South Koreans are buzzing over the latest Haitai snack, Honey Butter Chip. The product is selling at just over $2, but costs double online because of its difficulty to find. Honey Butter Chip is making nearly $3 million in sales a week in South Korea.
Here is some recent South Korean travel news: » As of Sept. 5, South Koreans who travel abroad can spend up to $600 at duty-free shops. The previous cap was $400. » Jin Air, a budget regional airline, is expected to start a route from Incheon to Honolulu in the summer of 2015.
The makeup of South Korean households is rapidly changing, with a full quarter of households comprising only one member. That proportion is projected to grow to one-third by 2035. This has resulted in a boom for convenience stores.
This past Friday marked my father's 80th birthday. I am writing about him because Kea Sung Chung is the founding father of KBFD. Starting the broadcast station in 1986 was extremely risky for my father, who placed all his eggs in one basket, a business practice everyone tells you to avoid.
This year's winner of the 34th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival's top award, the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award, goes to … "Haemoo," a South Korean film directed by Sung-bo Shim, with the help of director Joon Ho Bong, who produced and co-wrote the film.
Taste of Korea, a fundraiser to build a Korean cultural center in Hawaii, will be a night of sampling food prepared by local chefs putting their spin on Korean dishes. Restaurants involved are MW Restaurant, Sorabol, Lucky Belly, Seoul Jung and The Pig and the Lady.
The Hawaii International Film Festival is set to kick off Thursday. Spotlight on Korea has a late addition to the film lineup from South Korea: "Scarlet Innocence," which stars Jung Woo Sung and E-som.
Low-budget, no-frills airlines in South Korea are a booming business, enjoying double-digit growth year to year, with heated competition resulting in route expansions. South Korean travelers may soon have a new option.
The Hawaii International Film Festival from Oct. 30 to Nov. 9 features 11 Korean feature-length films and shorts. KBFD is sponsoring the following list of titles. Tickets are available at www.hiff.org.
Korean Alphabet Day, or Hangeul Day, will be celebrated on Thursday this year. Under the reign of King Sejong, Hangeul was born empowering the people. KBFD has produced a special two-part documentary on the Korean alphabet, which will air at 6:50 p.m. Thursday and Oct. 16.
Spotlight on Korea for HIFF this year is looking really strong with eight great films and a couple of celebrity attendances. Scheduled to appear are megastar Kang Dong-Won, along with director EJ Yong, who will be making his second visit to HIFF.
Kwon Sang Woo and Choi Ji Woo are back together 11 years after their big hit drama "Stairway to Heaven." The duo stars in the new drama "Temptation." "Stairway to Heaven" took Kwon to superstardom in Japan.
Actor Choi Min Shik is most well-known for his main roles in "Old Boy," "I Saw the Devil," "Nameless Gangster" and "New World," and now is starring in two current releases: "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" and Luc Besson's "Lucy."
A free screening of the Korean film "Papa" will be shown at the Mamiya Theatre at Saint Louis School at 7 p.m. Sept. 8. This special screening is made possible with the sponsorship of the Korea Foundation, the Korean Consulate of Hawaii and KBFD TV.
South Korea was honored with a visit from Pope Francis this month. Known as the "People's Pope," the Pontiff was getting around town in a compact Kia Soul car. His last message to the divided Korea: "Forgive and be united as one people."
Korean cinema is getting a boost late in the summer with "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" hitting more than 10 million tickets sold in the shortest time among all Korean films and "Kundo: Age of the Rampant."
It's peak summer travel season and recently I have been flooded with emails asking where to go for "real good Korean food" in Korea. When I visit Korea, my friends or relatives will take me to restaurants in hotels, as they are deemed high quality and more expensive than other places.
The 13th annual Korean Festival is Saturday at Magic Island from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The festival has been held at Kapiolani Park for the last 12 years, but this year it will be held on the Ilikai Boat Harbor side of Magic Island.
A ceremony marking the 64th Korean War Commemoration was held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on Wednesday. The Korean War broke out on June 25, 1950, and lasted three years, ending in an armistice on July 27, 1953.
One of the most successful Korean films this year, "The Attorney," will have its U.S. DVD release Tuesday. The movie was released in December with more than 11 million tickets sold, which makes it one of the few Korean films to ever break the 10-million-ticket milestone.
Oceanic Time Warner Cable's KLIFE channel 81 has more dramas from the past available for on-demand viewing. Recent additions include "Don't Hesitate," "Wish Upon a Star," "Trap of Youth" and "Fashion 70s."
Heartthrob Hyun Bin returns to the big screen with hislatest historical film, "Fatal Encounter," which will open Friday at the Pearlridge West 16 theaters. The film was released at the end of April in Korea.
The Sewol ferry disaster on the afternoon of April 15 Hawaii time left South Korea in a state of shock and disbelief. The sunken ferry was carrying 475 passengers headed to Jeju Island, 325 of them high school students.
Korean celebrity Ricky Kim ("Law of the Jungle," "Let's Go Dream Team! Season 2," "Jejungwon" and "On Air"), who spent time growing up in Hawaii, has started a new reality program on SBS titled "Oh My Baby."
South Korea is getting some Hollywood screen time as Marvel Studios films the next "Avengers" movie in Seoul. Filming of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" started March 30 with Captain America on Mapo Bridge from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Flying to Korea from Hawaii will get more comfortable on Hawaiian Airlines starting April 23. The airline, which has a direct flight from Honolulu to Incheon airport, will be upgrading its current Boeing 767-300 with 264 seats to the Airbus A330-200, which has a capacity of 294 seats.
Ji-hyun Jun, aka Gianna Jun, plays the female lead in this drama. She falls in love with an alien played by Soo Hyun Kim. The drama has the Midas touch in Korea and China where everything in the show becomes popular.
The Honolulu Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with many multicultural events from Friday to March 9. A 16-member delegation from Jeju National University will be a part of the festival representing South Korea.
The Center for Korean Studies' spring 2014 series will feature four English-subtitled films to focus on foreign residents in Korea and their challenges. There are nearly 1.5 million foreign residents changing Korea's ethnocentric culture to a multi-ethnic and multicultural society.
Today, 6:30 p.m.: Soo-hyeok is very upset after he finds Yoo-jung and Moo-yeol trapped in a storage refrigerator. Nan-cho kicks Yoo-jung out, but Yoo-jung comes back with proof that nothing happened between her and Moo-yeol. Soo-hyeok manages to take Moo-yeol's contract with Hope Hospital away, leaving Moo-yeol's company in terrible trouble.
This year's first South Korean blockbuster film, "The Attorney," will be released in Hawaii Friday. The film stars one of my favorite Korean veteran actors, Kang Ho Song, who was also my first guest at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2002 for the opening night film "YMCA Baseball Team."
Yoo-jung's mother asks Kang Moon-do for help out of desperation. Moo-yeol gets into a fistfight with Soo-hyeok over Yoo-jung. He warns Soo-hyeok to stay away from her. Moo-yeol takes Yoo-jung to meet his grandfather and tells her the truth about his relationship with Soo-hyeok.
Monday marks the 111th anniversary of Korean immigration to Hawaii. On Jan. 13, 1903, many Koreans aboard the USS Gaelic arrived in Honolulu to work in plantation fields. From that day to 1910, more than 7,000 Koreans immigrated to Hawaii.
Korea's latest action-packed thriller, "The Suspect," opens in Hawaii on Friday. The film opened on Christmas Eve in Korea, and more than 1.8 million tickets have been sold. Check your local listings for showtimes.
The Consulate General of South Korea in Honolulu and KBFD had a special screening of the Korean film "Top Star" Tuesday night at the Hawaii Theatre, commemorating the 110th anniversary of Korean immigration to the U.S.
Two films from South Korea are being released in Hawaii theaters in the next few weeks."Commitment," which was released in South Korea on Nov. 6, will open here Friday. The film stars Choi Seung Hyun, aka T.O.P, a member of the music group Big Bang.
Today, 6:30 p.m.: Tae-shin collapses during an argument with Moon-do and dies in the hospital. Moo-yeol is lost because he knows there is something his grandfather wants him to do, but he doesn't know what.
"Wonderful Mama" Episodes 47 and 48; final episode • "The Mystery Housemaid" Episodes 7 and 8 • "Master's Sun" Episode 17; final episode • "The Inheritors" Episode 1 • "Goddess of Marriage" Episodes 31 and 32
KBFD has a new TV series: "Cathlyn's Kitchen" on Sundays at 6 p.m. The 13-episode series started on Oct. 6 and runs weekly. The focus is cooking simple everyday Korean dishes. The show, which runs for 30 minutes, is in English without subtitles and offers the health benefits of Korean food.
The Hawaii International Film Festival that begins Oct. 10 continues to mature in its 33rd year with quality films from around the globe. There are eight feature films in the Spotlight on Korea section this year sponsored by KBFD.
K-drama, K-pop and K-directors have all made their mark outside of Korea. Could a K-chef be far behind? This year's Hawaii Food and Wine Festival features Korean chef Lucia Cho Thursday at the Modern Honolulu for the event "Hawaiian Airlines Presents Under the Modern Moon: Morimoto & Friends."
Director Joon Ho Bong ("The Host," "Memories of Murder"), with cinematographer Kyung Po Hong, has been finding box-office success with the release of "Snowpiercer," starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris and Song Kang Ho.
The Korean celebrity wedding of the year took place Aug. 10 in Seoul when Byung-hun Lee married Min-jung Rhee. With a guest list of 900 people, including close friends and film industry insiders, a pre-ceremony news conference was held that drew more than 100 journalists.
Hawaii Theatre for Youth kicks off its season with “A Korean Cinderella,” a modern, K-pop version of the traditional tale. Written by Alvin Chan, the musical opens at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Tenney Theatre. HTY collaborated with the Halla Huhm Dance Studio to create the retelling of the traditional Korean tale “Konji and Patji.” For more information, see www.htyweb.org or call 839-9885.
Woo Sung Jung, who came to the islands for the 2008 Hawaii International Film Festival, is in the limelight with the success of his latest movie, "Cold Eyes." • This week's synopses of Korean TV dramas includes "Wonderful Mama," "Empire of Gold," "I Can Hear Your Voice" and "Goddess of Marriage."
When Korean dramas started gaining popularity here, original soundtracks on CD were quite popular. Then came K-drama DVD sets with English subtitles that were originally sold at KBFD, then at local retailers such as Longs, Blockbuster, Barnes & Noble and Costco.
Korea's premium liquor, Hwayo soju, is now sold in Hawaii. Kwangjuyo, the country's most prominent pottery company, has created a premium soju that has been winning awards in Korea and is now available in high-end retailers around the world.
South Korean rapper Psy, known for "Gangnam Style," has a new hit that was released in Korea on April 12. While nowhere nearing the record-breaking 1.55 billion (and still counting) YouTube views of "Gangnam Style," "Gentleman" has received more than 226 million.
"Fists of Legend," which was released in Korea last week, was also released in Hawaii last Friday at the Consolidated Pearlridge multiplex. Near-concurrent release dates internationally are something new for Korean films that are also released in the U.S.
South Korean films will be featured at the Hawaii International Film Festival's upcoming 2013 Spring Showcase. Thirty-three films from 15 countries will be screened at Dole Cannery Stadium 18 from Friday through April 11.
KBFD celebrates its 27th anniversary today. To all of our friends, mahalo nui loa for your support. KBFD is the oldest Korean programmed full-power television station in the U.S. and one of only six FCC-licensed terrestrial stations owned by an Asian.
The Korean film industry is off to another great start this year with back-to-back hits and no signs of slowing down. • This week's synopses include "The Great Seer," "Queen of Ambition," "My Love, Madame Butterfly" and "Cheongdam-dong Alice."
The Korean American Foundation Hawaii is commemorating the 110th anniversary of Korean immigration to the islands with a concert, "Seulgidoong: Korean Rhapsody," at 7 p.m., March 2, at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. An 11-person ensemble will merge traditional Korean music with a contemporary style.
Today, 6:45 p.m.: Ji-sang asks Lee Sung-gae to include him in his escape plan. Soo-ryun-gae tells Lee In-im that Dong-ryoon's son is alive. Ban-ya asks the king to save Ji-sang's life, and Young-ji decides to reveal all the secrets to save Ji-sang's life.
Today, Korean-Americans are celebrating the 110th anniversary of Korean immigration to the U.S. On Jan. 13, 1903, the first Koreans arrived in Honolulu aboard the USS Gaelic to work on the plantation fields in Hawaii.
A new S. Korean film, "The Tower," will open here Friday at Pearlridge 16. The action-romance film, released in South Korea on Christmas, kicks into high gear when a helicopter hired to sprinkle snow over the luxury Tower Sky during a holiday party crashes into the building, setting off a fire that spreads rapidly. • Also: The week's synopses of Korean TV dramas
As 2012 comes to an end, South Korea has seen many surprises not only in the entertainment industry, but in politics as well. • This week's Korean drama synopses include "The Great Seer," "The Lord of the Drama," "My Love, Madame Butterfly" and "Cheongdam-dong Alice."