Sunday, December 29, 2013

Second City? Where?

Kapolei could have been a contender for second city in the entire Island Chain. But completely screwed up by the Present Rail Party out to make millions and millions of dollars in profits. The citizens of the an entire community were converted into cattle. Just look at some of our buses now. Auwe.

 
First mistake, one story buildings, beautiful but every citizen there knows that this is the 21st century. Two Story is minimum. So many residents could have found work close by. Even in Nanakuli, I live in a four story building. But the Present Rail Party was thinking of the Big Bucks pushing everything towards Honolulu. And they are raking it in right now. Property Taxes gonna double? You voted for it.
 
 
We will all remember when we could sit in comfort on a bus and leave the car at home. And we could get it right around the corner. but cattle don't deserve that.
 
People are frantically trying to find a way to commute to forced labor in Honolulu without using the Rail Mess. Boats, two wheel motor vehicles. private buses and of course the old clunkers are being repaired. Anything is better than the Rail Catastrophe. The Ivory Towers have no clue. But the people in Makakilo, Kapolei and Honokai Hale have come to the right conclusions, "They have been had."
 
 
How about this Industrial Park nestled up the mountains just north of the Freeway near the Ewa Plain. Thousands of cars missing from the freeways to, from and in Honolulu. So who needs the Rail Calamity? Its the bread, Fred.
 
"And I coulda been home in 20 minutes."
 
 
 
 
 


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Some Advanced Dancers

by Frank Liu, Honokai Hale

Basic techniques are the fundamental components of a particular dance style. The syllabus figures are some commonly known patterns created by internationally recognized Ballroom Dance authorities for dancing using such basic techniques. Many of these syllabus figures are actually made up of groups of basic techniques.

Men profess to be lovers of music, but many give no evidence in their opinions
and lives that they have heard it. ~Henry David Thoreau

In Latin American dances, the most known basic technique is the Rumba Walk - Forward And Backward. Without knowing how to dance the Rumba Walk correctly, it is just not "da reel teeng." Likewise, Cha Cha Walks and Locks, Samba Walks and Locks, Paso Doble Walks and the Jive swing actions are all basic components of the specific dance styles respectively.

"Hot Rod Lincoln" by Commander Cody

Basic techniques and the related syllabus figures are easily recognizable and predictable. They are like a platform for everybody to learn Ballroom dancing from scratch. Most dancers can do very well just knowing the basic basics.

Reasons For Dancing Variations In Choreography

Variations are steps derived and developed from the very basic techniques and syllabus figures. Dancers must understand the basic techniques and figures before they can dance variations. For example, the Back Basic Overturn is a commonly danced variation in Rumba.

But for beginners, it is not easy to master the figure without a good understanding of the regular back basic and backward hip twist actions. This is like understanding a math formula before solving a problem.

Variations are often danced to break the monotony of sheer basic syllabus figures and they are monotony for very Advanced Dancers. The Universal dancer will dance the same movements regularly in sheer joy to the music. Cannot be done by the Rootzi Tootzis.


Instead of easily recognizable steps, often times these variation steps with high level of technical difficulties are created in dance choreography to surprise the audiences. A typical example is the use of syncopated timing in variations. Dancers must know how to dance in regular timing before they can dance in syncopated timing. Done right in most exhibition dances they are beautiful.

"Of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers" All the dancers?
Of course not, they do not all want to be involved and we must respect.
 
 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Difficulties Caused by Honolulu

So you live in Kapolei area and are forced to work and play in the Great City of Honolulu. (the traffic on Saturday night is horrible.) And there is no dancing in the Kapolei area at all. (Illegal?) I don't think so. Now the Present Rail Party doesn't know it, but they have forced everyone to think of alternative ways from the Rail Calamity.

 
Hey man, you gotta step on that brake pedal a little harder. The Present Rail Party guarantees that it cannot happen here. And we know how truthful they are.

A new automobile is being accepted by most, there will be more traffic on the freeways, but one must think of the gasoline expense. A new item is coming to the forefront, the EV (the electric vehicle.) The promotion is coming from all sides. The latest being Hawaiian Electric and their recommendations of charging your batteries in the "off peak" hours of 9:00 PM to 7:00 AM.

That certainly means that night spots are going to be promoting charging stations at all parking lots. You can be charging your batteries at a very low cost while having a ball dancing up a storm. And some shopping centers are already setting up free charging stations because they are fully aware of what is coming. People are going to do everything and anything they can to avoid the Rail Mess.

 
The Rail Catastrophe? Wha' dat? I don't deal wid'em. Gotta do sumteen.

Then next year the first driverless cars will arrive. Gas or Electric but most will be electric. Get in your car at home in Kapolei area with your tray of breakfast. Turn the key on and say, "Office, James." The car programmed for the route will get you from your house to the freeway taking its time and being careful. On the freeway, it will stay a respectable distance from all cars front and sides.

You can eat your breakfast at your leisure, look at the morning news on your TV, call or answer your phone and perhaps read a magazine. In town it will know where your place of work is, and park itself in an open stall. You can turn off the key, and say "Thanks, James" if you wish.


San Francisco with Rail Mess and after they tore it down.

Then the new motorbikes coming. It will be tough to get from Pearl City to Aiea. They want you to take the feeder bus to the Rail Mess, then take the Rail Goop to town, then get off at the Aiea station and get the feeder bus to Aiea. No worry, the Present Rail Party is having a special meeting next week. Subject: "There has got to be a more difficult method of doing this." And maybe a few more bucks in it. You know they are all heart.



Thursday, December 19, 2013

Tough and Easy

It very tough going for Kapolei, when the Present Rail Party decided they were not going to be "second city." They had thought they would live, work and play in a Paradise of their very own. Wrong Manong! Then came the blunder of the Rail Disaster.

The neighborhood board, of Makakilo, Kapolei and Honokai Hale has voted in Resolution that the Rail Crisis is detrimental to the community. They have some very knowledgeable people on that board and cannot be bought by the Present Rail Party. Anyway, we do come across some good news now and then. It could be so Easy.


Introducing Kapolei Pacific Center, the new metropolitan mix-use office and retail lifestyle center designed to provide the very best aspects of a contemporary workforce environment atop Kapolei’s newest landmark shopping venue complete with gourmet dining, designer boutiques, and business-oriented services - all in a dynamic urban setting.

Unprecedented in concept and inspired in every detail, Kapolei Pacific Center offers a unique office & retail destination that is, quite literally, like nowhere else. How about a deluxe Dance Studio and weekend Night Club? And unlike so much else in Kapolei, more than one story high, Paradise coming right up.


With a good bus service from Waianae, Waipahu and Ewa Beach, Kapolei
coulda been a real contendah as second city and no need for billions in a
Rail Catastrophe. And thousands could avoid that Honolulu
Mess they have constructed for themselves over there.
 
Yes, we understand, the millions and millions of dollars in the gravy train Dilemma by the Present Rail Party surmounts the good of the people. "I coulda got the bus right around the corner where I always got it" and if I worked nearby, "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."  But, it's the bread, Fred. Those mainlanders are going to bleed us for all they can get.

 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Laulani Village

This blog moving so nice. The information for this section is just coming out very good. Everyone knows that the Rail Tragedy is for the birds and Kapolei coulda been second city except for the Rail Disaster. The industrial park would have done it, perfectly. But those people are making millions and million of dollars in profits on a rail we don't need. Almost everyone on the mainland has called it a Master Con Job.

"Urban transport is a political and not a technical issue. The technical aspects
are very simple. The difficult decisions relate to who is going to benefit
from the models adopted."

Ewa’s largest retail complex

A $100 million neighborhood retail project has brought a variety of goods and services to the booming Ewa plain. Unfortunately the Rail Fiasco is going to screw it up pretty badly. At this moment it you can get the express #91 at the end of the line in Ewa Beach and get to town in one hour. This with the morning traffic. It will take an hour just to get on the train disaster at the rail station. Very few know that it will increase the difficulty of getting to Honolulu. But it's the bread, Fred.


Christmas in Ewa Beach, Laulani Village Shopping Center.

This 230,000-square-foot center -- is Ewa's largest retail complex with an estimated 50 tenants. Safeway is an anchor tenant, with a 58,000-square-foot store at the center, Along with City Mill And Walgreens. Also three major banks and 14 other food outlets..

Laulani is the bright spot in the Hawaii economy. Of all the centers we're working on, Laulani has got the most activity in terms of tenant interest and desirability to open. Developers intend to create a neighborhood center with a variety of niche merchants, restaurants and entertainment for the rapidly growing Ewa population.


Little news of an industrial center nearby. Plenty of land laying fallow for years. Would convert this area into a real Paradise and many people would benefit and perhaps even stop the coming Monstrosity. Hundreds of cars missing from the freeways to and from Honolulu. Hundreds of cars missing from downtown traffic. And "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

Friday, December 13, 2013

Bikes

“I don’t think protected bicycle ways are a cute architectural feature. They are a right, just as sidewalks are,” says Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogota, Colombia, in today’s talk. “Protected bikeways also are a powerful symbol of democracy, because they show that a citizen on a $100 bicycle is equally important to one in a $40,000 car.”


Enrique Peñalosa: Why buses represent democracy in action.

From 1998 to 2000, when Peñalosa was mayor, he got international attention for the bold moves he made in the area of transportation. Not only did he create lanes on roads exclusively for buses — since they carry many people as opposed to just a few — he also created 350 kilometers of protected bikeways, long before Paris, London and New York did the same.


Could have been the perfect transportation for the entire island of Oahu
at a fraction of the cost of a Rail Calamity. Minimum disruption of the
communities. For commuting, much more Rapid than any rail.

Existing cities need to rethink their reliance on cars, says Peñalosa, and cities which are being built must harness the opportunity to provide transportation for all their citizens. Watch his talk for his vision of cities of the future, where greenways crisscross in all directions forming “bicycle highways” and where streets are reserved “only for pedestrians and bicycles.”

Then, watch for more great talks that highlight the need for bikes. And whatever you do, forget about Rail Disasters. Those are for people that are going to make the Big Bucks. Sidewalks in Waianae? Ya outta your mind? Those people are not in the same class as Honolulu people.



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holly Jolly Trolley Ride

This is the one occasion really meant to be downtown. Ride the trolley, sing Christmas Carols, go to a couple night clubs and dance and then go back to the studio and dance some more. A real fun time.

 
"All change is not growth, as all movement is not - there can be greatness
where there is simplicity, goodness and truth."
 
We wish you all some merry holidays
 
 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Territory Looking Good

Just received a call from Willy and all systems are go for their social at the Makakilo Community Center on Monday evening. Kapolei Chapter, HBDA has some of the best people in dancing circles, good teachers of American Style of dance, good board of directors. terrific music and always a delicious pot luck. What more can anyone ask for?


Honolulu wants everyone to think they cannot live without Honolulu, but these people do quite well without them. Now if they had a nice little Industrial Park near here, this could be Paradise. "And I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

 "Vaya Con Dios" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board meets at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at Kapolei High cafeteria, and Ewa meets at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Ewa Beach Library. These are developing into real thinking people for the good of their communities and not for the big bucks. Da Present Rail Party ain't goin' li'dat.


The guy in the bar in Waipahu last month, looking glum and I asked him.

"You remember in August my Auntie Rose died and left me 50 thousand dollars and then in September, my uncle John died and left me 55 thousand dollars. Then in October, my cousin Fred died and left me 45 thousand dollars."

"Hey, Man, you should be happy with all that bread."

"Yeah, but this month, nothing."

"The one thing that unites all dancers, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL
believe that we are above average dancers."

Ewa Beach is moving along very nicely in spite of the Rail Calamity. For the year I did not do as much as I thought I would but I did rearrange the blogs into their most efficient progression to independence. It is still progress and it looks like Town Dancer or Blogging Hawaii will be first. The sparks look a little better now for dancing in Ewa Beach. As per usual, we need the right locations and we will help all the dancers that we can. Maybe a Two-Center in Ewa Beach?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

All kine dance

Many people in the West are slowly coming to the conclusion that there may be different styles of dance. There are those that are meant to be seen, competition or exhibition for theatrical purposes.  They may be quite different from those that learn to dance for the pleasure of moving to music. And even that can differ according to the music.

Who said, "A dance critic is a person who leaves no turn unstoned.”

Country Dancing is a fine style, with its different ramifications, Waltz, line, two step etc and to their own preferred kind of music. They set up the correct ways of dancing their style to facilitate dancing with each other.

Sounds all right to me. Standardizing the steps for instance has for decades been done in all kinds of social dance. Facilitates the lead and follow for everyone. However you are not likely to find Salsa, Tango or Viennese Waltz danced here, it is accepted and no one complains.

"Hot Child In The City" by Nick Gilder

Salsa Dancing is also a fine style with its ramifications, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha Cha and Reggaeton. They also set up the accepted ways of dancing their styles to facilitate dancing with each other. And with dance teachers being what they have always been, the steps get fancier and more difficult and are definitely getting more into the Gold level and beyond.

This contributes to the obsolescence of the style and is eventually supplanted by another dance. But these are the under thirty dancers as a rule. Sorry, no Waltz, Polka or Tango here either, it is accepted and no one complains.

Then we have the International clubs, that have as their agenda the promotion of the International style of dance. They profess to dance it "correctly," and it is reasserted quite frequently. I have never heard anyone say that they dance it "correctly" according to their style. The implication is that by default, anyone not dancing their way is dancing "incorrectly." The height of arrogance.


They can look you straight in the face and tell you that the Argentines do not know anything about dancing Tango and they can look you straight in the face and tell you the Brazilians don't know about dancing Samba. However they can tell you how to do it "correctly." You believe in the tooth fairy too.

I for one, do not accept their authority on what is "correct." There are just too many beautiful variations out there where people are really dancing not just some prescribed movements that may have been "incorrect" from the very beginning.





Sunday, December 1, 2013

Kapolei Social Dance

"The best laid plans of mice and men"  The data from the different sectors has been nudging me for a few months. So I finally caved in and starting from December 1st, we have a new name for this blog.

“We have no right, by anything we do or say, to demean a human being in their own eyes. What matters is not what we think of them; it is what they think of themselves. To undermine a person's self-respect is a sin.”

Makakilo, Kapolei and Honokai Hale have become very cohesive in their opposition of the Rail Catastrophe. And it is spreading up the Waianae Coast and down the Moanalua Corridor. They will be more inclined to stop those who have held back any industrial activity namely the Present Rail Party. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

"Stranger In Paradise" by the Four Aces

We hope to live, work and play in the area and make this area a real paradise, a real second city. That cohesiveness will also help to have some "play" available beside restaurants. A good cocktail lounge would be a good beginning. More locations available for social dancing may come about.There are plenty of dancers but the Present Rail Party wants everyone to go down town and pay their dues to Honolulu.


We do not take advertising but we received this email:

Mint Condition: Male, 1945, high mileage, good condition, some hair, many
new parts including hip, knee, cornea, valves. Isn't in running condition,
but walks and dances well. Seeks dance partner.

"Hot Rod Lincoln" by Commander Cody


The Statistics
Ask anyone who has a business website and they will tell you that one of the most important things you can do are, to monitor visitors to your site and pay attention to the stats. You've heard the saying "Anything that can be measured can be improved." However at present the statistics available are only for the benefit of the statistic makers. They are no longer of benefit for the ones that were the goal at one time.

Blogger Statistics leads the way to the mess. They have all kinds of statistics, where they come from, the methods used and dozens of other gimmicks. But they include robot hits which mean nothing for the Bloggers blogging. In fact they are detrimental to our data. If you enquire you can almost see their attitude. Their heads lean back a little and their eyelids close slightly as they pronounce from on high, "They don't exist." Wow!

If you can get something close to the real thing, stats can be a very useful and valuable tool in getting your blog site optimized. They can tell you if changes you make are having a positive or negative effect on traffic.

One of the best things existing at the moment is the blog masters that ignore stats and just "fly by the seat of their pants".  "Anything that can be measured can be improved" but you can't improve anything unless you measure it. And the stats we have available at present just do not have the right programming.






 
 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Line Dancing in the Corridor

Line Dancing for beginners is what is needed in some parts, specially the Salt Lake area. High population density but many have been inclined to Honolulu for too long. Honolulu is humbug and with the Rail Calamity it is going to get worse. You can have an awful lot of fun in your own kuleana.

Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance.
~William Shakespeare

Women take to it, for the fact that they need no partner and can enjoy moving to music all by themselves, somewhat like it has been done for centuries. For men it is, how easy to learn the basic fundamentals without learning to lead a lady at the same time.


For both men and women, they learn the basic movements, and the basic rhythms that are played in ordinary cultural partner dancing. Much of the music becomes familiar and they develop their favorites. Line Dance DJs lead the rest in having a menu of the dances that will be played that night. What more can you ask for? Well for one thing, let's not get too fancy. Keep it at the Bronze level.

And the latest estimates are at ten billion dollars for the Rail Disaster. Millions
and Millions of dollars in pure profits for the few in the Present Rail Party.
And who is going to pay for this mess? Lucky You!
 
 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Oriental LAGS

By Frank Liu, Honakai Hale
The Importance Of Basic Techniques Over Variations

For no known reason, many studios, especially those in Hong Kong, China, Korea and Japan, have LAGS (Latest And Greatest Syndrome.)  Instead of focusing on getting the basic techniques right, they tend to teach more variations than basic techniques to group classes. Perhaps there is a marketing intention behind it. And it is true that many beginner students feel that a teacher is more knowledgeable if he or she can teach variations in a class.

"You're So Vain" by Carly Simon


These students do not understand the importance of basic techniques. They are too eager to learn a few moves quickly and hit the dance floor, like stars, right away. And the situation seems to be more widespread than that. Recently, more dance studios tend to teach many variations in both Ballroom And Latin group classes. In many of these classes there are more female than male students. The proportion is about 20 females to just 6 to 8 males. The complicated variations are what throws the males, because they have to lead.

"Born To Run" by Bruce Springsteen


Some 30 years back in Japan, Ballroom Dance beginners did not learn any variations at all in classes. Only those professional or amateur competitors with fixed partners or demonstrating teachers would dance variations. Variations are not for the regular recreational dancer. They are ninety per cent done to be seen and when done by more seasoned dancers they can be beautiful as we can see on most of our exhibition dance floors.

A ballroom like this somewhere in West Oahu? Da Berries!

 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Two-Centers

All of our dancing blogs need "Information and Photo Contributors," that is people that will contribute information and photos not readily accessible to the rest of us. They usually refer to sticking in their two cents, so we have converted the terminology to a Two-Center.

"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions."
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Our reader/dancers can contribute one sentence, two sentences, a paragraph and even an short article when they get going. This is necessary to establish the blog as Social Media. The different opinions coming from different places are the body of a good dancing blog.

Clones we do not need. And yes I realize that it is somewhat difficult to understand. It requires information and/or photos only. It does not require anyone going for the Pulitzer or Professional photographers. And each photo is also a point of view.

"You've Really Got A Hold On Me" by the Miracles

Recreational dancing as it is slowly being defined on this Island is quite extensive. The biggest is our portion, where and who we are. All the rest, put together, the peripherals are less than half of our totals. The peripherals do not seem to realize this yet. They have preferred to marginalize us but that will slow down to a better understanding.

All you need is a computer and email to send the information and/or photos to the dance blog of your choice. And it is very possible when you see the good results of your contributions, you may think about the next step, of being a Guest Author. The most valuable item for a dance blog to establish their independence from the originator.


Each blog is slowly defining itself as to the niche it will cover. Much of the blogs will have overlapping agendas. But they are slowly shaping up and we must let them go as they wish. The Two-Centers may choose their preferred blog and that will certainly help to make the blogs different.

Of course, I will not live forever and we must allow for this. Town Dancer the top rated blog with average hits per day should be the first one to go. If I work it right, it should be fully independent in six months. I can begin working on the next one to go.




Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Good and Bad

The news from Honolulu Authority on Vapid Transit:

All bad, even though they do not mention that the new estimates for the Rail Disaster are now approaching ten billion dollars. This means millions and millions of dollars in profit for somebody. The Present Rail Party is not saying.

"Truth never envelops itself in mystery, and the mystery in which it is at any time enveloped is the work of its antagonist, and never of itself."

They got their very high priced gang in, paying off some of the locals naturally. And HART has taken over from this dissolved Oahu Transit Division. Now, they are slowly importing the super Rail maintenance engineers at huge salaries of course and then get rid of the old maintenance division, that had been doing such a great job before DRA (Da Rail Tragedy.)

 
The Industrial Parks will be prohibited on Oahu. "Keep the Country, Country"
same old story. You must pay your dues to Honolulu. Ladies should
curtsy and men should at least kneel on one knee.

Business had been pretty good for some. Bicycles are selling quite good, and now motorbikes and motor scooters too. Many are going into electric because if you have a home you can install a solar recharger for the batteries. No gas. Gotta do sumteeng, da Rail Disaster ain't it.

"Stranger in Paradise" by Tony Bennett

Those living close to the waters edge are looking at the small motorboats. Non-stop to Honolulu but then the parking is going to be hard to find. Some are looking to lease in Pearl Harbor with bigger boats and take 30, 40 passengers. May be good if they can beat the $400 monthly parking permits at the Rail Stations. But just about anything is better than the Rail.


From having one of the best public transportation systems in the world,
now being dragged down to the depths by the Present Rail Party and
the paid off government officials. Auwe!

And of course we are beginning to hear from those living on the North Shore and on Windward side. Why should they have their property taxes double for a Rail Crisis that is not theirs. And their bus service gets worse too. Of course, we haven't heard from the neighbor islands. Oh boy, when they find out that they will be unanimously elected to bail out the Oahu bankruptcy that is sure to come.

But by then all these wealthy mainlanders will be back home on the mainland, retired very nicely and living off their good money.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Downtown

Kapolei Shopping Centers, very good for most needs. But the Present Rail Party insists you do everything in Honolulu. Second City was just shibai, it will remain a bedroom community. Last century thinking and the big bucks in building a Rail Catastrophe.


"Education costs money.  But then so does ignorance."

Meanwhile dancers have to find how and where to dance in the West. Let's face it, we can just about dance anywhere, and we don't need any special dance shoes. What we dance is for the masses, not the classes. But finding a place where we could dance more comfortable is difficult to find. Most places that could have been used for dancing have raise the rentals to pay for the Rail Disaster.

Perhaps we could build our own portable dance floor and use it in a public park.


Their floor is 10 panels (4 x 8), floor 12 x 16, 192 sq ft. We need 15 panels, floor, 20 x 24, 480 sq ft. These are 2 x 6 floor joist, could be 2 x 4s? Storage for 15 panels? Set up, about one half hour 4 men.All tables and Chairs up close to floor, keeps dancers from getting too close to the edges.


These buildings are sold as Portables, but they can be set up on a Semi-Permanent basis. Could be built in a Park near Kapolei, rest rooms and plenty parking. Arrangements for a portable dance floor, music and pot luck to be made by the Dance Clubs. No need the Rail Fiasco. Gotta do sumteeng!


"Under The Boardwalk" by the Drifters

Looks like the Holiday Season is concentrating in downtown Honolulu. The traffic is going to be horrible, of course, it will be worse when the Rail Calamity gets in. As a real second city, Kapolei coulda been a contendah. The proposed Dance Pavilion in Waipio has been definitely cancelled to help pay for the Rail Disaster which is Millions and Millions of dollars in Profits for somebody.