Tuesday, December 29, 2015


Got my phone after 28 days. The Telephone Company is just not what it used to be. I will have to go slow and reinstall most of what I need. The hits went down which was expected. I did not plan this but it is now proven that in our dance blogs, the recency and frequency of the blogging make for a good blog providing information to the reader/dancers.

"This moment is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on,
with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us."

Our original intent has remained to unite the entire dance community, in a rather loose fashion, into a more cohesive group for the benefit of all, regardless of their dance club affiliation. The more different and honest opinions expressed by the readers, the better it will be. Those that have chosen to ignore us will continue to be respected for their honest opinions.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Dancing from the point of view of living in Pearl City can be somewhat different. I live at,

950 Leuhu Street, 502
Pearl City, HI 96782

Phone: 456-5421

I an close to most commercial places. Pearl City has two super markets, Foodland and Don Quijote and a Long's Drug store. The only regular kind of bar is in the local bowling alley. And there are more places to see within walking distance and more sidewalks than Nanakuli. I need the exercise, also Walmart is about ten minutes walk. and another shopping center.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

The only thing messing up the place is the dreaded Rail Disaster causing the residents untold discomfort already and they know it is going to get worse. I know of one that is already planning the move to Maui.

Dear Alcohol: We had a nice deal where you would make me funnier, smarter and a better dancer -- I just saw the video. We need to talk.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Solid Blog

The end of the year shows very well for the West. January should gives us some very good news. It is shaping up to be a different ballroom in the West. The sexes are pretty evenly divided up. And most are in pairs, partners of any kind. Not like in town where the ladies outnumber the men sometimes two to one.

"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again,
this time more intelligently."

I am hard of hearing, the name could be different.
In town it has bred a different kind of man dancer, that evolved from the old time Beach Boys. Referred to in Waikiki as, "Cha Cha for Cash Creeps, Dally for Dough Daddies or the Play For Pay Partners. Quite common in the Philippines under a different name.

"Siboney" by
Placido Domingo

So it seems to be a more wholesome environment in the West with the idea of everyone moving to the music of their choice. Along with it the camaraderie and socializing that you can have at a party of friends. We have a different kind of dancer here and we don't need an acre of dance floor. We just need more places with good dance floors.

"La Distancia" by Luis Miguel

The Line Dancing has a much bigger proportion of men than town. So it seems very probable that more men in the West will be convinced that they can dance well, not just dance. And Line dancing can be fun which is the name of the game. We are going to see the best dancers on this Island develop and all for fun. They seem to be particularly adept at the Latin dances. Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Samba and specially the Tango, both American and the Filipino. It looks good for an amalgamation of the best of the two. And we have some terrific tango teachers out here.

"La Comparsita" by Julio Iglesias

I am waiting for the first Dance Night Club in Pearl City, the most densely populated area next to Waikiki. That will tell the tale if it is done right. No excuses about Ballroom Dancers not being drunks. We already know that. They are interested in dancing not in getting stoned. Now let's get on with the work at hand.

Pub's Note: What ever happened to the topless singing trio from Las Vegas? They were to perform in Pearl City and were billed as “The Swinging Six.”

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

This blog is getting pretty solid in hits compared with the other blogs. It has a good territory to cover. The left side of the Horseshoe comes down from Makaha to Kapolei. Kapolei and Kalealoa is the bottom and going up to the North Shore is the right side of the Horseshoe. The territory is developing into a good dance territory which will be including Night Clubs.

“Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history - with the possible exception of whiskey and hand guns”

The biggest problem is that not too many people are aware of the functions of Web sites and Blog sites. But dancers are not stupid, they can and are learning daily. They can address the Webmasters and the Blogmasters with the same question. What can you do for me.? And there is another factor to take into consideration. There are five times more Blog sites created every day than Web sites. Anyone care to differ with me?

We are all learning that it going to get worse with the Rail Debacle. Many of us believed it some time ago. Makaha residents fully realize now that at one time they could take the #93 bus at six in the morning and be at Honolulu Hale by 7:30. The Rail Disaster will never beat that in a million years and they will never see that again, ever, Rapid Transit? Big Joke Now!

Thanksgiving and I'm alright.
"I own a Bank full of faith and trust
I have a Mine of golden memories.
I have many Shares of Love, Hope and Charity
And I still have a million dreams for tomorrow."

Monday, November 16, 2015


"What a person believes is not as important as how a person believes."

The invitation for Nov. 20, 2015. - AuntyMaile@aol.com


7:30 P.M. – 9:50 P.M.



 "If the world seems cold to you, make the effort to kindle fires to warm it."

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Rumba?

There seems to be a greater number of dancers dancing the American Style Rumba on the Waianae Coast and all the way doiwn to Kapolei. But of course, the DJs in the West know the good music very well. And there is plenty of good danceable Rumba music around.

“We cannot undo anything we have already done, but we can face up to it. We can tell the truth, we can seek forgiveness - and then let God do the rest.”

Ten years ago World Music released CDs called Forbidden Cuban Music, and one of the series was the Rumba. The brilliant Cuban musicians featured did not know of or cared about Arthur Murray -- Fred Astaire or any Dance Council's concept of what a rumba is. They played the rumbas as the energetic son music of their ancestors.

 "The Meaning of Aloha (Aloha Oe)" by Loyal Garner

Some of the material in these CDs have been given critical acclaim. In some cases they have confused the world more. But it really has asked the world to take a second look at the music and their interpretations of the music. If dance is a physical expression of music, some review by Hawaii Rumba dancers is long overdue.

"Begin The Beguine"  by Artie Shaw

So if everyone uses the Rumba - Mambo - Salsa basic (known for centuries in the Caribbean) instead of either one of the other two schools of dancing, the rest of the step patterns remain the same. Solution is at hand for the American Style Rumba and that is new alternative method which is actually the old original basic.

"What did the ocean say to the beach? Nothing, it just waved." 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Nothing seems to be going on the upper left of the Horseshoe, Waianae and Makaha. I am glad that things are moving a little in the upper right of the Horseshoe. Waipio all the way up to the North Shore. It moves slowly but surely.

“Yes, we all make mistakes, so let us just put all of them behind us. We should
regret our mistakes and learn from them, but we should never
carry them forward into the future with us.” 

And all of us should acknowledge the good efforts in Dance Fever Oahu and Frank's blogs in spreading the good word around for the benefit of the reader/dancers. And they cover so many places not available to us. Most of us do appreciate.

 "Honolulu Blue and Green" by Melveen Leed

Town Dancer is still in front by a wide margin and now that I may be leaving I am planning the independence of the blog. Dancing Nights will be next because it already has one Guest Author and I just have to get one other. The other five, I will take with me and see what I can do with them. I would like nothing better than to see Platinum Horseshoe go independent.

Higher Ground" by Jennifer Rush

The miracle occurred at the Kapolei Shopping Center. Sam Stone and Walter Wood watched a curvaceous blonde pass by.  Stone turned to Wood, Wood turned to Stone, both turned into rubber and the girl turned into a dress shop.

Thursday, October 22, 2015


From Aunty Maile 

Just a Reminder!


Saturday, October 24, 2015!


Wahiawa Recreation Center, Hale Hookipa room.
(Kilani ave.) doors
open for dancing at 6:30 p.m. - 9:50 p.m.potluck or monetary donation appreciated.
dress up in your best halloween costume! prizes for the 3 best costumes! most scary, most comical,

Good Music by DJ Leland
 Good Dancing All Night! Good food! Good fun!

The blog hits are zig zagging up and down all over, but the net result is going up slowly, which is just fine with me. They had dropped considerably in the big readjustment but now has a little better definition. The need of all the blogs is more information contributors willing to share dance information with our fellow dancers.

Pole Dancing? The only pole dancing we do at our age is holding onto the safety bar in the bathtub while taking a shower.


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Rumba in the West

By Philip Mirikitani, Waipahu

Back in the days when Arthur Murray knew everything about dancing, he liked the rhythmic bolero, danzon, beguine music. but he felt that the American dancer would never get that hip action and he was wanting to create his own dance.

"Only hungry minds can become educated"

He then created the slow, quick, quick box basic with the slow over the first and second beats and the quick, quick on three and four. Most of the others steps and patterns he copied from what he saw in the native dancers and made his own syllabus. Of course he had his own ideas to contribute and made changes in many of the original steps. It was pretty natural to understand that the entire thing was his creation - and a masterpiece.

 "Green Eyes" by Jimmy Dorsey

Along came Fred Astaire and he didn't want to argue with anyone and used the same box in his studios. Naturally Arthur did not like that and he took Fred to the courts and he won. Fred would not be allowed to use the Arthur Murray invention.

"Por El Amor De Una Mujer" by Julio Iglesias

So Fred responded by using the guaracha quick, quick, slow starting with side together step. This puts the slow step over the three and four count. And he got away with it. Although the Arthur Murray box does not make more sense musically Fred Astaire owned the U. S. Ballroom Championships and the quick, quick, slow box became the recognized American standard for competitions, and more people dancing American Rumba started this way. Although in Hawaii, the standard is the Arthur Murray version.

Fortunately, the "Alternative" basic is seeping into Oahu. The closest thing to it is the International Style basic. A rock step and a slow step, with the lead breaking on the accented beat,1 or 2. All the rest of the steps and pattern follow easily enough as long as you are both dancing the Rumba. The Alternate basic is used more often in the Night Club circuit than in our regular social club dancing.

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Right Direction

We have so many people in the process of learning about blogs it is getting to be fun. Many of our readers do not know much about Web Sites and even less about Blog sites.  Even fewer than that know what Social Media is. In fact, I don't know that much either and I have been doing this for 20 years.  Fortunately we are all learning at a nice pace, it will take time.

"Every single thing changes and is changing always in this world.
Yet with the same light the moon goes on shining."

The blogs can cover many subjects and in our case it's, "Of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers."  This includes the "Wheels" that are supposed to know everything.  In Social Media, for instance, we are definitely not breathlessly waiting to mark our calendars for next years bash, whatever it may be. The reader/dancers of these blogs are interested in this coming week. Next month? Later for that, Jack, much later. This is our blogging and it is current.

And that is why we are still in the process of forming the method of getting the best dance information for our reader/dancers. We will make our own rules and getting the appropriate opinions is a very difficult  thing.  Some would rather not share their pearls of wisdom. But this is "blogging," a horse of a much different color and we are going in the right direction.

We are still beating the bushes for some signs of dancing on the Waianae Coast and for now there is some line dancing but they may prefer to keep it private. They tried Salsa at "Tacos And More" in Waianae but not enough clientele. Now a few places are thinking about a "Latin Dance Club" There are an awful lot of people in the West that can dance Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Merengue and even Tango. This blog still remains everyone's chance to get your two cents in from anywhere

Thursday, October 8, 2015

So What's Doin'?

The Coast is looking good in spite of the Present Rail Party. Not too many people moving out to Maui. Good sparks are there from Kaena Point, down the entire Waianae Coast to Kalealoa Airport. That is going be a good section when we get rid of some military. There is plenty of room on the Big Island.

"What A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz

The military did a great job of leaving the area from Barber's Point to Ewa Beach. I can see the lights in that area in the evening coming over a mile inland. Plenty of new housing there, so that population is bound to coalesce good when they get some good Business Parks in there. But some insist on stopping all Business Parks. And in Kapolei there are building some residential housing with three stores. Wow, this is 21st Century.

"Usefulness is happiness, and ... all other things are but incidental."

Thoughts With A Style: Dance, from a bandleader years ago.

"When I'm making my arrangements or composing something new, I try to think of something that will make my hearers feel like dancing. It is a positive instinct, this dancing business, perhaps, but it also signifies happiness. And the desire to step around a little means that people are not bothering very much about the cares of the world, at least for the moment."

So it is looking good for the new social dance club to be formed in the Kalealoa section, somewhere between the Kalealoa Harbor and Kalealoa Airport. Second City will be Second City in spite of the Present Rail Party.

Well, this can all go together for the next blog. Coming up Roses it is.

Sunday, October 4, 2015


The dance situation remains constant. Salsa dancing on the North Shore, and rumors of dancing at Whitmore Village. Wahiawa is doing very well with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and then there is Dot's in Wahiawa for a little night club action. Mililani with Just Tacos, Salsa dancing every Saturday night. Dance Hawaii is pretty solid in Waipahu and HBDA is doing well in Kapolei. From everywhere else there are only rumors. So apparently there is a big section wide open for a dance group.

"Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason."

They just have to get well away from the noise of the Rail Disaster. That leaves the three very needy possibles. Waianae, Kapolei and possibly, Waikele or Waipio. This all makes for very solid dancing of our kind, and the entire area ready for a smaller version of the famous Palladium in downtown Honolulu. One third the square footage would be quite enough. Our people are social dancers and do not require an acre of ground to dance.

"American Woman/No Sugar Tonight" By The Guess Who

Many Community Centers and District Parks in the West would do with just a good dance floor. The best example in the West without a doubt is the Waianae District Park dance floor. Wow, what a place to party! However, no one knows if there has ever been any dance on that floor. Auwe. Time Marches On and the Horseshoe will catch up soon.

If the world is getting smaller, why do postal rates keep going higher? ... Use Tact, You Fathead!" ... Yes he knows 100 patterns in Rumba but dances all in foxtrot styling ...  Sign on Flooring Company Van, "We lay anything." ... "Out of my mind, be back in five minutes."

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Ups and Downs

We have them all the time. I planned on going to the Monday Dance Hawaii social in Waiapahu, but got a little dizzy with my vertigo. If I am on shaky ground I had better stay home.and look at the four grey walls that surround me.

"We all should learn from the mistakes of others too. We cannot possibly
live long enough to make them all by ourselves."

However I am feeling better and I have an appointment for housing in Pearl City on Wednesday. Got my fingers crossed. Now that I have more visits per month to the VA at Tripler, it can be very nice to reduce the time from a full day lost to just a half day. Terrific. And then from Pearl City, there is a lot more io see than in Nanakuli. Specially now that I am on a walker.

Apparently few people know of the goodies that can be gotten for free if you have the lucky number. The numbers change every month after the closing of the Dow Jones Industrials. The last two numbers are the base number used for the monthly prize

"Truth never lost ground by inquiry"

If one hundred people would check their social security numbers, we would have a winner. But so far nothing. Of course, on the Internet if it says free, you must be careful. There are many that have taken good honest selling to the lowest point in history. So I agree, be careful, ask around, check before you get involved. Meanwhile, if you have the number, call first and you can come to Nanakuli and pick up your prize

Saturday, September 26, 2015

It Is Coming Around

We are slowly building a nice blog here. The only thing we have lacking is the Contributing Editors and the Guest Authors, then the sky is the limit. This can be the blog for all dancers on this Island. Specially for the fact that Kapolei will be second city in spite of the Present Rail Party. The residents will live, work and play in their own kuleana. Other people can have their fourteen hour workdays in town.

 “Failure may be instructive. The dancers may really learn quite
as much from their failures as from their successes"

The two main points in the entertainment part is the dance clubs and the night clubs. There is one more dance club in the planning states and there are at least two Night Clubs on tap. And with a big enough bar, you can build a dance floor and voila! You have a night club. The social dance club will be where are a lot of potential dancers and right now it is the territory between Kalealoa Harbor and Kalealoa Airport.

In the poster of our blogs are couples from our dance groups in transparency. I just recently found out how to do this with any photo. The aim is to post the photo to any graphic and the background will remain transparent, while the couple will be printed in all their glory.

I have collected in the last ten years some 100 dance couples where the photo comes transparent. They are hard to find. You can see them in many of my posters. Now my plan is to get a favorite photo from some of our people, make it transparent, then use it in any poster and gradually delete all the professionals. Maybe some of you can help.

I just read that there may be a name change in the city Phnom Penh? - Phat Chance!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Future

A new concept that started in Florida is now creeping up the Atlantic Coast on the Mainland. If it happens in Hawaii it will be in West Oahu. The new combination Dance Studio and Week End Night Club is apparently the new action in the Atlantic coast and is traveling West, The night clubs are only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

 “Dancers occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick
themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”

We can dream, can't we?
"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

The rest of the week is Dance Studio action. Some have even introduced Juice Bars. God forbid! On Oahu, that's blasphemy! But there has been this kind for many years in Alhambra, California. The Granada and it is a combination, Dance Studio, Restaurant, Night Club and Ballroom. On three floors, it is considered one of the best dance Centers in the West.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

But in Kapolei, there is no need for such a big place. I  would say 4000 square feet would be good enough. With as much machine as possible, pop machine, juice machine, nectar machine, candy machine and anything else machine, available just to quench the thirst. Sublet the combination Juice and Alcohol bar service and top it off with a small cover.

Latin Dance Friday Night - Cultural Dance on Saturday and Sunday, would be perfect and be sold out every week end. Might even have to add an extra night for dancing, either Thursday or Monday. Or even The Pau Hana Dance every Wednesday evening starting at 5:00 PM. Ideas, ideas, some people will just kick them around, but for now, they're just ideas. And if they invite me, I can go take some photos, take some comments, and blog'em.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Waianae Coast

The long standing wants of the club social dancer have long been ignored on the Coast. But the club dancer has always been there and in this century more people are paying attention even if they have to go all the way downtown.

"Music is a pleasure we obtain from unconscious arithmetic and it comes from counting, but counting unconsciously, and just going with music."

The entire West Coast is developing a different mentality now that the Rail Fiasco is settling in. Everyone is trying to find ways to avoid that disaster. Feeder buses are going to be one big hassle. The Noise from Steel wheels on Steel rail is going to drive people bats. Special buses are planned for the people in Waianae that may cost more but you can ride in comfort to town if you have to.

 Sign on Waianae Radiator Shop: "Best place in town to take a leak."

Then there is the planned Fast Ferry from Kalealoa Harbor to Honolulu. It will cost but it will be in comfort. Just get in and get out. "Comfort" has been deleted from all manuals and guides from the Present Rail Party. Even though the entire world is looking to find ways of getting the people off their cars and onto public transportation. The Present Rail Party is a long way from that. They keep looking for ways to force people into their catastrophe. It's the Money, Sonny.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

There are still sparks in Waikele and Waipio about a new dance club in the area. Just have to find the right  place to have it. They would get members from as far away as Makaha and the North Shore too. Just treat the member right is all. And another reason to keep from going to town. Many people in this area already dance the American Rumba with the alternative basic. Looking terrific.