Save the date: Taste of Korea this Friday

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IMG_0101Hawaii is a melting pot of different cultures, and yet local Koreans do not have a cultural center to share their history and traditions. Polynesians have one. Japanese, Okinawans and Filipinos all have one. Local Chinese have an entire plaza.

Taste of Korea this Friday, Oct. 16, will help fix the situation. It’s the second annual fundraiser for the Hawaii Korean Cultural Center, which already has a designated site, says HKCC acting president Amanda Chang. The money raised will help build the actual center so it can promote Korean history, culture, language and heritage among residents and visitors.

IMG_0030Friday night’s event features some of Hawaii’s most popular restaurants offering their spin on Korean cuisine. Here’s a look at the menus:


    IMG_0012Wait, there’s more: What goes with Korean food? Liquors imported from Korea such as soju and makgoli will be on offer, along with traditional Korean entertainment. Here’s a look at last year’s event.

    Tickets to take in all this while building Hawaii’s future Korean cultural center are $80. Please see for more information.

    Taste of Korea
    Friday, Oct. 16
    6 to 8:30 p.m.
    Japanese Cultural Center
    Manoa Grand Ballroom
    2454 S. Beretania St.


    • Lucky Belly – Scallop and bone marrow yubu chobap with truffle gogi gugmul
    • MW Restaurant – Kim chee Portuguese bean soup and meat jun
    • Ohana Bento & Sushi – Bibimbap
    • Waipuna Sushi – Dynamite sushi, papaya kimchee handroll and ahi poke roll
    • The Pig & the Lady, Sorabol and Haili’s Hawaiian Food will also be serving up Korean-themed dishes
    • Plus you’ll find traditional favorites such as ddukbokki (spicy rice cakes), homemade kimchee and seafood pancakes