Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Refining Our Blogosphere

I have heard the word, "venue" on Oahu more than in most places. And it very nicely describes what they mean. The scene or setting in which something takes place, the locale.  For us it has been a place where groups of dancers could dance, drink, eat and be merry. The discotheque, the nightclub, the dance hall etc.

"You must look into other people as well as at them."

The dream in the mainland has been the studio - nightclub. In some places (very few) they have a Studio - Nightclub and a Restaurant. (The Granada in California) And commercially and locally, Dream to Dance Studio has led the way with their Saturday evening Salsa. The social dancers have found the dance floor terrific but just a little too small.

Now on Ward Ave, I have not been there but with more room and a good dance floor, from what I hear, they are developing the center for the International Style of dance. You can dine and dance with your peer group of International style dancers. The entire enchilada cannot lose and it could develop into a weekly thing, specially since they already have the reputation of having some of the best International dancers on this Island.

They spend a lot of money to learn competition dancing. Here they have the perfect place to practice and they can have a lot of fun dancing with their peers and bettering their level of dance. Not only that but they will not be contaminated by the ordinary common street and club dancers. The distinction has been repeatedly made and we concur.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

Whatta Dream Place, in the Central Valley.

Before this year is over, it will be clear that the Rail Disaster cannot afford a Dance Pavilion in Waipio. Therefore someone will look over the terrain of Dream To Dance Studio and the one on Ward Ave. The conclusion will be a studio - club on the second floor of some building in the Waipio Business Park. And it will be our kind of dancing. Whatta deal! A win - win situation for everyone. They will even be coming from Waimanalo.

Pub's Side Note: No one in the West has discovered anything about the laptop computer we have on sale. It will be first come, first serve. Or whoever has the magic number gets it for free.

Saturday, April 27, 2013


According to the stats and information availability, this is the blog that will most likely be deleted. The contacts do not seem to be too anxious to become public, they may remain with their more private Web sites. And private parties we should respect. Leave them alone and let us find some good public dance clubs. If we delete this blog it may be the better thing for all concerned.

"To rejoice in another's prosperity, is to give content to your own lot:
to mitigate another's grief, is to alleviate or dispel your own."

And if we cannot find any public dance club, we shall make our own. The entire dance blogosphere is asking for it. The readers increase because they know what they want, not what others say they should have. Slowly but surely it is coming out and all the present dance clubs will eventually come around.

The newest and the bottom of the totem pole in hits. Patience

At this moment we need a good communicator with any of the Nightclub Action in the Oahu West sector. All we need is his/her opinion on the places and their friends and fellow dancers and that is pretty public. Naturally that precious, unique foto, the magic one, would be a God send. This exchange of information is Social Media and everyone will learn to appreciate it.

The second from the bottom, it may take some time.

The new dance club will have to be able to do it without the "Palladium," which is not as difficult as it sounds. The packed Palladium days seem to be over as control has changed. The Creative Researchers And Producers are still in charge, much less but still there. They have been goofing up some of the best dance places on Oahu for a long time.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Reader/Dancers

We are getting closer to a good definition of the reader/dancers on this Island. For our dance blogs, they are the most important faction out there. There are a lot more of them than I realized. Honolulu Dance Guide has proven that the Nightclub group interested in live music and dancing in the American Style of Dance, may very well be a group almost as big as our local cultural dance scene.

"People are generally more mindful of wrongs than of benefits."

Hits are a very important measure of information distribution. Honolulu Dance Guide has been very nicely going up in hits at a bigger percentage than all our other blogs. By the end of the month the average hits per day may surpass our famous Town Dancer blog. Don't knock it, we should all try to please the reader/dancers and their results are what counts. Perhaps we can learn from them.

For sure our best feature is the Guest Author, whether only as a one time contributor or as a steady Guest Author such as Calvin or Richard. They can get in and out on their own and have almost no parameters so they write whatever and whenever they damn well please. As it stands at present, Town Dancer could very nicely accommodate two or three regular Guest Authors. They could publish only once a month and guaranteed, no other blog could ever catch up in hits.!
"You Keep Me Hangin' On" by the Supremes

And we have perhaps one hundred very capable and possible Guest Authors out there that feel that perhaps later. Now is the time and I mean the reader/dancers are the ones that benefit. They are gradually being provided with less club propaganda and more "dancer" information. Of course, for all of us, club doings are an important part of our social media communication.

Perhaps we can get someone like Aunty Maile from WBDC, she only informs on WBDC. But let's face it, any other club has the same right.  Dig? And the entire enchilada becomes Social Media and we are getting there. The entire dancing environment unfolds for everyone to see. Private Clubs? They went thataway!

Then of course, with three more Guest Authors in Town Dancer I could gradually wean myself out of there and when they are ready, I could resign and they would be on their own and breaking all records in hits. Guaranteed! I could then go on my merry way working on the rest of the blogs, working on getting rid of the next best one in line.

Pub's Side Note: Another very pleasant and clear result is the winding down of the Creative Researchers And Producers. They are losing their grip! Calls for another Rum & Coke.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Da Latest Scoop

Things are settling very nice in our blogosphere and I can see my way into a lot more of our dance environment. It is looking good, not because it is perfect but because I can see the need for whatever we lack.
"A person's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners."

A good example is the blog by Richie in Town Dancer of the 23rd. (Just click the link in the side bar.) Something that should have been brought out many times before and somehow missed by the best. Of course it seems to happen more often in the nightclub circuit. I sincerely hope that it is read by every male dancer, not only on Oahu, but in the entire Pacific area.

"You're Nothing But A Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley.

After a dance it is only proper courtesy to escort the lady back to where she was. Most men that I know do this, but now Richie has brought up a very good point, many do not escort the lady back to her table or chair. His honest opinion is what makes a blog into truly our kind of social media.

Which also brings up another point. My stats reveal that we are approaching the point of diminishing returns in hits. But only if we remain in the status quo of having no more Guest Authors. Just one more regular honest opinion from anyone in our blogs will keep us rolling ahead at the proper percentages. Honolulu Dance Guide is gaining on Town Dancer and could be ahead by the end of the month.
"Under The Boardwalk" by the Drifters

Fortunately we have been making good contact with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. We have been getting some good write up information. A few added photos and we would have perfection. Another is the Annual Oldies but Goodies Dance Bash at the Pacific Beach Hotel. Sending the hits up, naturally. I will try to make it to Aliamanu Intermediate for the Saturday HBDA review and get some photos and perhaps a quote or two.

Teaching Latin Dancing to real Latin Music
Oahu West is still trying to coalesce into a unique center. Ewa Beach residents still consider themselves separate, as do some of the villages surrounding Ewa. With the new shopping center in Ewa plus Safeway and City Mill and a couple of cocktail lounges, the existence of night life may emerge and Ewa will become a central and prominent area again. Like all the West they need more industrial area for the thousands who commute to town daily. Nobody wants or needs a rail Disaster.  "I coulda been home in 20 minutes. Yes, I know, it's the money, Sonny. Big Profits in Rail Tragedies.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Stats

By George Lum, Waialae Iki

Ask any professional blogger and they will tell you that two of the most important things you can do are; monitor visitors to your site and pay attention to the stats. You’ve heard the adage "Anything that can be measured can be improved". Simple site stats can tell you a lot of things, total hits, average hits per day, market share etc. It may not be useful to many people but if you know these, you can improve you blogs.

"That state of life is most happy where superfluities are not required
and necessities are not wanting."

Knowing the amount of traffic you are getting to your site, as well as where it’s coming from, can help you make some important decisions about where to spend your time. Stats allow you to see traffic patterns on your site, if you have several blogs, it is imperative that you make the various comparisons. Small differences are of no consequence, however one blog that gets ten average hits per day is far different than a blog that gets 100 average hits per day.

Without monitoring the traffic to your web or blog sites you won’t know if you need to make changes in order to get people reading. The stats we get for free on most blogs are not absolutely accurate but they are a very useful and valuable tool in getting your blogsite optimized. They can tell you if the changes you make are having a positive or negative effect on traffic.

One of the worse mistakes a blogmaster can make is to ignore stats and just "fly by the seat of their pants". "Anything that can be measured can be improved," but you can’t improve anything unless you measure it. The counter is a big tool to start monitoring and improving your blogsite, get hot, baby!

Latin Dancing with real Latin Music
Pub's Additional Note: Town Dancer is still Toppa Da Adda blogs, but your suspicions, I fear, are correct. Honolulu Dance Guide is catching up. Their kind of dancers are there and they are interested in live music and American Style of Dance. These people are the ones that should make these decisions and they are doing it.

They are getting more of these same kind of dancers and it is looking more lively every day. Dis action gotta overflow to the North and East Shores. The West is going to be a little too rough because of the rail disaster. But the North and East shores are just waiting for something li-dis. Then there is Rock And Jazz Hawaii with most of their interest in the listening end of the live bands. They do a terrific job too as many find it easy to meld with the other groups in the Nightclub scene.

This has been a long overdue environment to be analyzed. A dance blog is what all "dance websites would like to be" updated on a regular basis, containing content that is of interest to a select or target audience. Information easy to update and change. Our readers are gradually picking up on this action and everyone is waiting for the Guest Author.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Dance Hawaii at Puuhale School

Awfully nice day in Nanakuli as per usual. Making rearrangements in my furniture and I will have a good arrangement one of these days. And I was ready to get the 4:00 O'clock C bus. A little crowded but a young man was gracious enough to let me have a seat. Some of the kids, Auwe. It is not that they do not read the signs, It's that they can't read, the dumb dodos.

"Happiness can come through doors you didn't even know you left open."

The bus was a little late and I tested my vid clip songs on my new MP4 unit and worked beautifully. Got to Puuhale and walked up to Puuhale School, took almost five minutes. Not bad. Only Maurice was there and a few people arrived a little later.

Tried to get a photo of the early birds but they were all too busy. Some other time, though later I did get some photos of the dancing and others to make collages.

Left side, front facing the other school buildings. Right side, from the back playing field.

Got rid of four CD's and hopefully they will be used as intended. Then I demonstrated my new vid clip songs and finally found someone who may be able to use it. This is a test, so that I can get the vid clips to the members that can use them. Can only be used on a computer and preferably with good speakers or earphones.

Tested two cameras, this one has to go to somebody else, but the dancers
were beginning to arrive and they were beginning to have fun dancing.

Maybe we can get more people from town attending next time. House parties are nice but I think we should make every effort to make this a more public social affair. Oblivion is not very attractive and the entire enchilada is in process.

I left after the intermission when they had the ring of prayer, then the line dancing
and the Kau Kau and everyone seemed to be having themselves a ball.

Last minute quote from Maurice.

"Come Dance With Us" at our new Social Dance at Puuhale School Cafeteria. Lots of food, dancing and meeting new people who love to dance.
Maurice Morita, President
Dance Hawaii.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Hit Parade

Going into the last half of the month, it is Town Dancer in front and going up in hits slowly but steadily, Occasional spurts when Calvin blogs and then comes down before going into its upward climb again. Should reach 167 average hits per day very soon. (5000 hits for a 30 day month,) The Guest Authors that are needed are for making this the first independent dance blog in Hawaii. This is important because it could set the precedent for making the other blogs independent.

"A dance club's success is tied to the dance member's satisfaction."

Honolulu Dance Guide was battling for second place with Oahu And Beyond for over six months and then surged on ahead. Now well over sixty daily points ahead of Oahu And Beyond. The counters clearly indicate the heavy presence of their reader/dancers.

They cover mainly the Live music section of dancing in town and the American Style of dance. This also includes the other peripherals like Tango, Swing and Salsa. They are beholden to no particular social club and this is important because of the changing membership in the top social clubs. I had no idea there was such a huge crowd of likeminded dancers.

"At Last" by Glenn Miller, vocals by Ray Eberle

So to get Oahu And Beyond rolling, we need someone that can cover a few spots in the Live music section just to give our readers the added perspective from someone else. For our blogs the different opinions are the real meat and potatoes of our social media. Two or three times a month would really add the needed spice. Of course, the neighbor islands are not wide open and waiting. But we may eventually convince them that we mean well.

The silence from the Windward section has been deafening. There is something there and there will be more but as yet everyone would rather keep it a secret. Arthur Murray recently opened a new branch in Kailua and seems to be doing just fine. The new NxNW Oahu blog was created just to cover the dancing in that section. We will just be patient and wait to make contact.

"It's All Right" by the Impressions

The total hits for all our eight blogs is well over the magic 334 average hits per day. (10000 hits per 30 day month.) Another couple months should get us to the 400 and that means 12000 hits per month and we will be making contact with somebody throughout the Pacific Rim.

The West is still in process of working for the dancers. The Rail Calamity has thrown most things out of whack and many have been cancelled. The bus system has worsened and the "cattle cars" are packed to the gills. (They are low class people anyway?) There will be a new dance club, for sure, probably in the Ewa Beach or Waipio section. But the members will have to have their own automobile transportation.

The North Shore will also join sometime in the future, when they get rid of the downtown deal of "Keep the country, country." spend your money in Honolulu. You gotta spend money on Gas? Hey, why do you think the Gas companies are paying for this propaganda too.

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!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New Place, to Dance Hawaii

The schools need the money to pay for the rail fiasco, so we cannot blame them. But like the Rail Tragedy People advise us, "dance in the streets." Fortunately Maurice found another place.

"Falsehood is cowardice, the truth is courage."

Is it possible that in West Oahu they dance different than in downtown? Yes, positively. One of the main characteristics is attitude. Let’s face it, the town people really think they are fantastic dancers. And the truth is that many are. Now at Puuhale School, we can get some good Kalihi dancers to join us. Hey, Hey, we are moving ahead.

"Party All The Time" by Eddie Murphy

However in the West they seem to be developing some people that really understand about dancing to the music and not just to steps and movements that they have been taught. The real Universal dancers are being taught by a different type of teachers. And many dancers in town, not only in night clubs but also on the main dance floors are changing. People are just beginning to notice. I think they are all getting good.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club Part 2

From Aunty Maile:

All in all, everyone had a super blast!  The people danced like there was no tomorrow and with many  different dance partners. As they used up their dime a dance tickets, they went back to purchase more.

Last but not least, I have to thank my "better" half, Leland Yagi, for his countless hours and nights of searching for "Big Band Dance Music", in order to provide the people with the experience of being in the 1920's, 1930's era. He did an excellent job as usual. By the way, our next dance is in May, when Leland will be providing you with music from "South of the Border!"

Thanks to Rodney and Carol Kohagura for their help in manning the check in table and taking control of the door prizes. Thanks to Ray Ballungay for his beautiful prayer blessing, and president Peter Sy, along with the officers and board of directors, for all the pre and post planning that went into creating this event. Special thanks go out to Linda Tranilla who went out to buy all the lovely orchid and rose centerpieces to adorn the tables.

Aloha Everyone!
Here is a little one pager collage that I put together of WBDC's 44th Anniversary Dance.
This collage was made from my IPhone, so it might not be that good but enjoy the pics!
Maile Yagi

With all of those special components combined together, the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club's 44th Anniversary Dance, along with the nicest people that you could ever have in one room, was a absolutely huge success!

So if anyone was able to capture this very special evening by taking photos, and you don't mind sharing them with us, we would appreciate it very much!

Mahalo nui loa,
Maile Yagi for WBDC :)

From Aunty Maile, WBDC Annual

Aloha Everyone!

We had such a wonderful time of dancing and camaraderie last night! I want to thank all of you for coming and for your donations of desserts and door prizes.

Door prizes came in small packages and large packages, but they were all significant. Some door prizes were wrapped and some were not. Nonetheless, there were a few that I could tell what it was.  Among them were the beautiful art work of Arthur Oda, using paper cut-out flowers, over his brilliant and beautifully colored drawings. Another, was the donated door prizes from the Aiea Ballroom Dance Association, a gift with tons of goodies in a pretty pink cloth gift bag. This gift bag was creatively embroidered by the talented Dave Cardell with the lettering ABDA! Then there were, the beautifully hand made leis of yarn, made by Rose Ballungay and last but surely not least, all the kitchen spices, wines, and what have you, donated by Rod and Rose Sabug.

These people were among the many that possesses the resourceful talents that anyone would want.

With that, I want to say that WBDC truly appreciates every door prize donation to the fullest, but unfortunately, we were not able to call out and announce every door prize on the microphone, as we needed to provide enough uninterrupted time for the Taxi Dance Contestants, who were trying to win and use up their dance tickets.


Among the many scrumptiously delicious desserts were, Art and Joan Oda's custard puffs, Tina Fernandez's Concanin, Gloria Jimenez's Mango cake, and Rod Sabug's famous Ginapiitan soup.

The buffet of shrimp, steak, crab, fish, and all the side dishes, were very delicious  and more than a tummy could handle.  For that, we thank the Helemano Plantation Camp 808 staff for their generosity and hard work.

(to be continued in tomorrow's blog)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Blog Needs and Must Haves

It is coming out slowly but very nicely. I looked around and couldn't find much outside information on my present conclusions. What we need to make our blogosphere more effective, that is, our type of blogs. Of course, dance blogs on this island are still much in the process of defining themselves.

"An utterance may be worth more than the truth, the reason it contains -
without the slightest regard to the author of it."

The Occasional Contributor: This person is willing to set down his or her opinion on some dance subject but wants no further commitments for whatever the reason. They have the right to their wishes and we should be grateful for their contributions. The results, are more hits so we spread the word.

The Regular Information and/or Photo Contributor is one who is willing to share a few Items with their fellow dancers but with just an email to convey the information. This, of course, is one of the solid bricks in our information gathering and sharing and it usually short and sweet and we don't get enough of those.

The Guest Author, the Diamond Mine. No matter who the person is or how much or how little they write, it is eagerly accepted by the reader/dancers of our blogs. This keeps evading the possible Guest Authors,  just the View Point of the Individual, that is it. With a few more of these we would surely double the hits we have now.

Is there room for this blog on this Island?

This includes not only the Island of Oahu but also the Neighbor Islands. Our stats from Google also indicate a larger following developing in the Pacific Basin. The Philippines were hardly a blip a year ago and now in fifth place among all the countries in the world. This is flabbergasting. The barrier or goal I had set up was 334 average hits per day for our eight blogs. (10000 hits per 30 day month.) We are well  over that now and it is a matter of filling in Guest Authors and getting rid of the best blogs.

"Of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers"
All the dancers? Of course not, they do not all want to be involved and we must respect. Hopefully we can convince more people to join in our unique social media for the benefit of all our reader/dancers.


Rained Out

Had a nice Sunday except for the light drizzles in the morning. Then in the afternoon when I thought of getting ready to go, it began to rain. I check the Internet and it said Possible Thunderstorms. I waited a couple hours and decided to postpone it. Really did not buy a ticket for nothing, it was for a good cause.
"That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger."

It has happened before, but clear weather in Nanakuli and raining in town. Then I can make to whatever function and be a little presentable. Happened once since I have been here. Then coming back home, nice and clear then a little rain as we approached Nanakuli. By the time I got off the bus it was coming down in buckets. It can even be exhilarating, no hu-hu, stomp around before getting in the lobby and once home easy to get out of the wet clothes and get into something comfortable.
"Till I Waltz Again With You" by Theresa Brewer

Unfortunately, there will be no one at the function that would be willing to share the happy times and a couple photos with their fellow reader/dancers. Too bad. In regular journalism, reporters may split their time between working in a newsroom and going out to witness events or interview people and reporters may be assigned a specific beat or area of coverage. Here we all do whatever we damn well please.

Truck Drivers: Men who lead using excessive force including using two hands to turn a lady. Of course it may be acquired in part from dancing with "trucks." However this couldn’t happen too often in our dance scene, for our ladies are usually ladies.

From the Spenser Dance Centre News Letter (London.) "Carry the lady as if she is a tray of drinks - the most beautiful crystal glasses containing the very best champagne; Do not spill a drop."

Pub's Side Note; Polygram Records, Warner Brothers and Keebler Cracker have merged and the new company will be called Poly-Warner-Cracker.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Line Dancing

By Roger Cheong, Pearlridge,

For beginners and wannabees, line dancing is the perfect place to start. First you get the exercise which is sorely needed by most over 30 people. Then there are many types of music out there so your ear becomes accustomed to our kind of social dance type music and it gets more beautiful every day that you hear it.

"Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!"

Then as you get into learning, just let your body move to the beautiful music you hear, and as naturally as possible. You will learn the necessary step movements but don't make too much of an effort to move to them. Let the body move on its own and however you feel it enjoyable. You will develop your own unique styling. Have you ever seen Spiderman line dancing?

"Surfin' USA" by the Beach Boys

We still find it difficult to get information to the readers on line dancing on the Island of Oahu. Many  of the groups prefer to keep the group as a sort of private club. I have yet to hear about line dancing in Aiea. Though I have heard rumors. I read that there will be line dancing at Mililani District Park and I believe they have some line dancing at the Crestview Community Center. So the Central Valley section seems to be opening up.

"You've Really Got A Hold On Me" by the Miracles

Some of the social clubs have line dance classes at the beginning of the regular dance class. Photo of the Kees leading the line dancing at Aliamanu Intermediate at the Dance Aliamanu class social submitted by Jimbo Johnson. The write ups of the sessions with photos are much more important than the initial advertising. Ten times the interested readership.

"Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made."

No places to dance? We may have to dance in the streets.
OK, you guys there it is. That's all I know but if you know something, share with your fellow dancers. We, the reader/dancers of these blogs would appreciate it. We will give them all the publicity we can. Another thing, there seems to be more dancing places in Pearlridge than anywhere in the West. But not our kind? Why? How about Nix Performing Arts? They have a big dance floor, open it up for social dancers, - once a month would be nice.

Pub's Side Note: Comments section are opened and sometimes closed when we get too much comment spams. Those programmers are a uncivilized lot, they just don't care. I may try to open again end of month.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Blogo 101

Our newest and bottom blog in hits is of course, NxNW Oahu. The geographical center was picked to be the opposite corner from Barber's Point on this Island.

So this new one has been temporarily set where the Turtle Bay Hilton is located and they will cover the Eastern part of the North Shore and the Northern part of Windward Oahu. This central location will of course be changed according to the Guest Authors that will eventually take it over.
 "Time discovers truth and the truth hurts for a while but a lie hurts forever."

Many of our reader/dancers have friends and/or relatives living in these sections. Perhaps some of them may be interested in reading, writing, looking and submitting photos and whatever it takes to make this blog into Social Media of cultural dance. This a test to see if I can can set it up "long distance." I will just help to build it up, they will inherit it whenever they are ready.

I have found very little on the Western part of the North Shore, and I am now looking for something in the Northern part of the Windward shore. I have been told that there is plenty there. We will see what we will see. The main thing is that already the Rail Tragedy is screwing up the works in the Rail section of West Oahu, not only in the city government. More people are getting interested in dancing on the Windward side. Arthur Murray already has set up a branch studio in Kailua and they know what they are doing.

"Blowin' In The Wind" by Bob Dylan
I know there have been attempts lately of teaching International Style of dance but it went no where. So it looks very good for the American Style especially if they get a few bands playing out there in some nice cozy clubs. Some of the best American Style dancers have been taught in the East by very capable teachers.
The Lottery

There is a number that has appeared each week in the Western Oahu blogs. I get it from the closing Dow Jones on the Friday before. It usually appears by Saturday. The number will now remain for the entire month. It is a form of lottery in which the prize in this case is a used Acer Laptop computer in perfect condition with Windows Vista installed.

There will be new number chosen for the month of May if necessary. If your Social Security Number ends in the same two digits, the Laptop is yours. I thought I was going to use it extensively so I got a bargain extra battery. You can have that too. I have another item on standby. Instead of selling my must get rid of items they will be "donated."

Da Links

Every blog has a side bar that contains links to other blogs. If you just click any of the links, the blog will appear as if by magic on your screen. That makes all our blogs interconnected one with the other and a few others besides. And you choose wherever. And of course you are all welcomed to contribute comments, information or photos whenever you wish to the blog of your choice.