This evening of 11/15/2014, I finished the 12th draft of my Writing Project #1, a paranormal romance with 79,716 words at a coffee shop in the State of Hawaii, my third office.
Chaired my board meeting for Jodo Shu Hawaii today, 11/9/2014. Thank you everyone for supporting and/or attending our bazaar that was held on 10/19/14, which was a success despite of the hurricane warnings during that time.
There are 2 ways to live and succeed, the negative way or the positive way. I sincerely appreciate all of you for your positive way of living and for spreading love and compassion to every person you interact with. You’re truly playing a role in world peace because you’re helping so many people attain peace within, and in time when a majority of the human race are at peace within, a majority of the world will be at peace. I dedicate this song, “I Lived” by One Republic to all of you!
I was saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Jason Tomoyasu (2/16/1952 – 10/2/2014) who was one of my Boy Scout Masters at Troop 75/Team 75 in Pearl City, Hawaii where I attained my Eagle Scout rank in December of 1992 while I was attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His leadership style was very positive and I remember him as always smiling. As an EMT, he saved many lives and as a soccer coach and Scoutmaster he left a lasting imprint on many of us. My thoughts are with his wife Mrs. Tomoyasu who I had the pleasure of working with when I was a politician and she represented the teachers in Hawaii, son Cory Tomoyasu who I served with in Boy Scouts Team 75, daughter Tara Tomoyasu, and entire family. I was very touched by the service at the Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel on the evening of 11/7/2014. I especially liked the Japanese poem placed in the pamphlet by his Goddaughter Bobbie who he helped to save her mother’s life some years ago and she became his Goddaughter the next day:
On a journey, ill
my dream goes wandering
over withered fields.
I’m taking down the amount of convictions I achieved on my public website because of anonymous complaints to my office that I shouldn’t show them. From now on, I will only share the amount of plea and trial convictions I attain with my family and friends in my private and secured social media network. If you are interested in my conviction statistics, please feel free to contact me by email.
I apologize to the anonymous persons who were offended by the amount of convictions I have been achieving as a trial attorney. Nonetheless, I will continue to work hard to make Hawaii safe. I wish all of you happiness and good health.
Jon Riki Karamatsu
In January of 2014, I was asked by an entertainment events company to help them with one of their events called The Love Festival Hawaii on its 16th annual concert. They told me that they’ve been able to run the event without any major incident but since I have a legal, government, and law enforcement background, they wanted me to help them to better their event in any way possible by working on their security and safety plan, security detail, and permitting process, among other things. The organization went above and beyond the requirements of various agencies’ policies by increasing the amount of Honolulu Police Department and private security, providing a good amount of free water to customers to avoid dehydration, increasing the amount of ambulances, implementing bag and ID screening, and deploying plain clothes staff throughout the event to check on the well-being of customers and escort government officials to inspect the event.
As many of you know, former Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Peter Carlisle and his supporters criticized my involvement with the safety, security, and review of permits for music events like The Love Festival Hawaii on television news, the lead story for Hawaii News Now on Thursday, November 4, 2014. As a result of his press release, I will no longer work on the safety, security, and permits for any major music events besides a couple nights of bon dances in August of each year. After what happened to me, I’m afraid other attorneys with law enforcement backgrounds may no longer be involved with large music events, especially electronic dance music and rock and roll concerts.
I want to thank the promoters, Hawaii Community Development Authority, Honolulu Police Department Special Duty Division, Emergency Medical Services, Honolulu Fire Department, Hawaii Department of Accounting and General Services Risk Management Division, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, elected officials, private security, Hawaii Stage and Lighting, Events International, our cleaning crews, our performing artists and dancers, and all of our in-house staff and volunteers for all your work and/or advice to help make this year’s event a success. To all the fans of electronic dance music and rock and roll, thank you for your support and please help us to promote awareness on the dangers of illegal drugs so that everyone can continue to enjoy the exciting music and the beautiful light show and computer graphic displays. Finally, on a side note, please don’t forget to vote in 2016 and beyond as they are attacking not just me, but Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro, one of the most honest and straightforward elected officials I know. Your thousands of votes for my boss and my other elected official friends can and will make a difference. Take care and I’ll see you in the future.
With Warmest Aloha,
Jon Riki Karamatsu