The celebrated Sundance Film Festival is online today through the weekend. It’s an opportunity for Hawai'i film lovers to check out national premieres and artist talks, and Hawai'i is highlighted this year for special behind-the-scenes programming. This comes at a time when local filmmakers are changing the stories they tell and the way they tell them.

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New help has arrived for Hawaii’s next wave of creative and technology start ups. It’s the new Entrepreneurs Sandbox: a community co-working, event and maker space in the Honolulu neighborhood of Kaka’ako.  The state and major business partners are investing in a combination of creativity, technology, and entrepreneurship.

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The Downtown Art Center has just opened in the City's Chinatown Gateway Plaza, the big pink building at Nu‘uanu and Hotel. Looking forward to a lot more action there when the new Satellite City Hall moves in. Meanwhile, First Hawaiian Bank Center has a new show up, and look what's on the walls at Pig and the Lady!

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It’s the height of Summer 2019, and Honolulu is having an art and design moment, with interesting shows scattered around town, and an installation featuring local designers and makers at South Shore Market. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports that public spaces in the Market are now the Shape of the Wave to Come gallery-- featuring a new wave of local creatives.

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   Latest available statistics show Hawai‘i’s creative industries now involve 48,170 entrepreneurs and small businesses around the state, accounting for 5.9 percent of jobs here.  That's just one percentage point below the construction industry in 2013.  Creative industries, which include art, design, culture, interactive and digital media, plus film and television, account for 4.5% of Hawai'i's total GDP, and the sector is experiencing double digit expansion.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a look at this growing sector of the state economy.