Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reports by Noe Tanigawa

Kawehi: Girl Band

May 12, 2015



   Very soon after releasing a cover of Nirvana’s Heart Shaped Box on Vimeo about a year ago, Honolulu–born Kawehi’s kickstarter campaign was funded 900 percent.  Esquire, the Huffington Post, and Elle magazine called, and Courtney Love weighed in on Twitter with her verdict:  “genius.”  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Kawehi has worked hard for this moment.   

Kawehi performs at the Republik in Honolulu May 29th.   Her most recent Kickstarter project, Interaktiv, invites investors to help program her next EP.

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  Pow!Wow! Hawai‘i is pressing on with its mission of igniting street art festivals around the world.  In March, Pow!Wow! staged its first event at the influential media mixer, South by Southwest.  Next month, Pow!Wow! rocks Long Beach, California.  Meanwhile, people continue to discover new paintings here in Kaka‘ako.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this look at one particular work, by Egyptian artist, Ganzeer.




  These days, people around the world are discovering a wealth of Hawaiian culture online, from ‘ukulele tutorials to newspapers from the 19th century.  A music endeavor, Project Kuleana, has attracted hundreds of thousands of views, highlighting a Hawaiian perspective in contemporary media.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on their latest release.

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  The Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival this weekend will offer 150 different events involving 600 writers, performers, and presenters.  Offerings range from ‘ukulele workshops to insights from best-selling authors and panels on important local issues.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a glimpse at the panel on Native Hawaiian law.

All Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival events are free and happen on the grounds of Honolulu Hale 10am to 5pm this Saturday and Sunday.

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    Contemporary depictions of Iranian culture range from news footage to the Shahs of Sunset, but ages of literature are also available to open the doors to this culture.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found a twenty-first century version of an epic Iranian poem offers a feast for the eyes.

Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings, continues at the Honolulu Museum of Art through July 26th.

Hawaii Opera Theatre
Hawaii Opera Theatre

Hawaii Public Radio’s takes a “Behind the Scenes” look at Hawaii Opera Theatre’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.

HOT’s Simon Crookall takes listeners through a musical tour of the history, characters, and production of the Opera.


•April 24, Friday, 8:00pm

•April 26, Sunday, 4:00pm

•April 28, Tuesday, 7:00pm

Tickets Available Here

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   This Saturday, you’re invited for a “Walk on the Wild Side” in Chinatown--- part of a National Kidney foundation effort to get people out walking.  Boutiques and restaurants are offering discounts and Art and Flea will fill Fort Street Mall with artisans and designers. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Ancient Hawaii






    The second annual “Contact” show is living up to its goals of both breaking new ground and providing points of convergence.  Offerings range from films, group discussions, even an ‘ukulele sing along, to the exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

The “CONTACT” curators, Noelle Kahanu and Ngahiraka Mason, host a discussion tonight, and there are related events into next week.  The exhibition runs through Sunday April 12.   Upstairs, the Ancient Hawai'i exhibit funs through April 30th.

Natalie Nakasone



  Hawai‘i Youth Symphony has been bringing music into the lives of students from every socioeconomic group in Hawai‘i for fifty years.   As part of its anniversary celebration, HYS is inviting everyone to a free Spring Concert at the NBC concert Hall this Sunday.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

This Sunday, 4pm, Hawai‘i Youth Symphony’s most advanced orchestra performs a free concert at the NBC Concert Hall.   Get your tickets at the NBC Box office.  

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For the past week, HPR has been looking at the issues Hawai‘i faces around solid waste. We’ve looked at the proliferation of plastic, the possibility of pollution from particles smaller than we now measure, and the struggles of each county to reduce mounting “waste” in landfills.  Over the past 20 years, a movement has been building around a mind shift—HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found that waste could translate into resources.