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We are who we are because of you


I am touched by the many seniors I have become friends with during my campaign for Lieutenant Governor. Some seniors cry when I meet them. Today, a 100th Infantry Battalion veteran teared up when I talked to him. We are who we are because of the seniors who paved the way for my generation.

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House Full of Ghosts


Yesterday morning, a friend of mine called me explaining that she was worried for me because of a dream she had.  She saw me going up towards a house full of ghosts despite having fear within me.  She asked me if there was anything bothering me?  I told her the only thing on my mind right now is campaigning as hard as I can.

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My mentor’s words lives on in my words in my TV Commercial for Lieutenant Governor


Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu’s 2010 television commercial for his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii.

Senator Nadao “Najo” Yoshinga (442nd Regimental Combat Team, attorney, & 1954 Democratic legislator until 1974) and I enjoyed talking politics between 2002 – 2009.  He enjoyed drinking coffee with me.  He shared with me many of his political stories. 

Senator Yoshinaga created big legislative accomplishments such as the Prepaid Health Act, Hawaii natural reserves, art in public places, Commission on the Status of Women, the initial appropriation for the University of Hawaii West Oahu, and 2000 commission to study the sustainability of Hawaii in correlation with its population.

Many of my legislation has overlapped or continued where Senator Yoshinaga left off.

On health, I have worked on reducing the cost of healthcare, bringing more medical services to the neighbor islands and rural areas, and health information technology.

For the environment, I appropriated funds for beach restoration and supported renewable energy projects.

In regards to art, I supported funding for art programs and art education in our public schools.  I helped pass the film production tax incentives to make Hawaii competitive in the world as a location for filmmaking.

I have worked on issues that affect women such as supporting programs for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  I updated the harassment and harassment by stalking laws to include electronic communication.  I prohibited the use of a substance to commit sexual assault.  I also created a criminal impersonation law.

I supported the funding for the start of construction for a new campus for the University of Hawaii West Oahu.

“Sustainability” has been a top priority for both Senator Yoshinaga and I.  Senator Yoshinaga would tell me, “Food and energy is very important.”  I have supported farming operations and pushed for legislation protecting our best agricultural lands.  I have encouraged the development of renewable energy.  Among a number of industries I am pushing hard to strengthen, I highlighted the importance of food and energy in the commercial by filming on agricultural lands and at a solar farm I worked with.

Senator Yoshinaga often told me, “Make Hawaii the best place in the world.”  At the ending of the TV commercial, I state, “And together, we will make Hawaii the best place in the world.”

Senator Yoshinaga’s words lives on in my words, as our vision for Hawaii overlaps one another.

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Dream of Senator Nadao “Najo” Yoshinaga


Yesterday I had a dream of my mentor, the late Senator Nadao “Najo” Yoshinaga. I woke up calling his name.

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Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu participated in Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Debate Hosted By the Kauai Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, August 12, 2010


This is the link to the full Hawaii Lieutenant Governor debate Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu participated in hosted by the Kauai Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, August 12, 2010 from 5:00 PM:

http://hawaii.ezstream.com/play/index.cfm?fuseaction=embstay&id=181CA0D4F3&resize=1&SClipID=-1&dsplvl=affil&ptype=sl

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Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu’s 2010 television commercial for his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii


Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu’s 2010 television commercial for his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii.

My television commercial for Lieutenant Governor highlights my economic goals for Hawaii. I mention industries I have worked on such as technology, science, film & tourism. I expanded state grants for start-up science and technology companies in Hawaii that can be matched with federal funds. I helped pass the film production tax credit to make Hawaii a top location to film in the world.  I promoted Hawaii as a visitor destination throughout Asia.

We filmed on Ewa farm lands on Oahu. I have fought to protect prime agricultural lands & helped pass legislation supporting farm operations through state-backed loans & tax incentives for agricultural production costs.

We also filmed at the solar farm in Kona, Big Island, which I supported by passing $10 million in special purpose revenue bonds to help in its development.

I hired a company started by a graduate of the Academy of Creative Media (ACM) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  I suported the creation of ACM. The sound was done by a teacher for the Mele program (Music) at Honolulu Community College, another program I supported the creation of.

The blue light in my TV commercial symbolizes positive energy. We can overcome negativity with positivity.

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