Ka Pilina – Our Love and Intimacy


This song “Ka Pilina” churns my heart. It’s a romantic Hawaiian song about a woman attended by native Hawaiian birds that are singing beautifully. The song is accentuated when danced by hula dancer(s).

When I hear this song, my imagination is as follows:

I move through the forest and hear the elepaio chirping. As midnight approaches, the ‘apapane sings with his beautiful voice. At dawn, I listen to the song of the ‘i’iwi polena. Now approaches the woman attended by the birds. Our eyes meet and we smile. Our love and intimacy.

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Ideas Are Like Love.


Haiku #18

Ideas are like love.

When we work on them daily,

fruits of joy explode.

-Jon Riki Karamatsu, July 12, 2016-

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My Heart Is With You.


My heart is with you. At times, dark clouds follow us – the loss of our loved ones; shattered images of romance; and attacks by negativity. Yet through it all, we keep progressing forward with our efforts, hour by hour towards what we envision. I dedicate this song to you called “Higher” from one of my favorite bands, The Naked And Famous.

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What Is, Is.


What is, is.

What will be, will be.

We can’t dwell on what has happened, and worry about what will happen.

If we do, it will depress us, slow us down, and even kill us.

Good things will happen and so will bad things.

We have to appreciate what we have and focus on what we can control.

By accepting what is and what will be, we can keep moving forward.

To help us overcome our hardships, I dedicate this song to you called “Light It Up” by Major Lazer ft. Nyla and Fuse Dog.

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Jodo Shu Otoba Set Up for 2016 Obon Services


This morning, Sunday July 3, 2016 from 8 AM, we put up the Otoba for Jodo Shu Hawaii’s 2016 Obon services to honor our ancestors in Honolulu, Hawaii.

From 10 AM to 11:15 AM, my business partners Lucy Liao, Zhang Xun and I will greet an immigration lawyer at a Chinese restaurant, who is based in New York City and was famous for helping the protesters of the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident to immigrate to the United States, even spending time in prison for such work.

After my meeting, I have to chair the Jodo Shu Hawaii board meeting as its President from 11:45 AM.

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Loss of a Loved One


This morning I found out one of my great aunties through marriage had passed away yesterday. I saw her at our many family gatherings on my mother’s side. I’m saddened and will miss her.

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My R2D2 – JR5


My 2013 Macbook Pro is my best friend like R2D2 is to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. I accomplish work through my Macbook Pro everyday and it comes with me everywhere so I can work anywhere. All my ideas, plans, analysis, documents, and agreements is in it and backed up in 2 or 3 locations. I do all my business and legal work on it. I also do my banking and investments online so I can play the world’s markets through my computer. Through my Macbook Pro, I can learn new things by researching writings and data on the Internet, watching educational videos, and listening to stimulating audio talk shows or music. I need to come up with a name for my Macbook Pro. I think I’ll name it JR5 – JR because it’s my first and middle initials, and 5 because it’s the fifth computer I’ve owned. Like Luke Skywalker and R2d2, we’re doing our best to play our part in making our universe more peaceful, loving, and compassionate.

I dedicate the remixed version of “Star Wars – The Force Theme” by DJ AG located on the bottom of this article to you and your computer companion in your efforts to better our universe. May the force be with you.

Remixed “Star Wars – The Force Theme” by DJ AG.

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