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Filipino American and Hawaii born actor Kimee Balmilero is best known for her regular role as Medical Examiner Dr. Noelani Cunha on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I. Other professional credits include The children’s musical TV series Hi-5, the Original Broadway Cast of Mamma Mia, and the 2nd National Touring Company of Miss Saigon. While living in Los Angeles, she studied improv & sketch comedy at the Uprights Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood and performs with the ongoing show Filipino AF whenever she is back in town.

Since returning back home to Hawaii in 2012, Kimee founded and is the “Head Sillypino” of  Improv Hawaii (aka improvhi) a company dedicated to sketch and improv comedy in Hawaii.

In March 2015, she created and produced the first ever Hawaii Comedy Festival at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theater. The festival has continued to thrive and launched a junior version in the spring of 2020 and hosted a virtual festival in October 2020.

In May 2018, Kimee produced and directed The Last Five Years the premiere production of her Honolulu based theatre company, Stage Fish. 

In March 2020, Kimee and her husband John opened Tiny Stage Hawaii. – a small, but mighty creative space located in Kakaako.

In her spare time, Kimee enjoys karaoke-ing, garage sale-ing, eating diner spaghetti, pretending like she’s a contestant on Top Chef, and dreaming about sinigang. She also loves to stare at her husband’s face.