Kai Augustine

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2003

• Age: 62, born in Hana, Maui, Hawaii.

• Moved to Alaska: In 1970, from Oregon, with his first wife. Augustine was a principal and teacher in Eskimo villages. He moved to Juneau in 1979 and took a job with the Bureau of Indian Affairs after he divorced. In Juneau, Augustine worked for the Juneau school system and the U.S. Forest Service. He and his second wife moved for two years to California, where he worked for the U.S. Department of Defense. They moved back to Juneau in 1989. Augustine retired Nov. 28.

• Character he plays: Mike Zamora.

• Previous acting experience: A few plays in college.

• On playing Zamora: "Mike survived on his own wits. He was right. Even today, if you come up here to work and you don't have any trade, and you don't have any specialized education, it's hard to make a go. So basically that was his expression: 'If you live in Alaska, you have to be tough.' It's a good place to live, if you're not lazy."

• On the pioneers: "I respect a lot of these old-timers, people like (Juneau pioneer) Rudy Govina. In some ways I envy them because they lived in a different era. The hardships that they went through were tough. And I think back about what other pioneers went through in Hawaii, going through the same types of situations on a plantation setting versus more of a mining and fishing community."

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