The Korea Times Hawaii and AM1540 Radio Seoul will host a series of events on the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa campus to showcase the Korean writing system and its history as well as Korean food culture in observance of the 4347th National Foundation Day of Korea and 568th anniversary since proclamation of Han’gŭl, the Korean alphabet.
October 9th is the Korean national holiday celebrating King Sejong’s promulgation of Han’gŭl in 1446. October is also a meaningful month with the National Foundation Day of Korea being observed on the 3rd of the month.
Every year for the last fourteen years, the Korea Times / AM1540 Radio Seoul has celebrated Han’gŭl Festival during the week of October 9, and this year is elevating this special day to promote Korea’s history and food culture to the local community as well. The festival is an opportunity for children as well as college students to appreciate the Korean language and its culture through an essay and speech contest.
This year’s Annual Han’gŭl Festival will be celebrated on October 4th at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Center for Korean Studies. Two Korean organizations–Voluntary Agency Network of Korea (VANK) and Wanderers of Bibimbap–will showcase the culinary history and arts of Korea. These two groups of volunteers will spend additional time in Hawai’i spreading information about the island of Dokdo, which is currently the subject of a territorial dispute with Japan, and also demonstrating the making of bibimbap for local audiences.
This year’s event is supported by generous donations from the Korea Foundation and the Honolulu Consulate General of the Republic of Korea. Other sponsors are Korean Air, Dongbu Insurance, Korean American Foundation Hawaii, Ohana Pacific Bank, Korea Freedom Federation, and the National Unification Advisory Council of Korea.
Schedule of Events
- Korean Essay and Speech Contest
Participants include K-12 and college students
Center for Korean Studies
Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 9:00 A.M.
- Nutritional value of Korean Bibimbap and Secrets of Its Taste
Food demonstration and tasting by Wanderers of Bibimbap
Center for Korean Studies
Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 11:00 A.M.
- Let’s Talk about the History of Korea
VANK Presents a special lecture on the history of Korea
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Art Auditorium
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at 4:30 P.M.
Wanderers of Bibimbap (비빔밥 유랑단, www.beginyourbibimbap.com) consists of Korean college students who travel throughout the Americas, Europe, and Africa to promote the Korean staple bibimbap as a healthy food item for people around the world.
The organization Voluntary Agency Network of Korea, or VANK (http://korea.prkorea.com/wordpress/english/), spearheads numerous civilian diplomatic missions that help bring about a better understanding of Korea and Korean culture. With the sponsorship of the provincial government of Kyŏngsangbuk-do, VANK spreads a message of peaceful unification of the Korean peninsula.
For further information, contact Dong-Kwan Kong at email@example.com or call (808) 956‑8292.