Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reports by Noe Tanigawa

Kumu Kahua


   Artist Jean Charlot is best known for his murals, like the iconic fresco on UH Manoa’s Bachman Hall.  Few realize that his fascination with Hawaiian culture and history also resulted in five plays.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Charlot’s play about an esteemed Hawai’i island chief, is having its premiere production at Kumu Kahua.

WHAT: Jean Charlot’s play: Moa a Mō‘ī

WHERE: Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant Street

WHEN: January 23 – February 23, 2014 

COST: $5.00-$20.00

INFO: 536-4441

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Credit noe tanigawaArtist Lawrence SewardEdit | Remove

  Lawrence Seward, born and raised in Hawai’i, has shown his artworks internationally but mainly in New York City where he lived for seventeen years.  His six foot aluminum, stainless steel and PVC lei in the Chanel group show last year was a big hit, and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found it was a starting point for his upcoming exhibition.

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  Chinatown is ablaze in red and gold right now in observance of the Chinese New Year.  Gold is a symbol of power, while red symbolizes happiness and good wishes will be flowing this weekend at Honolulu’s big celebration.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found that everything means something in the food and activities around the new Year of the Horse.The first day of the new year is next Friday, so fireworks and lion dances will scare off evil spirits this Saturday, 10am to 10pm in Honolulu’s Chinatown.  Food, four entertainment stages, crafts, martial arts, plus the big parade, 3:30PM on Hotel St.

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In the next five months, Pacific New Media, a branch of UH Manoa’s Outreach College, will offer over 60 courses on using media from Google plus to Adobe Premiere to your own iPhone.   Two dozen courses are aimed at improving picture taking by both professionals and amateurs, so HPR’s Noe Tanigawa asked for some preview tips.  

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Here, a listing of Spring 2014 lectures, including one by Jean Miele.  They’re free!


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.


An increasing number of scientists agree that the Earth is now entering a new geologic era—the anthropocene, where humans are altering the earth’s natural systems so much that we must take responsibility for shaping the future.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with two futurists who are studying how society and technology could evolve.

In the 1970’s and 80’s, there was so much business activity in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea they were dubbed the Four Asian Tigers.  Based on per capita income,  Singapore and Hong Kong achieved advanced economic status in the late 80’s, Taiwan followed in 2010, Korea, however, has lagged far behind.  Research into this disparity shows that social trust could be key to economies of the future.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Ponoiwi: Living Bones

Jan 7, 2014
Kapulani Landgraf

2013 closed with a wave of proposed developments, particularly on Maui and O’ahu, where   commercial development has, at times, meant a clash between culture and change.   An installation on view now at the Honolulu Museum examines the history of sand mining on Maui, linking it to the cement being poured on O’ahu.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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In Japan, Oshogatsu, the new  year celebration, is the biggest holiday of the year.  All but the most essential business operations shut down for at least three days, while people eat special foods with family and friends, and visit their local Shinto shrine seeking blessings for the year ahead.  Many in Hawai’i, not necessarily Japanese, follow these customs too.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.    

Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawai’i

John Kaneko

The western and central Pacific ocean are the world’s largest tuna fishery, an industry worth seven billion dollars a year.   The stakes were high as a battle over sustainable harvesting of this resource came to a head  in Australia earlier this month.   In Hawai’i, meanwhile, families are monitoring the availability of ‘ahi, or big eye tuna, like hawks  and traditionally, demand comes to a climax on New Year’s day.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra

Today the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra is announcing its Masterworks Concert Series for this spring, with a mix of classic treasures,  favorite artists, and a blend of East and West.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Chamber Music Hawaii

In eleventh century Europe, night watches would carry horns to mark the passage of time and to signal warnings. Gradually, the watchmen became proficient musicians, performing at ceremonies, official functions, and eventually, in social settings.  Today military and political occasions are still marked with brass flourishes, and occasionally, churches and cathedrals ring with the spirited sound of brass choirs.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the Honolulu Brass Choir’s upcoming concert at St. Andrew’s Cathedral.

Office of Mauna Kea Management

In many ways, the future of Mauna Kea on Hawai’i island could be shaped this week .  This Friday, a court in Hilo will hear an appeal of the conservation use permit awarded to the planned Thirty Meter Telescope project.  On the same day in Honolulu, the Board of Land and Natural Resources is scheduled to vote on whether to extend the University’s leases on Mauna Kea for another 65 years.   In addition, there has been growing concern over the impending loss of a unique natural wonder near the mountain's summit.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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The total land mass of the Republic of the Marshall Islands is 70 square miles, that’s smaller than Ni’ihau. Its 29 atolls and over a thousand individual islets scattered across 750 thousand square miles of ocean.  Between 1946 to 1958, the United States conducted nuclear tests on and around two of the atolls, and the effects of radiation contamination continue today.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the new biography of a woman who championed the cause of radiation victims.

Viva Vivo!

Nov 29, 2013

Three familiar faces in the Honolulu art and music scene have banded together for projects that make use of their many talents.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the eclectic sound of Vivo, starting at a party at the Dragon Upstairs .

Vivo appears first and third Tuesdays at the Dragon Upstairs on Nu’uanu.  Their CD release party is scheduled for December 11th at Mezz 127.  You will be able to find the CD through your usual music sources, or contact the band directly.


The annual holiday gifting season is poised at the gate, and shoppers will be wooed and tracked for the power they wield.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a look at way to get original, one of a kind works, stretch your dollars and support local arts and artists at the same time.

Insiders know this is a great place to get unique, affordable art---trust your taste and jump in!

The Honolulu Printmakers’ "Impressions" Benefit Print Sale runs November 29th to December first at the Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona,  10-4 daily. 

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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.

Pono Choices

Recent legislative debate over marriage equality in Hawai’i included impassioned testimony about how legalized gay marriage could affect the education system here.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with the Department of Education about whether adjustments are in store, and takes a look at “Pono Choices”, a new teen pregnancy and infection prevention program.  The Parent Night handout pictured here lays out the components of the 10 part program.

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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. 

For information on resources for veterans:

Andrea Torres

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.

Irene Sutherland

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

jared Yamanuha

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.

Chesley Cannon

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.