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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Evolving Nicely

Three Developing Centers for Music and Dance in this area. Leading in the Wahiawa area is Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Dot's In Wahiawa. People come all the way from the North Shore. And we still get flickers about a dance club in Waipio and Waikele. This central valley section will grow in spite of it being designed as a "bedroom community."

“Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it.
Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish them.”


Kapolei second city, still trying, unlike many others that wish to keep the country, country. You know da kine, no money for schools, no sidewalks and specially no shoe stores. But Kapolei is getting there in spite of the Present Rail Party. In ten years, most residents will live, work and play in their own kuleana.

"Night Life" by Don Ho

And of course, there is Kalealoa between Kalealoa Harbor and Kalealoa Airport. With a small Business Park, and a reasonably priced hotel.  Wow! Night Clubs? You know it. And for sure there will be Kalealoa Dance Club. Honolulu doesn't like this. He He.


Waianae may not wait, though for now they are on the same plain as Kokohead Dancing - Downtown Oriented. Honolulu too controlled by the Rail Crisis People and look what they did to traffic in the Freeway a few days weeks ago, just to get the Rail Tax increase. It's the bread, Fred. Millions and millions of dollars on profits.

"I believe" by Frankie Laine

Now this blog just needs a couple more Two Centers, to really get going and a Guest Author would do wonders. I know we are very strict but we have ears and we try to listen.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Adjustments?

Naturally, our blogosphere is alive and humming. Town Dancer going down in hits and Blogging Hawaii now in second place again. Platinum Horseshoe lost some ground and is now nicely in third place. Our readers and Two Centers are still learning "blogging" just like I am.
 
“We haven’t failed. We have just found one hundred ways that it won’t work.”


We are beginning to get a lot of "advertising." And all of us are aware of what that is. Being in the blogging end of it we still consider it "communication" to the reader/dancers and we don't charge anyone. All well and good but not many are aware of the Public Relations that they completely overlook. The items of interest and the photos of the happy occasion after the fact, we just assume that everyone had fun. There is definitely something in the photos and the comments with them that make for interesting reading and make it valuable as Public Relations for the Dance Club involved.



I am physically incapable of doing this now, so I must count on the Two Centers or Guest Authors for help. Those willing to share their happy moments with the rest of the gang, friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow dancers. I am turning more to Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus and Facebook for these people that we need so desperately.

"Morning Dew" by Bruddah Iz

Pub's Side Note: Be careful with the "publish personal emails" virus on Oahu. If they say we publish personal emails, people believe it and that's it. No need to ask "Where, When, Show me?" Naturally no one says a word. You are guilty and there is no way to prove your innocence. Those are their rules, tough.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Our USB items


Very few have seen or received our promotional 1 Giga Byte USB drives. And many people do not see the value of such an item. A promotional product like this one can garner amazement and excitement in a computer literate crowd of trade show attendees.

"I do not know what the spirit of a philosopher could more wish to be than
a good dancer. For the dance is his ideal."  - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Not much in our dance circles. I use to have a VHS player and a few well chosen VHS tapes, mostly of dancing. Then of course I also had a CD player to play my favorite music on CDs. Later I got a DVD player to play shows and movies and they were better than the VHS. I gave the VHS away and all my VHS tapes.


Then I discovered "Digital" (on computers) which is different than CDs or DVDs. And I can copy just about anything I want from the Internet. But whatever I copy can only be interpreted by the better speakers. The speakers that come with your computer can be replaced for about ten dollars. Thirty dollar speakers can give you a much nicer sound and of course sixty dollar speakers can give better sound than your old stereo.


I gave away my CD player and most of my CDs. I gave away my DVD player and most of my DVDs. I am still trying to give the rest away. I will have all my music, shows, and movies I want from my computer. Now that I have sixty dollar speakers, I do not copy much. There is so much I can just listen to or see direct from the Internet.


But I am trying to put at least four albums into each promotional USB drive that I give out. They’re environmentally friendly, and instead of wasting paper printing out a data, anyone can install everything from another persons computer on the space-saving, environmentally friendly USB. Any one wants one let me know, I will see what I can do.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

My physical disabilities increase daily and I just cannot get around much anymore. I need help for the information and photos to share with our friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow dancers. And now my eyes are giving my trouble. I may have to chuck the whole thing.


Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Dance Floor


Let us face it, that we are going to need a lot more dance floors in West Oahu than we have available now. They have tried for years to have some kind of dance club mainly in Ewa Beach but they all fizzled out. They never got much help from their "political leaders."

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running
up and down the field and never scoring.” 

So there has been no "great" need up till now. The Rail Disaster has made it imperative to avoid going to Honolulu. We can learn to live, work and play in our own kuleana. And let Honolulu wallow in their own messes. Kapolei will be Second City in spite of the Present Rail Party. There will be plenty of exchanges between Kapolei and the Waianae Coast and also between Kapolei and the Central Valley leading all the way up to the North Shore. Hey, this is West Oahu and everyone knows we never needed the Rail Catastrophe.


This sounds like real fun in West Oahu, and fortunately with
one of the oldest dance organizations in Hawaii.

Dance Flooring - Not Da Reel Teeng?
Hard Wood flooring costs lotsa money. Laminate boards are a lot cheaper.  Laminate planks are usually installed over a moisture barrier, which does double-duty by leveling any uneven areas of the floor. The planks snap together, and do not require glue or nails. The type of traffic a floor will be subjected to is a main factor to consider when choosing a flooring material. Durability is laminate flooring's biggest asset. Because of the high-density backing board,

"Wheel Of Fortune" by Kay Starr

Laminates are resistant to gouges and punctures. Stains and scuffs have a hard time penetrating the high-pressure laminate coating. Sliding chairs and dropped pots and pans that will quickly add “character” to wood floors have little affect on laminates. The West has possibilities?


Many community centers on the Mainland have had good dance floors installed by the local dance club. The easiest method has been to borrow, in increments of $100, from the members, and perhaps even a small loan from the bank. After the floor is built it only takes a couple of fund raising dances to pay back the bank and the club members that loaned the money. Of course we have also heard of some community centers that have then raised the rental rates. After all, now they offer is a good dance floor. Sounds chintzy to me.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

For Yvonne Montes

And the rest of the relatives:
I am sending two USB drives with digital information. You need more I can send. I will also send to your mother and to your aunt Eleanor. These are promotional to give to reader/dancers of these blogs. In this package are several other things. A meter to count your steps that some one may be able to use over there. Won't do me any good here. And then there is a copy of the movie "Tango" on DVD which I made when I was experimenting and no use now because I don't get around much anymore.


The main thing is the Songs in Video, that I picked up in my surfing of the net.

"Abrazame" made famous by Julio Iglesias but doesn't quite have the heart the Mexicans put into it. This one is by Alejandro Fernandez and you can tell his girlfriend intends to leave him and he is heart broken. Even the piano player gets his body English to get the most out of the instrument. Then it features one of the best trumpet players in Mexico. Nickname "Shanghai Czech" and he is neither from Shanghai nor from Czechoslovakia. Just a play on words, because he looks like someone.

"La Distancia" an oldie but goodie made famous by Roberto Carlos, and this was way back when he was young and had his hair waved so he wouldn't look so Indian. Indian song with the definite use of European instruments. One of my favorites.

"Detalles" definitely Indian in complete backgrounds and the singing derived from the old Indian chants. Each entire sentence is on the same note, the next sentence in a higher or lower note. All phrases are in a different note and the song remains one of my all time favorites  It is taken in Chile somewhere so there is a fireplace. Also by Roberto Carlos.

"Hasta Que Te Conoci" by Juan Gabriel. Rapidly becoming more famous in spite of being gay. This in Mexico where they pride themselves on their manliness. But he a a nice man, good singer, and very good theatrical presentations of Latin Music and Dance. Also has has hair waved to look less Indian.

"When I Was Young" by Charles Aznavour really need no introduction. Beautiful song and lyrics and it will last as a classic.

If the family gets some good speakers for their computers you can do away with your DVD players and your stereo sets. And tons of music free on the Internet. And I am finding it easier "not" to copy and just play whatever I find at the moment.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Da New One

Wow, this blog is just doing wonders. I can't believe it. I got rid of a lot of the scam spam hits and a few are still there but more or less it is Dancing in Hawaii. The Waianae Coast is just fine and so is the right side of the Horseshoe going up through Wahiawa and all the way to the North Shore. Just need a little more news from all these terrific dance places. Let us have it.

"The city of Honolulu has evolved into a place where you spend more than you make,
in things you don't really need, to impress people you don't like."


"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

There seems to be a hellavah lot of new interest in Social Dancing in the West. Specially because of the Rail Catastrophe. They have made it imperative to have Second City in Kapolei and perhaps Third City in the Waianae Coast. Not new housing but the industrial parks. Just a couple with 5000 employees would mean 5000 less cars on the freeways to and from Honolulu and another 5000 missing from downtown traffic. And I coulda been home in 20 minutes. Yes, we all know they want to keep it a big secret. The Present Rail Party is known for its honesty. Bunch of crooks.


There are over 600 documented step patterns in Cha Cha Cha alone. What about Rumba? The Mayan Civilization in Mexico had over 2500 different dances 2000 years ago. It is possible that all the movements are related to each other? You'd better believe it. Most of what we dance for fun are simple natural step patterns. In the disciplines you have the complex unnatural step patterns for a reason. You can guess why. The present evolving social dancer will steer clear of those and dance for fun. We are still Dancing in Hawaii.

 “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

Pub's Side Note: Fortunately, I am meeting more people that have good speakers on their computers. With some good speakers you can play music that may sound better than your high class stereos. Or a good set of Earphones. I can give them some of my music on USB.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Solid, Jackson

This blog is getting solid as a rock. Started out as Kapolei but soon took over the Central Valley. Waipio, and up through Wahiawa and all the way to the North Shore, because not much doing over there. At least enough to post as a separate blog. That section now coming in a little stronger with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Dot's In Wahiawa and an occasional blip from the North Shore.

"Be who you are, say what you feel, cuz those who mind don't matter
and those who matter don't mind."


Latest to go is the devastated Moanalua Corridor (with the Rail Disaster) that is no more and the section all the way to the Stadium will be included in Platinum Horseshoe. The new blog will be West Honolulu, and cover the area from the Stadium to Chinatown, hopefully we can do something with that if we can keep far away from the Rail Catastrophe.

"The Music of Hawai'i" by Melveen Leed

Meanwhile, there is more action in the bars and cocktail lounges in Kapolei. Many are already getting live music. What makes a Night Club? Simply a dance floor. Of course, not many in Kapolei really understand anything about dance floors. A ten by ten is not a dance floor, call it what you want. You must have enough room to dance Waltz in American Style bronze steps.


We are not going to get there overnight. There is a possible dance club near the Kalealoa Airport, that area is developing very nicely. Then there is the Kalealoa Harbor and Honokai Hale, not to mention Kapolei itself. The new shopping center will have two economically price hotels and there is a big opportunity there. There is going to be some social dancing in the area.


Fortunately there is a recognition that International is a competition format and is to be "judged." There are many in town that go for it and they know they will never enter a competition in their entire life. The have their rights, don't knock it. In American Style, we don't have to worry about that because it is social dancing and does not have to be judged. Bronze and Silver is social. Gold and you are going for competition.

 "I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

Social dance will be danced in the streets, in malls, school cafeterias, district parks and community centers. And how about night clubs? It will not be concentrated on dancing technique, the main thing will be to enjoy moving to your favorite music.  Most everyone is already aware of this, we just have to come out with it. And the big problem remains. Where we gonna dance? Dancing in Hawaii.