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Date: Monday, February 12, 2007
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Valley Isle entertainer to perform at UH Hilo

Maui actress, comedian, and story teller Kathy Collins, will be the opening performer at the University of Hawaii at Hilo 2007 National Women’s History Month Celebration, Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. in Campus Center 301. The program is free and open to the public.

Collins is co-founder of Mana'o Radio/KEAO-LP (91.5 FM), a non-commercial, non-profit radio station. Although acting is her passion, Collins saw radio as the most effective medium for her artistic expression.

“When I graduated from high school in the mid-1970s, stage or screen roles for 5- foot tall Asian women were few and far between,” Collins explained. “On the radio, I can play any role I want."

Collins’ media credentials are lengthy and impressive. In addition to running a radio station, reporting news on both, radio and television, and being a voice-over artist for national and international accounts, she has created an alter ego character, “Tita,” featured regularly at O`ahu’s annual Talk Story Festival and at local schools and community events.

Through Tita, Collins shares Hawaiian legends and spreads the word of “pidgin pride.” Her first CD release, entitled “Tita Out,” won the 2005 Hawai`i Music Award for Comedy Album of the Year.

For more information, please contact the UH Hilo Women’s Center
at 974-7306 or online at uhhwomen@hawaii.edu.


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