Arts & Culture

Thursday, June 6 2013

This week’s edition of the Honolulu Weekly contains a letter from the publisher announcing the end of the popular newspaper.  The Weekly’s editor and others, however, are banding together for a new venture.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

( Flickr / billjon )

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Wednesday, June 5 2013

Downbeat Diner and Lounge on Hotel Street attracts an eclectic crowd day and night, thanks to its blend of American diner and vegan food options.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found a great reason to check out Tuesdays there: all original singer/songwriter nights.

poster for truetone tuesdays in June

TrueTone Tuesdays continue next week at Downbeat Lounge with special guests, Mike Piranha and Ryan Bradley.  Check the HPR website for information.

For more information email James Mccarthy at

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Tuesday, June 4 2013

Piece from Tony Oursler's series, AnomalousBodies, Resonant Dust, Worms

Multi media artist, Tony Oursler, has exhibited in major institutions and galleries around the world.  His unique creations layer handmade objects, with projected images and spoken fragments and conversations.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa talked with him about his current show at the Honolulu Museum.

“Little Worlds”, an exhibition of works by Tony Oursler, continues at the Honolulu Museum of Art through June 23rd. 

Extended interview with Tony Oursler:

Honolulu Museum of Art exhibition, “Little Worlds”

Tony Oursler on Youtube

Oursler’s much talked about video for David Bowie’s first studio album in a decade.

Released January, 2013

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Friday, May 31 2013

Heading to Kaua’i  anytime soon?  There’s a new restaurant guide out for Kaua’i, one that focuses on tasty food, made from scratch using local ingredients whenever possible.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Tasting Kaua’i:  Restaurants is available as a kindle download online.  You can download the kindle app and use it on any device.  Check it out on the website:

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Thursday, May 30 2013

This time of year brings a rainbow of events to Honolulu highlighting Hawai’i’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.  The Gay Pride parade runs through Waikiki this Saturday, and the Rainbow Film Festival begins at the Doris Duke tomorrow.  In addition, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a theatre production that opens a window into gay life in Hawai’i.  

“Yes, I am… Stories from Honolulu’s LGBT Community” opens Friday, tomorrow night, and runs through June 9th at Fresh Café in Kaka’ako.  Check these links to the play and other activities this weekend.

Yes, I am… Stories from Honolulu’s LGBT Community showtimes:

Friday, May 31 at 8pm
Saturday, June 1 at 8pm
Sunday, June 2 at 3pm
Friday, June 7 at 8pm
Saturday, June 8 at 8pm
Sunday, June 9 at 3pm

Fresh Café, 831 Queen Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Tickets are a suggested donation of $20 but  no one will be turned away for inability to pay.


Honolulu Pride Festival Foundation

Honolulu Pride/ Full Parade info

Honolulu Gay Men's Chorus presents "The Book of More MEN!"

Hawaii Convention Center
Saturday Jun 8, 2013 - 8PM to 10PM

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Tuesday, May 28 2013

Environmental ethics and indigenous perspectives are finding common ground and creating alliances around the world.  This weekend’s Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival celebrates communities from around the world, coming together.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

poster for the Wld and Scenic Film Festival

See fourteen films at the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival, this Saturday, June 1st, at the Doris Duke Theatre on Beretania Street.  Enjoy live music,  ‘ono local food, and an art and book sale.   Doors open at 4pm on Kina'u Street, the Festival films begin at 5.  Your ticket to the screening includes two books by the Conservation Council for Hawai‘i :  The Hawai'i Wildlife Viewing Guide and Facing Hawai'i's Future.  


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Friday, May 24 2013

Composer, pianist, arranger, Bill Cunliffe is hailed as versatile, probing, and lyrical.  His work spans Grammy winning orchestral arrangements to intimate solo piano pieces.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with him before his concert in Honolulu, Saturday, May 25th, 2013.

Bill Cunliffe performs with vocalist, Denise Donatelli and bassist Bruce Hamada Saturday night, May 25th, 7:30 at Studio 909 on Kapiolani Boulevard. You can find more information about the Honolulu concert online.


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Thursday, May 23 2013

The Native Hawaiian arts community is growing in strength and diversity, as exemplified in Maoli Arts month celebrations over the last several years.  Now, in its eight year, Maoli arts month, or MAMo, is looking to the future.

Maile Andrade's "Ka Huli", wall installation with lauhala baskets

Maile Andrade’s show, 'Ike Loloa: A Long Insightful Journey, continues through October 7, 2013

The Native Hawaiian Arts Market takes place under festive tents on the Museum’s Great Lawn.  Thirty to forty artists from Hawai’i island, Kaua’i, O’ahu, and perhaps even Ni’ihau, will be there with their creations.  Enjoy food, fashion, music, and hands on activities.

Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26, 2013, Bishop Museum Native Hawaiian Arts Market at the Bishop Museum, 9 am-5 pm.

April Drexel's "For the Record", multi media installation, detail

This year’s exhibit at the ARTS at Marks Garage is entitled “A” Mini Retort, and features: Maile Andrade, Kaili Chun, Kauka de Silva, April Drexel, Noelle Kahanu, Imaikalani Kalahele, Kapulani Landgraf, Abigail Romanchak, Maika’i Tubbs, and Kunane Wooton.  The exhibition runs through June 1.

For more information on the ARTS at Marks Garage exhibit, please call the ARTS at Marks Garage at (808) 521-2903.

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Tuesday, May 21 2013

From Hawai'i Island to Kaua'i, most school students, parents, teachers and staff are into the final week of the academic year.  Graduations are in full swing, and there is a lot of celebratory music going on.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this sampling from the Kamehameha Jazz Ensemble, the Honoka'a Jazz Band, the 'Iolani Orchestra, the Maui Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Moanalua Symphony Orchestra, and the Moanalua Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

The Hawai'i Youth Symphony is a statewide organization that offers membership by audition to youth from all islands.

Hawai’i Youth Symphony


Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra:


Moanalua High School Music Department:


Honoka’a High and Intermediate Jazz Band:


‘Iolani School Performing Arts


Kamehameha Schools Performing Arts Department, Kapalama

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Tuesday, May 14 2013



Award winning writer, storyteller, educator, Makia Malo, was diagnosed with Hansen’s disease at age 12, and exiled to Kalaupapa in 1947.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with Malo about experiences included in his new memoir.

News personality Pamela Young with award winning storyteller Makia Malo

Makia Malo will appear at this weekend’s Hawai’i Book and Music Festival for a talk story and reading from his new book, My Name is Makia: A Memoir of Kalaupapa.   Pamela Young & Jeff Gere, contributors to Makia Malo’s new book, will appear also, this Saturday, May 18th, 10am in the Alana Hawaiian Culture Pavillion.


The Hawai’i Book and Music Festival site:


Find My Name is Makia: A Memoir of Kalaupapa and other books by Watermark Publishing:


Hawai’i Bookblog:

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Friday, May 10 2013

There are an estimated two thousand maker spaces around the world.  Also called hackerspaces or co-working spaces, these enclaves of equipment and creative people are part of a changing way of working.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Ross Mukai, wearing a lei because he just graduated from UH West O'ahu in computer sciences, at the Oahu Maker Space


Learn more about Maker Spaces in Hawaii, Oahu, Kauai, and Maui.


Maui Makers is the grant manager for SpaceGAMBIT, a $500,000 2 year DARPA funded program to encourage makerspaces around the world to work on projects that promote humanity's long term survival and expansion into space.

In Box Jelly in Kaka'ako:

On Hawai'i Island:

Cyclovia Hawai’i/ Hele On Kaka’ako:

Make Magazine:

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Tuesday, May 7 2013

Oil painting by John Koga at the Honolulu Museum

John Tanji Koga has received the Honolulu Museum’s Catharine E.B. Cox Award for Excellence in Visual Arts. Best known as a sculptor and general promoter for art projects throughout the community, Koga’s current show features paintings that relate directly to Hawai’i’s legacy of visual art. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

sculpture and oil painting by John Koga at the Honolulu Museum

Undulation: rise and fall, recent work by John Tanji Koga, is on view at the Honolulu Museum of Art through this Sunday, May 12th. Find links and an extended interview with Koga including a marketing suggestion for artists.

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Friday, May 3 2013

Summer is just around the corner and thousands of parents across the state have been making plans to keep their children busy.  UH manoa is offering new programs for high schoolers and the state and counties are continuing their popular options.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.


For more on any of their programs:


DOE e-school

Maui County


Hawai’I County

Honolulu County


Boys and Girls Clubs in Hawai’i

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Tuesday, April 30 2013

The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity is underway in Honolulu this week, and one thing they will be looking at is the connection between disabilities and prison incarceration.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with experts in the field of using culture and creativity to turn lives around.

“Healing our People, Healing Our Streets”, a dialog about alternatives to incarceration, is scheduled for the Church of the Crossroads, tomorrow, Wednesday evening, at 6pm.

Charmaine Crockett:  808-956-7539

Extended version of the conversation with Manulani Aluli Meyer, Shane Edwards, Nane Alejandrez, and Felipe Hernandez:

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Thursday, April 25 2013

The Royal Hawaiian Band and the Hawai’i Council on the Humanities have joined forces for a tasty lunchtime program this Friday (4/26) at ‘Iolani Bandstand.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

This story includes a version of Kaulana Na Pua performed by the Royal Hawaiian Band with Misty Kela’i.  Hear more this Friday, April 26, at ‘Iolani Palace from noon to 1 PM (weather permitting).   Guests are welcome to bring a picnic to this free lunchtime concert.

The program, Mele Lāhui, will explore songs composed either during the time of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom or in remembrance of it.  Special presenters–Aaron Mahi, Puakea Nogelmeier, and Martha Noyes–will illustrate the events of that time and give perspective through the eyes of the composers.  This concert of songs about Hawaiian nationalism will feature the Queen’s Prayer, Ku‘u Pua I Paoakalani, Nā Ali‘i, Ka Na‘i Aupuni, and Mele ‘Ai Pōhaku.   Stellar vocalists, Malia Ka'ai and Nina Keali'iwahamana are also featured.

A special booklet containing program notes about the pieces, written by the speakers, along with song lyrics, will be made available to audience members at no charge.

This event is free and open to the public.  Attendees are welcome to bring a picnic meal for seating on the grounds of ‘Iolani Palace.  A limited number of chairs will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information, contact Stacy Hoshino, HCH director of grants and special projects, at

For more on the Royal Hawaiian Band:


The Hawai'i Council for the Humanities collection, "We Go Jam", contains the essay about Kaulana Na Pua by Martha Noyes as well as many other scholarly notes and recollections about Hawai'i's music over the years.  Check the Humanities website for a copy:

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Tuesday, April 23 2013

Hawai’i Opera Theatre is launching a new production of one of opera’s most thrilling treasures:  Puccini’s Tosca.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa goes behind the scenes for a look at why this production promises to be a blockbuster. 


HOT poster

“Tosca” opens this Friday night at 8, with a matinee Sunday and final performance Tuesday night, April 30.   Performances are all at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

HPR Music Director, Gene Schiller, says it's been a long time since he's heard a voice of Pupu'a's caliber.

For a sample of Ta'u Pupu'a in an early performance of "Tosca"

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Friday, April 19 2013

This Sunday at Magic Island, you’re invited to a convivial gathering of people who make things.   Digital, virtual, physical, whatever your medium, if you’re really into it, the 6th Annual Geek Meet welcomes you with open arms.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Ghostbuster and historic warrior at the Geek Meet

The 6th Annual Hawaii Geek Meet will be held from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Magic Island (Picnic Area #40).  Bring your family, your friends, your coworkers, and your favorite tools and toys... bring some food and stories to share... and enjoy some fresh air, new ideas, and great conversation.

 antennas and telescopes at the Hawai'i Geek Meet






You can find more information on Geek Meet online.
For more on the Schola St. George, visit their website.

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Tuesday, April 16 2013

After over a century of persecution, the Ainu people were recognized as the indigenous people of Japan in 2008.  By that time, assimilation policies had nearly extinguished the Ainu language.  Population counts range from 25 thousand to over 200 thousand, as many do not acknowledge their ancestry. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the first international exhibit by the Hokkaido University Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies, on view at the East West Center Gallery.

Ainu Treasures exhibit at the East West Center Gallery

“Ainu Treasures:  Living Tradition in Northern Japan”  continues at the East West Center Gallery through May 5th.  Guest curator Koji Yamasaki, will discuss his work with the Ainu community on May 5th, 2pm at the gallery. 

Ainu traditional wood shaving techniques

For more on the exhibition:

More on Sarah Strong's translation of Chiri Yukie's collection of Ainu songs, "Ainu Spirits Singing"

More on Ainu cultural expert, Chiri Yukie:

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Friday, April 12 2013

Sculptor Mark Chai has been making sensuous furniture and light sculptures for years, mining an inexhaustible source of high quality materials at his disposal.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with him about new works in a group show called, “Interior”, at Gallery ‘Iolani.

Mark Chai's installation in the "Interior" show at WCC's Gallery 'Iolani

“Interior”, a show of comfortable spaces, continues at Windward Community College’s Gallery ‘Iolani through May 3rd.  Eight artists offer installations, including  Mary Mitsuda, Sally Lundburg, and Keiko Hatano.


"Interior": March 15 – May 3, 2013

 Gallery 'Iolani hours:  1–8 p.m. Monday & Tuesday

                         1–5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday (closed Saturdays)

Gallery ‘Iolani presents a group show of eight installation artists that define the concept of a “comfort space,” either tangibly or intangibly. Participating artists are Mark Chai, Maura Fujihira, Deanna Itano, Kamaile Puaoi, Keiko Hatano, Mary Mitsuda, Chusak Majarone and Sally Lundburg. Within the gallery, separate interior spaces designed by individual artists—along with artist collaborations—include handmade furniture and lighting as personal works of art; a few commercial items are incorporated to create an unexpected transformation within artist-designed comfort spaces.

The Honolulu Museum’s Art After Dark Party, "Plant One", happens April 26th.   For more on Art After Dark:

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Tuesday, April 2 2013


The East West Center is offering a rare chance for Hawai’i audiences to experience authentic music from Afghanistan.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a taste of what is in store this weekend from “Voices of Afghanistan".

Homayoun Sakhi and Ustad Farida Mahwash from Voices of Afghanistan

The East-West Center Arts Program Presents:

Voices of Afghanistan featuring

 Ustad Farida Mahwash, vocals

Homayoun Sakhi, rubâb, vocals

and the

Sakhi Ensemble

Sat. April 6, 8:00 p.m. &

Sun. April 7, 4:00 p.m.

Imin Center-Jefferson Hall

1777 East-West Rd. (opposite UHM Kennedy Theatre)

Tickets: Gen admission, $25; seniors & military, $20; students, $15

Toll free:  1-800-838-3006

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