Tuesday, December 27, 2016

New Year on Oahu

There has always been a library at Waianae and when Kapolei began to build up they had to have a library too and it turned out to be a beautiful building and plenty of users. But now, we have heard the good news, there will be a new library in Nanakuli by next year. Many on the West coast are ready to donate some of their best books to the library. The book readers on this end of the Coast are going to have good book inventory to pick from.

"Dancers think it is kind of silly to think that tearing
someone else down will build you up."

We intend to add more good dance groups and to prune the inefficient spots. Our overall readers seem to be developing into a good group that is interested in enjoying a good dance without getting too technical about it. We have many men that would have been considered street dancers in the olden days but now accepted as real dancers. Is this only in West Oahu?

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Tango losing interest World Wide - too many different Tangos. The Argentine dancers themselves have nine different tangos to dance to. On Oahu we have four, Argentine, American, Filipino and International. And now comes a new one in the US and threatening to come to Hawaii. The FoxTanTino - a foxtrot to Tango music?  We shall see what we shall see. I personally would rather see an amalgamation of the Filipino and the American with the name, The Hawaiian Tango. How about that?

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Time for Christmas

And most dance groups are preparing for the next year. Before starting any advertising campaign, they should have a measurable goal set so they can track their progress to determine if the ad is successful or needs tweaking. Most of us sort our mail over the trash. The goal is to recycle as much paper as possible and find the few items that are important. The amount of Spam advertising out in the world is outrageous.

How about the computer and the Internet? Much of it does not cost much and it may be more useful than radio, newspapers or TV advertising. There are two very useful items for dance groups, the Web sites and the Blog sites, and most Blog sites are non-profit. Find out the difference and use each one for its most useful purposes. In Blogs, differentiate between an information contributor and a Guest Author. Then they will be well on their way to being knowledgeable on how to spread the word.

"As social dancers we may be the real dancers.
We don't dance because we want to -
we dance because we need to."

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Phil and Elvie Padilla

They were there, at the Halemano Plantation shindig. I was so busy with everything that I just knew that someone would get a good picture of them. So I am not perfect and I make mistakes. Hang Me. I lost them when I moved to Nanakuli eight years ago but now Phil told me that they have been in Panama. We will catch up to them now that they are back in Hawaii. And I am going to get that picture for this blog.

"The search for happiness is unlike any other search,
for we search last in the likeliest places."

Phil and Elvie are a natural performers. When they dance everybody watches. Their early performing experience, their active minds, and their years of dancing give them a wealth of material to draw upon. They can constantly create new routines and use them as little sections in their social dancing. Performing and social dancing are one and the same to them. Their repertoire is full of many sequences and they are very interesting to watch. I have always been fascinated.

"Knock Three Times" by Dawn

I cannot go everywhere and do everything and the VA is doing a good job of holding me up. Sooner or later I will have some help and I will get more news and photos out and run these hits up to the moon. The "Good People" are turning out very well in the Platinum Horseshoe blog. And now I want to get a dancer from this group for the "Transparency" and for the Fake Magazine cover shot. It should be a terrific fill in and lend enjoyment for our reader/dancers.

" The Last Dance" by Donna Summer

Meanwhile, our crowd is getting very good at moving to our good music in partner fashion. Good social dancing, we all know that. However, line dancing is a very good way of dancing the night away. So Perhaps someone can suggest how to get more men interested in dancing. The way the Indians danced it a millennium ago. Men Only. Of course, it does get too fancy at times and that turns me off too.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

WBDC, Dance, Part 3

Thank you for coming to join in our special Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club Jingle Bell Rock 2016 at Helemano Plantation Camp 808, 12-10-16. Again, we had a fabulous time! Here are pictures that say a thousand words!
Mahalo nui loa,
Maile Yagi

Pub's Note: I did not receive one thousand pictures but almost. I will do my best which of course, may not be enough. This was a great occasion and I ask you all to be kind. I put part 2, in Marie's birthday write up in the Town Dancer blog with her photos. I will put the remaining photos in the Dancing Nights blog for the end.

What has been referred to as Social Dancing is becoming a bigger portion of what it used to be, because everyone has acknowledged the difference from the other high toned deals. And we can certainly have a good time. Somebody wants to take that away from us? They will play hell.

"Social dancers know that dancing enables you to find yourself and
you can lose yourself at the same time."

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Halemano Plantation

I knew this was special day and one reason was that I had two destinations to go to, on the Handi Van, The first was with the dentist at 1:00 pm. The van to bring me back home never got there and I had to  take two buses to get home. The next place I knew, would be more fun and I got ready by 5:00 pm.

The van was a little late but I got to the Halemano Plantation by six and the place was starting to move, with many already partaking of the delicious food. (I know how delicious, for I got to take some home and it was fit for royalty.) Maile was doing just fine leading the way and the terrific music of Leland was permeating throughout the floor. And even if no one was dancing they were sure getting in the mood.

"Merry Christmas + Happy 2017 to our Sister Club - Love from"
Deanie Burgess - Aiea Ballroom

"Great dance music, awesome food and many many friends."
Bert Burgess

Sometimes, everything comes together just right.  A nice evening with the right group chemistry, the general positive vibes, a few pleasantly surprised newcomers, and naturally, some other mysterious "something" all came together, Saturday evening at the Helemano Plantation.  It was one of "those" nights, and it was fun.  There was a limit on the tickets sold and there were just enough participants to make things exciting, but not so many that the dancers were banging elbows and toes.

"Mele Kalikimaka everyone, my wife and I wish everybody
a Happy Holiday. Be Safe and Be Happy."
Ron and Rosalie

"Have a safe and Happy Holiday Season"
Dieter and Gloria Phister

I took a couple photos to make sure the camera was working. Then I found a nice place near my friends, Ron and Rosalie, they are both such fun people Gave Ron the camera and he got some pictures. Rodney and Carol were nearby they always help. I also want to thank them publicly for the invitation. So many good friends and fortunately Ron had some nice wine. And there seemed to be a lot of wine bottles out and everyone seem to be just sipping and enjoying the scenic atmosphere. I am getting more convince that my preference in wine will be red wine.

"It's been a long, long time to see you again, Pepe"
Phil and Elvie Padilla

"Awesome party - Friendly and Accommodating - Family party friends."
Amador Verzon

"Much Aloha and such great dancing! What a wonderful
Merry Merry Christmas!"
Doug and Kate

These photos were all taken with my camera by various photographers. I am sure everyone thanks them as of course I do too. I knew that one blog on such an enjoyable occasion would not be enough so the next blog will be with Marie's photos with everyone wishing her a Happy Birthday. The photos were sent by Iphone and that can be pretty difficult to make out. I have duplicates and perhaps triplicates in photos from Marie and Maile.  I will try to get it in the Town Dancer blog today.

Monday, December 5, 2016

New Year Looking Good.

Just looking over the beginning stats for the month of December and things are developing so good I could pinch a grape. My estimate with the stats at hand are that all of the blogs on Oahu will have a sufficient amount of readers available to make the blogs viable. First we need the Two Centers and from there we should get some Guest Authors. With a few Guest Authors the hits will go through the roof and the best blog will become "independent." - Platinum Horseshoe?

"Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and
free of conflict have not learned their history."

As the year end holidays approach, things seem to be getting clearer. The interested dancers are exchanging comments with each other and are becoming very aware, The best thing has been the growing acceptance of the different styles of dance that have been evolving over the last 80 years of "Ballroom Dance" on this Island.

"My Cup Runneth Over" by Max Bygraves

The introduction of new styles to the original social ballroom dance scene led everyone to believe they were all dancing BALLROOM. Naturally, the ones that regarded themselves as the "top levels" would tend to look down their noses at the "lesser levels." Who hasn't heard the term "junk dancer?" The definition for our kind of dancing has been slow in coming but it is certainly becoming clearer. Whatever you prefer to call ballroom dancing, may be never resolved.

"Most dancers know that every saint has a past,
and every sinner has a future."

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Awaits

Looks like a good end of the year festivities for the dancers on Oahu. Good Halloween dances, terrific Thanksgiving occasions, and now very naturally comes Christmas. For us on this blog December looks like a nice place to visit, dance and celebrate. Aiea Ballroom Dance Association has their Anniversary dance at the Pearl Country Club this weekend but I have not had any updates.

"Fortunately our good dancers, are the ones that point out
what is going right and help to fix what is going wrong."

I am fortunate to have been invited to the Wahiawa Ballroom Dnce Club Christmas Dance. I hope to get some good photos and some opinions from the happy dancers to blog'em up right. I am fortunate that even if I cannot eat or dance, I can at least be there and enjoy the company of some of the best people on Oahu. I supposed they are already sold out. The biggest thing in the Central Valley for Christmas and I may have to make two blogs for them because I get so many good photos. Now if I can get some opinions too, Wow!

"The Last Dance" by Donna Summer

The Waianae Coast is still wide open to do a little filling in the Platinum Horseshoe. Makaha is developing good with the Makaha Studios there. Maili is developing a terrific beach park. Nanakuli getting the newest Library in the State. Third City if the Present Rail Party doesn't stop the building of business parks there. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes." This blog still remains the chance for anyone on the Waianae Coast to get their two cents in. 

Old Indian saying: "To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak."

Saturday, November 26, 2016

West Oahu?

By Benjamin Goldberg, Ewa

In West Oahu, everybody is a member of an ethnic minority. That makes it tough to practice racial discrimination in these Islands, although to be honest, there are still some in every race who like to try. The everyday resident of West Oahu is much like the everyday resident of the Mainland, if there is such a person. Mr. and Mrs West Oahu have a car, send their kids to school every morning, public, private or parochial. Mom and Dad work hard for a living. It is expensive to live in Hawaii so there are lots of working wives and mothers. And we all know it is going to get worse to pay for the Rail Disaster.

“The test we must set for ourselves is not to march alone but
to march in such a way that others wish to join us.”

Hamburgers, hot dogs, soda pop, popcorn, movies, TV, motorcycles, roller skates, bikes and rock concerts excite Oahu’s youth. Beer, bridge, dancing, night clubs, soap operas, car pools, traffic jams, taxes and hypertension are common diversions for their parents. West Oahu’s people love politics, fresh air, Saturday night, girls in bikinis, Grandma and a good T-Bone steak in spite of the fact that their ancestors came from China, Japan, Korea, the Azores Islands, Australia, the Philippines, the Pacific Islands, Europe or the Mainland.

"Fly Me To The Moon" By Jimmy Borges

Some of West Oahu's people are nice, some aren’t. Some are rich and some are poor. Some are fat and some are thin. Some are snooty, some are friendly, some are busy and some are lazy. We have the greatest diversity. It is just like most of the civilized world. Most visitors say they like the people of West Oahu. We hope you do too. But you never know if you don’t meet some. Dancing is the best way to meet some! And the opportunities in West Oahu increase daily.

"We only have so many bottles of wine in our lives, -
let us never drink a bad one." 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Looking Good

The "Good People" are turning out very well in both the Platinum Horseshoe blog and the other blogs, it is just very slowly. I have found our best client, Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and right behind them is their sister club Aiea Ballroom Dance Club, terrific kokua. Both of them are going to see good results in the dance information we are able to share with the reader/dancers.

"The search for happiness is unlike any other search,
for we search last in the likeliest places."

I have posted the second "Page" in Platinum Horseshoe, and it is Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. It is not complete yet, it needs a little more information such as officers in it Perhaps someone can email it in to me and I will make a nice page. In effect, it is a mini web site. Hopefully we will get another soon. Then I hope to get the photo of a couple dancers to make a "Transparency." Yes, I realize that not many know what this is.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

I cannot go everywhere and most people know that I am limited but sooner or later I will have some help and get more news and photos for these blogs and run these hits up to the moon. Two Dance Clubs have help to run the hits on this blog up through the ceiling, at this time. But do not trust those hits. Many are not the reader/dancers that we need. Right now, Pinterest is doing the most inquiry and running the hits up. It may do us some good, somewhere.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

From Aunty Maile

Everyone had a wonderful time coming together, for the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club's Turkey Trot Dance at the Hale Hookipa Room, Wahiawa Rec. Ctr., on 11- 18–16.  Being that our sister club, the Aiea Ballroom Dance Association, had their monthly dance on the same night, we were left with a huge dance floor to dance the night away. Lots of food as usual, great music by DJ Leland, great times dancing, and surrounded by great, nice, people! We had the presence of Joe Martel, which made our dance extra special.

Now we are getting ready for our special Christmas dance at Helemano Camp 808, on December 10. Tickets are all sold out at this time, but get ready for our next dance on January 6, where we will dance to the sound of the big band era!

See you next time,
Maile Yagi

"Bloggers Law, #29B: Complex problems have simple easy to understand wrong answers."

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Turkey Trot

Nice day, got prepared for the trip, the camera, batteries, paper, pen, pencils and a couple storage disks. I put a full movie in one of them. What do I know?  And the Handi Van would pick me up at home at 6 pm and take me to Wahiawa. They would pick me up at Wahiawa at 9 pm and take me home. Sounded good to me, these people are super.

"We can make a living by what we get, but
we can make a life by what we give."

Turned out it was a bit early and I was there at 6:45, but in a few minutes the first couple arrived and I went with in with them. They soon began to come in, Leland and Maile with their equipment, and was informed that on Fridays, it was from 7:30 and on Saturdays it was from 7:00. So we live and learn.  I got the first picture to make sure my camera was working. The camera said the batteries were low. I brought with me four extra batteries. But they were all in bad shape. I will make sure to have them fully charged next. Fortunately I got a couple from Leland. I know that those that are perfect find this hard to understand. It was dark for much of the time and I couldn't take any pictures.

And it was a slow night. But these are good people and they can enjoy moving to the good music and generally having fun in social atmosphere. Though I was not able get my camera going,

Maile managed to get some good pictures, emailed to me and here they are. She wrote, "Thank you for coming Joe! Despite not having our sister dance club there, we all had a wonderful time tonight!

There were plenty of other cameras around. Perhaps next time, somebody is willing to share a couple photos with the reader/dancers of this blog. Email them in and we will all thank you.

Aiea Ballroom Dance Club, sister club of Wahiawa, was having their Thanksgiving banquet at the famous Palladium in town. Many people probably went there. But please no recriminations, we hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving day, no matter where. And then there are the Christmas Dances coming up. Hey, live it up. you only live once, and doing it this way, once is enough.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett 

Late entry from Maile, but enough photos to make another collage.
And it shows we can make any correction to the blog if we wish.

I passed out a few storage disks and the Handi Van came early, but I guess Maile knew the driver, and he did not mind waiting for me to get ready and say my goodbyes. He just may be at the Christmas Party. I was home before 10 and had one of my best meals in the year. Thanks Maile I keep saying these are terrific people. Also thanks to Rodney and Carol, I will see ya all at Helemano Plantation on the 10th.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016



"If we just look at all that already exists in our lives, all that we already have: unlimited air to breathe, ample lighting to see, music to hear, books to read, stars to dream by, trees to gaze at, floors to dance on. Friends to cavort with, enemies to befriend, strangers to meet, woods to walk through, beaches to comb, rocks to scale, rains to cleanse us, rivers to float us, animals to comfort us - - we do have to admit, there's more of it than we could ever, ever spend during our temporary lives."

"Every area of trouble gives out a ray of hope; and the one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable."
We hope to see everyone on Friday night Thanksgiving party at the Wahiawa Recreation Center. And the party will be hosted by the famous Wahaiwa Ballroom Dance Club. And they are making good plans for the Christmas Party.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Seating is limited so if there are any tickets left, your last chance may be at this Thanksgiving Fiesta. At any rate everyone is going to enjoy either day. Happy Holidays,

Aiea Ballroom Dance Club, announcement
At the Palladium
November 18, 2016, Friday, 6:00 PM - 9:30
Full  Ballroom, Bert Burgess - DJ

The color for this dance is ORANGE.

"Life may not always be the party we had hoped for, but while we are here, Let's Dance." 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Turkey in Wahiawa

Aloha Everyone!

Also...please save the date for Friday, November 18, 2016, as we celebrate the season of Thanksgiving with WBDC's Turkey Trot Dance! Read the details below and plan to come and enjoy this wonderful dance with all of us!

We invite you!

Mahalo nui loa,
Maile Yagi for WBDC

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance Club, sister clubs are just perfect for this blog. The coverage on their socials has sent the hits on Platinum Horseshoe up through the ceiling. It is just unbelievable. These clubs don't back stab each other, they try to kokua with each other and the results is that they both come out looking good. I must try to get a guest author from that group of dancers. Of course, it helps that they have two of the best DJs on this Island laying down the music that we love.

"Down By The Shack, Down By The Sea" by Don Ho

Then I am also looking for that good dance couple in an exhibition dance photo to make a transparency to include in a new poster. I have explained it a few times, no big hurry, just think it over. Any questions just email. This blog is gonna be Social Media some day. And then it will become independent and I can rest in peace.

"Most dancers know that when you can dance what you feel,
then you know that the dancer is real."

Monday, November 7, 2016

Wahiawa Halloween, Part 2

I was worried that I would not have enough photos, but this club has got to be numbah one in that department. I had to make it into two blogs and this is the followup. Together with Aiea Ballroom Social, the hits on Platinum Horseshoe have gone through the roof. Google sent a lot of search engine hits in, so they noticed. I got emails from the Big Island and from the Philippines - The Philippines? Anyway these clubs are beginning to be known in this entire Pacific Basin.

The entire group is so social and dance oriented that it is easy to see the reason for it all. DJ Leland is laying down some terrific music and there in no one on this island that can beat his Latin tunes. I heard Luis Miguel and José Feliciano, two of the greats in Latin music, rare at other places. And he is up to date with Salsa and Bachata. Hey, these people are dancers. Of course they got two of the best teachers in American Style dancing on this island, Felipe Repollo and Carol Mendoza. And it has been going for quite a few years.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

There must have been some good photos of the ending when prizes were awarded. I had to wait for my Handi Van, due at 9:15, so I was outside most of the time. The Handi Van arrived half hour late. Then with some pick up and deliveries of other passengers, I got home about eleven, tired but happy. I ate my one good meal of the month prepared by Maile to take home. Mahalo everyone.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Waiting for some additional input. But the additional input was not received. Sorry about that. Anyway these two important sister clubs sure had an impact on the entire Island of Oahu. The hits have gone over 100 average per day. (3000 per month?) They will go down of course but Town Dancer is now in second place.

"These dancers know that their purpose is not to get to a certain
place on the floor but to enjoy their favorite music
and every movement along the way."

Friday, November 4, 2016

Halloween at Aiea

Nice day, lots of things to do and the most important was to get ready for the Halloween Dance at Aiea. The Handi Van was to pick me up at 6:15. Showed up at six, but they are not a taxi or bus. They do the best they can and we should appreciate and I do. In a hurry, I forgot my watch.

I got to Aiea Intermediate by six thirty and a little while later the set up crew of three people showed up. And I took my first picture just to make sure the camera was working. Walked around, cased the joint and it looks like a very nice environment. Deanie and Bert came in before seven and dancers were arriving, many in very nice costumes, and it was looking more like a Halloween Dance.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

First batch of photos taken by several people on my camera.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Aloha Joe!
Just wanted to share some pictures that I had taken tonight of the Aiea Ballroom Dance Association, Halloween Dance 2016. We had a most wonderful time! Just enjoyed meeting up with all of our friends, dancing the night away to good music, and partaking in such a delicious spread of food that were miles long. Yes, we are all very blessed that we are able to enjoy such a special time in our lives.
Enjoy the moments,
Maile Yagi

We are sure getting some good photography. Are we going to get better?
You'd bettah buleeve it.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

The first comment:
"Under the Aiea moonlight with Deanie Bates, a Cha Cha Cha here, A Samba there with my Bunnynator, Thank you Deanie for inviting us."
Marie Laderta 

"Stranger in Paradise" by Tony Bennett

People were dancing up a storm to very enjoyable music. Bert is very update on Latin music. I have many but they are from my time, way back. He has some I had never heard before, but they were just beautiful. Take it from some one has been around Latin music for a long time. Then I took home one of the best meals I have had in years. Some was left over for today and even for tomorrow too. What good luck I have with these people in Wahiawa and Aiea. Mahalo to all.

"Perfidia" by Glenn Miller

Got some good quotes from good people but I just forgot to get the names. I promise to be more careful next time. There is much more meaning if there is name attached to it.

"Awesome social! Fun costumes good eats, Great Music."

"Aiea Ballroom Halloween Social
It is so good to see old friends and make new ones, not to mention the partaking of the yummy spread"