Festival celebrates Korean culture


Photo credit: Masa Yamaguchi

Diverse, entertaining and mouthwatering would best describe the 15th Annual Korean Festival, which was held at the Honolulu Hale Civic Grounds last week. The two-day event showcased many facets of the Korean culture–from food to facial skin-care products.

The festivities opened with a performance by Hawaii Mandarin Academy’s Naruwan dance team. The young dancers performed a traditional Taiwanese dance. Following that was HI Force, whose modern dance performance consisted of recent Korean-pop songs, such as “Dumb Dumb” by Red Velvet and “Monster” by Exo.

The second day of the festival kicked off with Korean Farmers Music and Dance. This event presented traditional Korean music and dancers. To get the youth involved, various Korean-pop songs were played throughout the park, inviting many to sing along and dance.

The Royal Hawaiian Band and Taiko Drum Dance troupe also performed, while Taekwondo Honolulu impressed the audience with a series of difficult maneuvers and swift movements.

Under a tented area, festival-goers not only found shade but also vendors selling an array of Korea-fueled products. These included products aimed at facial cleanliness and other beauty remedies. Vendors Body & Brain and Lim’s Action Chiropractic offered products to keep the body and mind healthy.

The countless food and snack vendors relieved many excited festival-goers of hunger and thirst. Some crowd favorites included Hawaiian Roasted Corn, Snow Factory, Wood and Bucket, Island Maid and Popcorn Express. Vendors, such as Little Seoul Restaurant II, O’Kim’s Restaurant and Seoul Jung, were also there to share traditional and tasty Korean dishes.