Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Wahiawā in Central O‘ahu is home to about 18 thousand people, plus over 15 thousand soldiers at Schofield Barracks.  Over the last ten  years, a change has come over a central section of Wahiawā, where bars and porn shops ruled the block.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, a surfing nonprofit has brought a fresh wave into town.

Sakura Safari 2019

Jan 25, 2019
Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

In Japan, cherry blossom viewing is a big event, as families gather among pink and white blossoms to ponder the fragility of life.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, you can do that on O‘ahu as well, in the uplands of Wahiawā.

The Conversation: Monday, April 11th, 2016

Apr 11, 2016

The Future of Wahiawa General; HTC Production of "Othello"; Scots in Hawaii

Wahiawa General in Danger of Closing:  Rep. Marcus Oshiro

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa


  In 1985, Japan’s Prince Hitachi planted the cherry trees fronting Leilehua High School to celebrate the centennial  of Japanese immigration to Hawai‘i.  He was contributing to the hundreds of sakura that now bloom every spring in Wahiawā ---depending on the weather.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found many of the trees trace back to one ancestor from Okinawa via Waipi‘o.

Wahiawa Merchants Ponder Future

Feb 3, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka

The Pentagon is considering reducing the Army by more than 100-thousand soldiers nationwide by the end of this year.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka toured the town with the greatest concentration of soldiers in Hawai’i.