Category Archives: Events

2020 Honolulu Marathon


2020 Honolulu Marathon (virtual due to Covid-19)

I’m wearing my 2020 Honolulu Marathon  finisher shirt and medal! The race was virtual in December 2020 due to Covid-19. I love the teal colors, my campaign colors when I was a politician. Running outdoors is my favorite exercise. It’s a great way to relieve stress, sadness, and anxiety. I’m going to wear this shirt today as I undergo my work sessions on my latest project that I’m excited to work on every day! Have a great day! ❤

#honolulumarathon #virtualmarathon #marathon #running #run #exercise #health #mentalhealth #personalgrowth #mindset #motivational #keepgoing #positivemindset #psychology #therapeutic #stressrelief #anxietyremedies #stressremedies #anxietyrelief #innerpeace #honolulu #oahu #hawaii #hawaiiscene #honoluluscene #hawaiilife #hawaiilifestyle #littlejoys #smallwins #choosehappiness

Leave a comment

Filed under Events, Exercise, Health, Mental Health, Mindset, Motivational, Passion Projects, Positive Living

Blast away to our stars where we can be who we want to be.


Fly away with me.

Break these walls of society.

Blast away to our stars

where we can be who we want to be.

We’ll create for those who believe.

The haters can’t judge what they can’t see.

One thousand true fans are all we need.

We’ll plant our love, seed by seed.

With patience and time, we will succeed.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Poem, 4/7/2019 –

I dedicate this poem to all you working on your dreams. Like many of you, I’m going through the process. Despite the tears, anxiety, and stress, keep working at it day by day! By doing so, we will improve ourselves by 1% or more everyday. No matter what, we will gain knowledge, skills, and relationships! Getting our dream is the bonus.

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon

#poem #poems #poetry #poet #quotes #quote #writing #creativewriting #writings #fiction #motivationalquotes #motivational #business #career #books #novels #entrepreneur #lifecoach #create #chooseyourself #reinventyourself #dreams #goals #vision #mission #reader #readers

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Business, Career, Community, Consistency, Creative Writing, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Events, Goals, Inspirational, Life, Life Coach, Motivational, Poems, Positive Living, Productivity, Quotes, Writing

Yellow Matte Aventador Lamborghini!


A yellow matte Aventador Lamborghini at the 2019 First Hawaiian Auto Show @hawaiiautoshow @hawaiiconventioncenter on Sunday March 31, 2019. I attended the show with my friend Brandon Mitsuda @brandon_mitsuda
.

#firsthawaiianautoshow #event #autoshow #carshow #lamborghini #aventador #supercar #auto #car #sportscar #friend

Leave a comment

Filed under Events, Friends, Mindfulness, Vehicles

Want to be productive? Grow your hair long and/or closely watch children grow up.


Here’s two strategies I use for my productivity: (1) Grow your hair long and cut it when you finish some of your goals; and/or (2) Have your sibling or siblings or an immediate family member have children because you will watch very closely how fast they grow up, which will make you work harder to get things done.

We can grow our hair long anytime. I’ve been doing it since I was a teenager, even when I was a politician and government attorney. As for our loved ones having children, well, this is a bit more tricky. Have fun with this strategy!

Here are pictures of my 10-month old niece and I with our long bangs on October 20, 2018 in San Mateo, California.

Crush all your goals my friends!!!

#productivity #strategy #growyourhair #longhair #bangs #children #family #time #tracktime #hustle #grind #work #career #business #entrepreneurship #entrepreneur #attorney #law #job #mindfulness #mindful #gratitude #grateful #thankful #happy #happiness #vision #goals #dreams #execute

Leave a comment

Filed under Business, Career, Community, Consistency, Creative Writing, Creativity, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Events, Exercise, Goals, Inspiration, Inspirational, Life, Life Coach, Motivation, Motivational, Nonfiction, Novels, Positive Living, Productivity, Quotes, Success, Training, Writing

Growth Mindset


I’m a strong believer in having a positive mindset in order to be happier and more fulfilled in life.  In this post, I would like to point out the importance of us having a growth mindset, which is believing that our abilities and intelligence can be developed.  We can develop our knowledge and skills by reading and practicing everyday.  The more we work on our knowledge and skills, the better we get.  If we keep up this daily practice, over time, we may attain the knowledge and become very good at the skills we envisioned ourselves achieving.

I like to schedule in my Google calendar blocks of time to learning and building skills and I color code them according to the subject matter.  I count each 30-minute period of learning or practicing as a “win” in my Count My Wins program I created for myself.  This program gives me a natural high from the happy chemicals released when I finish each 30-minute self-development session. I’m a very curious person so I push myself even in areas I’m unfamiliar with.  I really want to become a better person mentally, spiritually, and physically.

Have fun in your self-development!  Crush it!

3 of my daily practices: growth mindset, mindfulness, and gratitude.

(I took a picture of these plants and trees in Waikele, Hawaii on March 12, 2019. They represent growth in our growth mindset practice. I’m always mindful of the beauty around me. I’m grateful to experience such simple pleasures.)

#growthmindset #learn #read #skills #skillset #skillsets #practice #practices #dailypractice #habits #selfdevelop #mind #body #soul #positivemindset #mindset #mindfulness #mindful #gratitude #grateful #thankful #trees #plants #sky #simplepleasures

20190312_145135.jpg

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Buddhism, Business, Career, Compassion, Consistency, Creative Writing, Empathy, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Events, Exercise, Fiction, Goals, Gratitude, Haiku, Health, Law, Life Coach, Love, Meditation, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Motivation, Music, Novels, Peace, Politics, Positive Living, Productivity, Promoter, Psychiatry, Psychology, Quotes, Romance, Sports, Stories, Study, Success, Technology, Writing

Mindfulness & Gratitude!!!


I took a picture of the half moon in downtown Honolulu after an event while waiting for the bus to go to my next event on the early evening of February 12, 2019. The view looked even more beautiful in person! Being present has made me more appreciative of the beauty around me.

Second, I’m super grateful for the terrific bus system in Honolulu, Hawaii. I told Mayor Kirk Caldwell at the event that The Bus is awesome!

He replied, “Jon, it was always awesome!”

“I didn’t get to experience how awesome it is until now!” I said. Not driving a vehicle for a year has made me super grateful of public transportation. I can’t wait to use the rail, which I voted in support of when I was a politician in the Hawaii State Legislature.

Two of my daily practices: mindfulness and gratitude!!! Crush it my friends!!!

#mindfulness #gratitude #grateful #thankful #mindful #moon #halfmoon #architecture #towers #beautiful #bus #publictransportation #business #politics #events #businessevents #work #honolulu #hawaii #oahu #lessismore #appreciative #lovelife

Leave a comment

Filed under Business, Career, Entrepreneurship, Events, Gratitude, Life Coach, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Positive Living, Writing

Dreams, Mentors, & Daily Practice


Since I was young, I would dream or have visions of what I wanted to achieve or experience. I observed people who were at a level I aspired to be. Then I would relentlessly work on my skills & knowledge everyday for hours. Over many years, usually at least 7 years, I would attain my dreams or at least a portion or variation of them. I would like to note that I had many failures too.

When I was about 9 years old, I was determined to become a better soccer player. I admired a skilled & speedy soccer player, Shane Uemoto who played as a wing forward on the Pearl City High School soccer team & had number 12 on his jersey. I loved the exciting way he played the game & how he was well-liked by his teammates. Shane was also a very good student, eventually becoming an accountant as an adult.

I would often practice soccer by myself for many hours in addition to the practices with my team. I would train by myself at parks or in my yard until dark & run up & down the hill of my street or at parks to build up my speed. I played with the ball in the house & watched soccer videos over & over on ball handling & strategy. I ran several miles from my house to Pearl City High School to get a peek at Shane & his teammates practicing. I remember riding a school bus on a field trip & I had a vision of Shane running alongside of the bus. Funny right! 😅 Anyways, after a number of years, I ended playing as a right forward on the Pearl City High School soccer team. I scored a whole bunch of goals & assisted others in scoring goals. I proudly wore the number 7 on my jersey & was so elated to live my dream!!!

As an adult, I continue to work hard daily on my dreams & observe amazing people in public service, business & the arts, areas I have a passion for. I’m just as relentless & obsessive as I was when I was a kid in love with soccer. I may not be wearing number 7 on a soccer jersey but it’s in my soul everyday.

#dreams #vision #goals #mentors #virtualmentors #soccer #sports #publicservice #politics #politician #attorney #business #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #art #writing #fiction #nonfiction #passion #habits #dailyhabits #practice #dailypractice #consistency #determination #tenacity

Leave a comment

Filed under Business, Career, Consistency, Creative Writing, Events, Exercise, Goals, Inspiration, Law, Life, Life Coach, Mindfulness, Motivation, Politics, Productivity, Writing

Sending Love to Those Who Compare, Complain, & Hate.


I ran my 11th Great Aloha Run, an 8.15 mile race from Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium! It felt nice to get out in the sun & run, one of my practices to lower my anxiety, stress, & any low feelings.

I recently lost my aunty, a really sweet & kind person. I’m still in shock & grieving. Her passing has hit me really hard.

Today, I got blasted by a blogger for my efforts on an aviation business project I’ve been working on w/ my business partners since 2015. It really hurts. My business partners & I have been working tirelessly w/ no pay for about 3.5 years. I’ve never been so poor in my life. For those business people who told me they lost or almost lost their home because of their sacrifice to build a service or product, I totally understand. There have been times where I’ve cried by myself, wondering why I put myself through such struggle. Yet my business partners & I keep working despite the pain because we have so much passion in what we do & believe in the potential it will provide for the community. The critics should try putting themselves out there & risk their money & time on business, politics, & the arts. Maybe they would feel empathetic for those who put their heart & soul on a value for others to use or enjoy. I don’t understand how humans can be so cold as to try & damage others & even desire suffering onto others. I invite my critics to spend a week with me as I draft documents, meet w/ community leaders, write fiction & nonfiction, read books & laws, create branding content for a restaurant, volunteer for a nonprofit, meditate, do my gratitude prayers, play with my little nieces & 2nd cousins, go through anxiety on my business projects, & face the deaths of people I love. Maybe then, they will see me. I hope by the end of that week, they can feel that I care for them to find happiness within themselves. Creating & working with others is much more upbeat & positive than always comparing, complaining, & hating. Heck, there is nothing positive w/ comparing, complaining, & hating. I wish these people love & happiness.

#empathy #compassion #business #politics #arts #entrepreneurship #critics #haters #exercise #anxiety #stressrelief #love #happiness

Leave a comment

Filed under Business, Career, Compassion, Empathy, Entrepreneurship, Events, Exercise, Happiness, Life Coach, Writing

3rd & Last Day for Minori Craft Japanese Tavern’s Grand Opening Specials!


The 3rd day of the Grand Opening specials is this evening, Sun. 2/3/19 from 5pm-12am!!! Here, I’m with my friend Itoko Uchikura at Minori Craft Japanese Tavern @minorihawaii for its Grand Opening on the evening of Fri. 2/1/19! 🎉 🎊 🎉

The 1st 50 parties to dine per day on the evening of Fri. 2/1/19 (5pm-2am), Sat. 2/2/19 (5pm-2am), & Sun. 2/3/19 (5pm-12am) will receive a $10 gift certificate for dinner that can be applied that evening! 🎊 Raffle ticket drawing for prizes! 🎉 A DJ will be playing music! 🎶

Reservations can be made at 808-951-4444.

Grand Opening hours for Sun. to Thurs. are 11am-3pm (lunch!) & 5pm-12am. Happy Hours are from 5pm-6pm & 10pm-12am.

Grand Opening hours for Fri. & Sat. are from 11am-3pm (lunch!) & 5pm-2am. Happy Hours are from 5pm-6pm & 10pm-2am.

Call for take-out bento with pick-up time from 11am-3pm. 🥢

10% discount when you bring their flyer or ad in the Nikkan Sun.

Minori Craft Japanese Tavern is located at 1731 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii, which is on the Westside/Ewa of Kalakaua Ave. & North/Mauka or mountainside of the Hawaii Convention Center & Kapiolani Blvd. There’s parking in front of the restaurant. Also, 2-hour parking validation is available at Century Center Condominium at 1750 Kalakaua Ave., East/Diamondhead of Minori Craft Japanese Tavern. 🥢

They serve various dishes such as nabe/hot cooking pot with chicken, pork, beef, & assorted vegetables; BBQ; sashimi; tempura; sushi; curry; other popular Japanese cuisine; & dessert.

They have 2 floors & a bar. Call them to arrange private events.

Minori Craft Japanese Tavern restaurant is on Yelp, Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest, & its website is at http://www.minorihawaii.com.
Tsukada Nojo was its former brand.

#hawaiirestaurant #hawaiirestaurants #oahueats #eatinhawaii #localkinegrindz #hawaiifoodie #hawaiifood #hawaiieats #hawaiigrinds #onogrinds #hawaiifoodporn #eatinghawaii #hawaiifoodfinds #eathawaii #bestfoodhawaii #honolulu #hawaii #honolulueats #izakaya #happyhour #business #happyhour #afterwork #events #grandopening #pauhana #newrestaurant #openingevent #businessopening

Leave a comment

Filed under Business, Events, Food, Restaurant

2018 Sinaitenians of Oahu Christmas Party


I had a great time with my friend Allen Yadao and his family at a Christmas Party for the Sinaitenians of Oahu at the Airport Honolulu Hotel. I gave a short message on what Christmas means to me. I told the audience, “The positive energy we are all sharing tonight in this room is what Christmas means to me. To share our love, and laugh. I hadn’t laughed this much in a while, like how I’m laughing all night with my buddy (I pointed to Allen). It feels so good!” I enjoyed greeting and taking pictures with everyone. That was special a night!

[I forgot to post this in December 2018!]

#friends #lovedones #christmas #christmasparty #party #airporthonoluluhotel #hotel #positiveenergy #love #laughter #laugh #friendship #mindful #mindfulness #gratitude #grateful #thankful #happy #happiness

Leave a comment

Filed under Events, Family, Happiness, Positive Living

2018 Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bon Dance


Jodo Mission of Hawaii’s bon dance is today Friday August 17 and tomorrow Saturday August 18, 2018 from 4:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Food booths starts at 4:30 PM, Jizo bon prayer is at 5:45 PM, Taiko performance by Dragon Beat is at 6:00 PM, and bon dancing begins at 6:30 PM. Jodo Mission of Hawaii is located at 1429 Makiki Street, Honolulu, Hawaii.

#jodomissionofhawaii #jodoshuhawaii #jodomission #jodoshu #bondance #obon #buddhism #honolulu #hawaii #event #events #food #dance #japaneseculture #culture

Leave a comment

Filed under Buddhism, Dance, Events, Food

2018 Jodo Mission of Hawaii’s Bon Dance


Jodo Mission of Hawaii’s bon dance is today Friday August 17 and tomorrow Saturday August 18, 2018 from 4:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Food booths starts at 4:30 PM, Jizo bon prayer is at 5:45 PM, Taiko performance by Dragon Beat is at 6:00 PM, and bon dancing begins at 6:30 PM. Jodo Mission of Hawaii is located at 1429 Makiki Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814.

Here, I’m with Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro at Jodo Mission of Hawaii’s bon dance in 2012.

 

456638_10151040807662732_2081350028_o
#jodomissionofhawaii #jodoshuhawaii #jodomission #jodoshu #bondance #obon #buddhism #honolulu #hawaii

Leave a comment

Filed under Buddhism, Events, Gratitude, Mindfulness, Nonprofit

Start-Ups


I have so much gratitude for my business partners, especially my FBO partners who have been working with me for almost three years, and all of us are pushing forward and taking on challenges without pay for all these years in addition to other projects we have for ourselves or with other groups. Trying to make personal ends meet while developing start-ups are tough and takes patience, but the process of learning, building new skills, and expanding relationships gives us a high. We’re seeing the destination of each goal getting closer and closer with our daily grind. My heart is with all of you as you strive for your goals. Fall down seven times and get back up eight (Japanese proverb). I’m cheering for you!!!

#startups #business #entrepreneurship #law #businesslaw #development #construction #aviation #fbo #books #novels #nonfiction #events #music #musicevents #energy #housing #dreams #goals #gratitude

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Business, Career, Consistency, Creative Writing, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Events, Festivals, Goals, Gratitude, Infrastructure, Law, Motivation, Music, Productivity, Promoter, Writing

My Second Cousin Chloe’s Graduation from Punahou School.


I’m so happy for my second cousin Chloe Suzuki who graduated from Punahou School, Class of 2018 last night at Stan Sheriff Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is the oldest of the 6th generation on my mom’s side of the family (Sakai). Chloe will be attending Georgetown University this Fall.

#secondcousin #family #punahouschool #graduation #classof2018 #2018 #mindful #happy #joyful #honolulu #hawaii

Leave a comment

Filed under Events, Family, Happiness

My cousin Jill and Nathan’s wedding at Kualoa Ranch


My mom, dad, sisters, baby niece, brother-in-law, and extended family attended my cousin Jill and Nathan’s wedding at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii on Saturday April 28, 2018.

#cousin #family #wedding #kualoaranch #oahu #hawaii

Leave a comment

Filed under Events, Family, Gratitude, Happiness, Mindfulness

Red Cup Nation Concert @ Hawaiian Brian’s, Honolulu, Hawaii on March 29, 2018 from 8 P.M.


Kaimana Productions presents a concert with DJ/Music Producer Red Cup Nation “Best Times of My Life Tour” and opening set by Hawaii’s own, rapper Osnizzle on Thursday March 29, 2018 at 8:00 P.M. HST at Hawaiian Brian’s located at 1680 Kapiolani Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817.  Must be age 18 and over.  Presale concert tickets available at Eventbrite.com linked below:

Get Eventbrite presale concert tickets for Red Cup Nation & Osnizzle here

Rooftop1

28467629_10155691981172732_4754092857270249049_n

#kaimanaproductions #kaimanaproductionshawaii #concert #concerts #livemusic #music #musicevent #musicevents #event #events #entertainment #liveentertainment #entertainer #entertainers #talent #artist #artists #redcupnation #dj #djs #musicproducer #musicproducers #edm #electronicdancemusic #dancemusic #osnizzle #osna #rap #rapper #hiphop #hawaiianbrians #honolulu #oahu #hawaii

Leave a comment

Filed under Concerts, Dance Music, DJ, Electronic Dance Music, Entertainment, Events, Hawaii, Music, Promoter

Motivate Myself


Started my early morning of February 13, 2018 with some oatmeal with banana, green tea latte, and a motivational entrpreneurial video. My goals for this week: update the business plan for our FBO company, complete 1,800 words for a total of 70,000 words for my 2nd novel, draft performance agreement and partner agreement for a concert I have a minority interest in, write the strategy for a variance request for the development of homes for a development and construction company I’m working with, craft some policies regarding land use for an agency I’m doing volunteer work for, run 4+ miles 4x, and review latest construction repairs for Jodo Shu Hawaii.

#entrepreneurship #business #law #transactionallaw #fbo #aviation #concert #music #novel #book #development #buildinghomes #landuse #policies #run #exercise #construction #repairs #nonprofit #motivate #grind #keepgoing

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Business, Career, Creative Writing, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Events, Exercise, Fiction, Goals, Infrastructure, Law, Motivation, Novels, Productivity, Writing

Daily practice on my little goals!!!


Ready to do some work!!! Daily practice on my little goals!!!

#business #law #entrepreneurship #aviation #construction #entertainment #concerts #writing #novels #books #exercise #love #romance #friends #family #life #peace #hawaii #world

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Business, Career, Concerts, Creative Writing, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Events, Exercise, Friends, Goals, Gratitude, Law, Life, Life Coach, Love, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Motivation, Novels, Peace, Poems, Positive Living, Romance, Success, Writing

Keep writing the story of your life!


Keep writing the story of your life!!! Next chapter!!!

#business #law #entrepreneurship #aviation #construction #entertainment #concerts #writing #novels #books #exercise #love #romance #friends #family #life #peace #hawaii #world #quote #quotes

20171125_224212.jpg

Leave a comment

Filed under Business, Career, Concerts, Creative Writing, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Events, Exercise, Family, Fiction, Friends, Goals, Gratitude, Health, Journal, Law, Life, Life Coach, Love, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Motivation, Movie, Music, Nonprofit, Peace, Politics, Positive Living, Quotes, Writing

Jodo Shu Hawaii Fujinkai’s “Thank You” Party on Sunday November 19, 2017


Had fun at Jodo Shu Hawaii Fujinkai’s “Thank You” party on Sunday November 19, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii. We played a memory game for 22 things in a box, Jan Ken Po and grab bag drawing. For lunch we had dim sum – Chinese food.

#jodomission #jodoshu #jodomissionofhawaii #jodoshuhawaii #fujinkai #buddhism #party #honolulu #hawaii

20171119_133212.jpg20171119_112925.jpg20171119_113403.jpg20171119_113748.jpg

Leave a comment

Filed under Buddhism, Events, Nonprofit

Pearl City High School Reunion at D&B on October 22, 2017!


Pearl City High School Reunion at Dave & Busters on October 22, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii! It was so nice to see all my classmates. I look forward to our next one in 2022!

22729140_1535558353200577_8389651524879783936_n22688057_1535558419867237_687510176183204916_n22688620_1535558489867230_2660572320794030119_n22688428_1535558709867208_5422096147284111115_n20171021_210744-1.jpg22728821_1535559579867121_4922553036912637148_n20171021_211513.jpg20171021_211519.jpg22788917_1535559706533775_6662147543335069494_n

21368727_10212464441717732_6435570835882646508_o

#pearlcityhighschoolreunion #pchsreunion #pchs #pearlcityhighschool #classof1992 #chargers #gratitude

Leave a comment

Filed under Events, Friends, Gratitude, Mindfulness

Positive Energy from a Lucky Piggy Bank


Getting some positive energy from my lucky piggy bank, and sending positive energy to all of you in your endeavors! Keep going!

#positiveenergy #piggybank goodluckpiggybank #goodluck #keepgoing #daily #effort #tenacity #career #business #exercise #education #projects #mindfulness #gratitude #honolulu #hawaii

Leave a comment

Filed under Business, Career, Creative Writing, Entrepreneurship, Events, Goals, Gratitude, Happiness, Health, Life, Love, Mindfulness, Motivation, Peace

Celebrate Your Small Wins!


Keep at your goals everyday, and celebrate your small wins!

#wins #smallwins #motivation #habits #work #daily #tenacity #career #projects #business #law #entrepreneurship #exercise #selfdevelopment #mind #body #soul #mindfulness #gratitude 


Leave a comment

Filed under Business, Career, Creative Writing, Entrepreneurship, Events, Exercise, Goals, Gratitude, Happiness, Health, Law, Life Coach, Love, Mindfulness, Motivation, Novels, Positive Living, Productivity, Quotes, Success, Writing

Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions 41st Biennial Convention


Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions 41st Biennial Convention took place at Jodo Mission of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 25, 16, and 17. In this statewide organization, I’ve been serving as Chair of the Bishop Nominating Committee since I believe 2007. Bishop Gensho Hara decided to step down and Rev. Yubun Narashiba was elected as Bishop.
#hawaiicouncilofjodomissions #jodoshu #jodomission #honolulu #hawaii #buddhism

Leave a comment

Filed under Buddhism, Events, Nonprofit

Peace Day with Jeannie Lum


Shedding some tears for peace with my friend and University of Hawaii Professor, Jeannie Lum, a key organizer for Peace Day Hawaii held at SGI USA, Honolulu, Hawaii on September 16, 2017. Peace Day Hawaii briefly recognized me for introducing legislation in 2007 to make Hawaii the first State in the U.S. to  recognize Peace Day on September 21st. I chaired the organization in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

#peace #innerpeace #peaceday #peacedayhawaii #internationaldayofpeace #aloha #gratitude #love #emotional #honolulu #hawaii

Leave a comment

Filed under Events, Gratitude, Motivational, Nonprofit, Peace

Peace Day Hawaii 2017


The Peace Day Hawaii 2017 event will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017, 2:00-7:30 pm, which is free and open to the public at Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Culture Center, 2729 Pali Highway, Honolulu, Hawaii.

In 2007, when I served as a Hawaii State Representative, I worked with community leaders, legislators, and children in passing House Bill 345 into law as Act 23, declaring “September 21st of each year shall be known and recognized as “Peace Day” to promote peace programs, improve international relations, and increase educational awareness of peace.”  Hawaii was the first State to recognize a day of peace, a goal I continue to work on through my efforts with nonviolence teachings, Buddhism, and my novels.  I chaired the organization from 2007 to 2010, and this year I’m helping the organization to promote the event.  For more information check Peace Day Hawaii’s website at: Peace Day Hawaii

#peacedayhawaii2017 #peacedayhawaii #peaceday #internationaldayofpeace #peace #innerpeace #honolulu #hawaii

PD_ONLINE-PROMO copy 2

PD_SITE-HEADER

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Entertainment, Events, Peace

2017 Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bon Dance


Jodo Mission of Hawaii’s Bon Dance on Saturday August 18 and 19, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii was a success.  It feels so good to support culture and tradition that make Hawaii and our country so unique for all to enjoy! I’m honored to serve as President of Jodo Mission of Hawaii for the past 7 years and board member for the past 12 years.

The food was great with barbecue sticks, saimin, gyoza, chili and rice, andagi (Okinawan donuts), shave ice, and more. The dancers and taiko did performed well. I’m sure our ancestors are happy.

Mahalo to everyone who volunteered, and to all who came to enjoy the festivities! See you next year and may peace be with you and all those you touch.

#jodomissionofhawaii #jodomission #jodoshuhawaii #jodoshu #buddhism #obon #obonservices #bondance #honolulu #hawaii #ancestors #gratitude

Leave a comment

Filed under Dance, Entertainment, Events, Family, Food, Friends, Gratitude, Mindfulness, Performances

Last Day for Jodo Mission of Hawaii’s Bon Dance.


Last day for Jodo Mission of Hawaii’s Bon Dance is today, Saturday August 19, 2017 from 6:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. at 1429 Maliki Street, Honolulu, Hawaii; food booths open from 4:30 P.M. The office number is 808-949-3995.

#jodomissionofhawaii #jodomission #jodoshuhawaii #jodoshu #buddhism #obon #obonservices #bondance #honolulu #hawaii #ancestors #gratitude

Leave a comment

Filed under Dance, Entertainment, Events, Food, Gratitude, Music

Bon Dance at Jodo Mission of Hawaii on August 18 and 19.


We put up the yagura for the Bon Dance at Jodo Mission of Hawaii on Sunday August 13, 2017 from 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M., followed by a lunch. The Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bon Dance will be on August 18 and 19, 2017 from 6:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. at 1429 Maliki Street, Honolulu, Hawaii; food booths open 4:30 P.M. for both nights, with Jizo bon prayer service at 5:45 P.M. on August 18, 2017. The office number is 808-949-3995.

#jodomissionofhawaii #jodomission #jodoshuhawaii #jodoshu #obon #obonservices #bondance #honolulu #hawaii #ancestors #gratitude

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Events, Gratitude, Uncategorized

2017 Jodo Mission of Hawaii’s Obon Services


I attended Jodo Mission of Hawaii’s Obon Services for all of our ancestors on July 23, 2017 with my parents and younger sister Lara. We also prayed to the souls suffering.

The wooden plank with my family name is our Karamatsu family otoba for my grandpa Maurice Karamatsu and grandma Bessie Karamatsu, great grandpa Yutaro Karamatsu and great grandma Shima Karamatsu (immigrated to Hawaii, United States from Yamaguchi, Japan sometime in the 1890s), and ancestors for obon services at Jodo Mission of Hawaii on July 23, 2017.
After the service, there was a nice taiko performance by Dragon Beat, a tenant at Jodo Mission of Hawaii.

#jodomission #jodomissionofhawaii #jodoshu #jodoshuhawaii #obon #obonservices #honolulu #hawaii

Leave a comment

Filed under Events, Family, Gratitude, Peace

Yuntaku on 7/13/2017 @ Artistry


With my parents at Yuntaku, a fundraiser for the organization, a member of the Hawaii United Okinawan Association at Artistry at Kaka’ako, Honolulu, Hawaii on July 13, 2017. My sister Lara (3rd from the left) was one of the organizers, helping out her friends.They did a dance together onstage. I’m very proud of my sister’s leadership in the community and engineering sector.

#yuntaku #hawaiiunitedokinawanassociation  #fundraiser #event #artistry #kakaako #honolulu #oahu #hawaii

Leave a comment

Filed under Dance, Entertainment, Events, Family, Food, Hawaii

Call Me


You can call me, oh, if you’re lonely and need somebody.
You can call me, middle of the night when you need my body.
You can call me, you can call me, you know that you can tell everyone.
If you want me the way I want you.
Got my number, you know what to do, yeah.

“Call Me” by Neiked ft. Mimi.

#music #song #songs #lyrics #dancemusic #electronicmusic #electronicdancemusic #edm #dj #concert #concerts #festival #festivals #musicevents #event #events #promoter #promoters #entertainment #honolulu #hawaii

Leave a comment

Filed under Concerts, Dance Music, DJ, Electronic Dance Music, Entertainment, Events, Festivals, Music, Promoters

I know when you’re around.


I know when you’re around because I know that sound – the sound of your heart.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Concerts, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Events, Festivals, Journal, Live Shows, Music, Performances, Performers, Pop Music, Promoter, Promoters, Rock, Song, Tunes, Writing

Make It Better


After undergoing four rough days from a flu, I was happy to get back to work even though my energy was still low. While drafting a document at Starbucks in Pearl City, Oahu, Hawaii, I overheard this song “Make It Better” by Hazel English in their speakers as I was ordering my beverage. I like the catchy beat and mellow tune.

The following are the lyrics:

I want to be seen
Yet I want to be invisible
I want everything
Yet I want nothing at all

All of these thoughts I have
Negate each other
I keep trying to understand
How to make it better
But I can’t make it better

I am confident
Yet I always seem to doubt myself
I am intelligent
Yet I know nothing at all

All of these thoughts I have
Negate each other
I keep trying to understand
How to make it better
But I can’t make it better

I want to be seen
Yet I want to be invisible
I want everything
Yet I want nothing at all

All of these thoughts I have
Negate each other
I keep trying to understand
How to make it better
But I can’t make it better
All of these thoughts I have
Negate each other
I keep trying to understand
How to make it better
But I can’t make it better

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Concerts, Creativity, Entertainment, Events, Festivals, Hawaii, Journal, Live Events, Live Shows, Lyrics, Music, Performances, Performers, Pop Music, Production, Promoter, Promoters, Song, Tunes, Writing

Opening day of the 2017 Hawaii Legislative Session.


Opening ceremonies of the 2017 Hawaii Legislative Session on January 18, 2017.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Business, Events, Friends, Hawaii, Journal, Life, Live Events, Politics, Writing

Feels Right


An energizing song “Feels Right” by Jocelyn Alice (Galloway Remix). A good song to dance to and lift your spirits.

Lyrics:

We don’t care if we do it right.
We don’t care what it looks like.
We’ve got love in the nightlife.
We’ve got love and it feels right.

Leave a comment

Filed under Concerts, Dance, Dance Music, DJ, Electronic Dance Music, Entertainment, Events, Festivals, Hawaii, Live Events, Live Shows, Music, Performances, Performers, Pop Music, Positive Living, Positivity, Romance, Song, Talent, Tunes, Writing

My dream is to take you by the hand and dance with you on stage in front of tens of thousands of people as I play a set.


My dream is to take you by the hand and dance with you on stage in front of tens of thousands of people as my friend DJ G-Spot and I play a set. This fun song “Recess” by Golden Coast would be one of the songs in my set. I’m not sure who you’ll be but I got a target date of 2017 or 2018!

Love Festival Hawaii 2014

Picture of the high technology and special effects stage at the 16th Annual Love Festival Hawaii on 9/27/2014.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Business, Career, Concerts, Dance, Dance Music, DJ, Electronic Dance Music, Entertainment, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Events, Festivals, Gratitude, Hawaii, Inspiration, Journal, Life, Live Events, Live Shows, Love, Love Story, Music, Performances, Performers, Positive Living, Positivity, Production, Promoter, Promoters, Romance, Tunes

I’ll Only Play This Game With You.


Because it’s true, I’ll only play this game with you.

“Game 4 U” by St. Lucia.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Concerts, Entertainment, Events, Festivals, Hawaii, Journal, Live Shows, Music, Performances, Performers, Pop Music, Promoter, Promoters, Rock, Song, Tunes, Writing

Echo (Let Go)


“Echo (Let Go)” by Breathe Carolina & IZII.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Dance Music, Electronic Dance Music, Events, Festivals, Hawaii, Pop Music, Promoter, Promoters

Picture Your Eyes As I Fall Asleep.


“Picture your eyes as I fall asleep.

Tell myself it’s all right, as the tears go by.

I wish I could feel your face.”

Nice song “Oceans Away” by Arizona.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Concerts, Events, Festivals, Hawaii, Journal, Love, Love Story, Music, Production, Promoters, Writing

Dreams and Visions


To my loved ones, friends, and all of you,

I wish you a wonderful journey, the good and bad, as you progress on your work towards your dreams and visions.  Below is a song I dedicate to you, “Visions” by Jaytech ft. Judah, remixed by Sedi.

With Warmest Aloha,

Jon Riki Karamatsu

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Business, Concerts, Creativity, Dance, Dance Music, DJ, Electronic Dance Music, Entrepreneurship, Events, Festivals, Hawaii, Hawaiian Music, Journal, Live Events, Live Shows, Music, Pop Music, Production, Promoter, Promoters, Tunes, Writing

And it hurts with every heartbeat


Just found this song, “With Every Heartbeat” by Son of 8 & Phats & Small.

Nice beat – though the meaning behind the song and its music video can make your heart ache:

So I don’t look back.

Still I’m dying with every step I take.

But I don’t look back.

And it hurts with every heartbeat.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Dance, Dance Music, DJ, Electronic Dance Music, Entertainment, Events, Festivals, Hawaii, Journal, Love, Lyrics, Performances, Pop Music, Production, Promoters, Song, Tunes, Uncategorized, Writing

I Would Do Anything For Love


Such a moving song and nice video.  “I Would Do anything For Love” written by Jim Steinman and sang by Meatloaf with Lorraine Crosby.  Michael Bay directed the music video.

Romantic lyrics:

Woman:
Will you make me some magic with your own two hands?
Can you build an emerald city with these grains of sand?
Can you give me something I can take home?
Man:
I can do that!

Leave a comment

Filed under Concerts, Entertainment, Events, Festivals, Lyrics, Music, Pop Music, Promoters, Song, Tunes, Uncategorized

If you’re tired of walking alone, I’ll walk with you and watch the sky.


You don’t know, you don’t know, know.
Your eyes glow in the dark, they glow.
You got friends all around, around.
It’s just you and me, you and me are going down.

Baby if you follow me home, I’ll follow you forever.
If you’re not going out in the cold, I’ll wait for better weather.
If you’re tired of walking alone, I’ll walk with you and watch the sky.
No matter where you are, no matter where you are, I wanna hear your footsteps in the night.

“Footsteps In The Night” by Lost Frequencies

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Concerts, Dance Music, Electronic Dance Music, Events, Festivals, Hawaii, Journal, Music, Pop Music, Promoters, Romance, Song, Tunes

Will you feel the sparks after the sunset?


Will you feel
the sparks after the sunset
and stay close
to see the fire burn?

Will you stay
and wrap your arms around me?
Stay close
to see the fire burn.

“Sparks After The Sunset” by Cosmic Gate and Sarah Lynn, and remixed by Rafael Frost.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Concerts, Dance, Dance Music, DJ, Electronic Dance Music, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Events, Festivals, Hawaii, Hawaiian Music, Pop Music, Production, Promoter, Promoters, Tunes, Uncategorized

Just Breathe With Me


Every child is born into this realm with innocence. As we progress through life, we try to make sense of everything. Good people keep tying to do good, while those with anger, greed, jealousy, and the like, move around them like demons thirsting for power – all validating their actions, all thinking they’re right. In the end, death chases all of us down. By then, the children of tomorrow have become the next wave of love and hate. We’re all just part of this crazy cycle.

So which side are you truly on?

This song projects my frustration with the darkness of this world – “Breathe” by Eric Prydz ft. Rob Swire.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Business, Career, Dance Music, Death, Electronic Dance Music, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Events, Failure, Journal, Life, Peace, Positive Living, Positivity, Uncategorized

Ka Pilina – Our Love and Intimacy


This song “Ka Pilina” churns my heart. It’s a romantic Hawaiian song about a woman attended by native Hawaiian birds that are singing beautifully. The song is accentuated when danced by hula dancer(s).

When I hear this song, my imagination is as follows:

I move through the forest and hear the elepaio chirping. As midnight approaches, the ‘apapane sings with his beautiful voice. At dawn, I listen to the song of the ‘i’iwi polena. Now approaches the woman attended by the birds. Our eyes meet and we smile. Our love and intimacy.

2 Comments

Filed under Blog, Concerts, Dance, Events, Festivals, Happiness, Hawaii, Hawaiian Music, Hula, Hula Dancers, Journal, Live Shows, Music, Performances, Performers, Positive Living, Positivity, Promoter, Promoters, Romance, Song, Tunes, Uncategorized, Writing

My Heart Is With You.


My heart is with you. At times, dark clouds follow us – the loss of our loved ones; shattered images of romance; and attacks by negativity. Yet through it all, we keep progressing forward with our efforts, hour by hour towards what we envision. I dedicate this song to you called “Higher” from one of my favorite bands, The Naked And Famous.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Events, Festivals, Happiness, Hawaii, Journal, Life, Love, Music, Pop Music, Positive Living, Positivity, Promoters, Song, Talent, Tunes, Uncategorized, Writing

What Is, Is.


What is, is.

What will be, will be.

We can’t dwell on what has happened, and worry about what will happen.

If we do, it will depress us, slow us down, and even kill us.

Good things will happen and so will bad things.

We have to appreciate what we have and focus on what we can control.

By accepting what is and what will be, we can keep moving forward.

To help us overcome our hardships, I dedicate this song to you called “Light It Up” by Major Lazer ft. Nyla and Fuse Dog.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Books, Business, Career, Concerts, Creativity, Dance, Dance Music, DJ, Electronic Dance Music, Entrepreneurship, Events, Failure, Festivals, Fiction, Goals, Gratitude, Happiness, Hawaii, Life, Live Shows, Music, Performances, Performers, Pop Music, Positive Living, Positivity, Production, Promoter, Promoters, Song, Talent, Tunes, Uncategorized, Writing

You are Starlight, I’m Galileo


Ask me just how much I love you.

You are starlight, I’m Galileo.

 

“Galileo,” one of my favorite songs by Amy Grant.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Concerts, Creativity, Dance, Dance Music, Events, Festivals, Happiness, Inspiration, Journal, Life, Love, Love Story, Music, Peace, Pop Music, Positive Living, Positivity, Production, Promoter, Promoters, Rock, Romance, Song, Talent, Tunes, Uncategorized, Writing