Friday, February 27, 2015

Lualualei Military

At the beginning of this century Lualualei Naval Reservation was originally slated for possible closure (prior to 9/11 build up madness.) The naval magazine had been all but inactive when most of the munitions were moved to the West Loch branch near the Pearl Harbor Naval Station This leaves us with the question of when and how the Navy will leave Lualualei.

"Spread your message of gratitude and kindness. Your heartfelt words can inspire
your friends and loved ones to make this new year a festival of generosity and love.
You can change people forever with your inspiring words"

The dream then as now is to restore the sites to productivity. But whose vision will drive the conversion of Lualualei valley from military to civilian use? Will it be the developers who wish to create industrial parks and subdivisions on what could be agricultural lands. Or will it be the residents and traditional practitioners of Waiʻanae who wish to restore ancient wisdom of land stewardship and sustainable practices?

The beautiful Lualualei Business Park, voted down by the Present Rail Party.
No sense in local residents living, working and playing in their own kuleana.
And "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

The developers’ biggest argument for rezoning is job creation to relieve the aches and pains of the biggest mess ever created for Waianae residents - the Rail Disaster. Jobs on the Wai‘anae coast have been on the decline in spite of the great need to avoid the Rail Calamity.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

We could be trying to help businesses along the Leeward Coast to buy affordable office spaces, and no waste dumps or landfills are allowed under a light industrial designation. The Industrial Parks are meant to service the needs of the rural and suburban communities, (da people.) The workers may be able to get home quickly and be able to spend some time with their families.

The beautiful number #94, from Kapolei to Manoa in one hour. To be discontinued
and then everyone will be forced to use "Rapid Transit" - Trains don't wait, you wait.
21 stops to downtown. - Two Hours, minimum. How you like them potatoes?

Many in the community support the development, including The Nānākuli Neighborhood board.
Keeping country, country isn’t working specially now that we can see what is shaping up with The Rail Catastrophe. We need economic development so we can provide jobs for the residents of the Waianae Coast here.

There are people now doing computer, video and media work out of their homes. But the Present Rail Party is dead set against anything like that. They are already spending millions to force people to work in downtown Honolulu. Da Rail Mess? It's the bread, Fred. Fortunately, Kapolei is doing a good job of phasing the military out.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner
Pub's Late News: Just in from Maile Yagi of Wahaiwa Ballroom Dance Club;

Subject: Sunday at Dot's; My friend, Catherine Barroga, messaged me this morning that her band: Sweet Sounds/ herself, Freddy V. P. on drums/ and Pepe/ will be playing at Dot's on Sunday again - not "Taste of Harmony" as Georgie Amantiad had heard....either band is great and we'll have a great time dancing to them. Catherine also sings with Johnny Rock Society.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Basic at Kalealoa

By Francis Morten, Kapolei

Most of the social dancers in West Oahu seem to know about the Basic Step even though no has ever explained it fully to them. They have a good idea that most dances have one Basic Step. There are some dances a century ago that had more than one basic and that of course has held them back. Fox Trot and Samba for instance.

"Some people think that the truth can be hidden with a little cover-up and decoration. But as time goes by, what is true is revealed, and what is fake fades away."

A dance's Basic Step determines whether it is accepted by "trendy young" as well as the more experienced Social Dancer. The great appeal of most of our social dances is its Basic Step. The dancers commonly moving from and back to the Basic.

"I'll Be Seeing You" by Bing Crosby

That automatically leads us to our choice of the Classics preferred on the Island of Oahu. Most of these have been learned from almost a century ago here on Oahu and introduced by the newcomers. There was a great surge in popularity during the War years. And since then, they have been more clearly defined by the two Mainland dance organizations, the American and the International Style and many of the dances are interchangeable in the music.

There are six that we can consider the Classics, Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Swing and Tango. There are more of course, but they can be considered gingerbread. Good but as a extra attraction in our social dance circles. If we can dance these six dances of substance well, we can have the satisfaction of knowing we can dance with most sophisticated Social Dancers on the Island of Oahu.

Pub's Side Note: There are three rules for getting guaranteed hits in a blog. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Kapolei Going Great

Terrific how the citizens of the West are realizing that Second City is very possible with little necessity of the Rail Catastrophe. So many beautiful blocks being set up by the smart people in this sector. Wow, it is is looking beautiful and there are many enterprising people that are going to set up businesses in Kapolei. In Town they have been suckered in by the Big Bucks same as the Kakaako Development. Increased traffic never worries them. It's the money, Sonny. It's the bread, Fred. And the "keep the country, country," crap.

"If our plans do not work, we can change the plans, but never the goal,"

New Kalealoa Community Center overlooking the beach at Kalealoa Harbor

"The Green Grass Of Home, by Melveen Leed.

Play learning in West Oahu: Dancing is a way for adults to play.

Play involves a significant cost to animals, such as increased vulnerability to predators and the risk of injury and possibly infection. It also consumes energy, so there must be significant benefits associated with play for it to have evolved. Play is generally seen in younger animals, suggesting a link with learning. However, it may also have other benefits not associated directly with learning, for example improving physical fitness.

So how do we, as humans, teach and learn? Well, we learn too even though at times it is very difficult to get "Good People" as participants in our blog. Now it is also difficult to get "Good People" into Platinum Horseshoe blog too. So we learn and perhaps worry less about it all. Whatever the West is doing is just fine for now and everything is expanding and we are getting more people, that are not that interested in Town. Everyone seems to be more understanding,, as Walter Cronkite use to say after every broadcast. "And that's the way it is.

Our pageview hits are going steadily up so I know somebody is reading our material. If we hit enough average pageviews per day for our nine blogs, we will do all right. That definitely means we are making contact and there is no way to go but up. The eventual spin off of the first independent social media blog should be before the end of the year sometime. I will phase myself out of it slowly, but it will be inevitably. I cannot live forever.

"This Old Heart Of Mine" by the Isley Brothers

Saturday, February 14, 2015


This entire section is getting very well developed in the mind set of the residents, not only in city building. There is much interest in local entertainment from Honokai Hale and down the coast around Kalealoa and including Ewa Beach. More people are thinking of a "Beach Club." What beach club? Anyway it sounds good.

"Be yourself, everyone else is already taken."

Then there have always been dancers in this territory but they found it necessary to go all the way downtown to various nice clubs available there. But the Rail Catastrophe has brought to mind "Second City" and there is no stopping that. The residents will live, work and play in their own kuleana.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

Kalealoa is arousing more interest in drinking oasis. With the two new ones we got now, it will lead eventually to live music and one of them is going to go for dancing. That will be one terrific deal to look forward to. Be able to go dancing in a nice club in Kalealoa, among friends and neighbors and get home in a half hour, not having to buck the horrible traffic in downtown Honolulu. So we can dream can't we?

"Here In My Heart" by Al Martino

Falls are the most common type of fatal unintentional injuries in Hawaii averaging over 108 each year. Falls are also the leading cause of nonfatal injuries in the state with nearly 21,000 emergency room visits and 2,700 hospitalizations each year.  More than three quarters of the victims are aged 65 or older and the risk of fatal falls increases dramatically as seniors move into higher age ranges. I fell twice and am on a walker now. The emotional and fiscal burden associated with fall injuries can be significant.

Pub's Side Note: 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.”

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Turns

The people of this section are turning out to be very good dancers. And most are becoming aware that the basic movements may be used in dozens of other dances besides the one you are doing right now. The turns, left and right are two of the most basic. And fortunately most of the dancers are not hamstrung by the quarter turn, three eighth turn or half turns or whatevah. If it is fairly fast they will make a bigger turn and if it is fairly slow it will be a smaller turn. They don't measure anything, they just enjoying moving to the music.

"We can always be learning. If we are the smartest in this room
we are in the wrong place."

The turn most made by the people in the West is called the Reverse turn. That is the man turning to the left. And in whatever dance, the man leads into the turn with his left foot. The ladies of course are the wonders of the world and can follow very easily. They do this in the Waltz, the Fox Trot, the American Rumba, the Cha Cha Cha, the Samba and maybe only a couple hundred other dances.

"It Seems To Me, I've Heard That Song Before" by Harry James

The turn to the right is done less often and is called the "Natural" turn and it beats me why. It is very easily led by a man with his left foot and he turns to the right. As per usual the ladies are superb at following this move. But this is a very nice complement to the dance as a whole and is acknowledged by most dance teachers. They teach the syllabus but they are dancers and they know their dancing.

There are less than one hundred beats per minute in the American Waltz and about three minutes per song, A couple basics and a left turn and a couple more basics and a right turn you have one tenth of the song already enjoyed. Have fun.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Pub's Side Note: All of these Blogs claim no credit for any images posted on our sites unless otherwise noted. Images on this blog are copied daily by many on the Internet  We try to respect copyrights. If there is an image appearing on this blog by mistake, belongs to you and do not wish for it to appear on this site, please E-mail with a link to said image and it will be promptly removed.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Overhaul

Of our blogosphere is almost complete. The remaining question is Moanalua Corridor. (no news from there.) And the most important lack is the recognition of blogs as something more than "to whom it may concern" kind of of advertising. All are one shot notifications to the reader/dancers.

"We don't chase people anymore. The Dance Scene is learning that we are
here and important and we are available to help. If you are not interested,
we must respect and try not to get in your way."

Our best is still Divino Ritmo posted by Richie Fun, and second place Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club contributed by Maile Yagi. And we are gradually getting Dance Hawaii which includes the United Visayan Hall contributed by Maurice Morita. And we get them without Copyright encumbrances.

Unfortunately, they all lack what we used to have at one time from Kapolei Chapter HBDA. The results at the social - with the comments and photos that are the real meat and potatoes of social media. And we have a total lack of this at the moment. We are beginning to make contact with people in the Night Club circuit and perhaps they will take the advantage of blogging. For Public Relations this cannot be beat.

For now, the studios seem to making the best of blogging though many still rely on quarterly Web updates, even though many are not updated even then. And too many are easy with the "Copyright" issue. That can stop people cold and if those are your intentions fine. For us we will try to respect and avoid any confrontations with Copyrights. If any of you see any in here please let us know and our delete button is ready and we will issue apologies.

"Little Things Mean A Lot" by Kitty Kallen

Will all this preparation, there will be a ballroom dance studio in the Kapolei area and there will be a ballroom dance club too. Of course, we will offer our help, so whenever you are ready, give us a call. The entire enchilada has no where to go but up.

Pub's Side Note: I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank the VA for what they have been doing for me. At times it seems they do too much, and I don't deserve it. However, though the prognosis is not good, knowing these people, I believe I shall dance again.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Slow Down

Due to circumstances beyond my control (Health) I will be doing less blogging for a week or so. Though I am still having fun with what I can do. Got a poster from Maile and I couldn't open with nuttin. I finally got what she had in her email, in full screen and saved it to the clipboard. From there I picked it in Photoshop and I just cropped it.

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time."

Please excuse our Capital Lettering, Maurice uses it for emphasis in his newsletters.




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