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About Jason Tom Hawaiʻi's TEDx Human Beatbox Keynote Presenter

Downtown Honolulu native and Kapiʻolani Community College alumnus Jason Tom is Hawaiʻi's two-time TEDx Human Beatbox keynote presenter, Jason Tom Academy founder, Jason Tom Blog publisher, and mathematician coach based out of the aloha state's Chinatown arts and business district. At McKinley High School Auditorium Charlie and Lucy Wedemeyer signed his copy of Charlie's Victory with Philippians 4:13 and that propelled him onward.

Hawaiʻi's human beatbox pioneers Radical Rob, ACE also known as Gizmo, Re-Run, and Joevon "J.B" Brown paved the way for Jason Tom.

Jason Tom Academy mobilizes the next generation to "Say Yes to Purpose" through "Music With A Message," beatboxing, and mathematics to build a bridge about perseverance.

Jason Tom Blog reaches over 2.7 million readers, households and mobile devices.

Jason Tom is recipient of the TEDx Honolulu "It's About Time" Presenter Award, Hawaiʻi Scene Choice "Best Solo Performer" Award winner, Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award nominee, Beatbox Battle World Championship men's solo top 150 vocal percussion artist nominee for team USA, McDonald's NextNext top 3 musician, four-time Hawaiʻi Slam top 12 poet, Pipeline's Got Talent dubbed "Hawaiʻi's Got Talent" top 4 grand finalist, Word of Life Emerge Talent Show first place runner up grand finalist, four-time Kapiʻolani Community College Talent Show top 5 finalist, actor in the award-winning "American Beatboxer" documentary movie film, and was voted as "Best of Honolulu Weekly's Local Musician Deserving of a Wider Audience!"

Jason Tom began his amateur beatboxer career at age six in 1989. He brings forth the voice music lineage of Bobby McFerrin, Michael Winslow, Buffy of the Fat Boys, Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, Rahzel, Kenny Muhammad, Elaine Chao, MC Jin, Killa Kela, Butterscotch, Naturally 7, and Beardyman.

When Jason Tom’s Liholiho Elementary first grade teacher played the Moonwalker VHS, he sang the music, instruments and vocals to Michael Jackson's "Badder" by memory. He recorded it on audio cassette tape. Jason Tom failed first grade at Liholiho, transferred to Kauluwela Elementary, and dropped out of Sun Yat Sen Chinese School.

At Kauluwela, Kawananakoa Middle and McKinley High Jason Tom cultivated reading, spelling, journaling, art, drawing, and writing as an amateur comic book publisher. He created "Gecko Man" and continued to beatbox on music cassettes until 1993.

In 2004, a SUV collided with Jason Tom on a greenlight at the crosswalk near Shobukan Judo Club, Pizza Hut, and Liliha Bakery. Jason Tom applied judo upon impact and broke his fall on wet asphalt prior to unconsciousness. Driver stopped to render help. An ambulance team brought him to Queen's Medical Center. Doctor told his family, "miracle, not a broken bone, not fatal." Once conscious, Jason Tom was taken by a family member the next day to see the Passion of the Christ.

That 2004 wake up call inspired Jason Tom's gigantic career move and that same year, during the pre-YouTube era, he began his journey as a professional beatboxer at Leigh Dooley's KCC composition writing class. "Beatbox Lobby," "Jake Shimabukuro jams with human beatbox - LIVE!," and "Listen Carefully" are his YouTube debut hits.

In 2005 Jason Tom began his journey as a professional mathematician when professor Mark Alexander referred him to be hired through a grant as a supplemental math instructor and peer mentor. He also assisted college students as a math note taker and Holomua Center tutor. Jason Tom continues to coach, equip and engage mathematics with students from Honolulu, ʻAiea, Mililani, Windward, Kāneʻohe, Kailua, Wahiawā, Waiʻanae, Makakilo, Waikele, ʻEwa Beach, and Kapolei. The State of Hawaiʻi's Department of Defense has recommended Hawaiʻi Youth Challenge Academy cadets to Jason Tom.

In 2006, Jason Tom completed the Freeman Foundation China Study Abroad Scholarship's intensive Mandarin Chinese program at Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Years went, Jason Tom through prayer and applying his own mathematical approach pinpointed the root cause of recurring night terrors and nightmares that afflicted him. He came to grips that the chaos, torment and destructive seed of "complex trauma" has near cost his life multiple times when chronic stressors triggered him to relive his accident and adverse experiences. Now living his seventh new beginning at life, Jason Tom stays healthy by meditating on bible verses, prayer, walking, rest, writing, beatboxing, music, and math.

In 2016 and 2018, Jason Tom performed in 18 shows as the specialty beatbox artist on Prisma Dance's bi-annual Creation production.

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