The 10th Annual Korean Culture Day was successfully held on Friday March 9, 2018 at the Center for Korean Studies. The event was organized by the Korean section and the Korean Language Flagship Center and supported by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature, and the Center for Korean Studies. We are also thankful to the Francis A. and Betty Ann Keala Fund of the Colleges of Art & Sciences, Professor Hsin-I Hsieh, Palama Supermarket, Ohana Pacific Bank, NoTip Taxi, Fabric Mart, and Tony Moly for sponsoring the event.

The day began with opening remarks given by the Korean Section Head, Professor Yung-Hee Kim, as well as an invigorating performance of a traditional farmers’ dance by a group of Korean percussion music players. The morning was full of fun and educational activities, such as a hands-on class on farmers’ dance and music conducted by the head of the troop, Mr. Ki Un Lee, a traditional Korean dance class taught by Ms. Mary Jo Freshly of the Halla Pai Huhm Studio, and calligraphy and painting lessons taught by Mr. Sang Ryun Lee, a painter in traditional Korean art. Visitors from our UHM community and beyond were also given the chance to play traditional Korean games, to make traditional masks and bookmarks, to try on a traditional Korean costume (hanbok), and play culture Jeopardy with members of Hanwoori, UHM’s Korean culture student club.

After a delicious Korean lunch, visitors were treated to the Student Talent Show where 11 groups of students from all levels of Korean classes showcased their love of Korea and Korean culture by sharing their talents in singing, dancing, and stand-up comedy. While our faculty judges Professor Sang Yee Cheon and Mr. Todd Ashida deliberated on the winners, we had two special performances from Hanwoori and the Moanalua High School Nanta Team.

An event like this would not be possible without the support of those already mentioned or without our faculty coordinator and the graduate and undergraduate students who dedicated so much time and effort to making this year’s Korean Culture Day a success.

To relive the fun of the 10th Annual Korean Culture Day, please click the links below:

Photos (taken by Sujin Kang and Jessabeth Aggacid)

Promotional Video (made by Sujin Kang)

Feature Video (Ka Leo O Hawai‘i)

Feature Article (the Korea Times Hawaii)


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