Friday, November 28, 2014

Second City in Second Gear

Kalaeloa Airport moving along very nicely. Located in the unincorporated town of Kalaeloa and nestled between the communities of Ewa Beach and Kapolei. Just waiting for that reasonably priced hotel and there is one in the planning stages. On the Beach? Beautiful.

"Over and over we can marvel at the blessings in our lives,
each year can be better than the last."

Kalealoa Airport, 2014

The airport saw its first-ever scheduled airline service begin on July 1, 2014, with Mokulele Airlines operating flights to Kahului Airport on Maui. Most flights to Kalaeloa Airport will originate from commuter airports on the neighbor islands and it continues to be used as a commuter facility used by unscheduled air taxis, general aviation and transient and locally-based military aircraft, There is a coming schedule for regular flights to and from Kaui and also the Big Island.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

The Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor has plans for the next 25 plus years to meet the state’s needs. They will recommend layout configurations for berthing, cargo/fuel storage, and yard operations as well as optimize vehicular circulation, vessel operational areas and ancillary facilities.

Kalealoa Harbor, 2014

They are also preparing the Kalaeloa Harbor Fuel Pier Development Plan to develop a dedicated Fuel Pier to accommodate the various types of fuel and feedstock shipments that serve and could potentially serve the State’s fuel and energy markets.

The plan will recommend pier infrastructure improvements to address projected increases in fuel imports and exports as well as relieve congestion for the general cargo and dry-bulk cargo that also utilizes the Harbor

Kalaeloa Airport and Kalealoa Harbor are now part of a centralized state structure governing all of the airports and seaports of Hawaiʻi. Ten thousand less cars on the freeways to and from Honolulu, ten thousand less cars in Honolulu Traffic, ten thousand less humans suffering the travels to Honolulu. And "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

Happy Dancing

Monday, November 24, 2014

The new "Corridor"

Well, we are getting some people in the new Corridor interested in the floors we dance on. Laminate flooring can be installed over many existing floors, including wood, tile, vinyl, and linoleum. This corridor is just going there by itself. Barber's Point to Ewa Beach and straight up to the North Shore. And we can all avoid the Rail Catastrophe.

"If the left side of your brain controls the right side of your body - then
that means that only left handed people are in their right mind?"

Portable Dance Floor: Most laminate flooring systems are floating, which means they do not fasten directly to the plywood subfloor (or existing flooring material) with nails or glue. Rather, they utilize an interlocking system that is held together with an adhesive. The adhesive holds the flooring material together, while allowing the subfloor below to move independently of the laminate. The adhesive also helps seal off the core material from surface moisture. I don't know of any on Oahu, perhaps someone out there can enlighten us.

"Golden Tango" by Barney Ross

Many manufacturers now offer glueless, snap-together systems that require no fasteners or adhesives. These can be installed temporarily, in a cafeteria for instance. Perhaps even over the weekend and used on a couple of consecutive nights. Kalealoa seems to be looking better all the time.

Kapolei Dancers will achieve these things overnight? Not likely.

We are due for chilly weather shortly so it will not be such a pressing need until next year. The means of getting the warm air that is in the top layers in our present dancing locations, removing it from the top of the room and allowing the cooler air to come in at the bottom.  The air outside remains pretty cool. There are some smart people out there that will figure how to do this.

The new Corridor reader/dancers are gradually feeling their oats. They are beginning to realize that they are members of a very good group of human beings who also happen to be dancers. It has just been overlooked for too long. In Kapolei the Rail Fiasco has reinforced the need for Second City and the thinking with it. A place nearby to work and I coulda been home in 20 minutes.

"The Following Sea" by Don Ho

Have you read the mess the Fat Cats in Honolulu are making in Kakaako? They don't worry about the increase in traffic jams. It's the money, Sonny. It's the bread, Fred. Millions and millions of dollars in pure profits. Lucky the taxpayer can afford it. The price of milk, eggs and bread going up? Of course.

"Tomorrow is simply an extension of today, and likely won't be any better
or worse than today, unless we make it so,"

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Second City?

Inter islands are coming along. They have long been too private and resent the intrusion of Honolulu on them. Now with the big mess in the Rail Catastrophe they are a little more friendly. It had been no different when it comes to dancing, but now seems like a little more to and fro from island to island which makes us all a part of the Hawaiian Islands out here in the middle of the Pacific.

"Yes, we should try to be nice to everyone. But we cannot waste time with people
that are not adding to our growth. Our destiny is too important."

And we may dance in the streets just happy that we avoided the Rail Disaster.

Now with Kapolei emerging as second city and pushed by the Rail Calamity we can all start planning for a better future. The developing Harbor and Airport are a big step in the right direction. They are even thinking of a Harbor and more Business Parks on the Waianae Coast. Anything to avoid the Rail Disaster, others will have to put up with that mess and noise but not us.

Dancing in Kapolei? Da Rail says "You outta yur mind?"

There are already a few drinking places in the Kapolei Harbor - Airport area and some are even going so far as to have live music. Dancing cannot be far behind. And there are more dancers developing in the area. HBDA chapters in the area are leading the way and they are doing just fine. There may be a new club forming in the Kapolei Harbor area.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Just about every user of the #94 is fully aware that they can get the bus at 6 am in Kapolei and be at UH Manoa in one hour. "Rapid Transit" also known as the Rail Mess, will never do that in a million years, even with the cost now going to seven billion dollars. And they are already making it. It was the dough all time, Moe.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Your Own Blog

Building your own blog doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive and using our blogs as stepping stones you don't have to start cold turkey. You can get started today by becoming a Two Center in this blog or any of our dance blogs. Just email a photo of your gang with the location, occasion and the first names. Easy.

"Lucky we don't have many joy-stealers: gossipers, excessive criticism, complaining, faultfinding, and a negative, judgmental attitude in the West."

Most people that know me, assume that I want to help the dancers and that is a correct assumption. I put together this entire blogosphere to make it easier for anyone to eventually get in on it. We can get more people out of the ordinary rat race and help them find a meaningful hobby they love to do through their own high quality blogging.

"Help" by the Beatles

This is your opportunity to do the same. Or just fohgettaboudit. I started the first blog like anyone else cold turkey and gradually realized what could be developed. I launched my effort to build a Blogosphere that could be molded by the eventual Guest Authors, nearer to their hearts desire. They would have a piece of their own blog to serve people in the entire dance scene. Dancers searching for a smooth blog setup that points them in the direction of long term success.

I look to counsel timid beginners on overcoming those initial blogging fears that hold back isolated, direction-starved dreamers.  I picked up on the Information Contributor used on the Mainland and use the term Two Center. Most people are realizing that this helps newbies discover how blogging opens doors to opportunity, connection, creativity and happiness. Eventually they would be ready, willing and able to be Guest Authors.

With just a few Guest Authors, they can consult with one another on new ideas to increase their reach and available information and photos. As soon as we have enough Guest Authors to be comfortably over the 100 average hits per day. We can look forward to phasing the blog into independence and having it being run only by the Guest Authors. We can see that our Dance Blogging as the best method of Social Media. We spread the gospel over a much larger part of our dance environment.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

This is specially true with the majority of our dancers because their background is not technology. From there it is relatively easy and you can make your own decision of making your own blog,. You will have the necessary knowledge to make a wise decision.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

All Quiet On The Western Front

Not really that bad but kinda quiet. Just a little from Honokai Hale, not anything from Barber's Point or Ewa Beach. I have been hoping to get some news from Mililani, they have an HBDA chapter and there is also Just Tacos, but no news from them either.

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter,
and those who matter don't mind.”

Good news from Aunty Maile and Wahaiwa Ballroom Dance Club.

So Rome was not built in a day. I will continue to try to help wherever I can. However, there are those who think I am receiving too much from their "good looks, talent, fame and good fortune." It is their decision and I will respect. Meanwhile, I have to find those I can help and I do not have too much time. I have work to do and I must be on my way. Good luck to all.

"Member satisfaction does not have to be a goal.
It's the by product of a well run dance club."

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Dancing in the Mall

From the Internet:

This week my husband and I began practicing our ballroom dancing at the mall. Our teacher, Flo, has recruited us to demonstrate a waltz routine at some of the local community centers. The routine requires tons of we certainly don't have in our house! We have searched every available place we could think of to practice.

"There are three rules for getting guaranteed hits in a blog. Unfortunately,
no one knows what they are."

We even entertained the thought of joining the local YMCA fitness center and reserving one of their exercise rooms. We took a tour of the facility last week. It's quite nice but, because of liability concerns, they will not allow anyone to use the rooms without an employee in there. We consulted the city community center and were told that we could rent one of their empty rooms for $75 an hour...I THINK NOT!

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

So, one morning it dawned on us. People go to the mall early every morning before the stores open up, and do their daily walk out of the heat , rain, or cold. Why couldn't we just stake a spot in the center where no one walks? Once that decision was made, it was just a matter of organizing music to dance to and mustering up some courage. 

That's really putting yourself out there! An MP3 player with two sets of headphones-- one wired and one Bluetooth--took care of the music, so all that was left was a self-peptalk to get me out there and dance to music that no one else could hear. The first day we went, I spent the entire time waiting for mall security to come tell us we had to walk or leave.

"Till I Waltz Again With You" by Theresa Brewer

But by today, the third day, we are having people come ask us if we are teaching lessons or who our teacher is. We have even had the 20 year old who works getting the cookie stand ready every morning make a point to tell us how well we're doing. Now we start every morning with dance. What could be better?!

Sheryl Lambert    

We have had quite a bit of line dancing in our Malls on Oahu, but not much in Social Partner dancing. Seems like an ideal place to start would be in West Oahu. Of course, we might get too big a crowd of interested spectators.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Snicks Snacks

Just came across the information that there are almost one million square feet of Good Ballroom Dancing floors in the Hotels of Oahu. However most are not used except as dust collectors  -  and they are dusted regularly. Sometimes they are used for other things like meetings and conferences but nothing that uses a perfectly good dance floor for dancing. Basketball, Roller Skating?

"Never let fear decide your future. Some days you will not
have a song in your heart. - Sing Anyway!"

For some reason or another on this Island, you cannot use a perfectly good dance floor for dancing, it may even be illegal. Of course we in West Oahu are learning not to make the same mistakes as Honolulu and we will take less dictation from them. We will make a whole new set of rules, like maybe dance floors for dancing. Now that is a sparkling new idea, how about that? Careful of the Present Rail Party.

"She'd Rather Be With Me" by The Turtles

Since my fall, I haven't gotten around much but I do get a little information now and then. Many in the West have carried the Dance Studio Wishes to more than the Night Club on weekends. They suggest that it would be nice to have a class restaurant on the first floor, to provide income all day long. seven days per week. Also feed the upstairs Night Club with chop stick food on weekends. The Night club would provide all drinks, alcoholic and non alcoholic to the Restaurant. And who made the rule that 90% of your income should be in the sale of booze.? A $20 cover for the Night Club would be about right to keep the riff raff down to a bare minimum. Only in the Kapolei Area?

Now if we can get the rest of the Waianae Coast going and some legislators are thinking for the good of the people instead of the Present Rail Party, there is some hope. Makaha residents doing pretty good and there will be a bigger Shopping Center there and a Business Park too? Paradise may be at hand.

From the Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam about 1000 years ago.

“The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on. Nor all your piety or wit, shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all your tears wash out a word of it.”

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The New West Oahu

Good news, Kapolei dance rumblings increase in the section Kalealoa and around Barber's Point Harbor. There will be a dance club in this area and I look forward to helping them as I try to help others. The idea is "dancing for the dancers."

"Your opinion may not be my reality but nevertheless,
if it is your honest opinion,  that is what counts."

This beach area has been too long over looked and we may be getting more honest politicians to help the people and not the big money. Then we could get a nice Community Center halfway between our Harbor and our Airport. With a big enough dance floor, that would be the Supreme spot for Dancing in the West.

We are lucky to have two solid dance clubs at the moment. Kapolei and Ewa Beach Chapters of HBDA, but they keep pretty much to themselves. Same as Mililani Chapter, they are in the territory. They should do as they please and I will help whoever and whenever I can.

The time is coming for us in West Oahu to stand a little taller, to lift our eyes and stretch our minds to a greater comprehension and understanding of our entire Dance World on this Island. 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 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.

"Love Me Do" by the Beatles

Pub's Side Note: Check out Calvin in the latest Town Dancer blog. The Aloha Ball in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. Next year it will be a smash hit.