francis School and most recently graduated from Kapiolani Community College with a degree in hotel operations and management.

I’ve been a model since I was 3 years old for local, national and international magazines, catalogs and designers like Kenzo, A. Testoni, DKNY, Emporio Armani and Ferragamo.

FAVORITES

Restaurant Rex in Greece

Club Mahiki nightclub in London

Designer Chanel

Place to shop Boutiques in Paris

Accessory

Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses from Italy

Item in my closet

My designer handbags from Europe

Techie toy/gadget

My BlackBerry

TV show

The Hills

DO YOU KNOW?

First gig When I was 3 years old for JCPenney

Dream gig Victoria’s Secret Angel

Beauty secret Genetics

Fun fact I’m related to the famous actress Donna Reed, who starred in the movie It’s a Wonderful Life

Hidden talent Jewelry making

Indulgence Taco Bell

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Malika Dudley

Photos by Russell Tanoue | Compiled by Alana Folen
December 05, 2008
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Age: 26
Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Weight: 124
Hometown: Papaikou, Big Island
Ethnicity: Arab/Caucasian
Agency: ADR
Hair & Makeup: Dayna Okuma
Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

I’m a homegrown, local girl from the Big Island and have dual citizenship in both France and the U.S. In fact, I speak French at home.

I graduated from UH Manoa with degrees in French and speech communication, currently working as weekend weather anchor at KGMB9 News. I’m also pursuing another bachelor’s degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State.

Malika’s Favorite Quote/Advice:

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” - Wayne Gretzky

FAVORITES

ClubLevel 4
Pau hana hangout Hotel 39
Accessory Earrings
Item in my closet Shoes - actually they line both sides of my hallway!
Beach Makaha
Workout routine Stand-up paddling with Brian Keaulana and Lanai Tabura
Vacation spot Anywhere with epic surf or snow!!!
Inspiration My mother because she is a courageous, strong and beautiful woman.

DID YOU KNOW?

How I was “discovered”Miss Hawaii Pageant
Beauty secret Sleep and those Japanese eyedrops that sting but make your eyes shine!
Fun fact I’m a black belt in karate

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Ashlyn Pierceall

Photos by Russell Tanoue | Compiled by Alana Folen
November 28, 2008
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Age: 13
Height: 5 feet 9 inches
Weight: 116
Hometown: Honolulu
Ethnicity: Hawaiian, Japanese, Caucasian
Agency: ADR Agency
Hair & Makeup: Russell Tanoue & Krystle Tecoson
Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

Once I finish high school, I intend on going to fashion school to get my degree. I want to somehow be a part of the fashion industry - modeling or otherwise. It’s a dream of mine to model in Fashion Week, Paris and to be the face for a big-time company.

DID YOU KNOW?

First gigWard Centers commercial
Dream gig Be a model in Fashion Week, Paris
Beauty secret Sleep
Indulgence Ice cream (Rocky Road or Strawberry)
Last big purchase A dress from Nordstrom that I love

FAVORITES

RestaurantBuca Di Beppo
Designer Ralph Lauren
Place to shop Hollister and Forever 21
Accessory Hawaiian bracelet from my Nana
Item in my closet My skinny jeans
Leisurely pursuit Text, shop, eat, sleep
Snack Goldfish
Drink Coke
Workout routine Take my puppy running
Beach Walls

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Shiela Ann Garcia

Photos by Russell Tanoue | Compiled by Alana Folen
November 21, 2008
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Age: 24

Height: 5 feet 3 inches

Weight: 100

Hometown: Salt Lake

Ethnicity: Filipino/Spanish

Agency: Premier Models and Talent

Hair & Makeup: Toni Farley

About Me:

I’m originally from Isabela, Philippines, and graduated from Moanalua High School in 2002. I currently work as a college professor, and I love inspiring and sharing my knowledge with my students.

FAVORITES

RestaurantMacaroni Grill

Designer Bebe

Place to shop Ala Moana

Accessory Hello Kitty necklace

Beach North Shore

Workout routine Running and sit-ups

Vacation spot Vegas

Weekend getaway Maui

Inspiration My parents, who have supported me in all my endeavors

DID YOU KNOW?

Beauty secretLots of sleep

Fun fact I have a puppy named Sammy

Hidden talent Drawing

Indulgence Chocolate

What’s up for me in 2009 Disney World!

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Kapono K.K. Carlbom

Photos by Russell Tanoue | Compiled by Alana Folen
November 07, 2008
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Age: 22

Height: 6 feet

Weight: 175

Hometown: Waimanalo

Ethnicity: Hawaiian/Italian

Agency: ADR Agency

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

I graduated from Saint Louis School in 2004. Currently, I am a full-time student ambitiously pursuing a higher education in business management and Hawaiian knowledge.

I’ve always liked living in the moment while loving to learn from the past.

FAVORITES

RestaurantGyu-Kaku

Club Lotus Soundbar

Pau hana hangout A friend’s hale

Designer Yigal Azrouel

Place to shop www.karmaloop.com

Item in my closet Shoe collection

Accessory iTouch

Workout routine Breast stroke

Weekend getaway Camping trip

Leisurely pursuit Traveling

Book/magazine FLAUNT Magazine

Vacation spot Tahoe in winter

Techie toy/gadget My MotoQ

DID YOU KNOW?

First gigJTB commercial filmed at Waimea beach

Dream gig It’ll be in Japan

Beauty secret Moisturize

Hidden talent Drawing

Kapono’s Favorite Quote/Advice:

“Don’t let people drive you crazy when you know it’s in walking distance.”

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Connor Lane Coffin

Photos by Russell Tanoue | Compiled by Alana Folen
October 24, 2008
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Age: 24

Height: 6 feet 2 inches

Weight: 175

Hometown: Seattle

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Agency: KMA

Hair & Makeup:Russell Tanoue

About Me:

I moved to Hawaii when I was 21 and am currently studying biology at BYUH. I hope to one day become a naturopathic doctor in Seattle, specializing in holistic medicine.

I’ve been modeling for the past two years and have modeled for Roberto Cavalli, Gucci, Neiman Marcus, Gilded Age and Burlington Coat Factory, among others.

FAVORITES

RestaurantHukilau Cafe

Pau hana hangoutPounders

Designer Roberto Cavalli

Place to shop Ala Moana

Accessory Hat

Item in my closetGilded Age jeans

Leisurely pursuitWave riding

DID YOU KNOW?

First gigAdasa.com

Dream gig On a billboard in Times Square

Beauty secret Balanced nutrition with lots of raw foods

Indulgence Ice cream

Hidden talent I can play guitar and sing

Last big purchaseTuition - School is expensive!

Fun factI used to work for the fire department

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Rachel Pershin

Photos by Russell Tanoue | Compiled by Alana Folen
October 10, 2008
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Age: 18

Height: 5 feet 9 inches

Weight: 115

Hometown: Kailua

Ethnicity: Russian, Hungarian, French, English

Agency: Premier Models and Talent

Hair & Makeup: Krystle Teocson

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

I graduated from Kalaheo High School and will start taking classes at Windward Community College. I want to study early childhood development and world religion, and I would love to travel and someday be on the cover of a major fashion magazine.

FAVORITES

Restaurant Fatboy’s

Club O Lounge

Pau hana hangout Lanikai Beach

Designer Christian Dior

Place to shop Vegas

Accessory Mokulua’s diamond necklace

Item in my closet Uggs

Weekend getaway Kula, Maui

Vacation spot Tahiti

DID YOU KNOW?

How I was “discovered”My best friend/model Kaycee Phillips introduced me to the agency

First gig Hula-La! runway show

Dream gig Model for Guess Jeans

Beauty secretLess is more, ladies Hidden talent I love to paint

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Cody Gomes

Photos by Russell Tanoue | Compiled by Alana Folen
September 26, 2008
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Age: 20

Height: 5 feet 8 inches

Weight: 155

Hometown: Kaneohe

Ethnicity: Hispanic/Asian

Agency: ADR Agencies

Hair & Makeup: Russell Tanoue

Location: Honolulu

About Me:

I graduated from Saint Louis School in 2007 and I am studying theatre at the University of Hawaii. When I’m not going to school, I work as a fitness sales counselor for 24 Hour Fitness. I also have been all over the nation and to Japan for martial arts demonstrations.

One day I hope to become a gifted actor who is able to tell a story via motion picture and forever inspire people.

FAVORITES

Restaurant Kuru Kuru Sushi

Club Zanzabar

Designer Ed Hardy and Armani

Place to shop Ala Moana

Accessory My BlackBerry

Item in my closet My grandpa’s cowboy boots

Vacation spot Europe

Weekend getaway In my room, watching movies

DID YOU KNOW?

First gig Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors

Dream gig Playing a lead role with Angelina Jolie

Beauty secret Irish Spring soap

Indulgence Family and friends

Hidden talent Black belt in taekwondo

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Codi Kaimana Fabella

Photos by Russell Tanoue | Compiled by Alana Folen
September 12, 2008
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Age: 17

Height: 5 feet 8 inches

Weight: 115

Hometown: Mililani

Ethnicity: Japanese, Okinawan, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, Italian, Filipino, Scottish and English

Agency: Premier Modeling

Hair & Makeup: Biyoushi

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

I am a high school student and work as a barista at Starbucks. One day I hope to become a dental hygienist because I like helping people.

FAVORITES

Restaurant California Pizza Kitchen

Pau hana hangout A friend’s house

Place to shop Las Vegas

Item in my closet Jackets

Accessory Earrings

Beach Waimea

Workout routine Soccer is what keeps me in shape

Vacation spot Maui

Weekend getaway Beach, North Shore

Movie The Notebook

TV show The Hills

Candy bar Almond Joy

Snack Chex Mix

Drink Arizona Green Tea with honey

Cartoon character Blossom

Book/magazine The Joy Luck Club

Website/blog MySpace

Josiah Mizukami

Photos by Russell Tanoue | Compiled by Alana Folen
September 05, 2008
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Age: 22

Height: 5 feet 8 inches

Weight: 145

Hometown: Honolulu

Ethnicity: Japanese/Caucasian

Agency: Premier

Hair & Makeup: Russell Tanoue

Location: Honolulu

About Me:

I am a graduate of Roosevelt High School and currently work as a server at Chef Mavro’s by night and a real estate agent by day for Noble Turner Realty International. My true passion in life is free-diving.

DID YOU KNOW?

First gigFeatured model and voiceover for Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park

Dream gig I’m not a dreamer - I make things happen

Beauty secret Genetics

Hidden talent I can sing!

Indulgence Fine food and wine

FAVORITES

RestaurantChef Mavro

Club Pearl Ultra Lounge

Designer Versace

Accessory Watches

Place to shop eBay

Movie Legends of the Fall

Leisurely pursuit I don’t pursue anything leisurely

Drink Beautiful

Book/magazine Forbes

Weekend getaway Malaekahana

Beach Sandy’s

Josiah’s Favorite Quote/Advice:

“A man’s worth is measured by his ambition.” - Marcus Aurelius

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Charleen Ocariza

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August 29, 2008
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Age: 27

Height: 5 feet 6 inches

Weight: 118

Hometown: Salt Lake

Ethnicity: Filipino, Spanish, Chinese

Hair & Makeup: Tiffany

Location: Honolulu

About Me:

I am a 2000 graduate of Moanalua High School and currently work at Arcadia and Kapiolani. I plan on pursuing a nursing degree in the near future while also doing more modeling work. It’s rewarding to work with and help a diversity of people on a daily basis. In my spare time, I like to enjoy the ocean and Diamond Head, and one day hope to swim with dolphins.

FAVORITES

Club Pearl Ultra Lounge

Pau hana hangout Ward Centre

Place to shop Ala Moana

Accessory AK watch

Weekend getaway Any of the Neighbor Islands

Workout routine Cleaning

Vacation spot New Zealand

Techie toy/gadget My BlackBerry

Charity Hawaii Foodbank

DID YOU KNOW?

How I was “discovered”

Began modeling when I worked for a modeling agency in 2000

First gig Teaching runway

Dream gig To land a big modeling contract

Beauty secret Think different, and being positive is a great benefit

Indulgence Ice cream

Andrina Puuohau

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August 22, 2008
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Age: 24

Height: 5 feet 7 inches

Weight: 128

Birthplace: San Francisco

Ethnicity: Hawaiian, Irish, Guamanian

Hair & Makeup: Tiffany Pestona Breaux

Location: Honolulu

About Me:

My familiy’s roots are in Hawaii, but I was born and raised in San Francisco. Hawaii has always been a second home to me - I came in search of fun in the sun and achieved that and so much more. I love being active and spending time enjoying life’s greatest pleasures.

DID YOU KNOW?

Beauty secret Nothing beats a great night’s sleep

Indulgence Anything edible

Last big purchase My truck!

Inspiration The woman who gave me life and love, and the father whose memories will always fill my heart.

FAVORITES

RestaurantLa Bistro and La Bamba

Snack My guilty pleasure is french fries

Drink Water

Place to shop I don’t discriminate

Workout routine Nothing fancy, just the gym at least once a day

Weekend getaway Sometimes it’s as simple as my bed, other times it can be miles away

Movie I’m a big movie fan - every movie has its greatness

Beach I’m in love with the beach

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Helemano “Mano” Gilman

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August 15, 2008
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Age: 27

Height: 6 feet 2 inches

Weight: 210

Hometown: Waianae

Ethnicity: Hawaiian, Chinese Caucasian

Agency: ADR

Hair & Makeup: Russell Tanoue

Location: Honolulu

About Me:

I graduated from the Kamehameha Schools in 1999 and now work as a flight attendant for Hawaiian Airlines. One day I hope to become an entertainment news correspondent/anchor.

Mano’s Favorite Quote/Advice:

“Let go of difficulties from your past, cultural codes and social beliefs. You are the only one who can create the life you desire.”

DID YOU KNOW?

First gig Honda Windward/7-Eleven “Protect the Planet” commercial

Dream gig Entertainment news anchor

Beauty secret Awake facial products, Neiman Marcus

Hidden talent I can cook! Love tofu stir-fry

Indulgence A nice barbecue with my family and friends

FAVORITES

Restaurant Pineapple Room

Pau hana hangout Chiko’s Tavern

Designer Dolce & Gabbana

Place to shop H&M, Urban Outfitters, Diesel, grocery stores

Accessory Watches

TV show Bravo reality shows

Book/magazine The Secret

Weekend getaway New York

Vacation spot Sydney, Australia

Website/blog Crew Trac

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Kristen Stephenson-Pino

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August 08, 2008
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Age: 17

Height: 5 feet 5 inches

Weight: 105

Birthplace: Isshiki Hayama, Japan

Ethnicity: Spanish, Irish

Agency: Premier Models & Talent Agency

Hair & Makeup: Biyoushi

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

I moved to Oahu in 2006, but have lived overseas most of my life, in Europe and Asia. I have been modeling and acting since I was 3 years old. My career highlight has been seeing myself on a 50-foot-long poster on Tower Records in Tokyo and having people realize it was me. My dream is to be a fashion designer.

FAVORITES

Restaurant Assaggio
Place to shop Ala Moana
Accessory Jewelry and handbags
Beach Sunset Beach
Leisurely pursuit Visiting friends and going to the movies
Techie toy/gadget Cell phone, iPod
Workout routine Running and sit-ups

DID YOU KNOW?

How I was “discovered” By a talent agent in Tokyo, Japan

First gig Japanese MTV music video with the pop band Galla

Beauty secret Never sleep with makeup on, and brush your teeth in the morning and evening, at least

Indulgence Strawberry shortcake with whipped cream on top

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Renee “Mamo” Werner

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August 01, 2008
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Age: 15

Height: 5 feet 9 inches

Weight: 125

Hometown: Kailua

Ethnicity: English, Hawaiian, Swedish, Irish, German, Chinese

Agency: Premier

Hair & Makeup: Biyoushi

About Me: I was born and raised in Kailua and will be graduating in 2011. I hope to attend NYU and pursue a degree in political science, working toward becoming a successful lawyer and working fashion model.

DID YOU KNOW?

How I was ‘discovered’ Through Susan Page Modeling School

First gig Speedo photo shoot

Dream gig Walking for international designers

Beauty Secret Sleep

Indulgence Cold Stone ice cream

FAVORITES

Restaurant California Pizza Kitchen

Pau hana hangout Beach

Designer Chanel

Place to shop Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister and Nordstrom

Accessory Sunglasses

Item in my closet My black dress

Movie Grease

Leisurely pursuit Running

Snack Acai bowl

Veronique Braithwaite

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July 11, 2008
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Age: 30

Height: 5 feet 7 inches

Weight: 120

Hometown: Mililani

Ethnicity: Chinese, French, Italian

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

I’m currently a teacher at Island Pacific Academy in Kapolei and have been teaching for eight years. I feel very blessed to work in a profession in which I learn and grow as much as my students do.

FAVORITES

Restaurant Assaggio’s

Club W

Pau hana hangout At home with family

Designer Michael Kors

Place to shop Arden B.

Accessory Stud diamond earrings

Item in my closet Jeans

Leisurely pursuit Dancing hula

Inspiration My daughter, Amerie Leigh. She inspires me each day to make her world a more loving and beautiful place.

DID YOU KNOW?

How I was “discovered”

My sister talked me into answering a modeling ad

First gig Photo shoot for Fuji Films

Beauty secret Water and sunscreen - plenty of both

Fun fact I like to snorkel

Indulgence Ice cream

Last big purchase Trip to Japan

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Tylor Boesing Perry

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July 04, 2008
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Age: 21

Height: 6 feet 1 inch

Weight: 180

Hometown: Ewa Beach

Ethnicity: Special mixed plate combo

Hair & Makeup: Russell Tanoue

About Me: I graduated from Campbell High School in 2005 and have since then joined the Marines. I’ve been to many different countries and experienced many different cultures, but nothing comes close to Hawaii. I also plan on working in homeland security one day.

FAVORITES

Restaurant Tanaka of Tokyo

Pau hana hangout Mai Tai’s

Designer Dolce & Gabana

Place to shop Ala Moana

TV show 48 Hours

Leisurely pursuitSurfing

Drink Water

DID YOU KNOW?

How I was “discovered”Russell Tanoue

First gig Runway fashion show at age 7

Dream gig Runway model for elite designers

Beauty secret I was born with abs ... ha ha

Fun fact Whenever my mom’s mad, I always know how to make her laugh

Hidden talent Cooking

Indulgence Watches, luxury cars, nice clothes

Last big purchase My beautiful black Jaguar

Tylor’s Favorite Quote/Advice: “Live life to the fullest.”

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Nicole Fox

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June 27, 2008
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Age: 23

Height: 5 feet 5 inches

Weight: 110

Hometown: Honolulu

Ethnicity: Mixed plate!

Agency:ADR Agency

Hair & Makeup:Mari Ibarra

Location:Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me: I am the current Miss Island Oahu and have lived and worked in Hawaii, California and New Zealand. I have also spent a couple years volunteering in Ethiopia and the Middle East. I have degrees in business management and cultural anthropology from Santa Clara University, and work as a philanthropist, fashion consultant, hula dancer and model.

DID YOU KNOW?

How I was “discovered” Helping out with a charity fashion show

First gig Modeling for AltarNative Bamboo Technologies

Dream gig Hosting a show on the Travel Channel

Fun fact I’ve visited 15 countries in the past three years.

FAVORITES

Place to shop Valerie Joseph Boutique

Accessory My rhinestone leopard print watch - thanks, Gary!

Item in my closet Shoe collection

Leisurely pursuit Picking up a good book

Workout routine Crossfit courses and cardio

Charity Children’s Miracle Network

Weekend getaway The Mainland to visit my family and friends

Website/blog I’m a news and politics junkie

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John Asi

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June 13, 2008
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Age: 24

Height: 6 feet

Weight: 180

Hometown: Kalihi Valley

Ethnicity: Samoan

Hair & Makeup: Russell Tanoue

Location: Honolulu

About Me: I am a simple guy who loves to spend time with my family and friends whenever I have the opportunity. I currently work at the Hawaii Prince Hotel and HCC and love meeting new people from around the world.

John’s Favorite Quote/Advice: “The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.”

FAVORITES

Restaurant Hy’s Steak House

Club Anywhere with good music

Pau hana hangout Kalihi Valley Gym

Designer Anything that looks good

Place to shop Anywhere cheap

Accessory Watches

Item in my closet Mostly jeans and T-shirts

Workout routine Running and weight lifting

Vacation spot Australia

Beach Sandy Beach

DID YOU KNOW?

How I was “discovered” There was a photo shoot at my job site at Hawaii Prince Hotel

First gig MidWeek

Beauty secret My dad ... everyone told me I look like him

Hidden talent The moon walk

Indulgence Cookies and Cream ice cream

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Nahoku Keala

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June 06, 2008
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Age: 16

Height: 5 feet 8.5 inches

Weight: 120

Hometown: Mana’e, Molokai

Ethnicity: Hawaiian, Chinese, Caucasian

Agency: Premier Modeling Agency

Hair & Makeup: Wade Bahn

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:I am originally from Molokai and moved to Kauai about a year ago, but spend most of the year on Oahu going to school. While on Molokai I lived on a fishpond with no running water or electricity.

Last year I signed with an agency and have modeled for designers like Louisa Hoover and Honey Girl Waterwear.

FAVORITES

Designer Roxy, Billabong or any other surf brand

Place to shop Online J

Accessory A flower (or two) in my ear

Item in your closet Any tote bag - I love bags!

Drink Arizona Green Tea

Vacation Spot Sunset Beach, Oahu

Beach Wailua, Molokai

DID YOU KNOW?

First gig Modeling for Honey Girl Waterwear in 2007

Dream gig Possibly modeling for Victoria’s Secret

Beauty secret OCEAN, OCEAN, OCEAN!!!

Hidden talent Fluent in Hawaiian language

Indulgence Haagen-Dazs ice cream!

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Natashia Ho

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May 30, 2008
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Age: 18

Height: 5 feet 6 inches

Weight: 115

Hometown: St. Louis Heights

Ethnicity: Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Korean, French

Agency: ADR

Hair & Makeup: Wade Bahn

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

I was born in Taiwan and moved to Hawaii when I was a month old. I recently graduated from Mid-Pac and will be attending UNLV in the fall, majoring in dance. I’ve also been modeling for two-and-a-half years, and have worked with Function Surf, Nike and Flaunt.

DID YOU KNOW?

First gig2008 Hyatt brochure

Dream gig Becoming Miss Universe

Beauty secret Moisturizer

Hidden talent I can imitate movies/songs/characters

Indulgence Coffee Lovers Only ice cream from Cold Stone

FAVORITES

Restaurant CPK

ClubO Lounge

Designer Nicole Miller

Place to shop Urban Outfitters, Victoria’s Secret

Accessory Earrings

Beach Sandy’s

Workout routine Dance

Leisurely pursuit Concerts

Inspiration Kelly Hu

Natashia’s Favorite Quote/Advice:

“You are free to choose, but the choices you make today will determine what you will have, be and do in the tomorrow of your life.” - Zig Ziglar

All photos by Russell Tanoue copyright 2008

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Grant Teichman

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Age: 22

Height: 6 feet

Weight: 170

Hometown: Kapaa, Kauai

Ethnicity: Hapa haole

Hair & Makeup: Russell Tanoue

Location: Honolulu

About Me:

I graduated from Kapaa High School in 2003 and moved to Honolulu to attend UH Manoa, pursuing dual degrees in political science and classical/European history. I recently finished my second term as student body president for ASUH. I’ve been doing advocacy work ever since I came to college - there is always some way to help and give back

DID YOU KNOW?

First gig Movie theater ad people still make fun of me for ...

Beauty secret I get advice from women

Fun fact I am a video game freak

Hidden talent Computer nerd

Last big purchase The higher education

Indulgence Cocoa souffle

FAVORITES

Club Anywhere with friends

Place to shop Papa Luck’s

Item in my closet Boxes in boxes

Leisurely pursuit Beach, skydiving

Movie Gladiator, Batman Begins

Vacation spot Back home on Kauai, North Shore

Techie toy/gadget iPhone goodness

Website/blog New York Times

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Shanica Gray

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May 16, 2008
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Age: 17

Height: 5 feet 7 inches

Weight: 104

Hometown: Honolulu

Ethnicity: Irish, English, German, French, Korean

Hair & Makeup: Russell Tanoue

Location: Honolulu

ABOUT ME

I’m a local girl, born and raised in Honolulu. I’ll be graduating from high school in 2009 and plan to pursue a degree in psychology when in college, and hope to make it big in both modeling and psychology one day.

MY FAVORITE QUOTE/ADVICE:

It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters. -Mother Teresa

FAVORITES

Restaurant: Buzz’s Steak House, California Pizza Kitchen

Pau hana hangout: Anywhere that has a Starbucks

Designer: Dior, Chanel

Place to shop: Ruehl, Abercrombie & Fitch, Juicy Couture (Ala Moana)

Item in your closet: Ugg boots, Coach fur-lined boots, moccasins (basically the things you can’t wear in Hawaii)

Vacation spot: Europe or Asia

DID YOU KNOW?

How I was “discovered”: I was first scouted at Costco with my mother at the age of 12, but am now getting into modeling

Dream gig: Any ad in high fashion or in Asia

Beauty secret: Sunblock and lots of sleep

Fun fact: I’m good at mimicking people

Indulgence: Facials, pedis/manis, eating lobster

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Lehua Nahina

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May 02, 2008
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Age: 25

Height: 5 feet 3 inches

Weight: 105

Hometown: Haleiwa

Ethnicity: Norwegian, Hawaiian, Filipino, Chinese and Irish

Agency: Kathy Muller

Hair & Makeup: Wade Bahn

Location: Honolulu

About Me:

I graduated from St. Francis School in 2001 and am currently in my junior year at HPU studying to be a nurse. I am married to a handsome surfer/carpenter, Kapono, and together we have a beautiful daughter, Kaianna.

FAVORITES

RestaurantHaleiwa Eats Thai Food

Pau hana hangout My big, beautiful porch in Haleiwa

Designer Panci’ by Crystal Pancipanci

Accessory Earrings by Noelani Love

Items in my closet Lots of funky and bright dresses

Beach Chun’s Reef in Haleiwa

Book/magazine The Kadin by Bertrice Small

Workout routine Bobby’s Bodies Aerobics

Techie toy/gadget My iPhone

DID YOU KNOW?

First gig At 16 I was chosen as the new member of Coconuts Musume (Japanese pop girl group)

Dream gig To become the next Mrs. Hawaii United States Beauty secret Wear sunscreen Hidden talent I can clap with one hand What’s up for me in 2008 I’m running in the Mrs. Hawaii United States pageant

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Aaron Matthew Pookela MacDonald

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April 18, 2008
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Age: 19

Height: 5 feet 11 inches

Weight: 170

Hometown: Honolulu

Ethnicity: Italian, Korean, Scottish, Spanish, French

Hair & Makeup: Russell Tanoue

Location: Honolulu

About Me:

I have lived in both Hawaii and Pennsylvania and now work as a waiter and a laborer. I’ve been a waiter for four months and a laborer practically all my life, having experience in carpentry, lawn management and coffee packaging. The best part about my job is having the chance to brighten someone’s day.

FAVORITES

Item in my closet

Things that have no use but to make you look good

Workout routine Deck push-ups, dips, pull-ups and basketball

Weekend getaway A place of peace and serenity

Movie Gladiator

Leisurely pursuit Basketball, surfing, guitar, reading, church, cycling and being on auto-pilot

Book/magazine National Geographic

Vacation spot I’m livin’ in it

Techie toy/gadget Xbox

DID YOU KNOW?A friend

Beauty secret Health

Hidden talent Creating pottery

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Jonelle Layfield

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April 11, 2008
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Age: 23

Height: 5 feet 10 inches

Weight: 135

Hometown:Kaneohe

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Makeup: Preston Meneses

Hair: Cassandra Colby

Wardrobe Stylist: Pono Aweau

ABOUT ME

I am a 2002 graduate of Kailua High School and now attend UH-Manoa studying kinesiology and leisure sciences. I hope to one day become a physical therapist or a professional dancer. I currently hold the title of Miss Hawaii USA 2008 and also I am an instructor/choreographer for 24-7 Danceforce. A career highlight has been becoming one of the directors for Heartbeat, a dance class that works hand-in-hand with the Special Olympics.

FAVORITES

Restaurant Genki Sushi

Club Bar 35, Next Door

Pau hana hangout Sorabol

Designer Nicole Miller

Place to shop Aldo

Accessory Earrings

Item in your closet My mom’s turquoise jewelry

Beach Lanikai

Leisurely pursuit Dancing with 24-7 Danceforce

Candy bar Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

Snack Dried coconut

Drink Iced Thai Espresso Latte

Workout routine Running around Kaneohe Bay by my house

Weekend getaway My bed!

Music download Damaged by Danity Kane

Inspiration My mom, Judy Layfield, inspires me to be the strong, independent woman she is.

Charity Special Olympics Hawaii

DID YOU KNOW?

How I was “discovered” Being crowned Miss Hawaii USA 2008

Dream gig Becoming Miss Universe

Beauty secret Preston Meneses!! (my makeup artist)

Fun fact Was the captain of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior Dance Team for the past three years

Hidden talent I’m really good at drawing

Indulgence Ice cream

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Catch Miss Hawaii USA Jonelle Layfieldin the MISS USA 2008 PAEGANT Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m. HST on NBC

 

Marcos Nobre

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April 04, 2008
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Age: 27

Height: 5 feet 9 inches

Weight: 150

Birthplace: Salto, Uruguay

Ethnicity: Latin

Hair & Makeup: Russell Tanoue

Location: Honolulu

About Me:

I moved to Hawaii from Uruguay in 2000 following my family and with my head full of dreams. I’m fortunate to be blessed with the best family anyone could ask for. My mom is my inspiration as she raised me and my two siblings by herself.

I worked as a restaurant manager for about five years on Oahu and Kauai and now am striving for bigger and better things.

FAVORITES

RestaurantMichel’s, Roy’s and Chai’s

Club Zanzabar and Fashion 45

Place to shop Ala Moana

Accesssory Watch and necklaces

Item in my closet Tank tops and surf shorts

Workout routine Cardio and weights

Weekend getaway Kauai

DID YOU KNOW?

First gigSpring Fever 2007

Dream gig Runway in Punta Del Este, Uruguay

Beauty secret Work out

Indulgence Dulce de leche

Hidden talent Hip hop dancer

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Jee Hae Jones

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March 28, 2008
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Age: 17

Height: 5 feet 10 inches

Weight: 129

Birthplace: Portsmouth, Ohio

Ethnicity: Korean, German, Irish

Agency: More Models and Talent

Hair & Makeup: Tiffany Pestana-Breaux

Location: Honolulu

About Me: I will graduate from Moanalua High School in 2009 and plan to attend college in Southern California to study psychology or a medical-related field. I’ve modeled for a little over a year, and have had the opportunity to model for Prototye, Fresh Produce, Casablanca and Tiffany & Co.

Restaurant The Cheesecake Factory

Pau hana hangout Anywhere with friends

Designer Lucky Brand/Marciano

Place to shop Urban Outfitters

Accessory Rings

Item in my closet Cowboy boots

Workout routine Gym with my best friends a couple times a week

Music download John Legend

FAVORITES

DID YOU KNOW?

First gigFashion show at O Lounge

Dream gig Cover of a high-fashion magazine

Beauty secret Smile!

Hidden talent Over eight years of piano experience and four years of ballet

Last big purchase Asael dress for prom

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Kaina Kapahua-Fujita

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March 14, 2008
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Age: 20

Height: 5 feet 9 inches

Weight: 164

Hometown: Mililani

Ethnicity: Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Irish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, English and Samoan

Agency: Premier Models & Talents

Hair & Makeup: Russell Tanoue

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

I am a 2005 graduate of Mililani High School and will be attending UH to study climatology. I also work at Nordstrom in Ala Moana. My dream is to pursue acting and one day appear in a musical motion picture.

DID YOU KNOW?

How I was “discovered” I saw a modeling advertisement on TV

Dream gig To star in a musical motion picture

Beauty secret Eat healthy and exercise every day

Hidden talent I sky dive

Fun fact I love to dance

Indulgence Protein shakes

FAVORITES

Restaurant Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Designer Armani

Place to shop Armani Exchange

Accessory Armani watch

Inspiration My mother, Renee, because she has given me the best love, support and guidance a son could ever wish for

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Keao Crabbe

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March 07, 2008
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Age: 21

Height: 5 feet 8 inches

Weight: 118

Hometown: Mililani

Ethnicity: Hawaiian

Agency: More Models

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

I am currently pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian studies at UH-Manoa, and spent time studying in New Zealand before that. In addition to going to school, I’ve worked many jobs: performing with Tihati Productions, as an administrative assistant for Kau Inoa, and I was recently hired as a flight attendant for Hawaiian Airlines.

Restaurant Irifune

Pau hana hangout Home sweet home

Place to shop Anywhere with great sales!

Accessory Tahitian pearls

Item in my closet Toss up between my Black Extreme Flare Gauchos from Urban Outfitters and my Rock Revolution skinny jeans.

Book/magazine Standing for Something

Vacation spot New Zealand

DID YOU KNOW?

First gigAs a model for Soleil Boutique

Dream gig In a big dream world - Victoria’s Secret

Beauty secret Eat healthy, exercise and smile

Fun fact Laughs for absolutely no reason

Indulgence Mana Bowls from the Diamond Head Health Bar

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Tasha Woodfall

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February 22, 2008
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Age: 15

Height: 5 feet 4 inches

Weight: 110

Hometown: Mililani

Ethnicity: Filipino, Spanish, Italian, English

Agency: Kathy Muller

Hair & Makeup: Tiffany Pestana-Breaux

Location: Honolulu

FAVORITES Restaurant: Makino Chaya

Pau hana hangout: Beach

Designer: Kimora Lee Simmons

Accessory: Earrings

Item in my closet: Lots of prom dresses

Workout routine: Kick boxing

Book/magazine:Seventeen Magazine

TV show: America’s Next Top Model

Weekend getaway:Home-sweet-home

MY FAVORITE QUOTE/ADVICE:

“Live today like there’s no tomorrow.”

ABOUT ME

Born and raised on Oahu, I’m a sophomore at Mililani High School. I hope to one day become a registered nurse specializing in pediatric care, but in the meantime I’ve had many opportunities to model for Loco Boutique, Attitudes by Debra, BeigeBeige, Bad Sushi and Fantastic Sams.

DID YOU KNOW

How I was “discovered”: My mother signed me up with an agency

First gig:Loco Boutique swimwear catalog

Dream gig:The cover of a fashion magazine

Beauty secret:Beauty comes from within

Hidden talent:Triple back handsprings

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Brad Krzykowski

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February 15, 2008
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Age: 25

Height: 6 feet 1 inch

Weight: 195

Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Agency: Premier Models & Talent

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

I’ve been a personal trainer in Honolulu for three years and started my own training business, Beyond Fitness Hawaii. I also am the head trainer for Hoala Cancer Exercise Wellness, a free 10-week exercise program for cancer patients and survivors to improve their quality of life.

FAVORITES

Restaurant India Cafe

Place to shop NIKETOWN - that’s my candy store

Workout routine Teaching boot camp. Talk about a good sweat.

Weekend getaway Kayaking at Makena

MovieCrash

Vacation spot Hana, Maui

DID YOU KNOW?

First gig Mueller Sports Medicine Catalog

Dream gig Cover of Men’s Health Magazine

Beauty secretExercise is key

Hidden talentI can walk on my hands

Last big purchase Buying a condo in Honolulu

Indulgence Cereal - any and all kinds

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Alanna Yoshioka

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February 08, 2008
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Alanna Yoshioka

Age: 22

Height: 5 feet 2 inches

Weight: 100

Hometown: Honolulu

Ethnicity: Japanese, French, Irish

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

A local girl born and raised. I have also lived and worked in Malibu and Tokyo. I graduated last year from Pepperdine University with a degree in public relations and business.

FAVORITES

Restaurant Nobu

Club Anywhere ... as long as I’m with friends

Pau hana hangout Next stop: Zippy’s!

Designer I am a clothes horse! Some of my favorite designers are Black Halo, Ingwa Melero, Sheri Bodell, Diabless

Place to shop La Foret in Tokyo and L.A.

Accessory “Dirty Glam” bracelet

Vacation spot Tokyo

Weekend getaway Road trips to Vegas and San Fran

DID YOU KNOW?

First gig

A Schuler Homes commercial when I was 9

Dream gig Becoming a recording artist

Beauty secret Lots of sleep

Fun fact I love to impersonate people

Hidden talent I can cook!

Indulgence I have a huge sweet tooth

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Evan Loney

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February 01, 2008
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Age: 24

Height: 6 feet

Weight: 165

Hometown: Waimea, Hawaii

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Hair & Makeup: Russell Tanoue

Location: Honolulu

About Me:

I transferred from Colorado to the University of Hawaii and I am studying creative media. I now work as a server at Chai’s Island Bistro, but had previously worked in Napa for a summer before returning to Hawaii. I enjoy traveling and would one day like to make money doing something amazing.

FAVORITES

RestaurantChai’s Island Bistro

Pau hana hangout Bikini’s

Accessory Fake Rolex

Item in my closet Vietnamese three-piece banger

Leisurely pursuit Guitar Hero!

Vacation spot Beirut

Snack Baby fondue

DID YOU KNOW?

First gigAft Bullets Trilogy - it was a no-budget production

Dream gig Draft Punk coverband

Indulgence Life

Beauty secret That’s a secret

Last big purchase ‘07 Ducati Monster

Fun fact You can’t gargle sand

What’s up for me in 2008 Shenanigans!

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Tiffany Hilton

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January 25, 2008
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Age: 23

Height: 5 feet 11 inches

Weight: 135

Hometown: Hilo

Ethnicity: Japanese, Caucasian

Agency: Premier Models & Talent

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel
About Me:

I graduated from Waiakea High School in 2002 and moved to Oahu for college and to pursue my modeling career. I modeled part-time throughout college and began to produce small fashion shows and a swimsuit calendar. Currently I am a teacher and school director of Susan Page Modeling School.

FAVORITES

Restaurant Sabrina’s Ristorante

Club Skyline

Designer Cosabella

Place to shop Valerie Joseph

Item in my closet White BCBG suit

Movie Fight Club

Workout Routine Running and yoga

DID YOU KNOW?

First gig A Japanese aloha shirt magazine

Dream gig Cover of Vogue

Beauty secret Chanel Translucent Sun Powder

Hidden talent I make an excellent tonkatsu

Last big purchase A strapless silk-satin dress from Cache

Indulgence Mint chocolate cookie ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s

Tiffany’s Favorite Quote/Advice:

“Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be open to you.” - Matthew 77

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Alana Folen

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December 28, 2007
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Age: 22

Height: 5 feet 4 inches

Weight: 107

Hometown: Manoa

Ethnicity: Chinese, Italian

Agency: ADR

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

Location: Hawaii Prince

About Me:

I graduated from the UH-Manoa in the spring with a BA in journalism and a certificate in French. I work at MidWeek as a staff writer, and love meeting and learning about inspirational people and being able to tell their stories. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my dog, Kea. My passions are writing, music and traveling.

Favorites

Restaurant: Orchids at the Halekulani Hotel

Pau hana hangout: Anywhere with good company

Designer: Monique Lhuillier

Item in my closet: Clothes on the floor

Workout routine: Running and body boarding ... once a year!

Book/magazine: Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope

Vacation spot: Italy, France, Thailand, New York and San Francisco

Techie toy/gadget: BlackBerry Curve and iPod

DID YOU KNOW

First gig: Associate producer at KITV-4 News

Dream gig: I’m doing it

Beauty secret: A genuine smile and lots of rest

Fun fact: People underestimate how much food I can eat!  No, really ...

Hidden talent: I’m quick at memorizing music

Indulgence: A weekend of shows on Broadway!

Corinne Owen

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December 14, 2007
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Age: 21

Height: 5 feet 6 inches

Weight: 120

Hometown: Kaimuki

Ethnicity: Korean/Caucasian

Agency: Premier Models & Talent

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

Coming from a family of seven and being the eldest of five, I would describe myself as passionate, affectionate, goofy and loyal. My passions in life are photography and traveling.

I keep very busy as a photographer, swim instructor, model and cook, and have modeled for designers like New Balance, Honey Girl, Crazy Shirts and Maui Jim.

FAVORITES

Pau hana hangout

The ocean

Place to shop Thrift stores

Item in my closet Swimsuit

Accessory Promise ring

Vacation spot Chiang Mai, Thailand

Weekend getaway North Shore

DID YOU KNOW?

First gig When I was 4, I got to play dress-up for a First Hawaiian Bank ad.

Dream gig Anything that will fly me to another country ... well, maybe not anything!

Beauty secret Less is more

Fun fact I’m a goofball

Hidden talent I can touch my tongue to my nose

Indulgence Bunny Tracks ice cream

Corinne’s Favorite Quote/Advice:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Andrio Dario Vielma

Photos by Russell Tanoue | Compiled by ALANA FOLEN
December 07, 2007
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Age: 18

Height: 5 feet 9 inches

Weight: 162

Birthplace: Germany

Ethnicity: Mexican, Spanish, Portuguese

Agency: Susan Page Modeling

Hair & Makeup: Zairrah Kinnear

Location: Kahala

About Me:

I was born in Germany and came to Hawaii at age 3, moved to New Mexico, and back to Hawaii at 11. I graduated from Kaimuki High School last year and hope to one day become a radiologist, saving the lives of children or adults who are ill or hurt; but for now I am working at the Convention Center as a food runner.

FAVORITES

Pau hana hangout Anywhere there’s good company

Designer Mark Ecko

Accessory My Coco Chanel earring and big belt buckle

Vacation spot L.A.

Weekend getaway Camping

DID YOU KNOW?

How I was “discovered”

Got to give this one to my trusty mom – she put in the word for me

Dream gig

It would be great to be in an action movie played nationwide

Fun fact

I like to dip my pizza crust in my Coke

Hidden talent

Being able to learn quick when it comes to musical instruments

Last big purchase

Buying parts for my car

Indulgence

Mexican food! Mainly ceviche.

Beauty Secret

Mom and dad. Shhh!

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Marie E. Wourms

Photos by Russell Tanoue | Compiled by ALANA FOLEN
November 23, 2007
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Age: 22

Height: 5 feet 8 inches

Hometown: Alice Springs, AU

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Agency: Premier Models & Talent

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

I’ll be graduating this year with a B.S. in applied math from Hawaii Pacific University and am working part-time as a cocktail waitress.

I live for adventure and will most likely be seen cliff diving over a waterfall around the island.

I began modeling shortly after moving to Hawaii in 2004 and have modeled for Asics, Coca-Cola, San Lorenzo and Rockabella.

FAVORITES

Pau hana hangout

Anywhere with friends

Place to shop Luxi

Designer Dior

Item in my closet Anything comfortable

Leisurely pursuit Rock climbing

Techie toy/gadget Can’t live without my iPod

DID YOU KNOW?

First gig

Coca-Cola commercial

Dream gig Victoria’s Secret

Beauty secret A genuine smile is always beautiful

Indulgence Peanut butter

Last big purchase Mountain bike

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Alexa Peters

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November 16, 2007
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Age: 22

Height: 5 feet 9 inches

Weight: 130

Hometown: Waianae

Ethnicity: Polynesian mix

Agency: Premier Models & Talent

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel


About Me:

In addition to being a mother to a beautiful 2-year-old girl named Kaisha, I am currently working two jobs as a medical biller and a modeling instructor for Susan Page Modeling. I love to teach modeling because I get to see these young girls’ faces light up when they see the potential of what they can do. I have been doing medical billing since I was 17, and plan to open a business in the near future.

FAVORITES

Restaurant Hapa Grill

Pau hana hangout Mai Tai

Designer Marciano

Place to shop Guess

Accessory Flower in my ear

Item in my closet All of my shoes! I am the next Imelda Marcos

DID YOU KNOW?

First gig

Honolulu Magazine Dream gig

Victoria’s Secret Angel or to make the cover of a magazine

Beauty secret Shiseido’s Idealist Skin Refinisher

Fun fact I back-flipped off of Waimea rock

Hidden talent I can climb a coconut tree the traditional way

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Tiffany Lother

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November 09, 2007
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Age: 23

Height: 5 feet 9 inches

Weight: 117

Hometown: Gresham, Ore.

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Agency: Premier Models

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

I recently graduated with a BS in business marketing from Oregon State University and came to Honolulu for a change of scenery and a job opportunity at Oliver, Lau, Lawhn, Ogawa & Nakamura law firm, where I work as a secretary.

As for my career goals, I hope to be financially successful while pursuing a job I’m passionate about.

FAVORITES

Place to shop Ala Moana Center

Designer Christian Dior

Accessory My Tiffany necklaces

Vacation spot Nice, Italy

TV show Entourage

Beach Sunset

DID YOU KNOW?

First gig Fashionista event at the Pearl Ultra Lounge

Beauty secret Never wear makeup to bed and always brush your teeth!

Hidden talent I am ambidextrous

Last big purchase A pair of Fendi pumps; I couldn’t resist.

Indulgence Chocolate

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Cherezade Smalley

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November 02, 2007
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Age: 17

Height: 5 feet 4 inches

Weight: 107

Hometown: McCully

Ethnicity: Italian, Irish, French and Native American

Agency: Susan Page Modeling

Hair & Makeup: Zairrah Kinnear

About Me:

I was born in Florida and moved to Hawaii when I was 1. Now a senior at Kalani High School, I plan on attending KCC and later transfer to UH to study psychology.

My passions are dancing and now modeling. Basically, I am a simple girl who loves my friends and family with all my heart.

FAVORITES

Designer

Kimora Lee Simons

Place to shop D.E.M.O

Accessory My huge hoop earrings

Item in your closet All of my clothes, heels and jackets

Pau hana hangout Waikiki

TV show Grey’s Anatomy

DID YOU KNOW?

How I was “discovered”

Answered an ad in the newspaper

Dream gig To be an extra in a movie

Beauty secret Laughter (Real beauty comes from the soul)

Hidden talent Writing poetry

Indulgence Cookie dough ice cream

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Hudson Taylor

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October 26, 2007
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Age: 18

Height: 6 feet 3 inches

Weight: 195

Hometown: Nuuanu

Ethnicity: Filipino, Spanish, Caucasian

Agency: Premier Modeling

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

About Me:

I am a recent graduate of Word of Life Academy studying business at Windward Community College. Besides going to school, I work at E&O Trading Company as a bar back and occasionally as a server assistant.

I like to think that everything happens for a reason, so don’t stress — it just makes things that much tougher.

FAVORITES

Designer Armani

Place to shop Macy’s

Restaurant E&O Trading Company

Accessory Watch

Leisurely pursuit Bringing glory to my family and God.

Book/magazine Chariots of Fire

Techie toy/gadget Cell phones are as technical as I get.

DID YOU KNOW?

Dream gig

I’m still dreaming, so let’s just keep this one open.

Beauty secret Keeping a good smile so it draws the attention off my other flaws.

Hidden talent I can free dive about 60 feet while spearfishing.

Last big purchase My Nissan Frontier, aka "the rumble in the jungle."

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Kristyn Michelle Mathewson

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October 05, 2007
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Age: 17

Height: 5 feet 7 inches

Weight: 121

Hometown: Columbus, Miss.

Ethnicity: Caucasian & American Indian

Agency: Susan Page Modeling

Hair & Makeup: Tiare


About Me:

I moved to Hawaii a little over a year ago, and I am a senior at Kaiser High School.

Upon graduation I plan to study pre-medicine and become an orthopedic surgeon.

I also hold the title of Miss Hawaii Kai Teen


FAVORITES


Restaurant

Zippy’s

Pau hana hangout

Beach or basketball court with friends

Place to shop

Hollister

Accessory

Sterling silver cross necklace from Cyprus

Workout routine

Running

Leisurely pursuit

Lying on the beach soaking up the sun

DID YOU KNOW?

How I was “discovered”

College fair at my high school by Susan Page modeling

Dream gig

Being a Victoria’s Secret Angel

Hidden talent

Playing the flute, piccolo and tenor saxophone

Indulgence

Chocolate-covered strawberries

What’s up for me in ‘07

My senior year!

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Anthony Murata

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September 28, 2007
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Age: 27

Height: 6 feet

Weight: 170

Hometown: Honolulu

Ethnicity: Caucasian, Japanese

Hair & Makeup: Russell Tanoue

About Me:

I’m a Punahou graduate who attended college at the University of Colorado and HPU. I majored in marketing, but as of now my degree is on hiatus.

Currently I am the bar manager at Chai’s Island Bistro and hope to open my own business one day, preferably a bar.

FAVORITES

Club Any event at Chai’s

Designer Whatevah looks good

Accessory Raiders hat

Place to shop Costco

TV showSportsCenter

Workout routine12-ounce curls

Leisurely pursuitBody surfing, hunting

Weekend getawayBig Island

Vacation spotLas Vegas

DID YOU KNOW?

How I was “discovered” Working one of Russell’s promotions at Chai’s.

Beauty secretParty hard and drink a lot of liquids!

Hidden talentSharpshooter

Last big purchaseBought a one-bedroom condo on Punahou Street

Justin Babcock

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September 21, 2007
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Age: 19

Height: 6 feet 1 inch

Weight: 190

Hometown: Kennewick, Wash.

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Agency: ADR Agency

Hair & Makeup: Wade Bahn

About Me:

I came to the Islands about a month ago to help a friend settle in at the University of Hawaii - and I liked Honolulu so much I decided to stay.

I’ll miss snowboarding back home, but I also have other passions: singing, writing music and playing guitar. As my favorite saying goes, “Live like there’s no tomorrow.”


FAVORITES

Designer

Calvin Klein

Place to shop

Guess

Accessory

My leather cross necklace given to me by my good friend back home.

Leisurely pursuit

Beach volleyball

Book/magazine

Men’s Health or GQ


DID YOU KNOW?

How I was “discovered”

My ex-girlfriend suggested I try modeling, so I sent my pictures to an agency she knew of, and they loved them. lol.

First gig

Nike

Dream gig

A national campaign with Armani, Calvin Klein or Guess

Hidden talent

I am an actor.

Indulgence

Cheesecake

What’s up for me in ‘07

I just signed with ADR Agency and Infinite Productions, so whatever they have in store for me I am ready!!!

Moani Hara

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September 14, 2007
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Age: 17

Height: 5 feet 6 inches

Weight: 117

Hometown: Honolulu

Ethnicity: Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Caucasian

Agency: ADR

Hair & Makeup: Wade Bahn

About Me:

I’m an honor student at Assets School and was named Miss Hawaii’s Outstanding Teen for 2007. I also help Special Olympics athletes through the Heartbeat dance program and participate in various awareness campaigns like Relay for Life and Tour de Cure. After graduation, I hope to study performing arts and one day perform on Broadway.


FAVORITES

Restaurant

California Pizza Kitchen

Pau hana hangout

Beach, mall and movies

Place to shop

Hollister

Accessory

Diamond earrings

Item in your closet

Tons of purses

Book/magazine

Teen Vogue and Seventeen


DID YOU KNOW?

First gig

TV commercial for Kathy Muller Talent & Modeling Agency

Dream gig

Modeling for high-fashion designers

Beauty secret

Lots of water and rest

Fun fact

I had the opportunity to be on the set of Superman Returns in Australia.

Indulgence

Sliced apples and peanut butter

What’s up for me in ‘07

Being a senior in high school!!

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Jennalynn Paragoso

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September 07, 2007
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Age: 19

Height: 5 feet 4 inches

Weight: 130

Hometown: Pearl City

Ethnicity: Filipino, Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Native American

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

About Me:

I’m a Sacred Hearts Academy grad studying civil engineering at the University of Hawaii. Besides interning at San Construction LLC, I’m also a member of Red Bull North America Inc.‘s Mobile Energy Team, where it’s my job to be a dynamic presence and a brand expert.


FAVORITES

Restaurant

Toraji Yakiniku

Club

The O Lounge on Wednesdays

Item in your closet

Jeans and heels, jeans and heels, and more jeans and heels!

Weekend getaway

My secret beach or beautiful Kauai by day, and raging by night.

Website/blog

Who doesn’t have a MySpace?

Techie toy/gadget

Nintendo Wii


DID YOU KNOW?

Dream gig

Stunt double for an action movie

Beauty secret

Kim Olim at Paul Brown for eyebrow waxing, and flossing and brushing twice a day with mouthwash is well worth it.

Hidden talent

I have an awesome sense of direction.

Indulgence

Dirty, action stuff like jumping off waterfalls, skydiving, off-roading, riding thrilling roller coasters with my dad and jet skiing. I love adrenaline rushes.

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Michelle Kennedy

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August 31, 2007
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Age: 28

Height: 5 feet 3 inches

Weight: l00

Hometown: Waipahu

Ethnicity: Filipino, Irish, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Indian

Agency: ADR


About Me:

I’m a soon-to-be married Waipahu grad who’s modeled for 17 years and bartended for seven, including a move to Las Vegas to help open The Venetian’s TAO nightclub and lounge (It’s still my favorite club.) And I’d like to tell all the mothers out there: “Anything is possible even after having a baby. Don’t go throwing your old bikinis away. I kept mine!”

FAVORITES

Restaurant

AquaKnox at The Venetian, Sushi Sasabune, Shibuya, Sorabol

Designer

Frankie B., Rock & Republic, True Religion

Item in my closet

A pair of red heels

Workout routine

ICON gym on weekdays, jiu jitsu with Ronn Shiraki on Saturdays, and chasing my 1-year-old the remainder of the time.


DID YOU KNOW?

How I was “discovered”

At 12 years old I entered the Miss Teen Hawaii pageant, where Russell Tanoue was a judge.

First gig

A Jeans Warehouse ad

Dream gig

To host a mixed martial arts TV show

Beauty secret

Olive oil, cocoa butter and acai bowls

Indulgence

Chart House Mud Pie and lychee martinis

Inspiration

My fiance, Alvin Yeh, and daughter, Madison, for their unconditional love and support

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Ryan Joel Tims

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August 17, 2007
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Age: 23

Height: 6 feet 1 inch

Weight: 185

Hometown: Minneapolis

Ethnicity: Dutch, Irish, German

Agency: Open for representation

Hair & Makeup: Russell Tanoue


About Me:

I was born and raised in Minnesota, studied at Baylor University in Texas and came to Oahu in ‘04 because it was calling my name.

Now I’m studying geography and economics at the University of Hawaii, and I work nights as a bartender at E&O Trading Co., where we’re a tight family, and our regulars (you know who you are) liven up the night every time they come in.

FAVORITES

TV show

SportsCenter

Pau hana hangout

At 4 a.m.? Zippy’s and Jack in the Box!

Workout routine

One hour basketball, one hour weightlifting then surfing

Book/magazine

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Music download

Use Me by Bill Withers


DID YOU KNOW?

First gig

Playing guitar at the local coffee shops in high school

Dream gig

Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane and myself in a smoky bar

Beauty secret

Happiness and positivity

Indulgence

Ben & Jerry’s

What’s up for me in ‘07

Making the most out of the life I’m given

Kristina Marie Foster

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August 10, 2007
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Age: 22

Height: 5 feet 5 inches

Hometown: Oregon City, Ore.

Ethnicity: Caucasian, Native American Indian

Agency: Premier Models

Hair & Makeup: Wendi Miyake, Mari Ibarra

About Me:

I grew up in Oregon and earned my degree in mechanical engineering here at the University of Hawaii. My dream is to one day work in aeronautics for the military.

In my modeling career, I’ve graced magazines like Maxim France, Glitter, Look and FreeSurf, and ads for Local Motion, Pualani Swimwear and Suntori, just to name a few.

FAVORITES

Designer

Ed Hardy

Beach

Makapuu

Hobbies

Traveling, kickboxing, wake-boarding

Workout routine

Running Diamond Head

Inspiration

My younger sister Kera. She’s always believed in me.

DID YOU KNOW?

First gig

The cover of Gull Diving Magazine

Dream gig

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Beauty secret

Johnson’s Baby Lotion

Hidden talent

I know sign language.

Indulgence

Caramel apples

Last big purchase

Ticket to the Mainland to visit friends and family

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Katrina Birkholm

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August 03, 2007
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Age: 24

Height: 5 feet 9-and-a-half inches

Weight: 125

Hometown: Kula, Maui

Ethnicity: Spanish, Irish, Danish, Welsh, Norwegian

Agency: Premier Models

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

I was born on the Big Island, raised on Maui and moved to Oahu in ‘05 to model and pursue an esthetics license. I’m a makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics and have done print ads and fashion shows for brands like Fendi, Chanel and bareMinerals, where I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with its founder, makeup maven Leslie Blodgett.


FAVORITES

Pau hana hangout

Longhi’s

Designer

BCBG, Fighting Eel, Joe’s Jeans

Accessory

Sunglasses and earrings are a must.

Movie

Volver ... I’m really into foreign films.

Music download

Amy Winehouse


DID YOU KNOW?

First gig

Hanna Andersson when I was 9 years old.

Beauty secret

Exfoliate!!

Fun fact

I named my little sister, Brielle.

Hidden talent

I love to sing.

Last big purchase

My laptop

What’s up for me in ‘07

I’m considering moving to L.A. to pursue a career as a makeup artist and model.

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Tiana DeBell

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July 27, 2007
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Age: 23

Height: 5 feet 4 inches

Weight: 110

Hometown: Burbank, Calif.

Ethnicity: French, Black, Italian

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me: I’ve been dancing since I was 3 and recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in dance from the University of Hawaii. As students, two friends and I performed on scholarships in Tasmania, Australia, at the international dance festival 10 Days on an Island. Next I’m planning to move to L.A. or New York to pursue my art and to choreograph for my cousin Kayaz, who recently signed with Jive Records.


FAVORITES

Item in my closet Corset

Beach Lanikai

Movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s

TV show The L Word and CSI

Inspiration My brothers and sister Kevin DeBell, Jordan Strumwassser and Lucy Field. They look up to me so I want them to have something good to look up to.

DID YOU KNOW?

Dream gig Perform on Broadway or in a movie

Beauty secret Cocoa butter

Hidden talent I know martial arts.

What’s up for me in ‘07 Just graduated will be traveling to California, New York and Japan. I have a show that opens tonight for Hawaii Opera Theatre. Come see it. South Pacific, which runs through Aug. 5.


Tiana’s Favorite Quote/Advice:

“It doesn’t matter who you love, but that you love.”

-My mom, Selena Strumwasser

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Tiana DeBell

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Age: 23

Height: 5 feet 4 inches

Weight: 110

Hometown: Burbank, Calif.

Ethnicity: French, Black, Italian

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

I’ve been dancing since I was 3 and recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in dance from the University of Hawaii. As students, two friends and I performed on scholarships in Tasmania, Australia, at the international dance festival 10 Days on an Island. Next I’m planning to move to L.A. or New York to pursue my art and to choreograph for my cousin Kayaz, who recently signed with Jive Records.


FAVORITES

Item in my closet

Corset

Beach

Lanikai

Movie

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

TV show

The L Wordand CSI

Inspiration

My brothers and sister Kevin DeBell, Jordan Strumwassser and Lucy Field. They look up to me so I want them to have something good to look up to.


DID YOU KNOW?

Dream gig

Perform on Broadway or in a movie

Beauty secret

Cocoa butter

Hidden talent

I know martial arts.

What’s up for me in ’07

Just graduated will be traveling to California,New York and Japan. I have a show that opens tonight for Hawaii Opera Theatre. Come see it. South Pacific, which runs through Aug. 5.

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Liana Green

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July 20, 2007
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Age: 25

Height: 5 feet 4 inches

Weight: 112

Hometown: Kaneohe

Agency: ADR Model & Talent Agency

About Me:

I moved to Hawaii from Chicago when I was 4 and attended University Lab School, the University of Hawaii and later Hawaii Pacific University on scholarship. I’ve modeled mostly in Hawaii and Japan for companies like Guess, Mr. Sol Brazilian swimwear, Tali’s Polynesia, Takeo’s 2Couture, Mamo and Soleil. I’ve also acted in the independent film Love Abrasive and won Miss Hawaii Teen ’99, Miss Oahu Filipina ’02 and Miss Island Oahu.


FAVORITES

Restaurant

Sarento’s, where my fiance Matthew Wright proposed to me on Dec. 23;Mac 24 7, the best for a late-night meal; and Good & Healthy Cafe Lebanese food. (If you like Greek food, you’ll love this place.)

Club

Pearl Ultra Lounge

Place to shop

Soleil on Kapahulu Avenue has the best clothing, jewelry and hottest items that you can find, with an island infusion that you can’t resist.


DID YOU KNOW?

First gig

A commercial for Hawaii Gas Co. when I was about 13

Dream gig

To host my own show on E! and to appear in Fitness RX, Shape or In Style magazines

What’s up for me in ’07

This year has been pretty exciting. I’m getting married, and I’m opening my own wedding and event-planning company as well as a clothing line, Stella Dolce, which means “sweet star,” in memory of my late grandmother, Estellita. I’m also sponsored by Roial clothing in Japan, and together we hope to launch my own line of clothing by years’ end.

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Leandro Solano

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July 13, 2007
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Age: 24

Height: 6 feet 4 inches

Weight: 201

Originally From: Brazil

Agency: Premier Models

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me:

I’m a party promoter originally from Brazil, but I also have roots in Hilo, where I graduated from St. Joseph High and attended the University of Hawaii. As a promoter, I enjoy sharing my culture with the people of Hawaii through parties, and I’m currently promoting The Taste of Brazil coming Aug. 9 to The O Lounge. As an actor, I recently worked on the upcoming romantic comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, about a struggling musician who escapes to Hawaii after his breakup with a TV star.


FAVORITES

Restaurant Tudo De Bom

Club Pearl Ultra Lounge

Designer Versace

Place to shop Waikele Premium Outlets

Current movie Ocean’s Thirteen

Hobby Basketball, jiu-jitsu, beach, hanging out with friends

Hero My dad ... the most honorable person I have ever known


DID YOU KNOW?

First gig A fashion show at the Sheraton for Takeo

Dream gig Leading movie role

Childhood ambition Becoming a pro basketball player

Guilty pleasure Brazilian home cooking

If I ruled the world, I would ...

Travel nonstop

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Shawn Phillips

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July 05, 2007
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Age: 33

Height: 6 feet

Weight: 191

Hometown: New Orleans

Agency: None

Hair & Makeup: Russell Tanoue

Location: Sunset Boulevard, Calif.

About Me: I graduated with honors in economics and philosophy from UCLA and worked as a financial adviser for several years before changing gears because of stress. For four years I’ve dedicated my life to health and fitness, running my own business offering personal training, public speaking and fitness modeling. Visit my website at shawntraining.com


FAVORITES

Restaurant Anything Japanese

Vacation spot Hawaii and Costa Rica

Hobby Soccer, snowboarding and surfing

Inspiration My parents


DID YOU KNOW?

Guilty pleasure Pizza and chocolate and almonds

Career highlight TV shows and video work that I’ve done in the past

Claim to fame Spirituality combined with fitness

What’s up for me in 2007 Working on an infomercial fitness project

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Radasha Ho’ohuli

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June 22, 2007
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Age: 27

Height: 5 feet 8 inches

Weight: 125

Hometown: Nanakuli

Agency: Freelance model

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me: I’m an aspiring optometrist out of Kamehameha Schools and may be best known for winning Miss Hawaii USA 2006. I’ve modeled for Louis Vuitton, Escada, Anne Namba, Cartier and Tiffany & Co., to name a few. And if my work schedule says anything about me, it’s that I love keeping busy: On week-days I assist two vice presidents at Ko Olina Resort & Marina, and on weekends I perform as a Polynesian entertainer at Paradise Cove Luau.

 

FAVORITES

Restaurant Big City Diner for everyday eating; Hoku’s at the Kahala for special occasions.

Place to shop Quaint boutiques like Valerie Joseph.

Hotel/Resort Ko Olina Resort (of course!)

Inspiration My nephew, Wynden, and three nieces, Rayce, Ryal and Reese, inspire me to do good things and to be a great role model for them. I love to hear the joy and excitement in their voices when they are ecstatic to see me on stage, in magazines or on TV. And it motivates me to do more!

Hero My “Gramps” Andrew Watson was a smart, determined, funny, strong yet gentle person even as he battled cancer. Those are the qualities that I look for in a man.

Radasha’s Favorite Quote/Advice:

Never settle for anything less than YOUR best!!!

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Dream gig As a model, to be a cover model for Vogue magazine. As a hula dancer, to travel around the world to share the hula in as many countries as I can. In terms of career, I want to be an exceptional optometrist for my patients.

Childhood ambition To become an optometrist.

Guilty pleasure Milk chocolates, pizzas and cheese

If I ruled the world, I would ... Ask God to give me the guidance to be a great leader.

Corniest pickup line ever used on me “I think my mom knows your mom!!!” (Keoni Hansen used that one on me, and it worked! He’s been my love for two years.)

What’s up for me in 2007 I am moving to California in August to pursue my optometry degree at Cal State, Fullerton.

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Justine Stevens

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June 15, 2007
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Age: 27

Height: 5 feet 6 inches

Weight: 120

Hometown: Makiki

Agency: Premier Models

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel

About Me: I graduated from Mid-Pacific Institute and studied modern dance and ballet in New York City. Still new to modeling, I’m learning about its ups, like having experts tend to every detail regarding hair, makeup and wardrobe. The toughest part? Overcoming my nerves. Once in a casting room full of people a photographer pointed out how cute I was, my hands were trembling.

FAVORITES

Restaurant Akasaka

Club Next Door

Designer Betsey Johnson

Recording artist Coldplay, Incubus, Maroon 5

Hero My dad, Bobby Stevens. Everyone tells me that I have the nicest father in the world. They are right! I aim to one day be as selfless, open-minded and independent as he is.

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DID YOU KNOW?


First gig

Intex beach accessories catalog


Dream gig Shape magazine or the Zara clothing campaign


Childhood ambition For the longest time I wanted to be a ballerina. The costumes and story lines were so intriguing. I took ballet from the age of 6 and then drifted away from it when I was in college. A professional dancer’s life is actually very demanding and leaves little room for much else. I have a great deal of respect for them and still enjoy watching dance productions.


Guilty pleasure Sleeping until noon.


What’s up for me in 2007 I’m finishing my B.A. in psychology with a certificate in women’s studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Ryan Woodward

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Age: 26

Height: 6 feet 3 inches

Weight: 190

Hometown: Mililani

Agency: ADR

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel


About Me:

Sports are a central part of my life, and a highlight was playing for the University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team, Class of ‘04.

Volleyball has brought friends, contacts and opportunities into my life, and I still maintain a strong connection to the sport, as a coach. I also work as a FedEx handler and enjoy the outdoor, physical work it entails.

FAVORITES

Restaurant

Alan Wong’s. Maybe I’m biased ‘cause I used to work there, but I still think the food is the best.

Club Monkey Bar at the Hyatt and Pearl Ultra Lounge the Saturday night routine.

Place to shop

Banana Republic

Recording artist

Frank Sinatra

Inspiration My parents, Russell and Thalia, ‘cause they are still together after 28-plus years and have always supplied us with everything we ever needed to succeed in life.

Ryan’s Favorite Quote/Advice:

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’ “

-Erma Bombeck


DID YOU KNOW?


First gig

Men of Hawaii calendar 2007

Dream gig

Working any New York or European fashion show or getting a national ad campaign.

Childhood ambition

To be a jet pilot and paleontologist.

Guilty pleasure

Pizza (though only on Sundays, my cheat day).

Corniest pick up line ever used on me

Are you Johnny Knoxville?

What’s up for me in 2007

Just more of the same ... coaching volleyball and working while looking for what new adventure life will bring me. I’m coaching the 18’s boys club team for Outrigger Canoe Club and will be the varsity boys coach at University High School.

Kelsi Kojima

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June 01, 2007
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Age: 24

Height: 5 feet 5 inches

Weight: 107

Hometown: Mililani

Agency: Open for representation

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel


About Me: I’m an account manager trainee with a degree in economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I’m also a Mililani High grad and a relative newcomer to modeling. But I have experienced some unexpected TV exposure - I was caught on camera for three seconds on the show Blow Out.

FAVORITES

Restaurant Shokudo

Club Wonder Lounge at W Honolulu

Designer Michael Stars

Place to shop Second Skin

Hotel/Resort Hilton Hawaiian Village

Recording artist John Mayer

Hobby Reading, jogging, hiking

Hero God


DID YOU KNOW?

First gig Shooting with Russell!

Dream gig Anything in Europe or Japan

Childhood ambition To be a teacher

Guilty pleasure Brownies

If I ruled the world, I would ...

Hire other people to rule it while I have fun.

What’s up for me in 2007 Only God knows.

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Jaime Tenorio

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Age: 16

Height: 5 feet 4 inches

Weight: 110

Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.

Agency: Premier Models

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel


About Me: I’m a Mililani High sophomore and varsity cheerleader whose highlights include making the All State Cheerleading Team in 2006 and 2007 and winning the 2007 state Cheerleading Championships in the large varsity division.

I also had the honor of winning the 2005/2006 Teen Miss Hawaiian Tropic West Coast title, becoming the first Hawaii teen to do so. As for college, I plan to study psychology at a large university - just where, I haven’t yet decided.

FAVORITES

Restaurant Romano’s Macaroni Grill

Designer Anything “dressy” casual

Place to shop Any mall!

Hotel/Resort Atlantis, Paradise Island

Vacation spot Bahamas

Current movie Pirates of the Caribbean

Recording artist Gwen Stefani

Hero Tyra Banks

DID YOU KNOW?

First gig Television commercial for Susan Page’s Modeling School

Dream gig Victoria’s Secret

Childhood ambition To become famous!

Guilty pleasure Molten Chocolate Cake

If I ruled the world, I would ... Make sure every child had a place to call home.

What’s up for me in 2007 High school, competitive cheerleading and getting my driver’s license!

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Kehaulani Christian

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Age: 27

Height: 5 feet 5 inches

Hometown: Honolulu

Agency: Premier Models

Hair & Makeup: Jessica Hoffman and Wendi Miyake

Location: Ilikai Hotel


About Me: I’m a teacher, public relations expert, makeup artist and licensed esthetician. I began dancing professionally at 15 and modeling at 6, and have done ads for Body Mint and AIG.

After graduating from Roosevelt, I enjoyed living abroad in Japan as a dancer for Tokyo Disneyland. But my crowning achievement was receiving a standing ovation for my talent portion at the Miss America pageant, where I represented Hawaii in 2002.


FAVORITES

Restaurant

Tokyo Tokyo

Club

Pearl Ultra Lounge or the W hotel

Place to Shop

Fun little boutiques in Tokyo

Hotel/Resort

Imperial Hotel in Ginza, Japan

B>Vacation Spot

Any of the Neighbor Islands - all I need is sun, a beach and no phone!

Inspiration

My mom, Nani Christian, because she’s very dedicated, hardworking and has instilled in me a great work ethic.

Charity

Read To Me International


Kehaulani’s Favorite Quote/Advice:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

-Margaret Mead, anthropologist

DID YOU KNOW?

First gig

Modeling beachwear for a children’s catalog

Dream gig

A big-screen movie

Guilty pleasure

Nachos!

What’s up for me in 2007

Returning to Waikiki as a dancer in Danny Couch’s new show at Princess Kaiulani at 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, with 5:30 dinner seating or 7 o’clock cocktail seating. It’s very contemporary with many of Danny’s classics. (Call 931-4660 for reservations.) I’ll also model here and there when time allows, study for the state board exam to teach esthetics, teach and handle public relations for the International School of Beauty & Esthetics, and actually decide on one career ... maybe.

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Adam Ramos

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Age: 24

Height: 5 feet 11 inches

Weight: 165

Hometown: Oxnard, Calif.

Agency: Open for representation

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

Photo/Styling: Russell Tanoue


About Me: Work all night surf all day, that’s my lifestyle right now as I pursue a fire science degree at Honolulu Community College and tend bar nights at Pearl Ultra Lounge. Care to try my special cocktail creation, the Spinning Fist? I may not tell you what’s in it, but it’s inspired by legendary bartenders Brian Williams and Skindiver.


FAVORITES

Restaurant Mana Bowls

Club Pearl Ultra Lounge

Designer Anything comfortable

Place to shop Shirokiya

Vacation spot Back in Cali, Channel Islands

Recording artist King Yellowman

Hobby Surfing, fishing, chess

Inspiration Backyard brotherhood

Hero Famed surfer Miklos Dora

Charity Surfrider Foundation


DID YOU KNOW?

First gig This one

Dream gig Firefighting

Guilty pleasure Acai bowls

What’s up for me in 2007? Currently working nights bartending at Pearl Ultra Lounge, and plan on working on a few business projects over the summer. In my free time you can usually find me surfing or drinking a beer and watching a Lakers’ game.

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Merlinda Garma

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Age: 25

Height: 5 feet 1 inch

Weight: 103

Hometown: Honolulu

Agency: Rebecca Stewart

Hair & Makeup: Mari Ibarra

Location: Hawaii Prince Hotel


About Me: I’m an aspiring doctor and actress with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Hawaii. As the host of OC16’s Hawaii Skin Diver,my biggest foes are the elements: wind, rain, planes - you name it, we’ve got it on our bloopers!

Some little-known facts about me are that I know all the state capitals, have a profound fear of needles, will try anything edible at least once, am a motivational speaker, have hit terminal velocity skydiving from a small Cessna, and have published my own research on fruit flies.


FAVORITES


Restaurant Shiro’s Saimin Haven

Club Anywhere my girls and I can get down and boogie!

Place to shop Le Lotus Bleu and boutiques Crazy Beautiful and Second Skin

Current movie 300 - Ooh la la! Spartan men!

Recording Artist Evanescence

Hobbies Hula, piano, singing, weight training, running, yoga, reading, bowling, boxing


DID YOU KNOW?


First gig Keiki hula dancer at Hale Koa Hotel at the age of 5

Dream gig To become a medical doctor

Childhood ambition Astronomer or chemist

Guilty pleasure Eating junk food

If I ruled the world, I would ... Find the cure for cancer and make sure that everyone and anyone who needs it, gets it!

What’s up for me in 2007 Hopefully to start medical school in the fall. In addition, continue to pursue acting gigs.

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Tommy Meharey

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Age: 26

Height: 6 feet

Weight: 190

Hometown: Sequim, Wash.

Agency: Premier Models

Makeup: Jessica Hoffman

Styling: Russell Tanoue

About Me: I’ve been self-employed in the construction business for three years, and have lived abroad in Japan and Australia. As for modeling, I’ve worked for Chanel, Oakley and various surf companies. I’ve also appeared on Lost.


FAVORITES

Restaurant Wendy’s

Place to shop Anywhere cheap

Recording artist Jack Johnson

Hobby Surfing

Inspiration and Hero My mom, Amber Meharey

Tommy’s Favorite Quote/Advice:

“What goes around comes around.”


DID YOU KNOW?

First gig

Neiman Marcus

Dream gig Any movie

Childhood ambition Pro athlete

Guilty pleasure Use your imagination

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Shanna Hulme

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Rich Ting

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Age: 26

Height: 6 feet 1 inch

Weight: 180

Hometown: San Francisco

Agency: Kathy Muller

Hair & Makeup: Russell Tanoue


About Me: I’m a Gemini, a black belt in taekwondo and the older brother of identical twins, Brandon and Ryan. My life’s pursuits led me to work at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., and to play football at Yale when the Bulldogs won the 1999 Ivy League championship. Nowadays I’m also proud to call myself a Warrior. I’ll be graduating from the University of Hawaii law school this spring.


FAVORITES

Restaurant

Imanas Tei Restaurant

Club Pearl Ultra Lounge

Designer Dolce & Gabbana

Vacation spot I live there! (Honolulu)

Current movie The Pursuit of Happyness

Recording artist Nelly Furtado

Hobby Surfing

Inspiration My mom, Marilyn Ting, always!


Rich’s Favorite Quote/Advice:

A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions.

-Marcus Aurelius


DID YOU KNOW?


First gig

Runway model for Raggs Men’s Boutique in NYC when I was in college, in 1999

Dream gig Model/face for commercial designer

Childhood ambition To make my mom proud

Guilty pleasure CARBS!

If I ruled the world, I would ... Improve the quality of our public educational systems

Who I’m seeing Single, not seeing anyone

What’s up for me in 2007 Role in TV series Beyond the Break; runway model for Christopher Brian Collection at the Magic Convention in Las Vegas; guest star for MTV Asia and MTV Japan; model for The Tayion Collection New York City; model and guest appearance for NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series at Las Vegas Motor, Bristol Motor and California Speedways; lead role in an upcoming independent film in Los Angeles; and more print and commercial work

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Brad Asuncion

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Age: 24

Height: 6 feet

Weight: 170

Hometown: Kalihi

Agency: Kathy Muller

Brad’s Favorite Quote/Advice:

“You can be anything you want to be as long as you put your mind to it.”

 

About Me:

I’m a Farrington High School graduate who grew up in Kalihi Valley, the middle child in a family of Portuguese, Puerto Rican, Polish, Hawaiian, Chinese and Filipino descent. My love for travel led me straight from school into a career with Hawaiian Airlines, where despite my fear of flying I take advantage of the excellent travel benefits. On a dayto-day basis I’m happily grounded, keeping my feet planted on terra firma as a ramp agent.

 

FAVORITES

Restaurant Kin Wah Chop Suey

Club I’d rather chill at a house party


Designer T-shirt and jeans type of guy here


Hotel/Resort W New York at Times Square


Vacation spot I haven’t been there yet, but I’d really love to backpack through Europe


Current movie Invincible

Recording artist Love all types of music


Hobby Hiking, fishing, diving, drawing, etc.

Charity American Cancer Society. I’ve lost some friends and family to cancer.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

First Gig Furniture ad for Z-Interiors

Dream Gig Appearing on a billboard somewhere or having a role in a movie - that would be awesome.

Childhood Ambition A cowboy (ha ha), a paleontologist and as I got a little older, an actor. I can still remember as a child acting out scenes of movies like Indiana Jones.

Guilty Pleasure Brownies

If I Ruled the World, I Would… End the war. There are too many young people dying.

What’s up for me in 2007 Getting back on track with modeling after having to set it aside around the end of 2006. I think I’ll try to venture a little more into acting as well.

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Tracy Woita

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Age: 29

Height: 5 feet 7 inches

Weight: 123

Hometown: Kahaluu

Agency: MORE Models

Hair & Makeup: Christine Gardner

About Me: I was born in Germany and moved to Hawaii when I was 1. Growing up, I dreamed of becoming a model and even moved to New York to pursue my career. My portfolio includes spreads for Nike, Ben Bridge Jeweler and Jams World. But it doesn’t reveal my other passion: working with special-needs children, including those with autism.


FAVORITES

Designer Michael Kors

Vacation spot Alaska by cruise ship

Recording artist Beyonce, Carrie Underwood

Hobby Dirt biking

Hero My brother


Tracy’s Favorite Quote/Advice:

“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”

-Unknown


DID YOU KNOW?


First gig

Ala Moana Magazine cover

Dream gig Hostess of Wild On, a travel show on E!

Childhood ambition To be a famous model, which I wrote in my sixth-grade yearbook smile

Guilty pleasure Taking long naps

If I ruled the world, I would ... Eliminate egos, violence and liars

What’s up for me in 2007 Going to Germany to meet the other half of my family for the first time

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Ghana Perez

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Age: 29

Height: 5 feet 8 inches

Weight: 123

Hometown: Panama City,
Panama

Agency: Premier Models

Hair & Makeup: Mari

About Me: I’m a customer service clerk, model and actress who’s been an extra on TV shows Lost, Hawaii, Baywatch, and Jennifer Aniston’s movie Along Came Polly. Traveling and meeting celebrities are the perks I enjoy most. In 2004, I had a blast touring U.S. cities as a Fanta girl - I was Capri, the “strawberry” Fantana.

FAVORITES


Restaurant La Bamba

Designer
Guess

Place to Shop
Pearlridge Center and Waikele
Premium Outlets

Vacation Spot
Panama and Chicago

Recording artist
Sade

Hobby
Modeling


Ghana’s Favorite Quote/Advice:


“Two wrongs don’t
make it right.”

 

DID YOU KNOW?


First gig Extra on Baywatch

Dream gig Acting

Childhood ambition To be an entertainer

If I ruled the
world, I would…
Bring back the
troops from Iraq

Who I’m seeing
My hubby for the
last four years,
Glendell Mike

What’s up for me
in 2007
Hope to land a speaking
role

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Jennifer Hera Pimentel

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Age: 29

Height: 5 feet 8 inches

Weight: 115

Hair & Makeup: Wendi Miyake

Hometown: Lanai City, Lanai

About Me: I’m a wife, model and Miss Hawaii 1998 whose passions are education and singing. I teach second grade at Ewa Beach Elementary and love helping to shape the world’s future one child at a time. As for the singer in me, I’m onstage with Stardust every second and fourth Saturday at Sheraton Waikiki’s Hanohano Room.


FAVORITES

Club Anywhere Russell Tanoue’s Beautiful party happens!

Current Movie Marie Antoinette

Hero My mother, Patricia Hera. She’s strong, loving, articulate and passionate about life - all that I ever hope to be.


Jennifer’s Favorite

Quote/Advice: “One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest.”

- Maya Angelou


DID YOU KNOW?

First gig When I was 18, a big spread in J&J Magazine.

Dream gig To headline my own music tour and sing on every continent.

Guilty pleasure Macaroni and cheese. It’s my kryptonite!

If I ruled the world, I would ... Make sure everyone could have access to a good education.

Who I’m seeing My husband David Pimentel. I’m very happily married to quite a catch!

What’s up for me in 2007 Aside from teaching, hopefully a jump start in my music career and finally finding a label that will recognize and support my personal music style!

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Leah Baker

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Age: 21

Height: 5 feet 11 inches

Weight: 120

Hair & Makeup: Wendi Miyake

Agency: Premier Models

Hometown: Kaneohe

About Me: I’m a Castle High School grad who’s modeled Vera Wang wedding gowns, Chelsea Gines swimwear, Fendi, Cartier and many Neiman Marcus fashions. When I’m not modeling I major in communications at Hawaii Pacific University. Go Sea Warriors!


FAVORITES

Restaurant

Gyu-Kaku Yakiniku Dining

Club Tao Nightclub in Las Vegas

Hotel/Resort Hilton Waikoloa Village

Vacation spot Paris

Hobby Surfing, gardening, running and cooking


Leah’s Favorite Quote/Advice:

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

- John F. Kennedy


DID YOU KNOW?

First gig Sony photo shoot on the ocean in Kaneohe

Childhood ambition Veterinarian

Guilty pleasure Hot fudge sundaes with extra hot fudge

Who I’m seeing My boyfriend Jordan

What’s up for me in 2007 School, school, school ...

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Nashua Solidum

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Age: 25

Hometown: Kailua

Agency: More Models

Makeup and Hair: Mari

About Me:

I’m a car fanatic who earns a living on the information super-highway, where the deadlines are crazy but the work can’t be beat. After graduating from Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaii business college, I found a niche in Internet sales and inventory management, which has been my career for almost three years.

FAVORITES


Restaurant

California Pizza Kitchen

Club

Pearl

Designer

Guess

Hotel/Resort

Caesars Palace Las Vegas

Recording Artist

The Fray

Photo pose

Anything but the cheesy “wink and point”

 

DID YOU KNOW?


First gig

Japanese magazine

Dream gig

Landing a national commercial

Claim to fame

Shooting with Russell Tanoue

Childhood ambition

To be my own boss

Guilty pleasure

Malasadas (they’re so addicting)

If I ruled the world, I would ...

Officially make weekends three days

Who I’m seeing

Currently in a relationship with a great girl whom I’d hope to spend the rest of my life with

What’s up for me in 2007

Filing taxes this month… Who knows what next month will bring…

 

Nashua’s Favorite Quote/Advice:

“Timing is everything.”

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Colette Errico

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Age:
19

Hometown:
Honolulu and Henderson, Nev.

About Me: With a brain for business, Colette has a way with words. She excels in speech competitions and helped her Chaminade University team win the district level of the 2006 National Student Advertising Competition, earning $1,000 for the group and a trip to the nationals in San Francisco.

A full-time business marketing major, Colette is single, happy and looking forward to school, church and “hopefully more modeling” in 2007.

DID YOU KNOW?

First gig
Chaminade University brochure

Dream gig
Cosmetics model

Childhood ambition
To be a lawyer

Guilty pleasure
Chocolate-covered strawberries

Corniest pickup line ever used on me
“You’re hot like a burn victim.”

 

Colette’s Favorite Quote/Advice:

“The only thing evil needs to prevail is for good men to do nothing.” - similarly said by Edmund

 

FAVORITES

Restaurant
Sabrina’s Restaurant

Club
Pearl

Designer
2 Couture

Place to shop
Bebe

Hotel/Resort
The Lodge at Koele

Vacation spot
Lanai

Hobby
Reading

Hero
My dad

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Shealyn Freitas

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February 02, 2007
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Age:
19

Hometown:
Kalaheo, Kauai

About Me:
Shealyn’s modeling career has taken her from Hawaii to Hollywood, where she once worked at a celebrity charity event at Steven Spielberg’s home attended by J.Lo and other glitterati of the music and entertainment biz. It was an unforget-table time for the Kauai High grad who’s modeled for Guess and whose image, shot by a Japanese photographer while she danced at a Kauai hula competition, graced a new line of VISA credit cards in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Shealyn’s Favorite Quote/Advice:
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” - John Wooden, former UCLA basketball coach

FAVORITES

Restaurant
Kintaro Japanese Restaurant in Kapaa, Kauai

Club
Tryst at Wynn Las Vegas

Designer
Frankie B.

Hotel/Resort
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

Vacation spot
Tahiti

Current movie
Wedding Crashers

Photo pose
Fierce, sexy, cute

Hobby
Shopping and hanging at the beach

DID YOU KNOW?

First gig
Lidia Fantasy Fashion Show in Hollywood Manor

Dream gig
Victoria’s Secret fashion show

Childhood ambition
To be famous

Guilty pleasure
Lounging all day

If I ruled the world, I would ...
Ensure everyone had food and a roof over their heads. No one would starve.

www.russelltanoue.com

Candee Verdadero

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Candee Verdadero

Age: 22 Hometown: Honolulu About Me: Working 9 to 5 is no way to make a living for Candee, a former bartender at Pearl in Ala Moana Center. Hawaii born and raised, she’s attended Kapiolani and Honolulu community colleges and graced the pages of glossies like SMART, Hot Rodz,FreeSurf and Heavywater.

New horizons await this Kamehameha Schools grad as she takes off on a new career earning her wings as a flight attendant, one of her childhood dreams.

FAVORITES

Restaurant
Kuru Kuru Sushi. Cheap but goooood sushi!

Club
Pearl

Designer
Nicolita, for its unique swimsuit designs.

Place to shop
MisFortune boutique

Hobby
Surfing, photography & designing bikinis

Inspiration
Juliet Lighter & Angelina Jolie

Candee’s Favorite Quote/Advice:

“You have one life to live and you should live it to the fullest! Be happy, be healthy, be beautiful for who you are and you will always live life with a big smile upon your face!”

DID YOU KNOW?

First gig
A photo shoot for a Hawaii teen magazine for DKNY Junior. I was 17 and I made the cover along with an eight- to 10-page layout.

Dream gig
To appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel.

Childhood ambition
To be a lawyer, flight attendant, anesthesiologist, actress, designer ... I wanted it all!

Guilty pleasure
Two words. Ice cream!

If I ruled the world, I would…
Diminish all forms of money. That way everyone would be equal and we would all respect one another for who we are and not by how much money one has.

Who I’m seeing
Ohh…someone I’ve been with for over a year, so it’s more like a serious relationship.

What’s up for me in 2007
First things first, getting through this initial flight attendant training. I pray that 2007 will be in my favor, but more importantly I just want health and happiness. For the rest ... it’s in God’s hands.

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