Monthly Archives: September 2007

My Favorites


I need to liven things up.  I often write about issues, legislation, and my philosophy of life, but I also have fun.  So here is an entry of some of my favorite things in life.  More to come later!

My Favorites:

Month: 
The month of December is my favorite because it is a festive time.  Besides, my birthday is in December.

Holiday:  
As a kid, Christmas was my favorite.  However, now I put more importance on New Year's Day because that is when we prepare for a new year of fun goals.  In Hawaii, getting New Year's blessings and omomori (good luck items) at the Shinto and Buddhist temples is a tradition for many people.  There are even good luck food such as ozoni (mochi soup) and soba (buckwheat noodles).  I also enjoy family gatherings on this special day.  Finally, I pray to my loved ones and ancestors.

Number:  
Seven is my favorite number.  It was my jersey number when I played soccer in high school.

Color:
I love all kinds of colors, but if I had to choose one, it would be blue.

Food:
I enjoy all kinds of food.  Japanese food is a favorite of mine.

Activity: 
I enjoy traveling, especially to foreign countries because I learn so much about culture, history, government, and of course food.

Simple Pleasure:
Hanging out at the beach.

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Everything Will Be Okay


I dedicate this entry to all of you feeling sad.  

Cherish all your loved ones.  Enjoy all your favorite memories.   Look forward to many more wonderful memories.  Hold close all the positive things in your life and don't focus on the negative.  Work hard on the things you have control over and try to accept the things you have no control over.

In regards to love, if you experienced it, consider yourself lucky.  Some people never experience it or search for years trying to attain it.  A young child that dies, will never have that opportunity to even experience a taste of it.  There are adults who live for years without finding love.  If you are heartbroken, focus on the positive experiences you received from that relationship.  Understand that you are accountable for your actions, but you can't control the other person's actions.  Communication is very important, especially the words you choose.  Any relationship is a team effort.   There are a lot of good people out there.  I only wish all of you achieve true love.

In regards to death, when someone you care about dies, he or she will always be with you.  Their love will be with you forever and likewise, your love is with them.  Live your life to the fullest and carry on your loved one's legacy.  

For ourselves, we have to go for broke in all our goals.  It doesn't matter whether we succeed or fail, so long as we tried our best.  Appreciate our loved ones and the simple pleasures of life.  Help others.  Realize that there are bigger problems outside of our lives.  It pains me when I hear stories of violence.  If there was a way I could give you my happiness to make you happy, I would.  We may have a lot of time or very little time of life left.  So stay positive and live your life to the fullest.

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I Wish Everyone Happiness!


In my five years as an elected official in politics, I have met so many people of all types of backgrounds and personalities.  There is so much energy that gravitates towards politics, good and bad.  There are people sincerely trying to better our state.  Then there are people who complain and blame.  Sure, in a capitalist society such as ours, people want things for themselves, sometimes overlooking the greater society.  As politicians, we have to make our best decision to see the policies we create are in the best interest of the State of Hawaii and our country.

However, with the many people I meet, the most important thing I wish for them is happiness and to be at peace with themselves.  The same goes for my friends, I wish them true happiness.  I would give away some of my happiness so that they can be happy.

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Three Prayers to Better Ourselves


I ask all of us to make three prayers to improve ourselves that will send shockwaves of good energy that will better our community and world.

First, pray to your teacher or teachers that taught you compassion.

Second, pray to your ancestors, even those you never met.  We are who we are because of them.  Thank your ancestors and also pray to those who suffered.

Third, pray to yourself.  Focus on good thoughts, which will lead you towards good actions.

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Helping Others


We should make an effort to help others.  Try to save others even if you can't save yourself.

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Peace Day 2007


Thank you to everyone who volunteered and supported Peace Day 2007.  Mahalo to the Peace Day 2007 Committee for everything.  It was a memorable and meaningful event.

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Rep. Karamatsu speech for Peace Day 2007


Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu

Speech for Peace Day Hawaii 2007

 

It has been an exciting journey in establishing Peace Day Hawaii as state law.  This designated day encourages citizens to practice and celebrate peace.  We can all do this by doing kind acts everyday or getting involved in organizations that are determined to make our community and world better.

 

House Bill 345, which created Peace Day Hawaii would not have been possible without the support of the following individuals and organizations that are here with us tonight that provided testimony during the legislative process.

 

In our presence, we have:

 

Reverend Dr. Shin'estsu Mary David, Ms. Claire Tamamoto, and the members of the Hawaii Federation of Young Buddhist Associations;

 

Dr. Jeannie Lum of the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace;

 

Ms. Rene Mansho of the Hawaii Lions Foundation;

 

Ms. Carol Pregill, President of the Retail Merchants;

 

Mr. Roger Takabayashi, President of the Hawaii State Teachers Association

 

Mr. Ian Kitajima, President of Jodo Mission of Hawaii

 

Mr. Bob Asato; and

 

Ms. Pat Blair

 

Can all the individuals and organizations I called, please rise and be recognized?

 

Also with us this evening, are two individuals I would like to recognize who are colleagues of the 2007 Peace Day Award recipient who we will announce shortly.  They served in the famed 100th Battalion, which were made of Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II.  The 100th Battalion, along with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and other units, sacrificed their lives despite facing racism and discrimination by their own country.  Many of these boys died so young in hopes of a better tomorrow for future generations.  Those who survived the war returned as heroes, yet their country still mistreated them, as they struggled to find jobs because of discrimination.  As a result, they got involved in the community, started their own businesses and firms, ran for political office, but most importantly, they shared their love with others.  Their efforts helped to transform Hawaii and the United States.  However, the struggle is not over.  Many of these heroes have told me that we must strive to avoid war and aim towards peace.  Mr. Robert Arakaki, president of the 100th Battalion asked me, “What do you mean by 'peace'?”  I looked at him, not sure what he was asking of me?  He pointed to his heart and said, “Peace starts from here.  Everyone must do their part.”  We must continue their legacy and strive to make our state, country, and world a better place.

 

I am honored to introduce:

Mr. Robert Arakaki, President of the 100th Battalion; and

Mr. Shigeru Tsubota, member of the 100th Battalion

 

Thank you.

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