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"

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Aiea Ballroom Dance Club

So many nice members of Aiea Ballroom at the Halloween Dance by Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. I hope to be there at Aiea this coming Thursday hoping to see many of the good people from WBDC. I am sure everyone is going to have a ball. Deanie is always so cheerful and we got good music by Bert. Terrific Start.

I couldn't copy their poster so I made a new one with the parts that I could copy. The Graphic easy. The Text to Notepad then to Printshop along with graphic. If you send anything in JPG, it's a piece of cake. Any of that other fancy stuff is very difficult without their private program.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Anyway, no problem with photos at WBDC, I hope we get plenty to make a couple big Collages showing dancers on Oahu, having a good time and enjoying life.

"Dancing is not just a pastime, it defines us."