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Amazing Kids! is proud to highlight the Amazing Kids! of the Month!

Each month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing things.  We hope that by telling their special stories, we will inspire other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements. 

Amazing Kids! of the Month for June, 2004: 
Amazing Teen TV Producer, Tabitha Lester;
Oahu, Hawaii

Quotes of the Month: 

"Winners never quit and quitters never win.  Don’t give up, and keep making your dreams come to life!"

Amazing Tabitha Lester, age 15
Creator/Producer of "Tabby Tales TV" and "Paradise Dreams"

"If you dream it, you can be it . . . as long as you believe."

Michelle Fridley
Tabitha’s Aunt and Mentor

Aloha! Amazing Tabitha ("Tabby") Lester is a 15 year-old television producer and actress from the island of Oahu and is June's Amazing Kid! of the Month. She has her own teen television show called Tabby Tales TV which airs weekly in Hawaii. The show is a variety of fun and crazy things that she and her friends love to do; things like filming an original teen drama series and interviewing television stars like Ashlie Brillaut & Lalaine from Disney's
Lizzie McGuire TV show.

What is extra special about Tabby's story is that she has had to overcome some personal hardships before she could realize her dream of having her own TV show. As you read her amazing story below, you will learn the inspiring lesson of what it means to say: "When Life gives you lemons, make lemonade!"  Enjoy --and as they say in Hawaii: Mahalo! ("Thank you")

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In Her Own Words:  Tabitha's Story
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In Her Own Words: Tabitha's Story

Tabitha Lester, amazing teen producer,
with her first video camera

Here is Tabitha's ("Tabby's) inspiring story, in her own words:

I was only five years old when I first realized that I wanted to be a movie star after watching E.T. in amazement over Drew Barrymore, I knew that this was going to be my destiny. I moved to Hawaii about two years ago when I had just turned fourteen. I was struggling with school and adapting to my new home. My parents had troubles their whole lives with drugs and the law, so my auntie sent for me to live with her while they tried to get their lives back on track. I was very angry for quite a while at my family for not only having me bounced from home to home, but because this seemed to put a hold on my dream to be an actress.

My auntie, who worked for our local public access station, encouraged me to go and take a few classes about film/television production. She believed this would help me in learning every aspect of the industry. She always said that it was important for me to see that there is a lot of work involved in making TV shows and movies and that the glamorous part is just the stuff we dream of, not the reality of what it takes to make a production.

So, I went down, enrolled in a few classes and within about three months wrote and produced my first Public Service Announcement entitled Just a One Time Thing. This PSA was about how parents' drug abuses affect everyone in the family. I guess it was my way of coping with what was going on in my life at the time. I entered the PSA in the local Hawaii Student Film Festival and ended up winning the highest honor in my category. This really inspired me to do more. With the help of my auntie, my younger cousin and a few of my new friends that I had made in Hawaii, we came up with a concept of a skit show and Tabby Tales TV was born.

Tabitha Lester

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Tabby and Tales cast members with Lalaine
(aka Miranda Sanchez) from the Lizzie McGuire TV Show

Tabby Tales TV first started airing a little over a year ago on Honolulu's local public access channel Olelo Community Television. They have just wrapped their second season and their season finale aired in Hawaii on Channel 56 on June 6. 

Because of her amazing work on Tabby Tales TV, Tabby is now an executive teen board member for the Hawaii Student Film Festival!  Way to go, Tabby!  You can read more about Tabby and the Film Festival at:

Tabby with cast and crew of Paradise Dreams

According to Tabby's "auntie" Michelle Fridley, ("auntie" is the Hawaiian term of endearment for "aunt" or a beloved person), Tabby and her crew have been working very hard on their new teen drama series, Paradise Dreams. Michelle says they hope to be airing the show nationally on several syndicated channels this winter, so keep your eyes out for Paradise Dreams -- hopefully coming soon to a TV screen near you!

Working on location for Paradise Dreams 

To learn more about Paradise Dreams, email Michelle and Tabby at:

or visit their website at:

Here are some final words of inspiration from Tabby:

"I am proof that kids can make their own magic happen. You just have to have the courage to take that first step. Believe in yourself and let nothing stop you from reaching your heart's desire!

"Aloha & see you all in the Movies!"

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Related Links

You can read more about Tabby Tales TV and Paradise Dreams at the following websites:

Tabby Tales TV website:

Paradise Dreams website:

Hawaii Student Film Festival:

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.............................................................................................. A Special Message from Amazing Kids! for all you kids:

It's no secret...every person has an "amazing-ness" inside of them, just waiting to be discovered. (Sometimes we just need a little help in finding out what that "amazing-ness" is!)

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