Hawaii’s Korea Festival returns as a one-day event


HONOLULU (KHON2) — After a two-year hiatus, the annual Korean festival returns as an in-person event in August to celebrate its 18th anniversary.

This year’s theme is “Celebrating Together – Again”.

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The Korean Festival is known as one of Hawaii’s largest and most cultural festivals. It celebrates Korean food, music, dance and culture with thousands of locals and visitors.

This year, the free event will be held for one day only: Saturday, August 20, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Honolulu Hale Civic Grounds.

The festival will feature Korean dishes, a kimchee eating contest, a talent contest and a variety of family activities. There will also be stalls offering handicrafts made locally and imported from Korea. Tickets will be sold for food items and for most on-site activities.

See the gallery below of past events:

There are also plans to create an international K-pop group and set the stage to showcase their famous Soju Tent and Beer Garden. Sponsorships are welcome.

More than 500 volunteers representing more than 40 Korean organizations and other local organizations come to support the event. Click here to volunteer.

Those interested in this event can Check here for updates as details are still being finalized.

Net proceeds will be used to improve Korean and Hawaiian communities through trade and tourism missions, according to the Korean Hawaii Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds will also be used to support business-friendly legislation, scholarships, free personal finance seminars for seniors and immigrants, among other services.

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The Korean Chamber of Commerce in Hawaii was established in 1940. It is one of the oldest Korean organizations in the state.


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