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Most people assume that robots, artificial intelligence and technology will play major roles in our future, but have you really thought about their implications for society?  Futurist James Dator contends we are already half way into changes that may make working for a living obsolete.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.  

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Photographs of downtown Honolulu on December 7th, 1941, show Christmas lights festooned overhead all up and down Fort Street.  Stores like Liberty House and the Ritz prided themselves on creating window displays like those celebrated holiday highlights in New York City.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports some Chinatown businesses are re-igniting the tradition through New Year’s Eve.

Manoa Valley Theater
Manoa Valley Theater

Mānoa Valley Theater...Honolulu's 150 seat, Off-Broadway playhouse, opens its 48th season next week with a story about a wedding gone wrong.  The musical comedy “It Shoulda Been You” runs from next Friday until October 2nd.  The story revolves around a Jewish-Catholic wedding that is derailed by ex-lovers and alcoholic parents.

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Expectations have been high for the new novel from award winning local writer Donald Carreira Ching.  Born and raised in Kahalu‘u, Ching has won attention in literary circles for stories about family.  As HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, his debut novel examines the many challenges families face just trying to stay together. 

Island Heritage
Island Heritage

    Writer Kimo Armitage has been writing for two decades---he’s published over twenty children’s books, including many bestsellers, like Honu the Blue Turtle.  Last month he published his first novel, The Healers, and suddenly he finds himself the winner of a major national award.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Writer Kimo Armitage was raised by his grandparents in Hale‘iwa.

Arts Are How We Roll

Feb 26, 2016
Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

 

   The Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, Jane Chu, has been in Hawai‘i checking on support for the arts in our state.  Along with grants to specific arts and individuals, the NEA is also developing cross discipline learning strategies using the arts.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa  visited Kalihi Kai Elementary for a look at how that works.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

 

The Arts at Marks’ Garage, that Chinatown community hub, is nearly fifteen years old.  The scrappy, hospitable, office/gallery/performance venue has hosted hundreds of exhibitions and performances for thousands of audience members.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports The Arts at Marks' needs community help now.

  

  For its tenth anniversary,  Maoli Arts month has expanded to three months and three islands.  There’s a Native Hawaiian art exhibit at Marks’ garage, and wearable art shows and markets are coming up on O‘ahu and Maui.  HPRs Noe Tanigawa surveys events.

Honolulu Night Market welcomes MAMO  Saturday night, May 16th, from 6 to 11 pm in Kaka‘ako.   

For a list of vendors at Honolulu Night Market.  Note that all food vendors will also be Native Hawaiian, and the focus ingredient will be Kalo!

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   Latest available statistics show Hawai‘i’s creative industries now involve 48,170 entrepreneurs and small businesses around the state, accounting for 5.9 percent of jobs here.  That's just one percentage point below the construction industry in 2013.  Creative industries, which include art, design, culture, interactive and digital media, plus film and television, account for 4.5% of Hawai'i's total GDP, and the sector is experiencing double digit expansion.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a look at this growing sector of the state economy.

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Luis Valdez’ films, “Zoot Suit” and “La Bamba” use humor, drama, music, and dance to illuminate social issues.  As he prepares to speak at a humor conference in Honolulu, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with Valdez about his use of laughter and satire during the groundbreaking United Farmworkers’ strike in California. 

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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.

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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.

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.

Sherry Bracken
Sherry Bracken

Several years ago, two Hawaii Island artists decided they wanted to expand horizons....and not just their own.  This is Year Three for the Hawai'i Artist Collaboration.  It brings together artists from around the world to create new art.  From the Big Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.

Avinash Gowariker
Avinash Gowariker

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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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:

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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.

Jeff Portnoy steps down from MVT's board

Jul 14, 2013

Bob Sandla, sitting in for Judy Neale,  interviews Jeff Portnoy about board governance and his long career as board president at Manoa Valley Theatre.

HPAF
HPAF

If you're on the Big Island during the next few weeks, you have a chance to see some first class musical performances at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. HPR's Sherry Bracken is on Hawaii Island and tells us more.

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The Hawai’i Academy of Performing Arts is the powerhouse behind so much of Honolulu’s art scene.  Founded in 1997, HAPA oversees Chinatown’s pioneering community art space, the Arts at Marks Garage.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports an upcoming fundraiser will feature a vibrant sampling of Chinatown’s creatives.   The ARKS AT MARKS variety showcase and fundraiser is set for Friday, July 12th, 7:30-9pm at the Arts at Marks Garage.  Find more information, tickets and the 1001 Friends of Marks sign up at the artsatmarks website.

A beloved local theater on the Big Island has good news for the community. This comes a year after their board announced they would close the theater to get financial matters back in order. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken brings us up to date.

Two artists who work with traditional fibers have an exhibit at a West Hawaii art center. HPR's Sherry Bracken talked with both of them about their work, and the messages they wish to send.

Hawaiian Fibers: A Metaphor for Time is on display at the Donkey Mill Art Center through June 29. Find more information on the Donkey Mill Art Center website.

The Maui Film Festival kicks off tonight with a night under the stars and a very special focus on Hawai’i.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

The Maui Film Festival  continues through June 16th. You can find the full schedule online.

Wright Housing Redevelopment, Artist David Behlke, Sea Turtles, Gridiron

May 31, 2013

It’s a Friday aloha to May – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Making the Wright decision in housing redevelopment

Drew Astolfi is a faith based community organizer with Faith Action for Community Equity. His focus continues to be affordable housing; He organized the Kukui Gardens group, is helping to complete  the sale of the city owned buildings. and is working with  Mayor Wright residents on their  preferred plan for the project’s redevelopment.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

John Tanji Koga has received the Honolulu Museum’s Catharine E.B. Cox Award for Excellence in Visual Arts.   Best known as a sculptor and general promoter for art projects throughout the community, Koga’s current show features paintings that relate directly to Hawai’i’s legacy of visual art.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

  Gerald Clayton is a composer and pianist making waves in diverse music circles.    A Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Clayton recently won the Edison award for best international jazz album and the New York Times hails his "huge, authoritative presence" onstage.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with him as he prepares for a concert in Honolulu.

Honolulu Printmakers Celebrate 85 Years

Feb 19, 2013
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Eighty-five. That’s the theme for this year’s Honolulu Printmakers Exhibition. HPR’s Molly Solomon talked with Hawaii artists preparing to make their mark in an upcoming show.

Artists Return to Kaka'ako for 3rd Pow Wow

Feb 7, 2013
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Flickr / Art La Flamme

 

Honolulu's Kaka'ako neighborhood is buzzing with anticipation for the return of Pow Wow Hawaii. The week-long art festival brings a splash of color to Honolulu.

  Pow Wow co-founders Jasper Wong and Kamea Hadar say they anticipate as many as 100 local and international artists. They'll take to the streets starting Saturday, using blank warehouse walls as a canvas to share their cultural stories. Jasper and Kamea say none of this would be possible without the strong support of the community. 

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