Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reports by Noe Tanigawa

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Affordable housing got a boost on Maui recently when Governor Ige signed a bill that will help keep rents stable for 142 apartments on Front Street and build more affordable rentals in Lahaina. In the first of a series about housing on Maui, HPR's Noe Tanigawa reports on Maui's struggle to match incomes to housing costs.

Brothers Le
Brothers Le

Do  you know someone who scored tickets to see Hawai‘i’s mega star, Bruno Mars?  That ticket buying experience brought Hawai‘i fans fist to fist against internet robots, or bots. Long a scourge of online ticketing, bots scooped up tickets and websites are now reselling them at over fifty times the original price. Fans who physically waited in line are asking if that made any sense. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on what we've learned.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Honolulu is in full summer mode.  Sunny days, surf is up on the east side, everyone’s wearing their coral friendly sunscreen, and happy hours are thriving, especially with live music.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on one young singer/songwriter who is making his mark.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Volcano notwithstanding, Hilo’s Paradise Roller Girls pulled off the 2nd Annual Big Island Brawl last month, with roller derby teams from across the state competing.  O‘ahu’s spunky team, Pacific Roller Derby, was there, and once a month they invite their Honolulu fans to a game.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this report from the Coast Guard’s Hideaway Club at Kalaeloa.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Childish Gambino’s viral video, “This is America,” offers a cold view of American culture that has sparked streams of comment online.   Gambino says he made the song for people to play on the 4th of July.  Spinoffs on Youtube beg the question, if a Hawai‘i version of “This is America” were done, what would it say?  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa asked a local hip hop crew, the Super Groupers, what they would include in a version of “This is Hawai‘i.”

Hawaii Book and Music Festival Facebook
Hawaii Book and Music Festival Facebook

Honolulu’s annual Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival attracts thousands of participants every year in late spring.  The two-day event doesn't just bring noteworthy authors to town. There are children’s activities, food books and demos, even dance and music concerts, and discussions about local issues. After 13 years, the festival is looking forward to serving more people across the state.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

What is Muslim culture?  That’s the question posed by the Shangri La Center for Islamic Art, Culture, and Design.  Through a series of imaginative immersion activities, they are giving Honolulu audiences a sampling from coffee through hip hop that just could convince us, America is more Muslim than we realized. 

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

It’s not unusual to see parents with their babies strapped on their chests these days, and one of the most highly rated baby carriers of this type is the Ergobaby, invented on Maui.  For the past six years, inventor Karin Frost has been investing proceeds from her baby carrier’s success in Hōkū Nui, a project to create a regenerative community in Upcountry Maui.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited Hōkū Nui with Kumu Hula Keali‘i  Reichel, who is creating a cultural center and home for his hālau as part of the project.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Kumu Hula Keali‘i Reichel’s Hālau Ke‘alaokamaile has numerous awards to its credit, including being overall winner at Merrie Monarch in 2011.  In an effort now to deepen their work, the Hālau is establishing a cultural center and joining in a larger effort to create a regenerative community on Maui.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa caught up with Reichel in that pastoral setting for a wide ranging conversation that included a tip for hikers in Hawaiian forests.

4 x 4 Inch Worlds

Jun 15, 2018
Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Sometimes limitation can unlock the imagination, and that seems to be happening as you peer into a show of 55 tiny boxes at the Hawai’i State Art Museum Gallery Shop.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, two local curators have challenged artists to create worlds inside four by four inch boxes.

USGS
USGS

In 1834, just fourteen years after missionaries first arrived in Hawai’i, an estimated 90-95% of Hawaiians could read.  Over a hundred Hawaiian language newspapers all through the Kindgom documented legends, place names, current events and everyday trials and tribulations, including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and lava flows.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The man who unified the Hawaiian islands under one Chief began his conquests on the island of Hawai’i.  Heading into Kamehameha Day weekend, let’s take a look at how Kilauea’s explosive eruption in 1790 may have advanced Kamehameha’s cause.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

USGS
USGS

With lava from Fissure 8 pouring into Kapoho Bay, the current eruptive phase at Kilauea is pressing into its fifth week, and its effects are taking a toll.  Hawai’i County is looking at $3-6 million dollars in volcano related expenses so far and the Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau estimates a $5 million dollar loss through visitor cancellations.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports residents are holding firm.

Pa'i Foundation
Pa'i Foundation

The Maoli Arts Movement, or MAMO, Wearable Art Show established a base for native Hawaiian fashion when it began 12 years ago.  Last year, Manaola was the first Hawaiian to step from the MAMO stage into the New York Fashion Week spotlight.  This year, organizer Vicky Holt Takamine says the MAMO runway show features a Maui designer who is ready to take off.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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USGS

Kumu Hula Kekuhi Kealiʻikanakaʻole was raised in Hawaiian culture on Hawaiʻi island.  Her grandmother, educator Edith Kanakaʻole, was revered for her knowledge of hula and chant, and rigorous practice of those arts continues through Halau o Kekuhi, the family hula school.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Kealiʻikanakaʻole’s view of the current eruption is firmly rooted in a connection with the lava, active continually underground.   

Volcano Helicopters
Volcano Helicopters

Kekuhi Kealiʻikanakaʻole is the Coordinator for the Center for Hawai’i Life Styles, UH Hilo. She’s an award winning singer, and a kumu hula, the eighth generation with Halau o Kekuhi, which bases its style of hula on the forces of Pele and her sister, Hiʻiaka.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, Kealiʻikanakaʻole offers a different perspective on the current Kilauea eruption.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

When you head to Kuhio Beach in the center of Waikiki, you expect to be able to rent a surfboard, maybe get lessons, or even try one of those famous outrigger canoe rides.  You can do this through two for-profit city concessions, which go up to bid every five years.  This time, new regulations will likely mean the end of an era.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Erick Swenson’s sculptures look so real, they make people gasp.  You simply do not expect to see a life size seven point buck, flayed, its flesh peeling back from bones, lying, surprised, on a gallery floor.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, Swenson mixes animals and humans too, so you begin to think maybe some odd looking creatures really exist.

USGS
USGS

As personal stories and emergency updates continue around the current Kilauea eruption, Hawai’i’s resident teams of expert volcanologists continue their research and observations.  How is this eruption different from others?  How could a tsunami be generated?  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Rob Weltman
Rob Weltman

Last week, a coalition of Maui community groups presented a plan at the Alexander and Baldwin shareholders’ meeting in Honolulu.   The coalition, Hukilike no Maui, is proposing to acquire five thousand acres, or 15% of A&B’s Maui land holdings, for affordable housing, agriculture, and conservation.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa was on Maui with Hukilike members to find out more about this community planning initiative.

Noe Tanigawa

Juvana Soliven’s beeswax sculptures could make you feel a little weak in the knees.  She plays with things that are solid and stiff and other things that are droopy and soft. C.B. Forsythe’s intricate threadwork combines familiar detritus from the past with contemporary intention. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this look inside their work, which is on view now at First Hawaiian Bank Center downtown.

Erin Paris
Erin Paris

Mid-century Modern happens to be a design phase Hawai’i did rather well.  Now a new generation has a chance to snap up some of the finest local artworks of the period.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a rare opportunity to acquire art by Hawai’i masters and benefit the Hawaii State Art Museum.

Mark Ramelb
Mark Ramelb

Contact Hawai’i is proving to be Honolulu’s most intellectually and visually stimulating annual art exhibition.  The 2018 show opened with multiple installations in Waikiki and continues at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports the jurors’ combined perspectives yielded a show with energy and insight.

creative commons
creative commons

The Hawaii Agricultural Foundation’s mission is to support farming in Hawai’i and connect farmers with the community.  Recently they invited one if China’s top 50 innovative business leaders to Honolulu to discuss the connection between sustainability and our eating habits.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Contact Zone: Waikiki

Apr 6, 2018
Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

This year, one of Honolulu’s most important annual art exhibitions is taking its theme of contact and connection right into our tourist capital.  Contact Hawai'i is bringing live art installations and displays to the middle of Waikiki tonight.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Atis Puampai
Atis Puampai

This semester, six students will be graduating with Master of Fine Arts degrees from UH Manoa.  They’ve spent the last three years intently developing their skills and creativity with video, printmaking, glass, vinyl, photography and more to be ready to face a changing job market, MFA in hand.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Matt Shallenberger
Matt Shallenberger

In the hands of a skilled practitioner, intriguing ideas are the seeds for resonant works of art.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, some interesting   ideas inform a ceramist and a photographer whose works  are on view now at the First Hawaiian Center downtown.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

An underground icon in Honolulu has just gone the way of male northern white rhinos.  Ward’s Rafters, a weekend music venue in residential Kaimuki, has hosted its final concert.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, thousands who made the trek down the driveway and up the stairs will never forget Ward’s Rafters’ particular ambiance.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Today, Jaelynn Rose Willey, 16, died.  She was standing in the hallway of her Maryland high school on Tuesday when she was shot with a semi-automatic handgun. On an average day in America, seven children and teens are killed with guns.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, since the Parkland, Florida shootings which took 17 young lives, a youth movement has taken root against gun violence. 

yoon kim
yoon kim

Writer, comedian Hari Kondabolu has been hailed for working new social territory with his standup, video, and podcast projects.  The New York Times calls him "one of the most necessary political comedians working today", HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Kondabolu’s willingness to tackle even tough contemporary topics with humor and humanity set him apart. 

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