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I was born on October 27th, 1963 at Kaiser Hospital in Waikiki. Standing between Ala Moana Boulevard and the ALA Wai Yacht Harbor, this building looked more like a hotel than a place for the sick and injured.

When I was six years old, my folks split up and I went to live with my Dad. He was busy managing McDonald’s all day and all night so I was basically raised by the television. Jack Lord was my babysitter, Speed Racer my idol and Gilligan my best friend. I could sing every theme song and parrot every commercial. I was the happiest child on earth.

Despite what the t.v. viewing studies say, I guess I turned out okay. Television had become sort of a second language for me. I went to the University of Hawai'i and got bachelors degrees in Drama and Telecommunication. The year was 1987.

At that time,'Magnum, P.I.' was at the height of its popularity. The Student Video and Filmmaker’ Association and UH helped to organize an internship program with the series. Through the generosity of Universal Studios and Magnum’s producers, I soon found myself on the set of a big time Hollywood production. Needless to say, I was thrilled.