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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Chinatown Citizen's Patrol on Mayor Blangiardi's intiatives; New approach to policing Chinatown's unsheltered population; Molokaʻi Arts Center offers free classes; Downbeat Diner and Lounge; Manifest cafe-bar back in business; Wo Fat Building restoration

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Nobody disputes that the annual Pow! Wow! Street Art Festival has left its mark on Honolulu. Every day people walk or park their cars alongside murals made by international stars. This weekend, those street artists are making a resounding appearance at the Bishop Museum, with a celebration of Pow! Wow!'s first decade.

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Mental health is a growing concern at this stage in the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization is supporting artist-led projects that contribute to mental, social and environmental health.

Various studies have found that making art can significantly reduce stress-related hormones. This month, people on Moloka'i can test that hypothesis for free.

Hawaii Public Radio reporter Noe Tanigawa won the 2021 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for top news series for her coverage of unsheltered individuals in Chinatown and Honolulu. Tanigawa's submission included pieces from the following stories.

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Seasoned arts administrator Allison Wong has been relieved of her position as Deputy Director at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Wong was a link to local artists and to the former Contemporary Museum in Makiki.

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Tonight, citizens could find out what the City plans to do to relieve the filth and crime in Chinatown. Mayor Blangiardi, the City Managing Director, and all the area representatives are scheduled for presentations at tonight's Downtown Chinatown Neighborhood Board meeting. Recent depressing images of the area can make us forget the unique heritage of Honolulu's Chinatown, but during and after WWII, Hotel Street was the center of a vibrant music scene.

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Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi has approved Council Bill 1, introduced by Council Chair Tommy Waters, in a move to address O'ahu's housing crisis by incentivizing the construction of affordable rental housing.

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On this Aloha Friday Conversation, we’re all about flowers and growing things. Tomorrow is May Day, Lei Day in Hawai‘i, which has traditionally meant making lei, giving lei, wearing a lei and the May Day Court with all their floral regalia---the only time local kids did poi balls, tinikling and haka was in May Day performances.


This Saturday is May 1, officially, a day to celebrate garlands of flowers in Hawai'i. Lei day was established in 1929, and each major island has its own significant lei. O'ahu, for example, has the regal 'ilima, for Kaho'olawe, it's the grey green hinahina. Lei, in Hawai'i, are much more than adornment.

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Raising awareness of sexual assault at the University of Hawaii; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Latest from state legislature; Art educators leave their legacy; Local bookstore celebrates; Comedian Tumua Tuinei on local style humor

Every day, there's a wealth of information floating lazily above the horizon. Clouds are almost diagrams of weather patterns, depicting how heat and humidity affect the minuscule droplets of water they are made of. On this Earth Day 2021, we take a look at what the clouds are telling us as they drift above these Hawaiian islands.

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At the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Art 101 is the foundational art appreciation class that even non-majors often take. The course used to be held in the cool, dark Varsity Theatre where one hundred students at a time could witness the treasures of the world glowing on the big screen.

The Hawai'i State Capitol building is still closed, so the annual Art at the Capitol tour is heading online. It’s a chance to see Hawai’i’s public art collection and get a different perspective on lawmakers.

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As Hawai'i establishes a new normal, how different will it be, from what we had before? Hawai'i could be very different, and a series of community talk story sessions are underway to explore alternatives.

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Kekaulike Mall, on the 'Ewa end of Chinatown, bustles with activity from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Fruit and vegetable vendors line the mall outside and shoppers duck into storefronts for fish, meat, sauces, and other supplies.

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UH Manoa professor on race and ethnicity in Hawai‘i; Comedian Frank De Lima talks ethnic humor; Anti-Asian hate rally organizers from Hawai‘i

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This week, a Filipino woman in a high-rent midtown section of Manhattan was kicked to the ground and stomped while her attacker yelled, “You don’t belong here.” Asians in Hawai'i have felt relatively safe, but some people are questioning Hawai’i’s reputation as a melting pot. Some say discrimination may just look a little different here.

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While officials wrestle over how to classify possible hate crimes, the number of documented incidents against Asians in America continues to rise. In Hawai'i, the environment for Asians is different because of demographics. Still, the organizers of Saturday's rally "Stop Asian Hate" in Honolulu said we have a lot to learn.

Honolulu's newest bookstore could be the first of its kind in Honolulu. Bas (pronounced base) Bookshop on Nu'uanu Avenue is dedicated to art, architecture, fashion and design. Its newest exhibition showcases unique typefaces and fonts.

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In his first state of the city speech, Mayor Rick Blangiardi highlighted Chinatown as a hidden gem that his administration is determined to improve. Right now, negotiations are underway to relocate a food distribution operation that is often cited as a source of undesirable foot traffic. The Caldwell administration announced last year that River of Life Mission would be moving, but the deal is not quite done.

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Pop Up Mākeke, an online marketplace for local vendors; Hawai‘i's rural residents share their challenges during the pandemic; Reality Check with Civil Beat; A new campaign to warn teens of the dangers of e-cigarettes; Gourmet chocolate shop in Chinatown

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In Honolulu, after five years of scaffoldings and construction, you may be noticing changes on the mauka side of Thomas Square. It's the city's first park and it has unique historical significance.

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Anti-Asian bias locally and nationally; Police Chief Todd Raybuck and racism on Kaua‘i; Visiting community bookstores across Hawai‘i

The killing of six women of Asian descent in Atlanta this week is adding fuel to claims of anti-Asian hate alleged to be spreading across the U.S. A congressional hearing on anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination took place Thursday in Washington to address the hostile environment for people of Asian descent.

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Measures to rename Hawaii's oldest public high school from McKinley to Honolulu High School have been introduced at the Hawaii State Legislature.

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As the murder trial that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement progresses in Minnesota, violence against Asians appears to be increasing across the US. Nearly three thousand incidents of bias have been reported, and communities are looking for new ways to deal with it.

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Anti-Asian violence on the rise; Bishop Museum exhibit explores scientific racism; Finding Ohana's young star; Printmaker Steven Kean; Just Futures conference; Hawaii school counselor of the year

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Anti-Asian hate has been in the news lately, and race relations have simmered in the news in the U.S. since they blew up last summer. A new exhibit at the Bishop Museum shows how early anthropological research here in Hawai‘i was related to racist beliefs that include Native Hawaiians.

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Honolulu's first weekend under new regulations in the City's Tier 3 reopening plan resulted in a modest uptick in business for some restaurants. Zippy's says they saw a slight increase in business, and they are offering incentives for their employees to get vaccinated.

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Another election season has just begun on O'ahu. Candidates for this year's Neighborhood Board elections have all submitted their registrations, and elections are coming up for these grassroots positions. Under a new City administration, there is a push to activate this level of community involvement.