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Veteran actor credits Mid-Pacific for success

"It was so great to have Kaiwi come visit campus," said journalism teacher Jessica Hanthorn.

Posted on December 4, 2017 by Scot Allen

Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau '02 visited campus on Wednesday, Nov. 29, to do an exclusive interview with Editor in Chief, Kyle Lagana '18, for the school's Na Pueo student newspaper. Lyman-Mersereau confided he was honored to have been given the opportunity to be featured in Na Pueo!

Kaiwi also did interviews with KSSK, KITV, KHON and KHNL last week to promote his new film, "Den of Thieves," an action-thriller that also stars Gerard Butler.

Kaiwi was home celebrating his father's (former Mid-Pacific faculty member Art Mersereau) 80th birthday. Following his interview with Kyle, Ka'iwi took a brief tour of campus where he had a chance to reunite with Director of the Mid-Pacific School of the Arts, R. Kevin Doyle and his former teacher, Linda Johnson.

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MPSA Theatre Department Head Linda Johnson with Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau '02.


"I was so excited to see Kaiwi," said Theatre Department Head Linda Johnson. "I love when my students come back to visit! He is so humble and gives Mid-Pacific School of the Arts credit for his formal training in acting. He attributes his career to the skills he learned here in Manoa, as well as the encouragement he received from the theatre faculty. I'm so happy for him as he continues his journey as a working actor. I'm a proud Mama J!"

"It was so great to have Kaiwi come visit campus," said journalism teacher Jessica Hanthorn. "He sat down with my editor in chief for more than one hour for an exclusive interview. You can read all about it in the next issue of Na Pueo! The student was over the moon about having this interview with a famous person. A totally great experience for the journalism students!"

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Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau '02 being interviewed by KSSK, KHON and KITV.


"I was thrilled to get to see Kaiwi again," said R. Kevin Doyle, director of Mid-Pacific School of the Arts. "Mid-Pacific has, of course, many successful and amazing alumni and its always particularly satisfying as a theatre educator to reunite with a talented young artist whose hard work and talent have led him to a successful career in the field. I haven't seen him since he got married or since he and his wife had their baby and so I was particularly excited to hear a little about his new-parent experiences. As a student at Mid-Pacific, Kaiwi balanced a positive and humorous outlook on life with a serious commitment to the hard work necessary for success as an actor. Since graduating, he has been focused on and dedicated to his craft and you can see that paying off both in the kinds of roles he's receiving and in the quality of his performances. I couldn't be happier for him!"

Click here to listen to the Hawaii News Now interview!

Here is the KHON interview on Take2!

Click here to watch the KITV interview!

Click here to listen to the KSSK interview!