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‘Along With the Gods’ sequel gives boost to film industry

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The South Korean film industry is getting a huge boost after a sluggish year with the release of the film “Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days.” Read More

‘Let Me Introduce Her’ among new K-dramas set to debut

Three new Korean dramas start this week on local TV. Read More

‘Switch’ actor Jang Keun Suk will begin mandatory military service

Actor Jang Keun Suk, who was recently in “Switch,” will start his mandatory military service this week in South Korea. Read More

DJ Steve Aoki to drop remix of BTS single ‘Truth Untold’

Jet-setter DJ and producer Steve Aoki, who performs all over the world, will be releasing a remix of “The Truth Untold,” a song by BTS. Read More
 

‘Concert King’ Martin Nievera to play Blue Note Waikiki

Singer, actor and songwriter Martin Nievera — the “Concert King” of the Philippines — will be performing at the Blue Note Hawaii this week. Read More

K-pop girl group Black Pink releases 4-song mini album

Black Pink kicks off a tour of Japan next month, performing a total of six shows in Osaka, Fukuoka and Chiba. Read More

South Korean comfort food gets spotlight on ‘Wok of Love’

One of the most popular comfort South Korean foods is the “jajangmyun,” or noodles with black bean sauce. Its origin goes back to the Chinese “zhajiangmian” dish literally meaning fried sauce noodles from the Shandong region of China. Read More
 
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South Korean entertainment agency creates first Chinese boy band

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The new group Boy Story is made up of six Chinese tweens and teens who are between the ages of 11 and 14. The boys were hand-picked by Park Jin Young, the founder of South Korea’s JYP Entertainment. Read More
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BTS becomes first K-Pop band to top Billboard 200

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South Korean K-pop boy band Bangtan Sonyeon­dan, aka BTS, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart last week with its latest album “Love Yourself: Tear.” Read More

‘Deadpool’ star Ryan Reynolds wows crowd on popular Korean TV show

The actor made a cameo appearance on the popular singing show, “King of Mask Singer,” disguised as a unicorn. Read More

UH summer course delves into popularity of K-pop, J-pop

A college-level course dedicated to K-pop and J-pop is available this summer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Read More

Swift ticket sales in S. Korea indicate Marvel’s popularity

Marvel blockbuster “Avengers: Infinity War” is seeing huge success in South Korea with nearly 8.5 million tickets sold at the box office as of May 6 after its April 25 release. Read More
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Jang Dong Gun returns with Korean remake of ‘Suits’

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Veteran actor Jang Dong Gun is back on TV after six years in a Korean remake of the USA Network’s successful series “Suits” as the main character. Read More

KBFD finalizes channel move on Spectrum, Hawaiian Tel

As of April 12 at 3 p.m., KBFD started broadcasting in Hawaii in high definition on Spectrum and Hawaiian Telcom. Read More

Korean actress Ji-woo Choi marries mystery man

Veteran actress Ji-woo Choi married a mystery man March 29 at a Seoul hotel with just family members present. Read More

KFest fundraiser offers K-pop fun, Korean food

The Korean pop-up event KFest will be happening April 22 at the Pomaikai Ballrooms, with Korean food, K-pop merchandise and dancing, a ramen-eating contest and special performances, all to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii. Read More

S. Korean K-pop stars perform in N. Korea

K-pop made history when Seo-hyun of Girl’s Generation, the popular girl band Red Velvet, Baek Ji-young and veteran singers Lee Sun-hee and Cho Yong-pil performed a concert in Pyongyang, North Korea. Read More

Korean restaurateur visits Hawaii to promote culture, food

Gaon is a three-Michelin-star restaurant in Seoul; Bicena is a one-Michelin-star restaurant also in Seoul. Both are owned by Tae Kwon Cho, a part-time Hawaii resident who hosted two events in Honolulu last week. Read More

HIFF Spring Showcase includes 4 Korean films

Tickets are on sale for the 21st HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani, which runs April 6-15 at Dole Cannery Stadium 18. There are 33 films from 11 countries, including four titles from South Korea. Read More

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