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Restaurant in Korea serves up aloha spirit

By Jeff Chung

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On a recent trip to Korea with our production team filming for our new series, "Korea Mania," I came across a restaurant in the city of Busan called Ono. What are the chances that "ono," which means delicious in Hawaiian, could possibly have another meaning in Korean or another language? I called and asked and, sure enough, the owner was a Hawaii resident for 12 years before moving back to Korea. Owner Hyun Kyu Hwang greeted us with aloha and opened his restaurant, giving us a taste of Spam musubi, loco moco and mac salad; he even had bentos on the menu. I was at the fish market earlier in the day and purchased some live snow crabs, and asked Hwang to whip them up for me. He made tomato cream-sauce pasta with a kick of pepper, topped by the crab. It was opulent and one of the best dishes I've ever had. Ono is located near the Westin Chosun hotel in Haeundae. Look for the Benecity apartment complex and you will find Ono on the street level.

THIS WEEK'S SYNOPSES

"PARADISE RANCH"
Episodes 1 and 2

Tonight, 6:45 p.m.: Young Daji, who's still in high school, tries to elope with Dong-ju. But the two are caught by their fathers at the airport, and they get their families' permission to marry. Still, the two divorce six months later. Fast-forward several years — the pair meets again in Australia.

Tonight, 7:45 p.m.: Daji buys a horse with the help of Yun-ho. Daji is surprised to run into Yun-ho again at the Paradise Ranch.

"SMILE, MOM"
Episodes 20 and 21

Tomorrow, 7:45 p.m.: Mo-roo gives Shin-yong divorce papers. Since Yoo-ra can now remember her mother, all she wants to do is be with her. Yeon-woo and Dallae give their relationship a try.

Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: Yeon-woo rescues Shin-yong from reporters after a fire. Mo-roo sees Jung-woo embracing Shin-yong in front of her house. When Bok-hee goes to Shin-yong's house to get Yoo-ra, she tells Shin-yong's parents that Mo-roo's divorcing Shin-yong.

"ATHENA"
Episodes 11 and 12

Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Sohn Hyuk tries to kill Jung Woo, but Hye In suddenly appears and blocks him. Hye In breaks up with Jung Woo. The CIA finds out Sohn Hyuk's identity and orders his arrest. Both the CIA and NTS pursue him.

Thursday, 7:45 p.m.: As Jung Woo carefully approaches Sohn Hyuk's location, the door suddenly opens, and Sohn Hyuk walks out with his hands up in the air. Hye In walks out from the other side, pointing her gun at Sohn Hyuk. Jung Woo finds a picture of a girl he recognizes in Sohn Hyuk's wallet.

"NEW TALES OF GISAENG"
Episodes 1 and 2

Friday, 7:45 p.m.: Damo's distaste for Andre, his father's dog, grows as Sura says he'll throw a birthday party for the dog.

Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: Saran goes to see Do-hwa and asks her whether any of the employees have studied dance. When Do-hwa says about half them have, Saran says she's not good enough to teach them.

Jeff Chung is the general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles in Hawaii. He can be reached at 521-8066 or jeffchung@kbfd.com.






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