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For a boost of positivity in your life, keep in touch with your positive friends and family.


Video conference with my friends via Zoom.

Zoom video conference with my friends: Scott and Maki Imaye; Scott and Tricia Murakami; Ryan and Jodie Sanada; and Grant, Elle, and Ethan Karamatsu on Friday, October 23, 2020. I’m super grateful for my loved ones and technology. For a boost of positivity in your life, keep in touch with your positive friends and family.

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Video of Speaker Emeritus Calvin K.Y. Say’s vision for Honolulu in his 2020 race for Honolulu City Council District V.


Here’s video showing Speaker Emeritus Calvin K.Y. Say’s vision for Honolulu in his 2020 race for Honolulu City Council District V, which consists of Kaimuki, Kapahulu, Palolo Valley, St. Louis Heights, Manoa, Moiliili, McCully, and portions of Ala Moana, Kakaako, and Makiki.

Speaker Say served in the Hawaii House of Representatives since 1976 with 14 years as the longest serving House Speaker in Hawaii’s history. I served with him in the Hawaii House of Representatives between 2002 to 2010. Under his House leadership, I served as Vice Speaker of the House; Majority Whip; Chair of the House Judiciary Committee; Chair of the House Economic Development & Business Concerns Committee; Vice Chair of Water, Land, Ocean Resources & Hawaiian Affairs Committee; & Vice Chair of Tourism and Culture Committee.

Speaker Say is a dedicated and collaborative leader who is willing to take on the tough issues and be creative in implementing new ideas. He’s also a great friend to have. I can attest, as he’s been a great friend and mentor of mine.

I humbly ask for your support in Speaker Emeritus Calvin K.Y. Say’s Honolulu City Council race by voting for him if you live in Honolulu City Council District V or telling others who live in his district.

You can contribute to Speaker Emeritus Calvin K.Y. Say’s campaign by writing a check to “Friends for Say” and mailing it to 1822 10th Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816.

Email calvinsayhawaii@gmail.com if you would like to help Speaker Emeritus Calvin K.Y. Say’s campaign in any way.

Thank you!

With Warmest Aloha,

Jon Riki Karamatsu

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Listening to a loved one going through hardship can make a positive impact on that person’s life.


Listening to a loved one going through hardship can make a positive impact on that person's life.

Listening to a loved one going through hardship can make a positive impact on that person’s life.

Listening to a loved one going through hardship can make a positive impact on that person’s life.

Have you ever been through those tough times when you had someone to listen to you. It wasn’t about being told what to do or how to solve your problem. Many times, you know what you have to do, or you have strategies on your next moves. Just having someone there listening to you felt comforting right.

Wishing you well!

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Try tweaking your personal life and business to make a pivot.


Try tweaking your personal life and business to make a pivot.

Try tweaking your personal life and business to make a pivot.

Try tweaking your personal life and business to make a pivot.

A couple of days ago, I walked around my neighborhood with my friend Claire Ann Niibu @bizcoachclaire who I’ve known since our time as students at Pearl City High School. She’s a business coach who consults in person and offers online courses such as accounting at www.bizcoachclaire.com. We shared our latest happenings in our lives. “I feel like I reached my limits,” I explained. Throughout 2020, I’ve been feeling so overwhelmed and worn down with my business projects and personal challenges. To top it off, like many of you, the Coronavirus has made things worse. How can I feel like this when I apply so many psychology, philosophy, and mindset practices in my life? I share these practices on my personal blog here at www.jonriki.com, on +positive masters+ blog at www.positivemasters.com, and on +positive masters+ and my social media platforms. Yes, I still go through my ups and downs. In my most challenging times, even with the full force of all the mindset practices I utilize, sometimes all I need is a motivational comment from a friend to snap me out of my dark cloud.

Claire told me to try to make some tweaks in my life and business. Using the word “tweak” total shifted my perception of what I needed to do. Rather than being overwhelmed by the huge mountain I have to climb that’s way out in the distance, I started seeing the different trails in front of me. Maybe, I’ll take a different path, or heck, I should go off of these paths and travel where no one really goes. I’ll wear different shoes with more support. As I hike, instead of only listening to music, I’ll mix in some motivational podcasts. Hmmm, these tweaks are making the journey more fun! I’m noticing the little yellow flowers in the green meadow swaying with the breeze and the puffy white clouds floating across the light blue sky. Reaching the top of the snowcapped mountain is just a bonus. It’s the journey that makes life interesting.

Likewise, I need to see the beauty of my journey in my career. I love learning. Therefore, I have to uncover exciting knowledge that will spark fresh ideas. I get a high off of building new skills. Thus, I need to push the boundaries to try different things that will develop the skills that I need to execute on my ideas. Yup, trial and error, that’s how we evolve. Numerous of iterations and tweaks – that’s what we need to do to keep moving towards our dreams.

Wishing you the best in your journey of personal growth!

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon Riki Karamatsu
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Remember when we were young, dreaming of all the things we would do.


Remember when we were young, dreaming of all the things we would do.

Remember when we were young, dreaming of all the things we would do.

Remember when we were young, dreaming of all the things we would do.

We talked outside of my parents’ house really late until the hidden sun’s faint glow turned the skies dark blue.

Now, years later, we can look back and smile for doing all the things we wanted to do.

Ahead of us, bigger dreams, bigger goals. Let’s keep pushing forward, through our ebbs and flow. For as long as we exist, we’ll continue to grow.

– poem, +positive masters, Jon Riki Karamatsu, 2/14/2020 –

While talking with my good friend Brandon Mitsuda, I took a picture of this night rainbow, created by the misty white glow from the big moon in Waikele, Hawaii on Monday February 10, 2020.

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Time doesn’t stop. Our friend, death is cheering us on to live a happy and fulfilling life!


Time doesn't stop. Our friend, death is cheering us on to live a happy and fulfilling life!

Time doesn’t stop. Our friend, death is cheering us on to live a happy and fulfilling life!

I do my best to make the most of every step in my life: childhood, teens, young adult, and adulthood. I cherish every moment, every stage of my life.

I try my best in everything I do: sports, community organizations, education, art, politics, law, business, and most importantly, time with my loved ones. I’m excited to learn more and provide value for others.

I make time to be with my loved ones.

Time doesn’t stop. Our friend, death is cheering us on to live a happy and fulfilling life!

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Why be in the thick of craziness, stressed by busyness and a wide range of people and their demands when you can find a way to create greater success within yourself and among a few nurturing people.


Why be in the thick of craziness, stressed by busyness and a wide range of people and their demands when you can find a way to create greater success within yourself and among a few nurturing people.

Why be in the thick of craziness, stressed by busyness and a wide range of people and their demands when you can find a way to create greater success within yourself and among a few nurturing people.

Why be in the thick of craziness, stressed by busyness and a wide range of people and their demands when you can find a way to create greater success within yourself and among a few nurturing people.

Your quality of life is the most important. You can choose your path of purpose and define your success. You can reinvent yourself and stack new skills, knowledge, and relationships on top of your existing ones. You can create value for others by yourself or with a few positive people. Your work is a game because it’s fun, and the people you work with are your friends because you genuinely care for one another.

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The people you make an impact on will always have a part of you in them.


The people you make an impact on will always have a part of you in them. When we disappear from this world, we'll rise again through those who survive us.

The people you make an impact on will always have a part of you in them.

The people you make an impact on will always have a part of you in them. When we disappear from this world, we’ll rise again through those who survive us.

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Make it a point to spend time with your loved ones.


Make it a point to spend time with your loved ones. Don’t let your career or personal interests dominate your life. Set a certain day of the week or month to meet with them. If you don’t hear from your loved ones, make the effort to contact them. The moment before you now is precious. This time next year will not be the same. Even when you are extremely busy, you can still dedicate some time to talk to your loved ones on the phone or on the Internet. Your future self will be grateful for all the memories you create with them.

For instance, every Sunday afternoon, I get-together with my mom, dad, younger sister, bother-in-law, and baby nephew at my parents’ house where we usually do an online video call with my younger sister, brother-in-law, and three young nieces, all living in the Bay Area, California. Afterwards, we either eat dinner at my parent’s place or go to a restaurant to dine. Also, every year my entire immediate family enjoys meeting up in California, Hawaii, or another location. Often times, we meet up several times a year to enjoy one another’s company. This is the most important part of my life, being with my family.

Moreover, I dedicate time to be with my close friends. We talk story, dine, or go out somewhere relaxing. Likewise, have some fun with your friends. Participate in activities together. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea as you laugh and converse. Maybe travel somewhere fun together. These wonderful times with your friends will also be a part of you that you will always be grateful for.

Happy holidays and have an awesome 2020! Go and make some great memories with your family and friends!

With Warmest Aloha,

Jon

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In a dispute, not everyone will believe the facts. Keep doing what you can, but don’t let your stress destroy your health or suck the joy out of your life.


In a dispute, not everyone will believe the facts. Keep doing what you can, but don't let your stress destroy your health or suck the joy out of your life.

In a dispute, not everyone will believe the facts. Keep doing what you can, but don’t let your stress destroy your health or suck the joy out of your life.

If you’re facing a dispute or litigation, all you can do is present your side of what happened. After that, it’s up to the trier of fact, whether it be a mediator, arbitrator, judge, or jury. If they side with you, great! However, if they don’t, tell yourself that you did what you could. Continue to do what you can, but don’t let your stress destroy your health or suck the joy out of your life.

My friends, I know it’s tough. The truth will always live in you. Your life means a lot to those who love you.

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon

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Cherish your friends who help you to be the best you can be!


Cherish your friends who help you to be the best you can be!

Cherish your friends who help you to be the best you can be!

Here, I’m with my friend Brandon Mitsuda @brandon_mitsuda who is wearing the Master 7 Snapback Cap on his birthday at Chart House @charthousehi in Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii!!! 😃

Brandon has been there for me in my ups and downs, personal life, political and legal career, and business ventures!! His positive energy is amazing, fitting for the world of the +positive masters+ 🤗🧢🙌❤💥 Visit +positive masters+ at www.positivemasters.com to purchase this cap and other merchandise! 🤙

Cherish your positive friends who help you to be the best you can be! 👊💗

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I had some fun with Scott, Maki, my cousin Grant, cousin-in-law Christine, nephew, and little niece had some fun time together at Honolulu Beerworks


My friend Scott Imaye and his lovely wife Maki was back in Hawaii from Japan. 😃

Here, Scott, Maki, my cousin Grant, cousin-in-law Christine, nephew, little niece, and I had some fun time together at Honolulu Beerworks @honolulubeer , my first time there on Monday November 18, 2019. The macaroni and cheese with chicken and toasted bread crumbs was really good. ❤🍽🍺😋

We all had fun playing the beanbag game. ❤

I’m proud of the #entrepreneurs in Hawaii who have created a wave of #microbreweries in Hawaii. 👍👊

I rarely go out so this was a treat. Since I catch the bus for transportation, Grant kindly drove me home all the way on the West side of Oahu even though he lives on the Eastside so I could stay out later. 😊

 

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I love my mom and dad. I love my sisters. I love my nieces and nephew. I love my extended family and friends. Now, shout out your love for your loved ones! You may never be able to say it again.


I love my mom and dad. I love my sisters. I love my nieces and nephew. I love my extended family and friends. Now, shout out your love for your loved ones! You may never be able to say it again. ❤️⁠

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Surround Yourself with Positive Friends!


Surround yourself with positive friends who have qualities such as kindness, empathy, and integrity.

Surround yourself with positive friends who have qualities such as kindness, empathy, and integrity.

You’re influenced by who you’re friends with. Surround yourself with positive friends who have qualities such as kindness, empathy, and integrity. You and your friends will not only have great times together, but be supportive of one another through the tough times. 😊

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We understand the generations before us when we become them.


[I wrote this article for +positive masters+ at www.positivemasters.com, an e-commerce store that provides life practices, creative writing, apparel, accessories, and fashion to boost your happiness and counter any stress, anxiety, or sadness you may be facing.]

We understand the generations before us when we become them.

I appreciate my late grandparents and parents even more now that I’m older.

During our time from children to adults, we observe our parents and grandparents. The world is new to us. We keep learning and exploring.

As we grow older, our grandparents and their friends fade away and our parents become the seniors. We’ve got careers and responsibilities. Some of us have kids, some of us don’t. It’s at this point that we begin to understand the sacrifices our parents and grandparents went through because we’ve become them. Once, our parents are gone, we have to take on their role. It’s surreal when you think about it, to say goodbye to our parents and their generation. As time marches on, our generation will also fade out, so we have to make the world the best it can be for the younger ones coming up. Time is the most precious resource. Let’s make the most of it. Do the things you want to do with your love your loved ones and love them with all you’ve got!

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Preparing the otobas for obon services for Jodo Shu Hawaii.


This morning of Sunday July 7, 2019, members and friends of Jodo Shu Hawaii set up the otoba for obon services. This year, the set up is in the social hall because the outdoor structure we had was getting old and was large and heavy so the amount of manpower needed was hard on our aging volunteers. The otobas have the names of our loved ones who passed away. Obon services and Bon Dance is a special time when our ancestors are with us, though we pray to them throughout the whole year so they’re always with us. I’m serving my 9th year as president and 14th year as a board member of the organization. 😊

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Positive Masters Angry Explosion Unisex Shirt Sleeve T-Shirt.


Here’s the Angry Explosion Short Sleeve Unisex T-shirt by +positive masters+ @positivemasters !!! The e-commerce store is at https://positivemasters.com !!! 💥

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Positive Masters provide practices, books, apparel, & accessories to support your vision of mastering a happy & fulfilling life! Like the Positive Masters, we too can attain the highest level of peace & happiness through our practices on our mindset, health, relationships, & finances.

Positive Masters’ Angry Explosion Unisex Short Sleeve T-Shirt is great to remind us to maintain a positive mindset! Just as mantras chanted by Buddhist monks help them to live positive lives, the words and designs on our products can serve as your mantras to guide you in living joyful lives!

Angry Explosion is the antagonist of the Positive Masters. We definitely can’t be happy when we’re angry. Through our positive practices, a number of which will be shared on our blog at http://positivemasters.com , we’re able to prevent ourselves from losing control to our anger, one of the most destructive emotions. By wearing the Angry Explosion T-Shirt, it’ll remind you to always be present and mindful of your emotions so that you can behave in the most positive manner, even under the most difficult situations – a super power! 😊

This is a great gift for your sometimes grumpy dad! Or give this shirt to a friend who needs a reminder in this playful kind of way! 😅

This Unisex Short Sleeve T-Shirt feels soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. It’s a comfortable shirt for both men and women.

 

• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (heather colors contain polyester)

• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Side-seamed

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My friend & work pal Miah got me this awesome placemat with a graphic design of San Francisco from a museum in the city!


Yesterday, my friend & work pal Miah got me this awesome placemat with a graphic design of San Francisco from a museum in the city. Since I enjoy creating graphic designs, this is super inspiring! The colors really energizes my spirit!

Practice: Mindfulness & gratitude! Use other art as an #inspiration for our own art!

Picture of the placemat with my @apple #macbookpro at Starbucks @starbucks
@waikelestarbucks on June 27, 2019.

#placemat #sanfrancisco #bayarea #california #art #graphicdesign #graphicdesigns #computergraphics #mindfulness #mindful #grateful #gratitude #thankful #bepresent #friend #friends #work #makeworkfun #workhardanywhere #workanywhere #workanyplace #happy #joy #mindset #positivemindset #mentalhealth #psychology

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I saw the Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame with my friends.


I saw the Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame with my friends Allen, Janet, and Saizha on May 25, 2019 at Pearl Highlands, Pearl City, Hawaii. Man, Ironman. Heartwrenching.

#marvel #avengersendgame #avengers #movie #actionmovie #superheroes #ironman #friends #mindful #mindfulness #gratitude #grateful #thankful #happy

My friends and I watched the Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame.

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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!!!

#friends #mentor #influencer #goodtimes #funtimes #memories #experiences #business #entrepreneurs #politics #politicians #happy #joy #love #lucky #happiness #mindfulness #mindful #gratitude #grateful #thankful #shirokiya #shirokiyavillagewalk

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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.

#friends #lovedones #gratitude #sad #sadness #life

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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

#baby #niece #family #lovedones #friends #mindfulnes #mindful #grateful #gratitude #thankful #love #hawaii

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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.

#minoricraftjapanesetavern #birthday #happybirthday #celebration #restaurant #japaneserestaurant #hawaiirestaurant #shaveice #dessert #happy #happyday #friends #friendship #mindful #mindfulness #gratitude #grateful #thankful

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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.

#hawaiirestaurant #hawaiirestaurants #oahueats #eatinhawaii #localkinegrindz #hawaiifoodie #hawaiifood #hawaiieats #hawaiigrinds #onogrinds #hawaiifoodporn #eatinghawaii #hawaiifoodfinds #eathawaii #bestfoodhawaii #honolulu #hawaii #honolulueats #izakaya #happyhour #business #happyhour #afterwork #events #grandopening #pauhana #newrestaurant #openingevent #businessopening

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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! 🤗

#hawaiistatelegislature #hawaiistatecapitol #politics #politicians #representatives #senators #colleagues #friends #oldfriends #newfriends #business #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #aviation #jets #privatejets #fixedbaseoperator #kona #airport #restaurant #japaneserestaurant #honolulu #hawaii #mindful #mindfulness #gratitude #grateful #thankful #optimistic #lovehawaii

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2018 Sinaitenians of Oahu Christmas Party


I had a great time with my friend Allen Yadao and his family at a Christmas Party for the Sinaitenians of Oahu at the Airport Honolulu Hotel. I gave a short message on what Christmas means to me. I told the audience, “The positive energy we are all sharing tonight in this room is what Christmas means to me. To share our love, and laugh. I hadn’t laughed this much in a while, like how I’m laughing all night with my buddy (I pointed to Allen). It feels so good!” I enjoyed greeting and taking pictures with everyone. That was special a night!

[I forgot to post this in December 2018!]

#friends #lovedones #christmas #christmasparty #party #airporthonoluluhotel #hotel #positiveenergy #love #laughter #laugh #friendship #mindful #mindfulness #gratitude #grateful #thankful #happy #happiness

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Farewell Richard Minatoya


I’m saddened by the passing of my friend Richard Minatoya, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney of Maui County and former Councilman of the Kauai County Council. He is pictured in the middle. Richard passed away on Sunday November 18, 2018. He was 51. We worked together when I was serving as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and Legislative Liaison of the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu. In addition to work, I enjoyed socializing with him and our mutual friends. I will cherish the memories I had with him.

Kauai Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar, Hawaii Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth, Maui Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Richard Minatoya, Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jon Riki Karamatsu, and Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tricia Nakamatsu .

The Team: Kauai Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar, Hawaii Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth, Maui Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Richard Minatoya, Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jon Riki Karamatsu, and Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tricia Nakamatsu at Hawaii Legislative Opening Day on 1/21/2015.

Deputy Prosecutor Richard Minatoya addresses the Hawaii Supreme Court in the Baldwin Auditorium in Wailuku in August 2017,

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Scott & Makiko’s Wedding


Congratulations to my friend Scott and Makiko on their marriage! I enjoyed their wedding reception at Cafe Julia in Honolulu, Hawaii on 11/17/2018. Wishing them good health and happiness!

#friend #friends #wedding #cafejulia #honolulu #hawaii #fun #gratitude #happy #happiness #love

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Condolence Speech for Bishop Yubun Narashiba


Condolence Speech for Bishop Yubun Narashiba

Bishop Yubun Narashiba had a huge presence at Jodo Mission of Hawaii. Huge presence. On March 3, 1985, he became a reverend here at the Betsuin.  On September 1, 1987, he was assigned to Koloa Jodo Mission in Kauai. He returned back here at the Betsuin on November 1, 1997.  Bishop Narashiba served as our temple’s religious leader and a member of our board of directors.  He was also serving as Bishop of the Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions since September 16, 2017, the religious leader of our statewide organization.  This last go around was Bishop Narshiba’s second stint as our Bishop since he was also Bishop from September 1999 to September 2003.

I’ve known of Bishop Narashiba since I was a boy coming here at Jodo Mission of Hawaii with my grandpa Maurice Karamatsu, grandma Bessie Karamatsu and my immediate family. I became closer with him as a young adult after I became a member of the Jodo Mission of Hawaii’s Board of Directors in 2006 as First Vice President, taking my grandma Bessie Karamatsu’s board seat after her passing that year. I got to work even closer with Bishop Narashiba after I became president of this organization in January of 2011.

What was really impressive about Bishop Narashiba was his ability to do so many things from religious services, welcoming members and guests, office and administrative work, handiwork to fix minor repairs on our premises, labor work by helpings us set up and breaking down our otoba for obon service and our yagura for bon dance, traveling to Japan to for training or to meet with leadership at Jodo Shu headquarters, representing our organization at the Hawaii Buddhist Council with leaders of other sects of Buddhism, and attending community events.

Like many of you, it’s hard to believe Bishop Yubun Narashiba passed away.  He was still young, and it happened so suddenly.  I feel like he’s going to step up to the podium right now and speak to us with his warm smile.  In many ways, he’s still with us because he left such a wonderful impression on us.  He lived with compassion, empathy, the Eightfold Path, and all the Buddhist teachings.  He lived it.  Besides being with us spiritually, his legacy is also all around us. When you see all the wonderful improvements of our temple, social hall, and apartment building, think of Bishop Narashiba. He played a large role in fixing and beautifying our facilities.

Bishop Narashiba lived by example through his love and compassion.  We are so lucky to have experienced the time we had with him.

Bishop Narashiba, thank you so much for being a part of our lives.  Aloha.

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Starbucks Friends


Just got cake pops from my Starbucks sister who was just adopted by my Starbucks mother. Lol!

#cakepops #starbucks #afterhours
#friends #mindfulness #gratitude

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Friends


I took the bus into Waikiki and got off a couple of blocks away from my destination, the Moana Surfrider Hotel. The only thing I had with me was a little black tote bag. Upon arriving at the hotel, I went through the main entrance and out onto the lanai in the back where I paused to absorb the red and orange sun setting into the ocean. I don’t know what was causing me to sweat more, the humidity or my anticipation. I proceeded to the outdoor restaurant covered by a huge tree. I sat at a table to side of the stage that had a large umbrella top covering. A blonde waitress with wavy hear tied in the back came to take my order.

“Hi, is Kanae performing tonight?” I inquired.

Her smile subsided. “Oh I’m sorry. Not tonight. Kainani is dancing.”

“Hmm, I guess I made a mistake. I’ll take a guava juice.”

In a few minutes the waitress returned with my beverage. I drank it down quickly and closed my bill. A part of me was relieved. I strolled out of the dining area and to the beach. I sat on the warm sand. The rhythmic waves of the ocean was soothing to listen to. The clouds hovering had turned pink, one of my favorite things to see.

“Ken,” said a female voice. I turned behind and saw Kanae standing just a few feet away with a grin. She was wearing a white dress with a black sash tied around her waist and white and beige sandals. She was definitely not performing hula tonight.

“Hey,” was the only sound that I could blurt back in response.

“Is it okay if I join you?”

“Sure.”

Kanae sat by me. We both faced the ocean. “It’s been awhile,” she said.

“Yes, about a year. How did you know I was here on the beach?” I asked.

“I had a meeting in the hotel lobby. I saw you walk by. Did you have something here?”

“No. I mean yes. Uh. Actually, I came here to see you dance.”

“Really?” She was now gleaming. “I’m off tonight.”

“I know. The waitress told me.” I reached into my tote bag and pulled out a cardboard item that had numbers on it and the colors red, green, yellow, and white. “Here’s the game piece that you forgot at my party a year ago.”

She laughed. “You came all the way out here to give me a game piece.”

I chuckled. “Well partly. Also, I want you to know that I think about you, and you still have a friend.”

Her eyes swelled up with tears. She moved in and hugged me tightly with her head on my shoulders.

“I’m so happy,” she whispered.

I felt a tear trickle down my cheek.

Two pink clouds descended and floated in front of us and above the blue ripples of the ocean.

#fiction #creativewriting #writing #friends #friendship

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Dinner with my Friend


Dinner with my friend Brandon Mitsuda on Saturday July 22, 2018 at Coco Ichibanya Curry House. We talked about our times in politics, current political elections, my business projects, positive living, friends who have passed away, and our dreams.

#dinner #friend #curry
#cocoichibanya #aiea
#hawaii #mindfulness #gratitude

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My Laptop and I.


Many days, it’s just my laptop and I, as we stare at one another, working together for a different tomorrow.

#work #hustle #sacrifice #dailygrind #grind #productivity #daybyday #stepbystep #mabookpro #friends #myfriend #apple

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Life is much happier when we surround ourselves with loved ones who practice positive living.


I had a great time with my friend Brandon Mitsuda who always boosts positive energy into me. Life is much happier when we surround ourselves with loved ones who practice positive living.

#happy #happiness #practices #positivepractices #positiveliving #positiveenergy #friends #friendship #lifecoach #motivational #quote #quotes #easter #mindfulness #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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Daily practice on my little goals!!!


Ready to do some work!!! Daily practice on my little goals!!!

#business #law #entrepreneurship #aviation #construction #entertainment #concerts #writing #novels #books #exercise #love #romance #friends #family #life #peace #hawaii #world

 

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Keep writing the story of your life!


Keep writing the story of your life!!! Next chapter!!!

#business #law #entrepreneurship #aviation #construction #entertainment #concerts #writing #novels #books #exercise #love #romance #friends #family #life #peace #hawaii #world #quote #quotes

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My Lawyer Friends


With my friends and lawyer colleagues of my past: Tricia Nakamatsu and Allen Yadao at Highway Inn in Kaka’ako, Honolulu, Hawaii for lunch on November 22, 2017. Allen and I have many moments of laughter. Tricia has the kindest soul and her writing style has influenced me greatly. I’m thankful to have them in my life! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!!!

#friends #friendship #lawyers #attorneys #highwayinn #restaurant #food #lunch #pulehuribs #kakaako #honolulu #hawaii #thanksgiving #thankful #mindfulness #gratitude

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2017 Halloween


On Halloween evening, October 31, 2017, I had fun giving candies to children at my friend Mike Noguchi’s house in Pearl City, Hawaii. For the first group of kids, I was so happy to see my friends Scott and Michelle Miyasato’s 2 youngest daughters and Mike and Rachael Lee Oshiro’s daughter with their friends!!! That highlighted my day!!! Later that evening we ate pasta, and I helped Ashley Kirito with her business plan to expand her business servicing horses. Pictured here is a Jade plant for good luck from my friend Mike Noguchi. I have so much gratitude for those moments!!

#halloween #trickortreat #children #friends #jadeplant #happy #mindfulness #gratitude

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Don’t let a little dispute injure a friendship. 


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

#friendship #friends #friends #quote #quotestoliveby #dalailama #buddhism #peace #innerpeace #compassion #empathy #love 


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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.

#friends #friends #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #hula #mindfulness #gratitude


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Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies and Baking Cajun Chicken and Tuscan Garlic Chicken


I baked chocolate chip cookies while cooking Cajun chicken and Tuscan garlic chicken for some friends at my place on Friday September 9, 2017.

#baking #cooking #chocolatechipcookies #chicken #friends #waikele #honolulu #hawaii

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My Gym in Kailua, Hawaii


Nice change in pace. Hanging out with my friends and their children on Sunday August 27, 2017 at My Gym in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii.

#friends #children #mygym #kailua #oahu #hawaii #mindfulness #gratitude

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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.

#allenyadao #friend #friends #doraku #restaurant #mikeepps #comedian #comedy #comedyshow #blaisdellconcerthall #kakaako #honolulu #hawaii #gratitude

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Burial Service For Michael Oasay.



This morning of January 24, 2017 from 10:30 A.M. I attended the burial service for my friend Michael Oasay Hawaii Veterans Cemetary at Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii. It was performed with military honors by the Hawaii Air National Guard that included the presentation of the U.S. flag to Mike’s wife Yvonne and a gun salute. Rev. Nakano of Jodo Mission of Hawaii conducted the service with a chant for Mike and a sermon on how Mike will always be with us. 

I got to be friends with Michael Oasay because he, his younger brother Leighton, and I are Eagle Scouts from the Boy Scouts program at Troop 75 in Pearl City, Oahu, Hawaii. Leighton and I are the same age and three years younger than Mike. The three of us attended Pearl City Highlands Elementary School, Pearl City Highlands Intermediate School, and Pearl City High School.

Mike served in the Hawaii Air National Guard and worked for Hawaiian Electric Company for many years. He is survived by his wife Yvonne, children Jacqueline, Steven, Andrew, and Sean; parents Manuel and Carol Oasay, and younger brother Leighton Oasay.

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My Friend’s Mom’s Memorial Service


On the afternoon of Sunday, January 15, 2017, I attended my friend Gregg Teruya’s mom’s memorial service at Nuuanu Memorial Park. When we were in our teenage years, we used to sleep over Gregg’s house to watch movies, play video games, and play basketball. Mrs. Teruya was always so kind, and often cooked or picked up food and beverages for us. I remember having some very nice talks with her. I’m grateful to have these nice memories of her. My thoughts are with Gregg, his dad, sister Marcie, and their family.

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Memorial Service For My Friend Michael Oasay.


I was MC for my friend Michael Oasay’s funeral at Jodo Mission of Hawaii this evening, January 11, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. He was such a caring and good hearted person. Mike’s three years older than me and we are Eagle Scouts from Troop 75 and graduates of Pearl City High School.He is survived by his wife Yvonne; children Jacqueline, Steven, Andrew, and Sean; and parents Manuel and Carole Oasay.

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Nice talk with my friend in my dream, the late U.S. Congressman K. Mark Takai.


I woke up this morning of Thursday January 5, 2017 from a wonderful dream in which I had a great talk with Congressman K. Mark Takai who I became friends with while I was a student government leader at the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii at Manoa (ASUH) and Mark was a young newly elected politician in the Hawaii State House of Representatives. In my dream, Mark and I were talking in his old townhouse in Waiau, Pearl City on Oahu, Hawaii.  We were smiling and laughing like the times when we first met.

At one point we were lying down and staring at the ceiling as we chatted.  It was like before I got elected into the Hawaii State House of Representatives, which distanced our relationship because I was part of the faction aligned with Hawaii House Speaker Calvin K.Y. Say, a family friend and friend of my late grandfather Maurice Karamatsu.  Speaker Say married the daughter of grandpa Karamatsu’s really close friend Stephen Kotake, founder of Kotake Shokai, an import company, and a leader at Jodo Shu Hawaii with my grandfather.  I became good friends with Speaker Say, and I know that was hard on Mark because his faction was trying to take over the House from him.

Well in my dream, Mark and I were friends like before the whole political faction issue.  Prior to Mark passing away on July 20, 2016, I had called his cell phone and left a heartfelt message for him.  I’m not sure if he listened to it.  I’m hoping that he did.  It’s for this reason that I never felt closure with Mark because I wanted him to know that I really enjoyed our times together and that I cared deeply for him as my friend even though we ended up in opposite political factions.  In my dream, it felt so good because I knew that the politics didn’t matter anymore to him – all that mattered was our friendship.  That was the talk I wanted to have before Mark passed away.  I miss him.

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Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving!  I’m thankful for many things, here are some of them:

  1. Lucky to have an opportunity in life.
  2. My mom and dad for all their love and support.
  3. My family and friends.
  4. My ancestors for paving the way for me and others.

Like many of you, I’ve lost a number of loved ones, and I’m thinking of them today. Have a great day and keep living life to your fullest!

Love, Jon

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