Thursday, December 26, 2013

NY's Eve at the Hilton

Paradise and Company

Explosive...exciting...energetic...Just a few words to describe the most talked about and sought-after
entertainment package that will keep you coming back for more!

Hawaii's most popular show group creates a dynamic 12-piece revue that's guaranteed to keep you partying the night away. Their energetic rhythm section will keep you dancing to the beat and Hawai’i’s best horn players will have you rockin’ to the music.

Four of Hawai’i’s top singers including “Little” Albert Maligmat, formerly of the Society of Seven and Sonya Mendez will take you on a musical journey that can include music from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and into the new millennium.

Paradise & Co. gives you more than you could ever imagine. With an array of dazzling costume changes and fancy footwork set to an undeniable groove, it won't be long till you realize that you are a big part of this memorable, fun-filled dance extravaganza. So come on...

Performance by Multiple Award-Winning Magician Mark Mauricio

Prepared to be amazed AND entertained with self-dubbed “magicomedy” by multiple award-winning magician Mark Mauricio  Mauricio will perform his Magic Island Dinner Show,

Born and raised in Hawaii, now lives in Ewa Beach. Mark Allen Mauricio started his fascination with magic at the tender age of 5 years old.  After returning to Hawaii from the mainland one year, he fell under the wing of local magician Curtis Kam, who also introduced Mark to his teacher, the “Gandolf” of Hawaii’s magic society, Mr. Jimmy Yoshida.

He leads the Magic In Paradise show at the Hale Koa Hotel on Oahu, where he performs bigger illusions and magic with animals.  In addition to this, Mark hosts Magic Island, an OC16 TV special that takes viewers to the streets of Hawaii to meet the various people who live, work and visit these islands and rediscover why Hawaii is the most magical place in the world.

And A Happy New Year to Everyone.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Year Coming To A Close

Nice blogging by Calvin and it shows in the hits. We are still looking for the Two Centers who can eventually become Guest Authors. The benefits of this approach also include recognition of Public Relations as an integral part of the management team of the clubs and the blogs, though most will be working independently and each blog will be their own unique blog.

"Become a possibilitarian, no matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and look for the possibilities - You will alway see them, for they are always there."

This is an opportunity to flex our understanding of blogging, its operations, strategy, and internal culture beyond the gloss and glow of status statements. Indeed, a blog’s communication objectives are motivated by (if not the same as) its social objectives.
"Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry

That and our ability to measure the impact on the amount of bloggers we provide will be essential to playing a bigger role in dance circles and access to greater resources. A blog with 5 or 6 six Guest Authors can hit 300 average hits per day, (15000 per month.) That should be very good coverage for the Hawaiian Islands.

America's liberal class are abuzz right now over Narco Cultura, a documentary about Mexico's horrific drug wars and the musical movement that has risen around it. These libs (and more than a few conservatives) are telling each other and the two Mexicans they know about how Mexican music nowadays glorifies the drug trade.

And there is some truth to it. How artists do write songs for narcos on commission, how musicians go on stage with AK-47s, bulletproof vests, and bazookas, (exaggerations) and how those songs revel in being as gory as possible--and how terrible all of this is. It is bad, most of us believe but the people (the important ones) are beginning to realize what is wrong and they will make the decisions.

Of course, the laws in the US are what make the drug wars all over. Same as the racketeering we had when Prohibition was the law. With the laws repealed everything would be done the way liquor is done and controlled by law. And people do not drink more nor will they take more drugs either.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Rail Catastrophe

Not too many in town yet realize what they voted for. Some are beginning to see the rise in prices. Our legislators jumped the gun and gave themselves a healthy raise in pay, they're not dummies. The ordinary tax payer is not in that position. When the Fed money runs out, (and the Present Rail Party is going through it fast,) we are in deep doo doo.

The Articulated bus, with enough of them, our problems could have been solved
but the big bucks in profits are somewhere else. "And I coulda got the bus
right around the corner like I always did."

Property Taxes will double and you know what that will do to the rents. Oh you lucky people. Gas will go to $8 per gallon, and will be matched by the price of milk at the super. And as Al Jolson used to say, "You ain't seen nuttin' yet." Parking downtown no less that $600 per month. All for Vapid Transit which will never beat what we have now in speed. And I will give you a for instance. Makaha to down town and back on the #93 bus. Check it out. And the Present Rail Party plans to cut that bus out as soon as they can, naturally.

And they say they plan to make Honolulu more beautiful. They just went to the wrong schools. We know better. Look at the photos on the right, before and after the Rail Disaster.

But the rally has started, the Makakilo, Kapolei and Honokai Hale neighborhood boards voted thumbs down on the Rail Mess. Over one dozen good reasons why it does no good for "second city" (don't laugh) and who is making the money. First bid already out for the first 100 million. You got any idea what the commissions run on that? Ha, easy money. It's the dough, Moe.

Pub's Side Note: Since many people think we are making money in these blogs we have decided we are going to start charging. Anybody that makes over a million dollars a day has gotta pay. Most of you will not be in trouble until next year.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

International Market Place, Aloha

The end is near for the International Market Place, that decaying maze of open-air souvenir stands and faded Polynesian pop-era grandeur in the heart of Waikiki.

Do not let some of the people you meet make you difficult.
Do not let the pain they caused, make you hate anyone.
Do not let bittermess steal your inherent goodness
Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree with you.
It is still a beautiful place and your biggest regret is having to leave it so soon.

After 56 years, visits by millions upon millions of tourists, and a long slide into ruin, the landmark shopping bazaar will close at the end of the month. In its place will go a high-end retail, dining and entertainment complex, three stories tall on Kalakaua Avenue, and seven along Kuhio Avenue. In other words, a big, glitzy new mall, anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue.

Only two things from the original International Market Place will remain: the name and a few trees, including — thankfully—the venerable old Indian banyan tree.

"I Remember You" by Don Ho

For most Honolulu residents, the International Market Place lost whatever appeal it might have had decades ago — along with the parking. Still, its closing represents the end of an era, which makes this a good time to rummage through the Market’s kitschy past, ponder its upscale future, and check in on the gigantic banyan tree at the center of it all.

The happiest reader/dancers and the unhappiest reader/dancers are our valuable Two - Centers. Their tremendous value is the fact, that they have their own unique opinions. They do not have SOS.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

What do we dance?

World War I, introduced many of the middle class in Hawaii to partner dancing. The military officer's clubs in Hawaii increased in attendance. And small ad hoc groups made bigger inroads during the roaring twenties. Later in the thirties the trickle down theory came into effect and even on the big island, teenagers were dancing the Jitterbug.

"What a world this would be if we just build bridges instead of walls!"

Other loose social groups developed during WWII, when so many were arriving from the Mainland and the standardization began in earnest. The mainlanders, (young men) would teach the girls and they in turn taught the local boys.

It slowed down after the war even though the Professionals were defining it as Ballroom Dancing because it had been danced in Ballrooms. It was not until 1959 that Aiea Dance Club was formed followed almost immediately by Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. But the dancers with advance thinking in regards to ballroom dancing were definitely in the West.

"Yesterday" by the Beatles

Later on HBDA was established in Honolulu and the rest of the clubs evolved mostly as Spin Offs of HBDA and from the other Spin Offs. And yes there may be a new dance club in this coming year. I would like to see it in the Salt Lake area. Specially now, with the increase in commercial dancing at the Palladium, but, it could be in Waianae.

In this century we are in the process of definition. Three separate groups have evolve and naturaly most dancers are involved in only one category. However many are involved in two and even the three. The main intent to to enjoy oneself moving to music. And they all know that we must find more places where we can dance.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughful and committed dance enthusiasts can change our dance world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

DeRailed Again

NEW YORK (CNN), Dec 1, 2013 —Rail cars flipped over when a passenger train derailed Sunday morning, killing at least four people and injuring dozens more. Firefighters and emergency rescuers swarmed the scene near Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx, where at least two train cars were turned on their sides. One car was just feet away from the Harlem River. Lucky not elevated.

It had been guaranteed that it could not happen there.

Three of the dead were thrown "as the train came off the track and was twisting and turning," New York Fire Department Chief Edward Kilduff told reporters. "The windows broke out. ... The gravel came flying up in our faces," said passenger Amanda Swanson, who put her bag in front of her face to block the rubble. "I really didn't know if I would survive," she said. "The train felt like it was on its side and dragging for a long time. ... The whole thing felt like slow motion."

Police divers were in the water hours after the crash looking for survivors, and cadaver dogs searched the wreckage. Authorities believe all the passengers have been accounted for, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters. It was unclear how fast the train was traveling and how many passengers were on board. It was only about half full, not many riding the rail anymore, too much humbug.

In Honolulu? Naw. The Present Rail Party has guaranteed it cannot happen here.

"I heard this horrible, whooshing sound. ... It was very disturbing, very loud," said Hank Goldman, who lives near the tracks. "I jumped out of bed and looked out the window and I saw a light-colored object lying down. I thought it was the roadway to the train. Then I got my binoculars, and I couldn't believe my eyes, that the train had jumped the tracks right here."

At least 67 people were injured, 11 seriously, said Joe Bruno, New York's commissioner of emergency management. "In terms of causes, we don't know exactly what happened," Cuomo said. Federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were headed to the scene, he said.

The Articulated bus could have been the answer to Oahu Problems at one tenth the cost of the Rail Disaster. But the big bucks in profits for the Present Rail Party are easy money.

The train operator -- who is among the injured -- told investigators he applied brakes to the train, but it didn't slow down, a law enforcement official on the scene and familiar with the investigation said. "That will be a key point of concern, whether this train was moving too quickly," Bruno said.

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." Laissez les bons temps rouler!