Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reports by Noe Tanigawa

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For the past three and a half weeks, five professional artists and thirty O‘ahu children have been transforming a ten thousand square foot warehouse space in Kaka‘ako. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found the combination of planning, hard work and openness to change is a creative way to operate.

PRESENT Project artists and students invite the public to an open house tonight, September 24th, to explore the works-in-progress. Dive into the “Nest” at 445/449 Cooke Street across Fisher’s, from 6:30-10pm.  An End of Residency Party is set for September 30, 6-10pm.

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Participants in the UN Climate Change Conference this week in New York are looking to the roots of the problem for systemic change.  Some previously unquestioned facets of life might need to be re-examined, like the way we categorize land and build our cities.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the idea of Hawaiian urbanism.


   Tonight, in the exceptional acoustics of the co-cathedral of St. Theresa, voices will rise in praise of early women composers.   The program was a special project, a final project, for a much loved leader in Honolulu’s music community, the late Carl Crosier .  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the pleasures of these rarely heard compositions.   

Early Music Hawai‘i  presents “Triumph Against the Odds”, fine female singers and instrumentalists in an evening of music by early women composers.  The concert begins at 7:30 tonight, in the Co-cathedral of St. Theresa.  

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As the Hokule’a and Hikianalia continue their worldwide sail, a theatre production in Honolulu is remembering a tragedy that nearly swamped Hōkūle‘a’s beginnings.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, it was March 16th, 1978, and amidst great fanfare, the Hokule’a set sail from Magic Island.    

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In HPR’s continuing series on Hawaiian sovereignty, Noe Tanigawa speaks with Oswald Stender.   A Kamehameha Schools graduate, Mr. Stender was CEO of Campbell Estate from 1974 to 1990, then, a Bishop Estate trustee from 1990 to 1999.  He has served as an Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee since 2000.

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   The fourth annual Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival closed this weekend, after 14 events, many of them sold out, on Maui, Hawai’i and O‘ahu.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports nearly 90 celebrity chefs converged on the islands to work with some of the finest food products available on earth. 

In their first three years, the Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival donated over 690 thousand dollars to local nonprofits.  

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   Outside of large curated shows and juried exhibitions, artists across the state continue to press ahead, alone in the studio or in casual groups.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on four artists who have been sharing ideas recently.  

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   The Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association’s annual Woodshow is a magnet for lovers of fine wood artistry.  Artworks by some of the state’s finest craftsmen are the public face of statewide efforts to support and expand Hawai‘i’s forest products.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this look at the show.

Na Lā'au o Hawai'i, Hawai'i's Woodshow, continues at the Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona through September 14. The exhibition is open daily from 10 am until 5pm.  Admission is free.  

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   The U.S. Department of the Interior’s recent hearings in Hawai‘i revealed a number of those testifying believe the U.S. government does not have jurisdiction over these islands.  As part of  ongoing coverage of sovereignty issues, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa took up the idea with Dr. Keanu Sai, who has been studying the Hawai‘i-U.S. relationship for over 3 decades.   Dr. Sai's research has had broad influence on the sovereignty debate, and this interview attempts to present his view.

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  Since 2011, PBS Hawai‘i has been featuring weekly student produced news programs.   Five hundred students from over 70 public, private and chartered schools are participating in this effort to air student perspectives.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

PBS Hawai‘i’s free Hiki No Festival screens at Kaua‘i’s Waimea Theatre tonight, 6pm.   Find out more about Hiki No.

The HIKI NŌ Festival screening events are free of charge and will be at these locations:


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  Kapu Kuialua, or Lua, is the once closely guarded Hawaiian martial art.  Lua is known for intricate bone breaking techniques, but also involves joint dislocation, kicks, punches, leg sweeps, and other moves, as well as weapons.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on an opportunity to experience Lua in a contemporary context this weekend.

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  After two successful seasons, the Hawai‘i Symphony is unveiling another, colorful addition to Hawai‘i’s music scene.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with the Symphony’s director about  new and easy ways the HSO is connecting with the community.

The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 season opens September 13 and 14 with Ravel’s Bolero.  Note that many concerts will be performed one time only.  Check the season listings below.  Get tickets and more information at

Honolulu Street Style

Aug 15, 2014
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    Yes, Honolulu has its own street style and two local authors have tried to describe it in a new book, Honolulu Street Style.   Noe Tanigawa reports.

The book, Honolulu Street Style, is available through your favorite bookseller.

Click for a synopsis of the publication, Honolulu Street Style

Check Mālie Moran’s Hawai‘i style blog, Hawai'i Red Style

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  You know what the Merrie Monarch Hula Competition has done for hula and for Hilo, now get ready for the Hilo Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale, also at Edith Kānaka’ole Stadium.  Thirty eight hundred people went last year, from 26 states and 14 countries.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the largest and most comprehensive orchid show and sale in Hawai‘i, coming this weekend. 

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  In the 1950’s, a gutsy band of locals, barely off the plantations, got it into their heads to become artists.  They migrated to New York City to live the life, then returned, to create Hawai‘i’s first contemporary art scene.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a show that samples their work at KCC’s Koa Gallery.

For more information from the Koa Gallery

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  Hawaiian wild card entry Mākua Rothman stole the show at the 2014 Billabong Pico Alto earlier this month.  He won the kick-off event in the Association of Surfing Professionals Big Wave World Tour, in 30-40 foot waves in Punta Hermosa, Peru.  Rothman has been shredding on the music charts, too.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this look at his first CD release, Sound Wave.

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  Hawai‘i’s love affair with Spam would seem to make Diamond Head Theatre’s new production of Spamalot an absolute must.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found, in fact, there are many reasons to see this show including zippy musicians, lively staging and spot on characterizations.

“Spamalot”, a musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” continues at Diamond Head Theatre through August 10th.    

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   Kōkua Kalihi Valley is a family service center that grew out of the community’s need.  Since its modest beginnings in 1972, KKV has grown to serve over 10 thousand people every year, and its staff is fluent in over 20 Asian and Pacific languages and dialects.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found a focus on community runs through the work at KKV.

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   Through the recent struggles over a national health care system, in fact, for the past 42 years, a health clinic in Kalihi has been working diligently to provide care that works for their particular neighborhood.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found an incredible variety of services are organically integrated in the daily work at Kōkua Kalihi Valley.


     Earthy Japanese singing is a big part of Bon Dance celebrations across the state right now, with its growly or even shrill sounds urging the dancers on.  Hawai‘i’s original Japanese immigrants sang in the cane fields as they worked; the songs they sang were called "hole hole bushi."  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found they paint a vivid picture of life on the plantations.   

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  The U.S. Department of the Interior is holding meetings around Hawai’i, asking how the federal government should be involved in creating a Hawaiian nation.   Should the interior secretary propose establishing a government to government relationship with Hawaiians and help set it up? Or should the DOI leave it to the state, with possible federal requirements?  Some who have been studying the issue say, neither.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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The federal Department of Interior continues public meetings this week, gathering testimony on whether they should propose establishing a government to government relationship with Native Hawaiians.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found conversations on that topic are rippling through the community.

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  The Hawaiian Mission Houses is back with another season of Cemetery Pupu Theatre—what is that, you ask?  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa discovered it’s a convivial evening of food, drink and stories from the past.

HPR has just learned the Hawaiian Mission Houses’ Cemetery Pupu Theatre is sold out for this summer’s run.  Look forward to “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged”,  a comedy which purportedly does feature everything he’s written, August 8-23, at the Mission Houses performance mound.   

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     Native Hawaiian poet Wayne Westlake died 30 years ago, but an exhibit on now at Windward Community College makes the point that his work continues to goad and inspire.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

“Down on the Sidewalk in Waikiki:  The Westlake Art Invitational” continues through July 3rd at  Gallery ‘Iolani, Windward Community College.  The gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday 1-5pm.   Find a collection of Wayne Westlake's poetry and a CD of readings at Na Mea Hawai'i/Native Books.   

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  The ipu and ukulele are familiar Hawaiian music instruments, but few remember that Hawai’i had a string instrument in ancient times before the ‘ukulele.  The  ‘ukeke,  is the subject of an upcoming talk at Bishop Museum, and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this chance to hear the instrument.

Learn more about “ ‘Ukeke, the indigenous stringed instrument of Hawai’i” at the Bishop Museum this Thursday, June 26th, 6pm. 

Description from the Bishop Museum:

The History behind the ‘Ūkēkē: The Indigenous Stringed Instrument of Hawai‘i

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  How will I die?  It's not a comfortable question, but that question, how will I die?, becomes a family matter very quickly in Hawai’i.  That is the subject of the current production, "Koi, Like the Fish", at Kumu Kahua Theatre.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

“Koi, Like the Fish” continues at Kumu Kahua Theatre through June 29th.   By popular demand, Lee Cataluna’s “Flowers of Hawai’i” returns for encore performances starting July 24th .  Kumu Kahua is also continuing its theatre arts classes at the Kaka’ako Agora.  

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  Kaka’ako Agora, a warehouse space on Cooke Street, is opening full time this week with films, live printmaking, discussion sessions and the Honolulu Night Market.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa takes a look at what’s in store.





   W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan already had a string of hits to their credit when they pulled out the stops for The Mikado.  First performed in March of 1885, by the end of that year, The Mikado was being staged by 150 companies in Europe and the US, and its popularity continues.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the latest production by the Hawai’i Opera Theatre.

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  Tomorrow is Kamehameha Day in Hawai’i, a state holiday commemorating the warrior king who used both force and diplomacy to unify the Hawaiian islands.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on his life and legacy as recorded in a new book about his life.   “The Rise of a King:  Kamehameha”  will be required reading for fourth and seventh graders at Kamehameha Schools.

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   The yoga studio industry has been one of the fastest growing  in the U.S. for the past eight years, worth nearly 7 billion dollars in 2013.  Growth is expected to continue in 2014, with men and boomers joining the trend.  Here, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on one woman who has spent twenty years changing lives with yoga classes in an unexpected location.