Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reports by Noe Tanigawa

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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.

  

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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. 

Arts Are How We Roll

Feb 26, 2016
Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

 

   The Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, Jane Chu, has been in Hawai‘i checking on support for the arts in our state.  Along with grants to specific arts and individuals, the NEA is also developing cross discipline learning strategies using the arts.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa  visited Kalihi Kai Elementary for a look at how that works.

creative commmons
creative commons

  February is African American History Month, and the folks at the Honolulu Museum of Art will be celebrating with a specially themed ARTafterDARK this Friday.  Get ready for a night of Afrofuturist films, music, and activities including what’s billed as Hawai‘i’s first large-scale public silent disco.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

SHADE
SHADE

 

   Every now and then we in Honolulu like to think of ourselves as a world class city.  Or at least, we look at the pantheon of world class cities, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Paris, etc. and imagine growing up to be one.  Assessing our current built environment, one could wonder if we really are on the right track.

Suzuran Photography
Suzuran Photography

 

   Subtleties of color, images with detail and refinement, those are the qualities of aizuri-e,  the Prussian blue Japanese wood block prints.  The four young players in the Aizuri Quartet say they identify with those qualities, and try to embody them in their music.  The Aizuri Quartet has been hailed for that most elusive of qualities, the perfect balance between virtuosity and the sound of the whole, and they're bringing their brand of exuberance and meticulousness to Honolulu.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

    First Fridays created a scene for arts and partners in Honolulu’s Chinatown.  Now the area’s shops and galleries want to do the same thing for families on Second Saturdays.  This Saturday,  The Fuzz will conduct valentine crochet fun at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, and a craft fair will unfold at Next Door Lounge.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found there’s a lot more going on too.

Artist, art educator, Su Atta, has been combining counseling and artmaking for over 30 years.  She says skills carry over into life.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  

  In 1985, Japan’s Prince Hitachi planted the cherry trees fronting Leilehua High School to celebrate the centennial  of Japanese immigration to Hawai‘i.  He was contributing to the hundreds of sakura that now bloom every spring in Wahiawā ---depending on the weather.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found many of the trees trace back to one ancestor from Okinawa via Waipi‘o.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  

  William S. Merwin was United States Poet Laureate in 2010. He’s received numerous awards, including two Pulitzers, for his work as a poet, translator and environmental activist.  Over the last 30 years, Merwin and his wife, Paula, have been developing an internationally recognized palm garden on Maui.  Just recently, the Merwins established a conservancy to ensure the garden’s perpetuation, and they are developing programs to make it a beacon for both environmentalists and artists.

DENISE DE GUZMAN
DENISE DE GUZMAN

    

 

 2005 may have been the height of Hawai‘i’s ice “epidemic.”  That year, Hawai‘i police arrested  719 people on meth charges.  Though we haven’t heard a whole lot about it since, crystal methamphetamine hasn’t gone away, and some fear it has just become part of our social fabric.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a new production at Kumu Kahua that makes you wonder how prevalent this drug still is.

las cafeteras
las cafeteras

  Gangs, crime, housing projects, East Los Angeles is a predominantly Latino area with a reputation.  The violent crime rate in East L.A. is double that of the rest of California, and crime in general runs almost three times the national average.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on an East L.A. band that sings, with joy, about their roots in the community.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  Ecologists and divers are the first to wax poetic about Palau, recognized as one of the richest underwater dive spots in the world.  Palau’s reefs are at the crossroads of three of the planet's major currents and the nutrient-dense water helps create the most bio-diverse region in the world, here in the Pacific.  In this final segment of a series on Palau, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa takes a look at the future.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  The first habitations on Palau could date to ten thousand years ago, settled by sailors from Indonesia or the Philippines.  Like Hawai‘i, Palau’s period of Western contact began in the late 1700’s, with trade, missionaries and change to follow.  In a recent visit, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found that though Palau’s traditional matrilineal society is beginning to change, women wield a lot of power in the home and in government.

Palau: Roots in Nature

Jan 19, 2016
Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

 

   The nation of Palau lies at the western edge of Micronesia, between Guam and the Philippines.  Though tiny, Palau is distinct from the rest of Micronesia, with a higher standard of living and largely well-educated population.  In a recent visit, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa had a chance to learn more about Palau’s culture, which dates back thousands of years.

Plugged In Shadows

Jan 15, 2016
Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

    Shadow puppet performances are still a vibrant part of village life on Bali.  Flat cut outs are silhouetted against a translucent screen by the light of a coconut husk lamp.  Religious and historical epics make up interwoven plot lines that continue for six hours or more through the night.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, there’s a new twist on the tradition brewing at Kennedy Theatre.

“Subali-Sugriwa: Battle of the Monkey Kings” will be performed the last two weekends of January at Kennedy Theatre on the UH Mānoa campus. 

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Noe Tanigawa

 

  

   Libraries across the country are undergoing a sea change in public perception.  In their 2015 report, the American Library Association charted a 20.7% increase in library usage over the last decade.  That’s because libraries are becoming much more than a resource for books, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports they are increasingly technology and community hubs. 

Shuzo Uemoto
Shuzo Uemoto

 

   Harajuku, on the western side of metropolitan Tokyo, has been a base for Americans and other expats since World War II.  Trendy Japanese flocked there, especially after the ’64 Olympics highlighted Harajuku’s unique style.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports that for the last 20 years, fashion trends in Harajuku have enjoyed growing influence worldwide, and we can see them now at the Honolulu Museum.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  Mark Cunningham is a waterman; he was the expert in the lifeguard tower at ‘‘Ehukai, Pipeline, for twenty years, earning the friendship and respect of the world’s top surfers.  Cunningham won his first North Shore Bodysurfing Championship in high school, then won over a dozen more titles in a thirty year ocean safety career that spanned countless rescues.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports he’s spent the last decade in the ocean, along the shore, and in his workroom.

Allison Izu
Allison izu

 

The latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show adjusted retail and food service sales for November are up 1.4% from last year.  Non-store retailers, however, are up 7.3%, and food and drink establishments are up 6.5% from November last year.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found consumers are saying a lot with their actions this year.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

 

   The Hawai‘i Pet Fair started small, as the ‘Ewa Bird Fair, but people wanted to bring their other pets, then the moms made crafts to sell, then people wanted to stay all day and eat.  So this Saturday, it’s food, crafts, entertainment, and all kinds of animals in a day of family fun at ‘Ewa Elementary.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Cameron Datanagan’s motto for the Hawai‘i Pet Show:  Getting kids off their computers and into the yard with pets.

Hawai‘i Pet Show, ‘Ewa Bird Show and ‘Ewa Craft Fair

December 12, 10am to 2pm

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  

  Shopping is more than necessity or recreation for Americans, the global economy relies on American consumption and this is the height of the season.  Locally, retail accounts for 25% of Hawai‘i’s workforce and is the largest contributor to the state’s excise tax revenue. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Honolulu shoppers have some new options this year in the ‘Ewa wing of Ala Moana Center.

Ashley Takitani Leahey
Ashley Takitani Leahey

  

  Maui's Island Plan, adopted in 2012, makes it a priority to preserve the unique character of Maui's small towns.  The idea is to be able to drive through largely agricultural or undeveloped areas between these distinctive centers.  

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

 

  Mass migrations are in the news today, but populations have been relocating all through human history.  When Muslims invaded Iran over 1200 years ago, most followers of the Zoroastrian religion relocated to India.  An immigrant community, they learned Hindi and English, and soon, Cantonese, providing a vital trade link between China, India and the West.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a textile show at the East West Center that illustrates their success.

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