Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reports by Noe Tanigawa

The Royal Hawaiian Band and the Hawai’i Council on the Humanities have joined forces for a tasty lunchtime program this Friday (4/26) at ‘Iolani Bandstand.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

This story includes a version of Kaulana Na Pua performed by the Royal Hawaiian Band with Misty Kela’i.  Hear more this Friday, April 26, at ‘Iolani Palace from noon to 1 PM (weather permitting).   Guests are welcome to bring a picnic to this free lunchtime concert.

Hawai’i Opera Theatre is launching a new production of one of opera’s most thrilling treasures:  Puccini’s Tosca.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa goes behind the scenes for a look at why this production promises to be a blockbuster. 

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After over a century of persecution, the Ainu people were recognized as the indigenous people of Japan in 2008.  By that time, assimilation policies had nearly extinguished the Ainu language.  Population counts range from 25 thousand to over 200 thousand, as many do not acknowledge their ancestry. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the first international exhibit by the Hokkaido University Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies, on view at the East West Center Gallery.

  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.

Discussions about food in Hawai’i often drift to the issue of cost.  In this installment of HPR’s series, “Feeding Ourselves: Hawai’i’s Food Future”, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa looks at what drives the prices we pay.

  Musicians and listeners are singing the praises of a new venue in Honolulu.  Mezz 127 is not easy to find, but HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, it’s worth the search.

Coming up at Mezz 127 in the Topa Financial Center: 

 Saturday, March 9
7:00—9:30
Jason Gay soprano & tenor saxes, Dean Taba double bass, Noel Okimoto drums

  Namelehuapono is providing a new kind of support to victims of domestic violence.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on their process of reconnecting women with their culture and with their own inner resources.

Namelehuapono does not have its own website, but some information can be found here.

  UH Manoa researchers are reporting the decline of a native moth that indicates changes in habitat across the island chain.  Thanks to specimens collected over time at the Bishop Museum and the UH Insect Museum, scientists are able to chart changes and possibly propose mitigation efforts.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

You can read the full research paper online.

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