Friday, June 15, 2018

Night Clubbing on Maui

Most visitors from the Mainland and from the neighbor islands to Maui are looking to escape the busy nature and stress of their everyday life environment. However, many still appreciate planned busyness and enjoy regular visits to the local Night Clubs. If you are a night owl traveling to the Valley Isle, fear not. You don’t have to take a break from tearing up the dance floor or indulging in your daily nightcap.

“Most social dancers know that there is no likelihood that they could ever
make a living from dance. They are doing it because they love it.”


Though smaller than Honolulu's nightlife scene, that on Maui is fairly impressive, given the small population of the Island. With a wide variety of places to choose from – from an authentic Irish pub with live Irish music nightly to a rowdy local water hole where locals go to watch the game, to a swanky, upscale martini lounge, you are sure to find your niche. You might even build up the courage to try someplace outside your comfort zone. And meanwhile we may get some dance news to post in this blog.

"Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor


You are on vacation after all. If not now, when? The nighttime crowds, including a large percentage of locals, are interested in far more than simply visiting tiki-style huts and sipping mai tais on a beach (thought these are also great options). This is Hawaii and there are plenty of places that offer a beautiful view of the Pacific, so you don’t even have to get your toes sandy unless you want to. No matter where you choose, you will end each night happily. And perhaps you can share a little of that happiness with our reader/dancers.

"For the social dancer, - dancing has a minimum of explanation,
a minimum of anecdotes and a maximum of sensations."


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Developing

From Hilo: A bar definitely worth experiencing is Kim’s Karaoke Lounge , the favorite bar of nearly every Hilo resident. Why is it so loved? After the purchase of two cheap drinks, the waitresses start bringing unlimited pupu and there is a lot of drunken karaoke. While I did receive more attentive service when I was there with a more “local” crowd, don’t let this anecdotal evidence deter you from coming if you don’t look local. Kim’s is probably the furthest thing from a tourist bar. Another place with pupu included with alcohol purchase is Bamboo Garden . Less popular than Kim’s, this place doesn’t always have a crowd. This would be the place to come if you’re not looking for a scene and want to ease yourself into the world of Hilo bars.

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


We don't have a write up like this from Oahu. I am limited physically but we have a lot of good people out here that have good information on their favorite place and willing to share with our reader/dancers. Then that club will surely roll and it would be good coverage for this blog, and we could get enough people interested to make it "social media." It may be that all of these blogs are just a little ahead of their time. And we have brought the price down for one thousands dollars per word to one hundred dollars per word. Bargain price! Of course our readers will tell what the real price is.

"Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson


And I discovered that it is difficult to comment in our blogs unless you use anonymous. We may have to skip that and everyone can try to email whatever and I will get it in as soon as possible. The email address and phone number are in the side bar of every blog.It would nice to get at least a small paragraph and your full name. But I suppose we could accept just one name which may include a pen name. It seems to be the best method to share your items with our reader/dancers and increase the hits. Same goes for photos.

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

China Dancing

By Alison Dakota Gee
"DANCING? YOU WANT DANCING? You follow me." The beaming coat-check man is almost skipping as he briskly leads the visitor down the halls of Hong Kong's Ocean City Restaurant and Night Club. Once inside -- Wham! The blast of music and of rainbow-colored lights hits you square in the face like an epiphany. A Chinese band is belting out The Girl From Ipanema as some 30 couples cha-cha their way across the floor.

“Social dancers can feel it, when the lead asks, "dance?" and she says, "Yes"  to him,
- at that moment they are already dancing.”


Many of the women are partnering each other, like girls at a village fair.The men, fewer in number, seem to gravitate towards those women who are exotically dressed -- such as one in her mid-30s who has shown up in a strapless, backless, black taffeta number. And this is seven o'clock on a Tuesday evening -- when most of Hong Kong is trapped in the rush hour, weary and concerned with the anxieties of daily life. Ocean City is just one of a number of clubs catering to Hong Kong's growing legions of ballroom dancers. Young and old, first-time plodders and nimble twirlers -- they are all there, cocooned in the 60s and 70s as the 21st century seethes outside.

 "Lady" by Kenny Rogers  1984



And it is not just in the evening that these gatherings take place. From 3 pm to 6 pm daily, Ocean City hosts tea dances, where dim sum is served up with the rumbas. In Japan, middle-aged Japanese executives can be seen on suburban train-station platforms, practicing not their golf swings but their dance steps. The country's hotels, quick to step in on the quickstep, have begun sponsoring organized evenings, complete with a live orchestra. The cost? No less than $180 per person. They are dancing in the Orient.

 "The sign of intelligence is that you are constantly wondering. Idiots are always
dead sure about every damn thing they are doing in their life."


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Back On Track

All my blogs came under attack from the European Union about something. I do not have anything to do with Europe. However, I am very much interested in supporting the social dance scene on Oahu. Finally got this cleared away on Tuesday. This blog is now part of the bottom two along with Latin Rhythms in average hits per day. All the blogs need just enough feedback from our fellow dancers to make them into the best blogs in the Pacific. Not possible?

"Social dancers have memories of walking and romping all over the place. Trust your feet, and don't look at them to see if you are doing it right. Just move and dance to that music.”


Yes it is true, parking problems on Oahu are increasing all over as more people are leaving public transportation. The bus system has continued to deteriorate. Auto sales are going up, naturally and the traffic in town on a weekend, day or night is terrible. Da Rail gonna fix that? Dumb Dodos. We needed comfortable buses, simple, articulated (one trailer) or bi-articulated (2 trailers) and each one could take 60 to 100 cars off the road. When you have comfortable seating, many countries are finding it easy to get people off their cars and on to public transportation. Not Honolulu, Easy Money for the Fat Cats.

Less than 100 thousand dollars a piece.
The New York Times Opinion Section, Opinion Columnist David Leonhardt writes: Every one of the last 4 Republican presidents has increased the deficit. Every one of the last 3 Democratic presidents has reduced the deficit. Not the way, the Trump Fake News Agency states. And they always state the truth, don't they?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Back Again.

I lost almost a week. My main computer, and then my back up computer went on the blink. That can be very disappointing. Then my swollen legs were not getting better and I got into Tripler Hospital for three days. I should be OK in a week. The person who told me, "That Life was just a bowl of cherries," may have been wrong.  I just got a laptop working but it is not easy.  Disappointing? Yes, but now I know the difference from depression.

“Social dancers dress the part - invent and pretend to their heart’s content -
and don't mind if everyone’s watching.” 

I just read about the Present Rail Party still in the game with millions to spend on lying. And we all know what they did to Cayetano. At present they are making millions and millions of dollars daily. The original estimate was to be five billion dollars total cost. Then they found out that this was much Easier Money than they thought. The Dumb people don't know from nothing. After they got working the estimates went to 10 billion dollars. And no one knows who got the first Billion dollars and they ain't gonna let anyone know. New estimates going to 15 Billion. The Dumb people still don't know from nothing.

 The Business or Industrial Park has been one of the
best things to develop in the state of Hawaii.



 Just two, one in Waianae and one in Nanakuli.
"I  coulda been home in twenty minutes."

Many of us know that we can get the #93 in Makaha at 6:00 AM and be in town at 7"30 AM. When the time comes and you are forced to take the Rail disaster, it will take over two hours to get there. That is why no one mentions "Rapid Transit" anymore because it will take longer and cost more to get there. So many people got suckered into this thing. Tough. Now they got to pay the piper. Dumb Dodos. Property Taxes going up? Foodland got to pay more rent? Price of eggs, milk, bread will double. Who gonna pay for dis Rail mess? Guess.

 “Social dancers, dance while they can move their being and still rekindle the soul.”

Monday, May 14, 2018

Tango Scene

As we all know, ballroom dancing has been a craze in the Philippines for a half century. In the past, dances like the cha cha cha, rumba, samba, mambo, foxtrot, etc. were popular among the ballroom dance enthusiasts. But as recent as this century, the Argentine tango has entered the dance scene and is now becoming a must dance to learn.  Not to be outdone by the tango dance masters in other countries, the Philippines has come up with notable Argentine tango dance masters who have put up their own dance studios.

"Social dancers believe that everyone should learn to tango before they die."


A newer style sometimes called tango nuevo or "new tango" was popularized after 1980 by a younger generation of musicians and dancers in Argentina. Ástor Piazzolla, composer and virtuoso of the bandoneón (so-called "tango accordion") played a major role in the innovation of traditional tango music. The embrace is often quite open and very elastic, permitting the leader to initiate a great variety of very complex figures. This style is often associated with those who enjoy dancing to jazz- and techno-tinged, electronic and alternative music inspired in old tangos, Not for ordinary social dancers,

"Cuesta Abajo" por Carlos Gardel


In addition to traditional Tango compositions.Tango nuevo is largely fueled by a fusion between tango music and electronica (electrotango,) though the style can be adapted to traditional tango and even non-tango songs. Gotan Project released its first tango fusion album in 2000, quickly following with La Revancha del Tango in 2001. These and other electronic tango fusion songs bring an element of revitalization to the tango dance, serving to attract a younger group of dancers. And as always, the more experience dancers will do simpler moves and enjoy moving to the music without doing the fancy step patterns.

“Dance to inspire, dance to freedom - life is about experience and so is dance,
Let yourself dance and become free.”

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Where?

by Jonathon Wright, Maili

I am a single man and I want to go Night Clubbing on Oahu. Just anywhere? No of course not, we all have our preferences. I live on the Waianae Coast so a night club on the Coast would be ideal. Those that live near the North Shore would prefer that location too. I can only go to the Central Valley, you don't want anything near the Rail Tragedy, so Kapolei and Waipahu are out.

 “Social dancers say that the feeling may be less of alcohol and just being drunk on life. Moving to the music and experiencing absolute bliss — unadulterated and unconfined.”


Next is price and most places are reasonable, however there are definitely high price night clubs and they intend on making the money in liquor sales as in the old days. But these would be mainly in Town or the Waikiki area. The cover charges may also vary and may also be affected by live or DJ music. Most Night Club fans seem to prefer live music and we are so fortunate to have so many good musicians on Oahu.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Next is music and let us face it. DJs have a bigger variety and the most up to date music available. This music is for the more youthful dancers and their dance movements. Live bands are well appreciated for playing the oldies but goodies and their fans are the more experienced dancers. There are over one million songs released annually in the US. So reducing them to the ten best every year will give you some masterpieces that you can enjoy for as long as you live. If it is one of my favorite Rumbas, I can consider myself very fortunate indeed.

“Social dancers will dance together and be joyous, but they let each one alone,
as the strings of a guitar are alone though they quiver with the same music.”