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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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Stones with heartwarming messages placed under our mailboxes during these challenging times with COVID-19.


Stones with heartwarming messages placed under our mailboxes during these challenging times with COVID-19.

Stones with heartwarming messages placed under our mailboxes during these challenging times with COVID-19.

After a 5-mile run in my cozy neighborhood in Hawaii, I saw these stones with heartwarming messages placed under our mailboxes. 😃
The white stone says, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light.” “Live Love Laugh” is written on the two pink stones. The purple stone says, “love.”
Thank you to whoever or those who wrote this. It really touched me. I’m sure my neighbors loved them too.
With Warmest Aloha,
Jon
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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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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.  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.  My business projects have been struggling so I’ve been focusing so much of my time on work and neglected my exercise.  I’m so pumped up to increase my training!

Have fun exercising!

With Warmest Aloha, Jon

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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! 😋❤🥟🥢

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! 🦀🦐

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!


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! 😋❤🥟🥢

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! 🦀🦐

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! 😃

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Be present to absorb the beauty around you!


Live in the present an absorb all the beauty around you!

Practice mindfulness every day to consistently be aware of the beauty around you!

Mindfulness is a simple and powerful daily practice to boost your happiness. Simply be present to enjoy all the good things around you. Wherever you go, look around to enjoy the sight. Here’s a beautiful picture of the trees, plants, sky, and clouds in Waikele, Hawaii as I walked to the coffee shop. The contrasting colors are amazing! 😃

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Obon Services at Jodo Mission of Hawaii on Juky, 12, 2019.


I attended the Jodo Shu Hawaii obon services on July 12, 2019 with my dad, mom, and younger sister Lara.

#obon #obonservices #jodomissionofhawaii #jodoshuhawaii #family #familytime #lovedones #mindful #mindfulness #gratitude #grateful #thankful #ancestors #oahu #honolulu #hawaii #hawaiilife

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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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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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Hi everyone! Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant will make Jung from May 20 to June 10, 2019!


Hi everyone!

Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant will make Jung from May 20 to June 10, 2019 (This year, the official day of the holiday is June 7, 2019). You can call now at (808) 947-8818 to place advance orders for pick-up or dining in. The Jung weighs 1 lb. Its ingredients include Abalone, Pork Belly, Salted Duck Egg, Green Beans, & Mochi Rice. Each Jung costs $8.95.

THE STORY
Qu Yuan (340-278 BC) was the top advisor of the Kingdom of Chu & dedicated his whole life to assisting the King to build the State stronger. He advised the King to ally w/ the State of Qi, 1 of the 7 warring states, to fight against the most powerful State of Qin. However, he was slandered by jealous officials & accused of treason, so the King dismissed & exiled him.

During his exile, Qu Yuan wrote enduring poems showing his love for his country, some of which are still very famous in China.

In 278 BC, the Qin State conquered the capital of Chu. On hearing of the defeat, Qu Yuan, in great despair, committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month.

The rest is legend… When the local community heard of Qu Yuan’s death, they were very sad & rowed out on boats in the river to search for his body but were unable to find him. To preserve his body, the locals paddled their boats up & down the river, hitting the water w/ their paddles & beating drums to scare evil spirits away. They threw lumps of rice into the river to feed the fish, so that they wouldn’t eat Qu Yuan’s body.

Since then, people in the Miluo River area have followed similar practices to commemorate Qu Yuan on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month. Over time, rowing boats developed into dragon boat racing & the lumps of rice became sticky rice dumplings called Jung traditionally eaten during the festival in honor of the great Qu Yuan!

#dragonboatfestival #jung #chinesefood #hawaiirestaurant #hawaiirestaurants #hawaiifood #hawaiifoodfinds #hawaiieats #eatinghawaii #hawaiifoodie #foodie #hawaiifoodporn #oahueats #honolulueats #honolulufood #oahufood #onolicious #808plate #bestofhawaii808 #madeinhawaii #onogrindz #localkinegrindz #808eats #808grinds #alamoanacenter #oahu #honolulu #hawaii

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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! 😃

#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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Working while riding the bus!


Focused and typing on my @apple #macbookpro while listening to music with my @bose #bosesoundsport as I’m in transit on Honolulu’s awesome bus system on 4/30/2019! Maximizing my productivity! I’m looking forward to Honolulu’s rail system to be completed! Keep crushing everything you’re striving for my friends!

#masstransit #bus #oahu #honolulu #hawaii #workanywhere #workanyplace #onthego #laptop #business #startups #law #socialmediamarketing #marketing #branding #writing #fiction #nonfiction #entrepreneurship #hustle #grind #motivated #grateful #typing #oahu #hawaii #hawaiilife

Working on the bus in Oahu, Hawaii on April 30, 2019!

Working on the bus in Oahu, Hawaii on April 30, 2019!

Working on the bus in Oahu, Hawaii on April 30, 2019!

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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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My niece and I on 4/11/2019!


My niece and I on 4/11/2019!

Practice: Spend time with my loved ones!

#niece #family #familytime #lovedones #mindful #mindfulness #gratitude #grateful #thankful #happy #joy #fun #love #oahu #hawaii

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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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Our “why” in life is very clear when we have little ones in our hearts! 😊


My niece and I on 4/11/2019 at 1 year and 3 months old. Our “why” in life is very clear when we have little ones in our hearts! 😊

#niece #family #familytime #love #joy #preciousmoments #oahu #hawaii #grateful #thankful #mindful #mindfulness #happy

My niece and I in Pearl City, Hawaii on April 11, 2019!

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Grateful for the public access room at the Hawaii State Capitol!


The public access room at the Hawaii State Capitol is my office when I’m there. Grateful for those who created this service for the public for as long as I can remember, dating back to when I was volunteering for my friend when he was a State Representative, the late U.S. Congressman K. Mark Takai while I was Vice President of the #studentgovernment at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

My daily #practices : #mindfulness and #gratitude

#hawaiistatecapitol #publicaccess #mindfulness #mindful #grateful #thankful #gratitude #workhardanywhere #mobileoffice #office #pc #computer @apple #macbookpro #workonthego #hustle #grind #law #lawmaking #business #entrepreneurship #governmentaffairs #government #privatepublicpartnership #honolulu #hawaii #oahu #dailypractice

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Technology has made it easier for us to produce and consume.


Technology has made it easier for us to produce and consume. When I started an Internet retail store selling Hawaiian themed products back in 2002, customers were increasingly becoming more comfortable on buying products online. Now, it’s a part of our lifestyle. It’s such an exciting time where we don’t need offices and brick and mortar stores. We can bypass the gatekeepers and provide value straight to the consumers. We can research and learn online. We can produce content and services on our computers. We can communicate with one another in many ways. It’s also a great time for artists and entrepreneurs to disrupt markets and be found. I just love this time period and it will keep getting better!

In this picture, I was working on my @apple Macbook Pro in the lounge of a hotel on March 6, 2019 before my lunch meeting with a law client in regards to business contracts and business documents. Isn’t this lounge and all the plants beautiful!

I’m so grateful for technology and all of my technology toys for work! They make the hustle fun!

My daily practice: mindfulness and gratitude!

#technology #internet #online #apple #macbookpro #laptop #computer #workanywhere #law #businesslaw #transactionallaw #contractlaw #agreements #contracts #attorney #lawyer #business #entrepreneur #waikiki #oahu #honolulu #hawaii #hustle #grind #work #fun #mindfulness #mindful #gratitude #grateful

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Mindfulness & Gratitude!!!


I took a picture of the half moon in downtown Honolulu after an event while waiting for the bus to go to my next event on the early evening of February 12, 2019. The view looked even more beautiful in person! Being present has made me more appreciative of the beauty around me.

Second, I’m super grateful for the terrific bus system in Honolulu, Hawaii. I told Mayor Kirk Caldwell at the event that The Bus is awesome!

He replied, “Jon, it was always awesome!”

“I didn’t get to experience how awesome it is until now!” I said. Not driving a vehicle for a year has made me super grateful of public transportation. I can’t wait to use the rail, which I voted in support of when I was a politician in the Hawaii State Legislature.

Two of my daily practices: mindfulness and gratitude!!! Crush it my friends!!!

#mindfulness #gratitude #grateful #thankful #mindful #moon #halfmoon #architecture #towers #beautiful #bus #publictransportation #business #politics #events #businessevents #work #honolulu #hawaii #oahu #lessismore #appreciative #lovelife

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Gratitude & Music


Here’s 2 of my morning practices: gratitude and listen to happy music! I wake up with gratitude to be alive and have an opportunity to try all kinds of stuff! I listen to some upbeat music, usually electronic dance music! To my critics against me when I co-produced the electronic dance music (“EDM”) concerts with G-Spot or Greg Dehnert, my friend since college, I really love EDM and that’s why I did business in that subsector of entertaiment! Everyday I use my wireless Beats headsets @beatsbydre I got for my yakudoshi from my good friend, Ryan Sanada. I say all my thanks and bounce to the beats of a happy song! Setting this positive mindset helps me to attack my work for the day! If my energy goes down, I recharge myself with another gratitude prayer and session of listening to fun music! Crush it my friends!!!

#practices #habits #dailypractices #dailyhabits #morningpractices #selfdevelopment #selfimprovement #selfhelp #motivation #personallife #career #business #entrepreneurship #law #writing #gratitude #grateful #thankful #music #edm #electronicdancemusic #upbeat #happy #songs #positivemindset #positivemood #positiveenergy #mindset #oahu #hawaii

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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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Support Tommy Waters for Honolulu City Council’s 2019 Special Election on April 13, 2019


After years of remaining silent, I’ve decided to speak up on compassionate candidates like Tommy Waters @friendsoftommywaters for elected and appointed office. Unfortunately, power attracts some people who resort to anger, tantrums, and vindictiveness in our government, whether they be politicians, judges, or appointed officials. The only way to attain peace in our world is for all of us to attain peace within ourselves, especially with our leaders.

Tommy Waters @friendsoftommywaters cares for us. I know this from my experience with him when we served together in the Hawaii House of Representatives and when he was my opposing counsel in court. Know that even with difficult decisions, he puts all of his heart in. I saw this when he served as House Judiciary Chair, a position I served after him. Tommy is focused on providing value for us, not power. I’m getting a bit teary-eyed writing this because I know the struggles and attacks within politics and law, an area I once had great passion for. We really need good people like Tommy Waters, thus please vote for him on April 13, 2019!

#tommywaters #honolulucitycouncil #citycouncil #politics #politician #law #hawaiikai #waikiki #diamondhead #ainahaina #easthonolulu #honolulu #election #specialelection #love #compassion #empathy #vote

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#LeadershipWithAloha #HonoluluCityCouncil

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My Dad & Brother-in-Law’s Birthday Dinner at Vintage Cave Cafe


Celebrated my dad (2/8) and brother-in-law Ross’ (2/7) birthday with my mom and sister Lara at Vintage Cave Cafe at Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu, Hawaii today, February 8, 2019 from 5:30 pm.

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Win a $100 Gift Card from Frolic Hawaii!


Congratulations Frolic Hawaii for 5 great years in business! They’re featuring Minori Craft Japanese Tavern in their Frolic-Turns-5 daily giveaway of $100 gift cards!

Visit Frolic Hawaii ‘s website linked below, which will lead you to their website, to enter their $100 gift card giveaway. Complete their entry form. Valid entries require first and last name, email and phone number. Giveaway ends TONIGHT, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. They’ll be picking a winner TOMORROW at 9 a.m. Good luck!

https://www.frolichawaii.com/…/frolic-turns-5-daily-giveawa…

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#frolichawaii #giftcard #giveaway #prizes #minoricraftjapanesetavern #minorihawaii #restaurant #japaneserestaurant #japanesefood #honolulu #hawaii

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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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Minori Craft Japanese Tavern Open Christmas & New Business Hours


Wishing you & your loved ones a wonderful holiday season! Minori Craft Japanese Tavern is open tonight, if you want to go out for a Christmas dinner.

Minori Craft Japanese Tavern’s business hours from 12/25/18 to 1/7/19 are as follows:
Mondays & 1/1/19 New Year’s Day — Closed.
Tuesdays to Sundays from 5 pm to 10 pm.
 
Call to make reservations at (808) 951-4444.
 
Take-out bento reservation — One day advance notice. Bento pick-up time is from 11 am to 3 pm.
 
10% discount when you bring our flyer or ad in the Nikkan Sun.
 
Soft Opening business hours on 1/8/19 & for the rest of the month of January 2019 are as follows:
Mondays — Closed.
Tuesdays to Sundays from 5 pm to 12 am.
Happy Hours from 5 pm to 6 pm & 10 pm to 12 am.

 

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. 2-hour parking validation is available at Century Center Condo. at 1750 Kalakaua Ave., East/Diamondhead of Minori Craft Japanese Tavern.

The restaurant serves dishes such as nabe/hot cooking pot; yakiniku/BBQ; sashimi; tempura; sushi; curry; other popular Japanese cuisine; & dessert.

They’re on Yelp, Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest, & its website is at http://www.minorihawaii.com.
Tsukada Nojo was its former brand. Mahalo! #japaneserestaurant #hawaiirestaurant #japanesefood #honolulu #hawaii #christmas

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A smile to a stranger goes a long way.


I ran 5 miles in Waikele, Oahu, Hawaii on Monday October 29, 2018 at about 2:00 P.M. I ran up the hill to the upper part of Waikele. At the top, I smiled and waved to a female professional groundskeeper who was working on the front area of a house on the main street with her co-workers, a man and another woman. Their white van was parked on the driveway that stuck out onto the sidewalk. A little surprised, her serious face turned into a smile, and she waved back.

When I reached the house again on my second lap, I had slowed down into a walk, resulting from me being out of shape and the heat from the intense humidity. The same lady went out of the way to meet me on the street. “Did you run around? she asked with a beaming smile.

“Yes,” I answered.

“How many miles is it?”

“It’s about 2 miles.” The neighborhood block contains several planned communities within Waikele and about 40% of the Waikele Premium Outlets, which is about 2.5 miles to go around.

“Have a good one!” she cheered.

“Thank you!” Her happy energy pumped me up to get back into a run.

I stopped by the Waikele Community Park to drink water from a water faucet near the swimming pool. As I walked out into the parking lot, I saw the lady again in the driver seat of a the white van with her colleagues inside. They were parked in a stall near the grass of the park.

Upon eye contact, we enthusiastically waved at each other with laughter.

I put my hand by my mouth like it was half of a megaphone. “I’m following you!” I joked.

She laughed and made a running motion with her arms and upper body. “I want to run like you,” she said.

“Have a good day!” I told her. Happy, I was again motivated to run the last part of the way home.

This was one of only three people I spoke to that day and it made my day!

When I got home, I was even more happier when I found out entrepreneur James Altucher liked one of my haiku pictures I posted about going within ourselves to build, explore, and create. Plus, earlier that day, a business partner of mine from Kona, Hawaii emailed my a nice message, following up on a great meeting we had last Thursday at Starbucks in Waikele. All this positive energy is motivating me to finish my 3rd edits/4th draft of my 2nd novel, a historical, suspense, and romance based in Baghdad, Iraq during the U.S. occupation.

Everyday we can spread love through a smile!

#exercise #run #running #training #marathon #honolulumarathon #smile #greet #stranger #groundskeeper #entrepreneur #jamesaltucher #business #aviation #partner #writing #novel #book #honolulumarathonshirt #asics #asicskayano #bose #bosesoundsport #waikele #oahu #hawaii #happy #happiness #joy #mindful #mindfulness #gratitude #love

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Music Plays A Huge Role In My Life!


Music plays a huge role in my life. I listen to songs with happy hooks and beats, especially electronic dance music to keep my myself happy and positive and when exercising. Classical and relaxing instrumental music is what I listen to when writing legal documents and researching laws. I like fun music when researching and writing business documents and nonfiction projects. When I write my novels and poems, I enjoy romantic and sad songs so I can bring out the emotions in the characters and dramatic scenes, then I switch to uplifting songs for the happy scenes. Here, I’m wearing my wireless Beats headset from my friend Ryan Sanada in my office with the plumeria flowers in the background. There’s also coconut trees behind the plumeria tree, all very relaxing to look at while I work!

#music #songs #edm #electronicdancemusic #beats #beatsheadphones #headset #headphones #work #law #business #writing #research #fiction #novels #poems #nonfiction #entrepreneurship #office #plumeria #flowers #coconuttrees #oahu #hawaii #mindfulness

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Hurricane Lane


I helped my dad board up the windows of my parents’ house in preparation of Hurricane Lane in Hawaii.

#hurricanelane #hurricane #oahu #hawaii

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Moonlit Walk in Waikele, Hawaii


My moonlit walk home last night after working on a bunch of business agreements and documents.

#business #entrepreneurship #law #transactionallaw #aviation #walking #waikele #oahu #hawaii #exercise #mindfulness #gratitude

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You Paint My Blues Pink


You paint my blues pink.

And shelter me from my pain.

Art from your kind heart.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #133, 5/23/2018 –

#poem #poems #poetry #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoetry #writing #creativewriting #art #expression #sky #pink #blue #waikele #oahu #hawaii #love #mindfulness #gratitude #peace #innerpeace #kindness

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Moonlight Wedding


Moonlight wedding.

#beautiful #peaceful #serene #picture #photo #photography #kualoaranch #moonlight #wedding #mindfulness #gratitude #oahu #hawaii

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I work on what I can today


To distract me from worrying about tomorrow, I work on what I can today.

At times we decline opportunities to pursue our dreams, which causes us stress. I’ve been through it with my political and legal career, and now I’m going through it with my recent goals in the private sector. Focusing on what I can work on now has helped me move forward on my journey, even through the roughest parts. I wish you the best in your journey. I’m feeling you and cheering for you!

With Warmest Aloha, Jon

#today #present #now #mindfulness #stepbystep #daybyday #anxietyremedies #strategy #thoughts #philosophy #quote #quotes #starbucks #work #writing #goals #dreams #business #aviation #books #novels #fiction #nonfiction #entertainment #motivation #mindset #macbookpro #macbook #waikele #oahu #hawaii

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Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back Glasses


My mom dropped off Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back glasses that was part of a promotion with Burger King when I was a kid. After, we did some errands together and had lunch at Teddy’s Bigger Burgers.

#starwars #empirestrikesback #burgerking #glasses #mindfulness #gratitude #honolulu #oahu #hawaii

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My Mom Is My Greatest Teacher!


My mom is my teacher of mindfulness, gratitude, empathy, and compassion. Throughout my life, I’ve met and befriended powerful masters, healers, individuals with different spiritual powers, and religious leaders of different faiths, however, my greatest teacher has been with me all along. My mom is truly a master on the positive side. I learn from her by observing how she lives. I love her so much! On Monday March 12, 2018, I had breakfast with her at Big City Diner in Waipio, Oahu, Hawaii.
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#mom #mother #teacher #master #influencer #family #mindfulness #gratitude #empathy #compassion #love #positivity #positiveliving #peace #innerpeace #joy #happiness #bigcitydiner #waipio #oahu #hawaii

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Red Cup Nation Concert @ Hawaiian Brian’s, Honolulu, Hawaii on March 29, 2018 from 8 P.M.


Kaimana Productions presents a concert with DJ/Music Producer Red Cup Nation “Best Times of My Life Tour” and opening set by Hawaii’s own, rapper Osnizzle on Thursday March 29, 2018 at 8:00 P.M. HST at Hawaiian Brian’s located at 1680 Kapiolani Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817.  Must be age 18 and over.  Presale concert tickets available at Eventbrite.com linked below:

Get Eventbrite presale concert tickets for Red Cup Nation & Osnizzle here

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#kaimanaproductions #kaimanaproductionshawaii #concert #concerts #livemusic #music #musicevent #musicevents #event #events #entertainment #liveentertainment #entertainer #entertainers #talent #artist #artists #redcupnation #dj #djs #musicproducer #musicproducers #edm #electronicdancemusic #dancemusic #osnizzle #osna #rap #rapper #hiphop #hawaiianbrians #honolulu #oahu #hawaii

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Kaimana Productions presents a concert by DJ/Music Producer Red Cup Nation “Best Times of My Life Tour” and opening set by Hawaii’s own, rapper Osnizzle on March 29, 2018 at 8:00 P.M. HST at Hawaiian Brian’s


Kaimana Productions presents a concert with DJ/Music Producer Red Cup Nation “Best Times of My Life Tour” and opening set by Hawaii’s own, rapper Osnizzle on Thursday March 29, 2018 at 8:00 P.M. HST at Hawaiian Brian’s located at 1680 Kapiolani Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817.  Must be age 18 and over.  Presale concert tickets available at Eventbrite.com linked below:

Get Eventbrite presale concert tickets for Red Cup Nation & Osnizzle here

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#kaimanaproductions #kaimanaproductionshawaii #concert #concerts #livemusic #music #musicevent #musicevents #event #events #entertainment #liveentertainment #entertainer #entertainers #talent #artist #artists #redcupnation #dj #djs #musicproducer #musicproducers #edm #electronicdancemusic #dancemusic #osnizzle #osna #rap #rapper #hiphop #hawaiianbrians #honolulu #oahu #hawaii

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Solar Energy at Aloun Farms


On the morning of December 15, 2017, I checked out the PV solar system my friend Scott Murakami built with his company for my friend Alex Sou’s Aloun Farms in Kunia, Oahu, Hawaii. Also with us was Marlon Rimando. At one point in our career, Scott, Marlon, and I were sharing a warehouse by Honolulu International airport with a couple of other businesses for each of our Internet retail companies.

#solar #pv #solarenergy #renewableenergy #farm #farming #alounfarms #entrepreneurship #business #kunia #oahu #hawaii

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Checking out land on North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii


Checked out some land in Northern Oahu, Hawaii for a project on December 4, 2017.

#project #business #law #entrepreneurship #waialua #northshore #oahu #hawaii

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Exercised for the 117th time in 2017!


Today, October 3, 2017, I exercised for the 117th time in 2017. Early this morning, I lifted weights at 24 Hour Fitness in Mililani, Hawaii, and then I ran a quick 2.5 miles in Waikele, Hawaii before my meeting. Yesterday, my doctor and I were very happy with my physical examination results! 

#exercise #weightlifting #24hourfitness #fitperks #mililani #run #running #waikele #oahu #hawaii #health #healthy #mind #body #soul #happy  


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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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Fun Places


Go to your fun places. Here’s my fun place to work, Starbucks coffee shop in Waipio, Oahu, Hawaii.

#funplace #starbucks #work #waipio #oahu #hawaii #mindfulness #gratitude 

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Yuntaku on 7/13/2017 @ Artistry


With my parents at Yuntaku, a fundraiser for the organization, a member of the Hawaii United Okinawan Association at Artistry at Kaka’ako, Honolulu, Hawaii on July 13, 2017. My sister Lara (3rd from the left) was one of the organizers, helping out her friends.They did a dance together onstage. I’m very proud of my sister’s leadership in the community and engineering sector.

#yuntaku #hawaiiunitedokinawanassociation  #fundraiser #event #artistry #kakaako #honolulu #oahu #hawaii

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Achala 


A sculpture of Achala or the immovable one that I got from our Jodo Shu Hawaii bazaar some years ago that’s on the wall facing my home’s entrance. Achala bears a straight sword in his right hand, and a lariat or noose in his left hand. He uses his sword to cut through ignorance and his noose to reign in those who block the path to enlightenment. I read somewhere that he sacrifices himself from attaining Buddhahood in order to clear the path of enlightenment from evil so we can pursue enlightenment and become Bodhisattvas and ultimately, Buddhas. 

#achala #buddhism #bodhisattvas #bodhisattva #bodhisattvas #buddhas #buddha #buddhas #budhahood #jodoshu #jodomission #jodoshuhawaii #jodomissionofhawaii #enlightenment #love #compassion #mindfulness #peace #waikele #oahu #hawaii #happy #happiness

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Children Playing at Haleiwa Beach


Children playing at Haleiwa Beach, Hawaii on June 29, 2017. Ocean therapy.

#beach #ocean #oceantherapy #haleiwa #oahu #hawaii #mindfulness #gratitude

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