Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reports by Noe Tanigawa

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  Since her death in 1955, Sadako Sasaki has become an international symbol of the effects of nuclear war. She has inspired songs, animations, and now, ‘Ohana Arts has created a musical based on her life affirming story.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

The premiere of “Peace on Your Wings” will take place at Leeward Community College Theatre on November 20th, 21st, and 22nd at 7:30 PM, with a matinee on Saturday the 22nd at 2 PM.  Tickets are $25 for premium seating, $15 For general admission, and $10 for students.  They can be purchased at:

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  Here in Hawai‘i, we’ve got a lot of veterans to celebrate.  Military veterans comprise over eleven percent of the population.  Overall, their unemployment rate is about the same as other residents though experts think younger vets, 18-24 match the national average of over twenty percent unemployed.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa looks at challenges and and one veteran’s journey to success.

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   The Hawai‘i Symphony is launching a pops series that will bring live acrobats and high resolution animations to the stage along with full symphonic orchestrations.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found a gala evening is planned for the first event in the new series, “Hooray for Hollywood”.

Kaveh Kardan via Hawaii Fashion Month
Kaveh Kardan via Hawaii Fashion Month



 November is Hawai‘i Fashion Month with runway shows, pop up boutiques, and lots of opportunities to shop local designers.   Last year, the fashion industry pumped 750 million dollars into the local economy, much of it through small businesses that began on a dream and a prayer.

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  A top of the line international art exposition in Hawai‘i could bring groundbreaking artists, curators, critics and collectors into town.  High profile crowds flock to the venerable Venice Biennial, and other art festivals in Asia and Europe.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa previews the Honolulu Biennial which opens its prologue tonight in Kaka‘ako.

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  The last executive director of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts left in a cloud of controversy, and after a national search for a successor, a local Kalani graduate was for the State’s top arts post.  Now settled into his new position, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa talked with Jonathan Johnson about what’s ahead for the State foundation.

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   Tucked into the makai corner of Mānoa Marketplace, a new music venue has been drawing weekend audiences.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa discovered there are two concert venues and art, dance, and culinary classes going on there as well.

The Stantons welcome community use of their concert spaces and are fundraising to expand their practice rooms and studios.  The schedule of performers changes constantly so check the website for the latest.


Luis Valdez’ films, “Zoot Suit” and “La Bamba” use humor, drama, music, and dance to illuminate social issues.  As he prepares to speak at a humor conference in Honolulu, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with Valdez about his use of laughter and satire during the groundbreaking United Farmworkers’ strike in California. 

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   The recent Scottish independence vote, with all its color and emotion, came after over 400 years in the British commonwealth.  Many Hawaiians followed the Scottish vote with interest, knowing that Department of the Interior hearings here indicate emotions do still run high over US actions in Hawai‘i just over 100 years ago.  In HPR’s continuing exploration of voices on Hawaiian sovereignty, Noe Tanigawa spoke with Lilikala Kame'eleihiwa, the Director of the Center for Hawaiian Studies. 

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For the past three and a half weeks, five professional artists and thirty O‘ahu children have been transforming a ten thousand square foot warehouse space in Kaka‘ako. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found the combination of planning, hard work and openness to change is a creative way to operate.

PRESENT Project artists and students invite the public to an open house tonight, September 24th, to explore the works-in-progress. Dive into the “Nest” at 445/449 Cooke Street across Fisher’s, from 6:30-10pm.  An End of Residency Party is set for September 30, 6-10pm.