Sunday, March 29, 2015

The New Blog

Surprise, this new made over Moanalua Corridor blog seems to be plodding along very nicely. But of course we have Dream To Dance Studio and Dance Hawaii = Maurice Morita in this sector. As per usual a couple good Two Centers will get it rolling.

"Those who tried and failed are infinitely better than
those who try to do nothing - and succeed."


Wednesday, April 1st, the Big Blowout.
The Dance will have free Valet Parking and free admission. Ten peice band playing all the oldies but goodies. Every one get a free ticket for the Mercedes Benz that will be raffled at half time. There will be Steak and lobster available all evening along with 14 cases of champagne - all free.


It should not be so amazing that the readership of this blog is increasing and that the class of readers is much for the better. These people are interested in dancing not in running down dancers. We also appreciate the well wishers for their thanks and for their kind words but I must inform all of you that most of the credit is increasingly getting more diverse. We also need more comments in the blogs.

"Which Way You Goin' Billy?" by Poppy Family


The newsletter views have been changing into more like Social Media.  This has been from the new blood coming in. I will not live forever so that we must accommodate more people running it and they will just take over very easily. Perhaps we can look forward to independence by the middle of this year. Of course, with independence comes the opportunity to make your own parameters.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Pub's Side Note: Be careful with the "publish personal emails" virus on Oahu. If they say we publish personal emails, people believe it and that's it. No need to ask "Where, When, Show me?" Naturally no one says a word. You are guilty and there is no way to prove your innocence. Those are their rules, tough.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Showing Flickers

Rumba of course has had its difficulties in the basic from the very beginning. In East Honolulul it is no different than anywhere else on Oahu. The slow, quick, quick, square step that Arthur Murray introduce as Rumba is not quite the most natural Latin style. Then when Arthur Murray sued Fred Astaire for using the same basic in his studios, there was hell to pay. He won and Fred Astaire being a dancer changed his basic to quick, quick, slow. The difference remains to this day.

"A joke is a very serious thing." ~ Winston Churchill


There is a marked difference in the International style as well, with a rock step as the quick, quick, which may be more natural Caribbean, followed by a slow. The Cha Cha Cha, has the slow replaced with a Chassé. The dancers is East Honolulu will help to establish a more compatible basic Rumba pattern that can be easily accepted by both men and women in all categories. And it will be a completely social Rumba.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho


The Platinum Horseshoe blog seems to be emerging in second place behind Town Dancer blog. Blogging Hawaii and Dancing Nights will be going for third place. The rest are also rans for the moment. As per usual the Two Centers and eventually the Guest Authors will make the difference. And each blog will develop different information and of course a different audience.


I have been getting some club information for the blogs but not enough. The few information contributors that we have do very well but we need more. The total average pageviews per day of all nine blogs is increasing all the time. Slowly but surely, which is the best way. But showing signs of the law of diminishing returns. It is about as far as I can go by myself.

Blogger's Law #41:
All gossip at the Palladium is true. Do not be misled by facts.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Dance Hawaii

Apparent reorganization coming up but they will ultimately prevail. They have many good people in the group. Receive some news from Maurice and I recap some of it here.


WEEK OF MARCH 16TH, 2015 TO MARCH 22ND, 2015
MAURICE T MORITA, PRESIDENT
CELL PHONE #: 808-225-0326
EMAIL ADDRESS: mauricetmorita@gmail.com
WEBSITE: dancehawaiiinc.com
MAILING ADDRESS: 808 AHUA ST. #82, HONOLULU, HI. 96819

JOIN THE UNITED VISAYAN COMMITTEE OF HAWAII
COST: $63.00 PER YEAR / $31.00 INITIATION FEE(ONE TIME PAYMENT)
BENEFIT: ATTEND MONDAY & WEDNESDAY NIGHTS FREE
SEE MAURICE MORITA FOR MORE INFORMATION

This was capitalize and centered according to Maurice.


There were additional interesting facts. He also listed the 2nd Quarter Dance Classes that will begin on the first week of May to June. There will be no dance classes in April and they will be moving the Waipahu Visayan Hall dance classes from Wednesday to Thursday nights in May and June.

Cris & Vicky Visoria will be back on April 30th and will teach intermediate dance steps on Monday nights at the UVC Hall. Sally Forges along with Hector & Ping Centeno, Amor Cabanit, will teach a beginner dance steps on Thursday night at the UVH Hall. If you are a beginner dancer, its better to attend the Thursday night dance class.

 
Pubs Side Note: So Rome was not built in a day. I will continue to try to help wherever I can. However, there may be some who think I am receiving too much from their "good looks, talent, fame and good fortune." It is their decision and I will respect. Meanwhile, I have to find those I can help and I do not have too much time. I have work to do and I must be on my way. Good luck to all.

Dancing Anyone?

Yes, I have been told, "Nobody dances in East Honolulu." However I have found a few whispers here and there. They seem to be divided about the same as in West Honolulu and I always try the three way method. Here the results are the "musics" the "combos" and the "dancers."

"There's music in the sighing of a reed;
There's music in the gushing of a rill;
There's music in all things, if people had ears:
Their earth is but an echo of the spheres."


The "Musics" are those that love music and cannot exist in the world without music. They wake up in the morning and insert their ears. They take them off again when they knock off for sleep. I have heard there are players that can be used in the shower. Anyway they are thoroughly saturated with music.

 "N Dis Life" by Bruddah Iz

The "Combos" are most of us, that love music but we have other things to do that are just as important. If we do use earphones there is a remarkable effort to withhold movement to the music. They all feel it. But there comes a time when they will attend their social dance club, district park, community center and even night clubs. There they can hear their favorite music and move and enjoy according to their wishes. They can have a rollicking good time.


Night clubs are the best for individualism. They can be playing a jazzy cha cha cha and most of us will Cha. If there is couple dancing swing, who cares? We are all smiling and enjoying the movement to the beautiful music. The judges? They went that way.

Then we have the "Dancers." These people really take pains to dance correctly and with reason. Most do very well and the higher their elevation of dancing the harder they will be judged. Twenty years ago, the created the term, "Junk Dancers" which was applied to most of us. Most of them will be International Style dancers and of course, a few Exhibition Dancers - the absolute tops.

"Hanohano Molokai" by Melveen Leed

Pub's Side Note: I cannot do what one person tells me to do. But I can certainly hear what many of you say and then I must move accordingly. And yes, they tell me that in East Honolulu, there is no place to dance.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Not Losing Hope

The devastation of this sector by the Rail Disaster continues. The Property Taxes are going sky high to pay for the cost over runs on the Rail Mess which get worse every day. The minimum wage for carpenters and electricians is going up, naturally. Millions and millions of dollars in profits for the Fat Cats.

"To err is human . . . to blame your computer for your mistakes
is even more human, it is downright natural.


Still, we can all hope to do the best we can under these trying circumstances. There is one good studio in the area and room for a couple dance clubs if they can find a place to dance. Street dancing doesn't work that easily anymore. Does anyone do any dancing in malls?

"Honolulu Blue and Green" by Melveen Leed

There will be few changes in the Western blogs of Sea Country and the Platinum Horseshoe. The monthly prizes based on the Dow Jones numbers will be offered to anyone but they will appear only in the Sea Country blog. And we understand that our readers have a difficult time understanding "free" in our blogs. We are not the Internet type scam.


There are quite a few small Night Clubs in this sector. And a night club is made when a dance floor is installed in a Bar or Cocktail Lounge. The only distinction that dancers can make is the size of the dance floor. A ten by ten is not it. But Rome was not built in a day, let us be patient.

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

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Kokohead Area

The Kokohead Crater and the Stairway To The Stars:

Just ran into a nice review of the Kokohead area and I didn't know there were two Craters. In fact I have been here almost 40 years and I have never met anyone who has made that climb on the stairway to the stars.

 "Dance may be used as communication between body and soul,
to express music in what may be too deep to find for words."


Koko Head Crater is an old tuff cone measuring 642 feet (196 m) in height. It is quite a bit smaller than its neighboring tuff cone Koko Crater, which measures 1,208 feet (368 m). It is one of the most popular landmarks on Oahu's southeast shore. Even from a distance one can see the hiking trail that leads to the peak.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

To get to the lookout point, one has to climb 1,048 stairs/railroad ties, which were originally built over 60 years ago to get supplies to the military bunkers at the top. The stairs are very steep. There is short, bridge-like area that some people find scary because the railroad tracks where one walks on are above the ground. The alternative route to the right of it is much easier. Within the crater are horse stables and the Koko Crater Botanical Garden, home to many cacti and succulents.


Everyone knows that dancers are not drunks. Dancing in Hawaii Night Clubs will change and these new clubs that will be for dancers will not find it necessary to sell hard liquor. They will sell wine and beer by the bottle, easy to keep track of. Outside catering for chopstick food, not necessary to touch with the fingers. And the best juice bar on the entire state of Hawaii. I have already applied for the job of shoveling the money into the "large" safe.


Well, so far, so good. We at least have Dance Hawaii to put into the news. But there must be more around somewhere. Just let us know and sharing the information with the reader/dancers is fun. There is Hawaii Kai and Waimanalo close by. Hopefully we can get some news from there to start the ball rolling.

Pub's Side Note: There have been two groups in town that have consistently produced the best International Style dancers on this island. By the same token there have been two groups that have consistently produce the worst International Style dancers on this Island. Who? Ha Ha! We are talking competition here are we not? That is the name of somebody else's game not ours.

Monday, March 16, 2015

New Arrows

Seems to be going in the right direction, this section from the stadium to Chinatown. And I am not the one to say so, the reader/dancers will make the final decisions. But so far, so good. Now we need a good name for this blog as long as we know we are Dancing in Hawaii.

"We sometimes must remind ourselves that we are not perfect
and we must accept it."


We have a little action in Chinatown, and we have the fabulous Dream To Dance Studio in Palama. There is a dance club in Kalihi but we don't know much about it. The only conclusion for us is that there will be a new dance club in this area. Perhaps in the Salt Lake Area, but it must be well away from the Rail Disaster.


Most of the agenda has been set by me, namely to spread the credit around, no one is the star, least of all me. We must continually seek other views and opinions. We must get photos of more different people. The same ones month after month is counter productive for our aims.

Q: How do you get a tissue to dance?
A: Put a little boogie in it!

At the same time we are standardizing the dance that we dance, what are we going to call it, Social, Fusion, Cultural, Universal or Free Style dance? And the invitation to all outsiders is being very well understood by most of our readers. We are not going to get there overnight.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

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.  The emotional and fiscal burden associated with fall injuries is significant.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Looking Bettah

Dancing in Hawaii is definitely looking bettah in East Honolulu even without us. All we can do is help. Dance Hawaii is our only connection so far and they could send us a photo. Would hit the spot.

“May the laughter that you find in your tomorrows wipe away
the pain you find in your yesterdays."


Shines: floor shines, open partner or solo dancing. A floor shine is a combination of steps you do when you and your partner let go while dancing. Sometimes the guy and girl do a little battle of steps when he’ll do one shine and she does another or both can even do the same step (shine) at the same time on their own timing (the man’s or the ladies.)

"Love Me Or Let Me Be Lonely" by Friends Of Distinction

The purpose of floor shines is to do some dancing on your own instead of doing all partner-work — its your chance to show off all the fancy steps you learned in class, (that beautiful styling the ladies learn.) The amount of floor shine during the song depends on how much partner work the guy wants to do. He’s leading so he basically has control over letting go of the girl to do the floor play.


There is a nice Internet set up for Kokohead Dancing and perhaps some day we would be included. But of course, we have little to contribute at the moment. The Two Centers can make a big difference Dancing in Hawaii, by sharing information and photos with their friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow dancers in the East.

Pub's Side Note: I asked this guy, who has been around a long time (a member of the Creative Researchers And Producers) about the loss of dancers on Oahu in the last 20 years. I told him that I wasn't sure if it was ignorance or apathy.
He replied, "I don't know and I don't care."
Hey, how much clearer can you get than that?


Friday, March 13, 2015

West Honolulu

Temporary name change while we wait for some feedback from somebody that lives in the district. And West Honolulu seems to be opening up in spite of the Rail Disaster. Of course it is all going North of King St. As far as they can away from the noise and humbug of Da Rail Mess. We may go all the way to the Stadium. There are several small night clubs developing with small dance floors so the evidence is there, people are dancing in West Honolulu.

"The Apathy Anonymous meeting has been canceled,
due to lack of interest."

There is some action in Chinatown and there is a Dream To Dance studio in Palama. From what I hear, there is a Chapter of HBDA in Kalihi, but I don't know much about them. So there will be a social dance club in West Honolulu somewhere between Chinatown and the Stadium. Just stay away from the future slums of Oahu.

Got this beautiful photo from Stephen Marino and what a break for us.


Nathan & Mireille pic from Stephen Marino,
one of the best photographers in the US.

The probable social dancers in this territory are the plenty of "street dancers" that already exist and are attending places in Waikiki. Everyone seems to know where the traffic horrors are. Auwe! On a Saturday night in Waikiki, it can take you 20 minutes just to get out of your parking area. In Waianae, they are fond of saying, "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

"La Media Luz" por Julio Iglesias


Music - Tango

"Tango can be danced in a thousand different ways, but lets step on the ground first, because that is where the energy comes from. Therefore this is where we ought to dance to the music. And without the music there is no dance, no tango, no teacher, no student. A true teacher can only transmit the teaching the music has left him."

"Tete" (Pedro Rusconi)


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Waking Up A Little.

Kokohead Nightclub was one of the earliest rock-music venues in East Honolulu, and it remains a hallowed hall of head-banging, - er, - make that hallowed hole. Downstairs from the main bar is the room where bands rock out all week long; you’ll need a liberal definitions of “loud” and “personal space” down there. Some impressive folks have taken the mike — Jeff Buckley, the Strokes, Vanessa Carlton and Beth Orton. Monthly events range from All-Ages Afternoon to Triple 666 Sunday, which is billed as “a night of debauchery.”

This is all just a story, Nevah Happened. But we can dream can't we?

"The greatest value of our fiction is to get us thinking about new ideas. Let those perspectives with which you disagree start you thinking, talking and questioning, but also let the comfortable, familiar, and inspiring quotes become a source of questioning. Open minds - open hearts."

Of course, there are so many other attractions in East Honolulu which include the Kualoa Ranch, for horseback riding and movie tours, the serene Valley of the Temples, home to an amazing Japanese Buddhist Temple, as well as the Makapuu Lighthouse and Sea Life Park on Oahu’s eastern tip. To see Oahu like you’ve never seen it before, you could "tourist" your way to the Windward Coast.

"In The Mood" by Glenn Miller

Town Dancer blog has been leading the other blogs since the beginning but I must try a name change for a blog. In all the search engines, most of the entries for us are in "Dancing in Hawaii." This may make it easier if those are the catch words.

 "Give Me Just a Little More Time" by the Chairmen Of The Board


Pub's Side Note: Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They are not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you cannot do is ignore them, because they change things.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Still Up For Grabs

I have been very busy with other things so that Moanalua Corridor remains a problem. The entire area messed up by the Rail Catastrophe looks bad. We have so many good people that are trying to make it a better situation. I certainly have no solution.

"Real Leaders will have no need to lead-
They will be content to point the way."

By John Prichett, from Midweek, one of the best in the Pacific.

I am slowly recovering from my physical disabilities resulting from two falls. I am still using a walker. I am beginning to make use of a cane in short trips around the building where I live. And I go to the VA regularly. I have seen scary falls, and know of others where people were really hurt. If you have any doubt at all about your ability to do continuous turns, or to travel consistently around the line of dance, ask around, you may learn something.


"It All Depends On You" by Dinah Shore

I would like dancers to challenge themselves and to have the maximum amount of fun. But just as car drivers have to be aware of and able to react to everything happening on or near the road, dancers have to be aware of and able to react to everything happening on or near the dance floor. Fast dances of any kind can be dangerous.


Meanwhile, the information contributors are the most needed for these blogs. The rough skeletons are all ready there but can be fleshed out very nicely by those willing to share a little information and perhaps a photo or two of the gang. If they like it and find they have no real commitment, then at their choosing they can become Guest Authors and in effect have their own blog within the blog. I have too many blogs but they will be defined by the Two Centers and the Guest Authors. There will be many other very good points of view. We will try to avoid "rubber stamps."

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed
in overalls and looks like work.”

Most of what we get from the outside is communication to our reader/dancers. Advertising is out, so what do we have? I choose to call it, communication. Posters and photographs lend additional color to our blogs and the entire enchilada will in time evolve into Social Media. Take your time.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Neighbors

The closest neighbor to Kokohead is Hawaiʻi Kai, which is a largely residential area. No business or industrial parks in the area. Most people are forced to go to Honolulu every work day. Plenty good people though. Hawaiʻi Kai is the largest of several communities at the eastern end of the island.

"Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them
maybe what makes life meaningful.”


The area was largely developed by Henry J. Kaiser around the ancient Maunalua fishpond and wetlands area  The Hawaiʻi Kai or Koko Marina was dredged from Kuapā Pond starting around 1959. Dredging transformed the shallow coastal inlet and wetlands into a marine embayment. Something like this is being  planned for the Waianae Coast.


In 1961, Kaiser-Aetna entered into a lease agreement with the land owner, the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Estate, to develop the 521 acre fishpond into residential tracts with a marina and channels separated by fingers of land and islands upon which house lots and commercial properties would be laid out and developed.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

Nearly all of the low-lying lands surrounding the marina have since been developed, and neighborhoods now extend back into the several valleys and up the separating ridges. Much of the commercial action has overflowed to Niu Valley and Kokohead. The terrific dance blogs, That's Dancing and The Dance Connection, are run by Frank and Lani Sierra. Fortunately, in the area, they are all friends and neighbors.

Pub's Side Note: photos are valuable in the inverse proportion to their availability. How you figure? One nice photo of the dance gang in one of our blogs, compared to the same photo in Facebook who is due to get 350 million today?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Count Down.

The Stats are there and I have no choice but to follow them. By the end of March, I will make the final decision for the Moanalua Corridor Blog. It is quite evident that the destruction has been set by the Present Rail Party. The residents are in for a very rough time.

"Always try to end the day with a positive thought. No matter how
hard the day, tomorrow is a fresh opportunity to make it better."


The area from Pearl City to Salt Lake was the second most heavily populated section on the Island of Oahu. The future looked very bright but now it will be completely devastated by the coming Rail Disaster. And we must accept the new slum area of Oahu that will be developing in the Rail Crisis area. North of King Street you may be alright in town. Bettah if you can get north of School Street.

"Prisoner Of Love" by Perry Como

Dancing in the area West of the stadium will be incorporated with the Platinum Horseshoe blog. The Moanalua Corridor name will be changed to something more suitable to the new area. West Honolulu from the Stadium to Kalihi. There is going to be a club in Salt Lake but it has to be some distance from the Rail Calamity on prime real estate.


Fortunately we will still have street dance or more formally known as vernacular dance, and it is an umbrella term used to describe dance styles that evolved outside of social dance club or studios in any available open space such as streets, parks, school yards and nightclubs. They are often improvisational and social in nature encouraging interaction and contact with spectators and the other dancers.


These dances generally evolve out of urban and suburban spaces in some form of underground culture or region; they are a part of the vernacular culture of that geographical area (as if they were folk dances; although since the advent of the Internet, the dances seem to be shared amongst people with the same musical interest worldwide). Therefore, street dance refers to modern folk dance with the term 'street' being more accurate since much of the modern world is now urbanized.

"Let's Get Physical" by Olivia Newton John

Some examples of street dance include B-boying, more commonly known as breakdancing, which originated in New York City, Melbourne Shuffle which originated in Melbourne, Australia and Tecktonik which originated in Paris, France. All for the young.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Scam, Spam Robots

Unfortunately, this blog is now infested with scam, spam robot hits. Neither Blogger nor Google have a clue of how to control this. So I have turned off the allowance for search engines and we must wait. Just when we were starting to move in the right direction.

“Just know, when you truly want success, you’ll never give up on it. No matter how bad the situation may get. Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”

All seems to quiet in the area, haven't heard anything from Dance Hawaii for a while and a photo would sure enhance the dancing in this area. No recognition from the local dance studio, so we just have to be patient.

Meanwhile, we are searching the area for information and/or photos to include in this blog for the reader/dancers. Another dance club, a night club, hey hey, the readers await. A couple of good Two Centers can do wonders for getting information and/or pics to us.

"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford.

Hawaii Kai is just around the corner and they have plenty good dancers in the area. They have had excellent dance teachers for years. Let's have a little scoop from them, would be interesting for the rest of us. And then there is Niu Valley, prime territory.


Kokohead Community in all its glory.

Of course, we have defined Social Dancing for the masses as an exercise in reference but nothing really instructive to the "dancer." Most social dances are continually promoted by Dance Teachers that make a living from what they teach. Stands to reason that many are not much interested in why "you really want to dance." Many will tell you why you want to dance. We hope to cover this thoroughly in time and in all the blogs.

Pub's Side Note: Dance Clubs and other Dance Organizations are already coming to terms with the need to integrate their social media efforts with their content strategy, and are seeing the impact of blogs in terms of lead generation, referral traffic, and membership.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Change Is Coming

Upper Moanalua Corridor will be forever changed with the Rail Disaster and we must accept. We may have to change the name of the blog, to "West Honolulu." to include, from the stadium east, Kalihi. and Chinatown. Kalihi, far from the Rail Calamity is developing very nicely. Might be able to unify this section, we have not been too successful with the Moanalua Corridor. Very few in the upper Corridor has been interested and we should not bother them.

"Spring comes with flowers - Summer with a breeze -
Autumn with a moon - Winter with snow."


There are many in this new section. Regular Social Dancers, but we also have Line Dancers, Square dancers, Round dancers too. Whatevah, they are dancers and they like to dance for the sheer joy of it. There will be no triangle dancing allowed? We can all see that entertainment will be moving in an Westerly direction due to the heavy traffic in town and Waikiki. And the rent makes a big difference. And everyone knows it is going to get worse.

"Little Things Mean A Lot" by Kitty Kallen


Dream To Dance studio is now in Palama, and the others are still in Aiea. It is logical to assume that there will be a new dance club in the Moanalua, Salt Lake area. The Homeless are moving into the Rail Calamity area, it is shambles. It wil be the new slum area of Oahu. So any area a half mile north may be just about the right area for us to cover. And these blogs are here to help all the dancers. That will become more evident when we get a few Two Centers.

"Shores Of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner

Pub's Side Note: Dance Clubs and other Dance Organizations are already coming to terms with the need to integrate their social media efforts with their content strategy, and are seeing the impact of blogs in terms of lead generation, referral traffic, and membership.