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Jason Tom | Entertainer | Beatboxer | Voice Actor | Mathematician

KCC Alumnus Jason Tom

  

"We grow the most, and we mature the most through our despair, through the moments of our valleys."

Based out of "The Gathering Place," Oʻahu, the third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Hawaiʻi's Human Beatbox and freelance mathematician Jason Tom designed a giant of an idea worth spreading for his TEDx Talks "Vocal Groove" entertainment presentation. This global icon and national treasure lays a giant like Goliath out when he fervently prays and lives by faith the size of a mustard seed that can move even the mountains. This Honolulu native and fourth-generation American of Hawaiʻi Chinese ancestry, has not forgotten where he came from to know where he is going to impact families, lives, education, entertainment, and communities.

For more on Jason Tom, visit jasontom.com.

KS EdTech Disrupt

Mark your calendars and register for KS ED TECH: DISRUPT. Education Technology Conference this June 5th and 6th at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center.


On June 5th I will open for the KS EdTech: Disrupt Conference with a live beatbox performance.

Day 1 keynote speakers are Arthur Renowitsky and Eugene Yoon. Day 2 keynote speaker is Liz Clark. There will also be a great panel of featured speakers as well. For more information, read below and visit https://blogs.ksbe.edu/edtechconference/

Day 1 Keynote Speakers
Arthur Renowitsky
​Bio: 
Arthur Renowitsky founded LGO in 2007 after he was shot in the chest outside a San Francisco night club by an unknown assailant, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. The shooter stole $20 from Arthur and was never found. After a 23-day battle in a medically induced coma, Renowitsky woke on Christmas Eve dato learn he would never walk or talk again. The news inspired him to fight paralysis by spreading spinal cord injury awareness and gave him the "line in the sand" against youth violence; Renowitsky knew the best route was to create his nonprofit, LGO, and aggressively spread his message of overcoming adversity.

​In recognition of his work, Renowitsky was named a Home Town hero by the Bay Area News Group for the summer of 2009 and also received a citation of appreciation from the Oakland Mayoral Council Against Violence that same year. Arthur has been featured sharing LGO on media outlets such as ABC Los Angeles, KTVU Bay Area, CNN, Hot Talk New Radio 560, Daily Review, Oakland Tribune, Chronicle Live.

Eugene Yoon
Bio: On April 24, 2015, Eugene Yoon 
quit his job and set out on the craziest adventure of his life. He hiked from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail to raise money for a paralyzed stranger whose dream was to talk again. Having no prior outdoors or backpacking experience, Eugene eventually completed the entirety of the 2660-mile trail in six months and his story of kindness spread on media channels across the globe, including CBS National News, The Oprah Winfrey Network, People Magazine, and television stations in Asia, The Middle East, and Europe.

Ever since that philanthropic hike, Eugene has made it his personal mission to achieve two goals: 1) Create better economic business models to support disadvantaged populations and charitable causes, and 2) To inspire as many souls as possible to be kind to themselves and one another. In 2017 Eugene embedded these two goals into his most recent philanthropic business venture and became the founder and CEO of KIN LOV GRA, an ethical clothing company that helps lower-income families climb out of poverty by providing them with fair paying job opportunities. Eugene also personally designs each collection with handwritten messages about KIN(dness) LOV(e) and GRA(titude). Eugene's ultimate "higher purpose vision" for KIN LOV GRA is to grow his business into a powerful platform for social impact; a champion for KIN(dness); and an inspiration for all other companies to prioritize people before profit.

Day 2 Keynote Speaker

Liz Clark
​Bio: 
Liz left California as captain of her 40-ft sailboat, Swell, in 2006 and has sailed over 20,000 nautical miles in the Pacific exploring for remote waves to surf, learning new cultures, seeking truth, living simply from the sea, and writing about it on her blog swellvoyage.com. As an environmental and spiritual activist, she hopes to inspire people to live their passions and reconnect with nature and our inherent Oneness. She recently published a memoir about her voyage called, Swell: A Sailing Surfer's Voyage of Awakening. She still lives abroad her sailboat in the South Pacific.

 


Featured Speakers:
Beau Bassett
​Bio: Born and raised in Kahalu`u O`ahu, Beau is a native Hawaiian film producer and attorney. His documentary film, OUT OF STATE, chronicles the experience of native Hawaiian inmates at the Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona, and tells the story of thehundreds of native Hawaiians shipped from Hawaii to faraway prisons and who yet remain hopeful to return home to a fresh start.

Ciara Lacy
​Bio: 
Ciara is a native Hawaiian filmmaker whose interest lies in crafting films that use strong characters and investigative journalism to challenge the creative and political status quo. She has produced documentary content for film and television, managed independent features, as well as coordinated product placement and clearances for various platforms. Her work has shown in theaters and has aired on PBS, ABC, TLC, Discovery, Bravo, HGTV and A&E. Ciara is honored to be the inaugural Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellow and an inaugural NATIVe Fellow at Berlinale. She has also benefited from fellowships with Tribeca All Access, the Sundance Institute and Time Warner Foundation, the Sundance Institute’s Native Lab, Firelight Media’s Documentary Lab, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the Princess Grace Foundation, and IFP. Ciara holds a BA from Yale University, and graduated from Hawai`i’s Kamehameha Schools.

Gail Lovely
​Bio: 
Gail Lovely is an independent learner and educator with more than 30 years of work focused on young learners and technologies. First as a classroom teacher, later as a professional development leader, and more recently as a coach, mentor, and author,Gail is known for her practical approach to education, her appreciation and admiration for teaching and learning, and her skill at making the complex understandable and the difficult manageable. Gail’s recent 4-year-long project in classrooms of Native American (Cherokee) children and their teachers gave her new insights into the strength of technology to amplify voice, story, and thoughts of the youngest and oldest learners in the language of their choosing.

Gay Murakami
​Bio: 
Gay Murakami is a 7th grade Life Skills/Health teacher at Kamehameha Middle School for the past two years. Prior to teaching Life Skills/Health she taught English/Language Arts for 10 years. Kumu Murakami holds two masters: one in Secondary Education: English/Language Arts (ELA) from Hawai`i Pacific University and another in National Boards with an emphasis in ELA from National University, San Diego. She lives in Kailua, O`ahu and has three grown sons

Ian Katajima
​Bio: 
At Oceanit, Ian doesn’t like to limit himself to what he is supposed to do, but rather what he can do, acting as an influencer of ideas. Whether he’s introducing an interactive petting zoo for the office’s science and technology hub, or actingas head speaker for the new-age innovative practice of Design Thinking, Ian brings forth an out-of-the-box perspective to better advance systems and applications away from the norm. He has served as a key conduit in promoting the applicationof design thinking in Hawai‘i high schools. Developed at Stanford’s Institute of Design, design thinking is a five-step method to create out-of-the-box solutions for human needs.

Julee Kaiaokamalie
​Bio: 
Julee has been teaching on Maui for 30 years, the last 15 years at Kamehameha Schools Maui. She loves teaching technology and serving our Hawaiian keiki population. Both of her two daughters are Kamehameha Maui graduates. Julee also enjoys coaching herLego Robotics team and producing the school’s morning broadcast show. Two of her favorite pastimes are spending time with my grandchildren and playing with her dog Pu’ali.

Leah Kihara
​Bio: 
While attending Kamehameha Schools as a student, Leah Kihara discovered her passion for telling the stories of Hawai’i through visual media. She then pursued her interests at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema. The lure of Hollywood could not keep her in Los Angeles and after receiving her degree, she lived in Singapore and Sri Lanka teaching and making films. Fulfilling her kuleana to return to Hawai’i, she moved back to pursue a career in independent film making producing a variety of documentaries, short films, and public service announcements. In 2009, she changed her focus to education when she took the helm of Kamehameha’s Video/Digital Media program. Her real world experience serves as a valuable resource in designing curriculum and mentoring students in projects such as Project Kuleana.

Marisa Vickery
​Bio: 
Marisa Vickery is an educator of 19 years, Drone Edu aficionado, STEM & STEAM advocate, was honored as the TCEA 2017 High Impact Teacher of the year and the Texas Trailblazer of the Year in 2015 by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.She serves as a Champion Board Member for the Texas Girls Collaborative Project, and her current programs include DroneBlocks, CoDrone, and the Mast STEM Academy in China. Marisa currently serves as the Facilitator of Learning & Innovationat Walnut Springs Elementary School in Dripping Springs ISD and runs the Center for Learning & Innovation.

Mary Hattori
​Bio: 
Mathieu Williams is a current digital media and technology teacher at Kealakehe Intermediate School. He is a former Hope Street Group Fellow, State Department Teachers for Global Education fellow, and leads his school’s Advisory program. He is passionate about approaching projects through a community lens and lives by the mission of striving through excellence to empower students to lead from every chair, work from the heart and challenge their limits.

Mathieu Williams
​Bio: 
Mathieu Williams is a current digital media and technology teacher at Kealakehe Intermediate School. He is a former Hope Street Group Fellow, State Department Teachers for Global Education fellow, and leads his school’s Advisory program. He is passionateabout approaching projects through a community lens and lives by the mission of striving through excellence to empower students to lead from every chair, work from the heart and challenge their limits.

Melanie Shimano
Bio: 
Melanie Shimano is the Director and Founder of the Food Computer Program in Baltimore City Public Schools, the Data Automation & Technology Analyst for Baltimore City’s Department of General Services, and a current Baltimore Corps Fellow. Her work focuses on providing meaningful STEM education to Baltimore City students through innovative programming and continuing this understanding of effectively implementing technology when designing solutions to community challenges in her data sciencerole with the City of Baltimore. Melanie was most recently featured as a speaker at both SXSW and SXSW EDU where she lead sessions about the importance of using open-source technology in education and aligning these projects with education standardsand civic engagement. Her work has been featured in The Baltimore Sun, The Baltimore Mayor’s Newsletter, The Johns Hopkins Magazine, and The Johns Hopkins Engineering Magazine, and she has received several grants for her entrepreneurial efforts—mostrecently a $25,000 award from Constellation Energy Group to continue STEM and Food Systems programming at Green Street Academy. Melanie holds both an M.S. in Engineering Management and a B.S. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

Michael Fricano
​Bio: 
Michael is a Technology Integration Specialist & MakerEd educator at ‘Iolani School in Hawaii and an Education Architect for The Janus Group. He is a Google for Education Certified Trainer & Certified Educator, GEG Hawaii Leader, and an AppleTeacher. He’s been presenting on a variety of EdTech topics for more than 8 years. He has recently been exploring the use of Virtual & Augmented Reality in the Classroom. Michael is also the Past President for HSTE.org and a co-founder of EdCamp Honolulu, Edcamp West Oahu, and #EdChatHI.

Miki Tomita
​Bio: 
Born and raised on Maui, Miki graduated from HP Baldwin High School, then completed a BSE in Biosystems Engineering at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and a Ph.D. in education at Stanford University. She has worked in education for 15 years as a teacher, administrator, curriculum developer, and researcher. Her work is anchored at the intersections of education and innovation, with a sharp focus on place-based, community-driven collaborative education that puts youth at the center of transforming society’s greatest challenges into opportunities for learning and invention. Miki is the Education Director for the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the voyages of Hōkūleʻa, and the Program Director for Education Incubator’s Moonshot Laboratory Hawaiʻi — through both, she helps to advocate for the healing power of place-based wisdom and compassion combined with horizon technologies to empower our young people and communities to navigate our world to a better destination.

Seungoh Paek
​Bio: 
Dr. Seungoh Paek is an Associate Professor in the Learning Design and Technology (LTEC) Department, College of Education, University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Broadly speaking, Dr. Paek’s research focuses on the design and development of interactive media and their impact on cognitive development and learning. She’s particularly interested in the ways in which digital environment design influences how learners engage—cognitively and behaviorally—with to-be-learned content. She enjoys this line of scholarship as it enables her to work across content areas and age groups.

Stephanie Shipton
​Bio: Stephanie is a self-proclaimed education policy wonk, systems thinking nerd, and innovation explorer. She has served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Teach For America Hawaii; acting director of Policy, Innovation, Planning, and Evaluation and as a portfolio manager at the Hawaii State Department of Education; and as a policy analyst at the National Governors Association and the Alliance for Excellent Education. In these roles, she has provided oversight and management for the state of Hawaii’s Race To The Top grant, co-authored the State’s federally approved ESEA flexibility waivers, and designed and implemented HIDOE’s Access Learning Pilot Project – an $8.2 million 1:1 digital device pilot in 8 schools across the state that grew to serve over 60 schools. Stephanie has a BA in political science and an MPS in political management from The George Washington University.

KES 6th Grade Kumu
​Bio: 
KS Elementary School Sixth Grade Kumu Kamehameha Schools, Kapālama Campus Anna-Lee Lum, Nicole Jones, Joe Kahana, Melissa Parker and Noe Coelho collectively have over 40+ years of teaching experience between us. We are an energetic group of 6th grade teachers working together at Kamehameha Elementary Kapālama for the first time. We all enjoy challenging ourselves to come up with new and innovative ways to engage students, while still maintaining our personal family lives.

 

​Best,

TED-Ed Student Talks

TED-EdHI - Student Talks
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10:00 am
Hālau ʻĪnana - 2438 S. Beretania St., Honolulu, HI 96826

 

Student speakers confirmed from Kamehameha Elementary School, Kamehameha Middle School, and Kamehameha High School are scheduled to present, along with student speakers from University Lab School, Roosevelt, Waipahu, and Hālau Kū Māna. 

Here is a tentative schedule for the day, which is subject to change. It is only a guideline and is very flexible.

9:45          Pre-event Music by Project Kuleana
10:00        Aloha & Welcome by emcee Keely
10:05        TED-Ed Official Video
10:10        Hayden Hawkins (ULS)
10:15        Karen Abe (ʻIolani)
10:20        Video: Jason Tom
10:25        Dayevin Bunao (KHS)
10:30        Sabrina Weaver (ULS)
10:35        Video: Quinn Shiraishi (KS-Maui)
10:40        Paper Planes Activity
10:45        Intermission
11:00        Project Kuleana (KHS)
11:05        Naiya Logan (ULS)
11:10        D’elle Martin (Roosevelt)
11:15        Video: Jamaica Osorio
11:20        Hanai Makana Project (Roosevelt)
11:25        Yoo Ra Sung (ʻIolani)
11:30        Video: Jake Shimabukuro
11:35        Kolaiah and Kaleolani (Hālau Kū Māna)
11:40        Kayla Diniega (Waipahu)
11:45        Madison Sharrer (KES)
11:50        Aloha & Mahalo by Keely
11:55        Picture Taking
12:00        Pau  

And if you canʻt make it in person, talks will be streamed live via Twitter at @tededhi. The event is free and open to all. Very limited parking at the building. Street parking is typically available in the area on the weekends. You may also park at the Varsity Building lot (a block away) for $4.

TED-Ed Clubs are designed to celebrate the ideas of students around the world. TED-Ed Club @ Hālau ʻĪnana is a collaboration of students from public, private, and charter schools in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.

Devoted Women's Event


​Devoted Women's Event Celebrating Mothers, Daughters and Friends!
Friday, May 11 at 6pm at Word of Life Christian Center

What Is Your Calling?

Do we know what is our current career choice, path and journey? If not yet actively engaging and pursuing a career, where do we find ourselves? Are we fulfilling the call in our lives today? Do we see ourselves committed to this this career path in 10 to 20 years. I personally love to reflect upon these important decisions and choices daily. One of the final request of my father was that he desired for me get onto that path of teaching mathematics. At that time prior to my father's passing... I tutored mathematics throughout our state and I stated to my father that I am doing just that. I also mentioned to him he'd be happy what I've accomplished up to that point in all aspects as a beatboxer as well. On the day my father passed on I tutored mathematics to a student. That was on Father's Day. Since that time, in honor of my father's memory and legacy, I looked into the steps I will determine to take to become a full time mathematics teacher during the 3rd Annual "It's Great To Be A Teacher" Conference. Within this week I visited my former academic counselor and we accessed my academic career though my transcripts at the University of Hawaiʻi at Kapiʻolani Community College, Beijing Foreign Studies University, and MELE Program through Honolulu Community College and Belmont University's Mike Curb College of Music Business And Entertainment. I looked through it on my own time and I said to myself, "wow, I did put in the work on the real." Speaking from experience, I know personally that me having earned a degree versus me not having a degree does make a tremendous difference. It's about having a finishing spirit. It's not how we start that is important. It is how we finish that is important. I am seeing and realizing that today and I do see the fruit of the seasons of plowing, sowing time, seed and harvest.

I wrote out my list of career aspirations and choices from childhood until now. Many I've actively pursued and others not, and ones I am actively engaging in. I have to say I've lived through amazing experiences in my career as a professional beatboxer, mathematician and blogger.

​- Comic Book Artist (published, wrote and drew countless homemade comic books)
- Soccer Athlete (leading goal scorer; Mr. Hustle Award Winner)
​- Judo Fighter (bronze, silver and gold medalist; known as Spider-Man)
​- Beatboxer (Hawaii's Human Beatbox, 3rd Place McDonald's NextNext Music Contest Winner, Best Perfomer Hawaii Scene Choice Award winner, Na Hoku Hanohano Award nominee, Best of Honolulu Weekl
y Local Musician Winner, motivational speaker, beatbox teacher, nominated top 150 professional beatboxer for Beatbox Battle World Championship)
​- Mathematician (Supplemental Instruction Leader, Mathematics Tutor...
motivational speaker, I do see that full time mathematics teaching is the call to settle)
​- Minister And Dispenser of the Gospel (Life Group Leader... people have shared that I should become a pastor,
motivational speaker)
​- Commander in Chief/President of the United States of America (I do not currentl
y see this as my calling)
​- Honolulu Fire Fighter/First
Responder (I do not currently see this as my calling)
​- Airman/Air Force of the United States Armed Forces (I took and passed two pr
e-ASVAB tests to qualify, do not currently see this as my calling)
​- Blogger/Writer/Author/Publisher (JasonTom.com's Music, Hip Hop And Faith Life Blog reaches 2.5 million page viewers and 2.3 million unique households,
motivational speaker)
​- Professional Student/Scholar (Beijing Foreign Studies Universit
y/Freeman Foundation Scholarship/Phi Theta Kappa Scholar, motivational speaker)
​- Son/Brother/Uncle/Cousin, etc.

Math Taught Me Patience

Math taught me patience and humility. Math taught me we can be perfected with effective approach and solution based strategy. Math taught me to be bold in confronting problems and not be afraid to handle even the most challenging of problems. No matter the headaches. Especially when working with students and when I am math teaching and tutoring students. Sometimes a student will understand a mathematics concept in another explanation. Main thing is being patient enough to show and teach the foundation. I light up when they light up and get it. Sometimes a student needs to know when to pick it up. Therefore I learn patience and humility through mathematics. It's because I had coaches in my life that believed in me, pushed me and motivated me to be at my best.

​Here are some of the results from a student I worked extensively with. In the beginning, I didn't jump in to tutor this student since it was a course I not once enrolled in. What I did rather was I coached this student indirectly how to earn those first two 100%'s for MindTap. Then that student's grades teetered from an A+ to a low B-. That was when I took a leap of faith to step in as this student's tutor, because of this student's result the former semester in a lower level version of this class. I did not want this student to end with the same outcome of barely making it. I chose to tutor this student in a course I have not enrolled in that has a ton of reading involved. I did not give up on this student. I coached this student on the mentality needed to be effective, study strategies, time management, and good study habits. Also I emphasized about having a finishing spirit. How we finish is far greater and more important than how we start. I also coached this student on the ability to yield to correction well. It's trial and error that requires patience and perseverance. This student completed MindTap with a total of nine 100%'s that boosted the student's overall MindTap grade from a B- to an A-. I challenged this student.. pushed this student.. motivated this student to not settle for a lower than a 100% result to help that student's MindTap grade finish stronger than how it started.

 

LEE CHELLA

 

Above And Beyond Strategy

Before I was a professional beatboxer, I was a professional student and math coach. Still am today. I still study, research, develop, and read daily, and I still coach students on their academic journey today in mathematics, algebra, statistics, sociology, and then some. On top of that, I still teach beatboxing today. I am not limited in my career. I thrive in equipping myself and others to be at our best. As an academic coach, I am also a team player. The principles I coach students today are the principles I attribute to my years as a former judo athlete that I applied into the classroom setting as a former professional student, math mentor and scholar. These specific principles in judo was pivotal in transforming me from being a silver and bronze medalist into a gold medalist. My judo fighting career was short lived as I discovered my passion pointed another direction with God, beatboxing and mathematics, but judo helped to steer me in the right path and direction of my life and career. Within the past year I've personally coached students with effective student strategies that reap a harvest of results.

As a former professional student, I recall first hand what it took for me to earn an A, B, C, D, and F. Practically the whole alphabet. That is my strongest advantage as an academic coach and tutor. Within the past year, I've personally coached students on applying effective student strategies. The students I've worked with within the past year earned 80%, 99%, 100%, and higher on their assignments, quizzes and exams. Each of the students progressed and improved in his and her overall grade. I've helped students improve even in classes I have not personally taken ever before. One student working on her university bachelors earned her highest EXAM score to date for statistics in her second term taking a statistics class. She's off to a great start as I've empowered her with effective tips, strategies, and assisted her with exercises for her assignments. That student is currently earning a 96% in sociology. That is an improvement from her earning a C in a previous sociology class before I worked with this student. This student also got a 200% on her sociology class EXTRA CREDIT paper. When I work with students I don't suggest they settle for a C, and that they do not follow the D and F student strategy, which I can be keen on describing thoroughly as well as a former student. Because that C strategy is being complacent on not a high enough goal to accomplish. The D and F plan, I know to steer them clear of.

JasonTom.com Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

 Jason Tom Dot Com Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary Jason Tom Waikiki Performance

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Friday, February 2nd, 2018, marked my official website JasonTom.com's 10th anniversary birthday. I wrote it down as a reminder on my notebook that I would do a post to celebrate it. Let's celebrate together JasonTom.com's 10 Year Anniversary and Birthday. I've had JasonTom.com as my domain name off and on for 17 years which matches the same amount of time I've learned to use the Internet, and officially it has been 10 consecutive years that I've not wavered to dedicate my love, passion, effort, and commitment to make it be what it is today. I've poured in and out ounces of energy, time and resources to be steadfast to maintain my official website and blog with quality and consistent content. The Jason Tom official site has gone through an amazing journey of ups and downs, peaks and valleys. Today, JasonTom.com reaches 2.3 million page views and 2.1 million unique visitors averaging more than 2,000 to 5,000 visitors per day worldwide. No such small feat and there is not a day I do not count my blessings. It blows me away to reflect upon how I near lost my life from incoming traffic due to "trauma" triggered by "torment," "rejection," "pain," and "hurt" almost two years ago before Jesus intervened and restored me whole with His resurrection power. I will not be typing, writing and publishing this post today if it were not for the Lord having my rare guard. I am strong today, because of the real work Jesus Christ continues to do in me. Yes, my spiritual capacity is stretched daily.

Jason Tom MoonwalkJason Tom Hawaii Aloha Travel Appreciation Party Moonwalk Jason Tom Moonwalk Global Dance Jason Tom Billie Jean performance at Hawaii Aloha Travel

Offline, I've grown and matured the moment I sought for wisdom from God Himself. I've grown as a professional beatboxer in addition to growing as a son, an uncle, brother, first and second cousin, brother in Christ, man of faith, bachelor, active Men's Life Group leader, church volunteer, that I am humbled to know by the measure of my faith that my best days and years is going before me and are ahead of me, and are not behind me. I am in agreement and believing for you, with you, who is reading this, your best is ahead of you and it is not behind you. I want to thank you and each person I've encountered in my life, online, offline, on stage, off stage, at church, out of church, at Life Group, outside of Life Group, locally, nationally, and internationally. I count my blessings that I've gotten to encounter you. You've touched my heart in one way or another, know that. I am grateful for you and you being a part of my life in some shape and form.

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Blessings and love,
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How I Overcame Illiteracy

Happy Valentine's Day to You and Yours! I also wrote and published this post for "The Bachelorette" blog series dedicated to all Bachelorettes who could be my Valentine. In this Life blog series, I will share how I overcame illiteracy. If someone told me 20 years ago that I will have an official website with the domain name JasonTom.com and be an author of a Music, Hip Hop And Faith Life Blog that engages 2.3 million page views and 2.1 million unique visitors, averaging 2,000 plus page views and visits per day, it may have challenged me to fathom it.

20 years ago at this time in 1998, I had no computer, I was self-conscious, felt socially awkward as a 15 year old, still searching to find myself. I attempted my hand at basketball during a summer league, because I had an aspiration to be like Michael Jordan. I discovered basketball was not my calling. At a young age I was illiterate and I flunked the first grade. What, who does that? I been there and done that. I never gave up. My father, who passed away last year on Father's Day, pushed me and disciplined me out of love very hard the best he possibly knew how. My parents both worked tirelessly in the restaurant industry. My older sister was academically successful with her academic achievements and awards. I was academically challenged. After I flunked the first grade at Liholiho Elementary, my mother took her time outside of work and held alphabet blocks to assist me to learn the ABC's.

My second go at first grade, this time at Kauluwela Elementary, I learned my ABCs, vocabulary, and began to read. Eventually, I began publishing and drawing my own homemade "no word" comic books. Gecko Man was created during that time. On the side, I recorded myself beatboxing and speaking into my audio cassette tape machine. I also watched countless hours of cartoons, television and Michael Jackson. Reading for enjoyment began for me when my mother assisted me by buying me the comic books I wanted such as Superboy, Incredible Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man, etc. Then I published my own homemade comic books and came up with own comic book company name and began using "word bubbles" and "word captions" with original stories and dialogue. During my years of publishing my homemade comic books, I had an audience and readership of five individuals, my childhood best friends Jonathan, Alan, Mark, my father, and sister. My father read daily.. he also drew. So I took my enjoyment for reading and art today after my father.

I was not consistent in my pursuit for drawing and writing comic books shortly after my grandmother on my father's side passed away. I eventually pursued athletics in soccer and judo. In judo, I was called by my coaches and teammates, "Spider-Man." In 2000, I got online with my first computer, self-taught myself HTML through Microsoft Front Page and I published my first personal website with the AOL Hometown website builder. From 2001 through 2003, I was very involved and connected with the international Michael Jackson online fan community, published Michael Jackson fans sites, and I wrote an article for a Michael Jackson news fan site.

In 2004, I decided to change paths from my endeavor for judo after I got hit by a car after one practice. Having that as wake up call in my life, I pursued music as a beatboxer and that eventually led me to the path to pursue and seek a relationship with God. I got planted at Word of Life and I got into reading the Word of God also known as the Holy Bible, starting with the Gospel of John. Today, I love to read and write. I read daily. I write daily. I also read the Word of God consistently for my devotionals and I journal. 10 years ago, I began reading the New International Version then transitioned to the New Living Translation to King James Version, and now I read the New King James Version. I also journal and doodle offline while endeavoring to write and publish blog posts consistently. I appreciate my website visitors and regular readers of my blog, especially those who visit and comment on my blog. It really does mean something to me and it does make a difference. It encourages me to update with content and to consistently write and publish with you the reader in mind.

Best,

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About Jason Tom

Jason Tom, Hawaiʻi's Human Beatbox, is an American published TEDx presenter, musician, voice actor, mathematician, performance poet, motivational speaker, and a giant of an idea worth spreading. This Honolulu native and fourth-generation American of Hawaiʻi with Chinese ancestry has not forgotten where he came from and knows where he is going in order to impact families, lives, education, entertainment, and communities.

It began at the tender age of six when Jason Tom recorded his own 1989 beatboxing and scat singing rendition of Michael Jackson’s "Badder," on audio cassette. He still remembers those days, sitting in his parents’ master bedroom of their small two- bedroom apartment in downtown Honolulu’s concrete jungle. 

As a judo fighter retiree in his early 20's, he left the competition mat behind in the pursuit of purpose in the world of music business, public speaking, the entertainment industry, and the joyful world of the language of science called mathematics. In his early 30's Jason Tom was named Hawaiʻi all-star beatboxer among the world's top 150 professional vocal percussion artists, and he qualified for the 4th Beatbox Battle World Championship. His published "Let's Do This" blog plus www.JasonTom.com and www.HawaiiBeatbox.com reaches more than five million individuals and households throughout the world.

Team Lally Radio Show
The Art Of Beatboxing With Hawaii's Human Beatbox

https://www.teamlally.com/blog/the-art-of-beatboxing-with-hawaiis-human-beatbox9.html

Hawai‘i’s Human Beatbox | University of Hawaiʻi Foundation Office of Alumni Relations
https://uhalumni.org/kapiolani/story/hawaiis-human-beatbox

Jason Tom Top 25 Video Marathon 
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