Archive for 'Arts & Culture'

Tyrus Wong at his home in Sunland, CA 2004. Photo © Peter Brenner, Mural by Tyrus Wong © 1955

Tyrus Wong: Chinese American Artist Broke Barriers, Reached Back Centuries to Create Bambi

Heard on Voice of America – A look back at the inspiring legacy of Tyrus Wong, who’s best known for creating the look of the film “Bambi,” and passed away at the age of 106.

‘Moana’ Making Waves Around Globe

Heard on Voice of America – Disney’s animated movie “Moana” is riding a wave of popularity around the globe.

Chinese New Year

Happy Lunar New Year!

When you see lots of lion dancing in Honolulu Chinatown, you know it’s time to celebrate the new year. Firecrackers scare off evil spirits, and sometimes people, too. My ears are still ringing!

Peggy Chun Gallery Closing

Peggy Chun Gallery is closing today in Honolulu. This is your last chance to pick up some of Peggy’s prints and originals at her gallery. (They’re open until 9pm.) Peggy is known in for her beautiful and whimsical artwork. She passed away in 2008 after battling Lou Gehrig’s disease. Peggy was a beloved and inspiring […]

Nona-Beamer

Nona Beamer: Hawaiian Elder (1923-2008)

Heard on NPR – Nona Beamer dedicated her life to preserving Hawaiian culture. She was a gifted storyteller, hula dancer, songwriter and teacher. Her legacy continues to touch many people today.

Picture Bride

Picture Bride

Heard on NPR – In the early 1900s, thousands of Japanese women crossed the Pacific to marry Japanese plantation workers in Hawaii. Because those marriages were arranged through photographs and letters, the young women became known as “Picture Brides.” Their story is told in the movie titled Picture Bride.


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