Noe Tanigawa

Arts & Culture Reporter

Noe Tanigawa covers art, culture, and ideas for Hawai'i Public Radio.    Noe began working in news at WQXR, the New York Times' classical station in New York City, where she also hosted music programs from 1990-94.  Prior to New York, Noe was a music host in jazz, rock, urban contemporary, and contemporary and classic Hawaiian music formats in Honolulu.  Since arriving at HPR in 2002, Noe has received awards from the Los Angeles Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists Hawai'i Chapter, and an Edward R. Murrow Regional Award for coverage of the budget process at the Hawai'i State Legislature. Noe holds a Masters in Painting from UH Mānoa. She maintains an active painting practice, and has recently returned from a 2015 residency with the U.S. Art in Embassies program in Palau.  Noe is from Wailupe Valley in East O'ahu.

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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. 

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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.

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Roselle Bailey’s hula school, Ka ‘Imi Na’auao O Hawai’i Nei, has students in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Samoa, and California, as well as on Oahu, Maui and Kaua’i.  Sixty of them will be gathering in Honolulu this week to present a capsulized version of Hawaiian history in theatre, song, hula and chant.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found the program has been well received in Europe.

“Recalling Hawai’i” will be performed on Saturday, November 9th, 7:00 pm at the Hawai’i Theatre

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The Japanese word, omiyage, is translated as souvenir, or keepsake, given by returning travelers to friends and family at home. Omiyage can be perishable, but their most important quality is being unique or characteristic of their place of origin. That’s the idea behind Jared Yamanuha’s debut exhibition. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Jared Yamanuha’s show, “Omiyage”, continues at In4mation Chinatown on Nu'uanu Avenue through November.  An artist reception and talk is set for Tuesday November 5th, 6-8.

Christine Koroki

Credit Christine Koroki1. (long b/w piece) Emily Du Bois Hawai‘i Island "Naga 2" restored, recycled tapa, sumi ink, acrylic medium, bamboo 2. (round piece) Jerome Hech O‘ahu "Cetrifugal" ceramic/sagger 3. (piece on the floor) Jennifer Owen Maui "Hale II" salt-fired stonewareEdit | Remove

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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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Neighbors: An Island Story” has been the theme this week at HPR, and somehow in Hawai’i, all 1, 374, 810 of us have found a way to live together in relative contentment. Nearly a million people live on O’ahu, and Honolulu is now the 13th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa looks at how we hope to live together in the future.

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All this week, HPR news is taking different perspectives on the theme of “Neighbors: An Island Story.”  In this installment, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa looks at how we have planned to live together on our islands—and how those plans are working out.

TinFish Press

Quiet, thoughtful people often go unheralded.  Sometimes the richness of their lives goes undiscovered until they are gone.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on an opportunity to glimpse the inner life of one such man.

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Kennedy Theatre’s 50th anniversary season begins this year with the first stage production for the new assistant theatre professor at UH Manoa.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Ian Belton chose a contemporary piece by American playwright Charles Mee, known for inviting experimentation with his work.  

“Big Love” continues at UH Manoa’s Kennedy Theatre through October 6th.   Check here for more information:

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In the U.S., comic book sales totaled about 474 million dollars in 2012---in Japan, manga, or graphic novel sales totaled over 6 billion dollars the same year.  The market is huge, and graphic novels span topics to target every demographic.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a show of Hawai’i Manga on view now at Windward Community College.

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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.

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Every two years, the UH Manoa Department of Art and Art History mounts an exhibition of faculty artworks.  It’s an important indication of the abilities and interests shaping art graduates from Hawai’i’s University.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports this year’s show is diverse and stimulating.

Honolulu Theatre for Youth

The curtain is going up on Honolulu’s fall theatre season and there’s a particularly wide variety of offerings this year.  HPR‘s Noe Tanigawa offers this sampler.

Will the Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up?  through September 22

The Toxic Avenger through 9/29

A Korean Cinderella through 9/28

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There is growing consensus around a National Institute for Early Education Research study which concluded that increasing public investment in effective preschool education can produce substantial educational, social, and economic benefits, especially for the economically disadvantaged.  Currently, there are over 87 thousand children under the age of 5 in Hawai’i, and as the state moves to support early childhood education, some wonder what that education should be like.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this look at the Reggio Emilia educational approach.

Kahilu Theatre

Waimea on Hawai’i Island is a two traffic light town with a history of ranching and actually, quite a lot of theater. Richard Smart, sole heir to the Parker Ranch, was a singer and dancer who had performed on Broadway, for example with Carol Channing, as well as around the world. He built a fine theater in Waimea, the Kahilu, which thrived, then struggled along until closing its doors last summer. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the Kahilu Theatre’s reemergence.

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Did you know digital game giant Nintendo started out as a playing card company? 

They hand painted Hanafuda cards as their primary source of income for nearly 100 years. Hanafuda is associated with yakuza or gangsters in many parts of Japan because of its early association with gambling, but in Hawai’i, the game moved off the plantations as popular family fare. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found the local version of hanafuda could be making a comeback.

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This Sunday, music, chant, theatre, food, and free tours of ‘Iolani Palace are planned for the 175th birthday celebration of Hawai’i’s Queen Lili’uokalani. Recent historical research is shedding new light on events of her reign. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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Change is a constant in Hawai’i’s music scene, with artists coming up the ranks, moving here, or taking off to possibly greener pastures.   At Yoza’s recent CD release party, it was a mix of all the above,  featuring some of Honolulu’s best bands.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Yoza will perform tomorrow night, Wednesday, August 28th, at Amuse wine bar.  Find out more:

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This Sunday, men and women of all ages will gather to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of women in Hawai’i.  This year, the “Distinctive Women in Hawaiian History Program” focuses on women of a pivotal period:  World War II.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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Georgia O’Keeffe is renowned for her paintings of skulls and flowers in northern New Mexico. Ansel Adams is best known for his majestic photographs of Yosemite. Both artists were commissioned for projects in Hawai’i, and they created visual time capsules of their visits here. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the O’Keeffe/Adams exhibit on now at the Honolulu Museum.

Hawaiian Mission Houses

UH Manoa’s esteemed emeritus professor, Terrence Knapp, inspired many students with his love of Shakespeare.   In the 1970’s, local comic, James Grant Benton, enlisted Knapp’s help with a pidgin version of the Bard’s “Twelfth Night, or What You Will.”   Knapp so admired Benton’s version, he staged it as his final production at UH.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a contemporary restaging, outdoors at the Hawaiian Mission Houses.

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In 2001, the head of a global cosmetics firm coined the term, lipstick index, to describe the inverse relationship between a weak economy and the sale of "affordable indulgences".  Today, with drug store sales of nail products up 59%, talk is more about a “nail polish index”.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on trends that begin with a manicure and rise to nail art.

It's All About Nails

Aug 9, 2013
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Americans spent $7.47 Billion dollars in nail services over the last year, according to Nails Magazine, a manicure industry publication.  This record breaking growth in an age old practice has been fueled by technical advances, celebrity culture and an immigrant success story.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Next week, Noe takes a look at nail care and new products and techniques in nail art.

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The Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra has announced an all-star line-up of concerts this Fall.   Classic masterworks and popular showpieces will be performed by some of America’s favorite artists.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa previews the new season.

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When they began, the team behind Lucky Peach magazine were hoping there were others like them:  people who care about art, literature and food.   Two years later, they sell a hundred thousand of each issue and have become a model for successful niche publishing.   The Lucky Peach team will share their secrets in Honolulu this weekend.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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This Friday night, a dozen of Honolulu ‘s best restaurants are teaming up with a wine purveyor for a night of fun at the Honolulu Museum of Art.   Budding collectors, there’s a  special reason you won’t want to miss this.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, it’s all to benefit art education.

August Moon, a benefit for art education, happens at the Honolulu Museum of Art this Friday, August 2nd, from 6 to 9pm.   12 eateries, including Chef Mavro, Morimoto's, Salt, and the Pig and the Lady will be participating.  Fifty three wines will be available for tasting and sale.