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Arts and culture reports by Noe Tanigawa

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   The summer art season is underway with a “Paniolo Country” exhibit at Hui No’eau in Makawao and the annual Mamo Native Hawaiian arts show at the Bishop Museum.   Just off King Street near Keeaumoku, Cedar Street gallery is showing sculptures by an emerging artist and paintings by an artist who has built a following under the radar.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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   In the art world, private collectors are key to our sense of cultural history.  According to Art Market Monitor, the majority of artworks in museums were acquired with the help of private collectors.  Here,  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with two Hawai'i collectors who are sharing their photographs with the public.

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   Great players will be coming to town for the Ninth Annual Aloha International Piano Festival next weekend.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports a classical smackdown and Gershwin extravaganza are just two of this year’s highlights.

This year, pianists Jon Nakamatsu, Frederic Chiu, John Bayless, Thomas Sauer, Haewon Song, and Lisa Nakamichi will lead masterclasses, workshops and concerts.

The Aloha International Piano Festival and Competition opens with the Classical Smackdown Sunday, June 8th, and continues through the week at the Hawai’i Convention Center. 

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   The Sogetsu School of Ikebana opened its Hawai’i branch fifty years ago, and commemorations are underway this month.  A master sensei from Japan will do a floral performance that is already sold out, but HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers background on the big floral exhibition open to the public this weekend.

Sogetsu Hawaii’s 50th Anniversary Exhibition, “50 Years of Flowers” runs Friday through Sunday this weekend, May 23-25, at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.  The exhibit is free and all are welcome.

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   The Sogetsu School of Ikebana opened its Hawai’I branch fifty years ago, and commemorations are underway this month.  A master sensei from Japan will do a floral performance that is already sold out, but HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers background on the big floral exhibition open to the public this weekend.

Sogetsu Hawaii’s 50th Anniversary Exhibition, “50 Years of Flowers” runs Friday through Sunday, May 23-25, at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.  The exhibit is free and all are welcome.

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    Some of Honolulu’s most engaging art exhibits have been created around the education focus at Spalding House in Makiki, the site of the former Contemporary Museum.  With a newly refurbished café and gift shop, Spalding House is an especially fun discovery for families.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a tour through the current exhibit, “Inquiring Finds: the Science Behind Art”.

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   Great players will be coming to town for the Ninth Annual Aloha International Piano Festival next weekend.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports a classical smackdown and Gershwin extravaganza are just two of this year’s highlights.

This year, pianists Jon Nakamatsu, Frederic Chiu, John Bayless, Thomas Sauer, Haewon Song, and Lisa Nakamichi will lead masterclasses, workshops and concerts.

The Aloha International Piano Festival and Competition opens with the Classical Smackdown Sunday, June 8th, and continues through the week at the Hawai’i Convention Center. 

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     Ely Cathedral in England is considered one of the seven wonders of the medieval world.  This July, a small community choir from O’ahu will be singing the great Cathedral’s Episcopalian religious services for a full week, adding a little Hawaiian flavor as well.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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  This Saturday, Chamber Music Hawai’i' polishes off their 2014 season with  hi-jinks, cops and robbers, chase scenes and romance.  The country's leading exponent of original American music is in Honolulu to recreate an authentic experience of silent film comedy with live orchestra for Honolulu audiences.  HPR's Noe Tanigawa reports.

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   It’s hard not to notice Abstract magazine when it appears, free, in your favorite café, bar or gallery---the quarterly magazine is so unique in look and feel.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s because people took them, which is what they’re supposed to do.  In our ongoing series on alternative media in Hawai’i, today, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a look at Abstract magazine.     

Abstract and Kumu Kahua will team up with Bamboo Ridge for a community writing project in the Bamboo Ridge tent at the Hawai’i Book and Music Festival this weekend.  

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   This Saturday and Sunday the grounds of Honolulu Hale will be teeming with lovers of books, music and dance.  Scholarly panels and lively performances, opportunities to meet famous authors and get books at hugely discounted prices are just part of the draw for this year’s Hawai’i Book and Music Festival.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with a winner of this year’s Elliot Cades Award for Literature, Wing Tek Lum.

Earth Day in Hawai’i

Apr 22, 2014
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  Happy Earth Day!  Last week, the University of Hawai’i’s Sea Grant program convened experts from across the nation and state to offer insights and engage directly with high school and college students about sustainability.  Hawai'i may have a long way to go, but sustainability is now law, and  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa got this update from Hawai’i’s new Sustainability Coordinator.

University of Hawai’i’s Sea Grant program will post notes from the conference, “Ascent: Building a Secure and Sustainable Water and Energy Future for Hawai‘i”, as they become available.

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   Every year, the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts provides standards based art experiences for hundreds of elementary school students.  They do it through the Art Bento program which sends artists into classrooms, and welcomes students into the Hawai’i State Art Museum.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa was there for a recent visit.

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   The Maoli Arts Alliance is sponsoring a show on the theme of “Contact”, inviting audiences to reach outside their usual boundaries to connect with new ideas, people, and projects.  The exhibition at the Honolulu Museum School includes daily dialogs with artists and other community members who are working for positive change.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

CONTACT is on view at the Honolulu Museum of Art School Gallery through Monday, April 21.  

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   This Friday, you’re invited to a night of art, music and lively conversation at the Hawai’i State Capitol.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the sixth annual “Art at the Capitol” celebration, showcasing hundreds of works of art in a convivial setting.

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  A small exhibit at the Honolulu Museum School  is highlighting a growing component in Hawai’i’s social fabric.  “Carrying Culture: Micronesia” takes a look into the culture of those western Pacific islands via coconut baskets.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

“Carrying Culture: Micronesia” continues through April 28th, at the Honolulu Museum School mezzanine gallery.  

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   The five major biotech companies that dominate global seed production moved into Hawai’i after sugar and pineapple.  Since our climate allows three crop rotations per year, Hawai’i is now the number one place for experimental GE crops in the nation.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the global food system we are a part of.

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All week, HPR has been looking at genetic engineering and issues raised by these new technologies.   In today’s installment, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa looks at the pesticide industry and pesticide use in Hawai’i.

Find a condensed version of Hawai’i’s pesticide laws here.

For information on Hawai’i pest control programs, click here:

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This week, HPR is focusing on issues around genetically engineered organisms, and today, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa takes a look at the controversy around their safety in food.  We begin at the two thousand acre Monsanto facility in central O’ahu.

For  USDA statistics on Hawai'i seed crops, look here.

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   Month-long celebrations are underway commemorating the life and works of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana’ole.   Born in 1871 on Kaua’i, Kūhiō lived through the overthrow, counter-revolution, and annexation, and served for two decades as the territory of Hawai’i’s delegate to Congress.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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  Kapa is a fiber textile made from the inner bark of a paper mulberry sapling.  Used like cloth, it provided protection and adornment for ancient Hawaiians, whose innovations produced kapa unlike any others in the Pacific.  An exhibit on view now at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, surveys the revival of this once lost artform.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

“Mohala Hou Ke Kapa / Kapa Blossoms Anew” continues at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center through Sunday, March 9. 

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The UH Board of Regents recently approved a sublease for the planned Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea on Hawai’i island. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports that this advances the project but does not clear the way for construction to begin.

For more information on KAHEA, check out their website

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   This week, a social experiment is underway in the Commons Gallery at UH Manoa.  Starting Wednesday there will be be workshops on making foods and handy items from everyday things that otherwise might clog our waste systems.  The finale is a big Diggers Dinner next week.  For the potluck, the main ingredient must be obtained without money.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports:

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In HPR’s continuing series on local publications, today, a look at the Hawaii Independent. The Independent is an online newsmagazine that covers politics, economics, communities, arts, and commentary. Launched in 2008, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found, they’re poised for a leap forward this spring.

Affiliated lifestyle and entertainment publication, In Honolulu:

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Longtime denizen of Honolulu’s music and entertainment scene, Gary Chun’s blog.

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In 1937, across the street from the famous Waldorf Astoria in New York City, the Lexington Hotel knew it needed a signature draw.  The Hawaiian Room became just that.  Hawaiian entertainers backed by an American orchestra in a glamorous tropical setting wooed visitors to the Lexington and to the Islands for thirty years.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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  This weekend, Hilo is celebrating cetaceans and our relationship with them.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the Aloha Kanaloa Festival this Sunday and the Conservation Council of Hawai’i’s “Jive for Wildlife” party on President’s Day.   

Pow Wow

POW! – that’s the impact art can have on a person, like a punch in the face. WOW! – That’s the reaction people have to art. Pow Wow is the biggest art event to hit Hawai’i in recent memory and over a hundred artists are painting their way through Kaka’ako this week. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Pow!Wow!Hawai’i  continues with three exhibitions, art and music lectures and performances, classes, parties and live painting throughout Kaka’ako, closing Saturday night. 

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   It has been 97 years since Hawai'i's last Queen, Lili'uokalani, passed away, but her memory has been refreshed of late through community gatherings and a new edition of her memoir.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with artist Meleanna Meyer about the gatherings she has been holding across the state, where community members read the Queen’s words and sing her songs.

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  Hawai’i’s art community has been closely following Senate Bill 2620, which had proposed to privatize the management of the State Art Museum, allow expanded use of the 1% for the arts law, and suspend art acquisitions under certain circumstances.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports a new draft is currently in the works.

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   Ten students, teachers, and alumni from the UH Manoa ceramics department have launched a group show at Mark’s Garage.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found that works range from whimsical to practical, with many designed especially for the sake party opening planned for First Friday.

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