Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Art-making processes not only produce art, they teach life-enhancing attitudes and skills.

--Duane Preble

    An estimated 30 to 40 thousand students in Hawai‘i were introduced to the visual arts through the efforts of UH Professor Emeritus Duane Preble.  Artforms, the text he wrote with his wife, Sarah Preble is a mainstay across the nation, now in its 11th edition.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Preble has just curated a new exhibition on the importance of Art as Process.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa





   A little over a year ago, 249 artists from all over Hawai‘i submitted portfolios  hoping to be included in the Honolulu Museum’s Artists of Hawai‘I exhibition.  Eight artists were chosen, and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the show, now on view.  

Artists of Hawai‘i continues at the Honolulu Museum of Art through October 25th.  Artists featured in the exhibition will gather for an informal discussion in the Doris Duke Theatre  August 11, 6pm.  

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  An expansive and enjoyable sale of primarily local contemporary art is underway for just a few days at Spalding House in Makiki, the former Contemporary Museum.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa attended the Contempo #Artshop opening to peruse the inventory.

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    The second annual “Contact” show is living up to its goals of both breaking new ground and providing points of convergence.  Offerings range from films, group discussions, even an ‘ukulele sing along, to the exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

The “CONTACT” curators, Noelle Kahanu and Ngahiraka Mason, host a discussion tonight, and there are related events into next week.  The exhibition runs through Sunday April 12.   Upstairs, the Ancient Hawai'i exhibit funs through April 30th.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Over the next couple decades, as many as 30 mid and high-rise buildings are expected to pop up in Kaka‘ako. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, art is often playing an important role in the marketing of this real estate.

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    Does art by millennials differ from the art that has come before them?  That’s the unspoken question behind an exhibition at WCC’s Gallery ‘Iolani that features a dozen artists born between 1976 and 1991.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with one of the curators.

It's just fun to think, what are the characteristics of this millennial tribe, what are they drawn to?  Beyond that, what modes of depiction feel accurate now?  

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At Spalding House, the site of the former Contemporary Museum in Makiki, a chapel of sorts has sprung up in the former tennis courts.  Open to the elements, with a transparent roof, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found a place dedicated to peace and play.

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  The Pow!Wow! Street Art Festival is underway in Honolulu this week.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa was at the opening of the new contemporary show at the HMA School.

‘Pow!Wow! Exploring the New Contemporary Art” continues at the Honolulu Museum School through February 18th.  This year there will be work fronting and inside the Honolulu Museum as well.

Find out more at the Pow!Wow! website.

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  Last year Honolulu city officials began a study to renovate the Neal Blaisdell Center complex.   After researching possibilities, the idea for a redevelopment is taking hold.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers background in advance of a public planning meeting next week.

A public workshop on the Neal Blaisdell Master Plan happens Tuesday, February 10th, 6pm, at the Blaisdell Center Hawai'i Suites, 777 Ward Avenue.  Free parking.

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   Thirteen of Hawai‘i’s most savvy women artists are showing together at Pegge Hopper Gallery in Chinatown.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this glimpse of the work.

The "13 Women" are:

Reiko Brandon, Allyn Bromley, Kandi Everett, Sally French, Lynda Hess, Kloe Kang, Emily McIlroy, Mary Mitsuda, Marcia Morse, Esther Shimazu, Yida Wang, Suzanne Wolfe, and Maile Yawata.

The Human Body Through Art

Jan 12, 2015
Kris Goto and Eric West
Kris Goto and Eric West

A downtown gallery is interpreting the human body through the style and design of two different artists. 

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For the past three and a half weeks, five professional artists and thirty O‘ahu children have been transforming a ten thousand square foot warehouse space in Kaka‘ako. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found the combination of planning, hard work and openness to change is a creative way to operate.

PRESENT Project artists and students invite the public to an open house tonight, September 24th, to explore the works-in-progress. Dive into the “Nest” at 445/449 Cooke Street across Fisher’s, from 6:30-10pm.  An End of Residency Party is set for September 30, 6-10pm.

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Participants in the UN Climate Change Conference this week in New York are looking to the roots of the problem for systemic change.  Some previously unquestioned facets of life might need to be re-examined, like the way we categorize land and build our cities.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the idea of Hawaiian urbanism.

  Traditional Pacific Tattoo Culture will be shown alongside western tattoo technology this weekend.

The Pacific Ink and Art Expo will showcase more than seven hundred tattoo artists- who will be tattooing as well as showing their work. The Expo will also feature local music, art, vintage cars and bikes.  There is also a heavy emphasis on illustrating the connections between Tattoos and Polynesian Culture.  Danny Castler is one of the founders of the Expo.  He says that the event is about culture and education as much as it’s about wearing a tattoo.

Credit Phoebe Barela
Credit Phoebe Barela

  A Big Island sculptor was recently honored by having a major work placed at the entrance to a Southern California Harbor.  And it's in honor of two men who played a big role in the development of two sports that are very popular in Hawaii: surfing and diving.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.

Yarn Bombing: Taking Fiber Art to the Streets

Apr 23, 2014

“Yarn bombing” is a form of street art that’s cropping up in urban areas across the islands. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, these public art installations feature yarn, wool, and a bit of whimsy!

For more information on The FUZZ and to see pictures of their work, check out their website.

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   Every year, the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts provides standards based art experiences for hundreds of elementary school students.  They do it through the Art Bento program which sends artists into classrooms, and welcomes students into the Hawai’i State Art Museum.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa was there for a recent visit.

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   The Maoli Arts Alliance is sponsoring a show on the theme of “Contact”, inviting audiences to reach outside their usual boundaries to connect with new ideas, people, and projects.  The exhibition at the Honolulu Museum School includes daily dialogs with artists and other community members who are working for positive change.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

CONTACT is on view at the Honolulu Museum of Art School Gallery through Monday, April 21.  

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   This Friday, you’re invited to a night of art, music and lively conversation at the Hawai’i State Capitol.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the sixth annual “Art at the Capitol” celebration, showcasing hundreds of works of art in a convivial setting.

Pow Wow

POW! – that’s the impact art can have on a person, like a punch in the face. WOW! – That’s the reaction people have to art. Pow Wow is the biggest art event to hit Hawai’i in recent memory and over a hundred artists are painting their way through Kaka’ako this week. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Pow!Wow!Hawai’i  continues with three exhibitions, art and music lectures and performances, classes, parties and live painting throughout Kaka’ako, closing Saturday night. 

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Flickr Commons

  Hawai’i’s art community has been closely following Senate Bill 2620, which had proposed to privatize the management of the State Art Museum, allow expanded use of the 1% for the arts law, and suspend art acquisitions under certain circumstances.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports a new draft is currently in the works.


The annual holiday gifting season is poised at the gate, and shoppers will be wooed and tracked for the power they wield.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a look at way to get original, one of a kind works, stretch your dollars and support local arts and artists at the same time.

Insiders know this is a great place to get unique, affordable art---trust your taste and jump in!

The Honolulu Printmakers’ "Impressions" Benefit Print Sale runs November 29th to December first at the Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona,  10-4 daily. 

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The Japanese word, omiyage, is translated as souvenir, or keepsake, given by returning travelers to friends and family at home. Omiyage can be perishable, but their most important quality is being unique or characteristic of their place of origin. That’s the idea behind Jared Yamanuha’s debut exhibition. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Jared Yamanuha’s show, “Omiyage”, continues at In4mation Chinatown on Nu'uanu Avenue through November.  An artist reception and talk is set for Tuesday November 5th, 6-8.

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Something for everybody was not the goal this time around. For its 60th incarnation, The Honolulu Museum of Art’s Artists of Hawai’i show has gone from showing up to a hundred artists to featuring just eleven. 341 artists submitted portfolios for jurying, then the lucky eleven had about ten months to prepare for what is arguably the most important visual art exhibition in the state. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Bishop Museum

This Saturday, the Bishop Museum is inviting everyone to a celebration in the newly refurbished Pacific Hall. Admission will be free from 9am to 9pm, for all to enjoy. In conjunction with this reopening, a cadre of Bishop Museum workers has been experiencing a deeper immersion into Pacific culture. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, it has been an exercise in connecting inner and outer worlds, guided by New Zealand dancer, choreographer Jack Grey.

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Every two years, the UH Manoa Department of Art and Art History mounts an exhibition of faculty artworks.  It’s an important indication of the abilities and interests shaping art graduates from Hawai’i’s University.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports this year’s show is diverse and stimulating.

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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.

Young Printmakers Put Their Own Stamp on Life

Jul 15, 2013
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

This summer, kids are making their way back into the classroom a little early. 

A summer enrichment program at Punahou School is expanding their focus beyond math and science, and is highlighting an art course in printmaking.  

It’s an effort to engage kids and expose them to a possible future in the arts. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Find out more about Afterschool Art and the PUEO Program.


Honolulu Printmakers Celebrate 85 Years

Feb 19, 2013

Eighty-five. That’s the theme for this year’s Honolulu Printmakers Exhibition. HPR’s Molly Solomon talked with Hawaii artists preparing to make their mark in an upcoming show.