Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Small, Medium and Large


Blogs seem to come in three sizes, (my preferential divisions.) There are smallest, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and all of them can expand their capabilities to a Medium size blog. Some are very prominent such as Tumblr. The big ones like Blogger and Word Press can handle pages of text and hundreds of photos, even videos.

"Blogs are whatever we make them. Defining 'blog' may be a fool's errand."


Twitter allows writers to post plain text messages to a variety of followers that can be replied to and easily shared with others. It’s high profile in the media and its adoption by millions of people make it a great place to begin if you’re interested in blogging. Most will go quickly into Google Plus or Facebook because there is more room. Which Platform Should You Choose?

"Good Night Irene" by the Weavers

Micro blogging is a great platform if you want to quickly record thoughts, share succinct ideas and create awareness. You can meet an awful lot of people in a short time. Micro blogging offers the advantage of having a much easier audience to engage with, given that the interaction is live and in real time.


Full functioning blogs, on the other hand, allow you to develop and publish your ideas in a much more comprehensive way. You have more opportunity support and expand your ideas with images, video, links to additional sources, etc. Furthermore, content management systems, such as Blogger and WordPress, are now commonly used by website developers to build interactive and engaging websites for small businesses.

"Morning Dew" by Bruddah Iz

Further complicating the equation are hybrid platforms like Tumblr and Posterous. These platforms are capable of publishing full blog articles, yet they are as easy to use and require about the same technical knowledge as a micro blog. In addition, micro blogs themselves, like ‘New Twitter’ (Twitter with additional features), now allow users to attach images and display video right within the update stream, so the lines between blogging platforms and micro blogging platforms are being blurred all the time.


In a nutshell, choose whichever platform that interests you enough to post (and continue to post!) relevant content to your target audience. And make as many attempts as possible to check the effectiveness of each method. Note which platform your target audience is using. This will provide you a hint as to the most effective type of content for this audience.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The New Blog

Surprise, this new made over Moanalua Corridor blog seems to be plodding along very nicely. But of course we have Dream To Dance Studio and Dance Hawaii = Maurice Morita in this sector. As per usual a couple good Two Centers will get it rolling.

"Those who tried and failed are infinitely better than
those who try to do nothing - and succeed."


Wednesday, April 1st, the Big Blowout.
The Dance will have free Valet Parking and free admission. Ten peice band playing all the oldies but goodies. Every one get a free ticket for the Mercedes Benz that will be raffled at half time. There will be Steak and lobster available all evening along with 14 cases of champagne - all free.


It should not be so amazing that the readership of this blog is increasing and that the class of readers is much for the better. These people are interested in dancing not in running down dancers. We also appreciate the well wishers for their thanks and for their kind words but I must inform all of you that most of the credit is increasingly getting more diverse. We also need more comments in the blogs.

"Which Way You Goin' Billy?" by Poppy Family


The newsletter views have been changing into more like Social Media.  This has been from the new blood coming in. I will not live forever so that we must accommodate more people running it and they will just take over very easily. Perhaps we can look forward to independence by the middle of this year. Of course, with independence comes the opportunity to make your own parameters.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Pub's Side Note: Be careful with the "publish personal emails" virus on Oahu. If they say we publish personal emails, people believe it and that's it. No need to ask "Where, When, Show me?" Naturally no one says a word. You are guilty and there is no way to prove your innocence. Those are their rules, tough.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Showing Flickers

Rumba of course has had its difficulties in the basic from the very beginning. In East Honolulul it is no different than anywhere else on Oahu. The slow, quick, quick, square step that Arthur Murray introduce as Rumba is not quite the most natural Latin style. Then when Arthur Murray sued Fred Astaire for using the same basic in his studios, there was hell to pay. He won and Fred Astaire being a dancer changed his basic to quick, quick, slow. The difference remains to this day.

"A joke is a very serious thing." ~ Winston Churchill


There is a marked difference in the International style as well, with a rock step as the quick, quick, which may be more natural Caribbean, followed by a slow. The Cha Cha Cha, has the slow replaced with a Chassé. The dancers is East Honolulu will help to establish a more compatible basic Rumba pattern that can be easily accepted by both men and women in all categories. And it will be a completely social Rumba.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho


The Platinum Horseshoe blog seems to be emerging in second place behind Town Dancer blog. Blogging Hawaii and Dancing Nights will be going for third place. The rest are also rans for the moment. As per usual the Two Centers and eventually the Guest Authors will make the difference. And each blog will develop different information and of course a different audience.


I have been getting some club information for the blogs but not enough. The few information contributors that we have do very well but we need more. The total average pageviews per day of all nine blogs is increasing all the time. Slowly but surely, which is the best way. But showing signs of the law of diminishing returns. It is about as far as I can go by myself.

Blogger's Law #41:
All gossip at the Palladium is true. Do not be misled by facts.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Blogging

In the last century, the content producing world split into two factions: Blogging and Micro Blogging.
People chose to either produce media rich content with full posts and unrestricted word counts such as our blogs, or quick messages that captured an idea succinctly such as Twitter.

"To those who retain their zest, old age has much to offer.
From them the world has much to gain."


Full text blogging had grown from a very small number of people who started out publishing different kinds of Web Logs that resembled descriptive journals of their daily activities. The Web Logs, or “Blogs”, were typically written in basic html and produced on stand alone pages. As general information many were usually updated quarterly or semi annually which is the way it is done by Web sites in present day Oahu.

"Cold, Cold Heart" by Tony Bennett

Thankfully, programmers and developers have now built us content management systems that all but automate the publishing process, making blogging accessible to the general public. Since then, the market for all blogging platforms has become pretty crowded, muddying the distinction between full text blogs and micro blogs.


There are many people that may be accustomed to Twitter which has a limit of 140 letters or many of the others that insist on small amounts of text and small graphics. The users of those micros are perfect to be our Information Contributors. We get some beautiful contributions of information and graphics, that are 90% complete and all we have to do is copy and give credit to the proper parties. Many are short and we merely incorporate the data with other information that we are sharing with our readers.

"Beautiful Kauai" by Don Ho

The rise of micro blogs at the end of the last century came about as influential personalities began publishing their musings online, generating thousands of followers who themselves became content contributors. In our blogs, we don't have "influential personalities" that great. But with a few regular Information Contributors our blogs generate synergism and create more hits than the contributors by themselves.


This blog remains on top simply because it is not tied down with SOS (same old shit.) Three Guest Authors a half dozen Information Contributor do very well. The same can be done with the other blogs. All we have to do is furnish the information and the readers will be there. And the more different and unique it is, the better.

"Sh-Boom, Life Could Be A Dream" by Crew Cuts

Those of you that have the information and/or photos to share can pick the blog of their choice and it will be posted. You do good for yourself, the reader/dancers, your friends, relatives, neighbors and for the Blog too. You may use a pen name if you wish. "Anonymous" or da kine, not good. You can check out Richie Fun in the Dancing Nights blog for a terrifically good example.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Dance Hawaii

Apparent reorganization coming up but they will ultimately prevail. They have many good people in the group. Receive some news from Maurice and I recap some of it here.


WEEK OF MARCH 16TH, 2015 TO MARCH 22ND, 2015
MAURICE T MORITA, PRESIDENT
CELL PHONE #: 808-225-0326
EMAIL ADDRESS: mauricetmorita@gmail.com
WEBSITE: dancehawaiiinc.com
MAILING ADDRESS: 808 AHUA ST. #82, HONOLULU, HI. 96819

JOIN THE UNITED VISAYAN COMMITTEE OF HAWAII
COST: $63.00 PER YEAR / $31.00 INITIATION FEE(ONE TIME PAYMENT)
BENEFIT: ATTEND MONDAY & WEDNESDAY NIGHTS FREE
SEE MAURICE MORITA FOR MORE INFORMATION

This was capitalize and centered according to Maurice.


There were additional interesting facts. He also listed the 2nd Quarter Dance Classes that will begin on the first week of May to June. There will be no dance classes in April and they will be moving the Waipahu Visayan Hall dance classes from Wednesday to Thursday nights in May and June.

Cris & Vicky Visoria will be back on April 30th and will teach intermediate dance steps on Monday nights at the UVC Hall. Sally Forges along with Hector & Ping Centeno, Amor Cabanit, will teach a beginner dance steps on Thursday night at the UVH Hall. If you are a beginner dancer, its better to attend the Thursday night dance class.

 
Pubs Side Note: So Rome was not built in a day. I will continue to try to help wherever I can. However, there may be some who think I am receiving too much from their "good looks, talent, fame and good fortune." It is their decision and I will respect. Meanwhile, I have to find those I can help and I do not have too much time. I have work to do and I must be on my way. Good luck to all.

Dancing Anyone?

Yes, I have been told, "Nobody dances in East Honolulu." However I have found a few whispers here and there. They seem to be divided about the same as in West Honolulu and I always try the three way method. Here the results are the "musics" the "combos" and the "dancers."

"There's music in the sighing of a reed;
There's music in the gushing of a rill;
There's music in all things, if people had ears:
Their earth is but an echo of the spheres."


The "Musics" are those that love music and cannot exist in the world without music. They wake up in the morning and insert their ears. They take them off again when they knock off for sleep. I have heard there are players that can be used in the shower. Anyway they are thoroughly saturated with music.

 "N Dis Life" by Bruddah Iz

The "Combos" are most of us, that love music but we have other things to do that are just as important. If we do use earphones there is a remarkable effort to withhold movement to the music. They all feel it. But there comes a time when they will attend their social dance club, district park, community center and even night clubs. There they can hear their favorite music and move and enjoy according to their wishes. They can have a rollicking good time.


Night clubs are the best for individualism. They can be playing a jazzy cha cha cha and most of us will Cha. If there is couple dancing swing, who cares? We are all smiling and enjoying the movement to the beautiful music. The judges? They went that way.

Then we have the "Dancers." These people really take pains to dance correctly and with reason. Most do very well and the higher their elevation of dancing the harder they will be judged. Twenty years ago, the created the term, "Junk Dancers" which was applied to most of us. Most of them will be International Style dancers and of course, a few Exhibition Dancers - the absolute tops.

"Hanohano Molokai" by Melveen Leed

Pub's Side Note: I cannot do what one person tells me to do. But I can certainly hear what many of you say and then I must move accordingly. And yes, they tell me that in East Honolulu, there is no place to dance.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Latest

Dancing in Hawaii and the Social Dance Scene is changing just like everything else. And there seems to be more acceptance of the different dances and styles of dance. Each can and should do their own thing and we can have respect for all of them. They are our friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow dancers.

“We don’t see the things the way they are. We see things the way WE are.”


Town Dancer is still at the top but apparently close to its point of diminishing returns. I have abandoned the "push" for them and they will have to do it on their own. That leaves us with the second tier, Blogging Hawaii, Platinum Horseshoe and Dancing Nights. The Two Centers and/or Guest Authors will determine the hits and which one will emerge to overtake Town Dancer and possible independence.

"What A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz

All the other blogs have been affected by the over dilution of blogs but it is still up to the Two Centers and/or the Guest Author that will make the decisions. Each one of you has the opportunity to get it in for your group or cause. The bottom blogs are all holding up pretty good in double digit average hits per day. One will emerge into the twenties.


The Dancing Scene is becoming more standardized and the American style prevails in the social dance clubs and the night clubs too. It is a partner dance and there is a lead and follow. The sameness makes it easy to enjoy the music with the same understandable movements. The night clubs could have more action if they did not insist on getting drunks. But tradition is tradition.

"Green Eyes" by Jimmy Dorsey - Bob Eberly, Helen O'Connell on vocals.

The peripherals are becoming more acceptable, Line dancing, Country, Swing, Tango and Salsa are part of parcel of the dance scene and they do very well on their own. And of course, the International and Exhibition Dancers are in a class all by themselves. Good Dancers? Of course, but strictly deluxe not really part of us common people, as they have so consistently informed us.

Pub's Side Note: The Internet is probably the greatest invention of the Twenty First Century. However, a lot of crooks are finding new ways of stealing. Be careful.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Not Losing Hope

The devastation of this sector by the Rail Disaster continues. The Property Taxes are going sky high to pay for the cost over runs on the Rail Mess which get worse every day. The minimum wage for carpenters and electricians is going up, naturally. Millions and millions of dollars in profits for the Fat Cats.

"To err is human . . . to blame your computer for your mistakes
is even more human, it is downright natural.


Still, we can all hope to do the best we can under these trying circumstances. There is one good studio in the area and room for a couple dance clubs if they can find a place to dance. Street dancing doesn't work that easily anymore. Does anyone do any dancing in malls?

"Honolulu Blue and Green" by Melveen Leed

There will be few changes in the Western blogs of Sea Country and the Platinum Horseshoe. The monthly prizes based on the Dow Jones numbers will be offered to anyone but they will appear only in the Sea Country blog. And we understand that our readers have a difficult time understanding "free" in our blogs. We are not the Internet type scam.


There are quite a few small Night Clubs in this sector. And a night club is made when a dance floor is installed in a Bar or Cocktail Lounge. The only distinction that dancers can make is the size of the dance floor. A ten by ten is not it. But Rome was not built in a day, let us be patient.

"Dancing is the World’s Second Most Popular Indoor Sport"

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Kokohead Area

The Kokohead Crater and the Stairway To The Stars:

Just ran into a nice review of the Kokohead area and I didn't know there were two Craters. In fact I have been here almost 40 years and I have never met anyone who has made that climb on the stairway to the stars.

 "Dance may be used as communication between body and soul,
to express music in what may be too deep to find for words."


Koko Head Crater is an old tuff cone measuring 642 feet (196 m) in height. It is quite a bit smaller than its neighboring tuff cone Koko Crater, which measures 1,208 feet (368 m). It is one of the most popular landmarks on Oahu's southeast shore. Even from a distance one can see the hiking trail that leads to the peak.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

To get to the lookout point, one has to climb 1,048 stairs/railroad ties, which were originally built over 60 years ago to get supplies to the military bunkers at the top. The stairs are very steep. There is short, bridge-like area that some people find scary because the railroad tracks where one walks on are above the ground. The alternative route to the right of it is much easier. Within the crater are horse stables and the Koko Crater Botanical Garden, home to many cacti and succulents.


Everyone knows that dancers are not drunks. Dancing in Hawaii Night Clubs will change and these new clubs that will be for dancers will not find it necessary to sell hard liquor. They will sell wine and beer by the bottle, easy to keep track of. Outside catering for chopstick food, not necessary to touch with the fingers. And the best juice bar on the entire state of Hawaii. I have already applied for the job of shoveling the money into the "large" safe.


Well, so far, so good. We at least have Dance Hawaii to put into the news. But there must be more around somewhere. Just let us know and sharing the information with the reader/dancers is fun. There is Hawaii Kai and Waimanalo close by. Hopefully we can get some news from there to start the ball rolling.

Pub's Side Note: There have been two groups in town that have consistently produced the best International Style dancers on this island. By the same token there have been two groups that have consistently produce the worst International Style dancers on this Island. Who? Ha Ha! We are talking competition here are we not? That is the name of somebody else's game not ours.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Update

I finally got all of our "Dancing in Hawaii" blogosphere into double digit average hits per day. Easy to do with Guest Authors but hard to do by myself. Most music, night club and social dance web sites are in single digit hits per day and there are over one hundred of these in Hawaii.

"We have to close some doors, not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance,
but simply because they no longer lead somewhere."


On the mainland, all the dance blogs have one or two of these for their friends.

With a few good Two Centers and each blog with more than one Guest Author each one of the blogs will go into the 20s average hits per day. But then the data in the blogs is no longer SOS. And others will see the value of blogging for communication in our dance world.

"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

I get a little help from four Twitter accounts, a Google Plus, Pinterest and Facebook. And I am restricting the follow and the following to the Hawaiian Islands only, I get about five or ten, every day, wanting to get in but if they have over 800 combination follow and followers, I do not accept.


A person’s measure of intelligence is their ability to adapt when necessary. We believe that through good intentions and mutual respect among the Dancers, the Professionals and the Dance Clubs, an understanding will evolve best suited for this Island. This will be achieved only through effort, study, openness and Time.

"You Are The Sun, Hawaii" by Loyal Garner

I find myself in the process of developing the West Oahu blogs as a tool for bringing together the small contributions of hundreds of dancers in this specific section. Making them matter at this time with the Rail Catastrophe at hand. It is about dancers helping one another regardless of their club membership and people will help if they think it matters. Many of us are learning about democracy and human rights. We are getting better all the time.

Monday, March 16, 2015

New Arrows

Seems to be going in the right direction, this section from the stadium to Chinatown. And I am not the one to say so, the reader/dancers will make the final decisions. But so far, so good. Now we need a good name for this blog as long as we know we are Dancing in Hawaii.

"We sometimes must remind ourselves that we are not perfect
and we must accept it."


We have a little action in Chinatown, and we have the fabulous Dream To Dance Studio in Palama. There is a dance club in Kalihi but we don't know much about it. The only conclusion for us is that there will be a new dance club in this area. Perhaps in the Salt Lake Area, but it must be well away from the Rail Disaster.


Most of the agenda has been set by me, namely to spread the credit around, no one is the star, least of all me. We must continually seek other views and opinions. We must get photos of more different people. The same ones month after month is counter productive for our aims.

Q: How do you get a tissue to dance?
A: Put a little boogie in it!

At the same time we are standardizing the dance that we dance, what are we going to call it, Social, Fusion, Cultural, Universal or Free Style dance? And the invitation to all outsiders is being very well understood by most of our readers. We are not going to get there overnight.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Falls are the most common type of fatal unintentional injuries in Hawaii averaging over 108 each year. Falls are also the leading cause of nonfatal injuries in the state with nearly 21,000 emergency room visits and 2,700 hospitalizations each year.  More than three quarters of the victims are aged 65 or older and the risk of fatal falls increases dramatically as seniors move into higher age ranges.  The emotional and fiscal burden associated with fall injuries is significant.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Looking Bettah

Dancing in Hawaii is definitely looking bettah in East Honolulu even without us. All we can do is help. Dance Hawaii is our only connection so far and they could send us a photo. Would hit the spot.

“May the laughter that you find in your tomorrows wipe away
the pain you find in your yesterdays."


Shines: floor shines, open partner or solo dancing. A floor shine is a combination of steps you do when you and your partner let go while dancing. Sometimes the guy and girl do a little battle of steps when he’ll do one shine and she does another or both can even do the same step (shine) at the same time on their own timing (the man’s or the ladies.)

"Love Me Or Let Me Be Lonely" by Friends Of Distinction

The purpose of floor shines is to do some dancing on your own instead of doing all partner-work — its your chance to show off all the fancy steps you learned in class, (that beautiful styling the ladies learn.) The amount of floor shine during the song depends on how much partner work the guy wants to do. He’s leading so he basically has control over letting go of the girl to do the floor play.


There is a nice Internet set up for Kokohead Dancing and perhaps some day we would be included. But of course, we have little to contribute at the moment. The Two Centers can make a big difference Dancing in Hawaii, by sharing information and photos with their friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow dancers in the East.

Pub's Side Note: I asked this guy, who has been around a long time (a member of the Creative Researchers And Producers) about the loss of dancers on Oahu in the last 20 years. I told him that I wasn't sure if it was ignorance or apathy.
He replied, "I don't know and I don't care."
Hey, how much clearer can you get than that?


Friday, March 13, 2015

Line Dancing

So what ever happened to Line Dancing in Honolulu? We lost track of them some time ago, but we certainly would welcome some information and maybe a photo or two. A regular Two Center to start with would be great. They are part and parcel of our dance kuleana.

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because
I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”


The Personal Benefits of Line Dancing
Reduces stress while lowering blood pressure and cholesterol level. Increases energy, improves strength and muscle tone. It’s friendly and social and you don’t need a partner to line dance. Age is not a factor and no special clothes are needed. You can do it, your kids can do it, even grandma & grandpa can do it. Fun for the whole family and what is more, you will be moving to music.


Fake Scam Lotteries:
On the Phone and on the Internet, with the classic approach, "Congratulations you have already won." You are not suppose to worry about a lottery you never entered. But you know they will be asking for something "first." It may even include a free vacation requiring personal information and a credit card. Most of us are careful enough, just pass it around.

"Everything Is Beautiful" by Ray Stevens

Pub's Side Note: And we don't hear too much about the "Extravadanzas" in Waikiki anymore. What happened? Everybody gotta pay for the Da Rail Mess even if they want more.

West Honolulu

Temporary name change while we wait for some feedback from somebody that lives in the district. And West Honolulu seems to be opening up in spite of the Rail Disaster. Of course it is all going North of King St. As far as they can away from the noise and humbug of Da Rail Mess. We may go all the way to the Stadium. There are several small night clubs developing with small dance floors so the evidence is there, people are dancing in West Honolulu.

"The Apathy Anonymous meeting has been canceled,
due to lack of interest."

There is some action in Chinatown and there is a Dream To Dance studio in Palama. From what I hear, there is a Chapter of HBDA in Kalihi, but I don't know much about them. So there will be a social dance club in West Honolulu somewhere between Chinatown and the Stadium. Just stay away from the future slums of Oahu.

Got this beautiful photo from Stephen Marino and what a break for us.


Nathan & Mireille pic from Stephen Marino,
one of the best photographers in the US.

The probable social dancers in this territory are the plenty of "street dancers" that already exist and are attending places in Waikiki. Everyone seems to know where the traffic horrors are. Auwe! On a Saturday night in Waikiki, it can take you 20 minutes just to get out of your parking area. In Waianae, they are fond of saying, "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

"La Media Luz" por Julio Iglesias


Music - Tango

"Tango can be danced in a thousand different ways, but lets step on the ground first, because that is where the energy comes from. Therefore this is where we ought to dance to the music. And without the music there is no dance, no tango, no teacher, no student. A true teacher can only transmit the teaching the music has left him."

"Tete" (Pedro Rusconi)


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Waking Up A Little.

Kokohead Nightclub was one of the earliest rock-music venues in East Honolulu, and it remains a hallowed hall of head-banging, - er, - make that hallowed hole. Downstairs from the main bar is the room where bands rock out all week long; you’ll need a liberal definitions of “loud” and “personal space” down there. Some impressive folks have taken the mike — Jeff Buckley, the Strokes, Vanessa Carlton and Beth Orton. Monthly events range from All-Ages Afternoon to Triple 666 Sunday, which is billed as “a night of debauchery.”

This is all just a story, Nevah Happened. But we can dream can't we?

"The greatest value of our fiction is to get us thinking about new ideas. Let those perspectives with which you disagree start you thinking, talking and questioning, but also let the comfortable, familiar, and inspiring quotes become a source of questioning. Open minds - open hearts."

Of course, there are so many other attractions in East Honolulu which include the Kualoa Ranch, for horseback riding and movie tours, the serene Valley of the Temples, home to an amazing Japanese Buddhist Temple, as well as the Makapuu Lighthouse and Sea Life Park on Oahu’s eastern tip. To see Oahu like you’ve never seen it before, you could "tourist" your way to the Windward Coast.

"In The Mood" by Glenn Miller

Town Dancer blog has been leading the other blogs since the beginning but I must try a name change for a blog. In all the search engines, most of the entries for us are in "Dancing in Hawaii." This may make it easier if those are the catch words.

 "Give Me Just a Little More Time" by the Chairmen Of The Board


Pub's Side Note: Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They are not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you cannot do is ignore them, because they change things.