“Reception and Salute” to Local Girl Kristina Anapau at the Big Island Film Festival

Tonight there was a “Reception and Salute” to local girl Kristina Anapau at Monstera Noodles & Sushi at The Shops at Mauna Lani where she was presented with the Golden Honu Award for Acting at the Big Island Film Festival.

Kristina Anapau in front of the Fairmont Orchid

Kristina Anapau in front of the Fairmont Orchid

She is a very nice young lady and most folks that I have talked to have all talked about how genuine and sweet she is.

Talking to fans at Monstera Restaurant

Talking to fans at Monstera Noodles & Sushi

Big Island Film Festival director Leo Sears and movie star Carey Hiroyuki Tagawa were on hand to give her the award.

Leo Sears and Carey Hiroyuki Tagawa

Leo Sears and Carey Hiroyuki Tagawa

I had to leave early as I had to meet my wife and son as they finally made their way over from the other side of the island, but I look forward to talking to her again before she leaves.

Kristina Anapau talks to fans at Monstera Noodles and Sushi

Kristina Anapau talks to fans at Monstera Noodles and Sushi

The Waikiki Flood of 2011

Whoa!  I’ve never seen so much water in the streets of Waikiki EVER!

I’ll just call this “The Waikiki Flood of 2011″

Brothers Argument Leads to Gunshot to the Leg

Media Release:

A Waimea man is in police custody for a shooting that sent his brother to the hospital.

At 3:19 a.m. Friday (May 13) South Kohala patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting at a home on Alaneo Street in Waimea. While en route, officers received additional information that a man was at North Hawai’i Community Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.

Responding officers made contact with the victim’s family at the house and learned that two of the residents, 22-year-old Eyn Chong, and his brother, 23-year-old Evan Chong, had been drinking with others in the garage when they got into an argument. Evan Chong reportedly left the garage and returned with a rifle. One shot discharged, hitting Eyn Chong in the lower left leg.

Before police arrived, the victim was taken to the hospital by private vehicle and the suspect left the area.

Police recovered a .30 caliber rifle at the scene.

At 6:40 a.m., Evan Chong returned to the house, where he turned himself in to police. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder. He is being held at the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation into the circumstances of the shooting.

Local Girl Kristina Anapau to Receive Golden Honu Award for Acting at Big Island Film Festival Tonight

Today is the third day of the 2011 Big Island Film Festival that has been going on at the Fairmont Orchid and Mauna Lani Resorts properties.

Kristina Anapau at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival

Kristina Anapau at the 2011 Big Island Film Festival

Tonight there will be a “Reception and Salute” to local girl Kristina Anapau at Monstera Noodles & Sushi at The Shops at Mauna Lani where she will be presented with the Golden Honu Award for Acting.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to spend some time talking to Kristina about her career and her life away from the Big Island.

Kristina Anapau

Kristina at the Fairmont Orchid

Kristina is the daughter of Richard and Gloria Roper from Hilo, Hawaii and she attended Hilo High School for a couple years while also attending UH Hilo.

Kristina's Parents and her Boyfriend

In her most recent film, the thrilling movie “The Swan” directed by Darren Aronosky,  with Natalie Portman, she played the role of “Galima” a ballet dancer which really is not even like acting for her as she has been active in ballet since she was four.

For all you guys who may be wondering… she is very much in love with her boyfriend Neuroscientist/Neurosurgeon Moran Cerf whom she met at a dinner party in Los Angeles.

Here is her Biography listing on the Internet Movie Database website:

Proving to be a true triple threat to Hollywood, Kristina Anapau has wowed audiences on the big and small screen. Her latest endeavor, Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, is a thriller set in the professional ballet world. Kristina plays “Galina” and stars opposite Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, and Barbara Hershey. Black Swan debuted as the opening film at the 2010 Venice International Film Festival, and was also shown at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival.

Born in Hawaii, Kristina Anapau spent her youth studying classical ballet, music and theater. She graduated from high school at the age of 15, and that same year began her studies at The University of Hawaii. With dreams of pursuing a professional dance career, Anapau’s life would soon take a fateful turn, as she was cast in Universal Television’s, Escape From Atlantis, landing her first professional starring role at the age of 16. Soon after, she relocated to Los Angeles where she continued to work steadily both theatrically and commercially. At age 20, Kristina landed a recording contract with Hollywood Records and spent much of that year recording an album and opening for Destiny’s Child on MTV’s TRL Tour, but her true love and passion remained performing in film and television.

Anapau recently completed the independent film, The Speak, in which she stars opposite Tom Sizemore. She also acted alongside Golden Globe winner Diane Venora and Greg German in ThinkFilm’s Independent Feature, Self Medicated, winner of over 35 International film awards. Anapau also starred with Christina Ricci and Jesse Eisenberg in the Dimension Films’ thriller, Cursed, directed by Wes Craven, and shined as Cassie Merteuil in the Sony Pictures/Newmarket Films release, Cruel Intentions 3. She appeared in the films, Madison, starring Jim Caviezel and Bruce Dern, as well as, the Lions Gate comedy, 100 Girls.

Her television credits are impressive as Kristina has recurred and guest starred in many noteworthy productions, including: The Glades, House, Monk, CSI:NY, Without A Trace, Once & Again, General Hospital, and Knight Rider. She also starred opposite popular comedian, Dane Cook, in the Sony Television produced pilot, Cooked.

In her spare time, Kristina enjoys taking ballet classes, traveling, writing, and working with Beyond Shelter, an organization that combats poverty and homelessness among families with children in the LA area. She is a graduate of Skidmore College in New York and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Trivia:

Named one of Stuff Magazine’s “Hollywood’s Most Wanted – The 50 Hottest Women To Watch”.

Named one of Stuff Magazine’s “Sexiest Women In The World” in 2003.

Graduated from high school when she was only 15 years old. Started her first year of college at University of Hawaii while she was still 15.

Daughter of a scientist and an artist.

Graduated from Skidmore College in New York with a major in Performing Arts and a minor in Art History.

Kristina is definitely a go-getter type of a person who when she was younger idolized Madonna and when I asked her about some words of wisdom she has for aspiring local kids who may want to become actors or actresses she stated, “…I think you just need to jump into it (acting) as soon as possible!”

It was great talking to Kristina and I just want to personally say congratulations to her for winning this years Golden Honu Award.

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