'Aina Rapoza is       

             TOKI       

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'AINA'S WORLD

 

'Aina grew up in Hawaii, loving sports.  Playing it, watching it, smelling it.  He followed every player on every team of every sport and played all he could.  

 

'Aina aspired to become a sportscaster. 'Aina never missed a sportscast on the local news.  Why, he thought, is the sports section tucked away in the back of a  newspaper?  Why, he wondered, do they wait until the end of the newscast to finally talk about sports?   To ‘Aina Sports was the Stones -- and the rest was just the opening act.  But growing up in the Valley of Moanalua on the island of O'ahu, how could he become a sportscaster.

 

In high school he asked about the new “Morning Bulletin” class, which broadcasted each day's  announcements to homeroom classes -- like the news!  Did they need a sports guy?  'Aina was perfect!  But the aloof supervising faculty adviser was dismissive.

 

‘Aina went back to the class catalog to look for plan B.  He found "TV Acting and Production". "Acting"; he thought, "That's like sportscasting, right?  But on a stage!"   He ran to meet the instructor  who turned out to be enthusiastic and engaging -- and coincidentally played basketball for the University of Hawaii a few years back and was featured on a basketball poster that was hanging in ‘Aina’s bedroom!   A good omen!   

 

The following year the class filmed six episodes of the teen drama 'Broken Class' (it was a smash hit!).  From then on everything became Acting for ‘Aina.  He now pays no attention to sports -- except for football and his beloved San Francisco 49ers! 

 

‘Aina loves all the improv the actors did in 'THE CREW' workshops, He lives in Bushwick, one of the neighborhoods featured in the Series.

       TOKI'S WORLD

BACKSTORY 

1.   Raised by status oriented parents  who demanded perfection, Toki was expected to become a professional (lawyer, doctor, etc). His compromise was to become an ace programmer in Silicon Valley (who hated everything about his job).

2.   Toki adored his Grandfather, who taught him about traditional Japanese culture and the WWII internment.  Toki wears his Grandfather's old kimonos as sweaters, with his long black hair knotted in a bun, a  pencil always stuck in it.  On set Toki drinks from the Kintsugi cup he repaired and keeps in a pouch on his belt.


3.   His Path : In rebellion against technology and who he had been (not so nice); he is trying to practice the Hawaiian healing practice of  Ho’oponopono .

 

4.   Toki takes it as a challenge to try and live simply in NYC , with a phone that isn't smart and  making as much as he can (including binding the  small notebooks of scrap paper that he carries).

 

5.   He seeks to be surrounded by creative and instinctual craftspeople.  He admires /envies the sense of purpose and faith Anthony draws from filmmaking, and believes his path is linked to Anthony's.   

 

6.   Toki can afford to work for Anthony unpaid because he has sizable  savings (and has never experienced the stresses of barely surviving month to month). 

7.    Toki discovers he’s not just a code MacGyver -- in the real world on a film set he is an ever-moving, all-the-time-jumping-in-fix-it  MacGyver.  He has no idea if there is a job in filmmaking he wants to do; he wants to learn everything. 


8.    Toki is prone to intense frustrations that he doesn’t show to others -- the calming physical laid backness instilled by his island  childhood helping to mislead.  

9.    When Toki feels out of control of a situation a disruptive angry internal alter ego emerges, manifesting in his mind like a punk Manga Samurai from the comics he collects.   He writes notes on his pad that are illegible to others.

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10.    Favorite Movies

 

 SEVEN SAMURAI  (1954)