#028: Michael Ng

#028: Michael Ng

Michael Ng is an actor, director and high school drama teacher. We talk about his approach to writing and directing, how he recognizes and encourages talent in his students, how self-doubt affected his career, and getting his dream role in The King & I.

The HIFF screening of Michael’s short film, “Peace by Piece,” with Colleen Fujioka (actress), Mike, Kerri Chai (editor), and Ian Hirokawa (co-writer).
At a performance of KHSPAC’s “Once on This Island”. Front is Jodie Kiyokawa (actress), Dwayne Sakaguchi (choreographer), Nanilisa Pascua (musical director), and Mike.
Michael as the King of Siam in “The King & I” by I’m a Bright Kid Foundation.
Some of Michael’s students attending a performance of “The King and I”. It was their first time seeing him perform on stage.
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#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”
“Sprout”

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

 

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#019: Devon Nekoba

#019: Devon Nekoba

Devon Nekoba is a co-host of the 94.7 KUMU Rise and Drive morning show. We talk about how a broken amulet and paperclip got him hooked on acting, his most embarrassing celebrity interview, and why he almost got beat up in elementary school.

KFC, circa 1990. (PC: Melissa Chang)
`Ohia Anniversary Show
Devon got his start in radio at FM100
94.7 KUMU team
Chewy Nekoba
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#009: Andrew Lai

#009: Andrew Lai

Andrew Lai is a teacher and one of the funniest guys in Ohia Productions. We talk about Days of Our Lives, his Disney obsession, bacon, and what he has learned from teaching millennials.

As Da Hunta with Da Tree Pigs in “Once Upon One Noddah Time”

The Bacon Express!

Disney Magic Bands
Andrew’s favorite daytime soap star, Kristian Alfonso

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#008: Niki Libarios

#008: Niki Libarios

Niki Libarios is the owner of Hawaii Doggie Bakery. We talk about running away because of math, unicorns, getting scoldings on social media, the world of dogs on Instagram, her Popo, and of course, running her business.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWERZlOh_9d/

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Niki in “The King and I”
Niki with Frank De Lima in “Scrooge”
Niki and Tasha dressed for “The Nutcracker”
The Libarios Family

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#007: Kiana “Kiki” Rivera

#007: Kiana “Kiki” Rivera

Kiana “Kiki” Rivera is an actor, director and playwright. She talks about writing her play, “Puzzy,” which debuted at New Zealand’s Pride Festival, how her mom reacted to the play, and being one of the first Pacific Islander lesbian playwrights.

 

Kiki with Donna Blanchard and Victor Rodger

 

Promo for “Puzzy” at Kumu Kahua Theatre:

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#005: Andy (Pang) Kamoku

#005: Andy (Pang) Kamoku

Andy (Pang) Kamoku is a drummer who performed in Las Vegas and toured the world with the worldwide phenomenon, STOMP. He takes us behind-the-scenes and we talk about the time the entire New York New York casino chanted his name.

Here’s a clip we found of Andy with the Las Vegas cast of STOMP.

Andy performing at New Hope:

 

A couple clips of our band, Andy Loves TO Clap…?

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#003: Steph Sanchez

#003: Steph Sanchez

Steph Sanchez is a performer, recognized for her roles in film and TV on the local and national level. We talk about moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting, coming out to her parents, and moving back to Hawaii.

Steph with her awesome parents
On the Paramount backlot with Noelle Poole and Natalie McKinney
With the cast of “Mental Tilapia,” created by Ray Bumatai

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#001: Kyle Shimabukuro

#001: Kyle Shimabukuro

Kyle at the Pop Creative Media studio with me and Dr. Emmett Bean

Kyle Shimabukuro is a graphic designer and the creator of HiLife Clothing. We talk about building a brand in Hawaii, his advice for up-and-coming designers, and what happened when graffiti artists picked the wrong place to tag.

Check out Kyle’s brands on facebook:  HiLife and Throne

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