has there been any resolution? I am in a similar situation. This has been an ongoing issue with the hortonworks sandbox that has spanned a couple of computers and works fine on another and I have no idea as for why. I followed as many different offerings for fixes like checking the hive event listeners and everything seems to be in order.
As odd as it may be, I am able to create tables using the method you describe, and i'm able to upload tables as well - that is not really my issue. My issue lies with creating the tables with hive. I want to be able to write a query that creates a table instead of creating one using the the database screen.
For example, if I go to compose and I write:
CREATE TABLE temp_drivers (col_value STRING)
the table is created, I know this because I can see it when I run SHOW TABLES. But it does not show itself alongside the other tables that were created in the database using the GUI on the database screen.