Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Getting Settled.

Kapolei is picking up on night life slowly but surely. The area between Kapolei and Kalealoa is looking very promising I will have to take a look-see around there. Take my bike on the C bus to Kapolei and get the 41 to Ewa Beach. Will get me close enough to look around, there are three or four oasis in close vicinity and one of them could develop into a dance club. Maybe.  I will case the joints.

 "Accept the things you cannot change. If you find one
that you can and want to change - change it."

There seem to be many motor scooters so that many seem to be aware that public transportation may not be so good. Actually the #41 is a very good clean bus, nice schedule, never crowded, careful drivers, good fellow passengers. Beats the #40 all to hell, also known as the "Cattle Car."

  "Daydream Believer" by The Monkees

And what happened to the T Spot? It seemed to be a nice bar and they had live music at times. Of course, not so good that at time it was rented for the night so, any regular customers had to go somewhere else. Now closed and not much action in town. Most drinking places are mainly dinner restaurants.

Many people seem interested in dancing but just have not been able to coalesce into a separate public dance club. It would have to be our kind of social dance. Ewa Beach has had some kind of dancing groups and Barber's Point too when it was strictly Military.

"Practice makes perfect" is a nice quote but then nobody is perfect so
what’s the point of practicing? Oh, you say those dancers are perfect?
 Sorry, my mistake, but what the hell do I know?

Monday, April 28, 2014

Dancing in the West

Our kind of dancing is for the masses not the classes. And most new dance fads for the young are very quickly for show (lots of tricks and flashy moves) and not to really enjoy the music for its own sake. Their movement intents are to be seen. Notice all the trick moves they start out with. That is their view of Dancing.

"Good dancing engages the brain, Great dancing engages the heart."

Enrique Santos Discepolo, famous Argentine Tango dancer said, "Standing a woman on her head is not dancing." Dancing to enjoy the music is primarily the basic step. From there the man has the choice of going forward, backward or turning left or turning right. Just a simple variety of moves to enjoy the music first and foremost. There are at least 20 other basic moves to enjoy the music. You want applause? That is not wrong, but it is definitely something else.

"Doesn’t expecting the unexpected make the unexpected expected?"

What is this we hear about an Industrial Park at Barber's Point. Terrific idea, think of the people that live near by and could be home in 20 minutes. Time with the family, enjoy a little recreation and make living, working and playing in Paradise a reality. Of course, the Present Rail Party is going to try to stop that nonsense. Big Big Bucks in Profits from the Rail Disaster.

And now we are getting closer to the Two Center and we will probably get one from the Micros. They already write something so it will be easier to just email the information and/or photos and they can pick the blog of their choice. We will be getting closer to Social Media and the hits will rise.

Pub's Side Note: "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."

Saturday, April 26, 2014

End of the Month

Dancing interest slowing down in Kapolei but everything else looking good. Many are enjoying the more extensive shopping available in spite of the Present Rail Party, There will be less need for going to town. Terrible traffic there, not so bad here in the outskirts. If you have to go to town, it is OK by me, but I am certainly glad I don't have to.

"Look back on your life and you will realize that many times after you were rejected
from something good, you were actually redirected to something better."

Things are jumping all over except on West Oahu.

The biggest of the screw ups has been in single story building in all shopping centers, (keep the country, country, Auwe.) Many new Akamai are seeing ahead a couple decades. Two Story minimum and plenty parking space. Good for everyone in West Oahu instead of bleeding them with a useless Rail Disaster.

And most everyone is beginning to see the big humbug ahead with both public and private transportation. The under use of the Articulated buses and sabotaging the building of industrial parks. The citizens of West Oahu could have been living in Paradise where they could live, work and play without need of Honolulu. A Real Second City as had been originally proposed. Yes, we all know, it's the dough, Flo, it's the money, Sonny.

"You can con some of the people all of the time. and all of the people some of the time,
but you cannot con all of the people all the time." Who said that?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Kapolei, Not Too Bad.

The Present Rail Party doing all it can to stop Second City from developing. It wants to do all it can for headquarters in Honolulu and they believe they should rule. Now, that the estimates on the Rail Disaster have gone up to Ten Billion Dollars, the new best seller in Hawaii is "The Art of Raising Prices." Everything is gong to cost more, somebody gotta pay for this mess. not enough fat cats from the Republican Party living here.

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains,
however improbable, must be the truth."
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

Yes, the Gravy Train will run all the way to Fat City. But meanwhile back at the ranch, Kapolei is doing just fine, and the citizens of this community are banding together more. That unity is power - use it wisely.

There are some flickers of dance activity, the only known at this time is Kapolei Chapter HBDA, with classes at Makakilo Community Center. But there is some news from Ewa Beach and Kalealoa. Perfect spots away from the Rail Disaster.

You could leave the car home and ride "comfortably" to town and back. And "I coulda got the bus right around the corner." All of the express buses will be cancelled when the disaster is installed forcing everyone into "no choice."

People will remember that at one time, (like right now) you could get the #91 bus on Kuhina and Ft Weaver Rd in Ewa Beach at six AM and get to Punchbowl and King in downtown Honolulu by seven. One Hour. When the Rail Disaster is installed, it will take two hours. They call this "Rapid Transit." The biggest con job ever perpetrated on the people of this Island. But it was the money, Sonny. It was the bread, Fred.

Meanwhile we have to find a place to dance and a new dance club to help with good PR. We just might come out all right, someway.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Kapolei Working on it.

Apparently Second City will be difficult but not impossible. People are beginning to wake up. Westside Stories, the Waianae Coast monthly publication also has a Facebook account and they have plenty of Kapolei organizations mentioned. And of course we try to get in whatever we can get to help too. We prefer dancers but anything that will help the entire sector find ways of doing business in the West. Public transportation will be a complete disaster area and a lost cause. The users will do everything they can to avoid it.

"Sometimes we just gotta bumble forward into the unknown."

Kapolei can learn from Lualualei that is getting an Industrial Park built nearby. In Lualualei, minimum wage is worth ten times what it is worth in Honolulu and you don't have to spend half of your life dedicated to a job in Honolulu. All those cars missing from the freeway to, from and in Honolulu Traffic. Can spend a little time with the family and make Lualualei a real Paradise. We are talking about the people. not big bucks in profits.

You are going to see more of these. The streets will be so crowded, because of the public transportation disaster, you will not be able to go very fast. These all-steel beauties come loaded with all the trimmings: windscreen, locking glovebox, crashbar, luggage rack, rain hood and more! This sidecar even has its own great suspension, offering a surprisingly comfortable ride. You can take another person or there is plenty room for a few bags of groceries. A case of beer?

Warning: Don't get a sidecar if you don't like talking to people, because EVERYONE will want to ask you about it!

Dance Waianae the blog is now ahead of Kapolei Social Dance in hits. They are thinking in terms of a self contained Third City without any big Razzmatazz.

There are plenty of people out there in the vicinity with their own opinions. These are "Two Centers" and very valuable for these blogs. That unique opinion has high value to the reader/dancers and with a couple of photos of the dance gang, Wow! Where else you gonna get it? Just email it in.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Second City

Kapolei still struggling to secure their place on Oahu as second city. This in spite of all the efforts of the Present Rail Party with their Rail Crisis. They have never taken the time to find out what the users of Rapid Transit need and have gone all out for "the money" they can make. Biggest Profits ever in the entire Pacific Basin. The Con Job is getting plenty of notice in the Political Science Classes in all the Universities.

Rapid Transit was a misnomer or a deliberate lie. Take your pick. Right today you can get the #94 bus in Kapolei and get to the UH in Manoa in one hour. When the Rail Disaster is installed, it will take you two hours to get there. This is Rapid Transit? One big humbug, feeder buses, rail stations, and the cost will double. Somebody got conned? He, He.

In Kapolei, for the people of the West, from Makaha to Ewa Beach. No need
to go downtown, no need the Rail Catastrophe, real Second City and
"I coulda got home in 20 minutes."

"I Can Dream, Can't I?" by the Andrew Sisters.

Easter coming up very nicely, let's have nice refreshing time and Happy Dancing. And tune in on the Town Dancer blog. Nice write up and photos from Calvin Ota.

Monday, April 14, 2014


The Present Rail Party doing all it can to stop Second City on Oahu. So how will traffic congestion increase with a rail system? Honolulu's The Bus system had been honored twice by the American Public Transportation Association with the title of "America's Best Transit System" for 1994–1995 and 2000–2001.

"It is not that people are against you. It is that they are for themselves."

But the City administrations of that time were thinking for the good of the citizens. The Bus operates 107 routes serving Honolulu and most areas on Oahu with a fleet of 531 buses. Honolulu had ranked 4th for highest per-capita use of mass transit in the United States. They could have done wonders with more articulated buses, but "comfortable" has been deleted in all the Present Rail Party manuals.

Enough of these Articulated Buses could almost have done the job at one tenth the cost, and ten times more efficient than the Rail Monstrousity.

So won’t bus riders just begin taking the train? Some will have no choice. But that’s not going to cut traffic congestion, because in order to do that you’ve got to convince those who are driving their cars now to get onto the train. And you are not going to that with all the humbug the Rail Catastrophe will be creating. "I coulda got the bus right around the corner."

The Bi-Articulated Buses, a couple in the morning and a couple in the evening would be all it takes. But the Big Bucks in Profits would not be there.

Instead of the current bus system that delivers riders close to their final destinations, the rail will be dropping large groups of riders in certain areas that are still far from where they want to go. Traffic will bunch up in those areas as people look for buses, taxis, or another way to get to their destinations. It is going to be one big horrible mess and rail planners will need to deal with the problem of increased traffic congestion as a result of the rail calamity. But for now, it's the money, Sonny, it's the bread, Fred. Billions of dollars in profits.

And then there was that beautiful Industrial Park in the Ewa Plain. voted down by the Present Rail Party, naturally.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What is Solo Dancing?

The real solo dance is just dancing by yourself. And yes, it is very different and usually done as an exhibition. A solo dance is danced by an individual dancing alone. It is nice because if anything goes wrong in a solo, they can make it up as they go along without anyone knowing and it will look just fine.

That is different from  groups of individuals dancing simultaneously in a coordinated manner. Line Dancing is the most popular of the collective solo dances on the Island of Oahu at the moment and it seems to have attained its point of diminishing returns. However if they can get more men -- they will just naturally get more women.

However we have a new one coming in strong, Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez during the 1990s. Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements with movements to Latin music of their choice. it is beginning to be used in some social dances.

"La Bamba" by Richie Valens.

Zumba's choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo and martial arts. Squats and lunges are also included. Zumba Fitness, an organization that sells Zumba videos and products, does not charge licensing fees to gyms or fitness centers. Approximately 14 million people take weekly Zumba classes in over 140,000 locations across more than 185 countries.

In these types of individual dancing, all the movements are basically the same. And each individual develops their own style of movement. One person can look graceful and sure as a ballet dancer, while another may look like a horse stuck in muddy swamp. They will both be having fun.

"Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness
and to make a difference.

This is opposed to couples dancing together independently of others dancing at the same time, if any. In partner dancing you can tell if you go wrong and your partner has to know what you are doing. The fun is in each doing a different half of the dance. The lead decides on the patterns and the follower interprets it the best she can and the ladies usually do an excellent job of it. It can be exhilarating for both parties.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Rolling Along

Slowly moving but steady which is just fine for now. Once we can get a social club or a night club with dancing we will be rolling. There seem to be plenty of dancers in the Ewa Beach section. And I know of several ballroom dance clubs that have existed there and fizzled out. I believe the time has come.

"We may start believing that no matter what we have done or not done,
 the best days are still out in front of us."

The beautiful Industrial Park that was to be built in Kapolei. Voted down by
the Present Rail Party. Hundreds of cars missing to, from and in Honolulu,
and  "I coulda been home in 20 minutes." Paradise.

I don't believe they have ever had a line dance club in this part of the West but there are many line dancers that live in Kapolei, Makakilo and Honokai Hale. They just have to become aware and make their own group close by where they live. Then if they get plenty men, it will be solid.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Meanwhile we have a poster from Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club on their 45th Anniversary Dance at Halemano Plantation in the Central Valley on April 26th.

Pub's Side Note: Three of the most powerful tools for marketing a dance organization's services and products is through their Newsletters, Web and Blog sites. The benefits are many. They keep the organization's name out in front of potential and current members, the media and Ballroom Dance Professionals. It is the least expensive PR you can find.