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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Updated 1/19/21, 12:00 p.m.

For the first time, the federal government has officially listed the arts as one of the sectors devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the second round of stimulus funds becomes available, there are efforts in Hawaii to aid access to those funds and secure more stable livelihoods for creatives in the state.

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Worsening economic conditions have state officials warning about an increase in homelessness across the state. This year, O'ahu's Point in Time count of homeless individuals will not include those who are unsheltered, or on the street.  More than one hundred volunteers who trek annually from tent to tent, will not be doing that this year.

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Updated 11/14/21, 12:45 p.m.

The Honolulu Police Department is defending its purchase of a semi-autonomous robot dog named SPOT using federal CARES Act funds.

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Updated 1/12/21, 12 p.m.

Hawaiʻi County Mayor Mitch Roth is still recovering at Hilo Medical Center from a heart attack he suffered over the weekend. County officials say a second evaluation is underway as doctors continue to monitor his condition.

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Kapiolani Medical Center nurses vote to strike; Hawaii Proud Boy founder arrested after Capitol riot faces court; Reality Check with Civil Beat: Maui COVID cases surge; Helicopter business, down from pandemic, rises with lava flow; University of Hawaii research finds mislabeled seafood

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Through the pandemic, the island of Kaua’i has charted its own path. First with night time curfews, an interisland travel quarantine was in effect on Kaua’i until earlier this week.  At the end of August, the Kaua'i Chamber of Commerce polled 129 local businesses. More than a third said they would go under if tourism is not back in 6 months. Still, HPR ‘s Noe Tanigawa reports, there is support for travel restrictions in a county with experience handling economic disaster. 

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Updated 12/29/20, 11:59 a.m.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell believes Lori Kahikina is perfect to lead the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation. On Monday, HART announced Kahikina will be interim Executive Director and CEO of the semi-autonomous agency starting later this week.

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Viewpoints Gallery has been part of the arts scene in Maui's upcountry town of Makawao for thirty years.

It’s run by artists—and known for colorful and diverse works.

HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports that hasn’t changed—even though the current show is about what we’ve been through in 2020.

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Today marks the 40th anniversary of the National Park Service’s presence at Kalaupapa on Molokai. COVID-19 has forced a change in plans to commemorate the milestone. Tours and access has been curtailed for most of the year. Today we hear from the park superintendent about what its presence in the historic settlement has meant as we plan for the day when the last resident leaves what has been home for so many.

We also hear personal reflections frome one man long exiled to the islands and we rebroadcast some stories about the island’s place names and important history about  the efforts to find a cure for Hansen’s Disease or leprosy.

Institute for Human Services on addressing Oahu's homelessness; ALEA Bridge partners with YMCA to house homeless at Camp Erdman; Houseless man awaits new year, new beginning; Update on the Kauai art scene; Spiritual guidance during the COVID crisis; Christmas music from local artists

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Updated 12/18/20, 11:53 a.m.

The state Department of Health reported 130 new cases and one fatality Friday.

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The state Department of Health and the City and County of Honolulu yesterday conducted a vaccination distribution exercise to immunize those in the state's Phase 1 priority group. Those in the first group include: essential healthcare workers, long-term care facility residents and staff, and first responders.

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Updated 12/9/20, 11:50 a.m.

State and county leaders are discussing the future of Hawaiʻi's safe travels program as the New Year approaches. Several officials are discussing changes to improve the program.

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The holiday season has historically been a popular time for visitors to the Bishop Museum, since it is open every day except Christmas. Up until this year, visitors to the venerable institution could be counted on for about a third of its revenue. Today, after eight months without the usual barrage of tourists, Bishop Museum is planning ahead for 2021 and beyond.

This week's Homeless Awareness Conference highlighted gains by county governments as well as areas of need across the state. Heads of critical agencies and services, leaders of community organizations, social workers, and others offered recent data and perspectives. Across the board, they are bracing for the future.

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A report released in July shows nearly half of O'ahu's homeless who are reached by social service providers are successfully rehoused. The study shows continuous churn on the streets of Honolulu, but one segment of the population is consistently overrepresented. 

The report, Unsheltered in Honolulu, is based on four years of homeless data provided by the Point in Time counts between 2017 and 2020.

Restaurants, art and citizenship in Chinatown; Papa Kurt’s; CEO of Citizen University; Downtown-Chinatown Neighborhood Board; Taiji Terasaki; Donkey Mill Art Center; Scaled Down Thanksgiving Ideas

"Alone in a Movie Theater" by Studio Sarah Lou is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Date nights are not the same these days, and a full summer with no blockbuster movies or theaters to cool off in was a big change for Hawai'i. Movie theaters here are allowed to be open now, but COVID-19 restrictions across the industry are having an impact. Movie theaters and film festivals are having to pivot, as the big studios contemplate what to do with their blockbusters.

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Views on a changing visitor industry and Iolani Palace update; Community view from Lanai; Using state lands for the homeless in Waimanalo; Displaced from Crane Park; Hui Aloha helping the homeless; Perpetuating Hawaiian music

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Funding relief for Honolulu arts and culture; Hawaii Craftsmen debut Downtown Arts Center; Honolulu Museum of Art reopens; Book and music festival tackles big issues; Addressing Hawaii's housing issues; Interview with Na Hoku Song of the Year producer

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Kauai voters are weighing County Council seats, a congressional representative seat, and several charter amendments.  Kaua'i's natural disaster history and its recent successes containing the COVID-19 virus are affecting voter choices.

Hawai’i Foodbank; Molokai Food Distributor; Bounty From the Sea; Western Regional Fisheries; Oahu Fishing; Hawaii Arts Alliance; Local Artist Zachary Angeles

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There are definite signs of life in Hawai'i's film industry. Season three of "Magnum PI" is underway, and other productions are shooting on Hawai'i island and Maui. One industry expert says film and video are just a part of Hawai’i ‘s growing digital media industry. 

Academy for Creative Media; State Film Commissioner; Kawainui Apartments; Honolulu Chamber Music Society; Honolulu Printmakers; Chef Mark Oyama

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The absence of tourists in Hawai'i' is affecting Maui's housing market. The tourism  drop and its ripple effects are among the reasons over 900 homeless people were moved into permanent housing on Maui since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Service agencies are working harder now to keep people in the homes they currently have.

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Chinatown Arts; Health Data, HiPAM Work Group; Hawaii’s Food Systems; History of Hawaii's Food Crisis; Initiative for Childhood Obesity; Chef Grant Sato

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The Covid-19 pandemic may have had something to do with the City’s decision to go ahead with the new Downtown Art Center, now set to go in above the Chinatown Satellite City Hall. New owners are in at Pegge Hopper's former site, too, but no one expects it to be easy.

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Higher education is just one of the state functions about to be hit by budget shortfalls. The University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents is raising alarms about a nearly $100 million expected loss in revenue, possibly starting this November.  One critical piece of information is still needed for detailed planning. 

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COVID-19 infections at O'ahu's homeless shelters are putting more pressure on Honolulu's street population. HPD enforcements continue as options for safe shelter are decreasing. Encampments in Waimanalo and Waianae are being allowed to remain, while mobile testing on the street gets increased attention.

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City and service providers fight over homeless sweeps; Joyful noise from youth chorus; COVID's effect on choral societies; Healing stones in Waikiki; Celebrating coconuts

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