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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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.

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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:

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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.

Readers of the Honolulu Weekly have been disappointed by empty stands since the publication folded earlier this month.  Former Weekly writers and editors have been busy, however, and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a new development.

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This time next week, the white tent will be up in Kaunakakai Ball Park and the Moloka’i 4-H Livestock Expo will be underway.  From the oral presentations to the parade of animals, showmanship competitions and final auction, there’s a lot to see, do and eat for all!  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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One of Hawai’i’s most exciting artists, Keith Tallett, from Hawai’i island, has just opened in a new gallery in Kaka’ako.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

‘Militia”, Keith Tallett’s latest work, continues at SPF Gallery on Auahi Street through July 14th.

SPF Projects

729 Auahi street
Tuesday-Thursday 7pm-11pm
Sunday 1pm-5pm
and by appointment
Instagram: @SPFprojects

The Maui Film Festival kicks off tonight with a night under the stars and a very special focus on Hawai’i.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

The Maui Film Festival  continues through June 16th. You can find the full schedule online.

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Hawai’i island resident, Pamela Frierson, won the 2012 Elliot Cades literary award for her writings, which explore the interaction between people and place.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with her about her latest book, The Last Atoll, exploring the Northwest Hawaiian Islands.

Find more information on Papahānaumokuākea online!

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit has launched a 5 million dollar public art program to enhance the 21 stations along the rail route as well as the train control center in Waipahu.  Submissions are being accepted starting June 14th.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports. 

The submission deadline is 7:59 p.m.  June 27th.

For application forms, guidelines and selection criteria:

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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.

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:

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.

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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.