#029: Debbie Nishimoto

#029: Debbie Nishimoto

Debbie Nishimoto is a freelance makeup, hair & wardrobe stylist, and one of our favorite people. We talk about how she ended up in an unconventional career, dealing with the insecurities that come with freelancing, and tips for actors new to production.

Deb’s family
2014 Pele Awards (pc: Ashley Smith)
2014 Pele Awards (pc: Ashley Smith)

On set with Marcus Mariota
#025: Jen Kawamoto

#025: Jen Kawamoto

Jen Kawamoto was an athletic trainer on the mainland before coming home and opening her acupuncture practice. We talk about how acupuncture works and what it can be used for, including pain management and cosmetic facial rejuvenation.


Helping a player after her tooth went through her lip
Jen went to China for her Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine externship and got to hold a Panda bear!

#024: Kevin Yamada

#024: Kevin Yamada

Kevin Yamada is an actor. We talk about how he got thru 100+ auditions in NYC before he got cast as host of a children’s show on PBS, what it was like to act with the late great Robin Williams, and he shares some tips for up-and-coming actors.

“Nut Job” scene from Old Dogs

“Last Airbender”
On the red carpet at the premiere of “Old Dogs”
“Old Dogs”

“Flower Drum Song”
Ohia Productions’ “Raymond Rainforest”
“The King and I”
“Master of None” with Aziz Ansari
#021: Matt Pablo

#021: Matt Pablo

Matt Pablo is a performer, but he started out as a super shy kid. We talk about his mom and brother forced him into his first audition, how he started working with Don Ho at age 12, and his current job as a cast member at Disney World.
Was Matt a cute baby?? Cast your vote!
Shy Matt
The Wizard of Oz at Diamond Head Theater – August 2003


With Don Ho

Some of the KPHC Cast

Opening Team for Aulani

Matt with his big brother Sam

With Dion Donahue
Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
Disney Junior – Live on Stage


#020: Kathleen Stuart

#020: Kathleen Stuart

Kathleen Stuart is a singer and actor from Kaneohe, now living and working in New York City. She’s back to reprise her role as Anna in “The King and I” presented by I’m A Bright Kid Foundation. We talk about following your dreams and Captain America.

Get your tickets to “The King and I” before they sell out!!!


1998 makes a comeback, the original program
Kathleen and Mahi in the 1998 production of “The King and I”
Kathleen and Michael Ng in the 2017 production of “The King and I”
Kathleen and Michael, the master dancer
Mr. Bright doing the curtain speech – a rare photo with his serious face on
Kathleen (center) in her first show with Mr. Bright in 1990, the musical Revue with 5th-8th graders
Scary Devon (from Episode 19) backstage with Chris Slavens another longtime Bright Kid, and Kaeu Hussey on crew. Chris’ son is also in the show.
Allan Lau backstage with one of the twins!
George (Role of Lun Tha), Vanessa (Lady Thiang) and daughter Aubrey Benavente – a whole family in the cast
Jodi Bright Stein and Mia (Mr. B’s daughter and granddaughter)
#017: Rob DeMello

#017: Rob DeMello

Rob DeMello is the sports director at KHON2. He shares how he went from struggling in high school to getting a full-ride at HPU. We talk about co-parenting, UFC in Hawaii, and Nolan reminds another guest about another embarrassing story.


Rob at high school graduation with his mentor, Neil Everett

With UFC president Dana White
Rob’s adorable kids
WWE Tag Team Champions!
Where can we get this chocolate cake?????
Lucha! Lucha! Lucha! Lucha!
Rob and his wife, Tina