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Cheryl Akemi Toma Sanders (born January 30, 1964[1] in Honolulu, Hawaii) is best known as being Miss Hawaii of 1990.[2] On top of being an actress, she portrayed the role of Kalea in "Barney's Beach Party"[3] (later re-titled to "Let's Go to the Beach"), and she portrayed Meli in the Season 13 episode, "A Bird of a Different Feather: Hawaii".


Cheryl Toma Sanders received her master's degree in music education at the University of Hawaii and has done post-graduate work at Oberlin University, the University of Hawaii, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.[4] She was a flight attendant for Continental Airlines for four years. Then, she became a piano teacher for Kamehameha Schools for three years in addition to teaching piano privately.

Cheryl Toma Sanders and her husband, Matt, eventually moved to Forth Worth, Texas, due to Matt attending seminary school. It was there that she received an agent where she did work for print, ads, and commercials.


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Barney & Friends Meli For "A Bird of a Different Feather: Hawaii"
2008 Attack of the Yakuza Young Hiroki's Mom Movie
2002 Serving Sara Japanese Interpreter Movie - Credited as Cheryl Akemi Toma
2002 Barney's Beach Party Kalea Credited as Cheryl Toma
2000 Walker, Texas Ranger Carol Wong For "Lazarus"
1990 70th Annual Miss America Pageant Self - Miss Hawaii Television Special

Personal Life[]

Sanders is married to Matt Sanders, a senior pastor at Wai'alae Baptist. Both Cheryl and Matt grew up together in the state of Hawaii. Together, they have three children, Kiyomi, Ariel, and Keiko.