Thursday, November 15, 2018

Meheula Vista II in Mililani

Moved in a few days ago but just got my phone installed today. Nice place and what seems to be a lot of nice people here. Making all my changes necessary, such as a change of address with the post office. I think I did it on line but at the end they tried to sell me things and just cut it. I will get the bank on Monday. Fortunately most items are tied to my Internet and not my address. A few other things and I can now get back to work on these blogs.

"Social dancers know that if you love life, you want to bring a little more music to it,
a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”


"Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper (1984)

This blog will continue to cover music and dance mainly on the Island of Oahu. You want to get anything in it about music and dance, email it and I will blog it. You may like your comments in print and whenever you are ready you can get in as a Guest Blogger. Your own blog within the blog. You can open, post text and pictures, save and publish and close it without saying boo to anyone.

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”
― Oscar Wilde

Monday, November 5, 2018

Da Latest

The Chinese symbol for the word “crisis” is written using two strokes of a pen. One stroke stands for danger, and the other for opportunity. In other words, in a crisis, beware of the danger, but also recognize the opportunity. Life always balances itself out. Everything that happens is neither positive nor negative; it just depends on your perspective. And all of us are going to dance.

"Social dancers think that all dancers are creators, and
all dancers create their own world in a dance.”


At one time,  I thought for sure there would be a new dance club on West Oahu dedicated to the social dancer only. And most of it based on the American Style of dance and with the introduction of many peripheral dances, such as Night Club 2 step, Bachata, Hustle, Salsa and Latin Waltz. Fortunately many groups have been way ahead of me. With terrific DJs that will play the music that the social dancers want to hear. In fact I have heard of one near Makapuu Point in Southeast Oahu. Gotta look into this when I get my new digs.

"Like a Virgin" by Madonna  (1984)


Now that I am moving to my new location in Mililani, I must accept that I can only go so far by myself.  So the next step is getting the most important Two Center. Finding the right keyword keeps eluding me and I somehow believe it it is not that important. I use Oahu and Social Dance and I will stay there for now. I am going for the dancers not the search engines. There are bloggers in the mainland that seem to have the right keywords and have been able to generate some incredible traffic from search engines and they make thousands of dollars. That is not my goal.

"We need more people who do not read with the intent to understand,
they read with the intent to reply." ~ Social Media.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Fairy Tale

A Chinese boy, last name of Yong, was born about 1900 or shortly thereafter in China. He was early on dissatisfied with his life and always thought there must be a better place to live. The family thought of him as an oddball. So there came a time when he was in his teens, that some relatives came to visit and they worked the Pacific Ocean as sailors. By luck they needed a cabin boy and this kid jumped at the chance.

"If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes."

He liked the Philippines, and he thought Hawaii was great but plantation work not what he was hoping for. He liked San Francisco and he figured that this might be the place. However the ship was going to Los Angeles and then to Mexico and then go the same route back. He could wait. He though L.A. was terrific, so at that point, it was San Francisco or L,A. At the seaport in Mexico his group happened to run into some Chinese that spoke the same Chinese that they did. They explained that the Revolution in Mexico was just over and everyone was going to make money, about 1919, and they had a "car." He "jumped" ship with his meager belongings and went with them to Guamuchil in the State of Sinaloa.

"Tu Lo Decidiste" por Ana Gabriel

They got him a job in the local Chinese restaurant and worked 10 hours a day six days a week. He had never learned to read and write in Chinese very well but now he made a special effort to learn the Spanish language. He learned how to go without to save a little money. He worked his way into the kitchen and join a group of same age boys that hung around together. Eventually he met a nice Mexican girl, from the lower economic classes. Got married and settled down. He became a good cook and through one of the good customers, he was able to buy a nice lot with beat up shack for a good price. He developed a nice partnership with his wife and they worked together to make it a home for the family's sake and eventually arose to the job of Chief Cook.

"Eres Todo En Mi" por Ana Gabriel

Now he realized that this was a much better life than he had envisioned before. He had several children and one of his daughters was born right about the time that I was born. And she in turn married a nice middle class Mexican guy and they in turn had several children and a special daughter, named Maria Guadalupe Araujo Yong. Latin Style, first name, middle name, fathers last name and mother's last name. She was born in 1955, and is now 63 years old. She learned music and singing and eventually became the reigning queen of Mexico singers.

"Historia De Un Amor" por Ana Gabriel

And her stage name was now Ana Gabriel. Before he passed, when she had concerts in the vicinity she always made arrangement for her Chinese grandfather to attend her concerts. He could have gotten front row but he always insisted on sitting on the side of the theater. Her favorite introduction always included her Big shot friends in the audience and there were many. And as always she would notice, "and that old Chinese man over there on the side, I know him. "Hola Abuelito" Oh, Hi, Grandpa! and of course he would beam. He had come a long ways. It was always a touching scene.

"The last of the human freedoms - to choose one’s attitude in any given set
of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Halloween in Wahiawa

Started preparing for the day about 1 PM, and there was plenty for me with my physical difficulties. But I was ready for the Handi Van by six, and it was only 20 minutes late. I don't complain, they are doing much for me. Got there before seven and things were already looking good. Said hello to all my friends and I was lucky and found a young lady to get some photos. She did very well indeed.


"Wahiawa is a wonderful ballroom dance club filled
with love and the joy of dance." ~ Pauline

Dressing to find the best Halloween decoration costume for a dance is rising. But in a social dance club it is just lending the Holiday spirit to the dance and finding the perfect outfit doesn't have to be stressful, expensive nor left to the pre-made costumes at your local party store. There's still plenty of time to make use of your creativity and get a mask, a cape or a special hat whipped up as a part of your costume. The main thing is socializing at a dance.

"Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran (1982)

"Our first time to attend Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, so enjoyable and friendly people. We love all of them and we got to meet the President. Thank u all."
~ Vicky Visoria.


"Trick or Treat: I know someone who has the witch stick - be safe."
~Jess and Georgie

Even not dancing I can enjoy myself working on the blog like finding someone new to take pictures of their people. Then the quotes from some of the attendees are well received. The reader can better understand the enjoyment of life these people are having. Some could not attend and in a social club you have no obligation or commitment. You wanna come to dance, have fun with your fellow dancers? Fine. You cannot for whatever the reason? That is your business. No hu hu.

 "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen  (1984)

"So much fun with ballroom dance friends. We enjoy ourselves every time." ~ Paulette


A fun loving crowd, a real "social" with dancers dancing whatevah. Some nice line dances to mix up the music and dance and only one set back. Gotta get more men in there, they can enjoy that fun dancing too. The microphone was on with President or others making announcements now and then. The Ring of Prayer was very nice and I found myself standing pretty steady holding hands with my fellow dancers. And everyone got ready for the Kau Kau.

"We are having a wonderful time at WBDC Halloween dance.
Lots of good food, dancing and great music by Leland."
~ Stephanie, for Aiea Ballroom Dance Association


Everybody lined up to what looked like some Ono Grindz and some were even dancing in line. It looked to me like the members were enjoying the eats. I have a tooth problem and the Prez was gracious enough to got me a little to take home. They went through the process of judging for Costume Prizes. I figure more people will join the costume department just to help everyone get in the spirit of the holidays. And I got ready for my Handi Van at nine and it was a little late, but I got home before ten and first thing was eat up the goodies. I hope everyone had a good  time.

“Social dancers cannot give you a sure-fire formula for success, but they can
give you a formula for failure: - try to please everybody all the time.”


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

It is Rolling

The love of your life isn’t perfect and you aren’t either - and the two of you will never be perfect.  But if you can make each other laugh once in awhile, cause each other to think twice about the sweetness of life, and both admit to being human and making mistakes, your relationship is something special.  No, you two may not always choose the most poetic words, and there will likely be inconsiderate slip-ups on occasion, but that’s what makes your bond real.  Smile when they make you happy, speak up when they make you mad, and miss them when they’re gone.  Love hard when there is love to be had.  Perfect love doesn’t exist, but true love does, and it’s worth the effort.

"Social dancers think that we should be joyful, dance,
and bring pleasure into our lives deliberately.”


The Legacy Ballroom in Waipahu is a fully air-conditioned, multi-functional auditorium/theater. It is has a banquet hall, featuring a 40 foot wide theater stage, a professional lighting and sound system and a large projection screen that drops from above the stage. It is a smaller Palladium with a good sized dance floor. The Ballroom can accommodate up to 800 guests for a sit-down banquet or up to 1,200 guests for a stand-up reception or in a theater style sitting configuration. We have no record of it ever having any ballroom dancing.

"Love is a Battlefield" by Pat Benatar (1983) 


Music on Oahu is taken much more into consideration in this century. In the past we were lucky to get what we got. Now, many are preferring live music and the goodies but oldies kind where they recognize and re enjoy their favorites. The DJs are doing fine in acquiring the latest hits, world wide. We are accepting more easily those that wish to be separate and we are amalgamating an awful lot of people into "our" social dance environment. So Rome was not built in a day.

Some have said that "a mistake is the first step of success." - But the truth of the
matter is that "the correction of a mistake is the first step of success."

Friday, October 19, 2018

Latest Adjustment

The feedback on all the blogs has slowed to a crawl and the hits show it. My lost time at Tripler and the deletion of the Platinum Horseshoe blog was partly to blame. This blog, Social Dance Oahu will be taking over with West Oahu dance news and it may be permanent. We can wait and see. I am hoping that one of the studios, one of these days will see the light. and give us some feedback. Then there is the possibility of a new dance club on the Waianae Coast or the North Shore. The noise on the Rail Tragedy will not do much good for Kam Highway.

"Social dancers hear much talk about dance! They think dance
is not something to talk about. Dance is to dance.”


With Social Dance Oahu getting in the news with write ups and photos, and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club giving us feedback and having their doings posted, it will start to move. By Christmas they may catch up with Town Dancer (dream on.) Hits mean readers and that is the name of our game. Blogs are more personal, direct and more current communication, They leave an opening for comments in each blog and they are receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself.

"Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson  (1982)


The hits go through the ceiling. Real Social Media is much different than anything any of us have come across before. I have been doing this for 20 years and I am still learning because I favor the social dancer. Personally, I would interpret social dancing as being distinct from dancing that is strictly for performance, such as ballet, jazz, tap, modern, belly-dancing, or even dancing strictly by the disciplines methods. So under social I would include freestyle club dancing, square dancing, line dancing and the partner dancing that we dance.

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to
entertain a thought without accepting it."

Monday, October 15, 2018

Polly2

Every now and then I find a good one about my favorite despot.

All the rich people gonna vote for him, that's for sure.

Meanwhile back at the ranch: You could look into what Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club has coming up on Saturday, October 27th, the Halloween Dance. I expect to blog'em, take my camera and get some people to take some pictures. I usually make a collage of six people each. A two or three collages and we got a nice blog. On all our blogs, we need pictures, posters and a little more written information from anyone. Then Central Valley is getting to be very prominent on the Ballroom scene in the west. They have discovered a beautiful new place for a Dinner/Dance at Halemano Plantation. These people are leading the way to the North Shore or Waipio?

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

From Maile Yagi
"Life isn’t meant to exist in a narrow color spectrum of perpetual happiness.
That’s a movie. It’s not reality. Experience all your vivid, fiery, watery emotions.
Give yourself permission to be full bodied. You’re peeling. Revealing.
It’s a messy, magnificent process."