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Friday, December 3, 1999


Other ‘Baywatch’ guy
keeping busy

By Tim Ryan
Star-Bulletin

Tapa

If you're wondering what happened to the other local guy besides Jason Momoa who was to be part of the "Baywatch Hawaii" cast this season, Kalai Miller didn't fade away, he's just been busy with other projects, mainly the talent show "From Hawaii ... Destination Stardom," promoting Hawaii, and this week being featured on CNN.

Miller, a Honolulu firefighter, co-hosted "Destination" this summer, did a commercial for Hawaiian Airlines, and managed to get in five "Baywatch" episodes with two more scheduled, said executive producer Greg Bonann.

Unlike television shows which are not weather dependent, the schedule of "Baywatch Hawaii" can change several times a day depending on the climate, so actors must be immediately available, not working another job, Bonann said. "They have to commit to the show 100 percent," he said."

When earlier this season a cast member had to return to the mainland to attend a funeral, changing the schedule cost the production thousands of dollars, Bonann said.

Miller's absence from "Baywatch" has allowed Momoa to flourish and establish a fan base. But Miller has kept himself busy.

CNN's "Showbiz Today" aired a two-minute feature on Tuesday about Miller's "road to stardom" on Hawaii's latest shows. It ran every two hours around the world. Miller was in New York being photographed for a cover and story for the February 2000 issue fitness magazine "Gym."

Yesterday he was in Chicago to tape a "Jenny Jones" show that will be televised Dec. 17 on KHON.



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