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REN HANAMI is an award-winning actress, writer, and filmmaker who brings her “Aloha Spirit” to everything she does. Hanámi has appeared in numerous primetime TV series, big budget films and prestigious regional stage productions. Hanámi made her start as a dancer in Disneyland parades, and productions of Flower Drum Song. After being crowned Junior Miss of Huntington Beach, she made her television acting debut alongside the late Ed Asner in “The Bronx Zoo,” followed by the feature film Air Force One supporting Academy Award® winner Glenn Close.
Recent credits include recurring Guest Star, Mavis, in Disney’s BUNK'D, Director Lee in fan favorite STAR TREK PICARD, and Kathy in Fade to Black’s thriller CHAOS ON THE FARM. Hanámi won Best Supporting Actress at the Silicon Beach Film Festival for her own short film Like Last Night. She is also the voice of Dr. Magita Rose in the Netflix hit animated series Super Giant Robot Brothers.
Hanámi is an Asian Hall of Fame Inductee, which is the premiere global organization of Asian excellence, that honors iconic leaders across disciplines for their legacy, philanthropy and cultural impact. She now serves as its Co-Chair of the Trauma Advocacy Initiatives. Hanámi is a longtime champion of Asian Pacific Americans in entertainment as National Chair of the SAG-AFTRA APA Media Committee.
Hanámi lends her vocal talents to several popular video games, feature films like Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon, audio books, and television shows in both English and Japanese. An accomplished singer, Hanámi appeared on stage as Lady Thiang in THE KING AND I, and produced the EPs “Alien,” Private Island,” and “Akimi: Songs For My Mom,” available on Apple Music, Spotify and other music platforms.
Fun facts: Hanámi entered UCLA as a Vocal Performance Major before switching to Theater, and her rock band RENWORLD performed at The Whiskey, Roxy and Martini Lounge and clips can be found on YouTube.
Her passion for storytelling is inspired by her Japanese/Hawaiian/Scottish heritage. Hanámi’s children’s picture book entitled Ninja Mom and Tengonis in the Tiki is available at the Japanese American National Museum, Amazon, Barnes&Noble and other select booksellers.
Hanámi’s screenplay "Native Land, Rising Sun" was a Finalist in the We Screenplay Diverse Voices Competition, her television pilot “Fashionista Ninja” is ranked #7 on the Coverfly Red List and top 100 of the Launch Pad Pilot Competition, and her screenplay Ninja Mom was singled out by Screen Gems for the Coverfly Pitch Week, as well as Semi-Finalist in the UCLA Feature Film Writing Competition for two consecutive years.
As a filmmaker, Hanámi’s short film Like Last Night garnered Best Coming of Age Short at the Culver City Film Festival, Best Original Short Film Screenplay at the Silver State Film Festival, was an Official Selection of the Long Beach Indie Film Festival, and Glendale International Film Festival. Her short film Kimi Hanna: Fashionista Ninja won Best Family Short in the Culver City Film Festival.
Hanámi has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from UCLA and a Certificate in Feature Film Writing from UCLA Extension.
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