Monthly Archives: September 2010

Thank you!


I just finished thanking everyone across the state and taking down our signs. It was nice to fly out to the neighbor islands again. I sincerely appreciate all the support you have given us.

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Day 7 and 8 in thanking people and taking down signs


On Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26, 2010, I was in Hilo, Hawaii thanking people and taking down signs.  We also put up Representative Jerry Chang’s signs with Chang and his friends.  My Campaign Chair Brandon Mitsuda flew up with me.  We followed Rep. Chang’s black Ford truck, Harley Davidson special edition, while we were in a yellow Camaro, a fun car to drive.  That night, I attended Rep. Chang’s Hilo fundraiser.  I returned to Oahu on Sunday, September 26th.

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Day 6 in thanking people and taking down signs


Yesterday, Friday, September 24, 2010, I spent the whole day in Kauai thanking people and taking down signs. 

During some free time, I saw Waimea Canyon and Hanalei Bay.  At sunset at Hanalei Bay, as it was getting dark, I saw three shooting stars.  One was fast, bright, and short.  A second was a dot floating very slowy across the sky for a decent distance.  Right after I meditated, trying to replenish myself, the last shooting star fell straight down for a very long time, ending in a sparkle very close to the water of Hanalei Bay.

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Day 5 in Thanking People


I spent the whole day in Maui thanking people and taking signs down with my Campaign Chair Brandon Mitsuda and a friend in Maui.  I had good conversations with friends in Maui.  It really feels good to be out there in the field.

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Day 4 in Thanking People


Today, Wednesday, September 22, 2010, I thanked people in Aiea, Honolulu, and Windward Oahu.  I have finished taking down all of my signs on Oahu.

In the evening from 5 PM, I attended the fundraiser for the House of Representatives PAC at the Plaza Club in Downtown Honolulu.

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Day 3 in Thanking People


Yesterday, Tuesday, September 21, 2010 was Day 3 for me to thank people and take down signs. My friend Brandon and I went around Wahiawa, Ewa, and Honolulu.

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Peace Day Hawaii 2010


This is day 3 for me to thank people around the island of oahu and take down my signs. Tonight, I will be making a speech for the Peace Day Hawaii 4th annual event, which I am serving as an honorary chair. I chaired the past the three events. Hawaii State law recognizes September 21st of each year as Peace Day Hawaii coinciding with the United Nations’ International Day of Peace to educate and promote peace domestically and internationally. If each of us practice compassion, we can spread happiness everywhere.

The Peace Day Hawaii 2010 event is today, September 21, 2010 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Campus Center Auditorium.

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Ready to campaign for Neil Abercrombie and Brian Schatz


Once I finish thanking people and taking down all my signs, I am ready to campaign for Neil Abercrombie and Brian Schatz for Governor and Lieutenant Governor respectively.  My campaign team is also ready.

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My Reflection on the 2010 Democratic Primary Race for Lieutenant Governor


On June 28, 2009, I announced my candidacy for Lieutenant Governor for the 2010 election.  We challenged 6 other candidates, some with big name recognition because they ran in larger races before, although unsuccessful attempts, their names were now known.  Our leading opposition out-spent us 8 times more.  All opponents were great candidates and the race was very cordial.

I passed out about 72,000 pens and several thousand cheese crackers to people throughout the state from June 1, 2009 to September 17, 2010.  My loyal campaign team passed out 20,000 hand fans to people.  Our core of the campaign was the old school style of grassroots campaigning where the candidate meets as many people as he can one-on-one.  With grassroots at a statewide level there is a lot of hit and miss because not all individuals are likely voters.  Out of almost 1.3 million people, only a couple of hundred thousand people vote in the Democratic Primary Election.  In a smaller race, a candidate can walk to homes that are registered voters or even likely voters because they voted before.  There needs to be a mixture of grassroots and media. 

For our television (TV) commercial, we aired 30 spots on KGMB9, 4 spots on KHON2, 1 spot on KITV4, and 4 spots on KIKU, far less than our opposition.  The opposition barraged the air waves with hundreds of thousands of dollars in TV commercials.  Repetitive TV commercials are effective in a statewide race because it is difficult to meet most of the likely voters.  Name recognition is fed to the voter very quickly and often with the strategy of airing many TV commercials, which is better than the voter having to take the time and go out of his or her way to read a brochure or research the candidate.

We aired zero radio commercials.  Some of our opposition aired radio commercials.

We had only one print advertisement.  Our opposition had more print ads.

I mailed my economic and education goals for Hawaii to 67,357 households.   My opposition also mailed brochures. 

We received zero endorsements just like my first House race in 2002, which we won.  However, in this race, endorsements may have played a role, especially with so many undecided voters in the Lieutenant Governor’s race?  In a State House race, one can walk and meet so many voters multiple times to get voters to vote based on who you are rather than relying on the union endorsement.  However, in a statewide race, I learned that grassroots can only go so far.  Television commercials are very important and endorsements play a role, especially with the undecided voters. 

Brian Schatz, a former colleague of mine in the House of Representatives emerged as the winner for the Democratic Primary race for Lieutenant Governor.  After eight years, he left the House in 2006 and ran an unsuccessful bid for Congress in Congressional District 2.  In 2007, he emerged as the spokesperson for the Barack Obama campaign for President of the United States and in 2008, as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. 

My father taught me to always learn from any loss in life.  My mom taught me to look at all the positive you gained despite the loss you experienced.  These lessons my parents taught me makes the experience positive despite how difficult it was.  Losing the Lieutenant Governor’s race was a big learning experience for me.  On the positive side, I am grateful for all who supported me, the new friends I made, and being able to get reacquainted with old friends.  We need to keep moving forward no matter what.   I will continue to do all I can to touch people’s lives.  I wish compassion, good health, and happiness to everyone.

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Day 2 to thank everyone and take down signs


This is my second day to thank people and take down my signs on Oahu. I went around Nanakuli.  In the afternoon, I am going to spend time with a constituent I have become friends with and the Waipahu students at the Waipahu Olelo Studio. We are going to share ghost stories.

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Thank you for your kind words


Hi Everyone, thanks so much for your comments. Thank you for your support from the bottom of my heart. I am going to drive around Oahu and fly to the neighbor islands to thank everyone I can for all their help and pick up my signs. I wish I could track down every person who supported me. As of now, I am keeping my career options open. Regardless, I will do my best to touch people’s lives.

(I went around Pearl City and Waipahu with my friend Michael).

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Congratulations to Brian Schatz


Congratulations to Brian Schatz on winning the office of Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii.  I will support you and Neil Abercrombie for Governor in the general election.  Make Hawaii the best it can be.

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Thank You


Thank you for your support.  Also, mahalo to my volunteers and donors. 

This campaign has been challenging.  We faced big opposition with huge amounts of money and big endorsements.

We aired some television commercials and mailed brochures to over 67,000 homes.  However, the core of our campaign has been a grassroots effort.  I wanted to highlight the old school style of campaigning like that of my heroes who returned from World War II and campaigned to end discrimination, promote peace, and make Hawaii a better place.  I personally passed out 72,000 pens, several thousand of cheese crackers, and several hundred salad dressings.  My campaign team passed out 20,000 hand fans, and several thousands of brochures.

I have been campaigning since June 2009.  As a result, I have made so many more friends.  I have so many great memories.  As I campaigned, I was surprised when a number of people gave me money on the spot in different parts of the state.  I think of Mrs. Miyashiro who is 88 years old as she held my hand while we met several hundred people at the Haari Boat Festival in Hilo.  A senior at Kahala McDonalds talked to me about the discrimination minorities endured.  At McCully McDonalds, a 100th Battalion veteran teared up as I mentioned our mutual friends who are veterans of World War II and our reflection of life.  He told me to go all out no matter what. 

I am touched by the seniors who cried when they saw me.  All my grandparents passed away.  When I see the seniors, I see my grandparents in a number of them.  This generation and the generations before them paved the way for so many of us.  I dedicate my campaign to them.  My old school style of campaigning by passing materials out one-on-one all over the state may have reminded them of politics of the past.  Okage sama de.  I am who I am because of you.

I also dedicate this campaign to all my loved ones who passed away.  I miss them dearly.  This year was tough because I lost so many close friends.

Finally, I campaigned hard for all of the goodness in you.  Many of you have renewed my belief that there is more good than bad in the world.  We can all come together to spread compassion and happiness so that others who are angry and sad, can also enjoy life more.  I love you all.  Whether I continue in politics or not, I will always be involved in public service.  I wish you good health and happiness.

Love,

Jon Riki Karamatsu

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71,500 Pens


I have personally passed out 71,500 pens to people throughout the State of Hawaii.  I have met so many good people and got reacquainted with many old friends or friends of friends, friends of family.

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71,000 Pens


As of Tuesday, September 8, 2010, I have personally passed out 71,000 of my pens to people throughout the State of Hawaii, 1,000 pens short of my goal of passing out 72,000 pens. In the meantime my targeted multimedia and other campaign methods will continue.  9 more days to go.

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