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North Korean singer becomes Olympic-size media sensation

The North Korean Olympic delegation led by Hyon Song-wol has rocketed to celebrity status with her visit to Seoul last week to inspect venues. Read More

Koreas will march under 1 flag at Winter Olympics

North Korea will be sending not only their athletes but a 230-member cheering squad, the 140-member Samjiyon Orchestra and possibly the Moranbong Band, the North Korean K-pop group, to perform in South Korea during the 2018 Winter Olympics next month. Read More

K-pop star D-Lite delights fans with farewell shows

Korean singer/actor/television host D-lite, aka Daesung, 30, played the final show of his farewell tour Jan. 7 at the Hawaii Theatre. Read More

Banquet honors service by local Korean-Americans

The Korean American Foundation Hawaii will celebrate the 115th anniversary of the Korean immigration to Hawaii and the United States with a fundraising banquet at the Sheraton Waikiki. Read More

Korean stars plan February wedding

Singer Taeyang of Big Bang and actress Min Hyo-rin have confirmed they are engaged. The couple plan to marry in February before Taeyang starts his mandatory military service. Read More
 
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K-pop boy band BTS becomes international sensation

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The seven-member K-pop group BTS continues to make headlines around the world. At last month’s Mnet Asian Music Awards, BTS was named the Artist of the Year for the second year in a row. Read More

Veteran South Korean actors shine at Blue Dragon Awards

At South Korea’s 38th Blue Dragon Film Awards, two films and their veteran stars swept top categories. “A Taxi Driver” was named best film and its star, Kang-ho Song,who visited Honolulu in 2002, won best leading actor. Read More

K-pop groups make splash in U.S. with TV, film appearances

K-pop groups BTS and Black Pink are getting cred in the U.S. via Hollywood and a prime-time TV appearance on the American Music Awards. Read More
 

Palama Super Market marks 40 years with kim chee festival

Palama Supermarket, locally owned and operated by the Lim family, celebrates its 40th anniversary this month, and part of the festivities is the inaugural Hansung Kimchi Festival. Read More

High-speed train will shorten travel time to Winter Olympics

Traveling to the east coast of the South Korean peninsula just got easier as a new high-speed train line finished construction in time for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February. Read More

Viewers might need to adjust TV to see subtitles

KBS America has changed its picture size and is in a test period, awaiting feedback from viewers. It’s changed from letterbox (black bars ontop and bottom) to pillarbox (black bars to the left and right), and, as a result, many viewers who have their TV settings on “zoom” have had the subtitles basically disappear from their screens. Read More

Bowl of bibimbap great complement to K-dramas

The Korean dish bibimbap, which literally means mixed rice, is getting a lot of traction for its versatility, ease of making, health benefits, scalability and taste. Read More

Big Bang’s G-Dragon collaborates on Korean theme park

K-pop has added a new dimension to the industry: theme parks. The new 617-acre Jeju Shinhwa World will host hotels under the Marriott, Four Seasons and other brands, villas, a casino, an amusement theme park, a Lionsgate movie world, a water park, shopping, restaurants and YG Town. Read More

HIFF returns with strong slate of Korean films

The 37th annual Hawaii International Film Festival will kick off Nov. 2 for 10 days of films from all over the world. The Korean film category includes nine confirmed film screenings so far. Read More

‘Korean Legacy’ features retired judge, KBFD founder

KBFD TV will broadcast its “Korean Legacy” series highlighting Korean Americans in Hawaii. This year, retired Chief Justice Ronald Moon and KBFD founder Kea Sung Chung will be featured. Read More
 

Star-studded ‘Fortress’ tells tale of epic siege

The highly anticipated period movie, “The Fortress,” will be released in the U.S. on Oct. 20. Read More

Learning a language expands social, cultural horizons

If you know Korean, television dramas could end up being twice as enjoyable if you understand the nuances of the language and culture. If you’re serious about learning the language, there are 23 Korean-language schools in Hawaii to help you. Read More
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Korean blockbuster film screens at 2 isle theaters

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The Korean box office hit “A Taxi Driver” is on track to be the most successful Korean film of the year. It will screen this week at two locations on Oahu. Read More

Learn to cook complete meal during chef’s classes in Seoul

If you love Korean food and are planning a trip to South Korea, consider enrolling in one of chef Min-seon Kim’s daily classes at the Ome (Five Tastes) Cooking Lab in Seoul. Read More

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