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Jason Tom (譚志豪), Hawaiʻi's Human Beatbox

Human Beatbox Academy History

The Human Beatbox Academy curriculum was founded by Jason Tom in 2006 to leave an impact in the world through the Good News with the urban A Cappella hip-hop culture element art of beatboxing through community, education, workshops, and concert outreach. Jason Tom have facilitated beatbox workshops at Central Middle School, Word of Life Academy, Waiau Elementary, Waikiki Community Center, Waipahu Intermediate, Kamehameha Middle School, Waikiki Elementary, and Chaminade University of Honolulu. The Human Beatbox Academy have also offered weekly beatbox workshops at Diverse Art Center and its own facility. The Human Beatbox Academy have hosted and organized events such as the Hawaii Beatbox Battle Under 18 Division, Hawaii Beatbox Jam, and have participated at events for Hawaii Children and Youth Day, and offers outreach for children and youth, the homeless communities, prisons, and U.S Veterans. The Human Beatbox Academy is a network of beatboxers throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Send us an e-mail if you're a beatboxer currently living in Hawaii or any part of the world, up and coming, experienced, amateur or professional that would like to connect with us, write to contact@HawaiiBeatbox.com
 
In 2006, Jason Tom was invited to facilitate the first Human Beatbox Academy workshop for an after school program at Central Middle School called Planet Central. In 2008, Jason Tom was invited to facilitate the second Human Beatbox Academy workshop at Word of Life Academy. In 2009, Tom discussed with Diverse Art Center founder Nikki Kealoha to include weekly Human Beatbox Academy workshops in its original Kakaaao location (where the Still & Moving Center exists today). Then in 2010, Dis-N-Dat's Kutmaster Spaz booked Jason Tom to facilitate six back-to-back Human Beatbox Academy workshops in groups of 40 students classrooms for Waiau Elementary (240 students). The weekly Human Beatbox Academy workshops at Diverse Art Center regulars included Pele, Skizzo (now in Korea), Kiwi, Taiki, Ryand, Reeses Pieces, Wiz Kalika, and more. With guest Jeff James, Joel Spiral.
 
Then in 2011, Jason Tom assisted by Biggie Gz helped the Human Beatbox Academy expand its curriculum to reach out to children and not just the youth, young and mature adults with the ARTSmith located in one of the Chinatown Artist Lofts. Thus that route paved by Jason Tom and Biggie Gz helped to spawn 808 BeatVox made up of Mighty Noa and Eli So Fly. Vicky's Nicholas, Maylene and Andrew. Chelsie's Chief, Tinkerbell and Chase. Madd Rabbit (Ravyn), Joseph Lewis (improv artist), and returnees Reeses Pieces, Ryand, and Wiz Kalika. Guests Ted de Oliveira and Bo Seph.
 
In 2013, Human Beatbox Academy expanded to weekly after school workshops at Waikiki Elementary. Then in 2014, the Human Beatbox Academy reintroduced itself into the weekly offerings at Diverse Art Center's newer location in Kakaako (former Comp USA building that got demolished and is now a condo) that spawned Kaimana & Bodhi, Rampage (Jordan), Kayden (who is now part of Sickbeats featuring Kayden, Rico and Bryan), Manny, Klimaxe (Keanu) who taught Rebeatz (Raymark) and returnee Joseph.

That same year, the Human Beatbox Academy teamed up with Diverse Art to organize Hawaii's 1st Beatbox Battle for an under 18 division (max. 5 contestants) at Art+Flea: Boom Bap. Contestants were Manny, Klimaxe, Rebeatz, and Eli So Fly. Judged by Biggie Gz, Kid Mech and Jason Tom. It kicked-off with a judges showcase, the battle, and showcases from Kayden, Rampage, Joseph.

Then the Hawaii Beatbox Jam hosted by Hype Man took place with 15 beatboxers at Branch Studios (now Ohana Studios).

Roster
Male Beatboxers:
​Andrew
​Bo Seph
Biggie Gz
​Bryan (Sickbeats 808)
Chase
Chief
Diamond Inouye (Hammah)
​Dustin Ulep
Eli So Fly (808 BeatVox)
​Isaiah
​Isami Freeman
Joel Spiral
​Joseph Lewis
​Josh (Damien High School)
Kayden (Sickbeats 808)
Klimaxe (Keanu)
​Madd Rabbit (Ravyn)
Mighty Noa (808 BeatVox)
Niko (Sickbeats 808)
​Ping Pong Po (Maui)
Ted de Oliveira
​Rad FX (Warrior FX)
Rampage
​Rebeatz (Raymark)
​Ryand
Savage Beatbox (on the mainland)
​Skizzo (moved to Seoul, South Korea)
​Steele Miles (Army)
​Taiki

Female Beatboxers:
​Joevon Brown a.k.a J.B. (moved to the mainland)
Kawehi
Kiwi (moved to the mainland)
Maylene
​Pele
​Reeses Pieces
​Tinkerbell
​Yogibeats (Krissy)

Pioneers:
Radical Rob Onekea
Gizmo also known as ACE of Princes of Percussion (Keane Wilson; Rest in Paradise)
Re-Run of TMT