Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reports by Noe Tanigawa

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In the late 1950’s, a group of artists kick started modern art on the West coast, defining a new,  California-based style.  LA Cool blended with the cocktails and cool jazz of the period, and was practiced by artists eager to leave European traditions behind.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on an upcoming exhibition involving two key artists of the era.

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The Historic Hawai’i Foundation cites up to four heiau in Kaimuki, one up Sierra Drive, two on Kaimuki Hill and another at Leahi hospital.  Kaimuki Hill itself was a lookout point for Kamehameha’s invading army, a water reservoir, a telegraph station and an observatory before becoming the park it is today.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa continues a Kaimuki community portrait.

Tonight is Third Friday Night in Kaimuki:

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Kaimuki is a little town, mauka of Diamond Head, on the east side of Honolulu proper.  According to Pukui, Elbert and Mookini, Kaimuki means literally, the ti oven, because menehune cooked ti leaves there.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this community portrait.

July 19th, there's a Third Friday Celebration in Kaimuki from 5-9pm.  Find out more:

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The founders of the Asia Pacific Dance Festival began with the idea that  peoples’ values and beliefs are embedded in their dances.  That makes dance a unique vehicle for cultural understanding and exchange.  HPR’s  Noe Tanigawa reports on this summer’s upcoming celebration of Maori, Hawaiian and Taiwanese dance.

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David Behlke is well known in Hawai’i’s arts community as the director of the Koa Gallery at KCC.  Though his influence is broad, as an educator, juror, and curator of various art venues, many have never seen Behlke’s own artwork.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with the artist about his retrospective at the Gallery of Hawai’i Artists.

Living Archetypes, works by David Behlke, continues through August 16th at the Gallery of Hawai’i Artists in the Waikiki Landmark Building.

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The Hawai’i Academy of Performing Arts is the powerhouse behind so much of Honolulu’s art scene.  Founded in 1997, HAPA oversees Chinatown’s pioneering community art space, the Arts at Marks Garage.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports an upcoming fundraiser will feature a vibrant sampling of Chinatown’s creatives.   The ARKS AT MARKS variety showcase and fundraiser is set for Friday, July 12th, 7:30-9pm at the Arts at Marks Garage.  Find more information, tickets and the 1001 Friends of Marks sign up at the artsatmarks website.

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On O'ahu, the Kailua fireworks display is back! And communities across the state are gearing up for their own 4th of July festivities.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

KAILUA 4th OF JULY INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE, sponsored by Kailua Chamber of Commerce,  will have 200 marchers, 40 vehicles, 40 floats, & 4 bands It will start at Kainalu Dr./Palapu St., to Kainalu Drive, to end at Kailua Intermediate School.   For More info, visit their website:

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  Have you noticed Flux Hawaii magazine on the newsstands, or perhaps in your mail?  In three and a half years, it has garnered a loyal following and, through partnerships, has found stable financial footing in a challenging environment.  By applying a coherent design sense and focusing local, this publication straddles divides that could exist between local/global and idealism/business.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Summer is the traditional season for blockbuster movies, but if you’ve been hoping for something a little different for your young ones this summer, the Kids First Film Festival could be just the thing.  Selections from a national archive set the stage for fun and future discussions.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

The UH Manoa Outreach College continues the 2013 Kids First Film Festival June 30, July 14, and July 21  at the UH Art Auditorium.  Admission is free, and showings begin at 3.  Check the Outreach/Kids First website for a full schedule.

Readers of the Honolulu Weekly have been disappointed by empty stands since the publication folded earlier this month.  Former Weekly writers and editors have been busy, however, and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a new development.

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This time next week, the white tent will be up in Kaunakakai Ball Park and the Moloka’i 4-H Livestock Expo will be underway.  From the oral presentations to the parade of animals, showmanship competitions and final auction, there’s a lot to see, do and eat for all!  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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One of Hawai’i’s most exciting artists, Keith Tallett, from Hawai’i island, has just opened in a new gallery in Kaka’ako.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

‘Militia”, Keith Tallett’s latest work, continues at SPF Gallery on Auahi Street through July 14th.

SPF Projects

729 Auahi street
Tuesday-Thursday 7pm-11pm
Sunday 1pm-5pm
and by appointment
Instagram: @SPFprojects

The Maui Film Festival kicks off tonight with a night under the stars and a very special focus on Hawai’i.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

The Maui Film Festival  continues through June 16th. You can find the full schedule online.

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Hawai’i island resident, Pamela Frierson, won the 2012 Elliot Cades literary award for her writings, which explore the interaction between people and place.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with her about her latest book, The Last Atoll, exploring the Northwest Hawaiian Islands.

Find more information on Papahānaumokuākea online!

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit has launched a 5 million dollar public art program to enhance the 21 stations along the rail route as well as the train control center in Waipahu.  Submissions are being accepted starting June 14th.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports. 

The submission deadline is 7:59 p.m.  June 27th.

For application forms, guidelines and selection criteria:

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This week’s edition of the Honolulu Weekly contains a letter from the publisher announcing the end of the popular newspaper. The Weekly’s editor and others, however, are banding together for a new venture. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Heading to Kaua’i  anytime soon?  There’s a new restaurant guide out for Kaua’i, one that focuses on tasty food, made from scratch, using local ingredients whenever possible.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

"Tasting Kaua’i:  Restaurants" is available as a Kindle download online.  You can download the kindle app and use it on any device.  Check it out on the website:

This time of year brings a rainbow of events to Honolulu highlighting Hawai’i’s gay. lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.  The Gay Pride parade runs through Waikiki this Saturday, and the Rainbow Film Festival begins at the Doris Duke tomorrow.  In addition, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a theatre production that opens a window into gay life in Hawai’i.  

“Yes, I am… Stories from Honolulu’s LGBT Community” opens Friday, tomorrow night, and runs through June 9th at Fresh Café in Kaka’ako.  Check these links to the play and other activities this weekend.

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Environmental ethics and indigenous perspectives are finding common ground and creating alliances around the world.  This weekend’s Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival celebrates communities from around the world, coming together.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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The Native Hawaiian arts community is growing in strength and diversity, as exemplified in Maoli Arts month celebrations over the last several years.  Now, in its eight year, Maoli arts month, or MAMo, is looking to the future.

Maile Andrade’s show, 'Ike Loloa: A Long Insightful Journey, continues through October 7, 2013

Composer, pianist, arranger, Bill Cunliffe is hailed as versatile, probing, and lyrical.  His work spans Grammy winning orchestral arrangements to intimate solo piano pieces.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with him before his concert in Honolulu, Saturday, May 25th, 2013.

Across the state, most school students, parents, teachers and staff are into the final week of the academic year.  Graduations are in full swing, and there is a lot of celebratory music going on. 

This year marks the twenty fifth celebration for the Elliot Cades Awards for Literature in Hawai’i.  Both winners this year are from Hawai’i Island.  Pam Frierson is being honored for her work, including “The Last Atoll”, a multi-layered history of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with Cades Award winner Mark Panek.

Award winning writer, storyteller, educator, Makia Malo, was diagnosed with Hansen’s disease at age 12, and exiled to Kalaupapa in 1947.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with Malo about experiences included in his new memoir.

There are an estimated two thousand maker spaces around the world.  Also called hackerspaces or co-working spaces, these enclaves of equipment and creative people are part of a changing way of working.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Learn more about Maker Spaces in HawaiiOahuKauai, and Maui.

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John Tanji Koga has received the Honolulu Museum’s Catharine E.B. Cox Award for Excellence in Visual Arts.   Best known as a sculptor and general promoter for art projects throughout the community, Koga’s current show features paintings that relate directly to Hawai’i’s legacy of visual art.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Summer is just around the corner and thousands of parents across the state have been making plans to keep their children busy. UH manoa is offering new programs for high schoolers and the state and counties are continuing their popular options. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity is underway in Honolulu this week, and one thing they will be looking at is the connection between disabilities and prison incarceration.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with experts in the field of using culture and creativity to turn lives around.

“Healing our People, Healing Our Streets”, a dialog about alternatives to incarceration, is scheduled for the Church of the Crossroads, tomorrow, Wednesday evening, at 6pm.

The Royal Hawaiian Band and the Hawai’i Council on the Humanities have joined forces for a tasty lunchtime program this Friday (4/26) at ‘Iolani Bandstand.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

This story includes a version of Kaulana Na Pua performed by the Royal Hawaiian Band with Misty Kela’i.  Hear more this Friday, April 26, at ‘Iolani Palace from noon to 1 PM (weather permitting).   Guests are welcome to bring a picnic to this free lunchtime concert.