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List Your Favorite Books And Reads

August 17, 2017 at 02:00AM

Are you a casual reader and or passionate about reading for enjoyment? Do you have a list of your favorite books and reads? It can be any type of read and or book, past, present or on the list of what you want to read. It can even be a comic book or a book filled with photos and illustrations. I am interested in hearing from your recommendations of your favorite reads and books.

Did you know I failed the first grade, because I literally did not know my ABC's and I did not know how to read? True story. I was even made fun of, called dumb and I was teased about it growing up. I am so grateful how my mother spent extra time to use colored alphabet blocks to assist me to visually identify each alphabet and to have me say each letter so that I could audibly hear my…

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What Influenced Me to Start Beatboxing

May 4, 2013 at 05:13PM

I get asked from time to time how I got influenced into what I do with the art of beatboxing. To summarize, it essentially started off (during the pre-YouTube era) with Michael Jackson's music, then Michael Jackson as an artist, which gradually expanded to life experiences and other influences including Rahzel, Elaine Chao, and more along the way (i.e. Bobby McFerrin, Michael Winslow, Doug E. Fresh, etc.). To be more specific and in depth... I decided to devote this blog entry about my adventure into the beatboxing realm and the story starts off below this paragraph...

It all began being exposed at an early age during the mid 1980's to the Michael Jackson song "Bad." Also seeing several versions of the music video on television for "Bad" such as the original version…

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MJ Movie Night

November 12, 2009 at 06:06PM

Michael Jackson Movie Night Photo Recap:

I bought these IMAX movie tickets in advance on Wednesday, October 28th, and each came with a Michael Jackson "This Is It" movie concert tag. I caught the movie with 15 or so friends on Sunday, November 1st. My reaction: This Is Exc"It"ing.


I got to Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX early to wait for friends to arrive.


Testing out lighting on a 3-year-old cam.


I am the Michael Jackson ticket go-to man for tonight.


Lighting finally starting to work. Meet Tom!

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Get your "This Is It" movie ticket right!


Now I'm glowing with Reiko.


This time it isn't the camera's fault, we're really that bright.

 


Yup Reiko and I are really really bad.


Movie tickets never tasted so good.


Is it really Michael Jackson?


Michael Jackson This Is …

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Artist spotlight in the 808 Scene Zine

August 7, 2009 at 07:21AM


"If you attend open mics, local rock shows, First Thursdays, or First Fridays, then you probably know Jason Tom. He is Hawaii's premier human beat box whose unique talent has made him a recognizable icon in the local music and art scene" -the 808 Scene Zine

I am spotlighted in issue #41 of the 808 Scene Zine for August 2009, and I am interviewed by Ellice Island. Over 25 issues and more than two years ago I made my debut in this monthly local music and art magazine. Big thanks goes out to the 808 Scene Zine team for putting together a great issue.

The August 2009 edition of the 808 Scene Zine features the Scene Choice Award Winners, Millennium, Tattoos of Amy Wagner, Amy on A&E's Tattoo Highway, the Loft, Breaking of the Waves, Jason Tom, Shoot the Messenger, Rip th…

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Jason Tom interview with Ningin

December 25, 2008 at 12:00AM

An in depth Jason Tom interview with Asian Media Community Ningin.

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Hawaii Sensation Jason Tom, beat boxer


December 24, 2008 08:12 PM | by Maimounah Masudi



Over the years I have seen all kinds of musical talents from different parts of the country and the world. I love the ones that bring something new or something old with a fresh twist on it, not straying too much from the origin. One day I came across a guy on a website that was a music artist. He was very different from the average music artists in that he performed without any background music. The music was actually coming from within him. He himself was actually a musical instrument. I was amazed at his talent. He has fresh sounds, you can see the energy popping off of him,…

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Makana and Jason Tom: amazing turnout!

September 14, 2008 at 09:05AM

This past Art After Dark "Hawai`i Ink" event on August 29th, 2008 at the Honolulu Academy of Arts featured Hawaiian slack key guitar master Makana. This event had an amazing turnout, especially those who came to see Makana, and I rock it out. People stood, and even sat on beach mats layering the wet grass from earlier poured rain just to experience the evening with us on that Central Court stage. MELE were also on hand to document my live moment with Makana as part of a reality series project starring MELE students.

Supporters came out in the bunches, and called out to me as I stood waiting in the wings ready to perform. That night also featured a stellar line up of Manu, The Resophonics, Kealoha, Indai, Halau Mohala `Ilima, and DJ Hi-Lo.

RumFire Waikiki with Makana: o…

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The God of Small Things
The Island Beneath the Sea
The Infinite Plan
One Straw Revolution
The War of Art
Peace is Every Step
The Little Book of Talent
The Red Tent
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
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The Epic Tale of Hi'iakaikapoliopele
The Artist's Way
The Creative Habit

*The Bible

*Malcolm Gladwell's books: The Tipping Point: How Little Things can make a Big Difference. — (2005). Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. — (2008). Outliers: The Story of Success. — (2009). What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures. — (2013).

*Books by C.S. Lewis: The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Mere Christianity.

*Books by Shawn Bolz: God Secrets: A Life Filled with Words of Knowledge, Translating God

*Books by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend: Boundaries, Boundaries for Leaders, and Safe People

There are soooooooo many others I could list! I LOVE to read!

Well, here are some of my favorite classics: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and The Lord of the Rings (series) by J.R.R. Tolkien. Some great non-fiction books about the dance culture I love include Foundation by Joseph Schloss, which is an excellent book about NYC B-boy/B-girl or breaking/breakdance culture, Can't Stop Won't Stop by Jeff Chang, which is a great historical analysis of American Hip Hop culture, and The Underground is Massive by Michelangelo Mathos, an amazing history of electronic dance music culture. Happy reading everyone :)

Enders Game, The Great Gatsby, Of Men and Mice, Maximum Ride. I need to read more books. I haven't read so long Bc I've been attached to the ones I've already read.

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Jason You're amazing guy! Huge congrats from Poland!

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Jason definitely deserves an auditorium of his own. He done a lot promoting the arts(especially beat-boxing) and inspiring people like myself to enjoy and constantly try to perfect an art and have an unstoppable mindset.

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Congratulations, my friend! I'm so happy for you, Jason!!! How awesome and totally wicked would that be! I know you've worked really hard and is always inspiring people all over the world. You do you and keep up the great work. Dreams do come true and good things do happen to good people!

Now wouldn't that be something! Your art has definitely touched lives. I look forward to the day it gets built. I'll be excited for that sam choy aquatic center also :D

Aye that's lit. Keep doing what you're doing and you're putting a positive influence to a lot people

Jason Tom is a one-of-a-kind individual. During my sophomore year of high school, I remember watching him beatbox for our school for just a few minutes and was blown away by the amount of talent he was able to showcase in just that limited amount of time. Fast forward about three years or so, I was looking to write a feature story of a KCC alumnus/alumna for the KCC newspaper and came across Jason's name online. He was quick to respond to me when I reached out to him, and he was very interested in being featured. I got the chance to interview him, and couldn't believe the stories that he had to share with me. Over a two hour period, I was able to learn a lot about who Jason was, and he has proved to me that anybody can make it in life when even in the toughest situations. His humor and charismatic nature really bring his personality to life, and I blows me away to know that he has a positive impact on the community not only through his beatboxing but also through his words. Jason is inspiring, and I'm glad that I got to chat with him and share his story with many others and beyond.

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A child of the 1980's and child of God, Jason Tom, Hawaii's Human Beatbox, read Charlie's Victory, Moonwalk, Comeback & Beyond, Change Your Story.