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Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  The 2010 U.S. Census reported that Chamorro, the indigenous people of the Mariana Islands, are the third largest Pacific Islander group in the US.  Chamorro arrived in Hawaii aboard whaling ships in the  1800’s, and a community of seven thousand lives here now.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on Craig Santos Perez,  a Chamorro writer living in Hawai‘i who has just won an American Book Award.

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Noe Tanigawa

    Last April, social media buzzed as sign wavings for Mauna Kea “protectors” were held as far away as Kentucky and Tonga. With that first wave of publicity over, the “protectors” both on Mauna Kea and Haleakalā now say there's a guiding principal that keeps them going.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on Kapu Aloha. 

Ara Feducia
Ara Feducia



   Some say Benjamin Franklin’s pamphlet for Pennsylvania hospital patients was the world’s first zine, that’s short for magazine.  Since the dawn of the printing press, Thomas Paine and others certainly did publish leaflets and chapbooks on topics dear to them.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on an upcoming zine workshop where you too can sound off in print.

Experience a zine workshop this Saturday, 10-4pm at Mori by Art and Flea in Ward Village.  

All That Matters: Zine Workshop

Saturday, July 25th 2015

10am - 4pm

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chee yun


   What began as a fledgling dream of musical summers in the cooler climes of Waimea, Hawai‘i, is now becoming a sturdy community asset.  The Hawai‘i Performing Arts Festival welcomes over 70 students this year, and is in the midst of 30 public performances, many of them free.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this look at an exciting performance coming soon to Honolulu.


Every year, the Prince Lot Hula Festival offers a prime opportunity to visit Moanalua Gardens, arguably the most beautiful hula venue in Hawai‘i.  This non-competitive festival honors Prince Lot Kapuāiwa who revived hula in Moanalua when it was still publicly banned.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a look at the history of this celebrated area.


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   In early April, three pirates hatched a plan to get people out of their snuggly homes and into Kumu Kahua Theatre.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited the theatre recently to find out why and how.

The New Play Festival runs Sunday through Tuesday, June 21st through 23rd at Kumu Kahua.  Eventbrite is handling advance tickets, or get tickets at Kumu one hour prior to performance.  

Connect with the New Play Festival on Facebook.

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  This week Friday and Saturday,  the 99th Annual King Kamehameha Celebration events take place on O‘ahu.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa gives a preview of the Kamehameha  Parade, known for its floral panorama of the islands.

The Kamehameha Celebration Parade begins at 9am Saturday near ‘Iolani Palace, running down Ala Moana and Kalākaua to Kapi‘olani park for the afternoon’s ho‘olaule‘a.   For more on the King Kamehameha celebrations on O'ahu and across the state.

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    Right now, at the prestigious Venice Biennale, 56 countries are presenting their most important contemporary art and artists.  In a surprise move, France selected a sound artist as their official representative, and that same artist has just opened a new installation on Maui.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited the show at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

This exhibit is free and open to the public. 

Now through July 18, Schaefer International Gallery
Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5 pm
FREE Admission! (Also open before Castle Theater shows and during intermission)

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   You can see Kilohana peak at the top of Kalihi valley from Mokauea, a tiny island just off the coastline.  Over forty fishponds once laced the area, ali‘i had summer residences , and a struggle over land rights literally blazed on the island in the 1970’s.  Today, we board a canoe with HPR’s Noe Tanigawa, for a visit.

Due to past experiences, the Mokauea Fisherman’s Association requests that any visits or requests for information be arranged through Kehaulani Kupihea (

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The idea with these two stories is to situate ourselves in a Hawaiian understanding of place.  Hawaiian land divisions reveal an intimate knowledge of resources.  One key concept is that of the ahupua‘a, a pie shaped wedge of land with its point on a mountain top, widening down to the seashore.  Ahupua‘a acknowledge the link between land and sea, and make the resources of both available to those who dwell within it.  


  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!

Nick Yee
Nick Yee



  This Saturday, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center is holding its hugely popular fundraiser, the Maui Brewers Festival .  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found Hawai‘i’s beer brewers are taking the opportunity to get organized, and perhaps make more beer.

The 7th Annual Maui Brewers Festival returns to Maui Arts & Cultural Center (the MACC) on Saturday, May 16, from 4-7 pm.  

Kawehi: Girl Band

May 12, 2015



   Very soon after releasing a cover of Nirvana’s Heart Shaped Box on Vimeo about a year ago, Honolulu–born Kawehi’s kickstarter campaign was funded 900 percent.  Esquire, the Huffington Post, and Elle magazine called, and Courtney Love weighed in on Twitter with her verdict:  “genius.”  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Kawehi has worked hard for this moment.   

Kawehi performs at the Republik in Honolulu May 29th.   Her most recent Kickstarter project, Interaktiv, invites investors to help program her next EP.

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  Pow!Wow! Hawai‘i is pressing on with its mission of igniting street art festivals around the world.  In March, Pow!Wow! staged its first event at the influential media mixer, South by Southwest.  Next month, Pow!Wow! rocks Long Beach, California.  Meanwhile, people continue to discover new paintings here in Kaka‘ako.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this look at one particular work, by Egyptian artist, Ganzeer.




  These days, people around the world are discovering a wealth of Hawaiian culture online, from ‘ukulele tutorials to newspapers from the 19th century.  A music endeavor, Project Kuleana, has attracted hundreds of thousands of views, highlighting a Hawaiian perspective in contemporary media.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on their latest release.

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  The Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival this weekend will offer 150 different events involving 600 writers, performers, and presenters.  Offerings range from ‘ukulele workshops to insights from best-selling authors and panels on important local issues.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a glimpse at the panel on Native Hawaiian law.

All Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival events are free and happen on the grounds of Honolulu Hale 10am to 5pm this Saturday and Sunday.

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    Contemporary depictions of Iranian culture range from news footage to the Shahs of Sunset, but ages of literature are also available to open the doors to this culture.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found a twenty-first century version of an epic Iranian poem offers a feast for the eyes.

Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings, continues at the Honolulu Museum of Art through July 26th.

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   This Saturday, you’re invited for a “Walk on the Wild Side” in Chinatown--- part of a National Kidney foundation effort to get people out walking.  Boutiques and restaurants are offering discounts and Art and Flea will fill Fort Street Mall with artisans and designers. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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    The second annual “Contact” show is living up to its goals of both breaking new ground and providing points of convergence.  Offerings range from films, group discussions, even an ‘ukulele sing along, to the exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

The “CONTACT” curators, Noelle Kahanu and Ngahiraka Mason, host a discussion tonight, and there are related events into next week.  The exhibition runs through Sunday April 12.   Upstairs, the Ancient Hawai'i exhibit funs through April 30th.

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For the past week, HPR has been looking at the issues Hawai‘i faces around solid waste. We’ve looked at the proliferation of plastic, the possibility of pollution from particles smaller than we now measure, and the struggles of each county to reduce mounting “waste” in landfills.  Over the past 20 years, a movement has been building around a mind shift—HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found that waste could translate into resources.

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   When was the last time you saw a butterfly?  Seventeen butterfly species make their home in Hawai‘i, and though they are often seen, the overall population of butterflies is drastically lower than fifty years ago.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found there are efforts underway to lure even the rarer Kamehameha butterfly into home gardens.

Taimane: Stardust

Mar 23, 2015
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   Don Ho first spotted the ‘ukulele phenomenon, Taimane, when she was thirteen, and recording deals and international gigs have followed.  This Saturday, she releases her new album, “We Are Made of Stars,” at the Bishop Museum on the lawn under the stars and in the planetarium.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

All are invited to this free CD release party Saturday, March 28 at the Bishop Museum, Planetarium and Gallery Lawns, 7-10pm.  

Ages All Ages, Picnic on the Lawn. BYOFC (Bring your own food and chairs!)

HOT: Out of the Box

Mar 18, 2015
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   Adventuresome culture buffs have a new experience waiting as Hawai‘i Opera Theatre unveils its first production in Kaka‘ako.  The warehouse space that houses Night Market and other events will be transformed to tell a particularly contemporary tale of deceit.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Hawai‘i Opera Theatre presents “Siren Song”, six performances only through March 29th.  Street Grindz vendors will offer refreshments.  

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   While he was King, High Chief William Charles Lunalilo established a charitable trust to benefit Hawaiian people, especially the elderly.  This led to the creation of Lunalilo Home, first in Makiki, then, at its current location near Kokohead.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found, it’s a sanctuary of Hawaiian culture in Hawai‘i Kai.

This Friday, “He Wa‘a He Moku, He Moku He Wa‘a” a film about canoe values, will be showing free at Lunalilo Home as part of their monthly film series.  

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   If you’re looking for a welcoming place that mingles books and conversation, Revolution Books has been providing that space for over 38 years.  With bookstores down to a one handed count in Honolulu, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited a spot even many long time Honolulu residents have missed. 

Revolution Books’ Indiegogo campaign to keep them going concludes March 20th.  Check the HPR website for links.

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    Does art by millennials differ from the art that has come before them?  That’s the unspoken question behind an exhibition at WCC’s Gallery ‘Iolani that features a dozen artists born between 1976 and 1991.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with one of the curators.

It's just fun to think, what are the characteristics of this millennial tribe, what are they drawn to?  Beyond that, what modes of depiction feel accurate now?  

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   “My Name is Gary Cooper”, the current production at Kumu Kahua has been generating a lot of buzz for the unconventional way it tackles family and race relations.  According to the play, the 1953 Hollywood film, “Return to Paradise” starring Gary Cooper,  spawned a generation of Samoan “Gary Coopers”, one of whom is the subject of this story.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

O'ahu Fringe Festival


   From humble beginnings in Edinburgh, Scotland, Fringe Festivals now dot the globe, each different but holding to the ideal of creating something new for their audiences.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the O‘ahu Fringe Festival which runs through the weekend.

The O‘ahu Fringe Festival runs through February 15th in a variety of venues.

For a schedule of O‘ahu Fringe Festival events.

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  The Pow!Wow! Street Art Festival is underway in Honolulu this week.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa was at the opening of the new contemporary show at the HMA School.

‘Pow!Wow! Exploring the New Contemporary Art” continues at the Honolulu Museum School through February 18th.  This year there will be work fronting and inside the Honolulu Museum as well.

Find out more at the Pow!Wow! website.

A Motown Valentine

Feb 10, 2015
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   In the decade after 1961, Motown record’s distinctive sound propelled 110 hits into the Billboard top ten.  This weekend, the Kings of Spade present their 4th annual Motown Valentines Review featuring the music of the Supremes, Jackson five, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and others.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa caught a recent rehearsal.