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“I’m Racing Against Time” – Racing Against Time Part IX


You elevated me with this high.

Break open another special moment.

I hold my heart. It’s thumping. I’m still alive.

How many thumps do I have left before I die?

Back at my computer, I download my mind.

I have to keep going. I’m racing against time.

I have more to do, more to share.

My joy, my pain, how much I care.

Detach the anger, detach the hate.

If we all have love, we can determine our world’s fate.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Poem, 4/3/2019 –

I took this picture in Waikele, Hawaii on 2/19/19.

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Get-together with my friends Jerry L. Chang and Dick Kim!


I only catch the #bus for #meetings. Yesterday was different. As usual, I do #work on my @samsungmobile #smartphone and @apple #macbook pro while riding the bus, but I was super excited because I was meeting with my friends Jerry L. Chang @mastif8 and Dick Kim for a get-together @shirokiyajvw !!! Jerry and I served in the Hawaii State House of Representatives together. He is also a real estate developer and former administrator for the University of Hawaii at Hilo. We have so much fun memories, especially our adventurous travels to other states and countries. He’s a great statesman and has so much positive energy. Jerry has been a huge mentor in my life!!! 😊

Dick is an import/export businessman doing trade between the United States and many countries. He is a very kind person, and I enjoy listening about how he sees opportunities in business. He has also influenced my life as such a positive and kind person!!! 😊

I’m so lucky to have wonderful experiences with great people like Jerry and Dick!!!

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You never know how much time you have with those close to you.


My friend Mike Noguchi picked me up at Ala Moana Hotel where I was working at after a meeting with a client at Ala Moana Center. He treated me to dinner at Ruby Tuesdays @rubytuesdayhawaii in Moanalua, Hawaii.

On a sad note, a close friend of my family died, my dad’s really good friend. He was my cub scout master, soccer coach, metal shop teacher, political supporter, and a mentor on how to live a positive life. He was always smiling and laughing. He always took my family and I to the airport and picked us up when we traveled. I’m deeply saddened.

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Time with our loved ones is valuable


I was so lucky to spend time with my younger sister and my baby niece in February 2019 when they came to Oahu, Hawaii for my baby sister’s baby shower, which I helped to prepare! Here, my niece’s laughter and smile is so cute!!!

The speed in which a baby develops is a great example on how valuable time is. I dedicate every Sunday for my family in person and by video calling my family in the San Francisco Bay area. My parents, baby sister, brother-in-law, and I fly out about twice a year to be with my sister, brother-in-law, and nieces on the U.S. Mainland. We hang out in California or travel to different places. They also visit us in Hawaii. Further, I do my best to attend all of my extended family’s gatherings and events. I also spend some time with my friends.

We don’t know how much time we have to live. Neither can we predict how much time our loved ones will live. When I’m with my loved ones, I do my best to be present and absorb all I can, every moment. I love my family and friends. May you have joy with your loved ones as well. Take care!

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon

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Happy Birthday to My Friend Itoko!


Happy Birthday to my friend Itoko!!! She had the Polar Bear Shave Ice @minorihawaii Minori Craft Japanese Tavern, which she wanted to try for awhile since the restaurant was Tsukada Nojo.

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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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2019 Opening Day of the Hawaii State Legislature


I attended the Opening Day of the 2019 Hawaii State Legislature on Wednesday January 16, 2019. This is a photo I took from the third floor of the Hawaii State Capitol. 🏛

My business partners and I are working to build facilities, infrastructure, and services for private jets at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport (“KOA”), which will create jobs and revenue for Hawaii island and the State of Hawaii. Further, our entities are helping the State on improvements they want in their KOA master plan. 🛫

Further, my other business partner and I passed out coupon fliers for our client Minori Craft Japanese Tavern @minorihawaii , a Japanese restaurant located near the Hawaii Convention Center at 1731 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii. 🥢

It was nice to see old friends and colleagues when I served in the Hawaii State House of Representatives from 2002 to 2010. I also got to meet recently elected politicians and new friends. 😊

Even though I’ve been trying to live quietly and alone for about 3.75 years, I still have the passion and love for playing a small role in Hawaii’s future, now entirely through the private and nonprofit sectors. To all my friends I saw hustling to make Hawaii better, thank you! 🤗

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