Born Althea Janairo
January 2, 1967 (1967-01-02) (age 44)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Occupation Actress, Model, Singer
Years active 1985–present
Spouse Elie Samaha (1992–2000) (divorced)
Simon Wakelin (2002–2010) (divorced) 1 child
Tia Carrere (born Althea Rae Duhinio Janairo on January 2, 1967) is an American actress, model, and singer, perhaps most widely known for her role as Cassandra Wong in the feature films Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2 and as Sydney Fox in the TV series Relic Hunter.
Early lifeCarrere was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the daughter of Audrey Duhinio Janairo, a computer supervisor, and Alexander Janairo, a banker. Carrere attended Sacred Hearts Academy, an all girls school. Carrere longed to be a singer as a child. Although she was eliminated during the first round of her 1985 Star Search appearance at the age of 17, she was spotted by the parents of a local producer while shopping at a Waikiki grocery store and was cast in the movie Aloha Summer.