In January of 2014, I was asked by an entertainment events company to help them with one of their events called The Love Festival Hawaii on its 16th annual concert. They told me that they’ve been able to run the event without any major incident but since I have a legal, government, and law enforcement background, they wanted me to help them to better their event in any way possible by working on their security and safety plan, security detail, and permitting process, among other things. The organization went above and beyond the requirements of various agencies’ policies by increasing the amount of Honolulu Police Department and private security, providing a good amount of free water to customers to avoid dehydration, increasing the amount of ambulances, implementing bag and ID screening, and deploying plain clothes staff throughout the event to check on the well-being of customers and escort government officials to inspect the event.
As many of you know, former Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Peter Carlisle and his supporters criticized my involvement with the safety, security, and review of permits for music events like The Love Festival Hawaii on television news, the lead story for Hawaii News Now on Thursday, November 4, 2014. As a result of his press release, I will no longer work on the safety, security, and permits for any major music events besides a couple nights of bon dances in August of each year. After what happened to me, I’m afraid other attorneys with law enforcement backgrounds may no longer be involved with large music events, especially electronic dance music and rock and roll concerts.
I want to thank the promoters, Hawaii Community Development Authority, Honolulu Police Department Special Duty Division, Emergency Medical Services, Honolulu Fire Department, Hawaii Department of Accounting and General Services Risk Management Division, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, elected officials, private security, Hawaii Stage and Lighting, Events International, our cleaning crews, our performing artists and dancers, and all of our in-house staff and volunteers for all your work and/or advice to help make this year’s event a success. To all the fans of electronic dance music and rock and roll, thank you for your support and please help us to promote awareness on the dangers of illegal drugs so that everyone can continue to enjoy the exciting music and the beautiful light show and computer graphic displays. Finally, on a side note, please don’t forget to vote in 2016 and beyond as they are attacking not just me, but Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro, one of the most honest and straightforward elected officials I know. Your thousands of votes for my boss and my other elected official friends can and will make a difference. Take care and I’ll see you in the future.
With Warmest Aloha,
Jon Riki Karamatsu