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Ryan Higa (Nigahiga)          

YouTube Celebrity, Actor, Comedian and Producer of Japanese Descent

At age 14 and out of sheer boredom, Ryan Higa gathered his neighborhood friends and made home videos using a VHS camcorder…no editing software, not even a tripod. Although quiet and reserved in nature, the videos showcased the creative and comedic side of him. They made videos of stunts and tricks, their version of the “Blair Witch Project” and even a "Napoleon Dynamite" remake. He loved to make people laugh!

Higa was born and raised in Hilo, a small town of 50,000 people, on the Big Island of Hawaii. He was born on June 6, 1990 to parents, Wendell and Luci Higa. Having an older brother, Kyle, kept him competitive academically and athletically. He was your typical kid. From age 5 he played basketball and did judo and loved to watch TV and play video and computer games. In high school, he was a member of the National Honor Society and participated in judo and wrestling, earning local and state titles and received his black belt in Judo.

With nothing else to do after a night of bowling or movies, he organized his school friends to make videos. In 2006 came the discovery of Youtube, a digital camera, tripod and editing software. At first they did a lot of lip synching videos, then skits with a plot. He did a lot of rants…things you think about but are afraid to speak….he said it, yet always trying to be funny and not offensive. He started posting videos on Youtube because it was an easier way to share them with his friends….not knowing they would become so popular.

His Youtube channel became No. 1 Most Subscribed All Time in August 2009. His over 60 videos had more than 341 million views.

As of August 2014, Higa's YouTube channel, nigahiga, has over 12 million subscribers.

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