ByMichelle Siouty, writer at

I never got to really meet my grandfathers, as they lived in far-away countries and passed away before I could was old enough to even speak full sentences.

So imagine my intense jealousy when I watched Johnny in Johnny Tsunami ride beauteous waves in Hawaii on his surfboard with his badass grandfather. And then go snowboarding in the frosty mountains of Vermont. I am still green with envy, and it's almost twenty years later.

Johnny and Sam, best buds
Johnny and Sam, best buds

Also, I wouldn't mind hanging with the public school urchins, like skilled snowboarder Sam.

Curious as to what the cast has been up to now? We have all the answers.

Brandon Baker (Johnny Kapahala)

Following Johnny Tsunami, Baker stayed somewhat in the Disney realm, as he appeared in Even Stevens, The Campus Confidential, the second film in the Johnny Tsunami series titled Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board, and also lent his voice for The Proud Family.

He currently lives in Los Angeles and is lying low. After a six year hiatus, Baker appeared in the 2014 comedy The Formula, which also stars Reginald VelJohnson and Sasha Jackson.

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Johnny Tsunami)

Being born into a family of showbiz people has probably had a major influence on this actor who continued his passion past Johnny Tsunami. Tagawa can be seen in such film and TV shows as Pearl Harbor, Planet of the Apes, Memoirs of a Geisha, Balls of Fury, and Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board just to name a few.

Tagawa, a fan of stunt work and martial arts, has also been keeping out of the limelight, but he is scheduled in a few productions like Yin & Yang: Mandala of Life and Sky Sharks. I wonder if he could teach me how to surf, as I still haven't been on a board yet.

Mary Page Keller (Melanie)

Post Johnny Tsunami, Keller continued acting in a myriad of films and TV shows such as Venomous, Gigantic, Beginners, JAG, Nip/Tuck, 24, and Castle to name a few, and most recently, she was seen in Bosch.

She currently lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, another fellow actor Thomas Ian Griffith, and their two sons.

Yuji Okumoto (Pete)

Okumoto, who is Hollywood born and raised, continued acting and appeared in Pearl Harbor, Endgame, The Unit, Inception, and most recently, Beta Test.

Okumoto has now settled in Seattle, Washington. Along with his family, he owns a Hawaiian-themed restaurant named Kona Kitchen/Yuji Lounge.

Lee Thompson Young (Sam Sterling)

Young persevered with his devotion to acting. You can find him in films and TV shows like The Famous Jett Jackson and The Proud Family, which are both associated with Disney, as well as Smallville, Scrubs, CSI: NY, Bastard, and Just An American, to name a few.

Young graduated with Honors from the University of Southern California (go Trojans!), where he majored in Cinematic Arts and was also involved in greek life as a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

Unfortunately, on August 19, 2013, Young failed to attend filming an episode of Rizzoli & Isles. Police found his body in his Los Angeles Apartment, where it appeared he had committed suicide using a gunshot. Young had previously been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was suffering from depression before his untimely death. Rest in peace, Lee Thompson Young. You were taken from us too soon.

Kirsten Storms (Emily)

Kirsten Storms resumed work in the Disney world in the Zenon films, That's So Raven, and provided voice over work in Kim Possible's two films and TV series. You can also find her in CSI: Miami, Clubhouse, and General Hospital.

In 2013, Storms and her co-star from General Hospital, Brandon Barash, secretly married and then had their first child, a girl named Harper Rose in 2014. Storms suffers from endometriosis, but this girl doesn't let it stop her.

Zachary Bostrom (Brett)

Bostrom played the douchey, preppy boy role to a tee, so therefore it doesn't surprise me that he continued acting and appeared in such TV shows as JAG, Will & Grace, Close to Home, and Necrolectric.

He is also currently in production for the TV series Scream Queens, in which he plays a college kid.

I have been snowboarding before, as well as gone skiing in Big Bear. Based off the jubilance and free feeling Johnny gets while surfing the cool blue waves, I think I am going to make it my goal to take a few surfing lessons this upcoming summer. All I have to do is "hang loose," right?


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