Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reports by Noe Tanigawa

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Hawaii J20

Monday’s ABC News/Washington Post poll cites a 36% job approval rating for President Trump, with those polled evenly divided on whether he is mentally stable.  The first year of Mr. Trump’s presidency has meant a life change for many in American society.  Here, three artists reflect on how they’ve adapted their practice to the socio-political moment.   HPR's Noe Tanigawa reports.

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In January 2017, over two million people participated in Women’s Marches across the globe.  In Hawai‘i, an estimated 18 thousand people turned out across the state concerned about U.S. positions on climate change, immigration, healthcare, environmental regulations, and more.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, this year, events are focused on getting out the vote.

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Many were surprised by results of the 2016 election, meaning, they were surprised by the number of people who support Trump and his views.  Over 100 thousand people voted for President Trump in Hawai‘i and a national group with a new chapter here is activating to advance right wing views.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Hate in Hawai‘i?

Jan 12, 2018
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creative commons

Statistics compiled by the Justice Department show hate crimes in this country are on the rise.  Here in Hawai‘i, some faculty members at UH Mānoa are experiencing bias, threats, and a deterioration of classroom civility.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Upstairs Downstairs

Jan 9, 2018
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There’s a formidable art piece going in at UH Mānoa that could take you by surprise.  It’s a three story painting in the stairwell on the Diamond Head side of the UH Mānoa Art Building.  The stairwell has long been a forum for self-expression, which is generally encouraged by the art faculty, but HPR’s Noe Tanigawa discovered recent vandalism crossed over into hate speech.

Honolulu Museum of Art
Honolulu Museum of Art

Over the holidays, did you post happy pictures about your personal life on social media?  Did you do any online shopping, or use GPS?  Did you think at all about what these activities do to your digital profile?  If you did, Edward Snowden’s revelations about government spying probably influenced you.  Snowden will be a panel member in an upcoming immersive at the Doris Duke Theatre that looks at our lives under surveillance.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Sailing into 2018,  we all wish each other an easy, pleasant year, free of hardship and struggle.  There are some, however, who relish adversity.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports printmaker Charles Cohan does things the hard way, and the evidence of struggle is invigorating to behold.

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creative commons

Tomorrow, Saturday, at 5pm, the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra is bringing musical fireworks and confetti to Kaka‘ako.  The popular Salt complex will host the full symphony, mixing the trendy pub and grinds atmosphere with masterworks from Bizet and Tchaikovsky and popular tunes like the  Harry Potter theme.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Hawai‘i’s favorite maestro, JoAnn Falletta, will conduct the festive concert.

Sinoto
Sinoto

Tahitians said artifacts from their past called out to Dr. Yosihiko Sinoto, that he caused them to reveal themselves.  The Bishop Museum’s eminent archaeologist, Dr. Sinoto, passed away in October this year, leaving behind a legacy of ground breaking scholarship, dedicated preservation, and friendships across the Pacific.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa checked in with Dr. Sinoto’s son and a colleague for insights into the man and his work.

Hawaii Marine Animal Response
Hawaii Marine Animal Response

One super fun addition to the Waikīkī scene this year was a little Hawaiian Monk Seal pup, who was named for her birthplace, Kaimana.  More than two million followed Kaimana on the live webcam and over a thousand people visited her daily.  Even though the photos many of us took looked like two slugs on a sand lot, the thrill of seeing them in person got us down there time after time.

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Ian MacMillan is a revered figure in Hawai‘i writing circles.  He taught creative writing at UH Mānoa from the nineteen sixties to 2008, and influenced a legion of students and professional writers.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports one of them, Robert Barclay, has shepherded MacMillan’s long awaited last novel to publication.

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noe tanigawa

Some people are noting changes in the traditional Christmas season.  The advent of online shopping especially has lessened people’s exposure to the trappings of Christmas, including decorations and loops of holiday music.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa returned to Anapau Street, site of the famous Waikele Lights neighborhood light display, to see how people are keeping their Christmas spirit alive.

SOEST
SOEST

In a continuing discussion about climate change, there are  opportunities and challenges in the year ahead.  Today, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa speaks with Chip Fletcher, Associate Dean at UH Mānoa, and a professor of geology and geophysics.  His research shows water creeping inland and seeping up into neighborhoods sooner than you might think.

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noe tanigawa

This day, December 7th, began with Japanese bombs and flames at Pearl Harbor in 1941, it was a pivotal event that prompted America’s entry into WWII.  Today, seventy six years later, people commemorate the fateful day in various ways.  As part of er series on local craft brewing, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa takes us to a small pub, the Brewseum, in Kaka‘ako where people sip home brews and marvel at unique WWII memorabilia.

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noe tanigawa

A new exhibition at the UH Mānoa Art Gallery proposes a mysterious island floating in the Pacific.  A nuclear submarine has been lost and the crew shipwrecks on the island, where they begin to discover secrets about its radioactive history.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports the exhibition offers artifacts and interactive technology for a full transmedia experience of Isotopia Pacifica.

Garo
Garo

Spanish artist Francisco Goya’s Disasters of War is an influential historical record of the human toll of the Peninsular War in the early 1800’s.  The Honolulu Museum of Art’s new manga show, The Disasters of Peace, offers a rare view of Japan’s supposed post WWII “economic miracle.” HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports it’s an example of manga, or comic books, providing an important social perspective.

amirah sackett
amirah sackett

Amirah Sackett is the founder of the all-female American dance trio, 'We're Muslim, Don't Panic,"  a troupe that believes in hip-hop's power to inspire and bring about positive change.  The Huffington Post recognized Sackett as one of "17 Muslim American Women Who Made America Great In 2016."  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on her upcoming performance in Honolulu.

Evelina Galang
Evelina Galang

Award winning writer and educator, M. Evelina Galang, runs into a lot of people who don’t realize that Koreans were not the only WWII “comfort women.”  “Comfort women” is the euphemism for girls and women abducted and raped by Japanese soldiers across the so-called co-prosperity sphere, including Korea through China and the Philippines.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on Galang’s new book, Lolas' House, which opens a window onto the Filipina experience.

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chris butzer

This Friday and Saturday, check out the 2.0 version of the Honolulu Printmakers’ annual sale.  As always, a great venue for affordable fine art, the new Print and Book Fair is now offering handmade books, manga, and zines, showcasing the forward edge of printed objects.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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Gamelan orchestras are traditional percussion ensembles from select parts of Indonesia.  Since the 1970’s, Honolulu has been home to a sturdy local enclave of gamelan musicians, centered around a charismatic educator who taught history and culture along with the music.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports family and performers are flying into Honolulu for a special commemoration set for this Saturday, November 18.

Kosta Kulundzic
Kosta Kulundzic

The UH Mānoa Art Department is hosting a live drawing installation every day except Saturday, through November 22nd.  Artist, Kosta Kulundzic combines religious and European iconography with everyday scenes from the 21st century.  Since moving to Hawai‘i two years ago, Kulundzic has been juxtaposing local and western art imagery with particular ferocity.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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Noe Tanigawa

Chozen-ji, the Zen temple in Kalihi valley, was known as a center for Honolulu powerbrokers in the 1980’s and 90’s.  Political and business deals were reportedly hashed out around a low table, in front of calligraphy by Miyamoto Musashi.  (Since the founding abbot, Tenshin Tanouye Roshi passed in 2003, the temple has completed the dojo, an archery range, a ceramics lab, and other facilities.)  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited the temple as they prepare for an open house and art exhibition.

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Painters are recording our lives in Hawai‘i today—what do they see? What do they have to say? Four young painters, survey the landscape, brushes loaded.

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The Hawai‘i State Archives is joining the centennial commemoration of Queen Lili‘uokalani’s death with a unique viewing of Kingdom era flags, and, next week, an open house.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports a more complete picture is emerging of Hawai‘i’s last queen. 

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creative commons

After decades of tracking socio-economic and educational statistics and trends, a UH Mānoa professor charges that people in Hawai‘i appear to be quite tolerant of ethnic inequality.  Professor Jonathan Okamura says ethnic inequality here plays out in the same way racism does in other places.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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noe tanigawa

Sometimes a few moments of quiet contemplation can really boost productivity.  That’s what the Honolulu Museum at First Hawaiian Center is for.  Right now, three exhibitions there at the corner of King and Bishop, offer some of Hawai‘i’s finest artists in new combinations.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa attended the opening of Abstractions in Paint, Wood, and Fiber.

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creative commons

Sustainability was the theme of this week’s “global summit” put together by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. With over nine million visitors projected this year, the Chair of the State Senate Committee on Economic Development, Tourism and Technology told HPR’s Noe Tanigawa we may already have too many tourists. Senator Glenn Wakai says it’s time to re-think the industry, in the concluding report of our series “Traveling Money: Managing Hawai‘i’s Tourism Future.”

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noe tanigawa

Hawai‘i’s last Queen, Lili‘uokalani, was born September 2, 1838, and died November 11, 1917.  The centennial commemoration of her death is beginning this weekend at ‘Iolani Palace with a free celebration of her music, and an exhibit of revealing artifacts is also underway at UH Hamilton Library.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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. 

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