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.