Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reports by Noe Tanigawa

  

Hawai‘i’s Gertrude Tsutsumi has been honored with the nation's highest award in folk and traditional arts.  She has been honored with a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, which comes with a $25,000 award.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited one of her classes in Japanese classical dance.

Onoe Kikunobu Dance Company will perform as part of this summer’s Asia Pacific Dance Festival at UH Mānoa in July.   

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  This week Friday and Saturday,  the 99th Annual King Kamehameha Celebration events take place on O‘ahu.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa gives a preview of the Kamehameha  Parade, known for its floral panorama of the islands.

The Kamehameha Celebration Parade begins at 9am Saturday near ‘Iolani Palace, running down Ala Moana and Kalākaua to Kapi‘olani park for the afternoon’s ho‘olaule‘a.   For more on the King Kamehameha celebrations on O'ahu and across the state. 

http://ags.hawaii.gov/kamehameha/

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    Right now, at the prestigious Venice Biennale, 56 countries are presenting their most important contemporary art and artists.  In a surprise move, France selected a sound artist as their official representative, and that same artist has just opened a new installation on Maui.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited the show at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

This exhibit is free and open to the public. 

Now through July 18, Schaefer International Gallery
Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5 pm
FREE Admission! (Also open before Castle Theater shows and during intermission)

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   The Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association has presented the Samuel Kamakau Book of the Year Award to Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer, the new president and CEO of the influential Kohala Center in Waimea.  Looking ahead to Kamehameha Day, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this look at Beamer’s ideas about Hawaiian leadership.  In this book you will also find fascinating descriptions of Hawaiian land divisions and management practices.

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  Maui-born Andy Graydon has shown internationally in the emerging field of sound art.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Graydon is among a growing number of artists linking imagination and sound.

Andy Graydon’s installation, “Figure 1 (these things we know)” remains on view at the Honolulu Museum through May 31st.

Find out more on the Honolulu Museum of Art exhibit, “Figure 1 (these things we know)”

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   You can see Kilohana peak at the top of Kalihi valley from Mokauea, a tiny island just off the coastline.  Over forty fishponds once laced the area, ali‘i had summer residences , and a struggle over land rights literally blazed on the island in the 1970’s.  Today, we board a canoe with HPR’s Noe Tanigawa, for a visit.

Due to past experiences, the Mokauea Fisherman’s Association requests that any visits or requests for information be arranged through Kehaulani Kupihea (Mokauea@gmail.com).

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The idea with these two stories is to situate ourselves in a Hawaiian understanding of place.  Hawaiian land divisions reveal an intimate knowledge of resources.  One key concept is that of the ahupua‘a, a pie shaped wedge of land with its point on a mountain top, widening down to the seashore.  Ahupua‘a acknowledge the link between land and sea, and make the resources of both available to those who dwell within it.  

  

  For its tenth anniversary,  Maoli Arts month has expanded to three months and three islands.  There’s a Native Hawaiian art exhibit at Marks’ garage, and wearable art shows and markets are coming up on O‘ahu and Maui.  HPRs Noe Tanigawa surveys events.

Honolulu Night Market welcomes MAMO  Saturday night, May 16th, from 6 to 11 pm in Kaka‘ako.   

For a list of vendors at Honolulu Night Market.  Note that all food vendors will also be Native Hawaiian, and the focus ingredient will be Kalo!

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  This Saturday, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center is holding its hugely popular fundraiser, the Maui Brewers Festival .  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found Hawai‘i’s beer brewers are taking the opportunity to get organized, and perhaps make more beer.

The 7th Annual Maui Brewers Festival returns to Maui Arts & Cultural Center (the MACC) on Saturday, May 16, from 4-7 pm.  

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