Korean Culture in Hawaii
An introduction to Korean culture in Hawaii and the Korean
ethnic group in Hawaii. Includes information about the
Hawaii Korean Festival, the Hawaii Korean
Chamber of Commerce, the downtown Honolulu Korean War memorial,
the Korean Studies Center at the University of Hawaii,
and other Hawaii Korean culture and Hawaii Korean-American
resources in Hawaii.
Korean Festival of Hawaii
Every July a Korean Festival is held at
Honolulu's Kapiolani Park Bandstand.
The event features Korean dance performances,
Korean musicians and singers, demonstrations
of the Korean martial art taekwondo, exhibits
of Korean artifacts, and booths selling Korean
food such as kalbi (barbecued short ribs), kim chi (spicy Korean
pickled cabbage), and bibim gooksoo,
(spicy Korean noodles).
Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce
The Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce
was founded in November of 1940 by a group
of Korean immigrants who arrived in Hawaii
between 1903 and 1905. In 1977 the Korean
Business Council merged with the organization
and in 1979, due to generational differences,
the organization split into two organizations:
the older generation's Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry
of Hawaii and the younger generations Hawaii
Koran Chamber of Commerce of Honolulu. The
two organizations remerged in 1988 to form
today's Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce.
The events and activities of the organization
include organizing an annual Korean Festival
in Honolulu, providing scholarships, promoting
trade between Hawaii and Korea, and representing
the interests of the Korean-American business community in
Korean War Memorial in Downtown Honolulu
The Korean War Memorial on the grounds of the Iolani
Palace was dedicated on July 24, 1994 and it cost
approximately $1 million to build. The memorial
is a serpentine wall made of lava rock that is
about 100 feet long and six feet high. The wall
is layered in pedestals to allow friends and family
to place flowers or mementos. The names of the 456
Hawaii men who died in the Korean War are engraved
on the memorial. Every Thursday a local veterans
organization washes and polishes the memorial
and maintains the area around it.
Korean Restaurants on Oahu
Where to find Korean restaurants, Korean
barbecue, and Korean cafes in Waikiki, Honolulu,
and on other parts of the island of Oahu.
Korean Food Recipes
Recipes for the barbecued slide beef dish known as Bulgogi
and the barbecued short ribs dish known as Kal Bi.
History of Koreans in Hawaii: A Timeline
This timeline on the Web site of the Honolulu Advertiser
Newspaper covers the history of Koreans in Hawaii from
January 17, 1903 when the first Korean immigrants arrived
in Hawaii through 1965-1980 immigration wave.
Halla Pai Huhm Dance Studio
This Honolulu learning center for Korean dance and music
founded in 1950 by Korean immigrant Halla Pai Huhm.
The center is located at 1502-B South
King Street in Honolulu and it can be reached
by phone at 808-949-2888.
Hawaii Vets Honor Korean War Fallen Every June
Every June 25, local veterans groups in Hawaii,
including the Korean War Veterans Association,
participate in a public ceremony at Punchbowl
Cemetery to honor those who died in the Korean War.
During the ceremony the groups place nearly
wreathes at the "Courts of the Missing", and the
number of wreaths placed represents the number of years
that have passed since the Korean War began
on June 25, 1950.
Korean Consulate of Honolulu
The Honolulu office of the Korean Consulate
General is located at 2756 Pali Highway
in Honolulu. They can be contacted by phone at
UH Korean Studies Center
The Korean Studies Center at the University of Hawaii
was founded in 1972 and it's mission is to "promote
interdisciplinary and intercultural approaches to
Korean studies by drawing on its faculty members in
disciplines as diverse as communication, economics,
ethnomusicology, education, geography, history,
language, linguistics, literature, political
science, sociology, and urban and regional planning".
The center is located at 1881 East West Road in Honolulu
and can be contacted by phone at 808-956-7041.
Korean Adoptees of Hawaii
A Honolulu organization founded in March of 2006
to raise awareness about Korean adoptees'
unique and integral role in the Korean-American
and island cultural landscape. Most of the organization's
members are adult Korean adoptees living in Hawaii.
Koreans in Hawaii: A Bibliography
These materials related to Koreans in
Hawaii are available in the Hawaii and Pacific Section
of the Hawaii State Library at 478 South King Street in
the historic capitol district of Downtown Honolulu.
Articles About Hawaii's Korea Connection
Biography of Korean Dancer Halla Pai Huhm
This University of Hawaii Halla Pai Huhm biography
is the life story of the Korean immigrant who
founded a Korean dance school in Hawaii in 1950.
In 1979 she was recognized by the Korean Community
Council as "Outstanding Korean in Hawaii" for her contributions
to Korean culture in Hawaii through dance and music.
2008 December 15:
Korea Air Will Add Seats to Hawaii
Pacific Business Journal article about Korean
Air adding more flights between Korea
and Hawaii as of March 2009. The new flights are
expected to be needed because of the U.S. government's
visa wavier for Koreans traveling to the United
States that went into effect on November 19, 2008
2008 July 18:
In the Beat With Korean Culture
Information about a July 2008 Korean percussion band concert
at the University of Hawaii that featured
the drumming group SamulGwangDae.
2003 January 3
2003 Korean Centennial in Hawaii
Events scheduled for the 2003 celebration of the 100 year
anniversary of the first Korean immigrants arriving
2003 January 12
Koreans Mark 100 Years in Hawaii
Honolulu Advertiser newspaper article by Vicki Viotta
about the 2003 Korean Centennial celebration in Hawaii.
2003 February 2
Center Celebrates Koreans' Isle Life
A February 2003 article by Nancy Arcayna in
the Honolulu Star Bulletin Newspaper with
information about the newly opened Korean
Cultural Center on Rooke Avenue in Honolulu.
(web site KoreanCentinnial.org is no longer online)
2002 November 17
Move to Build Korean Center in Canavarro Castle
This November 2002 article by Rosemarie
Bernardo in the Honolulu Star Bulletin Newspaper
describes the efforts of a group of Koreans
in Honolulu who want to turn the Canavarro Castle
on Rooke Avenue in Nuuanu, Honolulu into
a Korean Cultural Center.
2001 August 19
Isle Korean War Museum Urged
2000 February 3
Strengthening a Cultural Identity
This Honolulu Star Bulletin article by Susan Kreifels
describes the Korean American struggle to create
awareness of their history and traditions.
2000 May 30
Korean Center Wants Larger Quarters
This May 2000 article by Harold Morse in
the Honolulu Star Bulletin newspaper describes
the efforts of the Korean Cultural Center in
Honolulu to move from their cramped quarters
on Kapiolani Boulevard to a larger
location on Sheridan Street.
Korean Immigration to Hawaii
Books About Koreans in Hawaii
Islands of Hawaii
Hawaii for Visitors
Elsewhere on the Web
Korean Culture in Hawaii
State of Hawaii - Koreans in Hawaii
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