Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reports by Noe Tanigawa

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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
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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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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.

  

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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