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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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Campaigning for Will Espero who is running for Honolulu City Council during the 2020 elections.


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This afternoon I sign-waved for my friend and colleague from the Hawaii State Legislature, Senator Will Espero​ who is running for Honolulu City Council in the 2020 elections to represent Ewa, Waipahu, Village Park, Royal Kunia, Waikele, Waipio, and Mililiani in Oahu, Hawaii.
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Enjoy a floral lei to lift your spirits!


Enjoy a floral lei to lift your spirits!

Enjoy a floral lei to lift your spirits! Pictured is a white plumeria flower lei.

Enjoy a floral lei to lift your spirits!

May 1, 2020 is Lei Day in Hawaii. Enjoy a floral lei to lift your spirits! With its beauty and sweet smell, flowers evoke your sight and smell, which can be therapeutic if you’re feeling stressed. Also, giving a lei to someone is a way to show your love to that person. As we say in Hawaii, May Day is Lei Day!

Enter the +positive masters+ universe at www.positivemasters.com for mindset practices, motivational writing, and apparel with inspirational mantras and designs to boost your happiness and counter any stress, anxiety, sadness, or anger that you may be facing.

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My second office in my living room.


My second office in my living room where I'm able to do business law, business development, e-commerce, research, writing, branding, marketing, and graphic design for my businesses or for my clients.

My second office in my living room where I’m able to do business law, business development, e-commerce, research, writing, branding, marketing, and graphic design for my businesses or for my clients.

 

I have two work stations at my home, one in my office and one in my living room. With technology, basically my laptop and smart phone, I’m able to do business law, business development, e-commerce, research, writing, branding, marketing, and graphic design for my businesses or for my clients. It’s been tough, like it’s been for you. I’m focusing on the things I can control such as some new products and services for my brand +positive masters+ at www.positivemasters.com. I’m super excited!Β πŸ˜‰

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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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Enter the +positive masters+ universe at www.positivemasters.com for mindset practices, motivational writing, and apparel with inspirational mantras and designs to boost your happiness and counter any stress, anxiety, sadness or anger that you may be facing. ❀️

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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!!! πŸ˜ƒ

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+ πŸ€—πŸ§’πŸ™Œβ€πŸ’₯Β Visit +positive masters+ at www.positivemasters.comΒ to purchase this cap and other merchandise! πŸ€™

Cherish your positive friends who help you to be the best you can be! πŸ‘ŠπŸ’—

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I ran my 12th Honolulu Marathon!


I finished my 12th Honolulu Marathon on Sunday December 8, 2019.

I finished my 12th Honolulu Marathon on Sunday December 8, 2019. In this picture, I have my Honolulu Marathon medal, Honolulu Marathon Finisher t-shirt, & shell necklace.

I ran my 12th Honolulu Marathon on Sunday December 8, 2019! Here, I picked up my Honolulu Marathon Finisher Certificate at the Hawaii Convention Center on Monday December 9, 2019.

I ran my 12th Honolulu Marathon on Sunday December 8, 2019! Here, I picked up my Honolulu Marathon Finisher Certificate at the Hawaii Convention Center on Monday December 9, 2019.

I ran my 12th Honolulu Marathon on Sunday December 8, 2019! Here, I picked up my Honolulu Marathon Finisher Certificate at the Hawaii Convention Center on Monday December 9, 2019.

I ran my 12th Honolulu Marathon on Sunday December 8, 2019! Here, I picked up my Honolulu Marathon Finisher Certificate at the Hawaii Convention Center on Monday December 9, 2019.

I ran my 12th Honolulu Marathon on Sunday December 8, 2019! I’m super grateful for my mom dropping me off near Ala Moana Beach Park at 5:00 A.M. and then picking me up later at Kapiolani Park where we finish the race. She’s been doing this for me for the past 12 races.

On Monday December 9, 2019, I picked up my finisher certificate at the Hawaii Convention Center wearing my finisher t-shirt.

My sister Mia convinced my sister Lara and I to run this marathon in 2008. Β I’ve continued running this race ever since as an encouragement for me to continue exercising.

For 2020, I plan to increase my cardio and strength training to the level I was at 2017 and prior. Β My business projects have been struggling so I’ve been focusing so much of my time on work and neglected my exercise. Β I’m so pumped up to increase my training!

Have fun exercising!

With Warmest Aloha,Β Jon

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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. πŸ˜ƒ

Here, Scott, Maki, my cousin Grant, cousin-in-law Christine, nephew, little niece, and I had some fun time together at Honolulu BeerworksΒ @honolulubeer , my first time there on Monday November 18, 2019. The macaroni and cheese with chicken and toasted bread crumbs was really good. β€πŸ½πŸΊπŸ˜‹

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. πŸ‘πŸ‘Š

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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Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant’s Signature Shrimp Dumpling!


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Grasped between my chopsticks is Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant’s Signature Shrimp Dumpling. The plump shrimp is wrapped in a translucent starch wrapping and steamed. I like to dip it in soy sauce mixed with a chili sauce. Yum! πŸ˜‹β€πŸ₯ŸπŸ₯’

You can enjoy this dish for lunch at Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant. If you like seafood, go there for dinner and enjoy their lobster, crab, and shrimp that can be prepared in various ways such as steamed, salt & pepper, fried with Garlic, steamed with garlic, ginger & onion, steamed with Shao Xing Wine, garlic butter, or special black bean sauce! πŸ¦€πŸ¦

Follow Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant on Facebook and Instagram to see their latest specials, discounts, dishes! 😊

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Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant’s Signature Shrimp Dumpling!


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Grasped between my chopsticks is Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant's Signature Shrimp Dumpling.

Grasped between my chopsticks is Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant’s Signature Shrimp Dumpling.

Grasped between my chopsticks is Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant's Signature Shrimp Dumpling.

Grasped between my chopsticks is Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant’s Signature Shrimp Dumpling.

Grasped between my chopsticks is Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant's Signature Shrimp Dumpling.

Grasped between my chopsticks is Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant’s Signature Shrimp Dumpling.

Grasped between my chopsticks is Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant’s Signature Shrimp Dumpling. The plump shrimp is wrapped in a translucent starch wrapping and steamed. I like to dip it in soy sauce mixed with a chili sauce. Yum! πŸ˜‹β€πŸ₯ŸπŸ₯’

You can enjoy this dish for lunch at Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant. If you like seafood, go there for dinner and enjoy their lobster, crab, and shrimp that can be prepared in various ways such as steamed, salt & pepper, fried with Garlic, steamed with garlic, ginger & onion, steamed with Shao Xing Wine, garlic butter, or special black bean sauce! πŸ¦€πŸ¦

Follow Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant on Facebook and Instagram to see their latest specials, discounts, dishes! 😊

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Business agreement and then time with my family.


I had to execute an agreement in downtown Honolulu, and then I met up with my nephew and family.

I had to execute an agreement in downtown Honolulu, and then I met up with my nephew and family.

I had to execute an agreement in downtown Honolulu, and then I met up with my nephew and family. It was nice to have a relaxing day. Crushing it hard again tomorrow onward! Have a great rest of the week! πŸ˜ƒ

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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. 😊

#jodomissionofhawaii #jodoshuhawaii #jodomission #jodoshu #buddhism #nonprofit #volunteer #communty #peace #innerpeace #love #obon #ancestors #lovedones #family #familytime #friends #oahu #honolulu #hawaii #hawaiilife #cultural #culturalevents

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Services for Jodo Shu Hawaii’s 125th Anniversary in Hawaii on the morning of Sunday June 9, 2019.


Services for Jodo Shu Hawaii’s 125th Anniversary in Hawaii on the morning of Sunday June 9, 2019.

#jodoshuhawaii #jodomissionofhawaii #jodoshuhawaii #jodoshu #jodomission #buddhism #buddhist #oahu #honolulu #hawaii #culture #hawaiilife #hawaiievents #mindfulness #mindful #gratitude #grateful

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Check out Aloha Funwear @alohafunwear www.alohafunwear.com for Hawaiian and islandstyle clothing and products!


Check out Aloha Funwear @alohafunwear http://www.alohafunwear.com for Hawaiian and islandstyle clothing and products! The company mentored me to get into ecommerce, in which I was active between 2002-2012. Aloha Funwear has been in ecommerce since the 1990s.

For the past couple of weeks,
I’ve been working on a new brand to re-enter this sector of our market. Scared and excited!

In this picture, I modeled for the company in 2003.

#alohafunwear #internetretail #internetstore #hawaiibusiness #retailer #retail #fashion #clothing #hawaiianclothing #hawaiianapparel #hawaiianshirt #hawaiianshirts #alohashirt #alohashirts #business #entrepreneurship #hawaii #hawaiianstyle #hawaiilife #hawaiiphotography #hawaiiscenery #tropicalwear #hawaiigram #instahawaii #hawaiilifestyle #luckywelivehawaii

Photoshoot for ecommerce store Aloha Funwear in 2003 in Hawaii!

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I’m super #grateful for every day I’m alive!


I’m super #grateful for every day I’m alive! I’m excited to try this strawberry #milkshake from Baskin Robins @baskin_robins_family from my friend Claire to boost my #productivity on my work session tonight at Starbucks Waikele @starbucks !!! πŸ˜€

We’re lucky to be alive my friends! What’s the chance of that happening? 1 in 400 trillion! Let’s make the most of it and crush it!!! πŸ‘Š

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon

#baskinrobins #starbucks #icecream #strawberrymilkshake
#dessert #hawaiieats #hawaiifood #hawaiifoodfinds #hawaiibestkitchen #hawaiifoodie #foodie #business #entrepreneurship #mindfulness #mindful #mindset #positivemindset #mentalhealth #psychology #selfhelp #selfimprovement #personalgrowth #chooseyourself #hawaiilife #hawaiilifestyle #positivethinking #crushit

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It feels so good to be present and take in the beauty around us.


It feels so good to be present and take in the beauty around us. This is a video of the clouds, skies, and sunset over Waikele, Hawaii on February 19, 2019! Aaaahhh. Recharge!

#bepresent #mindful #mindfulness #skyphoto #sunsetphotography #sunsetphoto #hawaiiphotography #luckywelivehawaii #hawaiilife #hawaiilifestyle #innerpeace #peace #lovelife #lovelifequotes #quote #quotes #peacequotes #thankful #grateful #gratitude #happy #happiness #upliftingquotes #recharge #energyboost #relaxing #naturetherapy #visualtherapy #therapuetic

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Hawaii Buddhist Council service at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, May 20, 2019 at Oahu, Hawaii.


This morning was beautiful at Punchbowl Cemetery or the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, May 20, 2019 at Oahu, Hawaii. The Hawaii Buddhist Council, in which I’m a member of had a service for all the veterans. My late great uncle Roy Okubo was a member of the 522nd Artillery and 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II.

#punchbowlcemetery #nationalmemorialofthepacific #memorial #memorialservice #veterans #military #buddhist #buddhism #mindful #mindfulness #oahu #honolulu #hawaii #hawaiilife #hawaiilifestyle #hawaiiplaces

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I cherish my time with my family. I dedicate my Sundays to be with them.


I cherish my time with my family. I dedicate my Sundays to be with them. My family and I in Hawaii enjoy video calling my sister and her family on the U.S. mainland.

Here’s a collage of photos with my niece and I on April 10, 2019.

Have fun with your family!

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon

#family #lovedones #moments #preciousmoments #familytime #mindfulness #gratitude #grateful #thankful #mindful #oahu #hawaii #hawaiilife #hawaiilifestyle

My niece and I.

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Coming soon to Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant, the Dragon Boat Festival Abalone and Pork Belly “Jung”!


Coming soon to Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant @jadedynastyseafoodrestaurant , the Dragon Boat Festival Abalone and Pork Belly “Jung”! Hope you like the cute dragon boat moving before the special dish in this post! πŸ˜ƒ

#jadedynastyseafoodrestaurant #dragonboatfestival
#jung #specialdish #chinesecuisine #chineserestaurant #chinesefood #hawaiirestaurant #hawaiifood #hawaiifoodie #hawaiifoodfinds #hawaiigrinds #eatinghawaii #honolulueats #oahueats #alamoanacenter #oahu #honolulu #hawaii #hawaiilife #onolicious #onokinegrindz #grindz #onogrindz #yelphawaii #hawaiibestkitchens #hawaiibound #travelhawaii #gohawaii #foodie

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Moon and clouds above the evergreen trees at Waikele Country Club!


I’m grateful to be alive to experience life. I enjoy capturing beautiful #sceneries like this with the #moon and #clouds above the evergreen #trees at Waikele Country Club @golfwaikele on March 14, 2019 as I walked around the neighborhood in Waikele, Hawaii.

Daily Practice: Gratitude and Mindfulness!

#gratitude #grateful #thankful #mindful #mindfulness #happy #happiness #joy #photo #hawaii #pic #photography #evergreentrees #golfcourse #waikelecountryclub #oahu #hawaiilife #hawaiiphotography #hawaiiscenery #sky #skypictures #clouds #cloudpictures #peaceful

Moon and clouds above the Evergreen Trees at Waikele Country Club.

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I’m super grateful for my REI Bookpacker Plus from my law school days!


I’m super grateful for my REI Bookpacker Plus @rei from my law school days! It’s so comfortable and sturdy for walking a few miles here and there and traveling in mass transit on land and in air. It has a lot of space and small compartments to hold things. In this day and age, we can produce content on the go with a laptop, smart phone, and a great backpack to carry everything.

Here, I finished working at Starbucks at Ala Moana Hotel @alamoanahotel on 4/11/2019.

Daily Practice: Mindfulness and Gratitude!

#rei #bookpackerplus #backpack #work #travel #mobileoffice #business #law #government #marketing #branding #writing #creativewriting #books #novels #nonfiction #hustle #grind #dailypractice #mindfulness #mindful #grateful #gratitude #thankful #alamoanahotel #oahu #honolulu #hawaii #hawaiilife

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At all times, we get a hell of a story.


It’s so far away.

Sometimes we get there.

Other times we don’t.

At all times, we get a hell of a story.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Poem, April 12, 2019 –

I took this picture in Waikele, Hawaii on March 18, 2019.

#poem #poems #poetry #creativewriting #writing #quote #writer #writingcommunity #novels #books #business #entrepreneurship #reader #readers #photography #skypictures #skyporn #skypicture #hawaiiphotography #hawaiilife #dreams #goals #vision #process #journey #stories #storytelling

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Clouds, Sunrays, & Blue Skies Over Waikele!


I enjoy the beauty of clouds! Since I’m always walking to places, I often look up at the sky. Here’s one I took a picture of as I walked to Waikele Premium Outlets @waikelepo , heading to Starbucks @waikelestarbucks to work on 2/5/19. I like the contrast of light and shadows off of the white clouds before a backdrop of blue skies! It’s so soothing for our soul.

#clouds #sunrays #blueskies #light #shadows #photography #photo #picture #nature #art #beautiful #peaceful #waikelepremiumoutlets #waikele #oahu #hawaii #hawaiilife #mindfulness #mindful #grateful #gratitude

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