Category Archives: Family

My Mom Is My Greatest Teacher!

My mom is my teacher of mindfulness, gratitude, empathy, and compassion. Throughout my life, I’ve met and befriended powerful masters, healers, individuals with different spiritual powers, and religious leaders of different faiths, however, my greatest teacher has been with me all along. My mom is truly a master on the positive side. I learn from her by observing how she lives. I love her so much! On Monday March 12, 2018, I had breakfast with her at Big City Diner in Waipio, Oahu, Hawaii.
#mom #mother #teacher #master #influencer #family #mindfulness #gratitude #empathy #compassion #love #positivity #positiveliving #peace #innerpeace #joy #happiness #bigcitydiner #waipio #oahu #hawaii

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Happy 3rd Birthday to My Niece Sophie

Happy 3rd birthday to my niece Sophie! Here we are on January 11, 2018 in San Mateo, California.

#birthday #3rdbirthday #march7 #niece #family #love #grateful

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Saved My Cousin-In-Law’s Life With The Heimlich Maneuver

Last night on March 2, 2018, I used the Heimlich maneuveur to save the life of my cousin-in-law who couldn’t breathe because he was choking on food at my home. The piece of food shot out of his throat on my second attempt. I’m so happy my cousin-in-law is alive. Below is information I gathered in case if you need to save someone from choking to death. Live every day to the fullest.

Performing abdominal thrusts involves a rescuer standing behind an upright patient and using his or her hands to exert pressure on the bottom of the diaphragm. This compresses the lungs and exerts pressure on any object lodged in the trachea, hopefully expelling it. This amounts to an artificially induced cough. For example, WebMD recommends the rescuer placing his or her fist just above the person’s bellybutton and grasping it with the other hand. To assist a larger person, more force may be needed. The Mayo Clinic recommends the same placement of fist and hand and upward thrusts as if you are trying to lift the person.

If the victim is not upright, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends positioning the person on his or her back, then straddling the torso and using chest thrusts.

#heimlichmanuever #choking #chokingonfood #can’tbreathe #neardeathexperience #neardeath #health #boyscout #eaglescout #relieved #gratitude

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Death and Life Threatening Illnesses

Thinking of my loved ones who passed away, and those of you facing life threatening illnesses. If I spent five days in prison in order to have them back for a moment or to take away your suffering from killer diseases . . . I look within myself to find clarity. Love you all.

#loveones #family #friends #death #lifethreatening #illnesses #diseases #health #quote #quotes #peace #empathy #compassion #innerpeace #love #mindfulness

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Attended Memorial Service for Miyono Shimoda and Thomas Okubo.

This afternoon of Monday February 19, 2018, I attended two funerals.  The first was at 5:00 P.M. for Mrs. Miyono Shimoda held at Jodo Mission of Hawaii where she was an active member.  My mom and I greeted the family.  As President of Jodo Mission, I represented the organization in placing incense in the incense holder to pay respect to Mrs Shimono as Bishop Yubun Narashiba and Rev. Kanjun Nakano chanted.  My grandparents Maurice and Bessie Karamatsu were friends with her and her late husband Robert “Bob” Shimoda.  I got the opportunity to spend time with Mrs. Shimoda when we volunteered at Jodo Mission of Hawaii, who was always very nice.  She passed away at age 96, and will be missed.  It saddens me to see the friends of late my grandparents leave.

At 6:00 P.M., my mom and I joined my dad to attend the funeral of Thomas Yukio Okubo at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary, my dad’s cousin on my grandma Bessie Karamatsu’s side of the family.  He was a construction manager for Mitsunaga Associates, and passed away at 65 years old, a young age for our time period.

I feel vulnerable.  The impermanence of my existence and those I know becomes more and more real with each passing day.

#memorialservice #funeralservice #memorial #funeral #friend #miyonoshimoda #family #thomasokubo #peace #love



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Great Aloha Run 2019

Ran the Great Aloha Run, an 8.15-mile race from Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on Monday February 19, 2018 from 7:00 A.M. It was my 10th time running the race and my time this year was 1:06:22. Here I am with my mom at McDonald’s near the stadium who drove me to the race. My mom has been driving me to my meetings and appointments for the past week. I have so much love and gratitude for my mom. I owe the world to her.

#greataloharun #run #race #running #exercise #mcdonald’s #mom #mother #love #gratitude #peace #innerpeace #happy

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Birthday Dinner for My Dad and Brother-In-Law

Celebrated my dad Richard and brother-in-law Ross’ birthday at Fete with my mom Laraine and sister Lara in Honolulu, Hawaii.

#birthday #dad #ross #family #fete #dowtown #honolulu #hawaii #mindfulness #gratitude


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