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Get your kimchee fix at the 15th annual Korean Festival

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Come and experience Korean culture from the past and the present at the 15th Annual Korean Festival. As one of the largest cultural festivals of the year in Hawaii, the Korean Festival will once again have the best flavors of Korea, entertainment and culture exhibits. Organizers expect over 30,000 people to attend.

The festival will run for two days on the last weekend of August. Friday night will feature a free screening of Korean blockbuster “Miss Granny”. The event space opens at 5:00pm and the movie will begin at 7:30pm. Cooking Hawaiian Style TV Host Grant Sato will be serving Pojang Macha (Korean Street Food) for the movie night. Grant was a recent winner of the “Global Taste of Korean Regional Contest” in Hawaii last year.

Saturday, August 27 will run from 10:00am to 9:00pm and will be the main festival. The Korean Festival presents a unique, authentic taste of Korean culture through food, dance, art, music, and entertainment. The program of festival events includes performances such as a taekwondo (Korean martial arts) demonstration, Korean fan and drum dances, KPOP dance performances, Korean song contest and special musical performances from guests from Korea.

The festival also provides interactive activities, such as Korean cooking lessons from talented chefs from the community, and the festival favorites kim chi eating contest and jajangmyun eating contest.

Attendees have enjoyed perusing through the various unique products and services available in the product tents, and savored their favorite Korean foods, such as kalbi (BBQ shortribs), tteokbokki (small rice cakes in spicy sauce), and mandoo (dumpling). This festival is a culinary delight for those who enjoy Korean foods. Organizers this year plan to implement more farm to table concepts at the Korean Festival, including an addition of a Farmers Market and partnerships with Aloun Farms and Hawaiian Crown Pineapple Plantation.

New to this year event is a liquor tasting tent featuring soju, makoli, beer and wine.

The headliner for this year’s Korean festival is the pop R&B duo “Pretty Brown”. Another special group from Korea is the artistic dance group “Pyeongtaek Nongak“.

Also part of the festival is a talent show with various prizes, including a round trip air ticket to Korea.

The Korean Festival is an annual event run by the Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce, with the support of dozens of community organizations and businesses, and hundreds of volunteers. The purpose of the Korean Festival is to share, promote, and raise awareness of Korean culture in the community. Additionally, proceeds from the Festival are used to fund service projects and ventures which benefit the Korean and larger community in Hawaii, including an annual scholarship fund for outstanding, civic-minded students entering or currently enrolled in college. To learn more about the scholarship program, visit http://www.hkccweb.org/en/scholarships.html.

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