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Snow Mountain Char Siu Buns at Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant at Ala Moana Center, Honolulu, Hawaii!


Hi Everyone,

I’m helping Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant. I’ll be sharing with you some of their tasty dishes here and there that you may enjoy! Check the restaurant out at Ala Moana Center @alamoanacenter on the 4th floor, Honolulu, Hawaii!!! 😊🥢

Pictured is one of the dishes Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant is known for, their Snow Mountain Char Siu Buns with tender charsiu, a soft bun, and a nice sweet coating on top!!! So ono (delicious in the Hawaiian language)!!! 😋🥢

Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant’s website is at http://jadedynastyhawaii.com

With Warmest Aloha,

Jon

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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.)

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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!!!

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Learn, Hustle, Live With Patience, & Be Grateful!


Since I was little, my mom and dad encouraged me to try different things, learn, & work hard. You never know, anything is possible. You may live your dreams. Some of mine came true, like becoming a politician, practicing law, building businesses, & helping nonprofits with a mission of peace within ourselves & the world.

However, when you take a chance on a dream, a vision, a value you want to share with others, you put yourself at risk of failure, criticism, & even hate. I get most of my anxiety worrying about whether I will fail or if someone will attack me or my organization. Most of these anxieties are about things I can’t control. To lessen this darkness that slows down my progress & deflates my happiness, I practice what I can control: (1) Always keep learning & building new skills; (2) Hustle like I’m a fiercely determined soccer striker with #7 on the back of my jersey, practicing my craft everyday so I can play for that championship title; (3) Have patience in the process, as I understand many big goals take years to achieve; & (4) Be grateful from the moment I wake up until I sleep. I appreciate the chance to be alive, all the good things in my life, the lessons of my failures, the ability to learn new things, Hawaii, travel, & my loved ones.

It’s not always easy. We all have our down days. Yet, tomorrow is always another day to crush it! And yes, with a positive mindset, we can achieve great heights & fill our lives with happiness a vast majority of our time. So attack your dreams! Learn, hustle & live with patience. Most importantly, be grateful for your shot at life & all the wonderful things around you!

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon

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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.

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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.

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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!!!

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Go dance by yourself!


Go dance by yourself!

Move that energy in you.

Turn it up a notch!

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #132, 4/25/2018 –

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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

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Kaimana Productions presents a concert by DJ/Music Producer Red Cup Nation “Best Times of My Life Tour” and opening set by Hawaii’s own, rapper Osnizzle on March 29, 2018 at 8:00 P.M. HST at Hawaiian Brian’s


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

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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.

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You should know baby that you’re the best.


I just need to get it off my chest. Yeah more than you know, yeah more than you know. You should know that baby you’re the best. Yeah more than you know, yeah more than you know.

Sorry, these lyrics by Axwell Ingrosso’s song “More Than You Know” are playing in my head, but I just need to get it off my chest.

Music is one of the things that brings me joy!  It’s a tool that I apply to maintain my happiness.  There’s studies that show the positive effects music has on our lives.  That’s why I enjoy producing music concerts.  I’m so lucky to have partnered on some music events with my friend G who I became friends with from my days at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  He got me to appreciate electronic dance music (EDM).  Though, I enjoy all types of music such as but not limited to classical, orchestra music, piano music, reggae, Hawaiian, all decades of pop, love songs, ballads, rock, alternative, hip hop, mellow electronic music, and electronic dance music.

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We used to say this song made us feel some type of way.


We used to say this song made us feel some type of way.
It used to make us both feel free.
Underneath the covers you would grab my hand.
You’d say you’d never listen to it without me.

“This Song” by RAC ft. Rostam.

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I know when you’re around.


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

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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

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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.

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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!

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

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Echo (Let Go)


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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Let’s Go!


“Let’s Go” by Tiesto ft. Icona Pop

I wanna scream at the top of my lungs.
I wanna do what has never been done.
I wanna light the spark.
The beats in a million hearts.
I wanna dance with my boys & my girls.
Dance like we’re gonna take over the world.
All in the name of love.
I wanna get me some.
One night is all it takes.
We’ve become wrong to make it right.
One night to save the day.
We’ll show them all.

Let’s Go!

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We’ve Just Begun.


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Back 2 U


A fun song by Steve Aoki & Boehm – “Back 2 U” feat. Walk The Moon.

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The Music Sector – I’m Going to Love You Inside Out.


Of all the sectors to be involved with, people ask me why I’m involved with the music events sector. After soccer, I acted in theatre and a few TV commercials, so the arts has always been in my heart. It’s where creativity floats at a high. That’s why I enjoy writing fiction. Like many of you, music is a part of our soul. It has a way of lifting us up. During college, while I was Vice President of the student government of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, a member of the University of Hawaii American Marketing Association, a member of the University of Hawaii Pre-Law Society, a member of Sigma Lambda, a member of the Pearl City Neighborhood Board, a member of the Young Democrats of Hawaii, a member of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, staff for politicians, volunteer for political candidates, and working in Flightline at Duty Free Shoppers Hawaii, my friend Gregory Dehnert, otherwise known as G or DJ G-Spot was bringing me to his music events and dance parties – now known as EDM, one of the biggest genres in the music industry. In 2014, G brought me into the the industry where I handled the logistics, government affairs, agreements, and media affairs. Now I understand the entire operations. For this, I will always be grateful.

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