I finally finished reading “Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden this morning at 1:55 A.M. on December 31, 2012. About 7 years ago, I bought this international bestseller novel and had started reading it back then but never finished. In early 2006, I went to see the movie with a friend but I was was falling asleep because I was so tired from my legislative work. I am glad I don’t remember the movie because I like the way the story played in my head as I read the book. I can picture the scenes and the characters through my imagination. My vision of the main character Sayuri is so different from the actress who portrayed her in the movie. “Memoirs of a Geisha” is such an emotionally moving story as I could really feel everything Sayuri was going through. As of now, it is my most favorite novel.
Monthly Archives: December 2012
On the evening of December 24, 2012, I enjoyed a gathering with my mom’s side of the family at the Akimoto family’s house in Kapahulu, Oahu, Hawaii.
I’ve decided to finish one more round of editing for my writing project by 1/13/2013 before testing it on my readers circle. There is still more work to be done to it.
On Friday, December 28, 2012, I had a nice time with my cousin Dean Sakai and his wife Jamie and their friends. I also spent some time with a couple of my friends.
As of Friday, December 28, 2012, I finished my 2nd draft of my writing project with 77,446 words. I’m excited to test it with my readers circle!
I had a nice time with Hawaii State Representatives and friends last night, Thursday, December 28, 2012: Rep. Clift Tsuji, Rep. Kyle Yamashita, Rep. Linda Ichiyama, Rep. Jo Jordan, Brian Miyamoto of Hawaii Farm Bureau, Neil Ho of Ho Farms, and Shin Ho of Ho Farms.
We have 5 more days of 2012. Good luck in trying to tidy up some of our unfinished 2012 goals. Also, let’s keep spreading positivity to everyone we come into contact with. Let’s end this year with all we’ve got!
With Warmest Aloha,
My Dear Friends,
Linked is one of my favorite Christmas songs, “Christmas Canon” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I wish you a Merry Christmas!
With Warmest Aloha,
Jon Riki Karamatsu
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – “Christmas Canon”
On Saturday, December 22, 2012, after a Christmas Party with friends in Hawaii Kai, my cousin Grant Karamatsu and I went to the Hawaii State Capitol from 11:30 P.M. to a little past midnight to pray to and thank U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye. I became teary when the soldiers escorted the casket away.
My thoughts are on my friend Brian Uy, wishing him a speedy recovery.
My dear friends, thank you for the birthday wishes! My wish for you is to have a life full of joy and happiness. Continue to share your love to others every single day, and together we will change this world. I love you all. With Warmest Aloha, Jon Riki Karamatsu.
On December 21, 2012, I cooked chili for the Christmas party for the Appellate Division of the Department of the Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney that started at 11:30 A.M. in our library. At 5:15 P.M. I had my birthday dinner with my family at Alan Wong’s Restaurant. Later that evening, I spent some time with some of my good friends. I hada great birthday!
I want to thank my friend Hawaii State Representative Clift Tsuji of Hilo, Hawaii for having a gathering to celebrate my birthday early on December 20, 2012 from 6 p.m. with some of my friends.
I am deeply saddened by the passing of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye and I feel fortunate that I had the opportunity to work with him. In 1988, when I was 13 years old, I was inspired by Sen. Inouye when I read his book “Journey to Washington” while I was attending Pearl City High School. In 1996, I was moved by his speech to my University of Hawaii at Manoa Ethnic Studies class and got to meet him in person. From 2002 to 2010, I got to work with him and his staff when I served as a Hawaii State Representative. My favorite moment with Sen. Inouye was when he invited me to a reception at his beautiful suite in Waikiki on the evening of Saturday, October 23, 2010.
I am deeply saddened by the death of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye.
On Friday, December 14, 2012, I attended the Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Misdemeanor/Traffic Division’s Christmas Party held at our 10th floor conference room from 11:30 A.M. I practiced law in this division for 6 months in 2011 and 4 months in 2012 with a number of cases overlapping my legislative work and vice versa. We had food, games, gifts, and a dance performance by a staff member. I won a scrabble game, which is nice because I play so much “Words With Friends.”
On December 13, 2012, from 5:30 P.M., I attended the Celebration of the Birthday of the Emperor of Japan at the Consulate General of Japan’s residence in Honolulu, Hawaii. I saw a lot of old friends I made in the last decade. I had fun spending time with my friend, Hawaii State Representative Clift Tsuji of Hilo, Hawaii. Former Hawaii State Senator Norman Sakamoto was very kind in making a prayer for my personal life. After, I stopped by the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce’s event at Nocturna Lounge in Honolulu, Hawaii. I closed the evening with my friends Ryan Sanada, Dan Chen, and 2 new friends at Genius Lounge in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii.
On Thursday, December 13, 2012, I was about to go to trial on an Assault 3 case where the Defendant and two others punched and kicked the victim numerous times until his face was puffed up and lip was bleeding. Last minute, the Defendant pled “no contest.” The judge granted 50 hours community service, 1 year probation under Deferred Acceptance of No Contest, restitution, anger management, stay away order from the victim, $55 Criminal Injuries Compensation Fee, and $75 Probation Fee. Considering the violent nature of the assault, I was disappointed that the judge didn’t grant our request for jail time.
Today, Sunday, December 9, 2012, I ran the Honolulu Marathon. I made my best time at 4:41:37 and placed 4204. It was a bit painful when I cramped out my legs after the 22nd mile so I had to walk a good portion of the remaining 4 miles. According to the Star Advertiser, 25,719 runners picked up their packets to run.
On Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 6:00 P.M., I attended a mixer by Hawaii State Bar Association’s (HSBA) Litigation, Business, Employment, ADR, and International Law sections at the Venue in downtown Honolulu.
2012 Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Legislative Package
1. Enhanced penalties for defendant who violates a temporary restraining order and has a prior conviction of a violent crime. (House Bill 238 carried over from 2011 and became law as Act 206 in 2012).
2. Enhanced penalties for defendant who violates an order for protection and has a prior conviction of a violent crime. Legislation carried over from 2011.
3. Department of Health to give notification to the victim on the status of offender. Legislation carried over from 2011.
4. Increase per diem for neighbor island and out-of-state witnesses coming to Oahu. Legislation carried over from 2011.
5. Appropriations to Department of the Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney for State-mandated programs: Career Criminal Prosecution Unit, prosecution in Drug Court, Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement Program, and Victim Witness Assistance Program. (House Bill 246 carried over from 2011 and became law as Act 322 in 2012).
6. Mandatory minimum sentencing for certain offenses against persons 60 years of age or older. Legislation carried over from 2011.
7. Person convicted of property theft over $100,000 may not be sentenced to probation. Legislation carried over from 2011.
8. Add felonies for which criminal charges may be instituted by written information including habitual property crime, unauthorized entry in a dwelling in the first or second degree, and theft of copper.
9. Correct violation of privacy laws (surveillance of another in stage of undress or sexual activity to be in 1st degree and all other surveillance to be in 2nd degree). (House Bill 1772 became law as Act 59 in 2012).
10. Accused to transport witness because he or she has sole custody of the witness.
11. Excluding abuse of family or household members from Rule 48 of the Hawaii Rules of Penal Procedure where cases are dismissed either without prejudice or with prejudice if they are not set for trial within 6 months.
12. Within the defense law of justifiable use of force on minors for discipline, our bill makes it clear that certain acts are an unjustifiable use of force.
13. Allows electronic communication service providers to voluntarily disclose electronic communications to governmental agency where an emergency involving danger of death or serious physical injury to any person requires such disclosure without delay. (Senate Bill 2247 became law as Act 94 in 2012).
14. Long-arm statute for production of records in other states. (House Bill 1777 became law as Act 325 in 2012).
15. Increases penalties for unauthorized access to computer 1st degree, 2nd degree, and 3rd degree. (Act 1788 became law as Act 293 in 2012).
16. Restitution for victims – Increase deductions from prisoners’ earnings; Withhold from prisoners’ taxes; Removes court’s authority to revoke restitution once ordered.
17. Appropriation to Judiciary for 2 judges for domestic violence cases since there is a backlog of cases.
18. Appropriation for Family Justice Center.
19. Involuntary Hospitalization for Sexually Violent Predators. Legislation carried over from 2011.
2011 Prosecuting Attorney Legislative Package
1. TRO Violation – Enhanced penalties for defendant who violates a TRO and have a prior conviction of a violent crime. (House Bill 238 became law as Act 206 in 2012).
2. Order for Protection Violation – Enhanced penalties for defendants who violate an order for protection and have prior conviction of a violent crime.
3. Promoting Prostitution – Include as a high priority in witness protection program. (House Bill 240 became law as Act 145 in 2011).
4. Promoting Prostitution – Increase penalties. (House Bill 240 became law as Act 145 in 2011).
5. Prostitution – Increase penalty for “Johns” offenders for Habitual Solicitation of prostitution where it is a 3rd conviction for the defendant within 5 years. Keeps prostitute offenders penalty the same as a pettty misdemeanor. (House Bill 240 became law as Act 145 in 2011).
6. Animal Cruelty: Amends section 711-1108.5, HRS, cruelty to animals in the first degree, by adding “kills or attempts to kill any animal belonging to another person without first obtaining legal authority or consent of that person.” Exempts societies that protect animals and government from the statute. (Senate Bill 1068 became law as Act 135 in 2011).
7. Victim notification of defendant’s status.
8. Increase Per Diem for Witnesses who travel from another island or State to Oahu for court.
9. Grant-In-Aid appropriation for department of the prosecuting attorney for 5 prosecuting attorney positions for career criminal prosecution, 1 deputy prosecuting attorney position for drug court prosecution, 1 deputy prosecuting attorney for Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE), and victim witness assistance program. (House Bill 246 became law as Act 322 in 2012).
10. Civil Commitment for Violent Sexual Predators: Defines “sexually violent predator.” Prosecuting attorney of the appropriate county can initiate the proceeding for involuntary hospitalization. Requires one licensed psychiatrist or psychologist to be an expert on sexually violent predators.
11. Crimes Against Elders – Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
12. No Probation if Defendant Commits Theft of Property Exceeding $100,000.
I attended Leighton and Cori Hara’s twin sons Cade & Colton’s 1st Birthday party at Fort Shafter on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.