Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reports by Noe Tanigawa

Ric Noyle Photography
Ric Noyle Photography

  Jimmy Borges has spent a lifetime singing his way from Kalihi valley through many of the top venues in America, from San Francisco’s Hungry I to New York’s Latin Quarter, and many cities abroad as well.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Borges saved up his favorite material for his just-released CD.

Jimmy Borges performs with the Hawai‘i Pops, some of those original Sinatra arrangements, this coming Saturday .  

Mark Ramelb
Mark Ramelb

  This weekend, Honolulu Fashion Week promises to fill the Hawai‘i Convention Center with the best of local design and styling.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports that with the help of off island mentors, local photographers, make-up artists, stylists, and designers will be putting their best foot forward.

HONOLULU Fashion Week runs November 20-22 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.  

Keith Ketchum
Keith Ketchum

  

Hawai‘i Fashion Month is coming to a crescendo in Honolulu and this year on Kaua‘i, they’re wrapping up the month with a Kaua‘i designers’ runway show.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a ground swell of fashion activity on the Garden Isle.

The Kaua'i Chamber of Commerce estimates about 20 designers participated in Kaua'i Fashion Month this year.  The third annual Kaua‘i Fashion Week, a separate event from Fashion Month, was held this past April at the Kaua‘i Marriott.  Gypsy Rain, Kaikini Bikini, and Louda Larrain were among the designers featured there.   

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Nov 18, 2015
Jessica Sherry
Jessica Sherry

After World War II ended in the Pacific, anthropologists described up to several hundred semi-religious organizations that had sprung up in New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Fiji and Vanuatu.  Called “cargo cults,” these believers sought ways to continue delivery of wartime goods and supplies.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a Hawai‘i International Film Festival showing that focuses on what could be the last surviving cargo cult.

“Waiting for John” screens Thursday, November 19 at 3:45pm as part of the Hawai‘i International Film Festival.  

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hiff.org

   

   Hawai‘i movie audiences have a reputation for being knowledgeable, with an appetite for films that has been cultivated by the Hawai‘i International Film Festival over the past 35 years.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports that this year, an effort has begun to develop local critics and writers who can help shape and expand the film scene in the islands.

The Hawai‘i International Film Festival continues through November 22nd.   For a full schedule with links, Hawai‘i International Film Festival

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courtesy photo, army.mil

  Irish storyteller, Niall de Burca, travels the world igniting imaginations.  After successful shows on Hawai‘i Island, he is heading to Maui for school shows and to public libraries around O‘ahu.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a glimpse at his work.

Niall de Burca will be continuing to tour public libraries around O'ahu, and will conclude his visit to the Islands with a public performance at UH Manoa's Orvis Auditorium Saturday, November 14th, 7:30pm.

Tuesday:  

Kapolei Public Library at 10:30 AM

Kahuku Public Library at 6 PM

Hal Lum and Masayo Suzuki
Hal Lum and Masayo Suzuki

 

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  

  American painting first burst onto the world art scene in the 1950’s with energetic abstract paintings by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and others.  They were followed by a generation of painters who toyed with irony, pop culture, and consumerism into the 2000’s.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a show at the UH Art Gallery that heralds a rebirth of abstraction.

LCC
LCC

    Now parents who enjoyed the Leeward Discovery Fair as kids are bringing their own young ones to this annual day of learning adventures.  Tomorrow, Saturday, November 7th, this family fun day will transform the leeward campus with mostly free activities.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa discovered the contagious enthusiasm of LCC teachers and partners makes the day a cornerstone for the community.

Kaveh Kardan
Kaveh Kardan

    November is Hawai‘i Fashion Month, and the goal is to showcase local talent and promote sustainable statewide growth of this industry.  Events highlight designers, stylists, manufacturers, retailers, photographers, hair and make-up artists, and much more.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on an upcoming discussion of the business of fashion.

Hawaii Craftsmen
hawaii craftsmen

    The annual Hawai‘i Craftsmen Exhibition is known for its superb workmanship and commitment to statewide representation.  This year, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports an esteemed juror spurred a wider range of submissions, breathing fresh life into this annual exhibition of excellence in Hawai‘i craftsmanship.

The 48th Annual Hawai‘i Craftsmen Juried Exhibition runs through November 20th at the Honolulu Museum School Main Gallery.  

Oct. 27 - Nov. 20, 2015
Free for public viewing

Joe Marquez
Joe Marquez

 

   Lahaina used to host Hawai‘i’s undisputed best Halloween party, but changes there and a Chinatown upstart have swung the tide toward Honolulu.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Hallowbaloo, now eight years along, is drawing the capitol district into the party this year, setting the stage for even more excitement and revelry.   

Steven Depolo / Flickr
Steven Depolo / Flickr

If you’re a sports fan, you know that it’s playoff season for Major League Baseball.  It’s also prime time for the National Football League, and pre-season for professional basketball and hockey teams.  But there’s a contest taking place in China that you might have missed. HPR’s Bill Dorman tells us about it in today’s Asia Minute.

So here’s a sport of sorts that’s not likely to make the Olympics: Staring.

 

   The US nuclear treaty with Iran highlights connections between Hawai‘i and a country that is often viewed as difficult to understand.  Persian culture has a foothold in Hawai‘i with the Doris Duke Center for Islamic Art and a new online Persian language course through UH Mānoa.  As part of its ongoing series, Following Up, HPR’ s Noe Tanigawa revisited Iranian scholar Farideh Farhi for a window on what is happening in Iran now.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

 

   A year ago, the federal Department of the Interior, DOI, travelled throughout Hawai‘i soliciting comments on a path to Hawaiian nationhood.  Last week the DOI proposed a rule to facilitate governmental relations if Hawaiians form a unified government on their own.  Today, as part of HPR’s news series, Following Up,  Noe Tanigawa reports on how that path to nationhood is progressing.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

 

The Arts at Marks’ Garage, that Chinatown community hub, is nearly fifteen years old.  The scrappy, hospitable, office/gallery/performance venue has hosted hundreds of exhibitions and performances for thousands of audience members.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports The Arts at Marks' needs community help now.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  

  

  

  

  

  Hawai‘i acknowledged art and culture as central to quality of life by establishing the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts in 1965.  Hawai‘i’s groundbreaking Art in Public Places program ensures that art is a part of community life.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this visit to a new exhibit at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, HiSAM, celebrating the SFCA’s 50th anniversary.

“Hawai‘i: Change and Continuity” continues at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum.  

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iggy jang

 

   The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra is launching a sparkling new season this Saturday.  Solid classics, talented soloists, and intriguing programs are all part of the new mix, along with a fun loving pops season and performances across the state.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

The Hawai‘i Symphony’s new season opens this Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27th, at the NBC Concert Hall.  

Find out more about the "Taste of Symphony" concert this Wednesday, 9/23.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

 

   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.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  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.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

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.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  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.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

    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.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

 

  

   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.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

 

   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.  

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  

  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.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  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.”

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

    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. 

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

 

  

  

  

   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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