Korean Culture on Display at Annual Festival

The Hawaii Kore­an Cham­ber of Com­merce will present its tenth Kore­an Fes­ti­val Sat­ur­day, July 9, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Kapi­olani Park. The Kore­an Fes­ti­val is an annu­al event run by the Cham­ber in part­ner­ship with dozens of com­mu­ni­ty orga­ni­za­tions, busi­ness­es, and vol­un­teers. It is intend­ed to share, pro­mote, and raise aware­ness of Kore­an cul­ture in the com­mu­ni­ty. Pro­ceeds from the Fes­ti­val are used to fund ser­vice projects and ven­tures that ben­e­fit the Kore­an and larg­er com­mu­ni­ty in Hawaii, includ­ing an annu­al schol­ar­ship fund for out­stand­ing col­lege stu­dents.

Fes­ti­val events vary from year to year, but typ­i­cal­ly include per­for­mances such as taek­won­do and Kore­an dance, as well as inter­ac­tive events such as Kore­an cook­ing lessons, Kore­an youth singing com­pe­ti­tions, and kim­chi-eat­ing con­tests. For a full descrip­tion of this year’s pro­gram, see http://www.koreanfestivalhi.com.