Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Twenty-six percent of adults in the U.S. have some type of disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s one in four Americans.  As part of a movement to understand people with disabilities, a new dance approach has emerged – and it challenges norms onstage.

Deb Owen
Deb Owen

Many know the history of the music and dance form called tango—how it grew out of the working class neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay in the 1700’s.  By the early 20th century, composer Astor Piazzola created Nuevo Tango by incorporating classical and jazz elements.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports a muscular version of this celebrated music is coming to town.  With dancers.

amirah sackett
amirah sackett

Amirah Sackett is the founder of the all-female American dance trio, 'We're Muslim, Don't Panic,"  a troupe that believes in hip-hop's power to inspire and bring about positive change.  The Huffington Post recognized Sackett as one of "17 Muslim American Women Who Made America Great In 2016."  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on her upcoming performance in Honolulu.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

Gamelan orchestras are traditional percussion ensembles from select parts of Indonesia.  Since the 1970’s, Honolulu has been home to a sturdy local enclave of gamelan musicians, centered around a charismatic educator who taught history and culture along with the music.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports family and performers are flying into Honolulu for a special commemoration set for this Saturday, November 18.

Asia Pacific Dance Festival
Asia Pacific Dance Festival

Dance in Tonga is still a village thing, and people devote hours daily after work to practice for important occasions.  Separate groups of men and women perform, sometimes in spectacular groups of several hundred at a time, with intricate hand gestures, bobbing feather head pieces in unison.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports some of Tonga’s finest will be here next week for the Asia Pacific Dance Festival.


There are over two hundred Fringe Festivals all over the globe, and now O‘ahu and Maui’s festivals are joining the tribe.  “Fringe” festivals are known for the performing arts, they’re uncensored, original, easy to participate in and easy to attend because they use neighborhood venues.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

The Conversation: Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Jun 15, 2016
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Hawai‘i–India Law Symposium; Action at Honolulu Hale; “Bring It Home” Dance Theater

2016 India-Hawai’i Law Symposium: Dean C. Raj Kumar

The Conversation: Friday, May 20th, 2016

May 20, 2016
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The History of Political Correctness; "Finding the 9th" Art Exhibit; Mindfulness and Joy in Troubled Times; West African Dance in Hawaii

The Downside to Political Correctness? Father Walter Brownridge

It’s Wednesday, July 31 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Cry me a river? No, Waimea River

Isaac Moriwake is an attorney in the Honolulu office of Earthjustice, the public interest environmental law firm which filed the lawsuit on behalf of citizens who want the Waimea River restored.

Because it whines, they walk the slack key's new school

Taipei National University of the Arts

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.

Haole in HI, Iona Dance Theatre, Sex Trafficking, Book: "The Life of Objects"

May 15, 2013

It’s Wednesday, May 15 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

From beach to breach: An ex-teacher graduates law school to change public policy

Zach DiIonno is a former special education teacher. He came to Hawaii through Teach for America and worked for three years at Ilima Middle School in Ewa Beach. When he lost his job, he went to law school to study education policy. He graduated from the William S. Richardson School of Law last weekend and is quite happy to be haole in Hawaii.