Renaissance Chick — Actor, Singer/Songwriter, Speaker; Administrator, Marketing Strategist, Event and Project Manager, Web Developer/Designer. Also loves tech, business, law, natural and nutrient-rich food, and enjoys hanging out with loved ones, being an aunt, hiking, playing the guitar, watercolor painting, pulling weeds, doing research, and exploring and living sustainably. Follower of Jesus.
First professional job was a Mitsubishi of Japan commercial at age 8. First feature film: Columbia Pictures’ “The Karate Kid Part II”. First Broadway production: Cameron Mackintosh’s “Miss Saigon” Second National Tour. National commercials, major network television shows including guest stars on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, ABC’s LOST, NBC’s Passions (soap opera). Principal in independent features and short films. Studied acting in New York City, including at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, Los Angeles, and Hawaii.
At age 5, began Japanese singing lessons and entering singing contests. Won the KZOO Radio Karaoke Taikai singing an Enka (Japanese classical) song at age 9. Also began classical voice training and singing professionally at this time. Other talent competitions include the State Brown Bags to Stardom (1st Place Audio Division and Best Recording Act), and Amateur Night at the Apollo in Harlem, New York with a standing ovation singing “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls. Female Vocalist of the Year Hoku Award nominee for self-produced album “Feel the Breeze”. Performances in the U.S., Japan, and Europe. Sang the National Anthem at the World Cup broadcast live on ESPN worldwide twice. Wrote and licensed songs for television in the U.S.
Guest and Keynote Speaker, Panelist, Host, Emcee and Spokesperson for numerous programs, conferences and events including the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Telecourse on Aging and the Honolulu Festival. Served as a TV Host for many programs including the Honolulu Festival’s live parade TV broadcast, and the Hawaii Winter Baseball League’s Road to the Show. Producer/Announcer at age 17 in Hollywood, CA; Air Personality (DJ) for what was is now Hot 93.9 FM, a Hip Hop/R&B radio station in Hawaii; Produced and Hosted a talk radio show on AM Radio KORL and Hawaii’s CNN station.
Administrator, Marketing Strategist, Public Relations Manager, Event and Project Manager, Web Developer/Designer:
Professional experience in these areas for corporations, non-profit organizations, government, law firms, and small businesses. Services include strategic planning, event and project coordination, and public relations, including social media. Past clients include the State of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank, Hart and Huntington Hawaii, Rotary Club of Honolulu, James Bradley Peace Foundation, and United States Naval Academy Alumni Association.
Represented Hawaii locally, nationally and internationally as Miss Hawaii… Executive Producer for the first TEDxHonolulu at the Hawaii Convention Center… Loves school: Received scholarships from universities in Hawaii and New York City for academic achievement… Creator and Editor of Aging With Dignity: Social Options for Seniors, a community service handbook… Has served as a board member and (continues to serve) as a volunteer for hundreds of non-profit organizations in Honolulu and Los Angeles… Can sing in 6 languages (English, Japanese, Okinawan, Hawaiian, Italian, French), but speak 1-1/2 (English, the 1/2: Japanese).