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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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Senator Will Espero is one of the few brave politicians who are willing to ask the tough questions and execute on policies when law enforcement misbehaves.


Senator Will Espero is one of the few brave politicians who are willing to ask the tough questions and execute on policies when law enforcement misbehaves.

Senator Will Espero is one of the few brave politicians who are willing to ask the tough questions and execute on policies when law enforcement misbehaves.

Senator Will Espero is one of the few brave politicians who are willing to ask the tough questions and execute on policies when law enforcement misbehaves. He did that when he was Chair of the Hawaii Senate’s Public Safety Committee.
 
While I served in the Hawaii State House of Representatives, I quietly talked to leadership of law enforcement on behalf of my constituents whenever my constituents complained about police misconduct.
 
In my career as a politician, I also supported the police’s awesome benefits package. My friend, the late Scott Dunn was their lobbyist. I also have family and friends who served in law enforcement who try their best to do what’s right. There are good people in law enforcement and the judiciary branch.
 
I’ll tell you what, there’s a backlash when you speak up when those in power do bad things against our citizens, and that’s why I have so much respect for Senator Espero. I felt this backlash when I hired a couple of dozen police for security for a concert I was a business partner of when former Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Peter Carlisle and a former Deputy Police Chief attacked me on the news, saying I supported an event that encourages illegal drug use. To the contrary, I hired the police to help prevent any wrongdoing. This group attacked Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro by placing slandering and untrue posters in public restrooms and park benches, and mailed them to numerous people with no return address. This same group is trying to bring Kaneshiro down from his position trying to tie him with the Kealoha case. Up to today, I’m still feeling the backlash by this network still active in law enforcement and the judiciary branch.
 
This is one of the reasons why I don’t want to be involved in politics anymore, but I realized a couple of years ago that I can’t just hide. I have to support positive people who seek leadership positions in our community, or else the bad, power hungry ones will get in power.
 
Senator Espero and I didn’t always agree on policies, but we always understood that the both of us were trying our best for the community. Unlike these other factions that enjoy power for power’s sake by bashing their opponents and finding pleasure in it, Senator Espero is there to seek solutions for our community, period.
 
With the rise of police misconduct happening so often over the decades that have culminated to the recent worldwide protests against police misbehavior, I’m finally getting the guts to tell you my stories of police misbehavior now, rather than having it written in a publication or book when I’m older and braver.
 
Please vote for Will Espero for Honolulu City Council. Thank you so much! 😊
 
With Warmest Aloha,
 
Jon Riki Karamatsu

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6th Annual Bioeconomy & Innovation Forum at the Hawaii State Capitol on February 25, 2020


My mentor and friend, Speaker Emeritus Calvin K.Y. Say (front row & 2nd from right) invited me to attend the 6th Annual Bioeconomy & Innovation Forum at the Hawaii State Capitol on February 25, 2020.

My mentor and friend, Speaker Emeritus Calvin K.Y. Say (front row & 2nd from right) invited me to attend the 6th Annual Bioeconomy & Innovation Forum at the Hawaii State Capitol on February 25, 2020.

Speaker Emeritus Calvin K.Y. Say speaking at the 6th Bioeconomy & Innovation Forum at the Hawaii State Capitol on February 25, 2020.

Speaker Emeritus Calvin K.Y. Say speaking at the 6th Bioeconomy & Innovation Forum at the Hawaii State Capitol on February 25, 2020.

My mentor and friend, Speaker Emeritus Calvin K.Y. Say (front row & 2nd from right) invited me to attend the 6th Annual Bioeconomy & Innovation Forum at the Hawaii State Capitol on February 25, 2020. It was great to see the government and entrepreneurs working together to create value for our community and world. I also enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones! 😊❤

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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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Opening day of the 2017 Hawaii Legislative Session.


Opening ceremonies of the 2017 Hawaii Legislative Session on January 18, 2017.

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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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