Monthly Archives: July 2018

What’s Up!


What’s up! One of my favorite pictures of my niece sitting on grandpa’s lap.

#niece #family #hawaii

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My Last Moments


I stood on the top of the ridge and admired the beautiful green trees swaying far below with the wind. The last of the blue skies were painted over with shades of gray. Ahead, dark clouds were sweeping in like an angry predator. They swallowed peak after peak and kept coming for me.

I calmly inserted my headphones in my ears and played my favorite song. The happy tune brought me a smile. My time here would be over soon, but I was content. All that came to my mind was my mom, dad, sisters, nieces, family, and my closest friends. It’s funny how we spend much of our lives building so much, pushing through all the problems and terrible people that seemed so important to do back then. Yet, in the last moments of our lives, all we think about are the ones who really mattered. Memories of joy with them came blasting in like a movie in fast forward. You see their faces and then you’re gone.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 7/25/2018 –

#creativewriting #writing #peace

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Empathy Spits Fire Back


Their rage won’t burn me.

Empathy spits fire back.

Change or die in pain.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #143, 7/25/2018 –

#haiku #haikupoem #haikupoetry #poem #poetry #art #creativewriting #writing

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Kauai Style Smoked Pork


Smoked pork Kauai style out in Kaneohe, Hawaii.

#smokedpork #smokedmeat #kaneohe #hawaii

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How to Be Better at Stress – Well Guides – The New York Times


We all face stressful events and people. For me, practicing a positive mindset, reframing the stressful events as challenges, exercise, sleep, happy music, reading and listening about positive practices performed by others, creative writing, meditation, and positive relationships help me in maintaining my mental and physical resilience against stress. Here’s a great article on how we can better manage our stress.

https://www.nytimes.com/guides/well/how-to-deal-with-stress

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Dinner with my Friend


Dinner with my friend Brandon Mitsuda on Saturday July 22, 2018 at Coco Ichibanya Curry House. We talked about our times in politics, current political elections, my business projects, positive living, friends who have passed away, and our dreams.

#dinner #friend #curry
#cocoichibanya #aiea
#hawaii #mindfulness #gratitude

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Saddened by the death of my friend from a heart attack.


I’m saddened by the death of my friend from a heart attack. I visited him at the hospital before he passed. I dedicate this relaxing picture of tropical plants and trees to him. Going in and out of darkness.

#death #friend #saddened #waikelecountryclub #waikele

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