Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Night Club Dance Studio

There are many on the mainland, and there has been the most beautiful one for many years in, Alhambra, California. "The Granada," and it is a combination, Dance Studio, Restaurant, Night Club and Ballroom. In Honolulu, we have several that are borderline but usually just have a dance party at the Studio.

"We may cultivate vibrant surroundings and commit ourselves to making choices
that will help us release the expression of our unique purpose."

But in Kapolei, We have no need for such a big place. I  would say one fifth as big as the Palladium would be large enough. With as much machine as possible, pop machine, juice machine, nectar machine, snack machine and anything else machine. Just available to quench the thirst, add to the stomach and involving as little human factor as possible. Sublet the combination Juice and Alcohol bar service if you must have Alcohol and top it off with a small cover.

Latin Dance Friday Night - Social Dancing on Saturday and Sunday, would be perfect and would be sold out every week end. Might even have to add an extra night for dancing, either Thursday or Monday. And of course, there would also be the Pau Hana Dance every Wednesday evening starting at 5:00 PM. - Ideas, ideas and more ideas. Many people are just kicking them around, but for now, they're just ideas. The Rail Disaster has sure brought out the "Independence from Honolulu" factor.

"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

Pub's Side Note: Comments sections are opened and closed when we get too much spam comments. Those programmers are a uncivilized lot, they just don't care. At this moment they are all open again. Anyone can comment.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Line Dancing

What a novel idea. Anybody not dancing with a partner can join in the line dancing. Why didn't anyone think of that before. Sounds perfect to me. Specially in West Oahu, we are not here to dance according to some organizations rules. We are out to enjoy the music the way we want to. We got excellent music so no one is getting upset about that. Everyone is having fun and the crowds seems to be getting bigger. Dis is "Social Dancing" to Da Max.

"Dancing is not about how good you are. It's about how good you are
going to get when you keep it up and keep having fun."

A dance that is not just for two, everyone can line dance. It is a dance that is choreographed with sequences of steps that are repeated and a group of people dance in one or more lines called rows, all facing the same direction and performing the steps at the same time. However, there are variations to this type of dance. There are 'lines' where the dancers face each other or it can also be a circle. No matter what the 'line' may be, this is a dance to music that can truly be enjoyed.

Line dancing is usually associated with country western music, but it is said to have evolved from folk dancing because of their many similarities. A form of American folk dance called Contra dancing, in which the dancers form two lines that are parallel and they execute a sequence of dance movements with different partners, is said to have probably influenced the line dancing we have today.

"What a Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz

Much of the music is identical to the music played for social partner dancing. And naturally most of the movements are made the same as in social partner dancing. So the transition from one to the each is very natural and many dancers enjoy both types to increase their fun of moving to music.

Pub's Side Note: Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They are not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you cannot do is ignore them, because they change things.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Social Media Defined

We are still a work in process. But the reader/dancers are getting more akamai. They are becoming more aware of the different species of social media available. And Blogging is coming out way ahead of all the rest. Frank doesn't have a counter on his blogs but you can be sure that every time he reports on a dance function with photos and all, the hits go through the ceiling.

 "Great dancers are not great because of their technique,
they are great because of their passion."

We have the original Web sites which have evolved into electronic newsletters. For most practical reference purposes they do their job very well. You want to know the wheels involved, their purpose, dance schedules, photo albums etc. It is all there. It can be updated once a month, or even once per quarter.

"Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bruddah Iz

Blog sites are of course more current. Some are daily, some weekly, and very few for longer. In our dance scene, things are changing constantly and the reader/dancers want to know. The advantage of the Web and Blog sites is that no one has to join anything. Anyone that wishes to see what is in a Web or Blog site can just tune in.

Then we have the Micros which are mini blogs and you must join each micro before you can see anything. Many people post five or six times daily, for instance Twitter. You must be a member then you can look around in Facebook, Google+, Instagram and all the rest of the photo gatherers. Together they get more than one billion photos per day. They missed one of yours? Ha!

"By the Shack, By the Sea" by Don Ho

The whole world is the dancer's oyster. Entering the dance community extends way beyond the walls of the classroom or the ballroom. Our blogs try to share the knowledge of the entire dance scene for the benefit of all the dancers. If we can also benefit the club or organization, that is just fine with us too.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dance Clubs

La Rumba Party Cruise in Puerto Rico is one of the great nightlife entertainment options that Old San Juan offers. It is a party boat with a full bar and dance floor for the lively crowd. The great thing about La Rumba is that it can give you a tour while providing you with an entertaining atmosphere. Guests are encouraged to take pictures of the panoramic views of the bay while on the go.

La Rumba Party Cruise is open to the general public on Fridays, Saturdays
and Sundays. Cost: Adults - $14; Seniors (65+) - $10

"We are fortunate to have dancers who can see the beautiful things
in humble places where others see nothing."

In Honokai Hale?
A nightclub in Oahu (also known as a discothèque, dance club, or simply a club or disco) is an entertainment venue which in the big city operates late into the night. A nightclub is generally distinguished from bars, pubs or taverns by the inclusion of a dance floor.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

The music in Oahu nightclubs is either live bands or, more commonly, recorded music played by a DJ through a Public Address system. Most clubs or club nights cater to certain music genres. Salsa, Hip Hop, Social etc. Tango? Unfortunately we do not have so many options in West Oahu, but we gonna git theah.

A recent trend in the North American, Australian and European nightclub industry is the usage of video. VJs ("video jockeys") mix video content in a similar manner that DJs mix audio content, creating a visual experience that is intended to complement the music. You can dance to Artie Shaw's Begin the Beguine, but you can also see the video of the Band playing the music.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

The beginning of the 21st century saw financial growth of the nightclub industry in the United States. However, the number of nightclubs and employees has been decreasing. There are less drunks. In 2010, there were nearly 45,000 bars and nightclubs across the country. In the West the Night Club scene will increase and perhaps be the new entertainment center of Oahu.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Second City in Second Gear

Kalaeloa Airport moving along very nicely. Located in the unincorporated town of Kalaeloa and nestled between the communities of Ewa Beach and Kapolei. Just waiting for that reasonably priced hotel and there is one in the planning stages. On the Beach? Beautiful.

"Over and over we can marvel at the blessings in our lives,
each year can be better than the last."

Kalealoa Airport, 2014

The airport saw its first-ever scheduled airline service begin on July 1, 2014, with Mokulele Airlines operating flights to Kahului Airport on Maui. Most flights to Kalaeloa Airport will originate from commuter airports on the neighbor islands and it continues to be used as a commuter facility used by unscheduled air taxis, general aviation and transient and locally-based military aircraft, There is a coming schedule for regular flights to and from Kaui and also the Big Island.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

The Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor has plans for the next 25 plus years to meet the state’s needs. They will recommend layout configurations for berthing, cargo/fuel storage, and yard operations as well as optimize vehicular circulation, vessel operational areas and ancillary facilities.

Kalealoa Harbor, 2014

They are also preparing the Kalaeloa Harbor Fuel Pier Development Plan to develop a dedicated Fuel Pier to accommodate the various types of fuel and feedstock shipments that serve and could potentially serve the State’s fuel and energy markets.

The plan will recommend pier infrastructure improvements to address projected increases in fuel imports and exports as well as relieve congestion for the general cargo and dry-bulk cargo that also utilizes the Harbor

Kalaeloa Airport and Kalealoa Harbor are now part of a centralized state structure governing all of the airports and seaports of Hawaiʻi. Ten thousand less cars on the freeways to and from Honolulu, ten thousand less cars in Honolulu Traffic, ten thousand less humans suffering the travels to Honolulu. And "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

Happy Dancing

Monday, November 24, 2014

The new "Corridor"

Well, we are getting some people in the new Corridor interested in the floors we dance on. Laminate flooring can be installed over many existing floors, including wood, tile, vinyl, and linoleum. This corridor is just going there by itself. Barber's Point to Ewa Beach and straight up to the North Shore. And we can all avoid the Rail Catastrophe.

"If the left side of your brain controls the right side of your body - then
that means that only left handed people are in their right mind?"

Portable Dance Floor: Most laminate flooring systems are floating, which means they do not fasten directly to the plywood subfloor (or existing flooring material) with nails or glue. Rather, they utilize an interlocking system that is held together with an adhesive. The adhesive holds the flooring material together, while allowing the subfloor below to move independently of the laminate. The adhesive also helps seal off the core material from surface moisture. I don't know of any on Oahu, perhaps someone out there can enlighten us.

"Golden Tango" by Barney Ross

Many manufacturers now offer glueless, snap-together systems that require no fasteners or adhesives. These can be installed temporarily, in a cafeteria for instance. Perhaps even over the weekend and used on a couple of consecutive nights. Kalealoa seems to be looking better all the time.

Kapolei Dancers will achieve these things overnight? Not likely.

We are due for chilly weather shortly so it will not be such a pressing need until next year. The means of getting the warm air that is in the top layers in our present dancing locations, removing it from the top of the room and allowing the cooler air to come in at the bottom.  The air outside remains pretty cool. There are some smart people out there that will figure how to do this.

The new Corridor reader/dancers are gradually feeling their oats. They are beginning to realize that they are members of a very good group of human beings who also happen to be dancers. It has just been overlooked for too long. In Kapolei the Rail Fiasco has reinforced the need for Second City and the thinking with it. A place nearby to work and I coulda been home in 20 minutes.

"The Following Sea" by Don Ho

Have you read the mess the Fat Cats in Honolulu are making in Kakaako? They don't worry about the increase in traffic jams. It's the money, Sonny. It's the bread, Fred. Millions and millions of dollars in pure profits. Lucky the taxpayer can afford it. The price of milk, eggs and bread going up? Of course.

"Tomorrow is simply an extension of today, and likely won't be any better
or worse than today, unless we make it so,"

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Second City?

Inter islands are coming along. They have long been too private and resent the intrusion of Honolulu on them. Now with the big mess in the Rail Catastrophe they are a little more friendly. It had been no different when it comes to dancing, but now seems like a little more to and fro from island to island which makes us all a part of the Hawaiian Islands out here in the middle of the Pacific.

"Yes, we should try to be nice to everyone. But we cannot waste time with people
that are not adding to our growth. Our destiny is too important."

And we may dance in the streets just happy that we avoided the Rail Disaster.

Now with Kapolei emerging as second city and pushed by the Rail Calamity we can all start planning for a better future. The developing Harbor and Airport are a big step in the right direction. They are even thinking of a Harbor and more Business Parks on the Waianae Coast. Anything to avoid the Rail Disaster, others will have to put up with that mess and noise but not us.

Dancing in Kapolei? Da Rail says "You outta yur mind?"

There are already a few drinking places in the Kapolei Harbor - Airport area and some are even going so far as to have live music. Dancing cannot be far behind. And there are more dancers developing in the area. HBDA chapters in the area are leading the way and they are doing just fine. There may be a new club forming in the Kapolei Harbor area.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Just about every user of the #94 is fully aware that they can get the bus at 6 am in Kapolei and be at UH Manoa in one hour. "Rapid Transit" also known as the Rail Mess, will never do that in a million years, even with the cost now going to seven billion dollars. And they are already making it. It was the dough all time, Moe.