Arts & Culture


Luis Valdez’ films, “Zoot Suit” and “La Bamba” use humor, drama, music, and dance to illuminate social issues.  As he prepares to speak at a humor conference in Honolulu, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with Valdez about his use of laughter and satire during the groundbreaking United Farmworkers’ strike in California. 


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.

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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.

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.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

Several years ago, two Hawaii Island artists decided they wanted to expand horizons....and not just their own.  This is Year Three for the Hawai'i Artist Collaboration.  It brings together artists from around the world to create new art.  From the Big Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Avinash Gowariker
Avinash Gowariker

Clothing may have begun with a leaf, but we’ve come a long way since.  In India, where woven clothing dates back seven thousand years, there’s an incredibly rich history of style, fabric, and ornamentation.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, this history is both mined and embellished in today’s popular Bollywood films.

Bollywood and Beyond:  Costume in Indian Film” continues at the East West Center Gallery through January 12th. 

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Something for everybody was not the goal this time around. For its 60th incarnation, The Honolulu Museum of Art’s Artists of Hawai’i show has gone from showing up to a hundred artists to featuring just eleven. 341 artists submitted portfolios for jurying, then the lucky eleven had about ten months to prepare for what is arguably the most important visual art exhibition in the state. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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Music from another place and time will fill the chambers of St. Theresa’s cathedral this coming Friday. Like church services with rock music today, the oratorios in this concert were meant to bring 17th century congregations closer to the spirit.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this preview.

Early Music Hawai’i presents “Oratorio:  Sacred Drama from Rome to Handel” under the direction of Carl Crozier this Friday at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa on School Street.  Check the website below for more information:

Bishop Museum

This Saturday, the Bishop Museum is inviting everyone to a celebration in the newly refurbished Pacific Hall. Admission will be free from 9am to 9pm, for all to enjoy. In conjunction with this reopening, a cadre of Bishop Museum workers has been experiencing a deeper immersion into Pacific culture. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, it has been an exercise in connecting inner and outer worlds, guided by New Zealand dancer, choreographer Jack Grey.

Jeff Portnoy steps down from MVT's board

Jul 14, 2013

Bob Sandla, sitting in for Judy Neale,  interviews Jeff Portnoy about board governance and his long career as board president at Manoa Valley Theatre.