Sunday, March 31, 2013

Dance Hawaii

Week of April 1st to 7th, 2013
President's message, Maurice T. Morita

cell: 808-225-0326 / 808-342-3318

"Come Dance With Us" Social Dance

Saturday, April 6, 2013
Waipahu United Visayan Hall
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Music by DJ Paul Lee

Donations accepted to benefit the United Visayan Hall
$3.00 with a potluck dish, $5.00 without a potluck dish
Dance Hawaii to provide all serving utensils, paper goods, and drinks.

"Life's a voyage that's homeward bound."

Saturday, April 20, 2013
Aliamanu Middle School Cafeteria
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Music DJ Paul Lee

Donations accepted to pay for custodial services
$3.00 with a potluck dish, $5.00 without a potluck dish.

"Maybe" by the Ink Spots"

Maurice Morita, President,
Dance Hawaii, Inc.


Sharon was a member of Dance Hawaii and took classes at Aliamanu Middle School and came to our Social Dances. If you can help her fight vs. cancer, please give a donation by contacting the person listed below.

If you can go to the fundraiser-buy a ticket. Tickets have been slow so they are asking us to push for more tickets. Please kokua Sharon if you can! Mahalo for your support! There is more in the Emails.

The Playlist

The young. under 30, will more readily dance to the rhythms of the music. Witness the young Rave scene in night clubs, it is all beat. The rap generation, the young from all peoples, enjoy moving to the beat. And the simplest way is to jump up and down, without an accent, just keeping time with the beat. You can all see the perfect example on Television in present day Africa. And they are enjoying themselves as they have for centuries.

"We shall not believe people because they are dead, or contradict them because they are alive."

As they grow older and in more civilized areas, they phase over in their preferences to music, and there is a definite preference for some music over others. Nowadays with so much "music" in production and being hyped, ninety per cent of it is pure unadulterated junk. The remaining will go to different factions for different reasons.

A few will always be there and considered classics. But of course that is hard part with being a DJ. They hear too many classics in their business and are more open to something different because it's nice. And the loser is the dancer. The Tennessee Waltz by Patti Page, is old hat for most DJs. But there are millions of the older dancers out there that get a huge enjoyment in dancing to it. And for three minutes the entire evening of mediocre stuff may have been worth it.

"Stranger In Paradise" by the Four Aces.

And there are millions of classics out there. Enough so that an enterprising DJ could play a different one every time for a year, easily. With groups playing live music, they still have the same old problem of the time practicing but it is somewhat less in that they play for effect less often.

The most effective presentation of music for dancing on Oahu is still the Playlist that they have in Line Dancing. Their people are already drooling from the beginning of the evening, with the menu of the music they are going to dance to. This entire enchilada may take a while, but our group of dancers are over due to music for our dancing pleasure.

I regret to say that it is not going to happen in the West.  It will happen in Town, first. And it is showing some signs of it already. The performers are more inclined to please the paying customer than themselves. Those playing the oldies but goodies are way ahead of their time, but like anything else, we all learn.

Pub's Side Note: 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. The hits go through the ceiling. Real Social Media is much different than anything we have come across before. Everyone has the opportunity to involve themselves in spreading the word.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Da Latest Scoop on Kapolei

Well we are fortunate that we will not have to dance in the streets. For now, anyway. Just got the news from Willy.

HBDA Kapolei Chapter Officers: Martin Powell, President, Lorna Depew, Treasurer,
Nora Dionisio, Vice President and Willy Dionisio, Secretary/Reporter.
Football isn't a contact sport; it's a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.
~ Vince Lombardi
Journalism has developed a variety of ethics and standards. While objectivity and a lack of bias are often considered important, some types of journalism, such as advocacy journalism, intentionally adopt a non-objective viewpoint. In blogging you can do more or less what ever you damn well please.
"Through these blogs read the most informed cultural dancers in the Pacific."


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

What is a Dance Professional?

by Janice Hashimoto, Village Park

In Hawaii, it is pretty simple. A person who hangs out his/her shingle and teaches dancing or dances for money is a professional which is pretty close to the truth. However, we are becoming more aware of the difference in dance professionalism. Specially when you compare the entire work attitudes and results of some of our amateur teachers with those that are monetarily compensated.

"Whatever is only almost true is quite false, and among the most dangerous of errors,
because being so near truth, it is the more likely to lead others astray."

We are fortunate to have some of the best amateur American Style dance teachers in the entire state of Hawaii. These are professionals in all except that they teach from the kindness of their hearts and not compensated in money.

At one time there was quote from a Professional in which he declared that there are no Semi-Professionals, they are paid or not paid and that was the difference, He was referring to the well known, Play For Pay Partners, Dally For Dough Daddies, Boogie Dates for Hire and Dance Escorts for a Fee. He was being kind. Because none of the people that he was talking about were anywhere near his level of professionalism.

"Blue Angel"by Roy Orbison

Since the set up in Hawaii is pretty well done, then all you have to do is look for the results.  And that will take some doing, but fortunately it is coming out. At the moment the easiest ones that are being judged professionally are the Masters of it, the International Style Dancers. And we are gradually coming to the right conclusions even for those of us that do not know much.

There seems to be two groups that consistently produce the best International dancers on this Island. By the same token there are two groups that consistently produce the worst International dancers on this Island. Fortunately for us, (as American Style dancers,) we do not have the qualifications to judge them.

There is more? Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Someone out there is waiting to make a more complete write up.

Pub's Side Note: There are three rules for getting guaranteed hits in a blog. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

Blogging? Who and What for?

To begin with, Everybody! However, we understand that this cannot be possible. But blogging can do a lot of good for a lot of people including the bloggers themselves.

"The value of truth is absolutely independent of the fame or
station of the person who gave it to the world."

How about the blog itself? It gains from the very fact that the blog has a new opinion, a new face, a new voice and automatically applies synergism to the entire readership. It is not S.O.S. which in blogging stands for Same Old S---.

So that at the same time it is doubly good for the reader/dancers of the blog. And it also benefits all the others connected to the blog for the diverse views that are published. It may even introduce new people via the photos submitted. It is a win-win situation all around and makes it undoubtedly social media.

"How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

Blogging is often recommended for those looking to improve their public speaking skill. Working on a blog is a way of developing your own voice. While your writing skill may improve over time, your speaking skill will also improve. Your ability to listen, assess and conclude on a given topic will aid you in decision-making in other areas of your work, dancing and personal life. The skill required for researching a given topic will also improve, and that is a skill that can be applied to any given topic in your personal dancing and professional life.

To begin with on this blog, all we need is a little information of your favorite dance scene at a dance function. Just like talking to a friend about something that happened at yesterdays dance. A couple of photos would surely enhance any topic. Similar to  gossip but out in the open, none of this sneaky, whispering, lying crap, you know da kine.

"When Will I Be Loved" - Everly Brothers
The Negative side is to accept that some people would rather not. And we should have no other recourse but to respect their opinions. They want to be left alone and we will do that. Meanwhile we have much to be done and it is all ahead of us.

I have tried for several years to have more bloggers in this blog from the International to give them the opportunity "in defense" but they are not interested so we must accept. But Calvin has been doing a  great job of it. Now I am looking for any bloggers, period. And the destination Is full independence.

Two administrators (for back up) plus two or three Guest Authors and they will be ready. This is the one most likely because it is so far ahead from any other dance blog but I am also grooming Oahu and Beyond. They are both in town so there is plenty of action to cover. And we are gradually introducing Oahu And Beyond to the neighbor islands.

Pub's Side Note: Ordinary Communication Media; To whom it may concern, one way, newsletters, email flyers, web sites. They do their job but nuttin' like a blog.

Monday, March 25, 2013


Nearing the end of the month, the entire enchilada looks good. Not exactly what I want but I think the readers should decide and they are doing that quite adequately. Of course, more readers and it will be more accurate yet.

"If a thousand old beliefs were ruined in our march to truth we must still march on."

Town Dancer is of course leading the way. The results are mostly because of Calvin Ota and Richard Sun. I just provide the ordinary. Since all the other publications have excluded International Style, I was hoping to get someone in this blog to help back the Internationals up.

The Internationals have a lot of good things going if you just read a little of Calvin. And then there is Blackpool, - his reports push the hits up through the roof and are read all over the islands. I keep reminding people that we don't need clones, but we sure could learn a lot from Calvin and Richard. The others will have more opportunities as time goes by, but it will be their play.

" Reconsider Baby" - Elvis Presley
Honolulu Dance Guide is firmly in second place. Though they are a blog, they operate like a very super updated Web site which works out just fine. Their preference seems to cover the live music scene which is commendable. And a good thing is that many believe in Latin music to be danced to Latin dancing, Cute? They adhere to American Style of Dance with the acceptance of all the other peripherals, line, hustle, nite club 2 step etc.

They are not very aware that most of the social dance clubs on Oahu teach the American Style of Dance and that these social dance clubs also teach Argentine tango, line, salsa, hustle, nite club 2 step etc. They are aware that the music to Latin dancing may not be there. The dancers from both groups can dance with each other very easily. If their groups want to be separate we should respect their wishes and only go to the places where we are accepted.
"Let The Little Girl Dance" - Billy Bland

Oahu And Beyond is firmly in third place and it seems like it is just a little ahead of its time. The effort to include the neighbor islands has not been very successful thus far. Fortunately we still have Richard Sun on deck though we lost Da Spin Doctor. It has fallen quite a bit in the hits. The answer for me is obvious, one Guest Author. And there have been some suggestions of a name change. How about, "Blogging Da Pacific?"

Oahu West is way back but gradually emerging up through all the others. We are getting good kokua from Kapolei Chapter HBDA and they are very well known throughout the islands now. Dance Hawaii membership is holding back a little. I must be making too much money on their good looks, talent, fame and fortune - or something. So all of these people still are not fully aware what a blog does. We must be patient and perhaps some blogs will be deleted.  We must go where we are needed, they make the decisions and we will respect.

Pub's Side Note: To our reader/dancers, please consider yourselves, now and henceforth, and no matter what anyone ever asks of you, free to do any damned thing you want as long as it doesn't hurt someone else unnecessarily.


HBDA Kapolei Chapter

HBDA Kapolei Chapter’s Final  Social Dance Held at  Kapolei Elementary School
By Tim Cubero, Jr.

It was hard to believe, but this year HBDA Kapolei Chapter danced its final social night at Kapolei Elementary School on Monday, March 18 .  Just about 100 current and former members and guests of the Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association came together to celebrate the close of its fourth quarter classes and enjoy one more time the luxury of a large and spacious dance floor at the school’s high-ceiling cafeteria.

Needless to say, it was another fine night with great music by DJ, Augusto Jarra, and lots of great food and companionship.  Some really nice door prizes, too, generated much suspense and laughter that made more than a few cameras come out to capture the winning smiles!

 Martin and Leona Powell with dance instructors Elsa and Romeo Navares

Taking more than a glance at the amount of square footage available to dance students for over five years in use by the chapter, members appreciated using the facility to learn their steps on Monday nights under the direction of well over 10 sets of HBDA instructors. Kapolei Elementary was like home to all of them.

 Left Pic: Marilyn Meers, Roger and Elle Moore, and Georgie Amantiad.
Right Pic: Bernie Jay, Selina Mattos and Emmie Visitacion 

We at Kapolei are proud to be the largest HBDA chapter on Oahu with an astounding seventy-five members; yet our chapter continues to humble ourselves by what visitors have said is our gracious invitation to welcome our sister chapter from Pearlridge to always join our table and floor for regular dancing and line dancing.

Many thanks go to the genuine commitment and strong leadership of our current Kapolei chapter officers: Martin Powell, president; Nora Dionisio, Vice President; Willy Dionisio, Secretary; and Lorna Depew, Treasurer.

Left Pic: Jonel Diocares with Nilda and Pete Quindara.
Right Pic: Former chapter presidents Noemi Jarra and Rudy Nabreja
with dance instructor Miriam Quemado and Lily Nabreja

(Even though this was the last night to be under the cafeteria roof of Kapolei Elementary School, Monday night’s excitement never ends as we realize  that dance classes will still continue under the name, HBDA Kapolei.)

Starting in May our chapter moves the dance lessons to its new location in Makakilo.  Note that the facility there is undergoing renovation, so our interim location in April is the Asing Park in Ewa Beach.  Romeo and Elsa Navares will continue to be our dance instructors.  They will be teaching Samba and Waltz.

Left Pic: Line dancing starring the famous, Augusto and Nora.
Right Pic: Nora Dionisio with DJ Augusto and Noemi Jarra

Here are the dates of classes and location for the next two months. 
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Asing Park, 1450 Renton Road, Ewa Beach, 96706
May 6, 13, 27
Makakilo Community Center, 92-1140 Makakilo Drive, Kapolei 96707

We realize it will be a little confusing in the beginning.  Please call 220-6026 or 781-2076 for membership and  additional information. Also visit our website at for our Class Schedule, Student Bulletin, and Updates.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Bad Start

Got up late to the noise next door, the workers fixing up the Church Structure. They seem to be doing just fine. But the sales profession has painted their same brush on so many other people that it is hard convince anyone otherwise. So the church and the rest of the commercial community in Nanakuli are in agreement. We must be selling something and they must be wary of what it is and when it's coming.

"It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error."

In our blogs we are selling something, but no intentions to it costing anyone money. Your interest in the blog and what we print is the main thing. Therefore Nanakuli Ridge will be no more. And that is the way for all our blogs, if they are not wanted, they must go. So we must be patient and wait for the reader/dancers to be convinced that we intend to help, not hinder.

Messed up a few deals during the day, (it happens) and got ready for the trip to town. The C bus came along just a few minutes late but got a little tied up at Kapolei Transit and got too late to Middle street.  Waited almost a half hour for the first bus going West and got to Aliamanu almost an hour late. The Caldwell administration really screwing up the buses.

Nice to see so many early birds, and even one couple getting up to dance. This used to be the side less used at Aliamanu Intermediate, now it is becoming the "in" side.

I could see it was going to be difficult to get the pictures I wanted.  So I tried to find someone to take few pictures. Six people is the Magic Number. Three couples or five, six or seven people. I loaned the camera to a couple of people but something wrong with the camera. Says "Charge batteries" and I just charged them.

The dancing starts and I missed some good shots with the extra camera. With these two photos I did not have the flash button on. I am learning, the hard way.

The West side is picking up steam with HBDA, the other clubs in the West seem to have their own public relations departments and they do the best they can. Hopefully it will get rolling this year with the additional help of some of the participants.

And the line forms to the left. A good part of our dance and dine, ono-licious kau kau. And the nice socializing during and before you get back to dancing. What a pleasant evening.

And we anxiously await for the new dance clubs with emphasis on the American Style of Dance to "standardize" the interaction of our cultural dancing. Hopefully they will have Latin music to go with their Latin dancing. A bigger bronze and silver levels and skip the advance altogether. Those are for exhibition and competition dancers. Not the same thing.

I left early disappointed with my cameras. Just one photo of three couples would have made a big difference in the entire blog. Got the #9 going to town, and then waiting a few minutes for the last C bus going to Nanakuli. The bus situation being so bad, I still had to stand up for a couple miles and then someone got up.

"Y Volvere" by Lucero

With my time solution and my new Mp4 player, not as good as my laptop but not as heavy either, I was able to hear my music but also see the show. Made the time go much easier. Not too bad a day.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Plot Thickens

We each think we are so unique in our own little dance world of our own making. We assume that everyone else is out of it. Perhaps we should endeavor to try to be more understanding of our fellow dancers a  little better.
"Candor is a double-edged sword; it may heal or it may separate."

Dance generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in social, spiritual or performance setting. Dancing has also been used to describe methods of non-verbal communication between humans or animals. (bee dance, mating dances,) motion in inanimate objects (leaves dancing in the wind.)

People who dance are referred to as dancers and the act of dance is commonly known as dancing. An event where any type of dance takes place may be called a dance. And the art of making and designing a dance is called Choreography. We pretty well accept most of these terms.

"I Gotta Know" - Elvis Presley

Definitions of what is called dance are dependent on social, aesthetic and moral constraints. They range from functional movement (such as folk dance) to codified, virtuoso techniques such as ballet and International type Ballroom dancing. Sports, gymnastics, figure skating, synchronized swimming and even some martial arts contain dance disciplines.

If we have 20000 dancers on these Islands (2%) over half must be social, cultural dancers and based mostly on the American Style of dance. 11000? That leaves 9000, and over half of those are night club dancers with a preference for live music. 5000? That leaves, 4000 for the rest, International style dancers, Line dancers, Round dancers, Salsa dancers, Square dancers, Swing dancers, Tango dancers and any others that wish to be included in Recreational dancing.  There can be the usual intermixing among groups. Now we are getting some place and we are beginning to know our way around even if some people disagree with us. Fine!

Two muffins are in the oven. One says to the other "Wow it's hot in here"
The other one replies "Oh no ... It's a talking muffin"

Met a good friend who happens to also be good International dancer. Has a very good outlook on the entire dance environment. He informs me that he thinks he knows the two dance groups that consistently produce the best International dancers on this Island. By coincidence he belongs to one of them. And he was much more sure of the worst two groups. He says they are the original "junk" dancers, We were talking about competition dancing, so I am certainly not in a position to judge.

Weekend Looking Good

Kapolei Chapter HBDA went up in hits on their web site, naturally. Terrific Photo of the Gang at the HBDA Sweetheart Ball at the Palladium. Then they had a copy of our blog too. The hits have no where else to go but up. There is no Dance Web Site on this island that beats them in hits.

Advice to beginning Dancers: "Go ahead and look at your feet...Gradually you will gain the confidence that they will always be at the end of your legs and you will look no more."

Oahu West also went up in hits too, which was expected. Fortunately, there is another HBDA social at Aliamanu on Saturday, 21st. Gonna be packed as more people become aware of this fun occasion with plenty good people. I gotta be there and do my best, the West is beginning to roll. We just need more places where we can dance.
"Que Sera, Sera" by Doris Day
We shall dance in the Malls if we have to.
So Kapolei Chapter HBDA is looking for a new place to dance. They have two in the planning stages, one at Makakilo  Community Center and one at Asing Park in Ewa Beach. If they achieve permanency in either place,  there may be a name change. Fortunately both places easily accessible to me. It will shape up, these people are willing to work for their beliefs.

On the Waianae Coast the best dance floor remains at the Waianae District Park. The absolute greatest and just as big as a cafeteria. Unfortunately, no dancing on the Coast yet and there is no record of it ever being used for dancing. Same as Hotel Ballrooms, old antiquated nomenclature. But there is an awakening coming in the West and the only thing holding it back is the Rail Disaster

"Effortless Dancing is an oxymoron. Without effort you do not dance,
and if you dance, it is never without effort."
Pub's Side Note: I am still getting "Da Kine" information. E-mail type flyer kind, with loads of information and schedules, scattered about. Some graphics and all in the body of the letter.

Very difficult and takes too much time to decipher as to what is too early, too late, too much, too little or duplicated. Nothing much I can do, I have to get too many things done. The best way is to send the plain text and the graphics as an attachment, makes it easier to handle. Or sometimes I get a poster. Easy, just copy and paste. Please make it short and sweet.

In dance blogging: the first time is communication and very necessary. The second time it's Advertising, and the third time, it's Spam. We are not that strict but you get the idea.

Blogger's Law #25b: If you hit two keys on your keyboard, the one you did not want or both will appear 0n the screen.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Kapolei Chapter HBDA

Nice day in Nanakuli, as per usual and I did most of what I had to do. Got ready early and was at Nanakuli Beach bus stop at five.

"We shall know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart."

Did not have long to wait and the first bus that came along was the C bus and inside it seemed to be a little better than usual - more comfortable. Got off at the last stop before it gets on the freeway in Kapolei and from there it was a nice bike ride to Kapolei Elementary.

The place was already with a big happy crowd of good people. Whatta bunch of nice people getting together to enjoy the fruits of their dance learning and socializing with their fellow dancers. Plenty of cameras, too bad we cannot get many for this blog to share with the reader/dancers. I do what I can but I am very limited.

Plenty of early birds coming in and looking like a beautiful group of dancers.

But of course there is dancing: Too bad that it is the last of it here. There will be other places. Most dance organizations are finding it difficult to have place to dance.

Pub's Side Note: Places now insist on waiting on you hand and foot, but they want to charge you an arm and leg. Yes, we know, everyone gotta pay for the Rail Disaster.

They have to lay down some leather and that's the name of our game.

They seem to be starting to eat earlier than usual, and it seems as though it is everywhere. OK by me. Thanksgiving by Pete and everything is just fine. I am just about ready to use my teeth to eat but I got hungry and had a bite before I left home. Next time. As per usual, they had some ono-licious grindz.

I loaned a camera to Roy and he did a good job getting some pictures so I got a good collage. Unfortunately he ran out of battery power and I didn't bring any extras. I finally got rid of the last of my cassette tapes and I even gave them three blank tapes. I hope they can use them.
A Horse goes into the bar in Kapolei and the bartender says,
"Hey buddy, Why the Long Face?"

So Rome was not built in a day but we are getting there better every day.

The good people have got to have their line dances and looking better all the time. I got rid of the last of my VHS tapes last week, but now I got the VHS machine that I had donated back. I will have to find someone that can use it. They can have it.

Wow, these people are getting good and enjoying it more. Seem like we are getting more
men in there. I have find out where I can learn it.

Got ready to leave and the men were swinging from the chandeliers and the ladies were dancing on the tables. Not really but they were having a ball. Left at the last minute and when I got to the Transit Center, I saw the rear end of an articulated bus which seemed to be a  C bus, about 9:20. It must have been the 9:00 bus but late. I got the last regular C bus at a little after 9:30 so I was all right. And it was comfortable. Wot happened?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

What Opinions?

The most important for our blogs is the Guest Author opinion which is an editorial opinion. It is the stated opinion of the blogger for anything he or she writes in the blog. And it can vary widely which is what makes it most interesting to our fellow reader/dancers and the hits go through the roof.

"The truth can be too obscure, too plain and too pure. To live it you may have to explode. There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance."
Group opinions are essentially the same and they may come to a head through one person. And that person may only contribute "his or her opinion" only once and perhaps even twice. (They do not wish to get involved with what they think is a commitment.) These are usually very well accepted opinions.

In the social sciences, there is also a recognition of the clique group opinion such as we have in dancing and it refers to the aggregation of opinions verbally communicated from closely knit people. The biggest has been the well known Creative Researchers And Producers, but the contamination can occur among smaller groups.
"Step By Step" by the Crests
It is generally conceded that they have contributed much to the decrease in dancing interest for the last couple decades. And the increase in so many new dance clubs in the last two decades. In these situations, researchers are often interested in questions related to social choice, untruths, conformity, and group polarization.
"Rip Van Winkle" by the Devotions

Public opinion in contemporary usage, is the aggregate of individual attitudes or beliefs held by populations such as the entire island of Oahu. While consumer opinion is the similar aggregate collected as part of marketing research (e.g., opinions of users of a particular product or service). Typically, because the process of gathering opinions from all individuals is difficult, expensive, or impossible to obtain, public opinion (or consumer opinion) is estimated using survey sampling (e.g., with a representative sample of a population). With us, just asking around is not enough.

"La Comparsita" by Julio Iglesias

For us the perfect communication settles down to ten or less independent blogs and each with ten or less Guest Authors. But we could achieve pretty close to agreement in the enjoyment of dancing in our cultural dance. And with the easy acceptance of all the other styles out there. Hey, hey, we are rolling in the right direction. Let's get these Guest Authors in here.