Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reports by Noe Tanigawa

Taimane: Stardust

Mar 23, 2015
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   Don Ho first spotted the ‘ukulele phenomenon, Taimane, when she was thirteen, and recording deals and international gigs have followed.  This Saturday, she releases her new album, “We Are Made of Stars,” at the Bishop Museum on the lawn under the stars and in the planetarium.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

All are invited to this free CD release party Saturday, March 28 at the Bishop Museum, Planetarium and Gallery Lawns, 7-10pm.  

Ages All Ages, Picnic on the Lawn. BYOFC (Bring your own food and chairs!)

HOT: Out of the Box

Mar 18, 2015
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   Adventuresome culture buffs have a new experience waiting as Hawai‘i Opera Theatre unveils its first production in Kaka‘ako.  The warehouse space that houses Night Market and other events will be transformed to tell a particularly contemporary tale of deceit.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Hawai‘i Opera Theatre presents “Siren Song”, six performances only through March 29th.  Street Grindz vendors will offer refreshments.  

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   While he was King, High Chief William Charles Lunalilo established a charitable trust to benefit Hawaiian people, especially the elderly.  This led to the creation of Lunalilo Home, first in Makiki, then, at its current location near Kokohead.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found, it’s a sanctuary of Hawaiian culture in Hawai‘i Kai.

This Friday, “He Wa‘a He Moku, He Moku He Wa‘a” a film about canoe values, will be showing free at Lunalilo Home as part of their monthly film series.  

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   If you’re looking for a welcoming place that mingles books and conversation, Revolution Books has been providing that space for over 38 years.  With bookstores down to a one handed count in Honolulu, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited a spot even many long time Honolulu residents have missed. 

Revolution Books’ Indiegogo campaign to keep them going concludes March 20th.  Check the HPR website for links.

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  Tonight, our elected officials join in on First Friday festivities as Art at the Capitol celebrates the majestic capitol building itself.  The building  made a splash in international architecture when it was unveiled in 1969, and now that the water feature functions, it continues to serve the state today.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with the first capitol tour guide.

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   Every year, Art at the Capitol is a night of camaraderie that revolves around works of art owned by the people of Hawai‘i.  This year, legislators will open their offices and celebrate the state capitol building itself.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa discovered the capitol is a distinctive expression of Hawai‘i’s  attributes and aspirations.

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   The inaugural production of the new Hawaiian Theatre program at UH Mānoa sold out its first weekend at Kennedy Theatre.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Lāʻieikawai is the story of how the most beautiful woman in Hawai‘i found her true love.  A special fund for Hawaiian Theatre has been started at the UH Foundation for touring and for future productions.

“Lāʻieikawai” continues at Kennedy Theatre on the UH Mānoa campus through this weekend  only.

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The Honolulu Printmakers have invited a dynamic young Chicago team to jury their new exhibition, and a splinter group is half way through wrapping a major Honolulu building site in thousands of prints.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa surveys the activity.

The Honolulu Printmakers’ 87th Annual Exhibition opens Wednesday with festivities and a DJ.  

All are invited to the Opening Reception: 
Wednesday, February 25, 5–7 pm

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    Does art by millennials differ from the art that has come before them?  That’s the unspoken question behind an exhibition at WCC’s Gallery ‘Iolani that features a dozen artists born between 1976 and 1991.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with one of the curators.

It's just fun to think, what are the characteristics of this millennial tribe, what are they drawn to?  Beyond that, what modes of depiction feel accurate now?  

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   “My Name is Gary Cooper”, the current production at Kumu Kahua has been generating a lot of buzz for the unconventional way it tackles family and race relations.  According to the play, the 1953 Hollywood film, “Return to Paradise” starring Gary Cooper,  spawned a generation of Samoan “Gary Coopers”, one of whom is the subject of this story.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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At Spalding House, the site of the former Contemporary Museum in Makiki, a chapel of sorts has sprung up in the former tennis courts.  Open to the elements, with a transparent roof, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found a place dedicated to peace and play.

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  David Sedaris has come far since his days as a Santa’s elf, far even since his popular segments in This 

  American Life.  His writings in the New Yorker tackle topics from dentists without borders, to his sister’s suicide, to crocheted owls.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with Sedaris in London as he prepares for visits to Līhu‘e and Hilo.

David Sedaris performs on Kaua‘i Wednesday February 18th at Kaua‘i Community College and at UH Hilo on Thursday.  

O'ahu Fringe Festival


   From humble beginnings in Edinburgh, Scotland, Fringe Festivals now dot the globe, each different but holding to the ideal of creating something new for their audiences.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the O‘ahu Fringe Festival which runs through the weekend.

The O‘ahu Fringe Festival runs through February 15th in a variety of venues.

For a schedule of O‘ahu Fringe Festival events.

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  The Pow!Wow! Street Art Festival is underway in Honolulu this week.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa was at the opening of the new contemporary show at the HMA School.

‘Pow!Wow! Exploring the New Contemporary Art” continues at the Honolulu Museum School through February 18th.  This year there will be work fronting and inside the Honolulu Museum as well.

Find out more at the Pow!Wow! website.

A Motown Valentine

Feb 10, 2015
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   In the decade after 1961, Motown record’s distinctive sound propelled 110 hits into the Billboard top ten.  This weekend, the Kings of Spade present their 4th annual Motown Valentines Review featuring the music of the Supremes, Jackson five, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and others.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa caught a recent rehearsal.

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  Last year Honolulu city officials began a study to renovate the Neal Blaisdell Center complex.   After researching possibilities, the idea for a redevelopment is taking hold.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers background in advance of a public planning meeting next week.

A public workshop on the Neal Blaisdell Master Plan happens Tuesday, February 10th, 6pm, at the Blaisdell Center Hawai'i Suites, 777 Ward Avenue.  Free parking.

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  Korean government support in the 1990’s helped fuel the Korean Wave of pop culture that swept Asia and Hawai‘i.  That wave appears to have peaked, along with Korea’s economic tiger status, and some in Korea’s film industry have been reflecting a growing social malaise.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a film series examining castaways in Korean society.

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  Hawai‘i’s cable television companies are required by law to provide funds and channels for community access.  Na Leo o Hawai‘i on Hawai‘i Island, Akaku in Maui county, and Hō‘ike on Kaua‘i are much loved local channels.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offer sthis visit with ‘Ōlelo, O‘ahu’s four community television channels.

Non profits and other community organizations,  ‘Ōlelo may be able to shoot and air your event for free. Call and ask about their Executive Production Service.

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   Thirteen of Hawai‘i’s most savvy women artists are showing together at Pegge Hopper Gallery in Chinatown.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this glimpse of the work.

The "13 Women" are:

Reiko Brandon, Allyn Bromley, Kandi Everett, Sally French, Lynda Hess, Kloe Kang, Emily McIlroy, Mary Mitsuda, Marcia Morse, Esther Shimazu, Yida Wang, Suzanne Wolfe, and Maile Yawata.

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   Klezmer is the traditional folk music of Jews from Eastern Europe, known for expressive melodies and lively dance tunes.   The music ensemble, Big Galute uses klezmer as a springboard for a night of music, stories, and borscht belt humor.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found out why they sold out last time they were here.

Big Galute combines humor with  traditional klezmer music with cabaret, baroque classical, music from Jewish teatre and composers.

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   The venerable Hawai‘i Theatre has been through a lot since opening as the “Pride of the Pacific” in 1922.   Vaudeville acts gave way to movies, then a closure in 1984.  The theatre’s reopening in 1996 after a 32 million dollar renovation has always held great promise, and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found a new theatre president is reorganizing with an eye to the future.

Next up at the Hawai‘i Theatre, Kuana Torres Kahele on  February 7, Hālau I Ka Wēkiuʻs annual concert February 8, and blues singer Eric Bibb, February 13.

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    There’s a young singer in town who’s being picked up in South America, South Africa, Japan, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa caught up with Maryanne Ito at one of her favorite downtown lunch spots, Fresh Café, for a chat about the music. 

Check out Maryanne's website.

See Maryanne’s video with Jemere Morgan, “How I Feel”

Pow! Wow! 2015

Jan 13, 2015
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Lately HPR has been examining how arts and culture are playing a key role in kakaako’s development.  In this latest installment, Noe Tanigawa headed to the community’s center, Mother Waldron Park, to chat with the founder of Pow!Wow!, the street art festival that’s changed the look of the neighborhood.

Find out about POW!WOW! Hawai'i 2015

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  At a time when even writing is getting obsolete, people across the state are answering an inner call to use their hands to make things.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa finds people are pooling resources and expertise, and computers often play a major role.

An annual maker gathering, the Mini Maker Faire, happens on O‘ahu

Check out the O‘ahu Makerspace and get with their motto:  Let’s make it happen!

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 On the eve of the 2015 legislative session, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa takes a look at a recent auditor’s report on the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.  You can find the full audit at the SFCA website.

Future curators, gallery owners and installers, contact Karen Ewald of the Art in Public Places program for more on the Gallery Incubator , planned for Spring 2015.

Karen A. Ewald, APP Program Manager

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  Currently, the average sales price of a home on O‘ahu is 974 thousand dollars, up 11% from a year ago--- for a condo, the average price is 398 thousand, up 8%.  Meanwhile, Hawai‘i’s population is increasing by about 29 new residents a day, and housing has not kept up.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this look at real estate on O‘ahu over the past year.

The Honolulu Board of Realtor’s website offers listings, market information, and consumer assistance.

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   Latest available statistics show Hawai‘i’s creative industries now involve 48,170 entrepreneurs and small businesses around the state, accounting for 5.9 percent of jobs here.  That's just one percentage point below the construction industry in 2013.  Creative industries, which include art, design, culture, interactive and digital media, plus film and television, account for 4.5% of Hawai'i's total GDP, and the sector is experiencing double digit expansion.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a look at this growing sector of the state economy.

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  As 2014 draws to a close, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa has prepared a look back, and a look forward.  Keola Beamer performs from his first recording, released January first, 1972.  Darrell Lum reads from a letter to his hometown, written in 2014.

You’ll be listening to Darrell Lum’s “Letter to Honolulu” read with Keola Beamer’s “In the Real Old Style.”

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   If shipping deadlines are past and you still need a few choice gifts, remember a lot of your island neighbors are still hoping to make a good portion of their annual income this season.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a look at places to get locally made goods.

Native Books/Na Mea Hawai‘i in Ward Warehouse

For the Drift Boutique address in Kaimukī

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   In the last five years, the Street Grindz team has done a lot to create Kaka‘ako’s current lively image.  Their events, Eat the Street and Honolulu Night Market, attract thousands to the area and now, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on what’s next for some lucky vendors in the Kamehameha Schools side of Kakaako.

Food, music, and vendors of all kinds will gather for a Street Grindz "Rogue Christmas” tomorrow, Saturday night, December 20th, at 449 Cooke Street from 6 to 11pm.