Monthly Archives: September 2009

Hawaii International Film Festival Film Launch

I attended the Hawaii International Film Festival Film launch & sneak peak screening at Dole Cannery Theatres on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 from 6:30 P.M.

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Joint House Human Services and Judiciary Committee informational hearing on the Office of Youth Services

On September 30, 2009, I co-chaired the Joint House Human Services and Judiciary Committee informational hearing on the Office of Youth Services from 11:00 A.M. at the Hawaii State Capitol.

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Met 18,000 People

Since June 2009, Jon personally met approximately 18,000 people while campaigning based on the amount of campaign materials he passed out. (Campaign Statistics and Budget Coordinator)

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Ending anonymous comments on and

All quotes and statements in printed mainstream newspapers such as the Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star Bulletin must have a legitimate source.  Quotes and statements from individuals show their legal names and their organizations.  However, comments on the online websites of these newspapers have a majority of comments from individuals that cowardly hide behind fake names and they type negative and crass statements, and use codes that represent dirty words.  I strongly believe such comments have reduced the professionalism that should be associated with journalism.  Like letters to the editor in printed mainstream newspapers, individuals that comment on these newspapers’ online version must post their legal names because a vast majority of these comments are full of filth by individuals who have unsatisfied lives and have nothing to offer our society but place their ill-will onto others.  All of these negative individuals should be restricted to low-rated communication mediums and blogs and not the mainstream media’s websites.  If they are going to talk, they should show the world who they are rather than be cowards.  We encourage our children to read these mainstream news sources, but we shouldn’t have these individuals’ filthy writings be available for our children to read.

I’ve been quiet on this issue for too long.  I have an idea to get rid of all these negative individuals who comment in the mainstream online news media unless they post their real names.  Every year I strategize and create at least one fun project.  This is my latest one.  With my relentless determination, I have pulled a lot of rabbits out of hats in my career.  Watch when I pull these guys out of this hat.  Stay tuned.


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Consul General of Japan and Mrs. Yoshiko Kamo Reception

I attended the Consul General of Japan and Mrs. Yoshiko Kamo Reception at their residence from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.

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Quotes I say or believe in

From a young age, my mom would tell me that I am so one-track mind when my mind is set on something.  Sometimes I would be focused on unnecessary issues or mistakes, and I would get affected negatively.  On the other hand, when I focused on positive goals, I would often achieve them or go very far towards my goals.  Over time, I learned to improve from my mistakes and accept my imperfection.  When I was young this was very difficult for me, but I have greatly improved since then.

Thus, I have learned to better myself from my mistakes and accept my imperfection, and place intense focus on my positive goals.  Since I was a little kid, I would dream away with goals I want to achieve and work at it constantly.  Today, the same goes for my goals for Hawaii and the United States and my efforts in my campaign for political offices.  I am so obsessed with my goals that I can’t stop thinking about them and working towards them.  I am relentless, especially when the odds are against me.  I like to take on overwhelming odds.  It is stressful but exciting like a natural high.

Life is full of challenges.  Sometimes, we can feel burnt out or even depressed.  Don’t let the negativity take you down.  My mom always told me since I was a kid, “Look at a half a glass of water as half full rather than half empty.”  Below are statements I say or what other people say that inspire me and keep me going strong.  I hope some of these quotes will help you when you are going through some challenging times.

“Let’s take it to the next level!” – Jon Riki Karamatsu

“Life life to the fullest!” – Jon Riki Karamatsu

“We can overcome negativity with positivity.” – Jon Riki Karamatsu

“When a majority of us are at peace, a majority of the world will be at peace.” – Jon Riki Karamatsu

“I don’t believe in no-win scenarios.” – James T. Kirk

“Let’s make the impossible possible.” – Jon Riki Karamatsu

“The longer we live, the more we can do.” – Brandon R. Mitsuda

“We get knocked down, but we get back up again” – Jon Riki Karamatsu

“We can come back a thousandfold stronger and nothing will stop us.” – Jon Riki Karamatsu

“Boys til we die!” – Jon Riki Karamatsu (I say this to my loyal boys)

“Not even death will stop us.” – Jon Riki Karamatsu (When we leave a positive impact while we are alive, we live on after death)

“We must keep death in mind at all times.” – Jon Riki Karamatsu (When you keep death in mind at all times, you appreciate life and make the most of it)

“We’re 24-7!” – Brandon R. Mitsuda

I wish we didn’t have to sleep. Imagine how much more we could do?” – Brandon R. Mitsuda

“When our enemies are sleeping, we are still working.” – Brandon R. Mitsuda

“Taaarrific!” – Late Grandpa Tadao Sakai

“Study hard and Hollywood will beckon you.” – Late Grandpa Maurice Karamatsu (The last words grandpa Karamatsu told me.)

“Where there is a will, there is a way.” – Laraine E. Karamatsu (My mom always told me this since I was a kid)

“Do it once and do it well.” – Richard E. Karamatsu (My dad would always yell at me when I was young.  I still mess up the first time.  I learn from my mistakes and improve myself.)

“Jon, don’t forget your dreams.” – Late Representative Bob Nakasone (The last words Rep. Bob Nakasone told me)

“Always forgive.” – Speaker of the House Calvin K.Y. Say

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Chai’s Cooking Show

I was on Chai’s Cooking Show, which aired this past Sunday, September 27, 2009.  The other show I was in aired in July of 2009.

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