Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reports by Noe Tanigawa

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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  Summer theater in Honolulu means the Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival, at least it has for the past fifteen years.  This year the festival is presenting daring twists on the original material and a related play from the 1600’s.  Performances are free in honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s passing.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa prepares us as the series launches.

Jamison Mitri
Jamison Mitri

Summer is a time when rigid schedules loosen up, making room for new experiences.  Honolulu’s theater community has some tempting offerings for all ages, comedies, musicals and life enriching dramas.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited two of Honolulu’s smallest venues for this report.

Kumu Kahua
Kumu Kahua

  Kumu Kahua Theatre’s mission, since its founding in 1971, is to help develop theater by, for, and about Hawai‘i’s people.  In 2010, this unique local organization nearly closed for lack of funding, but in the years since, it has sprung back with wider outreach and more business partners.  In the past four and a half years, managing director Donna Blanchard has managed to expand Kumu Kahua's marketing budget while putting in a much needed new floor and beginning other repairs.

Sun, Surf, Rock Stars

Jun 28, 2016

 

 Hawai‘i is a paradise for photographers and the range and quality of photographs available here is very high.  Now there’s a perhaps unexpected genre joining the offerings on Maui: limited edition, signed prints of famous musicians. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports the quality of the images sets them apart. 

Columbia Artist Management, Inc
Columbia Artist Management, Inc

 

  Quinn Kelsey left Hawai‘i thirteen years ago to tackle a winding and often treacherous road to success in the rarified world of international opera.  Last year, the New York Times called Kelsey a “superb young baritone” in the run up to his astonishing Beverly Sills Award commendation from the Metropolitan Opera.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, he’s home to share the fruits of his progression.

Margaret Pearlman
Margaret Pearlman

  

  Hawai‘i’s culinary moment with Pacific Rim Cuisine may have peaked, and it’s fair to ask what impact it leaves for everyday diners.  Traditional local foods like chop steak and stew have made way for chicken katsu and poke bowls, but are we actually eating any better?  And who is doing the cooking?  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Talking with Frank Gonzales and Chef Grant Sato was so informative, it really made me feel my position in the local food chain.   You'll find inspiration to cook and to eat better in this extended version.

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   Summertime puts a different focus on food, with holidays, picnics, and family gatherings.  In time for all-American July 4th parties, the James Beard Foundation has a new book of recipes from favorite local restaurants across the U.S.  While it’s fun to acknowledge regional tastes, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa discovered, Hawai’i’s “local food” may be ripe for redefinition.

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  All the construction under way now recalls another period of intense development in Hawai‘i, from 1965-75.  During that go-go decade, tourism was booming, the Vietnam War contributed to military expenditures in Hawai‘i and real estate development went into high gear.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a photographer who documented the period from a less privileged point of view.

Batu Ice Meth Grrls

Jun 8, 2016
DENISE DE GUZMAN
DENISE DE GUZMAN

Reflections about the impact of crystal methamphetamine on life in Hawai‘i are starting to appear in local theatre and literature.  Earlier this year, Kumu Kahua offered a gritty portrait of meth culture on the North Shore, and the play, Not One Batu ignited a wave of response.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa invited three women, all former meth users, to share their experiences.

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donaldcarreiraching.wordpress.com

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.

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  There are group shows, there are theme shows, juried exhibitions and one person shows and today,  curators are using art exhibitions to explore ideas as much as present a finished statement.  This year’s MAMo exhibition, short for Maoli Arts Month, was designed as an experiment in cross fertilization.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

“The Lab: Experiments in Photography,” works by Kapulani Landgraf, Ualani Davis and Dru Hara runs through May 28th at the Arts at Marks.  

The Arts at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave.  778-6392

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O‘ahu’s tofu makers, all eight of them, existed in a sort of equilibrium for decades, each brand with its own specialties and aficionados.  People relished the “fresh” taste of Honda tofu from Wahiawā, or the firmer texture of Country tofu made in Hālawa.  Today, however, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found the landscape of locally produced tofu has changed dramatically.

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 In the wider world, tofu is getting beyond its bland white cube image, turning up barbecued or even as a mousse.  In Hawai‘i, we’ve had a wealth of fresh tofu since the plantation days, and over the years, Hawai‘i has enjoyed a unique range of neighborhood tofu styles, often available direct from the factory.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports recent closures have left just a few local makers serving the fresh tofu market today.   

Tofu was definitely made on the plantations by Japanese and probably Chinese immigrants.  Tofu followed them off the plantations too.

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   David Kuhn has spent over thirty years as a wildlife guide.  As part of his own process learning Hawai‘i’s forest birds, Kuhn began recording them in the mid ‘90’s.  His audio library now encompasses birds, bats, crickets, whales, waters, and, importantly, the mixed sounds of forest biophanies that are rapidly disappearing.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited him in Kōke‘e on Kaua‘i.

“If you close your eyes, would you really feel like you’re there?  That’s my goal.”

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  Many former youth symphony members remember the neighbor island tours they did with the Hawai‘i Youth Symphony, HYS.  An annual highlight, this year, the members of HYS’ top orchestra went to Kaua‘i  for a series of concerts.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa accompanied them to the Garden Island for this report.

     

We left O‘ahu in the dark!  Blinking and a little bleary, ninety-seven teens and 26 adults boarded that early 

Cory Lum
Cory Lum

  

  

  The recent passing of Isami Enomoto marks the end of an era for ceramics in Hawai‘i.  He came of age during clay’s local heyday in the 1960’s and was a bed rock for ceramic artists up until a month before his death.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a quiet man who helped create a community.

mana maoli
mana maoli

  Fifteen years ago, the Mana Maoli non-profit started Hālau Kū Mana charter school in Honolulu, with specialized programs in voyaging and music.  The music component, called the Mana Mele Project has grown now to encompass a music and multimedia curriculum, plus a mobile recording studio!  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the premiere of their “Hawai'i Aloha” video and Mana Mele Festival set for tonight. 

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Call it coincidence as many do, but April has a reputation for violence among terrorism experts.  Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in April, as was Abraham Lincoln.  Hitler was born April 20, 1889.  Patriots’ Day, commemorating the first battles of the American Revolutionary War, is April 19.

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  The first exhibition of Hawaiian feather work on the U.S. continent created a sensation when it opened at the de Young Museum in San Francisco last year.  The exhibition of seventy five stunning capes and cloaks has been held over until April 10ththis year.  Meanwhile, the return of Hawai‘i island Chief Kalaniopu’u’s feathered cloak and helmet have reignited interest in feather work here.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on how Hawaiian feather work was made.

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  The Pu‘uhonua Society’s annual CONTACT exhibition opens tonight at the Honolulu Museum School.  This year, artists across the state were encouraged to dig for personal reflections on the theme of “Foreign and Familiar.”  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa stopped by after the selection process to get the jurors’ thoughts on the show.

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  Painter Reem Bassous was born in Beirut, Lebanon where a civil war raged from 1975 to 1990.  It’s estimated almost a million people fled the country, and up to one hundred fifty thousand were killed.   Though the war was officially over twenty six years ago, many, like Bassous, are struggling to come to terms with what they’ve been through.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

“Beirut is a crazy kind of Beautiful.”

Painter Reem Bassous says Beirut is cosmopolitan in ways we can’t imagine, with trendy discos for example, alongside a two thousand year old Roman bath.

Melissa Lum & Pacific Students Media
Melissa Lum & Pacific Students Media

  Twelve groups of dancers from across Micronesia, craft demonstrations, a little marketplace, a Chamorro food truck, you will get an immersion in Micronesian culture tomorrow, 10-4, at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.  It's all part of the Celebrate Micronesia! Festival and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa discovered all that is just the tip of the iceberg.

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  Snowden Hodges is the reigning dean of representational painting in Honolulu.  His annual painting ateliers at Windward  Community College were the stuff of legend, and a strong program in representational art remains his legacy there.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited Mr. Hodges’ studio recently to see the work he’s putting into a new show at KCC's Koa Gallery. 

Thursday, March 17, is the opening reception, 4:30 - 7:30, at KCC's Koa Gallery, 4303 Diamond Head Road.  The show runs through April 15.

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Celebrating their 40th Anniversary, the Honolulu Brass Quintet is charged with fresh energy.  New members, plus a growing repertoire and appreciation for brass ensembles is helping to fuel their endeavors.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa discovered they plan to debut a new commissioned work at their celebration concert Monday.

The Honolulu Brass Quintet is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a concert flaunts the best in brass capabilities. 

HonoluluBrass Quintet–40thAnniversaryConcert

Monday,March14,7:30pm–PalikuTheatre

Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama

 

 International attendance records in 2014 confirmed Yayoi Kusama as the world’s most popular artist, still, she is as mysterious as she is famous.  Her pieces often provoke giggles and audience participation, which makes the IBM building courtyard a conducive Honolulu venue.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on Yayoi Kusama’s first showing here as a preview to the 2017 Honolulu Biennial.  

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   A record number of submissions and robust participation from across the state have made the Honolulu Printmaker’s 88th Annual Juried Exhibition on now one of the best ever.  Printmaker, tattoo master Don Ed Hardy shows his latest work and the former master printer from Maui’s Hui No‘eau, Paul Mullowney, returned to jury the show.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

  

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

When Stephan Jost took the helm of the Honolulu Academy of Arts in 2011, Hawai‘i’s arts community got a shot in the arm.  He oversaw the consolidation of two museums (Honolulu Academy of Art + The Contemporary Museum = Honolulu Museum of Art), the Tattoo Honolulu show was one among many that wooed new audiences and membership to the museum is at an all-time high.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa caught up with Mr. Jost on the eve of his departure to lead the largest museum in Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario. 

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