On Friday, April 11, 2014, from 6:00 P.M., I attended the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law 40th Anniversary Kanikapila with Tricia Nakamatsu that was held on the lawn in front of Iolani Palace’s barracks. After, I went with Brandon Mitsuda to the Boys Bunch’s April Foolish event for Make a Wish held at M and outside by Row Bar.
University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law 40th Anniversary Kanikapila and Boys Bunch’s April Foolish
I left Hawaii with my family (mom, dad, sister Lara, sister Mia, brother-in-law Mike, and niece Elyse) on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 and arrived in Japan on March 26, 2014. We returned to Honolulu, Hawaii on Thursday, April 3, 2014.
Wed. 3/26/14 – We ate bentos from Family Mart for dinner.
Thurs. 3/27/14 – We ate breakfast at Osaka station and visited Osaka castle during the morning and then caught a train to Nara Park in Nara, Japan. We eat a green tea kochi with azuki inside in Nara town. We returned to Osaka city and ate ramen (thick broth) near our hotel.
Fri. 3/28/14 – My family and I took a train from Osaka to Kyoto. We arrived at Kyoto Station and got settled at New Miyako Hotel. I found a restaurant in Kyoto Station that served traditional Kyoto cuisine. I had a ochazuke with raw fish – very tasty.
Saturday, 3/29/14 – We went to Fushimi Inari Shrine, a Shinto shrine that has many toris and a trail that goes up the mountain. It was a very nice hike and my whole family made it to the top.
We went back to Kyoto Station and dad and I picked up bentos. My mom, Mia, Mike, Elyse, and Lara bought bakery goods.
In the evening, we went to Kyomizu-dera. It was my 2nd time there and it was beautiful! The temple had a search light in the mountain above the temple. There were cherry blossom trees and others that were lighted. The view was beautiful from the top of the temple. We had dinner at a sukiyaki all-you can eat restaurant. My sister Mia and her family went back to the hotel early.
Sunday, 3/30/14 – We ate breakfast at Kyoto Station. I had a croissant sandwich and coffee. I also picked up kochi donuts – one strawberry sugar and another seemed to be honey-flavored.
At about 11 A.M. – We caught a train from Kyoto to Osaka. Then at about noon, we departed on a shinkansen or bullet train heading from Osaka to Hiroshima. I reserved a dinner for our family at an oyster restaurant near one of Hiroshima’s rivers about a mile away from the Hiroshima train station.
Monday, 3/31/14 – My dad, mom, Lara, and I visited the Hiroshima castle. There were come beautiful cherry blossom trees there. Meanwhile, Mike visited the Peace Museum. My dad and I ate okonimiyaki while my sister Lara something else and my mom ate soba noodles. For dinner, my mom, dad, Lara, and I went to a restaurant near our hotel. I tried the hamburger with gravy dish for the first time.
Tuesday, 4/1/14 – We traveled by train from Hiroshima to Yudaonsen. The meal at the hotel was fantastic. I went into the onset that night, both the indoor and outdoor ones.
Wednesday, 4/2/14 – We had breakfast at the hotel, the had Elyse play at a playground where the was a food onset that I tried. The cherry blossoms at the park were beautiful. We caught the train to Oshima area where we took 2 cabs to Oshima town to visit my ancestors at the Jodo Shu temple there. We took the train to Hakata Station in Fukuoaka city and ate ramen at the station. That night, Lara and I walked to Canal City (shopping center) and back at the department stores at the station.
Thursday 4/3/14 – We all walked to Canal City and the department stores at Hakata Station. We ate Kyobashi raimen at Canal City’s ramen city. Elyse enjoyed playing with the shooting water. Caught the evening flight out of Fukuoka airport to Honolulu Airport.
On Friday, March 21, 2014, at 9:15 A.M. to 9:45 A.M., I made a speech about the legislative process to social worker students from University of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University, and Bringham Young University Hawaii at the Hawaii State Capitol auditorium.
On Thursday, March 20, 2014, I attended the 2014 Chaminade University Criminal Justice Expo held at their campus from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. Also with me was Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tricia Nakamatsu and Victim Witness Advocate Volunteer Coordinator Jodie Maesaka-Hirata.
On Friday, March 14, 2014 from 8:30 A.M. to about noon, I participated in Career Day at Hanalani Schools, a Christian private school located in Mililani. My friend Liz Hata invited me who has her children attending the school. I spoke to two groups of 9th to 12th grade students and told them about my background, education, and career such as my service in the Hawaii State House of Representatives, selling Hawaiian themed products when I owned an Internet retail business, lobbying and litigating for the Department of the Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney, and my new project in helping to put together a music festival with my friend who is a promoter. I also told the students that I recently finished writing a paranormal romance novel. I encouraged them to enjoy learning, try new things, and shoot for their dreams.
I explained to students the importance of learning and working hard, but also the importance of building relationships through love and compassion. I shared how positive leaders have loyal and lasting friendships regardless if he or she has power, while a negative leader who yells and screams often times has very little support when he or she loses power. I pointed out the importance of knowledge, but emphasized that it is even more important to be a good person.
On Wednesday, March 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm, I attended the Democratic Party of Hawaii District 37 meeting at Mililani High School. Four of us met for Precinct 37-04 (Waikele) and I was chosen to be Vice President so I am an automatic delegate to the Democratic Party of Hawaii County Convention. I was also selected to be a delegate to the Democratic Party of Hawaii State Convention.
On Saturday, March 1, 2014, I attended the funeral for my friend John Inamine’s dad at Hosoi. My thoughts are with him and his family.