Sunday, August 28, 2011

August Moon @The Cupola Tuesday

Aloha Dancers,
Divino Ritmo Dance Studio is hosting their last Tuesday of the month social dance at the Cupola. I got the following e-mail from my dear friend Marie Laderta. You gotta love this gal 'cause whenever she writes, there's a storytime go on and relish it. And when you're at the Cupola, please check over Paul Laderta's artistic masterpieces...the August Moon centerpieces.

As always, much appreciated, and mahalo so much for putting this out there for us!


August Moon at the CUPOLA

Legends say that the moon is brightest and roundest on the 15th day of the 8th moon, around the time of the autumn equinox. Legends, particularly Chinese, Malay, Singaporean, Vietnamese, Thai and Filipino also sometimes refer to the celebration of the full moon as Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival. In the Western tradition, it is also called the Hunter's Moon or Harvest Moon.

Under this bright Autumn moon, Lucas & Yanna invite you to join them and their Divino Ritmo Dance ohana, at their social dance this Tuesday, August 30th, 7-10pm at the CUPOLA! Cupola is on the 2nd floor of the Honolulu Design Center, corner of Piikoi & Kapiolani, at 1250 Kapiolani Blvd.

Admission and parking are FREE and it's open to the public, with pupus and drinks available for purchase all evening!

Most enthusiastically celebrated by the Chinese and incorporated in China as one of their public holidays, the "Moon Festival" (as commonly called by the Chinese) is celebrated by Chinese and others all over the world in a variety of regional and cultural customs. Common customs include eating moon cakes, gazing at the moon, carrying brightly lit lanterns, lighting lanterns on towers, floating sky lanterns, burning incense in reverence to the deities, barbecues with family and friends and of course DANCING, typically Fire Dragon Dances.

There are many stories and folk tales about the moon maiden and the Lady on the Moon who is reunited with her lover and husband once a year on this day of the fullest moon. Typically, the Moon Festival is known as the festival of reunion. All family members try to get together on this special day in thanksgiving. Those who cannot return home would gaze at the bright moonlight, reminisce and feel deep longing for their loved ones. Chinese poets have written about long lost lovers finding their way to each other, their path illuminated by the bright moonlight.

There is a famous Chinese poem written about this that I memorized as a child:

"The bright moon hangs above my bed...
The snow scattered on the ground...
I raise my head & gaze upon the bright moon...
Lowering my head, I long for my loved ones and my home..."
(Loosely translated by me)

So, please join us on Tuesday, August 30th at the CUPOLA, a day set
aside to dance, feast & celebrate in Divino Ritmo style the making &
renewal of friendships, of romantic rendezvous, and good ol' Hawaiian Aloha and Ohana!

For more information, contact:
Lucas:, ph: (917) 568-3173;
Yanna:, ph: (732) 499-0407

Thursday, August 25, 2011

USA Dance and Pan Pacific Monthly Dance

To you weekend dancers...there's something good looming at the Palladium this weekend and I mean on Friday. Check out USA Dance Prez Glenn Okazaki's e-mail. Still not to late to get into the groove with one of Honolulu's progressive dance organizations.


This is to inform you that USA Dance and Pan Pacific Ballroom Dance Society of Hawaii has joined together for our monthly dance on Friday, August 26. Please join us, it will be fun. Music will be provided by USA Dance Honolulu. There will be ono-licious pastries provided by non other than Joan & Arthur of Aala Bakery. Doors will be open approximately at 6:30 pm or sooner if possible.

Confirmed members of USA Dance will be admitted FREEEE…!! Please bring your membership card (if you can find it) to speed up the check-in at the door. Pan Pacific is charging their members $3.00 admission. All non-members of both clubs will be charged $6.00 admission.

We will have a membership drive that evening, so bring your friends who are not members and have them join USA Dance on Friday evening.

(USA Dance always provides free dances for our membership, except for ticketed events)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Nifty 50's & 60's Oldies Bash 2011 Sold-out

Aloha Dancers & Readers,
I just received the following e-mail from the "Bash" Chairman Wendell Kwan that the Nifty 50's & 60's Oldies Bash 2011 has been sold-out. If you had intentions of attending this year's record breaking event at the Pacific Beach Hotel on October 14, please read on................

Aloha Frank!
Thank you for all your help, really appreciate it! BUT, we are completely SOLDOUT as of August 4, 2011! Last year we had 700+ guest join us for Nifty 50s & 60s Oldies Bash 2010. With the ever increasing popularity of our event this year registration was 20X, TWENTY TIMES ahead of last years event and we SOLDOUT completely as of August 4, 2011. This year we broke all records to the point that we soldout 10 weeks prior to our event.

Our Active Core Committee, thru hard work and excellent management focuses on maximizing "marketing, advertising and promoting" our event, EARLY! With past experience and success it has lead to another record breaking Nifty 50s & 60s Oldies Bash 2011!

We do not sell Tickets, but encourage everyone who is interested to "Register". Registration is on a "First Come, First Served" basis. We are also limited by strict Fire Code Laws and have to work within the Safety and Comfort policies afforded by the Pacific Beach Hotel's Grand Ballroom.

Your kindness for announcing in your Blog that Nifty 50s & 60s Oldies Bash 2011 is now completely SOLDOUT would be most appreciated! Frank if you can also add, "We look forward to everyone joining us for Nifty 50s & 60s Oldies Bash 2012!"

Please mail or email your contact info to:

Email: Wendell Kwan - Chairman or Diane Yoshida - Treasurer
or Mail: Wendell Kwan
Nifty 50s & 60s Oldies Bash
47-559 Hua Place
Kaneohe, HI 96744
PH. 239-5360

Thank you Frank!

Wendell Kwan

Friday, August 12, 2011

What's Cooking @The Pacific Beach Hotel This Month

In a couple of weeks August 2011 will be all pau but there will still be Big Time dancing at the Pacific Beach Hotel on the 19th for the IBDI 50TH ANNIVERSARY BALL, and on the 26th for the CANDONIANS of HAWAII 11th ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND DRIVE.

I'm not familiar with the Candonians of Hawaii except that it is a Filipino Club that was established in 1948. I'll know more when Lani and I attend the function as guests of Paul and Marie Laderta.
Paul and Marie will join Lucas Jaime and Yanna Samkova in a foursome dance exhibition.

For more info about the Candonians of Hawaii, please contact Dr. Ignacio Torres at 375-6995, Sam Sonson at 392-7047, Delia Wong at 499-8971, or Bernadette Fajardo at 342-8090 before August 19.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

NightClub 2 Step Workshop

Dance USA Honolulu is sponsoring a NightClub 2 Step Workshop featuring Lucas Jaime from Divino Ritmo Dance Studio this month. Got the following e-mail from Glenn Okazaki.........

Hi All,

We have a workshop on the Night Club Two Step with Lucas Jaime coming up next week Saturday, August 20th. Cost for members is $10 and non-members is $20. Time is the usual at 1:00pm and registration at 12:30pm. If you don’t know how to do the NC-2S (Night club 2 Step) or want to learn more, now is the time to learn how Lucas does all of his smooth moves.

Become a USA Dance member and save on all workshops and Saturday classes.


For more info, contact Glenn at: 428-1704

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

So What's Cooking This Week?

Dance Magic 808 opening Session 3 dance classes at Hale Ikena tonight starting at 6:45PM. On the Agenda will be NightClub Merengue with Frank & Lani. Followed by the Mambo with Andy and Monica

Tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 6:45PM Line Dancing with Elsie and Roxanne. Followed by NightClub 2 Step with Joshua and Stephanie, and Richard and Lynn.

On Thursday, Richard and Lynn concludes the 2nd Session make up class for the International Tango and Quickstep starting at 6:45PM.

For more info, please contact Lynn at 372-2256 or surf over to Dance Magic 808 Website at:

Monday, August 08, 2011

This Month With WASABI

The WASABI Band is still HOT on the trail for you 50's and 60's music fans. Doreen is staging a "Funtastic" time for each venue. Read on................

Here's our public gig schedule for this month:

- Thursday, 11 August: "The Cellar" event @ Cupola Theatre (Honolulu Design Center) 6:30-10:00 p.m. Let me know if you want me to "reserve" tables for you. Let's pack the place in so we can continue to have this great venue for all the dancers to go to during the week!!!

- Thursday, 18 August: "The Cellar" event @ Cupola Theatre (HDC) 6:30-10:00p.m. (Ditto above)

- Friday, 26 August: Ige's 8:30-11:30 p.m. You guys know the "drill"...let me know your seat counts by Monday, 8/23, plz!

We plan on having a FUNTASTIC time this week Thursday at the Cupola Theatre with some friends who will be joining us on stage, so come on down and get a good start to your weekend!

Love from me & da boyz,

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Kauai Ballroom Dance Club 7th Anniversary Ball Update

Aloha Students of Dance. I just received this update from Lynn Nakamura, President of Dance Magic 808 concerning the Kauai Ballroom Dance Club 7th Anniversary Ball.............

Hi Frank,

Could you please post the following on your blog?

Here's an update on the 7th Anniversary Ball that Kauai Ballroom Dance Club will be having that we had mentioned before.

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Kauai Ballroom Dance Club 7th Anniversary Ball
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2011
Place: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort (Poipu)
Time: 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm

There will be some dance exhibitions from Kauai and from Honolulu.

Richard & Lynn Nakamura from Dance Magic 808 will be performing a solo and their dance group will be performing a group exhibition. They had been practicing and planning for this for months. Richard & Lynn have always supported the Kauai Ballroom Dance Club and have never missed any of their anniversary balls.

If you are available, please come and support the Kauai Ballroom Dance Club and the Honolulu dancers. It'll be an evening of fun. They always have a great anniversary ball.

Early purchase price $45 by August 31, 2011 (August 27 for drawing) / After August 31, 2011 - cost $50.00

For tickets, please contact Lynn Nakamura at 372-2256 as soon as possible since more tickets may need to be ordered.

To enter your name in a drawing for a free room at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort, tickets must be bought by Saturday, August 27 because all tickets sold and monies collected must be turned in to Lynn to send to Kauai for the drawing which will be held on September 1st in Kauai.

We cannot guarantee that your name will be entered in the drawing if tickets are bought after August 27. You will however, be able to get your tickets at the $45 cost if you purchase your tickets by August 31, 2011.

Hope you'll be able to attend this exciting dance event and experience a fantastic time dancing in Kauai.

Mahalo to all of you for your support!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Dance Magic 808 3rd Session Dance Classes

Aloha Students of Dance,
Dance Magic 808 is moving on to their 3rd Session Dance Classes starting next week Tuesday at Hale Ikena. Dance Magic 808 Prez Lynn Nakamura sez it all in her e-mail, so please read on.............

Hi Everyone,
Here are the classes for Dance Magic 808's 3rd session which begins on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at Hale Ikena, Ft. Shafter.

Please visit our website which was created by Noli Boado at It's not completed yet but it looks great. Thank you Noli.

Please note that there may be times where we might have to either cancel or postpone a class due to an unexpected event for Hale Ikena. When this happens, we will make every effort to contact you. Please make sure we have your current phone numbers and email address.
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Instructors and Management Staff of Dance Magic 808 are all volunteers and all class fees are for Hale Ikena, a MWR facility.

Tuesday - 6 weeks – Class Fee $6.00 per dance per person
6:45 pm – 7:30 pm – Night Club Merengue (Instructors: Frank & Lani Sierra)
7:45 pm – 8:30 pm – Mambo (Instructors: Andy & Monica Pascua)

Wednesday - 5 weeks – Class Fee $5.00 per dance per person
6:45 pm – 7:30 pm – Line Dancing (Instructors: Elsie McGrew & Roxanne “Roxie” Kaino)
7:45 pm – 8:30 pm – Night Club 2 Step (Instructors: Joshua Manzano & Stephanie Shimizu, and Richard & Lynn Nakamura)

Thursday - 6 weeks - Class Fee $6.00 per dance per person
6:45 pm – 7:30 pm – International Samba (Instructors: Richard & Lynn Nakamura)
7:45 pm – 8:30 pm – International Waltz (Instructors: Richard & Lynn Nakamura)

Note: Class Fee is per dance per person for the entire 5 or 6 weeks. It breaks down to $1.00 per class per week and if you miss a class it is not reimburseable or credited. Once class begins there is no refund. Example of class fee: Mambo ($6.00) and Line Dancing ($5.00) – total class fee $11.00 for the entire session.

If you have any questions, you can contact us by email, phone, or text message.Mahalo for your interest in Dance Magic 808 and we hope to see you at one of our classes.

Richard & Lynn Nakamura
cell 372-2256 (Lynn)