Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reports by Noe Tanigawa

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     Earthy Japanese singing is a big part of Bon Dance celebrations across the state right now, with its growly or even shrill sounds urging the dancers on.  Hawai‘i’s original Japanese immigrants sang in the cane fields as they worked; the songs they sang were called "hole hole bushi."  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found they paint a vivid picture of life on the plantations.   

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  The U.S. Department of the Interior is holding meetings around Hawai’i, asking how the federal government should be involved in creating a Hawaiian nation.   Should the interior secretary propose establishing a government to government relationship with Hawaiians and help set it up? Or should the DOI leave it to the state, with possible federal requirements?  Some who have been studying the issue say, neither.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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The federal Department of Interior continues public meetings this week, gathering testimony on whether they should propose establishing a government to government relationship with Native Hawaiians.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found conversations on that topic are rippling through the community.

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  The Hawaiian Mission Houses is back with another season of Cemetery Pupu Theatre—what is that, you ask?  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa discovered it’s a convivial evening of food, drink and stories from the past.

HPR has just learned the Hawaiian Mission Houses’ Cemetery Pupu Theatre is sold out for this summer’s run.  Look forward to “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged”,  a comedy which purportedly does feature everything he’s written, August 8-23, at the Mission Houses performance mound.   

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     Native Hawaiian poet Wayne Westlake died 30 years ago, but an exhibit on now at Windward Community College makes the point that his work continues to goad and inspire.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

“Down on the Sidewalk in Waikiki:  The Westlake Art Invitational” continues through July 3rd at  Gallery ‘Iolani, Windward Community College.  The gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday 1-5pm.   Find a collection of Wayne Westlake's poetry and a CD of readings at Na Mea Hawai'i/Native Books.   

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  The ipu and ukulele are familiar Hawaiian music instruments, but few remember that Hawai’i had a string instrument in ancient times before the ‘ukulele.  The  ‘ukeke,  is the subject of an upcoming talk at Bishop Museum, and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this chance to hear the instrument.

Learn more about “ ‘Ukeke, the indigenous stringed instrument of Hawai’i” at the Bishop Museum this Thursday, June 26th, 6pm. 

Description from the Bishop Museum:

The History behind the ‘Ūkēkē: The Indigenous Stringed Instrument of Hawai‘i

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  How will I die?  It's not a comfortable question, but that question, how will I die?, becomes a family matter very quickly in Hawai’i.  That is the subject of the current production, "Koi, Like the Fish", at Kumu Kahua Theatre.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

“Koi, Like the Fish” continues at Kumu Kahua Theatre through June 29th.   By popular demand, Lee Cataluna’s “Flowers of Hawai’i” returns for encore performances starting July 24th .  Kumu Kahua is also continuing its theatre arts classes at the Kaka’ako Agora.  

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  Kaka’ako Agora, a warehouse space on Cooke Street, is opening full time this week with films, live printmaking, discussion sessions and the Honolulu Night Market.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa takes a look at what’s in store.

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   W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan already had a string of hits to their credit when they pulled out the stops for The Mikado.  First performed in March of 1885, by the end of that year, The Mikado was being staged by 150 companies in Europe and the US, and its popularity continues.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the latest production by the Hawai’i Opera Theatre.

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  Tomorrow is Kamehameha Day in Hawai’i, a state holiday commemorating the warrior king who used both force and diplomacy to unify the Hawaiian islands.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on his life and legacy as recorded in a new book about his life.   “The Rise of a King:  Kamehameha”  will be required reading for fourth and seventh graders at Kamehameha Schools.

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   The yoga studio industry has been one of the fastest growing  in the U.S. for the past eight years, worth nearly 7 billion dollars in 2013.  Growth is expected to continue in 2014, with men and boomers joining the trend.  Here, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on one woman who has spent twenty years changing lives with yoga classes in an unexpected location.

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   The summer art season is underway with a “Paniolo Country” exhibit at Hui No’eau in Makawao and the annual Mamo Native Hawaiian arts show at the Bishop Museum.   Just off King Street near Keeaumoku, Cedar Street gallery is showing sculptures by an emerging artist and paintings by an artist who has built a following under the radar.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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   In the art world, private collectors are key to our sense of cultural history.  According to Art Market Monitor, the majority of artworks in museums were acquired with the help of private collectors.  Here,  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with two Hawai'i collectors who are sharing their photographs with the public.

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   Great players will be coming to town for the Ninth Annual Aloha International Piano Festival next weekend.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports a classical smackdown and Gershwin extravaganza are just two of this year’s highlights.

This year, pianists Jon Nakamatsu, Frederic Chiu, John Bayless, Thomas Sauer, Haewon Song, and Lisa Nakamichi will lead masterclasses, workshops and concerts.

The Aloha International Piano Festival and Competition opens with the Classical Smackdown Sunday, June 8th, and continues through the week at the Hawai’i Convention Center. 

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   The Sogetsu School of Ikebana opened its Hawai’i branch fifty years ago, and commemorations are underway this month.  A master sensei from Japan will do a floral performance that is already sold out, but HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers background on the big floral exhibition open to the public this weekend.

Sogetsu Hawaii’s 50th Anniversary Exhibition, “50 Years of Flowers” runs Friday through Sunday this weekend, May 23-25, at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.  The exhibit is free and all are welcome.

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   The Sogetsu School of Ikebana opened its Hawai’I branch fifty years ago, and commemorations are underway this month.  A master sensei from Japan will do a floral performance that is already sold out, but HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers background on the big floral exhibition open to the public this weekend.

Sogetsu Hawaii’s 50th Anniversary Exhibition, “50 Years of Flowers” runs Friday through Sunday, May 23-25, at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.  The exhibit is free and all are welcome.

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    Some of Honolulu’s most engaging art exhibits have been created around the education focus at Spalding House in Makiki, the site of the former Contemporary Museum.  With a newly refurbished café and gift shop, Spalding House is an especially fun discovery for families.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a tour through the current exhibit, “Inquiring Finds: the Science Behind Art”.

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   Great players will be coming to town for the Ninth Annual Aloha International Piano Festival next weekend.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports a classical smackdown and Gershwin extravaganza are just two of this year’s highlights.

This year, pianists Jon Nakamatsu, Frederic Chiu, John Bayless, Thomas Sauer, Haewon Song, and Lisa Nakamichi will lead masterclasses, workshops and concerts.

The Aloha International Piano Festival and Competition opens with the Classical Smackdown Sunday, June 8th, and continues through the week at the Hawai’i Convention Center. 

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     Ely Cathedral in England is considered one of the seven wonders of the medieval world.  This July, a small community choir from O’ahu will be singing the great Cathedral’s Episcopalian religious services for a full week, adding a little Hawaiian flavor as well.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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  This Saturday, Chamber Music Hawai’i' polishes off their 2014 season with  hi-jinks, cops and robbers, chase scenes and romance.  The country's leading exponent of original American music is in Honolulu to recreate an authentic experience of silent film comedy with live orchestra for Honolulu audiences.  HPR's Noe Tanigawa reports.

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   It’s hard not to notice Abstract magazine when it appears, free, in your favorite café, bar or gallery---the quarterly magazine is so unique in look and feel.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s because people took them, which is what they’re supposed to do.  In our ongoing series on alternative media in Hawai’i, today, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a look at Abstract magazine.     

Abstract and Kumu Kahua will team up with Bamboo Ridge for a community writing project in the Bamboo Ridge tent at the Hawai’i Book and Music Festival this weekend.  

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   This Saturday and Sunday the grounds of Honolulu Hale will be teeming with lovers of books, music and dance.  Scholarly panels and lively performances, opportunities to meet famous authors and get books at hugely discounted prices are just part of the draw for this year’s Hawai’i Book and Music Festival.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with a winner of this year’s Elliot Cades Award for Literature, Wing Tek Lum.

Earth Day in Hawai’i

Apr 22, 2014
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  Happy Earth Day!  Last week, the University of Hawai’i’s Sea Grant program convened experts from across the nation and state to offer insights and engage directly with high school and college students about sustainability.  Hawai'i may have a long way to go, but sustainability is now law, and  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa got this update from Hawai’i’s new Sustainability Coordinator.

University of Hawai’i’s Sea Grant program will post notes from the conference, “Ascent: Building a Secure and Sustainable Water and Energy Future for Hawai‘i”, as they become available.

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   Every year, the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts provides standards based art experiences for hundreds of elementary school students.  They do it through the Art Bento program which sends artists into classrooms, and welcomes students into the Hawai’i State Art Museum.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa was there for a recent visit.

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   The Maoli Arts Alliance is sponsoring a show on the theme of “Contact”, inviting audiences to reach outside their usual boundaries to connect with new ideas, people, and projects.  The exhibition at the Honolulu Museum School includes daily dialogs with artists and other community members who are working for positive change.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

CONTACT is on view at the Honolulu Museum of Art School Gallery through Monday, April 21.  

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   This Friday, you’re invited to a night of art, music and lively conversation at the Hawai’i State Capitol.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the sixth annual “Art at the Capitol” celebration, showcasing hundreds of works of art in a convivial setting.

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  A small exhibit at the Honolulu Museum School  is highlighting a growing component in Hawai’i’s social fabric.  “Carrying Culture: Micronesia” takes a look into the culture of those western Pacific islands via coconut baskets.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

“Carrying Culture: Micronesia” continues through April 28th, at the Honolulu Museum School mezzanine gallery.  

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   The five major biotech companies that dominate global seed production moved into Hawai’i after sugar and pineapple.  Since our climate allows three crop rotations per year, Hawai’i is now the number one place for experimental GE crops in the nation.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the global food system we are a part of.

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All week, HPR has been looking at genetic engineering and issues raised by these new technologies.   In today’s installment, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa looks at the pesticide industry and pesticide use in Hawai’i.

Find a condensed version of Hawai’i’s pesticide laws here.

For information on Hawai’i pest control programs, click here:

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This week, HPR is focusing on issues around genetically engineered organisms, and today, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa takes a look at the controversy around their safety in food.  We begin at the two thousand acre Monsanto facility in central O’ahu.

For  USDA statistics on Hawai'i seed crops, look here.

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