Noe Tanigawa

Arts & Culture Reporter

Noe Tanigawa covers art, culture, and ideas for Hawai'i Public Radio.    Noe began working in news at WQXR, the New York Times' classical station in New York City, where she also hosted music programs from 1990-94.  Prior to New York, Noe was a music host in jazz, rock, urban contemporary, and contemporary and classic Hawaiian music formats in Honolulu.  Since arriving at HPR in 2002, Noe has received awards from the Los Angeles Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists Hawai'i Chapter, and an Edward R. Murrow Regional Award for coverage of the budget process at the Hawai'i State Legislature. Noe holds a Masters in Painting from UH Mānoa. She maintains an active painting practice, and has recently returned from a 2015 residency with the U.S. Art in Embassies program in Palau.  Noe is from Wailupe Valley in East O'ahu.

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Something for everybody was not the goal this time around. For its 60th incarnation, The Honolulu Museum of Art’s Artists of Hawai’i show has gone from showing up to a hundred artists to featuring just eleven. 341 artists submitted portfolios for jurying, then the lucky eleven had about ten months to prepare for what is arguably the most important visual art exhibition in the state. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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Music from another place and time will fill the chambers of St. Theresa’s cathedral this coming Friday. Like church services with rock music today, the oratorios in this concert were meant to bring 17th century congregations closer to the spirit.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this preview.

Early Music Hawai’i presents “Oratorio:  Sacred Drama from Rome to Handel” under the direction of Carl Crozier this Friday at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa on School Street.  Check the website below for more information:

Bishop Museum

This Saturday, the Bishop Museum is inviting everyone to a celebration in the newly refurbished Pacific Hall. Admission will be free from 9am to 9pm, for all to enjoy. In conjunction with this reopening, a cadre of Bishop Museum workers has been experiencing a deeper immersion into Pacific culture. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, it has been an exercise in connecting inner and outer worlds, guided by New Zealand dancer, choreographer Jack Grey.

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Every two years, the UH Manoa Department of Art and Art History mounts an exhibition of faculty artworks.  It’s an important indication of the abilities and interests shaping art graduates from Hawai’i’s University.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports this year’s show is diverse and stimulating.

Honolulu Theatre for Youth

The curtain is going up on Honolulu’s fall theatre season and there’s a particularly wide variety of offerings this year.  HPR‘s Noe Tanigawa offers this sampler.

Will the Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up?  through September 22

The Toxic Avenger through 9/29

A Korean Cinderella through 9/28

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There is growing consensus around a National Institute for Early Education Research study which concluded that increasing public investment in effective preschool education can produce substantial educational, social, and economic benefits, especially for the economically disadvantaged.  Currently, there are over 87 thousand children under the age of 5 in Hawai’i, and as the state moves to support early childhood education, some wonder what that education should be like.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this look at the Reggio Emilia educational approach.

Kahilu Theatre

Waimea on Hawai’i Island is a two traffic light town with a history of ranching and actually, quite a lot of theater. Richard Smart, sole heir to the Parker Ranch, was a singer and dancer who had performed on Broadway, for example with Carol Channing, as well as around the world. He built a fine theater in Waimea, the Kahilu, which thrived, then struggled along until closing its doors last summer. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the Kahilu Theatre’s reemergence.

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Did you know digital game giant Nintendo started out as a playing card company? 

They hand painted Hanafuda cards as their primary source of income for nearly 100 years. Hanafuda is associated with yakuza or gangsters in many parts of Japan because of its early association with gambling, but in Hawai’i, the game moved off the plantations as popular family fare. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found the local version of hanafuda could be making a comeback.

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This Sunday, music, chant, theatre, food, and free tours of ‘Iolani Palace are planned for the 175th birthday celebration of Hawai’i’s Queen Lili’uokalani. Recent historical research is shedding new light on events of her reign. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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Change is a constant in Hawai’i’s music scene, with artists coming up the ranks, moving here, or taking off to possibly greener pastures.   At Yoza’s recent CD release party, it was a mix of all the above,  featuring some of Honolulu’s best bands.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Yoza will perform tomorrow night, Wednesday, August 28th, at Amuse wine bar.  Find out more:

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This Sunday, men and women of all ages will gather to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of women in Hawai’i.  This year, the “Distinctive Women in Hawaiian History Program” focuses on women of a pivotal period:  World War II.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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Georgia O’Keeffe is renowned for her paintings of skulls and flowers in northern New Mexico. Ansel Adams is best known for his majestic photographs of Yosemite. Both artists were commissioned for projects in Hawai’i, and they created visual time capsules of their visits here. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the O’Keeffe/Adams exhibit on now at the Honolulu Museum.

Hawaiian Mission Houses

UH Manoa’s esteemed emeritus professor, Terrence Knapp, inspired many students with his love of Shakespeare.   In the 1970’s, local comic, James Grant Benton, enlisted Knapp’s help with a pidgin version of the Bard’s “Twelfth Night, or What You Will.”   Knapp so admired Benton’s version, he staged it as his final production at UH.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a contemporary restaging, outdoors at the Hawaiian Mission Houses.

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In 2001, the head of a global cosmetics firm coined the term, lipstick index, to describe the inverse relationship between a weak economy and the sale of "affordable indulgences".  Today, with drug store sales of nail products up 59%, talk is more about a “nail polish index”.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on trends that begin with a manicure and rise to nail art.

It's All About Nails

Aug 9, 2013
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Americans spent $7.47 Billion dollars in nail services over the last year, according to Nails Magazine, a manicure industry publication.  This record breaking growth in an age old practice has been fueled by technical advances, celebrity culture and an immigrant success story.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Next week, Noe takes a look at nail care and new products and techniques in nail art.

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The Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra has announced an all-star line-up of concerts this Fall.   Classic masterworks and popular showpieces will be performed by some of America’s favorite artists.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa previews the new season.

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When they began, the team behind Lucky Peach magazine were hoping there were others like them:  people who care about art, literature and food.   Two years later, they sell a hundred thousand of each issue and have become a model for successful niche publishing.   The Lucky Peach team will share their secrets in Honolulu this weekend.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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This Friday night, a dozen of Honolulu ‘s best restaurants are teaming up with a wine purveyor for a night of fun at the Honolulu Museum of Art.   Budding collectors, there’s a  special reason you won’t want to miss this.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, it’s all to benefit art education.

August Moon, a benefit for art education, happens at the Honolulu Museum of Art this Friday, August 2nd, from 6 to 9pm.   12 eateries, including Chef Mavro, Morimoto's, Salt, and the Pig and the Lady will be participating.  Fifty three wines will be available for tasting and sale.

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Two very different new art shows are on view  in Kaka’ako right now, one is a rumination on memory with audience participation.  The other is an apocalyptic pop vision of Hawai’i.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Meet Maika'i Tubbs and Kosta Kulundzic, enjoy the work and an evening in Kaka’ako this Thursday.  A joint gallery talk takes off from R/D at 6pm.   Extended Play, Maika’I Tubbs’ show at ii gallery, is on view through August 24th.  Kosta Kulundzic’s show, Hawai’i Apocalypse, continues through August 25th at SPF Projects.  


Tomorrow is the 60th anniversary of the armistice that suspended combat in the Korean War.   An official peace treaty has never been signed, in fact, this past March, for the third time, North Korea declared the armistice invalid.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on possibilities for peace being generated here in Hawai’i.

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In the late 1950’s, a group of artists kick started modern art on the West coast, defining a new,  California-based style.  LA Cool blended with the cocktails and cool jazz of the period, and was practiced by artists eager to leave European traditions behind.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on an upcoming exhibition involving two key artists of the era.

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 Audio FileDiscussion with Harry Wong and R. Kevin Garcia Doyle about the Shakespeare Festival's project to stage all 38 of the Bard's plays in Honolulu.Edit | Remove

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The Historic Hawai’i Foundation cites up to four heiau in Kaimuki, one up Sierra Drive, two on Kaimuki Hill and another at Leahi hospital.  Kaimuki Hill itself was a lookout point for Kamehameha’s invading army, a water reservoir, a telegraph station and an observatory before becoming the park it is today.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa continues a Kaimuki community portrait.

Tonight is Third Friday Night in Kaimuki:

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Kaimuki is a little town, mauka of Diamond Head, on the east side of Honolulu proper.  According to Pukui, Elbert and Mookini, Kaimuki means literally, the ti oven, because menehune cooked ti leaves there.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this community portrait.

July 19th, there's a Third Friday Celebration in Kaimuki from 5-9pm.  Find out more:

Taipei National University of the Arts

The founders of the Asia Pacific Dance Festival began with the idea that  peoples’ values and beliefs are embedded in their dances.  That makes dance a unique vehicle for cultural understanding and exchange.  HPR’s  Noe Tanigawa reports on this summer’s upcoming celebration of Maori, Hawaiian and Taiwanese dance.

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David Behlke is well known in Hawai’i’s arts community as the director of the Koa Gallery at KCC.  Though his influence is broad, as an educator, juror, and curator of various art venues, many have never seen Behlke’s own artwork.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with the artist about his retrospective at the Gallery of Hawai’i Artists.

Living Archetypes, works by David Behlke, continues through August 16th at the Gallery of Hawai’i Artists in the Waikiki Landmark Building.

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The Hawai’i Academy of Performing Arts is the powerhouse behind so much of Honolulu’s art scene.  Founded in 1997, HAPA oversees Chinatown’s pioneering community art space, the Arts at Marks Garage.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports an upcoming fundraiser will feature a vibrant sampling of Chinatown’s creatives.   The ARKS AT MARKS variety showcase and fundraiser is set for Friday, July 12th, 7:30-9pm at the Arts at Marks Garage.  Find more information, tickets and the 1001 Friends of Marks sign up at the artsatmarks website.

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On O'ahu, the Kailua fireworks display is back! And communities across the state are gearing up for their own 4th of July festivities.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

KAILUA 4th OF JULY INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE, sponsored by Kailua Chamber of Commerce,  will have 200 marchers, 40 vehicles, 40 floats, & 4 bands It will start at Kainalu Dr./Palapu St., to Kainalu Drive, to end at Kailua Intermediate School.   For More info, visit their website:

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  Have you noticed Flux Hawaii magazine on the newsstands, or perhaps in your mail?  In three and a half years, it has garnered a loyal following and, through partnerships, has found stable financial footing in a challenging environment.  By applying a coherent design sense and focusing local, this publication straddles divides that could exist between local/global and idealism/business.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Summer is the traditional season for blockbuster movies, but if you’ve been hoping for something a little different for your young ones this summer, the Kids First Film Festival could be just the thing.  Selections from a national archive set the stage for fun and future discussions.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

The UH Manoa Outreach College continues the 2013 Kids First Film Festival June 30, July 14, and July 21  at the UH Art Auditorium.  Admission is free, and showings begin at 3.  Check the Outreach/Kids First website for a full schedule.