Arts & Culture

Honolulu Museum of Art-Raymond M. Sato
Honolulu Museum of Art-Raymond M. Sato

A new Abstract Expressionist exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art is highlighting connections between Hawai‘i artists of the 1950-s and ‘60’s and their brash counterparts in New York.  The storied “Chateau Metcalf” cadre of local artists experienced America’s mid-century avant garde, then went on to shape Hawai‘i’s art and esthetics.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

University of Iowa
University of Iowa

In the 1940’s and 50’s, America’s audacious painters veered away from depicting the world as it looks, opting instead for interior worlds, or simple records of their actions.  Abstract Expressionism was the first truly American modern art movement, and it was a huge psychological leap away from anything before it.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports a new show at the Honolulu Museum of Art shows Hawai‘i’s contribution to this world wide movement. 

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

There are about 2 million people across the U.S. brewing beer at home, and two thirds of them joined the bandwagon since 2005.  This growing phenomenon boasts thousands of clubs across the nation, but most often, it’s a handful of people banding together in garages, comparing notes, seeking and drinking remarkable beers.  In HPR’s ongoing series on local craft brewing, Noe Tanigawa reports from a carport brewery in a cul de sac in Kāne‘ohe.

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noe tanigawa

Hawai‘i fashion has an international profile that started with grass skirts and coconuts bras, through sarongs and Shaheen’s silks, then mu‘umu‘us, aloha shirts, and jams of the later twentieth century.  Contemporary local fashion is now emerging and this week, for the first time, a native Hawaiian will debut his collection in New York’s Fashion Week.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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noe tanigawa

The number of breweries across the U.S. has more than doubled in the last five years.  The national Brewers Association says Hawai‘i's fourteen craft breweries contributed well over 200 million dollars  to the local economy in 2014.  As part of her series on craft brews, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa discovered these small local businesses are part of a sea change in American culture.

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noe tanigawa

In the 1960’s, internationally known artist Masami Teraoka made his reputation bridging cultures, blending classic Japanese Ukiyo-e subjects with golden arches, and other bits of Americana.  On the eve of a two part retrospective at Koa Gallery, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa explains how Teraoka’s fascination with American culture connected him to Russia’s anti-Putin feminists, Pussy Riot.

Noe Tanigawa

Last year, the craft beer market continued its thirteen year upward trend, topping out at $23.5 billion dollars according to the national Brewers’ Association. In the U.S. as a whole, craft brew production doubled in the last 5 years to reach nearly 18 million barrels last year. As part of HPR’s ongoing series on craft brewing, Noe Tanigawa reports O‘ahu is tracking that pattern of growth.

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Craft brewing is changing the social scene here in Honolulu.  The national Brewers Association lists fourteen breweries in the Islands, with four breweries in Kaka‘ako alone.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers  this first installment in a swing through that scene. 

HiSAM Reboot!

Aug 4, 2017
Omnia Design Studio/HiSAM
Omnia Design Studio/HiSAM

The Hawai‘i State Art Museum, HiSAM, is one of the state’s best kept secrets, but that’s about to change.  The Friends of HiSAM have redone the shop with MORI by Art and Flea, the popular café sports rotating shows now, Family Second Saturdays are gaining momentum and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports there’s even valet service to enjoy First Fridays. 

Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR).
Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR).

On the Diamond Head end of Waikīkī, crowds of up to a hundred people have been reported along the boundaries set up on Kaimana beach to protect a monk seal and her pup.  The pup, born between June 27 and 28, is growing and getting stronger, prompting new and broader warnings from the Department of Land and Natural Resources.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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noe tanigawa

One of the great pleasures of living in a place, is learning the stories about its nooks and crannies.  In HPR’s Hometown collection, we visit places of historical or cultural interest  that may be easy to miss.  Today in Hometown Honolulu, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visits a memorial right outside the State Archives, and a petroglyph site in Nu‘uanu.

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noe tanigawa

Hawai‘i is a famously mixed plate of different cultural cuisines, and on the music scene, there’s a local band that is adding in some African influences.  Drawing on vibrant contemporary music from Senegal, Liberia, Nigeria, Guinea and Mali, HPRs Noe Tanigawa says Jamarek is creating a new local hybrid.

Honolulu CC
Honolulu CC

The state legislature will convene for five days starting August 28th 2017 to hammer out a financial plan for Honolulu’s rail transit project.  Meanwhile, plans for transit oriented design, TOD, projects have been in the works for years.  Waipahu’s Neighborhood TOD Plan is the first to be approved by the City Council, and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, parts of the plan are getting underway now.

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noe tanigawa

Starting today through Sunday, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center is staging a pop up in the old Foodland location at Ala Moana Center.  Audiences are invited to hear and see over fifty artists and thinkers from across the country and Hawai‘i filling the space with their work.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa stopped by for a preview.

Anthony Quintano
Anthony Quintano

The Doris Duke Theatre’s annual Surf Film Festival is underway with choice selections like Nervous Laughter, about an El Nino year at Pe’ahi, Maui’s notorious winter break, and Alternative Surf Craft, about new and unique ways of riding waves.  HRP’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a film about one longboard ‘s travels through waves and lives around the world.   Surf film director, Jason Baffa discusses current directions.

SHADE
SHADE

Many Hawai‘i residents are well-travelled and can knowledgeably compare the world’s great cities.  With Honolulu in the midst of a development boom, some wonder what is guiding this city’s transformation.  A group of local designers, architects and landscape designers is working to make sure communities are involved in changes that are coming with the rail transit project.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

J20+
J20+

Ward Warehouse was expected to last fifteen years when it opened in 1975.  Now, over 40 years later, it will close in August to make way for a highrise.  Right now, along with sales galore, a few interesting new shops have taken old spaces.  The Paradise Cove art collective has a storefront, and so does J20+, an offshoot of the January 20th Inauguration Day protests.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on their exhibition, Welcome to Free Speech.

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After rolling layoffs for the last few years during hotel renovations, Lāna‘i  residents are enjoying 3.4% unemployment, three points lower than this time last year.  This weekend will be a particularly exciting on Lāna‘i, priming for the July fourth holiday with the Pineapple Festival  on Saturday.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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noe tanigawa

Paradise Cove is a Hawaii-based collective presenting site-specific installations and art-related events. They create temporary experiences that encourage people to think critically about Hawaii, and they like to exhibit in places where people do not usually think too critically.  For the rest of the month, Paradise Cove has exhibits up at Ars Cafe on Monsarrat Avenue and at Ward Warehouse, in a typical retail storefront.  HPR's Noe Tanigawa spoke with one of the members.

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Wikimedia Commons

This Sunday will be King Kamehameha Day—although the state’s official holiday will be observed on Monday.

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noe tanigawa

The UH Mānoa Art Gallery is showing a heartening collection of new work by its Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates in graphic design and studio art.  Fun ideas in a range of materials make these shows a must, along with closing festivities for the Honolulu Biennial.

Music of the Spheres

May 3, 2017
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peter swanzy

Maui based Ebb and Flow Arts has challenged and delighted audiences across the state since 1999.  Their performances are known for high level musicianship and novel experiences; they’ve done nearly ninety world premieres.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports there is a free concert coming up in the Hōkūlani Imaginarium in Kāne‘ohe.

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noe tanigawa

A new gallery on Nu‘uanu Street is adding to the art buzz in Honolulu.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports the Ravizza Brownfield Gallery has opened with a distinctly different mission, one that adds another dimension to Hawai‘i‘s cultural cachet.

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noe tanigawa

Painter, installation artist, Yayoi Kusama is having her moment in the U.S.  With sold out shows in Los Angeles and Washington D.C., her installation at the IBM Building is a hidden gem of the Honolulu Biennial.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa takes us there.

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noe tanigawa

Not just the art crowd, it’s everybody battling to get into Yayoi Kusama’s infinity Rooms at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington.  Tickets sell out in minutes, and viewers still have to wait hours for their 20 seconds in each room!  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports eagle eyed art lovers have spotted our own Kusama installation in Honolulu, her pink spotted Footprints of Life, part of the Honolulu Biennial at Foster Garden.

Courtesy of Hawaii Opera Theatre
Courtesy of Hawaii Opera Theatre

Traditional grand opera is comically characterized by big violent scenes and jumping from great heights, but more recently especially, introspective, psychological operas are winning new audiences.  Hawai‘i Opera Theatre’s latest production, Three Decembers, could do just that.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports the production will bring one of opera’s most beloved performers to four Hawaiian Islands.

Making Art Happen

Mar 22, 2017
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noe tanigawa

Great art does not just happen.  It has to be nurtured to become a rich conversation about this place and time—that’s how it becomes valuable to generations hence.    HPR’s Noe Tanigawa continues a series of reports on how  people and businesses investing in local art are building the way our time will be remembered.

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noe tanigawa

Master carver Kawika Eskaran has built canoes, he’s sailed and works with Polynesian navigators and directs special projects at BYU-Hawai‘i.  His sculpture at the corner of South and Ala Moana is designed to bring peace to an area with a troubled history.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, it is also a navigational reference, for those who understand.

Spark! Hiromi

Mar 15, 2017
Hiromi
Hiromi

Award winning pianist Hiromi Uehara has been playing since age six.  A chance meeting in Tokyo with jazz legend Chick Corea set her on a trajectory that took her to number one on the Billboard Jazz Album chart last year.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Hiromi will be at the Blue Note Waikiki this week, performing her unique combination of jazz, pop and classical music from that album, Spark.

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noe tanigawa

Amidst the flurry of Executive Orders issued recently by President Trump, a seventy five year old Order is being re-examined.  Executive Order 9066 by President Roosevelt in 1942, banned “any or all persons” from “military areas” as determined by the Secretary of War and military commanders.  Though this order and the Japanese internment it caused have been discredited in the courts, political figures have used it recently to support new rules around immigration.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on what is at stake.

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