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Korean pop star arrives in Hawaii for trial

Elaine Ikeda Elaine Ikeda
Loretta Kim Loretta Kim

By Duane Shimogawa bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Despite the gorgeous day outside, rain was still in the forecast as Korean pop star Rain arrived at the Honolulu International Airport Sunday morning.

Flocks of his supporters were there as well. The 26-year old is here in the islands for a civil trial because he pulled out of a show at Aloha Stadium two years ago.

Although Rain is in the middle of a multi-million dollar breach of contract lawsuit, you really couldn't tell that Sunday, as his supporters cheered him on as if he was here for an actual concert.

Fans got up early to see sunshine in the skies and rain at the airport.

"Oh because he's an awesome singer and he's an awesome dancer, he has this magnetic charm when he smiles, he just has this strong charisma," Rain fan Elaine Ikeda said.

On monday, Rain takes that charisma with him to federal court, where he's expected to take the stand. Hawaii-based Click Entertainment says the concert's abrupt cancellation has them down around a million dollars.

"It broke our hearts, but we're hoping that the settlement will make him have a concert in Hawaii, so we can see him perform here," Ikeda said.

Rain supporters were waiting for Sunday, the day they could see him here in Hawaii, good or bad.

Some fans here have never seen him in action, but others have traveled to the Mainland see his glitzy shows.

"I walked by him in Caesar's Palace when he performed on Christmas Day and I was so excited to see him and my mind just went blank," Ikeda said.

Loretta Kim is one of many who missed out on seeing rain perform in Honolulu two years ago.

"Well, it was a disappointment, but one can't fault him because he has people who are taking care of booking him," she said.

Kim hopes rain will return again, but this time for a concert, instead of a trial.

"He didn't shun anybody, he greeted them as best he could under the circumstance and it was a good greeting," she said.

The trial for Rain and his former management company began on Wednesday. It's expected to last two weeks.

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