Monday, June 30, 2014

Looking Good, Naturally


This has been one of the most astonishing situations I have gone through in all my blogging experience. But then what do I know? Most of the blogs are staying right about their levels in my Stats. And all I have to do is help the bottom ones get going.

"Believe with all of your heart that you will do what you were made to do."

But due to Willy Dionisio, da best Two Center we have ever had, he has sent Kapolei Social Dance blog out into a place of its own. And I mean way out in front. Not even close to Town Dancer, of course, nobody can beat that, they have Guest Authors.

We are interested in the entire island of Oahu, of course, but Kapolei Social Danee is also making contact with the neighbor islands. And we do want everyone to know each other. Who are we? Just dancers, and do we have choices?

"Everyone Is Waiting For the Sunrise."
By Les Paul and Mary Ford.

Fortunately we are getting the dancers to realize what can be done with the power of the Two Center. Have them get their photos and a few comments for the dancer/readers who will be very much interested. With time they will know enough in how to be the Guest Author and we will be on our way. Some people are gradually getting it. Takes time, nevah been done before.


From there it's the rule that with enough guest authors and enough hits they will have an independent blog. Immediately after the blog becomes close to independence they have two Administrators (one for back up) I will resign as administrator and remain as Guest Author. Then I can phase my way carefully out to dedicate my time to the other blogs.

"I wish my book of life was written in pencil …
There are a few pages I would like to erase."

Thursday, June 26, 2014

This Blog Moving

Wow! This is the most amazing thing I have come across in my short venture into blogging. I have set up my Stats in a spreadsheet of my own design and it gives me the information that I want. I find it hard to find bad news, (low hits) and I am super elated with good news, (high hits.) So I enter whatever figures are there in the evening and the spreadsheet automatically gives me the average hits per day. Easier to take, not too much down or up.

"Don't wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment, and make it perfect."


The new Dance Pavilion in Kalealoa, overlooking the ocean. Could have been the best thing in the Pacific. But it has been vetoed by the Present Rail Party, naturally.

I start new every month and it is very erratic in the first few days but it soon finds its course and stays pretty much that way. The difference has been with this blog. After ten days, I made the first blog of the Kapolei Chapter Social in Makakilo. The average hits per day went up a couple points, naturally. They had been in the middle 20s. Then with the second blog on the same social, it went up another couple points in average hits per day. With the third one it went to over 30 average hits per day.

"I Can Dream, Can't I?" by the Andrews Sisters

Now with the news of Ewa Chapter HBDA, it has gone steadily up over the "magic" 34 average hits per day which is equivalent to 1000 hits per month. Now we are making contact. This island is very much aware and the news is now spreading to the neighbor islands too. Everyone benefits, nobody loses, it's a win-win situation.


The West has some of the best teachers and some of the best student dancers. The results? Some of the best social dancers in the Pacific. They take a back seat for no one. Now, this is from one of the prior blogs: Listen to your instructors, as long as you are in their class it is better if you try to do as they recommend. Make your turns and figures that involve turns that conform to the school figures using 45, 90, 135, 180 degrees, etc.


Watch the walls so that after a 180 degree figure you are facing the opposite wall. This will help you develop the control and precision that, with time, will allow you to go exactly where you want to. Once you are on the dance floor, you can relax these limits and move according to the crowd.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

After you are finished with the course, you can dance anyway you feel like it. You made the turn at about 62.5 degrees? Who cares? And not everyone will dance the same. In social dancing there are no clones, the point is to enjoy the movement to music.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Ewa Beach, Wow!

Hi Pepe,
Here's some good news for the West Side.
Willy



GOOD NEWS!! NEW BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES ON THE WEST SIDE

Starting on July 9 HBDA will offer intermediate (American Bronze II/Silver level) Bolero and East Coast Swing dance classes at the Asing Community Park in Ewa Beach. HBDA dance instructors Romeo & Miriam Quemado and Esmenio & Roselily Andres will teach the two intermediate dance classes for 8 Wednesday evening sessions ending on August 27.


Registration will start at 6:45 p.m before classes on July 9 and 16. The Asing Community Park is located at 91-1450 Renton Road, Ewa Beach 96706. To get there from H1, head on Fort Weaver Road towards Ewa Beach, and make a left on Renton Road. The Park is located on the right side of Renton Road about a quarter of a mile from Fort Weaver Road.

Please call 781-2076 for early registration and additional information.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Terrific

I have been working these blogs for more than 15 years and I have carried my own stats of all the blogs to compare them with each other. And I still do not know beans. Kapolei Social Dance is a case in point. I really thought their sequence into second place would only be temporary.

"Some people are not really anxious, they are just extremely well educated about
all the things that can go catastrophically wrong."

Blogging Hawaii had been in second place for years, well behind the fabulous Town Dancer. Oahu West in third place and Kapolei Social Dance in fourth place. They have hovered right around these same areas for years.

"My Way" by Frank Sinatra

Then I was invited to the social at Kapolei Chapter HBDA,  I posted the first blog and it surged ahead of Oahu West.I received addition photos from Willy and I made another blog and this time the hits sent Kapolei Social Dance to second place ahead of Blogging Hawaii. And it is still in second place. Mind boggling!

"Tell Me Why" by the Four Aces

Oahu West and Blogging Hawaii are hovering around third place, it is not clear yet which one will hit. One Two Center in either of them will make the difference. And the content will not matter, it is the different and unique opinion that counts with the reader/dancers, It is not SOS.


There is definite interest in the people from Honokai Hale, specially since they will not have the community center built there. The money will be needed for the Rail Calamity. The Present Rail Party has almost gone through the Federal money. Billions and Billions of dollars in Profits.

Blogger Law #17D: "If everybody doesn't want it, nobody gets it."

Ewa Beach was good at one time but the politics is a little stinky right now. So the other good area is Kalealoa and they have many drinking "fountains" there already. Live music always follows and then dancing. It only take time, but for sure no one want to go to Honolulu if they can avoid it. The mess is only going to get worse. Live, work and play in Paradise is our motto.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Kapolei Chapter, HBDA

We are lucky to get more dance news from Kapolei Chapter, HBDA. Willy doing a bang up job and now the best Two Center on the Island of Oahu.

"Direction is so much more important than speed. So many are going no place fast."



Direct quote from Willy:
HBDA Kapolei is gearing up for its second quarter of classes this year. We are fortunate to have Mark and Patty Dela Cruz again assigned to our chapter for the third quarter. They will be assisted by former Kapolei chapter members, Senior Instructors Martin and Leona Powell. For more information, please see our website kapoleihbda.wordpress.com or call Willy at 781-2076.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


And there is no truth to the rumor of a keg of beer at every lesson.


These reader/dancers are our kind of people and have become the best Two Centers
on this island and everyone can see the good results, it benefits everyone.

Pub's Side Note: Three of the most powerful tools for marketing a dance organization's services and products are through their Newsletters, Web and Blog sites. The benefits are many and it is the least expensive PR. They keep the organization's Name out in front of potential and current members, the media and Ballroom Dance Professionals. Did I just get an email from the Philippines?

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Kapolei, Second City

The Rail Catastrophe is sure doing wonders for a lot of thinking people in the West. They do not want to be part of suburbia Honolulu. And they know now that it will never do for the regular users of public transportation. Right today, you can get the "C" bus just before it hits the freeway in Kapolei at 9.40 AM and get off the bus at Middle Street and Dillingham at 10:00. Twenty minutes, hey what's the hurry?  "Rapid Transit" will have 21 stops and take an hour from start to finish. Yes, I know, this is the new definition of "Rapid Transit" by the Present Rail Party. Did somebody get conned?

"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?

The automobile companies are well aware of the fact. A new Automobile Agency is coming to Kapolei and naturally, they figure they will be selling more cars at the place where they need them the most. Then there are the single passenger electric vehicles that will be in demand. There are already several charging stations on Oahu and all for free. That is what I read, check it out.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

The rest of the shopping center business is due to increase and the hours will get longer. A night life will be established going until midnight. Though the Cocktail Lounge and possible night clubs seem to be going in the direction of Kalealoa. There are several drinking places there now. A small industrial park in the area would certainly help. A night club in an industrial park is common on the mainland but has never been seen on Oahu.


Unfortunately many designers of the business districts are still in one story 20th century mode. Waianae is increasing their building to two and even three stories which is a little more this century. No need to spread out even if you are not going to have skyscrapers. But this business building means there are going to be many more residents that "I coulda got home in 20 minutes." We would be a little closer to Paradise.

However, this is going to be second city in spite of the Present Rail Party trying to hold it back. And the billions and billions of dollars in profits from a useless Rail Calamity.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Kapolei



From the famous, Willy Dionisio.
More photos from Monday's fun evening at the Makakilo Community Center!


DJ Augusto and Noemi Jarra made it a very lively dance floor with their ballroom and line dancing music. And it is always a treat to have our dance instructors come up and join us.


Benny and Faith Agbayani, Mel Camat and Susan Masumoto, our current dance instructors Mark and Patty dela Cruz, and our very own, newly appointed senior instructors Martin and Leona Powell were there. it was good to see Pepe Martel enjoying our social dance. We have not seen him in awhile.


We had a short program to recognize all of the chapter volunteers who are always there to support HBDA and the chapter in fundraising activities, hosting duties, and in the recruitment and retention of members.

We also thanked current instructors Mark and Patty Dela Cruz for a great job in teaching us and in choreographing an outstanding East Coast Swing routine that we performed both at the Palladium during HBDA's 55th Anniversary and at the Hawaii Theatre for HBDA's Cabaret III.


We also said goodbye to our Treasurer and former Ticket Chair Lorna Depew. Kapolei has been a leading chapter in fundraising, thanks to the efforts of Lorna. She leaves for California the first week of July.

Pub's Side Note: Wow, Willy sure made it easy to make this blog into one terrific write up of the best shindig in the West. I personally want to thank all the participants for making the entire enchilada an enjoyable occasion for me too. Mahalo.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Swinging Time

The day did not start so good, I wasn't feeling very well. Had some juice and did not eat breakfast until 11 am.  But I felt better and later on in the afternoon I was making my plans. Go to Social and after nine get a ride down the hill and then go to Walmart and get some candy for gifts and get the 10 pm #40 bus and making it home in Nanakuli before 11 pm.


Got the six pm "C" bus to Kapolei and the 6:30 #411 going to Makakilo. Got to the dance before seven and plenty people there already setting everything up. Some were even dancing. Gave copies of DVDs to Willy and Nora and four USB memories out to Emmie, Susan, Martin and Benny. I may take more next time.


Danced a little and loaned one camera to Emmie, then I loaned it to Susan and she was able to turn on the flash and get some photos. Most of these photos were from Susan's camera. She got some good ones. I took some background pictures and the line dancing. And I also asked some people to email me a few comments  I will get whatever for this blog but there will be another blog because we will have more pictures to share with our fellow dancers.


The party seem to run very well, and the ring of prayer was led by Roger. People lined up very nicely for the buffet and it sure looked to be a feast fit for royalty. Photos were being taken by Willy and Roy and and a few others. Anyone else interested in sharing, please email me the photos and they will appear even if I have to make a third blog.



Nora and Willy each gave me some goodies to bring home and let me tell everyone, I made myself a meal at home fit for millionaires. Maybe not, probably fit for Billionaires. Anyway I am not sure what I was eating but just about the best meal I've had in months.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Only one blot on the horizon, Lorna will be leaving us for California and we will no longer see her cheerful face.  Hopefully she will email us a little note, now and then, for publication in the blog just to let us know she hasn't forgotten us.


Led by Augusto, everyone getting their good licks in line dancing, fun for all.

A little after nine, I saw Benny and Faith look like they might be leaving. I followed Faith and she said fine. Benny looked at his watch and said I would miss the nine pm bus. But when we got there Faith was able to park right behind the bus while it was unloading passengers. I grabbed my things and made a run for it and just made it. Thanks to Benny and Faith, I was home by 9:30 Turned out to be a bettah day after all.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

We Can See Progress


The hits in all of the blogs are at a plateau. Could be just getting their bearings before going ahead. We lost most of the scam, spam robot hits but the Micros are giving us hits.

I just deleted Linkedin for the second time and they are probably good to learn if you have a business, But our blogs are strictly Social Media and the other Micros will do very nicely, we are making good contact with the Mainland.

"How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford.

Perhaps, the Mainland is where we will get the Guest Authors for our blogs. That will run up the hits for sure. A couple photos of their dance gang at some dance function, a few comments and wow, it would all prove interesting to our fellow reader/dancers. Look at how good Town Dancer is and with only four Guest Authors altogether. Can you imagine with just two more? Independence and Town Dancer will be on its own.

"The point of greatest power is when our Guest Authors
are able to create their own blog within the blog."

The general attitude in Kapolei is Second City in spite of the Rail Catastrophe. Most people are gradually becoming aware that they must do everything to avoid the Rail Calamity because of its devastating inconvenience in comparison to what we have now. It is going to be one big mess for any users. And the Present Rail Party is going to do their best to make it very difficult to have an alternative.

"Little Things Mean A Lot" by Kitty Kallen

In addition we, the citizens, must do everything possible to avoid traveling on the freeway because there will be many more cars on the freeway to avoid the Rail Mess. Not to mention the terrible traffic jams that are coming to Honolulu. Worse than anyone's worst nightmare. So we in the West must find a way to make second city a reality. Live, work and play in the area.


Arthur Murray Studios and Fred Astaire Studios have both made thorough studies a couple years back and found no evidence of the necessity of a Dance Studio in the West. Wrong, wrong , wrong. Someone is going to see and take advantage of a combination Dance Studio and Week End Night Club. I will apply for the job of shoveling the money into the safe. Not only from up the Waianae Coast but also up the Central Valley to the North Shore. Along the Rail Debacle, potential dancers all the way to Salt Lake. They will find it much better going to Kapolei than to down town. But that will be Second City in spite of the naysayers.

Downtown Ivory Towers have got some lessons to learn. The paid politicians are already making less sense. Ewa Beach is learning which ones. And careful with the ones on the HART board.

See you all at the Kapolei Chapter, HBDA social
at the Makakilo Community Center, Monday night.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Progressing

It is coming slowly but surely. Kapolei will be back on the road to being Second City. The Rail Disaster almost wrecked those plans. I hope many of you read Calvin's blogging in Town Dancer. Wow, a class act. The new Dance Studios in town are really doing well and getting lotsa of wannabees. Saturday Night dances, Semi Annual Extravadanzas at the Hotels, the whole smash, coming up.

"Being nice to someone with whom you have an issue doesn't mean you are fake.
It just means that someone taught you how to be polite."


That can only mean one thing. There will be a dance studio in the Kapolei area. Avoiding the time and hassles of getting to town on "Rapid Transit" is a must. Put together with the terrible traffic situation in town that everyone accepts is going to get worse. The next new Industrial Park will be the perfect location.  People all the way from Makaha, and all the way from the North Shore. Kapolei is going to be where it's at.

"Que Sabes De Amor?" por Pandora 

For those of who have their own personal opinions on the subjects, they are perfect to make their entrance into blogging. As a Two Center you can let me know and I will help all I can to facilitate matters.

You do not have to agree with me or anyone else involved in this blog. You are the owner of your own opinions and they will be respected.

 "I Remember You" by Don Ho

You could start with a photo and a couple lines. Then after you have seen what you wrote in print, you can increase your sharing with the reader/dancers. Photos will always be welcomed. Of one to three people is nice but not that much room in blogs to waste. But a good photo of six to eight people is ideal. Then we can have a maximum of exposure for our people on either side of the blog.

A few facts or interesting anecdotes will be good additions to any blog, specially if they pertain to dancing, but not a requirement. The main thing is that no one has a commitment to blog daily, weekly, monthly or whatevah. You blog when you damn well please and whatever you damn well please. Right now you just email me the info, later on it will be different. If you wish you can become a Guest Author. And what is that?

"You have achieved success in your field when you don't know
if what you are doing is work or play."

Monday, June 2, 2014

Kapolei Rolling.

Things are beginning to jump in Kapolei. Ewa Beach lost with their crooked politicians, but Kalealoa is coming up strong. It is generally turning out to what this section should cover except that I expect more of the Social Dancer to emerge. The Swing Dancers, the Line Dancers and the Salsa Dancers are more than welcome but for now, not much action there. Whatever, it will be their choice and gradually Kapolei Social Dance, the blog will define itself. The Two Centers, Guest Authors and the reader/dancers will make those decisions and we will abide by them.

"It there was ever a time to follow your passion and do something that
really matters to you, now is certainly the time."
 
From Willy Dionisio:
Hi Joe,
We hope you can make it to our social dance this coming Monday, June 9, at the Makakilo Community Center, 7:00 p.m to 9:45 p.m. Augusto Jarra will be our DJ so lots of ballroom and line dancing.  See you there!  Best regards,
Willy


Kalealoa is still considered the outskirts of Kapolei, but nice with the Watering Oasis it is developing for the after hours crowd. An Industrial Park and many of the residents will have it made in the shade. Live, work and play in the vicinity. Wow! Talk about living in Paradise, this is it. You want a vacation there's Honolulu, maybe once a year would be nice.


Pub's Side Note: A dance blog is what all "dance websites would like to be" updated on a regular basis, containing various points of view that are of interest to a select or target audience, before and after the occasion. Information easy to update and change. Our reader/dancers are gradually picking up on this action.