Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Kapolei Continues

"From the first day I arrived in Kapolei. I believed in the vision that it would one day become a thriving city." Christine Camp. "I believe that it has already reached that status, and I feel fortunate that Avalon will be part of the growth for the foreseeable future."

"We should do what we can, with what we have, where we are.” 

Unfortunately too, that the Present Rail Party has thrown a monkey wrench into the machinery. A couple good sized Industrial Parks and even the Freeways would be superfluous. And Second City will really live but it will take more time. And we all know, "It's the dough, Moe." Millions and Millions of dollars in Profit on building a choo choo train that does nothing but goof up the works. Fortunately more people are becoming aware of the biggest con job on record in the Pacific.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

The best estimates of dancers in the Platinum Horseshoe are about 3 thousand potential social dancers in all levels. Perahps 500 in the beginnners, 500 in the upper deluxe category. Which give us a comfortable 2000 social dancers as just normal. social dancers. So the new dance club will arrive and several night clubs will develop.

"Dancing is the World’s Second Most Popular Indoor Sport"

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Evolving Nicely

Three Developing Centers for Music and Dance in this area. Leading in the Wahiawa area is Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Dot's In Wahiawa. People come all the way from the North Shore. And we still get flickers about a dance club in Waipio and Waikele. This central valley section will grow in spite of it being designed as a "bedroom community."

“Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it.
Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish them.”

Kapolei second city, still trying, unlike many others that wish to keep the country, country. You know da kine, no money for schools, no sidewalks and specially no shoe stores. But Kapolei is getting there in spite of the Present Rail Party. In ten years, most residents will live, work and play in their own kuleana.

"Night Life" by Don Ho

And of course, there is Kalealoa between Kalealoa Harbor and Kalealoa Airport. With a small Business Park, and a reasonably priced hotel.  Wow! Night Clubs? You know it. And for sure there will be Kalealoa Dance Club. Honolulu doesn't like this. He He.

Waianae may not wait, though for now they are on the same plain as Kokohead Dancing - Downtown Oriented. Honolulu too controlled by the Rail Crisis People and look what they did to traffic in the Freeway a few days weeks ago, just to get the Rail Tax increase. It's the bread, Fred. Millions and millions of dollars on profits.

"I believe" by Frankie Laine

Now this blog just needs a couple more Two Centers, to really get going and a Guest Author would do wonders. I know we are very strict but we have ears and we try to listen.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Dance Floor

Let us face it, that we are going to need a lot more dance floors in West Oahu than we have available now. They have tried for years to have some kind of dance club mainly in Ewa Beach but they all fizzled out. They never got much help from their "political leaders."

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running
up and down the field and never scoring.” 

So there has been no "great" need up till now. The Rail Disaster has made it imperative to avoid going to Honolulu. We can learn to live, work and play in our own kuleana. And let Honolulu wallow in their own messes. Kapolei will be Second City in spite of the Present Rail Party. There will be plenty of exchanges between Kapolei and the Waianae Coast and also between Kapolei and the Central Valley leading all the way up to the North Shore. Hey, this is West Oahu and everyone knows we never needed the Rail Catastrophe.

This sounds like real fun in West Oahu, and fortunately with
one of the oldest dance organizations in Hawaii.

Dance Flooring - Not Da Reel Teeng?
Hard Wood flooring costs lotsa money. Laminate boards are a lot cheaper.  Laminate planks are usually installed over a moisture barrier, which does double-duty by leveling any uneven areas of the floor. The planks snap together, and do not require glue or nails. The type of traffic a floor will be subjected to is a main factor to consider when choosing a flooring material. Durability is laminate flooring's biggest asset. Because of the high-density backing board,

"Wheel Of Fortune" by Kay Starr

Laminates are resistant to gouges and punctures. Stains and scuffs have a hard time penetrating the high-pressure laminate coating. Sliding chairs and dropped pots and pans that will quickly add “character” to wood floors have little affect on laminates. The West has possibilities?

Many community centers on the Mainland have had good dance floors installed by the local dance club. The easiest method has been to borrow, in increments of $100, from the members, and perhaps even a small loan from the bank. After the floor is built it only takes a couple of fund raising dances to pay back the bank and the club members that loaned the money. Of course we have also heard of some community centers that have then raised the rental rates. After all, now they offer is a good dance floor. Sounds chintzy to me.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

For Yvonne Montes

And the rest of the relatives:
I am sending two USB drives with digital information. You need more I can send. I will also send to your mother and to your aunt Eleanor. These are promotional to give to reader/dancers of these blogs. In this package are several other things. A meter to count your steps that some one may be able to use over there. Won't do me any good here. And then there is a copy of the movie "Tango" on DVD which I made when I was experimenting and no use now because I don't get around much anymore.

The main thing is the Songs in Video, that I picked up in my surfing of the net.

"Abrazame" made famous by Julio Iglesias but doesn't quite have the heart the Mexicans put into it. This one is by Alejandro Fernandez and you can tell his girlfriend intends to leave him and he is heart broken. Even the piano player gets his body English to get the most out of the instrument. Then it features one of the best trumpet players in Mexico. Nickname "Shanghai Czech" and he is neither from Shanghai nor from Czechoslovakia. Just a play on words, because he looks like someone.

"La Distancia" an oldie but goodie made famous by Roberto Carlos, and this was way back when he was young and had his hair waved so he wouldn't look so Indian. Indian song with the definite use of European instruments. One of my favorites.

"Detalles" definitely Indian in complete backgrounds and the singing derived from the old Indian chants. Each entire sentence is on the same note, the next sentence in a higher or lower note. All phrases are in a different note and the song remains one of my all time favorites  It is taken in Chile somewhere so there is a fireplace. Also by Roberto Carlos.

"Hasta Que Te Conoci" by Juan Gabriel. Rapidly becoming more famous in spite of being gay. This in Mexico where they pride themselves on their manliness. But he a a nice man, good singer, and very good theatrical presentations of Latin Music and Dance. Also has has hair waved to look less Indian.

"When I Was Young" by Charles Aznavour really need no introduction. Beautiful song and lyrics and it will last as a classic.

If the family gets some good speakers for their computers you can do away with your DVD players and your stereo sets. And tons of music free on the Internet. And I am finding it easier "not" to copy and just play whatever I find at the moment.