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Fri, 05/18/2018 - 09:36

Please note that the film entitled Devatha, produced by Edo Natasha and Quantae Love, shooting in and around Honolulu, Hawaii is not signatory to any SAG-AFTRA agreement. The Producers have not executed a minimum basic agreement with SAG-AFTRA in spite of outreach from union staff to company representatives.

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 11:35

The Hawaii State AFL-CIO is sponsoring the National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) Food Drive in partnership with our sister unions. We volunteered last year and once again, they are seeking volunteers to sort the donated food. Volunteers are needed on May 12 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. This time will be divided into two shifts, you can choose one or both shifts.


Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:02

Scott Rogers


Two years ago, I was elected to serve as an alternate on the Executive Committee of the National Board. Recently, I was elected to serve as a full member of the EC. I am honored and grateful by the support of the National Board. I promise to represent our local and members to the best of my ability. 

Here are a few things your National Board has been working on. 


Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:00

Aloha Kakou,

I am pleased and delighted to introduce you to your new executive director, Mericia Palma Elmore. Mericia comes to us with experience in production. She has worked in casting, producing, acting and is an attorney. She takes over as local executive director on Jan. 1. Please welcome her into our SAG-AFTRA Hawaii Local ohana. 

It has been an honor and privilege to have served as your executive director. 

A hui hou. E malama pono!

Brenda Ching
Executive Director

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 12:55

Aloha Member,

The following is a recap of what the Legislative Committee has been doing for the previous few months.

Executive Director Brenda Ching and I, along with Irish Barber, a business agent from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, attended a special breakfast with Sen. Mazie Hirono that was hosted by the Hawaii State AFL-CIO.   

Sen. Hirono was in excellent spirits, in spite of her recent cancer diagnosis. She outlined her immediate agenda and thoughts about Hawaii’s future.    

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 09:57

On Nov. 16, the Hawaii Local Conservatory sponsored a free industry event, Your Career: Representation, Training and Opportunity. By all accounts, it was a huge success with more than 80 members in attendance.

SAG-AFTRA National Director/Senior Counsel, Professional Representatives Zino Macaluso served as moderator. He shared his experience, expertise and humor, as he covered representation, commissions, work opportunities, training and whether or not you can make a living as an actor in this market.

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 11:19

Congratulations to John Nordlum on his retirement from the local board! John started his service as a board member and officer on the Screen Actors Guild Hawaii Branch board in 1988. He took a year off in 1989 and returned the following year, where he served until we merged the unions in 2012. He was elected to serve on the first SAG-AFTRA Hawaii Local Board until 2017. John’s accomplishments in the business are many. He was Jack Lord’s double on the original Hawaii 5-0 and worked as a stunt performer and double on numerous theatrical and television shows. 

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:30

By Andrea Sikkink
Chair, Communications Committee

The local’s activities continue on a strong and united path. Members were offered many opportunities to gather together to learn and strengthen their craft. In May, they learned about diversity and the influence of Asians and Asian-Americans on the film industry. They had the opportunity to attend the Casting Access Project workshops sponsored by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation in June. 

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:22

By Scott Rogers
Chair, Conservatory Committee

Kimee Balmilero did an improv workshop on July 13 and I heard she had the room jumping. We hope to bring her back soon. 

I did an Audition Clinic on July 21. We had the good fortune to have member Dennis Chun drop by. Dennis, along with other local cast members Taylor Wily and Kimee, were named series regulars on Hawaii 5-0. Congratulations to our local actors! Dennis told the class how important it is to study and practice their craft. The more you practice, the more comfortable and confident you will be.

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 17:32

On Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, the ballot tabulation of the Hawaii Local election was conducted. Please note that some candidates ran unopposed and were declared elected without the necessity of a membership vote. Following are the results of the election. Those positions that required a balloted election are listed with an asterisk*. For complete balloted election results, click here.

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 16:12

Breakfast with Sen. Mazie Hirono
Breakfast with Sen. Mazie Hirono. Photos by Charles Uyehara.

By Charles Uyehara
Vice President & Chair, Legislative Committee

In case you were not aware, Hawaii offers a tax incentive to TV and motion picture companies that shoot here on the islands. More productions equals more work for actors, crew and drivers.

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 15:54

By Leanne Teves

The SAG Awards viewing party of the Hawaii Local was held at the Ko’olau Ballrooms on Jan. 29. Over 40 members and guests came together to take in the red-carpet program and the 2017 SAG Awards live, which took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Fun, food, community building, door prizes and a scoring card game made for a memorable event. See you all next year!

SAG Awards Party
Photos by Faith Fay and Leanne Teves

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 17:27



Please share this information with all your filmmaker friends! 
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is now accepting submissions from filmmakers residing in all states west of the Mississippi for its April 2017 Los Angeles Short Film Showcase. SUBMISSION DEADLINE is Monday, February 6, 2017. No deadline waiver.