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The 2013 12th Annual Korean Festival
Friday, July 12, open 4pm
Saturday, July 13, 10am - 8pm
Kapiolani Park & Bandstand
Food & Products, Live Performances from Korea and local groups
Admission is free and open to the general public. Food, products, and some activities are also available with purchase of scrip.Free parking available at Kapiolani Community College, with shuttle service.
2013 Korean Festival
This year the festival is a two day event! Friday, July 12 from 4pm-9pm for movie night and then Saturday, July 13 from 10am-10pm for our all day festival. We hope to see you at the 12th Annual Korean Festival in Hawaii.
The Korean Festival is an annual event run by the Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce, with the support of dozens of community organizations and businesses, and hundreds of volunteers. The purpose of the Korean Festival is to share, promote, and raise awareness of Korean culture in the community. Additionally, proceeds from the Festival are used to fund service projects and ventures which benefit the Korean and larger community in Hawaii, including an annual scholarship fund for outstanding, civic-minded students entering or currently enrolled in college.
The Korean Festival presents a unique, authentic taste of Korean culture through food, dance, art, music, and entertainment. The program of festival events varies from year to year, but past Festivals have included performances such as taekwondo (Korean martial arts) demonstration, a coming-of-age traditional tea ceremony, and Korean fan and drum dances.
Past festivals have also provided interactive activities, such as Korean cooking lessons from talented chefs from the community, Korean youth singing competitions, and even a Kim Chi eating contest. Visitors have enjoyed perusing through the various unique products and services available in the product tent, and, of course, savored their favorite Korean food, such as kalbi (BBQ shortribs), bibimbap (mixed rice and vegetables), and kim chee fried rice.
Come see, taste, and listen... and experience Korea!
The Korean Festival attracts wide participation from the local community, giving people of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities a small taste of Korean culture.
The Korean Festival will be held in Kapiolani Park and Bandstand area. Kapiolani Park is located right by Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii. The park is walking distance from most Waikiki hotels and is on most of the major bus routes into Waikiki.
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Shuttle services will be available between Kapiolani Community College and Kapiolani Park
- From Ala Moana to Kapiolani Park:
- #8 Waikiki Beach & Hotels
- #42 Waikiki
- From Downtown Honolulu to Kapiolani Park:
- #2 Waikiki-Kapiolani Park (from S. Hotel and Alakea)
- #19 Waikiki Beach & Hotels (from S. King and Punchbowl)
- #42 Waikiki (from S. King and Punchbowl)
- From Honolulu Int'l Airport to Kapiolani Park:
- #19 Waikiki Beach & Hotels
- #20 Waikiki Beach & Hotels
For more information, visit TheBus website.
The Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce offers three annual scholarships to outstanding students who are enrolled or will be enrolling full-time in an accredited four-year college for undergraduate studies. Recipients are awarded at the annual Korean Festival. For more information, please visit the HKCC Scholarship website.
2012 Scholarship Awards
The annual Korean Festival is one of several projects initiated by the Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce. HKCC relies on the support of its membership, as well as volunteers and donors from the larger community to make the Korean Festival and other community service projects a success. To find out more about HKCC and its ongoing work in the community, please visit the HKCC website.