Thursday, November 28, 2013

Gis and Gat

Links
 
When you are browsing through any one of our blogs you may notice, on the side bars, "Links" and with different adjectives attached. By clicking on a link, you can "jump" to the Blog or Web site whose name you clicked. It will appear like magic on your screen.

"They have the right to criticize, if they have the heart to help."

Some have only one blog in their favorites, however they know that, once in, all they have to do is click the next blog of their choice to see it. In the Blogging Hawaii blog, you can also click the links on the top of the blog for "pages" that have been set up for our special clients.

"Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffett

McCoy Pavilion is a private company categorized under Theme Park, Amusement and located in Honolulu, across the street from Ala Moana Shopping Center. I always thought it was part of our Parks programs. Current estimates show this company has an unknown annual revenue but employs a staff of 5 to 9 people. Does that mean they charge Big Bucks? It seemed to be a good place to have a dance. But now overrun with homeless.

"Get Ready" by Rare Earth


"Historia De Un Amor" por Luis Miguel

Rumba-bolero, with some of the most beautiful lyrics in the world, can be found throughout popular Latin dance music. This gives the creations of a former time a kind of perpetual life. The elderly "trovadores" lived close to their people, and their songs reflected the loves, lives and concerns of the people. It's has proved surprisingly difficult for present-day musicians to do better. The bolero is a great survivor.


"Most people have no purpose but to exist, to pass quietly through history as minor characters upon a stage they
cannot even see. To be the playthings of tyrants. But
you ... perhaps you were born to fight tyranny."

Whatever we're doing, let's share a little, share our passion, excitement and enthusiasm and let our vibes and energy become an inspration for the rest of the reader/dancers. We have so much to be thankful for.




Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving to all

"When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response
is that I am thankful I have a cup."

 
"Let's choose today to quench our thirst for the 'good life' we think others lead
by acknowledging the good that already exists in our lives. We can then
 offer the universe the gift of our grateful hearts."
 
 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

From Midweek

West // West Oahu News
Thanks to a partnership with Honolulu Ford and Solar Help Hawaii, Volta Industries LLC now provides free electric vehicle charging stations at three new locations, including Pearlridge Center.

“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils
the same function as pain in the human body. It calls
attention to an unhealthy state of things.”

“This is such an exciting time for us,” stated Arden Penton, Volta’s director of media and operations. “To be able to partner with one of Hawaii’s premier local solar companies and the island’s leading Ford dealership to provide free electricity shows huge strides in the long-term, clean and renewable energy efforts being made in our communities.”


The other free charging stations are available at Ward Centers and Koko Marina Center.

The company, which was founded in 2010, installed the first charging station in the state at the capitol in 2011. It also has installed EV charging stations in California and currently is working to expand its presence in California and Arizona.

 
With enough Articulated buses, Honolulu could have retained
its reputation for good public transportation. But the Present Rail Party had their eye on the millions of dollars in profits
from a Rail Disaster like the one coming up.

“Our focus has always been promoting energy efficiency and providing cost savings to our customers,” stated Dale Domen, president of Solar Help Hawaii. “We are so thrilled to give EV drivers the opportunity to power up for free and encourage more people to adopt this sustainable technology.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Volta,” added Danny Asao, general sales manager of Honolulu Ford. “We’ve been serving Hawaii for more than 50 years, giving customers the most innovative auto solutions to meet their transportation needs.

“Our efforts to make green cars more available
aligns perfectly with Volta.”

Pub's Side Note: The plans of the Present Rail Party are to force the people to use the Rail Calamity. It is a humbug and everyone is looking for a way out. Yes, we also know. It's the money, Honey.








Monday, November 25, 2013

From Dream To Dance Studio

Holiday Greetings Swing Dancers,
There are a few announcements about Dream To Dance which I would like to share with you.

1. Rumor of my retiring, NOT true.

2. New location, TRUE!  Due to renovation/construction in Kakaako I have been searching properties and found a wonderful spot on 2nd floor of a new building with an elevator, air con, windows and lots of parking.  It is the Palama Supermarket @ 1010 North King St. #202-204.  Sad for me to leave after 15 years at this location but exciting to think of the NEW!

3. The Holly Jolly Trolley is back for fun and travel by trolley to dance venues.  It would be great if you can spread the word and join the night of merriment on Saturday, December 21.  Please RSVP!   See you there!

4. There are requests for swing socials at the studio and I wish I could but don't feel I have the music inventory to keep dancers entertained 1/week or 1/month.  Referrals are sent to your Palladium dances. New events coming to Honolulu for the swing community and Dream To Dance coming next year!

Thanks for listening and a supa big Happy Holidays wish to all!
Debby

Debra Borges Barboza
Dream To Dance
661 Auahi St, #201-202
Honolulu, HI  96813
808-372-5574

Friday, November 22, 2013

Waipahu

The early Native Hawaiians took pleasure in the cool and clear water gushing from the ground and named this spring Waipahu. Before the Western civilization set foot in Hawaii, the Hawaiians considered Waipahu to be the capital of Oahu. Royalty in the Kingdom of Hawaii would often gather and enjoy the fresh water from the spring Waipahu.

"If the wind will not serve, take to the oars."

In 1897, Oahu Sugar Company was incorporated and imported laborers from many different countries including the Philippines, Japan, China, Portugal, and Norway. Very few laborers working for the Oahu Sugar Co. were actually Hawaiian.


Beautiful Shopping Center.

The majority of the company's first laborers were either Japanese or Chinese. Each ethnic group was broken up into different camps. This division was said to have been the result of different cultures and language barriers.


Beautiful Waipahu before and after the Rail Monstrosity. Auwe!

Field workers received an average monthly salary of $12.50. However, Filipino immigrants were paid less than all of the other laborers because of the fact that they were the cheapest to import. The Filipinos, on average, made less than $10.00 a month. The Chinese generally were paid the most with a monthly average of $15.00.

Dancing has of course been part of life in the plantations and to each his own. In the last century there came a coming together of the American Style of Dancing and danced socially throughout the islands. They are in the same metamorphosis as the rest of the island.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

WBDC

From Aunty Maile:
Aloha Everyone!


The WBDC Jingle Bell Rock Dance is coming very soon!  We would like to ask you NOT to forget to purchase your tickets!  This is a once a year dance, you will not regret!  You will once again be a part of a very SPECIAL experience, and if you have never participated, NOW IS THE TIME!

This is NOT your ordinary day to day dance!  TAKE this opportunity that only comes up but one time per year, to experience all the special touches of a "Christmas" evening, like a fantastic fulfilling buffet, including CRAB LEGS and a chance to win DOOR PRIZES throughout the evening!  This is an evening made especially for YOU to DANCE, DANCE, DANCE, on the beautiful dance floor, and ENJOY!


We also have a monthly dance coming up shortly.  Please reserve the date and join us at the WBDC Thanksgiving Dance!
Please feel free to bring your friends and family too!



Also, a message from Peter Sy:

Attached is the 2014 schedule.  Also, 18 Nov is the last day for our Monday class which began 14 Oct., and the Wednesday class had its last class 13 Nov which began 9 Oct.    

Please keep this important calendar for your dance class and monthly dance references.  This calendar will inform you ahead of time, so you can PLAN! Please feel free to share this calendar and email or text it to your friends and family too!

Mahalo nui and Salamat Po!
Maile Yagi, PR for WBDC

Pub's Side Note: Interested in dancing to live music? Tune into Town Dancer blog by Richie, nice write up on the coming thing at the Palladium. This entire island getting better.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

New Boundaries

We really don't have boundaries but it helps to center the action. Central Valley went into Oahu West blog very easily with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club leading the way. Thanksgiving at Wahiawa Recreation Center and Christmas at Helemano Plantation fits in just right.


Got a new blog "North Shore" but it certainly can be easy to get to Halemano Plantation. Hopefully we can get some information and photos to share with our readers. The line dancing will lead the way on the North Shore. We don't get much news on line dancing in the Central Valley. And of course with new dance clubs in the process of forming we will have more information and photos of our entire dance scene.


Photos in the West and our blogs may be different than all the other places in the world. We cannot argue with the old saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words." We can start with that as a standard unit. Then we know that two pictures are not worth 2000 words. The law of supply and demand kicks in. And so on with 3, 4, more pictures, less value. You can imagine the value of 500 photos submitted to Facebook which receives 3000 per second. 250 million per year. Yeah, Man.
 
"YMCA" by Village People


It is a different deal with the amount of people in the photo. Same standard, one person photo worth a thousand words. However, two people in the photo and the photo is worth more than one thousand words. How you figure? 3, 4 5 and so on increases the worth until it get to about 7 or 8 than begins to decrease. Clear enough for me. Mid Week discovered this last year.

"Da Rail Mess, won't wait on you hand and foot but
it's gonna cost every one an arm and leg."

In our blogs, two or three special photos hit the reader/dancers right where they want it. With a few choice words, "Perfection." And the hits go through the ceiling and everybody comes out smelling like a rose. We just have to find the people willing to share with their fellow dancers.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Back In Again.

Public Relations is the promotion of a favorable image of a dance club or group. It can be the practice or profession of establishing, maintaining, or improving a favorable relationship between any organization and the public and that usually costs money.

 "Of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers"
All the dancers? Of course not, they do not all wish to be involved and we must respect.

The primary purpose of our dance blogs is a good presentation of a dance club's public image. As far as I know, none of the dance blogs in these Islands charge for what they do. The relationship between the dance group and the public is very important, with respect to whether that club is seen in a positive or negative light.

Our blogs have different views for managing public relations involving the persons in a dance club that are responsible with full knowledge that blogs do not cost money. It is understood that it is all free and no gimmicks are attached. The Guest Authors are the key to making each blog a unique communication device, Social Media.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

Of course, some people think that the blogs are somehow benefitting immensely on their good looks, talent, fame and fortune, - then they have lost, right then and there. You're pau, brah and I will continue to include as many of our reader/dancers as possible.

Our blogs merely ask that our Guest Authors agree to write whenever and whatever they wish and we just provide the platform. The exchange of independent opinions is of the utmost importance. And Photos too are opinions.We have Guest Authors on this blog and I never push for more or less from them. They do as they wish and if I don't want to write, then I have the same rights as anyone else. Simple?

The hits did not come down as expected because Google is still Mickey Mousing around with their search engines. But they did get rid of some scam-spam robot hits. They are almost there, so I will post again maybe a couple times a week, even though I am very busy elsewhere. Mahalo to all.




Thursday, November 14, 2013

Shaping up for the coming year.

Big rearrangements all around and things have settled down a little. However, there will be that new club in the West. Why? It should be simple enough, if a club doesn't give to the members what they want, then the members must find one that will. It has always been so and history continues to repeat itself.

 "Perhaps, not getting what you want could
sometimes be a wonderful stroke of luck."


But first things first. There has to be a place or location where any club can dance, similar to the famous Palladium set up. We know that Dance Pavilion at Waipio is out, to pay for the Rail Disaster, although no one has officially said so. And the schools have to increase their rents to pay for the Rail Mess too. So perhaps we can find the Community Center with a big enough floor space to install a nice dance floor. And give all the dance clubs a break.

A lot smaller than we could expect but everything is already in place, parking, restrooms and all. Who is going to pay for this dance floor? Ay, there's the rub. There are various ways, and most club officers are well informed as to how this could be done. Fund raising is simple, once you got the floor in and everyone should understand that this is for recreational dancers not da fancy kine.

Everyone throughout the world understands, Dine and Dance. The US. is loaded with places like this. Well, look around you and see our people enjoying a social dance, socializing with their friends, neighbors and fellow dancers, dine on ono pot luck and then dance some more. Paradise right here and now.

 "Born To Be Wild" by Steppenwolf

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.



Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Pledge of Allegiance

A reminder from Nancy Shimamoto via June Kadomoto: a reprint

The following words were spoken by the late Red Skelton on his television program as he related the story of his teacher, Mr. Laswell, who felt his students had come to think of the Pledge of Allegiance as merely something to recite in class each day.

Now, more than ever, listen to the meaning of these words.

"I've been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester and it seems as though it is becoming monotonous to you. If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word?"

I
me, an individual, a committee of one.

Pledge
dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self pity.

Allegiance
my love and my devotion.

To the flag of the
our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she waves, there's respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody's job!

United
that means that we have all come together.

States
individual communities that have united into 48 great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose; all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that's love for country.

And to the republic
a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.

For which it stands, one nation
one nation, meaning "so blessed by God"

Indivisible
incapable of being divided.

With liberty
which is freedom -- the right of power to live one's own life without threats, fear or some sort of retaliation.

And Justice
the principle or quality of dealing fairly with others.

For all
which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is mine.

--------------------------------------------------------------

Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country and two words have been added to the pledge of Allegiance...

UNDER GOD
Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer and that would be eliminated from schools too?
God Bless America!
Red Skelton will be long remembered for that.
 
This only for those still tuning in. This blog is trying to find out why the hits from Blogger are not anywhere near what they should be. I am not blogging here but the hits are still up. Why? They certainly are not going to tell me. Meanwhile, all the news is in the other blogs. just click the name in the side bar.
 
 
 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Rail by John Pritchett

One of the best known cartoonists in the Pacific Basin. And getting to be more well known on the Mainland US.

Then the Present Rail Party pulled out all the stops Lies, Bad Lies, Outright Lies, you name it, that was them. Even spent millions hiring specialists in lying from the Mainland. Unforgivable. At present everything going to pot all over the Island but everybody has to sacrifice for the Rail Devastation. The people on the North Shore or in Windward Oahu have nothing to do with it. Yes property taxes will double. But they gotta pay too, through the nose. Except the legislators, they just gave themselves a big raise. Who is going to pay? He He He. Whatta con job. It's the dough, Flo!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Throw da bums out.

China to abolish rail ministry in anti-graft shakeup
By Carol Huang

High-speed train that runs on the new 2,298-km line between Beijing and Guangzhou.. China is to split its scandal-plagued railways ministry in two and will bring its administrative functions under the control of the transport ministry, according to state media.


Also happened five years before, and they guaranteed that it would not happen again. Then this happened. Who Guaranteed?

China is to effectively abolish its scandal-plagued railways ministry as part of a sweep of government reforms aimed at tackling inefficiency and corruption, a top official told parliament on Sunday.

"The administrative system in effect still has many areas not suited to the demands of new circumstances and duties," Ma Kai, secretary general of the State Council, China's cabinet, told the National People's Congress parliament at its annual gathering in Beijing, according to a copy of his speech.


Then this one happened in China on the big overhead rail last year. It should not have happened, it had been guaranteed. In Honolulu it has been guaranteed by the Present Rail Party. He!

Inadequate supervision had led to "work left undone or done messily, abuse of power and corruption," he said, adding that some areas were insufficiently managed while others had "too many cooks in the kitchen".

Pub's Side Note: All the symptoms of the Present Rail Party. But the Present Rail Party is intending to make millions and millions of dollars in pure unadulterated profits. The hell with the people. It's the bread, Fred. They have people shoveling the money into the safe.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Great Expectations

Direct from Aunty Maile

Aloha from the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club!
Just two things to remember!
 
1.    Get your tickets for our upcoming "JINGLE BELL ROCK DANCE!"  It will be here before you know it!  BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!!!


2.  Come and join us, in celebrating all the things we are thankful for!
Come and an enjoy a wonderful evening at the WBDC THANKSGIVING DANCE!


Ahui hou!
Maile Yagi for WBDC

 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Derailed Again

When it happened ten years ago, the Chinese Rail Authorities guaranteed that it would never happen again. They had at least ten good excuses as to why it did happen.


This one was only slightly elevated and few were killed.

All truth passes through 3 stages. First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted
as being self-evident.

Then came the big one.

Lucky it did not fall on a lot of people but plenty killed and injured. A whole slew of people have been fired from the Rail Authority Boards. And the latest bulletin is that it will never happen again. Guaranteed.

In this respect, passive safety, aiming at minimizing the consequences once an accident or incident does occur, has received much attention in recent years, especially in the European Union. The main research area of passive safety has been concentrated on vehicle crashworthiness, i.e. the structural capability of the carbody to protect passengers or crew following collisions. In this respect, two standards exist or are under completion in Europe that mainly cover longitudinal impacts.


With a few more of these Articulated buses we coulda had it made. And I coulda got the bus right around the corner
where I always got it. Auwe!

Vehicle derailment-worthiness, i.e. the capability of a vehicle to avoid collisions and/or overturning of vehicles following derailments, has not received much attention. Consequently, the vehicle behavior immediately following a derailment is not considered in any standard or in engineering practice. Specially falling off of an elevated platform like in Honolulu.

However we heard the Present Rail Party insists that it could never happen here. They guarantee it.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

What Snew?

From an old Quote:

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
 
'Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis in your life, you find that anything agrees within reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.


With all our faults we are gradually getting there, all of us. And the Western part of this island is looking good in spite of the Rail Disaster. We will do what we can for the benefit of all our people, not just for the select few out to make a buck. And we are all becoming aware of who they are.

"Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes" by Perry Como

The "Place" to dance in the West is still there for us to find. And we all know it does not require an acre of dance floor. We can be very happy with one quarter the size of the famous Palladium in Honolulu. The West is also understanding of the fact that we wish to live, work and play in our grounds not someone else's.


The schools have made it very difficult under someone's instructions and we must see what we can do to make good contact with the Community Centers and District Parks. With a good size floor space, we could even find ways of installing a good danceable dance floor and pay for it with the following fund raisers. It has been done on the Mainland.

"This is good - life must continue, we are fighting barbarians, but we must remain human."

So there it is, from Kalihi and all the way to Makaha. Just waiting for us and so many can enjoy living in Paradise. The Rail Crisis? Later for them - much later. Dancing is good for the body, mind and soul, just ask any dancer. It is also a great way to contact more people and socialize in a civilized manner.