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Wayne acts to make an impact.

"Unassuming" is a word used a lot to describe Wayne, but at the end of the day, the affect that he has on the people around him is undeniable.

Born and raised on the island of O'ahu, Wayne never knew how important his story could be to others: born the eldest of 5 to stern parents who expected results without the praise, the Eagle Scout and spent two years as a  Vietnamese-speaking missionart before completing two Bachelor degrees in Economics and Computer Science at Vassar, where being Mormon wasn't exactly fashionable.

Even pursuing acting would take a while. A high school math teacher at his alma mater, Wayne concurrently worked in collegiate sports administration, which included a seat on the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee, a national position that enabled him to serve those athletes and coaches that looked like him.

Those years would also be formative, steeling him a with a better sense of his identity, imbuing him with the pride and responsibility to his people in Hawai‘i, especially his Grandma, a poor indigenous woman who married a white-passing Maui-born and was forced to sit in the back of the bus in the Jim Crow South where her husband was stationed.

Wayne's lens is one he wants the world to see through.

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