Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reports by Noe Tanigawa

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”  When Margaret Mead said that, she could have been talking about a lot of community groups, including the small, hard working team that has kept the ARTS at Marks Garage alive for fifteen years now.   HPR's Noe Tanigawa reports.

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November is Hawai‘i Fashion Month, and Honolulu Fashion Week festivities are getting underway at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.  This year’s Fashion Marketplace features nearly fifty designers of jewelry, clothing, and accessories from across the state.  Free runway shows featuring local and international designers run through today and tomorrow.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Jasmine Takanikos
Jasmine Takanikos

Today, everyone who uses social media is, in effect, creating an image and a brand; activities that used to be the domain of advertising agencies.  The next HPR ThinkSpot with the Honolulu Museum of Art focuses on two successful entrepreneurs, jeweler Bliss Lau and branding and marketing strategist Jasmine Takanikos, who will share tips on centering your brand, as an entrepreneur or as an individual.

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Syrian American hip hop artist, Omar Offendum, was ready when the World Trade Center attacks thrust him into the spotlight.  In the years since, he’s used his platform to build links between the U.S. and especially, the Syrian culture in which he was raised.  Offendum is in Honolulu now, for a residency at Doris Duke’s Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Offendum employs the raw honesty characteristic of hip hop to explore tough issues on a human level.

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Most people who live in Hawai‘i are conscious of a Hawai‘i Style, and over the years many have tried to put a finger on what that style is.  In the 20th century, UH Professor John Charlot wrote about a Hawaiian esthetic, calling it a distillation of our natural environment.

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This is the last weekend to enjoy a particularly splash making exhibit at Spalding House in Makiki.  “Plastic Fantastic?” features beautiful art made of or about plastic debris.  In addition, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports there’s progress on ways to deal with this ubiquitous, non-disposable substance. 

“Plastic Fantastic?” continues at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Spalding House in Makiki through Sunday. 

Octrober 2, 2016.  

Ryoko Kimura
Ryoko Kimura

Japanese art and crafts have a reputation for quality and centuries of what seem like unbroken tradition behind them.  A new exhibition coming to Honolulu will feature experts in traditional metalwork, ceramics, painting, and fabric dye who use impeccable technique to tell contemporary stories.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on Imayo: Japan’s New Traditionists.

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According to the World Wildlife Fund, more than 90% of the plants and animals inhabiting Hawaii are native to this place, and a greater variety of fish exist in Hawaiian waters than anywhere else.  Protecting these plants and creatures can seem overwhelming, but individuals do find ways to make a difference.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on one such case.


Margo Vitarelli
Margo Vitarelli

What we know and learn depends a lot on how we receive the information.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports a yearlong collaboration between local artists and scientists has yielded a cunning series of prints that intrigue, delight, and enlighten. 

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Noe Tanigawa

 

  Some adventurous Honolulu ceramists have set the tables at Mark’s Garage with dinnerware you may not have seen the likes of before.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found well-made new ways to serve your next meal.

“Dinner Party” continues at Mark’s Garage through October 1st.  

  Artist Mariko Merritt is one of the ten ceramists showing in the Dinner Party exhibition at Marks’ Garage.  She watched the show’s instigator, Daven Hee, as he made some imaginative mini pourers—perfect for shoyu.

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In the run up through November, Fashion Month, Ala Moana Center is celebrating different facets of Hawai‘i’s fashion industry in a new pop up called the Fashion Annex.  The current exhibition features a view of fashion that is both ancient and possibly futuristic.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa explores the idea of clothing that integrates understanding of culture, materials, and place. 

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   As art galleries have come and gone, more and more businesses have begun  showing  art as a regular part of their activities.  Eateries, especially, have been in on this for a while and a new café on Monsarrat is making art central to its mission.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

"The Artwork of Kelly Sueda and Lloyd Sueda” will be on view at ARS Café on Diamond Head through September .

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In the mid-20th century, jazz, abstract expressionism, open form poetry, were some of the art forms that celebrated a kind of escape from regimentation and expectation.  An interest in process arose, and for some, the journey became more important than the destination.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports a revival of that spirit is underway, for example, in an exhibition at UH Mānoa.

This Wednesday around 2pm, skateboarders take on Peter Chamberlain’s interactive room.   Friday 2 to 4pm everyone’s invited to participate in the closing non-extravaganza.  

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  Invasive Alien Species, IAS, are organisms introduced outside their natural range. This week, Hawai'i committed itself to a comprehensive new bio security plan against invasive alien species, but its success depends partly on how vigilant others are.  In 2010, nearly all the world‘s governments agreed to address IAS, but today, only three percent of countries are on track to meet international commitments.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports the Honolulu Challenge issued at the World Conservation Congress hopes to reinvigorate positive efforts.

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 A potentially game changing new tool for business has been launched at the World Conservation Congress in Hawai‘i.  It’s called the Natural Capital Protocol and was tested with over fifty companies including Coca-Cola, Dow, Nestlé, and Shell.  For the first time, businesses and consumers can know the true costs of production.  

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President Obama is coming to the world conservation congress in Honolulu to herald the creation of the world's largest ecologically protected area, Papahanaumokuakea. The northwestern sweep of Hawai’i’s archipelago is a treasure for biologists, marine scientists, archaeologists, cultural practitioners, naval historians, and others.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports mysterious stone figures are among the items featured in a new exhibit at the Bishop Museum. 

Jericho de Leon
Jericho de Leon

 

   Art and Flea is an eclectic collection of local artisans and style makers who have generally shown their wares at trendy night events.  This Saturday, Art and Flea is coming to a venue you may find more convenient, the Honolulu Museum of Art School.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa previews what will be in store.

Experience Art and Flea at the Honolulu Museum of Art School this Saturday, August 27th, from 4-9PM.  

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Noe Tanigawa

    

  

  In Hawai‘i we just don’t do things the way everybody else does.  We actually give a wave, thanks! when we change lanes.  We let people cut in to improve the whole flow.  We hold the door for those behind us and yes, we do still smile at strangers on the street.  In the world of textile art, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found that,  we’re doing it again, forging an impressively inclusive fiber art show of our own. 

Shakespeare 2.0

Aug 19, 2016
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  By a couple of years ago, the Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival had finished performing all The Bard’s plays--the great, the obscure, and the questionable.   At this point, real experimentation is getting unleashed.  Inspired by David Peterson, who developed languages for the Game of Thrones series, one of the founders of the festival has devised invented languages for "A Midsummer Night’s Dream."  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

"A Midsummer Night’s Dream" continues at The ARTS at Marks' Garage through August 21, 2016.

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   Changes in life produce changes in the work we do, that seems a given, and it’s especially apparent in the work of visual artists.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with painter Sanit Khewhock about the cheery works in his current show.

A show of works by Sanit Khewhock and Janetta Knapp continues at Cedar Street Galleries through September 4.  

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noe tanigawa

  Sculptor Randy Takaki was well known, in a way.  His carved figures are mysterious, but oddly inviting, and he made thousands of them.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa discovered the many people who own and dealt with the works are connected by a singular thread.

An "Homage to Randy Takaki" continues at the East Hawai‘i Cultural Center in Hilo through September 2, 2016. 

On O‘ahu,  Randy Takaki’s memorial tribute will take place on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the courtyard of KCC's Koa Art Gallery.  Donations to the family are welcome. 

Dave Kusumoto
Dave Kusumoto

  

  The music business is of one of those most affected by changes in digital culture and musicians are scrambling to keep up.  Less than a decade ago, music retailers like Sam Goody and Tower Records were places musicians could promote their new music.  With all of that online now, local musicians are getting a boost from a Hawai‘i based Youtube channel.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports the HiSessions channel attracts over a million views a month.

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  Women are big in Hawai‘i’s vibrant food scene and an invitation only group of female chefs and culinary professionals is planning a sumptuous fundraiser:   French champagne with delectables from Julia Child’s arsenal of recipes.  Les Dames d’Escoffier trace their lineage to France’s king of chefs in the early 20th century and seek to support women in the food industry.    HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the tasty way they plan to do that.

Pokemon Go Hawai‘i!

Aug 2, 2016
Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Pokemon Go has taken Hawai‘i and much of the rest of the world by storm, now with more users than the Twitter app.  Last night businesses reported their biggest nights ever at the KS sponsored Pokemon night in Our Kakaako.  Just minutes ago, a happy dad reported on the Pokemon Hawai'i Facebook page, "Me and my two son's finally got these guys. We had to grind it out to them lol. It was a blast making memories with them and traveling around the island looking for pokemon haha. And a big thank you!!! To the pokemon go hawaii group with all the tips and spots to catch pokemon. red,blue,yellow you guys are awesome. Thanks again."  A lotta people are enjoying this!

Two weeks after launch, tech site BGR claimed a tenth of American consumers were playing Pokemon go daily for over an hour.  Serious players wonder if recent updates are attempts to weed out dilettante players and open server space for players who will go deep and shell out for extras.  The joke is Pokemon Go did more for daily fitness than Michelle Obama could do in two years.  Learning the metric system is another bonus.

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Noe Tanigawa

  

 

   Award winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye grew up in Palestine, Jerusalem, and San Antonio.  She has traveled the world leading writing workshops and inspiring readers and writers of all ages.  Rooted in her experience as a Palestinian American, Nye addresses international politics, immigration, identity, and other issues with a poet’s particular ability to connect.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa interviewed her at Shangri-La, where Nye is currently Artist in Residence.

     

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  Ever wonder what the summer’s been like on Lāna‘i? The weather’s been a little warmer than usual, but otherwise, the Pine Lads finished their softball season as league champs, the Four Seasons Resort Lāna‘i at Mānele is nearly done, and the opening for Kō‘ele Lodge has been pushed back to next year.  Folks on Lana'i would like it if you'd head over and see how things are going for yourself.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa checked in on preparations for Fifth Friday celebrations, which include a Pokemon Go! Tournament.

Kuana Torres kahele
Kuana Torres Kahele

  Kuana Torres Kahele was born in Hilo, and raised by his grandmother;  close to nature, with music, hula, and Hawaiian language in his everyday life.  As part of Na Palapalai, and now in his solo career, Kahele invigorates Hawai‘i’s music scene with energy, tight harmonies, and new compositions.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa takes a look at his latest project, original songs and chants for each Hawaiian island.

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noe tanigawa

  

Successful artists today must Tweet incessantly, they do Instagram and Pinterest, they collaborate and interact with their audiences all day long.  Other artists, like those of the past, work alone for long periods, on art which often is not seen beyond their studio walls.  

Tanya Maile Naehu
Tanya Maile Naehu

   A new show at the ARTS at Marks’ Garage showcases the joy and community spirit of the Friendly Isle.  Recently, five professional off-island artists banded together with three artists and sixteen teens from Moloka‘i for a visual exploration of legends and values cherished there.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports what happened was an unforgettable deepening of commitment to the island.

 

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  In our quick survey of summer theater this year, two musicals are opening in Honolulu.  Lysistrata Jones at Mānoa Valley Theatre updates an ancient battle between the sexes, and Mamma Mia orchestrates wedding complications to an Abba soundtrack.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

    

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