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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.

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Don’t let a little dispute injure a friendship. 

Don’t let a little dispute injure a friendship. – Dalai Lama

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Inspirational Friend

My friend Mari came to Hawaii from Japan and learned hula. Since then, she has done a terrific job in creating a business franchise in teaching hula, while still performing it professionally and modeling. She is also venturing into other areas of business. Her support means a lot to me. Mari is definitely an inspirational entrepreneur, and more importantly, a great friend to have.

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Doraku and Mike Epps Comedy Show

Pictured just before getting picked up by my good friend Allen Yadao who I met while we served as Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys, to eat at Doraku in Kaka’ako, Honolulu, Hawaii, followed by the Mike Epps comedy show across the street at Blaisdell Concert Hall on July 22, 2017. 

My good friend Allen Yadao and I at the Mike Epps comedy show at Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu, Hawaii on July 22, 2017. Earlier, we ate at Doraku in Kaka’ako, Honolulu, Hawaii.  Allen and I quickly became friends while we served as Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys.

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Thinking of My Friend Spencer Ueda.

This morning I learned of the passing of my friend Spencer Ueda last night in a three-car accident.  He and I became friends when I worked at DFS Hawaii between 1992 to 1996.  Spencer was always smiling and full of laughter.


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I dedicate this picture of pink clouds and song to my friend Representative Clift Tsuji.

I’m crying as I type this entry in dedication to my friend Clift Tsuji, Hawaii State Representative from Hilo, Hawaii. He passed away today, November 15, 2016. He had an amazing life as a politician, banker, and businessman. Below, you will see a picture of pink clouds among blues skies that I took yesterday, just after I found out Rep. Tsuji was taken to the hospital. I also dedicate the song below to Rep. Tsuji, “Shelter” by Porter Robinson & Madeon. The lyrics touches my heart: “It’s a long way forward, trust in me. I’ll give them shelter, like you’ve done for me. And I know I’m not alone, you’ll be watching over us until you’re gone.”

I will continue to seek your guidance as I carry on forward.


Rep. Clift. Tsuji & Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu during conferences.

I will miss my dear friend Clift Tsuji, Hawaii State Representative from Hilo, Hawaii. This is one of my favorite pictures of Representative Clift Tsuji and I – caught candidly as we were in the middle of conference hearings while I was serving as a Hawaii State Representative. I enjoyed my time with him, our travels to Japan, and collaborating with him in creating laws and programs. When I ran for Lt. Governor, he had me sleep at his house in Hilo, Hawaii. After I left politics, Rep. Tsuji supported my private sector projects and gave me valuable encouragement. We regularly hung out or had meals with friends. One of my funniest moments with him was when he tried to introduce me to a girl in a shopping mall in Japan, and I literally ran away. He would always tell everyone how I sprinted and leaped away in the busy mall. It’s hard to believe that I can’t talk with him anymore, but I know he will still be with me as I proceed forward.


Rep. Clift Tsuji Speaker Calvin K.Y. Say, & Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu at the 2009 Legislative Opening Day on Jan. 21, 2009.

Rep. Clift Tsuji, Speaker Calvin K.Y. Say and Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu





At Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Bon Dance


Rep. Clift Tsuji, Kazue Uehara, Rep. Jerry L. Chang, and Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu

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