Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reports by Noe Tanigawa

Pow Wow

POW! – that’s the impact art can have on a person, like a punch in the face. WOW! – That’s the reaction people have to art. Pow Wow is the biggest art event to hit Hawai’i in recent memory and over a hundred artists are painting their way through Kaka’ako this week. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Pow!Wow!Hawai’i  continues with three exhibitions, art and music lectures and performances, classes, parties and live painting throughout Kaka’ako, closing Saturday night. 

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   It has been 97 years since Hawai'i's last Queen, Lili'uokalani, passed away, but her memory has been refreshed of late through community gatherings and a new edition of her memoir.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with artist Meleanna Meyer about the gatherings she has been holding across the state, where community members read the Queen’s words and sing her songs.

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  Hawai’i’s art community has been closely following Senate Bill 2620, which had proposed to privatize the management of the State Art Museum, allow expanded use of the 1% for the arts law, and suspend art acquisitions under certain circumstances.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports a new draft is currently in the works.

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   Ten students, teachers, and alumni from the UH Manoa ceramics department have launched a group show at Mark’s Garage.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found that works range from whimsical to practical, with many designed especially for the sake party opening planned for First Friday.

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   Artist Jean Charlot is best known for his murals, like the iconic fresco on UH Manoa’s Bachman Hall.  Few realize that his fascination with Hawaiian culture and history also resulted in five plays.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Charlot’s play about an esteemed Hawai’i island chief, is having its premiere production at Kumu Kahua.

WHAT: Jean Charlot’s play: Moa a Mō‘ī

WHERE: Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant Street

WHEN: January 23 – February 23, 2014 

COST: $5.00-$20.00

INFO: 536-4441

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  Lawrence Seward, born and raised in Hawai’i, has shown his artworks internationally but mainly in New York City where he lived for seventeen years.  His six foot aluminum, stainless steel and PVC lei in the Chanel group show last year was a big hit, and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found it was a starting point for his upcoming exhibition.

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  Chinatown is ablaze in red and gold right now in observance of the Chinese New Year.  Gold is a symbol of power, while red symbolizes happiness and good wishes will be flowing this weekend at Honolulu’s big celebration.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found that everything means something in the food and activities around the new Year of the Horse.The first day of the new year is next Friday, so fireworks and lion dances will scare off evil spirits this Saturday, 10am to 10pm in Honolulu’s Chinatown.  Food, four entertainment stages, crafts, martial arts, plus the big parade, 3:30PM on Hotel St.

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In the next five months, Pacific New Media, a branch of UH Manoa’s Outreach College, will offer over 60 courses on using media from Google plus to Adobe Premiere to your own iPhone.   Two dozen courses are aimed at improving picture taking by both professionals and amateurs, so HPR’s Noe Tanigawa asked for some preview tips.  

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Here, a listing of Spring 2014 lectures, including one by Jean Miele.  They’re free!


The misuse of a photograph in the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts collection has revealed improper and possibly illegal actions regarding the State’s art holdings.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa was there at this week’s meeting of SFCA commissioners.


An increasing number of scientists agree that the Earth is now entering a new geologic era—the anthropocene, where humans are altering the earth’s natural systems so much that we must take responsibility for shaping the future.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with two futurists who are studying how society and technology could evolve.