Monthly Archives: August 2008

August 2008 Events and Meetings


August 14, 2008: I attended Olelo Waipahu’s First Anniversary Party at Waipahu Intermediate School.  I made a speech congratulating them.

August 16, 2008: I volunteered at Jodoshu’s bon dance.  I helped MC under the yagura.

August 17, 2008: I taped my campaign statement at Olelo in Mapunapuna.

August 18, 2008: I attended Monsanto Hawaii’s groundbreaking Ceremony at Kunia.  Monsanto grows fruit and vegetable seeds.

August 19, 2008: I was recognized for my work by the Science & Technology Council at their press conference at Booz Allen Hamilton in the Pacific Guardian Center, Dowtown Honolulu; I had lunch with a government relations person from Watanabe Ing law firm and Rep. Ken Ito; and I participated in a traditional service at Jodoshu.

August 20, 2008: Met with my S adviser.

August 21, 2008: I presented a House certificate to Sopogy, Inc. and John Rei from the company for their achievements; I had a meeting with the agriculture industry; I attended a meeting/reception with the seafood industry at the Fishing Village at Pier 38.

August 22, 2008:  I had a meeting with a Rep. Kirk Caldwell, Rep. Pono Chong, and Calvin Azama.

August 26, 2008: I had lunch with a government representative from Alexander & Baldwin and Rep. Ken Ito; and I chaired our bi-weekly Peace Hawaii Committee meeting.

August 27, 2008: I attended HGEA Unit 13’s meeting and dinner gathering at HGEA’s headquarters.

August 28, 2008: I met with the Ironworkers; and I spoke at Waipahu Neighborhood Board’s Candidates’ Forum.

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Mahalo for Your Support!


I want to thank my family, friends, and numerous individuals for their donations and support.

Mahalo to the Hawaii Carpenters Union, Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), and the Hawaii Government Employees Associations (HGEA) for their early endorsements.

Thank you to the numerous business organizations and unions for all your support such as the Hawaii Association of Realtors, Insurer’s Council, Island Insurance, Hawaii Science & Technology Council, Sopogy Inc., Energy Industries Inc., Hawaii Farm Bureau, Aloun Farms, Nalu Farms, Fat Law Farms, Hawaii Bankers Association, First Hawaiian Bank, Central Pacific Bank, Outrigger Hotels, Hawaii Transportation PAC, Watanabe Ing & Komeiji, Chun Kerr Dodd Beaman & Wong, Meadow Gold, Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA), Campbell Estate, Alexander & Baldwin, Castle & Cooke, ABC Stores, Hawaii Auto Dealers, Street Bikers United Hawaii Inc., Hawaiian Telcom, HEI, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Ironworkers, Hawaii Operating Engineers, International Longshoremen & Warehouse Union (ILWU), many individual business and union leaders, and many more not typed out here.

I appreciate those of you who recently sent me your donations and expressed your support of my campaign.  If you would like to contribute to my campaign, you can write your checks to Friends of Jon Riki Karamatsu and mail it to: P.O. Box 970146, Waipahu HI 96797.

Mahalo for your support!

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Renewable Energy


Today, August, 13, 2008, I had a meeting regarding potential legislation on renewable energy.  We brainstormed on ideas for public/private partnerships for future renewable energy projects.

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Beach Restoration, Peace Day Hawaii, Waikele Elementary School, Hawaii Women’s Political Caucus


On Monday, August 11, 2008, I had a meeting regarding an up-coming beach restoration project for Waikiki beach.  I had a lunch meeting with another state representative.  I also had my bi-weekly Peace Day Hawaii Committee meeting.

On Tuesday, August 12, 2008, I had a Waikele Elementary School Community Council meeting.  That evening I attended the Hawaii Women’s Political Caucus meeting.  The caucus has recommended my candidacy for the Hawaii State House in the last couple of elections.

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My Family


My younger sister Mia flew in from Loma Linda, California for my cousin Ryan Kaneshiro and Rebecca Pacheko’s wedding.  She is a pediatrician and studying for her fellowship in trauma care.  My family celebrated her belated birthday at Alan Wong’s Restaurant on Sunday.  That night she returned to California.  It is one of those few times, our family could all be together.

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St. Paul’s Church, Episcopal and Philippine Independent Church


This morning I attended mass for the St. Paul’s Church, Episcopal and Philippine Independent Church at St. Andrew’s Chapel.  Senator Clarence Nishihara and I presented a certificate to the church for all the community work they have done in the Waipahu area, especially the adopt-a-highway clean-up program.  One of the sermons was about spending time with God.  I mentioned how I communicate to God, the teachers of compassion, and my ancestors in meditation in my quest to better myself.  I also thanked the church for spreading their love and compassion.  We presented the legislative certificate in front of their congregation.  I saw some familiar faces and talked with a couple of constituents.

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