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Hawaii's Human Beatbox History

In 1982, the fifth element of hip hop culture called "human beatbox" was coined by DJ Barry B for hip hop pioneer and entertainer Doug E. Fresh. That same year Honolulu beatboxer Jason Tom was born.

The first record to feature the "human beatbox" on the mainstream were by the Fat Boys featuring Darren "Buffy" Robinson the Human Beatbox. In the Pacific, Hawaii beatbox pioneers Radical Rob, Gizmo, Re-Run, and Joevon Brown paved the way for hip hop culture and the "human beatbox" on the Hawaiian Islands.


In 1987, Jason Tom began to beatbox at the tender age of four, and by 1989, he began recording at six.

Rahzel the Godfather of Noise and former member of the Roots Crew, got featured on MTV Hip Hop Week in a solo segment, and features with Foxy Brown, and Slick Rick. He also released Make the Music 2000.

Jason Tom caught Filipino American beatboxer Leejay Abucayan's 2002 Stir TV Austrian Beatbox Battle story, and Chinese American beatboxer Elaine Chao's 2003 televised show stopping performance at the Showtime at the Apollo. Leaving the world of judo competition as a former judo champion at San Jose State University and the City College of San Francisco, Jason Tom decided to pursue a career as a professional beatboxer following his collision with an SUV.

The second generation of Hawaii live beatboxers Ted de Oliveira, Jason Tom, Mikee Mic, and Hawaii live loopers Kawehi Wight, Mike Love then began to rise in the Hawaii music and hip hop scene.



There are beatboxers that have taken a Reggie Watts live looper layer approach to live performance.

Jason Tom has combined his voice music influences of Bobby McFerrin, Michael Winslow, Michael Jackson, Rahzel, and Naturally 7 with a non-machine looper and 100% pure live vocal percussion approach to live performance.


Jason Tom has also added to the music, the song and dance vibe of Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Michael Jackson.


Jason Tom would perform, compete and facilitate beatbox workshops throughout the state of Hawaii.

Jason Tom recording his YouTube debut video "Beatbox Lobby."

Hawaii's Human Beatbox Jason Tom and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro.

2006 to 2007
Jason Tom is a four-time top finalist of the Kapi’olani Community College Talent Show.

Jason Tom featured in Hip-Hopalypse Production directed by Cristian See Ellauri.

Slack key guitar master Makana and Hawaii's Human Beatbox Master Jason Tom.

Jason Tom won first place at the Word of Life Emerge Talent Show Semi-Finals.

Jason Tom presented "Play" and "Successful People Fail More" at TEDx Talks Shift Honolulu Conference. Jason Tom was also a grand finalist of the Word of Life Emerge Talent Show and Pipeline Hawaii's Got Talent. He opened shows for Quest Crew, Jabbawockeez, and Michael Winslow.


Jason Tom featured in Puja Dance Love Letters Production directed by Willow Chang.

Hawaii's Human Beatbox Jason Tom and Japan's Human Beatbox Afra.

Jason Tom presented at [re]Think Conference and the Hawaii International Film Festival.

2000s & 2010s
Jason Tom, Biggie Gz, and Wiz Kalika are the co-founding crew members of Hawaii's Human Beatbox Academy with honorary members Ted de Oliveira and Mikee Mic that paved the way for the third and fourth generation of Hawaii beatboxers Skizzo, Taiki, Keanu Chip Lee Sao, Ryand, Rad FX, Savage Beatbox, Isami, Joe Lewis, Sayber, Isaiah, Hammah, Jake "J Theory" Llaguno, Donovan Yo of the Push-O-Verse, Jordan, Yogi Beats, Andrew, Maylene, Nicholas, Klimaxe, Rebeatz, Eli So Fly, Mighty Noa, Erratic Titan, Jan, Josh Wills, Elijah Brown, Rampage, Reese da Beats, Kaimana, Josh, Tinkerbell, and Chief.

Jason Tom featured in Cherry Blossom Cabaret presents Femme Capulet Production directed by Troy Apostol.


Puja Dance: Fantastic Voyage Production directed by Willow Chang.

Jason Tom headlined the Honolulu Twestival with Emi Hart, Kameula Kahoano, and Willow Chang with funds raised for the Blood Bank of Hawaii.

Jason Tom also headlined the Aloha Music For Japan Benefit Concert to raise funds for earthquake and tsunami victims.

Jason Tom presented "Vocal Groove" at TEDx Talks It's About Time Honolulu Conference. He was also a grand finalist of the Road to South By Battle of the Bands Competition. He advanced to the 2012 HawaiiSlam First Thursdays Grand Slam Final as a top 12 performance poet.

Jason Tom is recipient of the Hawaii Scene Choice "Best Solo Performer" Award and TEDx Talks Presenter Award for "Vocal Groove."

While battling through severe asthma attacks, Jason Tom showcased at the 6th International Human Beatbox Convention, 1st and 5th American Beatbox Championships.

Through Hawaii's Human Beatbox Academy, a third generation of Hawaii beatboxers Eli So Fly and Mighty Noa formed the 808 Beat Vox crew.

Jason Tom, Biggie Gz, Wiz Kalika, Skizzo, Taiki, Klimaxe, Yogi Beats, Rampage, Eli So Fly, Mighty Noa, Reese da Beats would enter and win a variety of talent contests, battle of the bands, open mic competitions, and music competitions throughout the state of Hawaii.


HMSA's Island Scene Magazine featured Jason Tom's uphill battle with severe asthma attacks.

TEDx Honolulu beatboxer Jason Tom and TEDx Sydney beatboxer Tom Thum.

Jason Tom and Mikee Mic shared the stage together at HawaiiSlam's First Thursdays. Jason Tom, Biggie Gz, and the Human Beatbox Academy facilitated events and gatherings for Hawaii beatboxers.

Jason Tom is HawaiiSlam First Thursdays top 12 grand finalist and got nominated as Hawaii's All Star for the men's solo battle for the 4th Beatbox Battle World Championship. Due to his severe asthma attacks, he was not healthy enough to travel nor compete at either competition.

Jason Tom is HawaiiSlam First Thursdays top 12 grand finalist. He was also a third place grand finalist of the McDonald's NextNext: Sounds that Spark Change Music Competition and Charity Event with proceeds supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charity Hawaii.


Jason Tom featured in Prisma Dance presents Creation Production directed by Nicole Lam.

Hawaii beatboxers Jason Tom, Reese da Beats, Ted de Oliveira, Isaiah, Hammah, Eli So Fly, Mighty Noa showcased at a Hawaii hip hop jam.

Mighty Noa of 808 Beat Vox became the Brown Bags to Stardom Statewide Grand Champion and he credited Jason Tom during his televised interview.

Hi*Sessions Acoustic Live featuring Jason Tom.

Jason Tom presented "Let's Do This" keynote opener for Kamehameha Schools' EdTech Disrupt Conference.

Eli So Fly of 808 Beat Vox won 1st Place in the Brown Bags to Stardom Statewide Variety Act Champion.

Jason Tom featured in Prisma Dance presents Creation Production directed by Nicole Lam.

Jason Tom presented a keynote at the Windward Early College Leadership Conference. He became a four-time HawaiiSlam's First Thursdays top 12 grand finalist and he guest judged the Brown Bags to Stardom Statewide Grand Finals. Erratic Titan won the Variety Act, and Noah Jae and Jan won third. 

Jason Tom took on the #PBSHawaiiNeighbor Challenge and with the community raised awareness and funds for our locally owned, noncommercial television station. This challenge also celebrates neighbors, the strength of community and the joy of music.

3rd Annual Hawaii Explorations Expo


Join us for the 3rd Annual Hawaii Explorations Expo (HE`E) promoting innovation and technology for the future of Hawaii! Come learn how to be a Citizen Scientist and make meaningful contributions to important research! Join the fight against Rapid Ohia Death and Little Fire Ant infestations. Make a difference in your community! 

Schedule for the day:

9:00 Activity Booths Open

9:20 Opening Remarks

10:00 Keynote Presentation by Henk Rogers of Blue Planet Foundation

11:00 Waiakea Intermediate School Ukulele Band Performance

11:30 Panel Discussion “Science and Technology and their Impacts on Hawaii’s Future” 

12:00 Lunch – Concession Provided by Keaau High School Cougar Techs Robotics Team

12:30 Human Beatbox Jason Tom

1:00 Polynesian Wayfinding with Kalepa Babayan

1:30 Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory

2:00 TBD

3:00 Conclusion

Event is free and open to the public, bring the whole family for a day of fun hands-on activities and engaging presentations!


Jason Tom is HawaiiSlam's First Thursdays 16th Anniversary Grand Slam Finalist

Jason Tom is HawaiiSlam's First Thursdays 16th Anniversary Grand Slam Finalist at Hawaiian Brian's Crossroads Concert Hall. Show hosted by Hawai`i Poet Laureate Kealoha with DJ Toki of Sisters in Sound and live painter Alicia Soder. 

Video Credit: Sáshily Kling

HawaiiSlam’s 16th Anniversary And Grand Slam FINALS

The best First Thursdays show of the year is almost here!! We've gotl the 2019 Grand Slam FINALS and HawaiiSlam’s 16th Anniversary on April 4th. 
Come witness the 12 best poets from the 2018-2019 season fighting for their metaphoric lives in an all out, three-round elimination match for $2000 and a spot on the 2019 HawaiiSlam team. Competing poets are Anesu Makufa, Noa Helelā, Izzi Emz, Lani Fisher, Jesse Lipman, Brianna Johnston, Jason Tom, Liam Skilling, Z, Destiny Sharion, Asia Lavarello, and Sterling Higa. The show will be hosted by Kealoha (Hawai`i Poet Laureate) with DJ Toki (Sisters in Sound) and Alicia Soder (live paint). 
Tickets are $10 presale and $15 at the door, so get yours now for this annual fundraiser and anniversary show!! You can get tickets for the Grand Slam FINALS as follows:
- Hawaiian Brian's (1680 Kapiolani Boulevard), phone: (808) 946-1343. Tickets are sold at the bar in the main pool room. There is a 15-minute free grace period for parking in the Hawaiian Brian’s parking structure
- Internet purchase at or click here on this paypal link. Note that internet orders will be held for you at the door. If you're buying tickets for people other than yourself, you can email us at at least one day before the show to specify who to hold the tickets under (you can specify various names -- useful if your group plans to arrive at different times). If you are having difficulties with purchasing via paypal, give us a call at (808) 387-9664 and we'll help you out. Please note that internet purchases will not be available on the day of the show!
First Thursdays (April 4th -- Grand Slam FINALS)
LOCATION: Hawaiian Brian's (Crossroads concert hall)
1680 Kapi`olani Boulevard (2nd Floor above 24 Hour Fitness)
Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8:30pm
$15 Fundraiser to Send the Team to the National Poetry Slam
All Ages
Phone: (808) 387-9664
Validated parking for Hawaiian Brian’s is $2 for 4 hours and $2 per additional hour. There is plenty of street parking in the area as well (note, if you street park or walk/bike/bus, enter through the 24 Hour Fitness lobby on Kapi`olani and walk up the stairs).
First Thursdays is the largest registered poetry slam in the world (400+ in attendance)!! HawaiiSlam has official 501(c)(3) non-profit status through Poetry Slam Inc. Please forward to anybody who may be interested...

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

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

Day 1 Keynote Speakers
Arthur Renowitsky
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 and a co-founder of EdCamp Honolulu, Edcamp West Oahu, and #EdChatHI.

Miki Tomita
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
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
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.



Kelly And Ryan's Rap Battle

​Live with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest "drop the mic" hosted by Hailey Baldwin and beatboxer Rahzel.

The winner: Hailey Baldwin and beatboxer Rahzel asked the audience who had won the rap takedown and the popular vote, decided by clapping and cheers, went to Kelly.

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

Power In Prayer

There is power in prayer. Yesterday was the National Day of Prayer, which takes place every First Thursday of May. When we pray it moves the hand of God and our faith even the size of a mustard seed can tumble the walls of Jericho and move mountains. The walls of Jericho represent our insecurities and fears. Our mountains moved and being cast into the sea is when we aren't moved by our circumstances and we persevere through it all with God. It also opens the windows and doors of heaven for God's favor and blessings as well as protection, and provision.

Pastor Art Sepulveda and I with a guest at our prayer gathering.

Last year God supernaturally protected me when I got assaulted on my way to grab groceries. A teenager recognized me as the beatboxer he knows and I acknowledged him while this older man next to him approached me and asked me for drugs. I told him I have no drugs, and I offered to pray for him. Without warning the man used his skateboard and attacked me on my head. I felt no pain, I did not flinch, I did not go "ouch," and I showed, "no fear." Without a fight that man walked away. I discerned what happened and recognized what happened in the spiritual realm. I first rebuked the devourer out loud, "satan, get behind me." Then I blessed the man with boldness and authority, "that's right sir, keep on walking and know that God loves you and Jesus is walking alongside you right now. Know that you are forgiven. I forgive you. Sir, know that Jesus is holding your hand right now as you are walking. Jesus loves you sir. He will keep walking with you. Jesus will not leave you, fail you and he will not forsake you. I want you to know that Jesus loves you sir." Then I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to pray in the heavenly language and mysteries of God in that area as I proceeded to get groceries. I am grateful I did not flesh out, and I supernaturally experienced no pain and no fear. He could have had another weapon, a knife or gun. It's not worth it and the Holy Spirit gave me immediate discernment that our warfare is not carnal and on how I handled that situation was what Father God equipped me to do. I am not ashamed of the Gospel. The hand of God protected me that night.

​Mighty Men of God at the Men of Conquest Conference

Prior to heading out for groceries, I prayed up to put on the whole armor of God, the helmet of salvation, the breast plate of righteousness, the shield of faith to quench the wiles and fiery darts of the evil one, the belt of truth, the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, and the sandals of the preparation of the Gospel. Then I went. God protected me.

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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 and reaches more than five million individuals and households throughout the world.

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

Hawai‘i’s Human Beatbox | University of Hawaiʻi Foundation Office of Alumni Relations

Jason Tom Top 25 Video Marathon 

Jason Tom Top 20 YouTube Videos

Kapiʻo News
KCC Alumnus Inspires Community Through Beatboxing, Motivational Speaking by Lexus Yamashiro
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Millennial Magazine
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