Thursday, November 29, 2012

Competition Dancing

By Stanley Moon, Waimanalo:

Competitive dance has been a popular, widespread activity in which competitors performed dances in any of several permitted dance styles for a century. These were known as contests in the old days and the judges just knew what they liked.  These dances such as acrobatic, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, modern, and tap are still before a common group of judges.

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will know peace."

This is in contrast with other activities that involve competition among dancers based on purpose, or specific dance style, such as pom squad, ballroom, sequence, latin, ceremonial, and caberet dance. The strictest in all detail is the International Style of Dance. Judges must be highly qualified and have even evolved a different terminology, Adjudicators. This must be strictly "class."

So that in Hawaii, it is well known that two groups consistently produce the best International dancers on Oahu for competition. By the same token, there are two groups that consistently produce the worst dancers. We are talking "competition dancing." Any of those people, are far better judges than I. On television it is strictly show business.
"I Can Dream, Can't I"   ...   Andrews Sisters

The competitive dance industry largely consists of competition production companies. They are also sometimes called dance competition companies and they conduct regional competitions at stops along their annual, nationwide tours. Mostly for the very young crowd, (under 20.) We are overdue for one in Hawaii. May get one for the new Dance Pavilion at the Patsy Mink Recreation Park in Waipio. There are several professional dance studios that could compete.

Competitive dancers must be physically fit because even short dances can be physically demanding. Also, dancers must continuously train to maintain and improve their technique, balance skills, strength and flexibility. Competitive dancing requires dedication as many months may be spent practicing dance and developing dance routines.

It is not the same as Cultural Dancing on this island. We get better by just dancing today wherever, and we dance tomorrow wherever, and we just keep on dancing and having a ball. Somehow we seem  to be having a little more fun. *  *  *  *

Pub's Side Note: It is slowly forming all by itself, a new dance force, for Truth, Inclusion and Innovation and made "of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers." Let it roll!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Industrial Parks, Nevah!

The total rail cost is now being recognized as going from the original five to over ten billion and who is going to pay? You have been unanimously selected. Dan Inouye got a billion from the Feds, but he never mentioned who was going to pay for the rest.

"Nothing fails like success because we don't learn from it.  We learn only from failure."

The rail costs are beginning to arrive on Oahu, and first things first, the milk will be going up to $6.00 per gallon. Gasoline prices will go to $6.00 per gallon. And that is only the beginning. You ain't seen nothing yet. Property taxes? Wow!

These Bi-Articulated buses (two tandems) have been proven by the Chinese to be fivc times more efficient than rail at one tenth the cost. And right in front of these buses (because they
make riding comfortable,) are over 100 cars missing from the streets or highways.
The drivers are "sitting" in the bus.

The Mainlanders are beginning to arrive. This is easy pickin's. 77 million already paid for steel six months ago at (a bargain price?) the price of the steel now at 70 million. Easy money for the mainlanders. These yokels don't know from nothing.

Every bus driver out there knows more about transit than Daniel Grabauskaus, brought over from the mainland and now the highest paid employee of city. One quarter mllion per year. Just because they knew that the big shots we have now know dooddily about transit. The proof is out there on the streets, right now. Biggest mess in the memories of Kamainas.

Linda Lingle suggests that the state may go bankrupt, but I don't think so. The neighbors islands are just going help pay for this fiasco.  Lucky them, those are the rules and Dan Inouye knows that.

In China, proven over and over again in plenty of cities. The Industrial Park. This one has over 1000 employees that live in the area. Voted down for Ewa by the rail people. Think of one thousand less cars going to town on the freeway. One thousand less cars in Honolulu traffic and one thousand cars coming back. The Chinese are not dummies. And "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Gotta Get Rid of this Blog

There are some important principles of blog traffic generation that I am trying to understand in order to be successful at bringing Information and Photo contributors into our blogs, and they can pick the blog. 

"I've Heard That Song Before"   ...   Harry James

There are both principles and rules of traffic generation, principles have to do with my approach to the task and the rules are the practical nuts and bolts of driving traffic. I need to have an understanding of the larger picture before I can successfully put the practical techniques into action. And I am working at it.

Those we invite can start as Guest Authors if they wish and only publish about their club. It is quite all right. The club gets the publicity, the entire our dance structure picks up on the action and in particular, the reader/dancers.

"Manana (Is Soon Enough For Me)"   ...   Peggy Lee

What you'll usually see a lot of is the techniques alone. While this is still valuable information, I probably won't get far with these techniques if I am not versed in the underlying principles of blog traffic generation. I know I also need neighbor island people communicating with other neighbor island people by means of our blogs. The introduction of all will be through photos. The "Stars" of the show are not that important. In our blog it is the reader/dancers that are important. This will take awhile to seep in.

Industrial Park, for Ewa, voted down by the rail people. The Chinese are installing these
in the outskirts of all the big cities. 1000 people live and work in this area. Just think,
one thousand less cars on the freeway and one thousand less cars in Honolulu
downtown traffic. But you know the rail people, - big, big bucks in profits.

I must make more personal contact with people on our Dance Scene that may be willing to share their knowledge and information with their fellow dancers. That isn't easy. Many still think in terms of, "What is he selling?" $$$$, which is the usual case in Internet marketing. It will take time, none of us is in it for the money, honey.

"Brazil"   ...   Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell)

Pub's Side Note: Blogs are more personal, direct and more current communication. They leave an opening for comments in each blog and are receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself. With each new contributor, the hits go through the ceiling. Real Social Media is much different than anything we have come across before.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Teaching Dance

The truth is that anybody can teach anybody to dance. And people can learn from others. But! There is a difference in results by different people and that is what counts. There are many ramifications of this. There are many studios on the mainland that now require a Degree in Dance to be a teacher. We have on this Island many good teachers of the International Style of Dance that do not have that degree.

"We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning."

However we have excellent "dancers" teaching and some mediocre "dancers" teaching. The results are different, yes. And the best dancers are not always the best teachers and likewise the best teachers are not always the best dancers. Everyone seems to agree with this.

On the island of Oahu where the Rootzi Tootzis developed the term "junk dancer," they very much believe in the competition concept and have very conveniently overlooked some of the results of the teaching. Two groups have consistently produced the best International Style dancers on this Island. And by the same token, there are two groups that have consistently produced the worst International Style dancers on this Island. You people are better judges than I, you figure it out.

Cultural dance is quite different, in that it is the art of expressing music and emotion in movement. Learning traditional social dance will ensure that you can perform in a regular dance floor of a social dance. Your role is cut out for you. It's a challenge, but it can transform any person's life for the best with the minimum of formal teaching and you can have a ball while learning.

Most of us remain in a class by ourselves, just enjoying moving to music,
but it should be our kind of music.
"Y Volvere"   ...   Los Bunkers

The following song is not the simple central american jungle version, early 70s. This is Managua, a band, big city, big audience, different presentation, more syncopation. But I like it  too. I am testing these for the blogs.

Dimly lit, but if you can get to heart of the music, you can dance your heart out. Then I still have to find out if you can choose from the others that are available. Then if your computer (the grey) can keep ahead of the playing. (the red)

Pub's Side Note: There may still be chance to stop the rail, and keep the city, city.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Boon Doggle AKA the Disaster

We are having the worst times ever on the bus and they tell me that it is just as bad on the entire island. And the present city administration couldn't care less. In Nanakulu, we have to fix the old clunkers or figure on getting a new car. Our local repair shop working over time. So we can see the future. Higher costs for the cars and repairs and higher cost for the gas. $6 per gallon is not too bad. Most of us are rich anyway.

"Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times we have the opportunity to grow."

And of course the parking in town will eventually go to $500 per month. Lucky we got the money, honey. It will be a lot better than riding those "cattle" cars. Remember when the users of Public Transportation were human beings? Not anymore. The Rail is what is important. For Dan Inouye, the Rail is "The Bridge on the River Kwai." Remember when he was such a great guy? Now tied up with the famous Friars club. Sorry about that, it's the infamous Liars Club.

A less common variant of the articulated bus is the bi-articulated bus,
where the vehicle has two trailer sections rather than one. Their capacity
is around 200 persons, and their length about 82 ft.
We coulda had it made, comfortable sitting on a bus woulda been better than fighting traffic on the streets or highways. Traffic would have eased on all the streets and highways. We could have found out that we do not want or need The Rail. That is, zero, zip, zero, nada. Very few are going ride it even if the city makes it very uncomfortable to ride a bus. 99.99% of us that are forced to ride public transportation would rather get the bus right around the corner where we always got it. These "facts" were covered up very nicely during the election.  Let's make the "cattle" suffer a little more.

Made in China, almost 200 seated passengers, "increased leg room" They regard passengers
as human beings. Almost two hundred cars missing right in front of the bus! The drivers are sitting in the bus. Used in cities with twice the population of Honolulu.

Of course, the master liars are those that are all set to make billions and billions of dollars in pure unadulterated profits. We just went throught that in the election. Daniel Grabauskaus already the highest paid city employe. And they just got started. This is easy money. Estimated cost now close to nine billion dollars. The neighbor islands don't know it yet but they have to pay for the boon doggle too. The state has to help and we cannot let the state go bankrupt. Somebody got suckered in.

Pub's Side Note: Some of the wheels in the dance community have to be dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I will not do that. If they do not want it they shall not have it. But the sign on the door I leave open still says welcome.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Recreational Dancer

By Robert Taniguchi, Kalama Valley

Most every thing in life is divided into convenient, small, medium and large. Dancing is no different. We have beginners, intermediates and advanced in every discipline. These blogs have been going over the basics for beginners and most dancers can have a very enjoyable time in that category. It is very important and we find some nice things to learn in dance.

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."

After we have acquired a few years of experience we find that we have allowed our teachers to take us to a more fun level of dance. This is the time when through repetition we begin to make what is unfamiliar into part of our own. The body does not interpret right or wrong, just familiarity.

Our attentivenes and cooperative learning constantly must be supported by time on the dance floor having fun. You learn to make changes on your own, hopefully for the better. Continue to be open to suggestions. Keep your goals short term, somewhat challenging but definitely obtainable. Things that can become building blocks for dancing and aid your confidence.
"That Lucky Old Sun"   ...   Frankie Laine

I take ocassional lessons at a social dance club and I pick them very carefully. Most are interested in teaching steps and patterns and that is what I need. There is enough to learn about dancing in three lifetimes without subjecting your self to being delayed by a controlled learning curve.

I will accept that I will never dance in exhibition or competition dancing. I just seek where my errors and weaknesses are both physically and mentally and try to eliminate them. No big hurry I just get better every day and you do too. As I grow older, I hear it more often, a lady will tell me, "You dance very nicely." That mellow glow can last for several days.  *  *  *  *

Publ's Side Note: Buses are in worst shape, need more buses, but more cars will be used. Parking in town going to $500/month. I am glad you can afford it.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Veterans Day

World War I was about 90% right even after it was over. WWII was at least 95% right and then went to 100% right later which was wrong of course. “But WWII was a time when the world asked ordinary men, to do extraordinary things.” And most men were just ordinary men.

Then began the downward trend, the police action in Korea and we almost had it won. But China had a police action of their own. And we were lucky to get a draw.

Many of the top people still did not understand and we went into Vietnam and it took us ten years and thousands of casualties before we realized we were wrong. Tough on those killed and wounded on the way. This time the North took over the whole country and we were lucky to get out.

Rumsfeld, Rowe and Cheney never, ever realized we were wrong. We just could have done things a little different. Cheney was able to make those decisions for the Bush Administration and he knew the blame could always be placed on Bush.

Afghanistan was right because we had to extinguish the headquarters of Al- Qaieda. But the history of taking over Afghanistan is there for anyone to  read. The last ones to try it were the Russians and they were right next door and couldn't do it.

But Cheney and the rest of our top men got hubris and (as the Greeks so tiresomely told us) that leads inexorably and inevitably to Nemesis. Now we are still stuck between Iraq and a hard place. And then we must try to get out of Afghanistan. And Romney and the Republicans still think they were right. A few more million killed and a few more billion dollars would have done the job. (Just so they wouldn't pay for it of course.)

And history will continue to repeat itself. From the poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” by Rudyard Kipling. It's happened before and it has happened many times after.

Theirs not to reason why
Theirs but to do or die
Into the Jaws of Death
Into the Mouth of Hell
Rode the Six Hundred.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Modern Dance

By Franklin Lum, Turtle Bay.

By World War II, American dance had evolved in several directions. But the spirit of the early modern dance pioneers lived on in the work of Jose Limon, whom many consider the greatest performer in the history of modern dance.

"Learning to walk sets you free.  Learning to dance gives you the greatest freedom of all:
to express with your whole self the person you are."

No, not martial arts!
Limon was born in Mexico, in the state of Sinaloa. His family, displaced by the Mexican Revolution, moved to the United States when he was seven years old.  As a young man, Limon enrolled in art school in New York but later dropped out, complaining that it was not his style.

He immediately began to study dance with Charles Weidman and Doris Humphrey. From 1930 to 1940, Limon danced in concert works and Broadway shows, beginning with Irving Berlin’s As Thousands Cheer in 1932.

During those years he also began to choreograph his own works. Many of Limon’s dances, such as Danzas Mexicanas (1939), had Mexican or Spanish themes. After serving in World War II, Limon formed his own company and enjoyed great success both in the United States and abroad. Today he is remembered for his commanding stage presence and for the seemingly effortless use of his body to communicate subtle ideas and emotions.

"Till The End Of Time"   ...   Perry Como

From Wikipedia.
When Limon danced he showed his true feelings, a great passion, intensity, and mainly spontaneity. “ Limon’s choreography embodies the impulse and drive of his dancing, but it is clear that the Apollonian mind was there informing his thought and giving shape to his creation.

He had great skill in developing and varying movement from a supreme economy of thematic material. His works based on theme and variation are so harmoniously conceived that it is hard to imagine any gesture, motion or choreographic element not being essential to the whole.

He was a genius choreographer who understood and played with the music perfectly. He combined his phrases with counterpoint “adding dimension to the music” Not all the choreographers were able to combine so gracefully, music with dance during the 20th century like him.

Pub's Side Note: It has been agreed again, there are two groups on Oahu who consistently, year after year produce the best International dancers on this Island. Competitions? you got'em.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

We Lost (plural)

Every user of the disaster referred to as public transportation on Oahu knows that we do not need rail. But we do need buses, desperately and right now. The present administration of Honolulu does not have a clue. They have been paid to have eyes only for a useless rail that may be in use ten years from now, and the people be damned.

 So many users were waiting for this in vain.

Everyone was invited to an island wide Town Hall Meeting in Ewa Beach regarding The Bus cuts. As the months ticked by, the "public" (cattle?) who use our (once famous and world renowned) The Bus system, realized that it is crumbling to the stress of a failed public transportation system thanks to The Bus cuts. And the buck shall not be passed.

"Dollars and Sense do not always travel together."

Mayor Carlisle refused to assist the public by opening Bill 14 to allow emergency funding for unanticipated circumstances. The Mayor and his administration, Department of Transportation (DTS) Director Wayne Yoshioka, and Oahu Transit Services Director Roger Morton all received invitations to come and address the community regarding The Bus cuts and all declined.

New Chinese bus seating more than 100 passengers, with "extra leg room."
They are 21st century people, not treating passengers like cattle, (Honolulu.)

The office of Councilman Berg "One good man" requested they send a subordinate in their place to represent them but they also declined to send a single person from their offices to speak to the public about The Bus cuts. How about that? Instead the Town Hall Meeting focused on bringing light and documentation to the concerns, effects and testimony of the citizens affected by The Bus cuts.

We must fight on and replace some with Persons that are for the people not for the big bucks. And we can replace the "cattle" cars, with Public Transportation worthy of all our citizens who are human beings. The liars will eventually be revealed and Caldwell has to take the blame.

Pub's Side Note: None of our representatives on the Waianae Coast have a clue to this either. We must continue to get together and give the users of Public Transportation what they need and not what the ivory towers think they need. And right now, at this very moment, the people need buses desperately. Ain't nobody in our city government worried about that?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Save Our Honolulu

By Gerald Suzawa, Kapolei, a new independent expenditure committee dedicated to stopping the possibly ten billion dollar Honolulu rail project, has begun airing two commercials that bash the pro-rail mayoral candidate Kirk Caldwell. Both show pictures of a beaming Caldwell in a hard hat and denounce his support of the project against a backdrop of ominous music.

"No matter how low the dollar will fall, it will never fall
as low as some people will stoop to get it."

One ad points to an environmental impact statement and the city's official traffic forecast, both of which suggested that traffic congestion would worsen despite the rail. "If Kirk Caldwell can't be trusted to say the truth about something as costly as rail, how can he be trusted to say the truth about anything?," the narrator asks.

Another ad criticizes Caldwell for his involvement in rail planning, particularly in light of the Hawaii Supreme Court's ruling that the city violated state law in starting construction before completing archaeological surveys of Native Hawaiian burial sites. They had to push it through before the public got wind of it. The  public is now waking up to how they got rooked.

Walter Heen, Randy Roth and Cliff Slater,
terrific bunch of guys are behind Save Our Honolulu, which was formed largely in response to the Pacific Resource Partnership's smear campaign against former Hawaii gov. Ben Cayetano. Cayetano's own campaign coffers have dwindled, but this group is now collecting donations in a last-ditch effort to prevail over PRP's mudslinging.

Contracts available in the public files show that Save Our Honolulu spent at least $77,000 on about 150 spots that are airing on KHON, KITV, KGMB and KHNL through early November. Most of the spots are airing during evening news programming.

On the Waianae Coast we have been praying for something like this. These last few months the Department of Transportation has punished the users of Public Transportation and this the worst that it have ever been. Little old ladies standing from Waianae to town. That is criminal!

For its part, PRP has spent approximately $2.2 million on TV ads this election season. No new contracts showed up in the stations' political files this week. And there has been undisclosed amounts of "dark money" coming in. The Universities are getting some good knowledge on their methods, and we are beginning to see how these gangsters operate. Caldwell has tried to distance himself but he is in up to his ears, and now losing ground. He is another lying crook just like them.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Magnificent Bus

China is now building a tandem bus capable of 100 seated passengers. On Oahu, standing in a bus is a no no. Mo bettah drive the car. Sitting (comfortable,) is a different story.

 "I held the key to world peace, but somebody changed the lock!"

Look familiar? Almost the same colors. Already in Hong Kong.

4:00 PM and I am on the #93 Express bus at Alapai Transit Center with destination Makaha, and most passengers have cars. By the time we get to Palama and Vineyard the bus is almost full, one seat empty. Good! We get on the freeway and it is slow going, pretty crowded. But all the passengers realize that there are 50 cars in front of the bus that are missing. The drivers are on the bus. With the Chinese buses there would be one hundred cars less on the freeway.

Ben Cayetano has a very good plan. The only bad part is it leaves out the ones
that were going to make billions and billions of dollars in profits.

The lady sitting next to me tells me she has a car, but works a few blocks from the Transit Center, and lives in Honokai Hale (first stop.) She lives a couple blocks from the bus stop, talk about lucky. She needs the rail like a hole in the head. I get home to Nanakuli before 5:00 PM less than an hour. The rail ain't gonna beat that in a million years and it cost 20 billion. I don't have to go to a station that cost billions and billions of dollars. I get the bus right around the corner where I always do. Dumb Dodos!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Will YOU Reject Negative Campaigning

Ed Case on Hawaii Reporter TV

We all agree that this has been the most negative election in memory. Most of us are just plain disgusted. But are we going to take matters into our own hands?

Because the candidates and handlers, super PACs, dark money committees and special interests won't. They know the dirty secret: negative campaigning works. Except when we the voters vote against it. Except when negative campaigners and their supporters lose. Then they all think twice about going there the next time.

Take the '10 Governor election's "Compare and Decide" campaign. An outright appeal to racism and localism. That candidate and supporters lost and lost again. Racism and localism is unfortunately still part of Hawaii campaigns, but nobody's gone straight there since.

Now dark money super PAC Pacific Resource Partnership takes negative campaigning to new heights in the Honolulu mayoral race. Its false, secretly funded, $3 million-plus character attack on candidate Cayetano gambles that more voters will be fooled or just turn away from voting than will vote against that extreme negativity. Are you going to let PRP get away with that?

I support Cayetano because he'll be an independent leader who'll tell the truth, face the realities and make the decisions for Honolulu to survive and prosper over the next generation. But my vote is also my no to PRP and its ilk.

Make absolutely no mistake: if PRP succeeds in Hawaii's most negative campaign (so far), that campaign will become the new norm for Hawai'i politics and we can kiss the campaigns and candidates we want and deserve goodbye.

This is not up to the goodwill of the candidates and their worlds; they won't fix it.

Pub's Side Note: So we find another honest man. With all these crooks around us, it is not easy. But we are going to be with Ed Case next time out.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

John White, PRP and the Carpenter's Union

Their “big lies and big money” strategy made an impact during the primary. The prevarications – including false charges that Governor Cayetano knowingly accepted illegal campaign contributions – apparently swayed just enough voters to deny him an outright victory last August in the Primary Election. They lied and many were suckered in.

"Money can't buy happiness; you can, however, rent it for awhile."

Buoyed by that ill-gotten success, PRP, with a wink and nod from Kirk Caldwell, (and he is in up to his neck,) is going all out to buy the Nov. 6 General Election. And it is not easy to sully the name of Ben Cayetano, given his record of integrity and independence in over three decades of public service. One of the most respected Politicians in the history of Hawaii.

Some people will get suckered in and PRP is spending millions in its attempt to bring him down by using Push Polls. And their bad tactic reputation is rubbing off on the others around them. You remember when Dan Inouye was such a great guy and for fair play? What happened?

"This Magic Moment"   ...   Drifters

Now in the last few weeks, the mess in our bus system has proven and people are beginning to realize we don't need rail, we need buses. Buses now are jammed, packed, "Take the next bus" etc. Old ladies riding from Waianae to town, standing up. That's criminal! "Comfort" and "discomfort" is understood by all public transportation users. Not by many in the Department of Transportation. If you just get tandem buses on the 40, 91, 92, 93 and the 94. The rail would be superfluous, just ask the passengers. They would be riding the buses, "sitting down" and leave the driving to Da Bus.

Example: 3:30 PM. at Alapai get the #93 going to Nanakuli. Most passengers have their own cars and are there by choice and they will be sitting down. By the time they are near the stadium everyone realizes that there are fifty cars missing right in front of them. The drivers are sitting in the bus. With tandem buses there will be 80 cars missing right in front of them. I am home in Nanakuli by 4;30. The rail ain't gonna beat that in a million years. So who needs the Rail?

The ones that stand to make billions and billions of dollars in profits. Just ask Romney, he knows, that's easy money! Some are already planning on who to hire, to shovel the money into the safe as it comes in. P. T. Barnum said, "There is a sucker born every minute."