Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reports by Noe Tanigawa

The UH Board of Regents recently approved a sublease for the planned Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea on Hawai’i island. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports that this advances the project but does not clear the way for construction to begin.

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   This week, a social experiment is underway in the Commons Gallery at UH Manoa.  Starting Wednesday there will be be workshops on making foods and handy items from everyday things that otherwise might clog our waste systems.  The finale is a big Diggers Dinner next week.  For the potluck, the main ingredient must be obtained without money.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports:

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In HPR’s continuing series on local publications, today, a look at the Hawaii Independent. The Independent is an online newsmagazine that covers politics, economics, communities, arts, and commentary. Launched in 2008, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found, they’re poised for a leap forward this spring.

Affiliated lifestyle and entertainment publication, In Honolulu:

Longtime denizen of Honolulu’s music and entertainment scene, Gary Chun’s blog.

Hula Preservation Society
Hula Preservation Society


In 1937, across the street from the famous Waldorf Astoria in New York City, the Lexington Hotel knew it needed a signature draw.  The Hawaiian Room became just that.  Hawaiian entertainers backed by an American orchestra in a glamorous tropical setting wooed visitors to the Lexington and to the Islands for thirty years.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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  This weekend, Hilo is celebrating cetaceans and our relationship with them.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the Aloha Kanaloa Festival this Sunday and the Conservation Council of Hawai’i’s “Jive for Wildlife” party on President’s Day.   

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.

Flickr Commons
Flickr Commons

  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.  

Pacific New Media courses:

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.

In the 1970’s and 80’s, there was so much business activity in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea they were dubbed the Four Asian Tigers.  Based on per capita income,  Singapore and Hong Kong achieved advanced economic status in the late 80’s, Taiwan followed in 2010, Korea, however, has lagged far behind.  Research into this disparity shows that social trust could be key to economies of the future.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Ponoiwi: Living Bones

Jan 7, 2014
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2013 closed with a wave of proposed developments, particularly on Maui and O’ahu, where   commercial development has, at times, meant a clash between culture and change.   An installation on view now at the Honolulu Museum examines the history of sand mining on Maui, linking it to the cement being poured on O’ahu.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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In Japan, Oshogatsu, the new  year celebration, is the biggest holiday of the year.  All but the most essential business operations shut down for at least three days, while people eat special foods with family and friends, and visit their local Shinto shrine seeking blessings for the year ahead.  Many in Hawai’i, not necessarily Japanese, follow these customs too.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.    

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The western and central Pacific ocean are the world’s largest tuna fishery, an industry worth seven billion dollars a year.   The stakes were high as a battle over sustainable harvesting of this resource came to a head  in Australia earlier this month.   In Hawai’i, meanwhile, families are monitoring the availability of ‘ahi, or big eye tuna, like hawks  and traditionally, demand comes to a climax on New Year’s day.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra

Today the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra is announcing its Masterworks Concert Series for this spring, with a mix of classic treasures,  favorite artists, and a blend of East and West.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Chamber Music Hawaii

In eleventh century Europe, night watches would carry horns to mark the passage of time and to signal warnings. Gradually, the watchmen became proficient musicians, performing at ceremonies, official functions, and eventually, in social settings.  Today military and political occasions are still marked with brass flourishes, and occasionally, churches and cathedrals ring with the spirited sound of brass choirs.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the Honolulu Brass Choir’s upcoming concert at St. Andrew’s Cathedral.

Office of Mauna Kea Management

In many ways, the future of Mauna Kea on Hawai’i island could be shaped this week .  This Friday, a court in Hilo will hear an appeal of the conservation use permit awarded to the planned Thirty Meter Telescope project.  On the same day in Honolulu, the Board of Land and Natural Resources is scheduled to vote on whether to extend the University’s leases on Mauna Kea for another 65 years.   In addition, there has been growing concern over the impending loss of a unique natural wonder near the mountain's summit.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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The total land mass of the Republic of the Marshall Islands is 70 square miles, that’s smaller than Ni’ihau. Its 29 atolls and over a thousand individual islets scattered across 750 thousand square miles of ocean.  Between 1946 to 1958, the United States conducted nuclear tests on and around two of the atolls, and the effects of radiation contamination continue today.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the new biography of a woman who championed the cause of radiation victims.

Viva Vivo!

Nov 29, 2013

Three familiar faces in the Honolulu art and music scene have banded together for projects that make use of their many talents.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the eclectic sound of Vivo, starting at a party at the Dragon Upstairs .

Vivo appears first and third Tuesdays at the Dragon Upstairs on Nu’uanu.  Their CD release party is scheduled for December 11th at Mezz 127.  You will be able to find the CD through your usual music sources, or contact the band directly.


The annual holiday gifting season is poised at the gate, and shoppers will be wooed and tracked for the power they wield.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a look at way to get original, one of a kind works, stretch your dollars and support local arts and artists at the same time.

Insiders know this is a great place to get unique, affordable art---trust your taste and jump in!

The Honolulu Printmakers’ "Impressions" Benefit Print Sale runs November 29th to December first at the Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona,  10-4 daily. 

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The earliest Ni’ihau shell lei on record was collected by James Cook and is now at the British Museum.  Queen Kapi’olani wore opera length strands of pearl white Ni’ihau shells when she attended the Queen’s Jubilee in London, and the lei remain a coveted collector’s item today.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on an exhibition of exquisite Ni’ihau shell lei on view now at the Bishop Museum.

Pono Choices

Recent legislative debate over marriage equality in Hawai’i included impassioned testimony about how legalized gay marriage could affect the education system here.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with the Department of Education about whether adjustments are in store, and takes a look at “Pono Choices”, a new teen pregnancy and infection prevention program.  The Parent Night handout pictured here lays out the components of the 10 part program.

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Spanish Brass

This Sunday, the versatility and virtuosity of brass instruments will be on display at Hawai’i Theatre.   One of the world’s foremost brass quintets, the Spanish Brass, will present a concert featuring works that span styles from Bach to Duke Ellington, with a special nod to Spanish composers.

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Today, on Veterans’ Day, we recognize the 110 thousand veterans in Hawai’i.  Most are living happy productive lives, but service providers here say housing is the biggest challenge.  The U.S. Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs, Eric Shinseki, has set a goal of ending homelessness among veterans by 2015, so HPR’s Noe Tanigawa attended a recent gathering to find out more about the issue. 

For information on resources for veterans:

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The 3rd annual O’ahu Fringe Festival of the Performing Arts is ready to roll Thursday night through Saturday in Honolulu’s Chinatown. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports that cabaret, spoken word, dance, theatre, puppetry and music are all part of the festivities.