Influencers


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Shakyamuni Buddha

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Mahatma Gandhi pushed for equal rights and peace through peaceful methods despite facing violence and numerous time in prison.

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Martin Luther King advocated for equality and desegregation in the United States despite facing violence and time spent in jail for organizing peaceful protests and even for driving 30 mph in a 25 mph zone.

U.S. President John F. Kennedy

U.S. President John F. Kennedy

U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy and U.S. Congressman John A. Burns, July 1959 at Honolulu Airport.

Hawaii Governor John A. Burns dedicates Keahole, Kona, Airport.

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“Hawaii Five-0” Governor, actor Richard Denning & Hawaii Governor John A. Burns at a 1968 fundraiser

Hawaii Governor John A. Burns was a key player in the 1954 Democratic Revolution and pushed for equal rights, labor rights, and modernization of Hawaii.

Hawaii Governor John A. Burns

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U.S. Senator Sparky Matsunaga

Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu & Former Hawaii State Senator Nadao “Najo” Yoshinaga.  Senator Yoshinaga was instrumental he creating the Prepaid Health Act, Commission on the Status of Women, Art in Public Places, and other policies.

Former Governor John Waihe’e, Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu, & U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka.

Former Governor George R. Ariyoshi & Hawaii State Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu.  Governor Ariyoshi has worn so many hats: politician, attorney, businessman, and author.

Hawaii House Speaker Calvin K.Y. Say & Hawaii State Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu. Speaker Say was friends with my grandpa Maurice Karamatsu who helped to build DFS. He was also the son-in-law of my grandpa’s close friend Stephen Kotake and took over as president of his import company Kotake Shokai.  Speaker Say once told me, “always forgive” in regards to those who has done me wrong.

Hawaii State Representatives Ken Ito, Jerry L. Chang, Jon Riki Karamatsu, & Michael Magaoay.

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Hawaii State Representative Clift Tsuji & Hawaii State Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu.

Hawaii State Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu & Hawaii State Representative Bob Nakasone.  Nakasone was one of those politicians who would always be reading and brainstorming ideas.  He was also an owner of a painting company based in Maui.

Hawaii State Senator Carol Fukunaga & Hawaii State Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu

Hawaii State Representatives Roland Sagum, Ken Ito, Jerry Chang, and Jon Riki Karamatsu at their reception for the 2010 Legislative Opening Day at the Iolani Palace administration building.

Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro and I at Keith's fundraiser on November 21, 2013.

Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro and I as Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting Attorney & Legislative Liaison at Keith’s fundraiser on November 21, 2013.

Former Hawaii Senate President Norman Mizuguchi and I on Hawaii Senate floor for the opening day of the Hawaii State Legislature on January 16, 2014.

Former Hawaii Senate President Norman Mizuguchi and I while serving as Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting Attorney & Legislative Liaison on the Hawaii Senate floor for the opening day of the Hawaii State Legislature on January 16, 2014.

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James Altucher, an entrepreneur, author, and podcast show host has helped me in my life and career since my friend Ryan Sanada told me to listen to his podcast in April 2015 after my life took a slight downfall. Generate 10 ideas a day if you can; Idea sex or mix various ideas together; Work with others who have skills and ideas that compliment yours;  Take care of your health; and most importantly, “Choose Yourself” – pursue all areas of your passions and dreams.

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Marie Forleo, an entrepreneur, Youtube TV show host, and author has helped me stay positive in my life and career since I discovered her show in May 2016. She gives advice on productivity, opportunities, and difficult times, among many things.  Her quote sums it up, “Everything is figuroutable.”

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I admire how Mark Cuban puts so much effort in learning every business sector he enters.  That is something I believe in.

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Tim Ferriss is an entrepreneur, investors, author, podcast show host, and TV show host.  I first heard of him when he was being interviewed by James Altucher in Altucher’s podcast show in the Winter of 2016.   By the Spring of 2017, I began listening to Ferriss’ podcast show as well, “The Tim Ferriss Show and bought his books “Tools of Titans” and “The 4-Hour Workweek.”  He has tested an amazing amount of practices that we can use to better ourselves.

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Keanu Reeves helped to break down the barriers in Hollywood for actors of mixed ethnicity with him being Hawaiian, Chinese, and English. After I saw his performance in in the two Bill and Ted movies, Point Break and River’s Edge, I knew he would be a huge movie star.  Keanu has an unbelievable work ethic in becoming the characters he portrays.  Moreover, he is generous and down to earth, qualities to be admired.

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