Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Oahu Dance Scene.

The Social Cultural Dancer is coalescing very nicely on this Island. The hits show it in the ever increasing numbers regularly. If we include all the peripherals, we are perhaps 80 - 90 percent of the entire dance group. We are the "to have fun" group. That is our primary purpose. If we leave out the young we mean no offense, we merely respect your kuleana. Same for the "to be seen" categories.

"Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay
the price to make them come true. - Blogging is becoming
an art, same as any other method of self-expression.
Some are better at it than others."

The "to be seen" groups are the competition and exhibition dancers. We don't have much to do with them as they would rather not. And they will perhaps be covered more thoroughly in their own Blog and Web sites. Then there was a new "class" that was developing strongly in the nineties and which is now tapering off. The "viewers," the audience for the new Show Business of "Ballroom." New Divisions such as Cabaret, Acrobatic and Theatre arose. All show business and meant to be seen. By whom? By the "Viewers" of course. So they have established quite a little group which is entirely theirs as long as we all are aware of the differences.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch. We have Central Valley blog that has been bouncing around for awhile and it has racked up quite a number of hits under different names. For now it has held up steady in the upper twenties in average hits per day. Of course there is not much in this sector yet and there is plenty going on in other sectors. I will wait it out. We will eventually find a steady Information Contributor about dancing and perhaps be interested in being a Guest Author. Once that is done, the blog is in.

Then we have the biggest help to all of dancing on these islands, Dance Fever Oahu, We hope they will have a statement to make in here when the time comes. For everybody, exercise your writing muscles, the more your practice the more you improve. Comments should be short, fast, to the point and make an impact. They are excellent exercises for your writing skills. Meanwhile, we have given Dance Fever Oahu, Mini Web Sites in other blogs and the left side bar poster in this blog. Any other blogs interested, we welcome them.

Pub's Side Note: Two fonts walk into a Waikiki dance club. The barman says to them, "Sorry, We don't serve your type here."

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


We just went over the ten average hits per day, (all legit) so this blog is slowly clicking in the right direction. If we do right we should hit 15 by the end of the month. The blogs are gradually establishing their differences which is just beautiful. We will be attempting to give a positive rationale for the differences as a guide for the reader/dancers.

"I act boldly - Standing in the inspiring vision of my future -
I take every step - large and small - with courage and intent."

We covered Town Dancer and Oahu and Beyond in the first encounter. Then we introduced Oahu And Beyond and Oahu - West. This one will introduce Oahu - West and Central Valley. We shall review the list over and over again from the entire blog set up and note the changes. The rationale for each blog will differ as we get more Guest Authors and more photos. Contributed photos in our blogs will be a big influence.

"Teach Me Tonight" ... Larry Chance

For now the order of precedence: Town Dancer, Oahu And Beyond, Oahu - West, Central Valley and perhaps we can include Dance Fever Oahu. Any other dance blogs are welcomed to get on the list at no charge, of course. A small poster in the side bar and an intro by them at the right time in the blog. We are informing the reader/dancers of these Islands. So for the next blog we welcome a comment or two from Dance Fever Oahu.

Oahu - West blog is in a state of reorganization since we dropped Moanalua Corridor and almost dropped Central Valley. The anchor remains, Kapolei Chapter HBDA and they are becoming well known even in the Philippines. Now I am working on getting Aliamanu Chapter and Pearlridge Chapter into the circle of recognition since they do not have a Web site. We just introduced the slide show and we hope to get some help and suggestions. Comments at the end of each blog are welcome.

In August, I will attempt to contact Dance Hawaii and see if I can include them in too. May be difficult since they already have a Web site. We are also receptive to any night club dancing in this section, but most already have Web sites and are covered by other blogs, so no need us. With the average hits per day comfortably in the fifties we will just cruise for a while then go for the 67, (2000 hits/month.)

"Close Every Door" ... Edward Reeker

Central Valley blog has more lives than a cat. Almost out several times and I am willing to try again. Originally set up for Dot's in Wahiawa and Just Tacos in Mililani and the social dance clubs around there. But everyone seems to have their own Web site or blog connections elsewhere, so all we get are "fliers."

"My Cup Runneth Over" ... Max Bygraves

The start anew will include the North Shore and concentrate on the coming social clubs in either Waikele or Waipio and give them the publicity. If we can get it going a little ways, then we will be ready for the Dance Pavilion at the Patsy Mink Recreation Park. And this blog will blossom. For now it is wide open for any resident of this section to just start with their opinion on the dancing environment. Photos? A very necessary part of the action. Groups are much better, they signify people, togetherness etc.

As per usual in our group, there are no registration fees and no annual meetings. No monthly dues or meetings. You tune in whenever you want, and contribute whatever you want and whenever you want. Yes, we are pretty strict.

"You Were My Story" ... Keith Miller

Pub's Side Note: Big article in The Saturday Evening Post. "The looming crisis in Mass Transit." or how to get people off their cars and onto public transportation. Honolulu just proved it. Auto Sales are going up. In the very, very crowded buses of today, everyone is saying the same thing. "Oh boy, when I get my car, I won't have to go through this crap." Honolulu don't know? Of course not, we are talking Big Big Buck Profits in the Rail. Billions and Billions of dollars.

Monday, July 23, 2012

It is coming out

We covered the two top blogs last time and now we will cover the second and the third. Oahu And Beyond and Oahu - West blogs which are slowly going up in the hits, so they are lately being recognized by more reader/dancers in our community.

"Our visions begin with our desires. - Fly life on free wings, dance and sing to its glory."

Oahu And Beyond is fortunate to have Richard Sun contributing his good bits on the local live band scene. But unfortunately he spreads himself a little thin covering the scene in two blogs, Town Dancer and Oahu And Beyond. It has been a tremendous help to have Da Spin Doctor join us, because music has not been very well covered in any dance blogs.  We were long overdue. One more Guest Author and the hits will go through the ceiling.

"My Way" ... Frank Sinatra

As per usual, I can only fill in with my regular "to whom it may concern" babble but fortunately some of it is hitting in some good places. I am getting some good feedback. I wish it was more in the comments section so that it would be more visible to the reader/dancers.

There seems to be an increase in free advertising in many blogs and there will be more of them. This also includes any email newsletters and the private newsletters of the different clubs. We get hundreds of email flyers with devastating announcements but they are all "to whom it may concern." That is not our social media.

That is not for our blogs. Our blogs will be social media and it looks like it will take a while for that to sink in. Well, what is social media? We have been trying but very few pay attention. We will go slow, I do not wish to repeat myself too often. We will be patient.

"Strangers In The Night" by Frank Sinatra

So far our best bet for Oahu -West blog is Kapolei Chapter HBDA in Kapolei. And the results are being seen. They will be the largest chapter in HBDA history. But there has to be kokua from both sides of the street. And we get some good kokua from them.

There will be others when they become aware of what constitutes Social Media. But we must be patient. The next in line for Oahu - West blog will be to get Aliamanu Chapter and Pearlridge Chapter to kokua in like fashion since neither of them have a Web site. But they will contribute very nicely to the presentation of dancing in the West. The hits will go through the roof and the membership in these chapters will increase greatly. The proof will be in the pudding.

Pub's Side Note: Confidentially told to me, so I cannot quote. The reason that many of us are increasingly going back to the oldies but goodies is that 99% of what is produced nowadays is crap.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Old Blog Revived

We are getting quite a few dance blogs and since they are all different (good thing) then we must help all of them establish the differences with the proper description of each for the reader/dancers of these blogs.

"The first thing you need to decide when you build your blog is what you want to accomplish with it, and what it
can do if successful. - A blog is what all websites want
to be, updated on a regular basis, containing content
that is of interest to a select or target audience and
is easy to update and change."

That could be the goal of "Da Blogosphere" and perhaps once or twice per week would suffice. Anyway it adds to the increasing knowledge of the our dance world by the already well informed dancers in the Pacific. And I am learning a lot about the entire dance scene too.

Town Dancer is our leading blog and as we look and read it, we more or less know what makes it so successful. Mainly, the blogging of Calvin and Debra Ota. And they cover the big "extravadanzas" Lotsa fotos, plenty of fun filled blog.

Then we have Richard Sun with his very interesting reviews on the live band action wherever he goes. There seems to be plenty of fans there. And he goes from Wahiawa to Waikiki. It has been an eye opener for the regular cultural dancer to read about so much good action in the live band area.

Then I fill in wherever with the usual "to whom it may concern" information, a carry over from my days of publishing "Dancing InThe Dark." The entire blog is gradually moving into Social Media. We need more comments, and Information Contributors. A couple more Guest Authors and I can prepare them for their independence. Some thing we have yet to see. But then the entire enchilada is something new and there are and will be many different kind of blogs.

Oahu And Beyond is the coming blog and gradually building up a hit structure to compete with Town Dancer. In the beginning it was almost an exact duplicate of Town Dancer but it is slowly developing it's own kuleana. It takes in the entire island at times, and a little of the neighbor islands. And due to the Spin Doctor blogs, we are learning and becoming more aware of the music we prefer to dance to.

So we need more of the usual comments, Information Contributors and with the additional Guest Author from a neighbor island, it will clinch the difference in the blogs. Not many people understand "hits" and ten years ago it meant access to your blog by anyone. It has several different interpretations now to reduce the effect of "bounce." We will cover this better in future blogs.

Clear enough, I put my email address in a blog and the offers of millions from West Africa came in. So I will have to delete Email address from the blogs and I have suspended the email at My email remains intact and I may be contacted there. Anyone that needs to contact me can also use the comments section in the blog.

Pub's Side Note: Just got notice from the Mainland on the terrible bus service in Hawaii. Must be on this Island. Here it has gone from bad to worse in the last two months. Doesn't bother the top people, naturally.