Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reports by Noe Tanigawa

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   How would you make a bowl out of wood?  You can imagine a lot of chipping and gouging to achieve the simple shape, but there is a quicker, more elegant way.  It’s called wood turning where the wood chunk spins as you skim away any excess.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on fine examples of this ancient art on view now at Nohea Gallery.

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  The United Health Foundation ranks Hawai‘i number 1 among states in overall health, crediting us with double digit decreases in smoking and binge drinking in the last two years.  Still, 22% of Hawai‘i’s  population is considered obese, a situation three fitness buffs are trying to address.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports from Mother Waldron Park in Kaka‘ako.

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Art-making processes not only produce art, they teach life-enhancing attitudes and skills.

--Duane Preble

    An estimated 30 to 40 thousand students in Hawai‘i were introduced to the visual arts through the efforts of UH Professor Emeritus Duane Preble.  Artforms, the text he wrote with his wife, Sarah Preble is a mainstay across the nation, now in its 11th edition.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Preble has just curated a new exhibition on the importance of Art as Process.

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  The 2010 U.S. Census reported that Chamorro, the indigenous people of the Mariana Islands, are the third largest Pacific Islander group in the US.  Chamorro arrived in Hawaii aboard whaling ships in the  1800’s, and a community of seven thousand lives here now.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on Craig Santos Perez,  a Chamorro writer living in Hawai‘i who has just won an American Book Award.

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    Avid food truck enthusiasts will find the recent nexus at the old Fisherman’s Wharf  gone this week.  It will reopen in ten days as part of the new Makers and Tasters Kewalo community marketplace.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on this new revolving collection of curated food stands.

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   For over forty years community groups across O‘ahu have fought to preserve the natural coastline between Hanauma Bay and Makapu‘u.  The deadline now is August 30th to raise funds to purchase the last mauka parcels.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the effort to preserve the  Ka Iwi coast.

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   O‘ahu’s eastern shore is unlike any other on the island—rugged lava cliffs drop to the sea then the drive opens onto two of the island’s premiere body surfing sites.  This is the Ka ‘Iwi coast—from Maunalua Bay to Makapu‘u, an area citizen’s groups have struggled 40 years to preserve.  A fundraising effort is underway now to secure the coastline in perpetuity.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

The fundraising deadline is August 30th.  

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  William S. Merwin was United States Poet Laureate in 2010, and 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.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a look at the relationship he has with that place.

Take a video walk through the Merwin Conservancy palm forest with W.S. Merwin.

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  Nonviolent action has resulted in political change in recent history:  in the American South, in Gandhi’s India, and in South Africa, just a few examples.  Now the self-described “protectors” of Mauna Kea and Haleakalā are rallying around a call for “Kapu Aloha”, a nonviolent mode of conduct that organizers say guides their movement.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

“Active resistance through love, the consistency of that has been proven in many world conflict. Here is another one.”

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    Last April, social media buzzed as sign wavings for Mauna Kea “protectors” were held as far away as Kentucky and Tonga. With that first wave of publicity over, the “protectors” both on Mauna Kea and Haleakalā now say there's a guiding principal that keeps them going.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on Kapu Aloha. 

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   A little over a year ago, 249 artists from all over Hawai‘i submitted portfolios  hoping to be included in the Honolulu Museum’s Artists of Hawai‘I exhibition.  Eight artists were chosen, and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the show, now on view.  

Artists of Hawai‘i continues at the Honolulu Museum of Art through October 25th.  Artists featured in the exhibition will gather for an informal discussion in the Doris Duke Theatre  August 11, 6pm.  

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   Poke, chicken long rice, lū‘au stew, pork katsu, ox tail soup---we all know what local food is, and we’re watching it evolve.  Changing demographics, food media, and travel are introducing new formats and flavors even as we continue to flock to our favorites.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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   Some say Benjamin Franklin’s pamphlet for Pennsylvania hospital patients was the world’s first zine, that’s short for magazine.  Since the dawn of the printing press, Thomas Paine and others certainly did publish leaflets and chapbooks on topics dear to them.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on an upcoming zine workshop where you too can sound off in print.

Experience a zine workshop this Saturday, 10-4pm at Mori by Art and Flea in Ward Village.  

All That Matters: Zine Workshop

Saturday, July 25th 2015

10am - 4pm

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   What began as a fledgling dream of musical summers in the cooler climes of Waimea, Hawai‘i, is now becoming a sturdy community asset.  The Hawai‘i Performing Arts Festival welcomes over 70 students this year, and is in the midst of 30 public performances, many of them free.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this look at an exciting performance coming soon to Honolulu.

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Every year, the Prince Lot Hula Festival offers a prime opportunity to visit Moanalua Gardens, arguably the most beautiful hula venue in Hawai‘i.  This non-competitive festival honors Prince Lot Kapuāiwa who revived hula in Moanalua when it was still publicly banned.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a look at the history of this celebrated area.

  

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  Two of Hawai‘i’s celebrated mountains, Mauna Kea and Haleakalā, remain in the crosshairs of a battle that appears to pit preservation of culture against pursuit of science.  In both cases, the state and counties are being called upon to enforce state land board decisions, while challenges to those decisions are before the Hawai‘i Supreme Court.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa continues a look at Haleakalā, the issues and the mountain.

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The very first telescope on Haleakalā was completed in 1958, and used for satellite tracking.  Three years later, 18 acres of ceded land at the summit were set aside for astronomy, becoming the Haleakalā High Altitude Observatory Site with the University of Hawai‘i as owner/manager.  Currently there are ten facilities on the mountain and another, a cutting edge solar telescope, is underway.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the controversy over its construction.

 

    

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  How is Hawai‘i Opera Theatre one of the most successful arts organizations in the state?  One key is, they reach about 25 thousand people a year with their education programs.  They have interisland tours, an adult studio, and a new young voices studio for high schoolers.  Yesterday, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited the Opera Residency program at Niu Valley Middle School as they prepare for their big opening Monday.

See a free student performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute, Monday, July 6, 6pm at Niu Valley Middle School.

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  An expansive and enjoyable sale of primarily local contemporary art is underway for just a few days at Spalding House in Makiki, the former Contemporary Museum.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa attended the Contempo #Artshop opening to peruse the inventory.

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   In early April, three pirates hatched a plan to get people out of their snuggly homes and into Kumu Kahua Theatre.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited the theatre recently to find out why and how.

The New Play Festival runs Sunday through Tuesday, June 21st through 23rd at Kumu Kahua.  Eventbrite is handling advance tickets, or get tickets at Kumu one hour prior to performance.  

Connect with the New Play Festival on Facebook.

  

Hawai‘i’s Gertrude Tsutsumi has been honored with the nation's highest award in folk and traditional arts.  She has been honored with a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, which comes with a $25,000 award.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited one of her classes in Japanese classical dance.

Onoe Kikunobu Dance Company will perform as part of this summer’s Asia Pacific Dance Festival at UH Mānoa in July.   

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  This week Friday and Saturday,  the 99th Annual King Kamehameha Celebration events take place on O‘ahu.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa gives a preview of the Kamehameha  Parade, known for its floral panorama of the islands.

The Kamehameha Celebration Parade begins at 9am Saturday near ‘Iolani Palace, running down Ala Moana and Kalākaua to Kapi‘olani park for the afternoon’s ho‘olaule‘a.   For more on the King Kamehameha celebrations on O'ahu and across the state. 

http://ags.hawaii.gov/kamehameha/

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    Right now, at the prestigious Venice Biennale, 56 countries are presenting their most important contemporary art and artists.  In a surprise move, France selected a sound artist as their official representative, and that same artist has just opened a new installation on Maui.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited the show at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

This exhibit is free and open to the public. 

Now through July 18, Schaefer International Gallery
Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5 pm
FREE Admission! (Also open before Castle Theater shows and during intermission)

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   The Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association has presented the Samuel Kamakau Book of the Year Award to Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer, the new president and CEO of the influential Kohala Center in Waimea.  Looking ahead to Kamehameha Day, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this look at Beamer’s ideas about Hawaiian leadership.  In this book you will also find fascinating descriptions of Hawaiian land divisions and management practices.

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  Maui-born Andy Graydon has shown internationally in the emerging field of sound art.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Graydon is among a growing number of artists linking imagination and sound.

Andy Graydon’s installation, “Figure 1 (these things we know)” remains on view at the Honolulu Museum through May 31st.

Find out more on the Honolulu Museum of Art exhibit, “Figure 1 (these things we know)”

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   You can see Kilohana peak at the top of Kalihi valley from Mokauea, a tiny island just off the coastline.  Over forty fishponds once laced the area, ali‘i had summer residences , and a struggle over land rights literally blazed on the island in the 1970’s.  Today, we board a canoe with HPR’s Noe Tanigawa, for a visit.

Due to past experiences, the Mokauea Fisherman’s Association requests that any visits or requests for information be arranged through Kehaulani Kupihea (Mokauea@gmail.com).

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The idea with these two stories is to situate ourselves in a Hawaiian understanding of place.  Hawaiian land divisions reveal an intimate knowledge of resources.  One key concept is that of the ahupua‘a, a pie shaped wedge of land with its point on a mountain top, widening down to the seashore.  Ahupua‘a acknowledge the link between land and sea, and make the resources of both available to those who dwell within it.  

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