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Famous Actors From Hawaii

Updated on August 22, 2016

Keiko Agena (born October 3, 1973) is a Japanese American actress. She is known professionally as Keiko Agena. Keiko is best known for her role as Lane Kim on "Gilmore Girls." Her Facebook page is under Christine Keiko Agena.

Naveen Andrews, (born 1969) originally from England and current resident of Hawaii, Andrews was born in London, England, the son of Nirmala, a psychologist, and Stanley Andrews, a businessman, both immigrants from Kerala, India. Recently starred in Lost .

Kimee Balmilero, actress on a popular TV show for kids, Hi-5 Discovery Kids , left for a role in Miss Saigon the day after graduating from Castle High in Hawaii. During high school, she worked on a dinner cruise, singing and dancing for the customers and was a member of 24VII Honolulu Dance Company.

Darin Brooks (born May 27, 1984) raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He went to school at Kaiser High School, and graduated in 2002. Brooks enjoys surfing, skateboarding, playing baseball, football, and soccer. He portrayed Max Brady on the NBC soap opera Days of our Lives from June 22, 2005 to July 6, 2009.

Sarah Wayne Callies(Born June 1, 1977) moved to Honolulu, Hawaii with her family when she was one. Throughout her youth, she expressed an interest in acting through participating in various school plays at Punahou School. Best known for her role as Sara Tancredi in recently completed TV series Prison Break .

Tia Carrere was born Althea Rae Duhinio Janairo on January 2, 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Carrere attended Sacred Hearts Academy , an all girl's school. Carrere longed to be a singer as a child. She was spotted by the parents of a local producer while shopping at a Waikiki grocery store and was cast in the movie Aloha Summer .

Lauren Graham, an Irish American, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is best known for her starring role as Lorelai Gilmore in the series Gilmore Girls . She received the Golden Globe Award for her acting in 2002.

Erin Gray (born January 7, 1950) was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, best known for her roles as Kate Summers in the comedy Silver Spoons and as Colonel Wilma Deering in the science fiction television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century .

Josh Holloway (born July 20, 1969) currently residing in Hawaii, is a former model and best known as an actor in the TV show Lost . At the end of shooting the Lost pilot in Oahu, Hawaii, Holloway proposed to his long time girlfriend, Yessica Kumala, a native of Jakarta, Indonesia. Too bad girls, he is already taken.

Kelly Ann Hu born February 13, 1968, born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She attended Maʻemaʻe Elementary School and Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu, Hawaii.Hu followed this with appearances on TV series such as Night Court, Tour of Duty, 21 Jump Street, and Melrose Place and her first movie role in Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan as one of Jason's victims.

Carrie Ann Inaba (born January 5, 1968) has appeared as one of three judges on the ABC television series Dancing with the Stars. Inaba appeared in the film Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) as Fook Yu. Inaba has choreographed several television series, including American Idol.

Dwayne Johnson (born May 2, 1972) is better known by his former ring name The Rock (professional wrestler). His father is of Black Nova Scotian (Canadian) origin and his mother is of Samoan heritage. He spent 10th grade at President William McKinley High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Unafraid to flaunt his feminine side, The Rock is currently starring in the movie Tooth Fairy .

Nicole Mary Kidman (born 20 June 1967) was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. As a result of being born to Australian parents in Hawaii, Kidman has dual citizenship in Australia and the United States. She is known as an actress, fashion model, singer and humanitarian.


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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Elayne, very nice job here! But the biggest question is: Who's the young woman who fills in as your avatar photo? She looks like a Pacific Islander and definitely could very well be a movie star.

    Great job! I miss Hawai'i so much each time I read great articles and see the lovely photos of the islands and its people. Thanks for sharing!


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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Good luck with that Weirdo - I tried to think of something, but there is not much here in Hawaii starting with X

    try this:

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    Weirdo 6 years ago

    Doing a state report on Hawaii and cant find any thing that starts with the letter X

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    Cagsil 7 years ago from USA or America

    Erin Gray and Nicole Kidman are my favorite two on the list. Very nice list. Thank you. :)

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Oh, yeah Rose West. We'll claim them even if they only lived here for a year or so - unless they turn their back on us : )

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    Rose West 7 years ago from Michigan

    Wow, didn't realize that Nicole Kidman and the Rock were from Hawaii!

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Yes, an Australia born in Hawaii. Well, Ileina would know. Aloha!

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    LianaK 7 years ago

    So interesting!!! I had no idea. Love it :). Thanks for the great hub. Still can't get over the Nichole Kidman one :)

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Cheeky Girl - yeah, I was surprised about some of them too.

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    Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    Wow, So many Hawaiians! I learned something today! Nicole Kidman! That's a good one! Cheers for a great Hub!

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Yeah, me too. Thanks for stopping in Hello, hello.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Very interesting because some I didn't know. Thank you