Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reports by Noe Tanigawa

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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. 

Noe Tanigawa
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.

creative commons
creative commons

 

On Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court granted an injunctionhalting the Na'i Aupuni election.  The Grassroot Institute, supported by the national conservative organization, Judicial Watch, is suing to stop the Na'i Aupuni election on grounds that it is unconstitutional because it involves only Native Hawaiians.  Na'i Aupuni claims theirs is a private election, privately funded, and therefore legal.  

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.   

In America We Trust

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.

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