Sunday, June 25, 2017

From Hawaii Free Press

Honolulu rail project most expensive in the world

by Joe Kent Grassroot Institute, Jun 22, 2017

Considering how Honolulu’s rail project is shaping up right now, the average Oahu resident will have to pay almost $10,500 for its construction costs, which will make it the most expensive rail project in the world, per capita. That’s based on the current official estimate of about $10 billion, though some experts have said the project could cost more than $13 billion, which would cost the average Oahu resident about $13,700.

"All truths are easy to understand, once they are discovered;
the point is to discover them."


 We coulda got 1000 of these babies for less than one billion dollars.

“There is no question that the Honolulu rail project is the most expensive per capita of any publicly funded rail project in the modern age,” said Randal O’Toole, a transportation expert and senior fellow at the Cato Institute, a policy think tank based in Washington, D.C. Even if the U.S. Federal Transit Administration kicks in the $1.5 billion it promised to help defray Honolulu’s costs — which at the moment is not a sure thing — the average Oahu resident would still be on the hook for $8,917.


Beautiful Business  Park in Waianae, voted down by the Present Rail Party.
 "I coulda got home in 20 minutes."

On a per capita basis, Washington, D.C., has the second most expensive transportation project in the nation, the Metro, costing almost $3,000 per person, for a total of about $18 billion. The D.C. total cost is greater than Honolulu’s, but its per capita cost is considerably less because of its larger population (over 6 million people in D.C. versus 953,000 people on Oahu).

"Two concepts for a happy dancer's life:
Use things not people and love people not things." 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Blogging

I am accustomed to the law of diminishing returns and it has been avoiding me for a couple of years. I simply cannot see it, because the hits keep going up. Scam spam robots and search engines and even many legit hits which is what I am interested in. The entire enchilada remains Mind Boggling!

"Social Dancers think it is kind of silly to think that
tearing someone else down builds you up.”


It is there, just fine and needs filling in the cracks. comments, first - then the Two Centers. In at least one way we are atypical bloggers in Hawaii. That’s because we just keep on posting. The typical blogger on the Mainland, like most people who go on diets and budgets, quits after a few months, weeks, or in many cases, days. Some with good reason, they put a counter in and find they are only beating their gums.

"From Here To Eternity" by Englebert Humperdinck


Fortunately, more of the "wheels" in our dance community are becoming aware of blogs and blogging. Unfortunately, for them, some will decide on a blog for themselves only and privately, like a Web site. There's the rub, and they don't know that part yet, they cut down on the available readership. And of course they will not put a counter on it. They don't want to know if they are just beating their gums. Tough.

"I Just Called To Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder


This blog was at one time 2nd right behind Town Dancer when I only had four blogs. Then I went slowly up to eleven blogs just to test the grounds. No one in Hawaii knows what I found out, by just getting in there. Blogging Hawaii went to down to fifth place. Too much competition. I tried a blog for the North Shore, and never got out of single digits average per day hits. Delete it. I gradually deleted down to the present Magnificent Seven. Blogging Hawaii, alternates. 3rd and 4th place with Dancing in the Dark blog.

"Social dancers know that teamwork is essential.
It allows you to blame someone else"

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Peaked?

By Francis Yonai, Waipio
The more experience dancers will want to get up and dance every number. The love of dancing has now become your "tender trap." But your love of dancing will, at some point, peak. It sustains itself for a while and then, gradually it happens. You start losing some interest. You miss some dances. You feel as if you are missing some other types of activity. You begin to putting your hours of dancing in greater prospective.

"Social Dancers know that there many different kinds of dancers
and the group they belong to is the Social Dancers."


The intensity and motivation diminishes. The dancing has become moderated. In some cases, interest may peak again and the old pattern becomes reestablished. However, over time, the whole pattern will keep repeating itself. Some may even drop out, taking time away from dancing. What, you may ask, causes this to happen? It could be one or more factors, such as health, or financial reasons, a loss of a partner or age.

"Hawaii Aloha" by Loyal Garner


Even more than that would be a change of venue, confrontations, conflicts with the ruling cliques, avoiding stress, increase in weight, work commitments, family needs, new interests and there could be more. Whatever the stage or point you are at, enjoy the journey while it lasts. The memories will always be pleasant. You'll always feel natural on the dance floor and enjoy dancing. Dancing will still be part of your life. The whole process is a natural progression for all previously "addicted" dancers.

"Don't Worry About Me" by Jimmy Borges


Pub's Side Note: I read about the three contractors bidding on a small job on the Rail. Two them came to less the 30000 dollars. One of them came in at 36000 dollars. The man in charge asked him how come so much. He replied. "5000 for me, 5000 for you and 26000 to the guy from Kalihi to do the job right." Of course, Da Present Rail Party would never do that. All we know is somebody making millions and millions of dollars daily.

"Social dancers fully realize that success does not have much to
do with what they gain in life or accomplish for themselves,
 It is what they do for others."

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Arthur Murray Dance Center

It was a nice Saturday in Pearl City, and I had to get many details in place. Receive last minute emails from Deanie and that helped. I had to get my camera ready and make an introductory plan for the shindig that evening at the new Arthur Murray Dance Center on Oahu. Got ready by 5 pm, and not taking the Handi Van, I walked down to Kam Hwy and took the A bus to town.


Arrived about 6:25 and they were in good process of setting things up. I took the first picture to make sure the camera was working. Met up with Burt and Deenie and gave them the camera. Deanie introduce me to Giselle and Jacob and they did what they could to help, they were busy. Meanwhile there was a nice panorama evolving in front of me and wished I had two cameras. A thought?

Terrific pictures taken mostly by Deanie and Burt
And there began the first of the recital dances. Let me tell you these students do not have to take a back seat for anyone. Cannot blame them for not giving me more help, they had plenty on their agendas. They have an idea of a web site but not many are sure of a blog site. With a few more times. they will see what goes into the blogs and the possible readers and what could be included for the reader/dancers.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Mostly me, should be better next time.
We will have something rolling for the benefit of all the dancers on Oahu. Burt finally gave me the camera so that I could find someone else to get their view. But I knew no one, mostly young people even younger than my great grandchildren. But this the first one at this beautiful studio and perhaps they will see what can be shared with our dancing friends on Oahu. I did take a few of the crowd.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


I had to leave early because the last A bus leaves Ala Moana about 8:30. A pleasant trip with my vacuum bottle of wine. I was home by 9:30 and got to work on the preliminaries for this blog. Blogs have to be balanced with text and graphics. We need a few more opinions in our text from the attendees and a few more photos of our reader/dancers from anyone. That is Social Media and the hits will go through the roof.

"Dance teachers on Oahu, help their students find the song
in their hearts, the beat in their feet, and a passion for life."

Friday, June 2, 2017

Special Edition

Received from Marie Laderta, a terrific beginning for sharing our dance world with our fellow dancers on "all" the islands of Hawaii.

At the Palladium for Ilima Dance last Saturday.
Just sending you pictures of our happenings and whereabouts. Pics speak a thousand words, better than writing you some long narrative.


In pics, we are with recent newcomers to Hawaii, Jackie Lei and his wife Spring, dance instructors from China. They performed a beautiful waltz at Ilima. We just met them for the first time. Mild mannered, gentle couple. They are the rage of the Palladium on Oahu these days. The last two at the Kauai Ballroom dance second weekend of May, one with friend Patrick.

Take care my friend. Ready to board our flight to the mainland.

With Kona Tony at the Hilo Ballroom Dance. -
With Aunty Carol, organizer of the Hilo Anniversary Dance. -
The Floor at UH Hilo where the dance was held.

A perfect beginning as far as I and our fellow reader/dancers are concerned. Hopefully she will include a few more words next time and how about you Paul? From here we will find more ways to share our dance world, good or bad. We are all learning the blogs and we will get better and make it into real social media. Mahalo to all.

"Social dancers don't base their decisions on the advice
of those that do not have to deal with the results."

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The New Weekly

This blog has had quite a ride in fifteen years. It was consistently right behind Town Dancer and when we lost a good contributor in Town Dancer it went to number one if only briefly. In the adjustments that followed and I have learned to take, it dropped back to number two. The information contributors have been few but they fluctuate the stats - hits.

"Social Dancers understand that they may not be there yet,
but they are closer than they were yesterday."


I began testing the grounds for additional blogs and ran them up to eleven different niches. Needless to say, I over diluted the readership. Many I could not get out of the single digit average per day hits. I had no choice but to delete and finally brought the total blogs to the present "Magnificent Seven." And Platinum went to the top with the help of a couple of good clubs in the West. At present it is averaging over 100 hits per day, but going down.


Blogging Hawaii kept dropping and today stands in fourth place, behind Dancing in the Dark. I keep trying and now Blogging Hawaii will be a Weekly Blog, every Sunday. No, I don't know what will happen, but we are sure to find out. The reader/dancers may find out what comments are all about and they are the ones that make the final decisions for us. So for this week, we do not seem to have anything doing, only Makua Alii on Thursday. Perhaps next week, we will have something to share with the readers. Mahalo.

"Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the
people who treat you right and forget about the ones that don't. If
you get the chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody
said it would be easy,  they just promised that it would be worth it."

Thursday, May 25, 2017

What Dancers?

By Mel Agdamag, Mililani
In "Ballroom Dance Circles" on Oahu, a Street Dancer has been in the last century a person of a lower status than the ones that have taken Competition levels of dance. They are people who have learned dancing at parties, nightclubs, dance halls and a little from regular teachers. If they are over 30, they are well aware of the importance of rhythm, timing and the different styles of dance. Few people in the modern dance world have the uninhibited rhythm required to learn completely this way. So most everyone accepts that they can learn a few "good basics" from professionals with better results.

"The truth is rarely pure and never simple. In a time of deceit
telling the truth may be a revolutionary act."


Most Social Dancers can do a Rock Step but they are not completely aware of what they are doing, because no one has explained it fully to them. They may know the Chassé very well, (most do) but again they may not be completely aware of what they are doing even if they have done it over and over again in many dances. They can do the underarm turns very well in most dances, but they suspect that underarm turns are not quite the same thing in International style of dance.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Most learn their dancing in town and they become aware that they have become "Cultural Dancers" and dance according to their culture which is all around them. And this remains according to their favorite music and their favorite moves to that music. It may differ somewhat between regular social dance clubs on Oahu and the night club crowd which is a trifle different. Though most of the music that they should dance to, is dictated by the DJs, and fortunately most do a good job or it.

"Pohai, Kealoha"
by Amy Hanaialii

Eventually, there will be a social dance club evolving in the Central Valley that will have Cultural Dancing as the objective for all its members and students. Based on the American style of dance but modified according to their own preferences. And the music played will be the one chosen by the dancers that will be dancing it. Actually this has been happening for 40 years but very slowly because many want to teach only the way they have been taught.


Predictably, cultural dance will grow and not only in the West. Nothing can now stop its momentum for there are too many forces in motion to do otherwise. The very good teachers on Oahu of the American Style of dance has been very influential. This has definitely been helped forward by the increase in so much good dance blogging on these islands. What is doubly important is the fact that cultural dancing will continue to be with us forever.

It's impossible said pride. It's risky said experience.
It's pointless said reason. "Give it a try" whispered the heart.