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Jason Tom featured interview with McKinley High School's Student Newspaper "The Pinion"

June 5, 2009 at 12:00AM

Today the McKinley High School Student Newspaper "The Pinion" featured an interview with Jason Tom. Special thanks goes out to the Pinion staff/advisors, Minna Jun, and McKinley High School. This is the online version of that interview.

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Beat boxing toward fame

Honoring a McKinley alum


By Minna Jun


Jason Tom, a graduate of McKinley High School class of '01, is known as the "Human Beat Box." Performing as a professional beat boxer, he first started off his education at KCC and transferred to many places.

Tell me about yourself.
Over the years I've attended Kapiolani Community College (KCC), Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), Honolulu Community College (HCC), and Belmont University's Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.

Tell me more about the HCC MELE (Music & Entertainment Learning Experience) program you are in.
During my graduating semester at KCC, HCC offered the MELE program for the first time. My KCC counselor emailed me an article on the MELE program and I registered for the "Survey of the Music Business" course immediately. It "spoke" to me. No other program like this is offered in Hawaii.

What made you want to become a beat boxer?
It was during my freshmen year at McKinley High School when my classmate took notice to what I did. I was quietly beat boxing to myself. He thought that I had hidden a radio.

In what ways did your education contribute to your career?
It helped me reaffirm my love for travel and to be a lifelong student as a live beat boxer. I was aspired by math until music tugged at my heart.

Who had the most significant impact in choosing your career?
My heart. I believe in inspiring others to follow his or her goals and aspirations. Following one's dream is something not everyone dares to do, because it involves a lot of risks. I believe in going forth with your dream rather than putting it aside for the next 20 years.

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Awww that's amazing Jason!!! I love the sounds of ukulele and awesome Collaboration with your koool beat box(´◡͐`)☆

That was brilliant good on to the both of you

That was great mix of the new and old . That was really impressive I liked so much. I like how he taught you one thing and you taught him one thing.

Mahalo mahalo for sharing the traditions and aloha! Continue spreading the love and being you❤️

Yoo! my brother from another MOUTHer!!
That's fresh logo as you are! Come down Japan and let's rock together!!

Aloha, Jason!!! So glad we connected. Great picture of you & Pastor Clint!

Keep spreading God's Word as you live your life.

God bless!

Super talented and what an awesome video!!!!! Blessings on this journey of yours where I hope you can inspire the younger generations with a twist of our culture and modern hip hop genre. This sure brings back childhood memories of mine taking ukulele lessons at roy sakuma in kaimuki and dancing for 24/7 danceforce ... the good old days hehehe!!!! Aloha :)

I like all of them, but as a personal brand the one done by the media company with the outline and Hawaii's Human Beatbox is my favorite. Tom Thum is so dope in everything he does but in this instance, as far as a brand logo, I like the last one on the post. Maybe mess with colors etc. have an aloha version maybe.

Love the Ton Thum logo...Dope!

So dope, all of it! :D

I really appreciate this logo and it has flavor and style!

I think ur logo great jason and cool also u shouldnt change that way its great

Aloha Jason,

Thank you for your kind words, this is a unique and awesome video, keep inspiring others to do well in their life, keep up with the beatboxing, it takes a lot of practice and dedicatication towards your goals what you want to achieve in life, I think you found it! Keep spreading the positive vibes it’s nice in meeting a new friends Aloha!

Awesome! So high energy and amazing spirit! Keep spreading your talents and positive vibes, God knows we need more love, laughter and aloha in this world!

Love your heroes :D Some of them at are mine too. Amazing journey and talent. But more importantly, you have a beautiful Soul and spirit Jason, and it's really nice to meet people like you :)

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