KITV4 Island News caught up with Ryan Hamadon from the Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce to discuss the 17th Annual Korean Festival taking place on Saturday at the Victoria Ward Park on Auahi Street.

KITV4: Tell us about what is happening this Saturday?

Hamadon: We are celebrating all things Korean at our 17th Annual event. This year, we are in a new location, at Victoria Ward Park in the Ala Moana/Kakaako area. There will be a dozen food booths as well as Korean soju and a beer garden. The event is free and open to the public. There is over 3,000 parking stalls in the area, and we also have a LYFT car share stop right next door to the festival.

KITV4: We are excited to hear about the entertainment stage schedule, tell us about it?

Hamadon: We have an entertainment stage featuring non-stop Korean related performances from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. We are proud to bring KPOP Night to Hawaii, with two popular acts from Korea. Opening the show is singer and songwriter ESNA, followed by our headline act LADIES CODE. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m.

KITV4: Tell us about some of the food and you will have a soju tent at the festival?

Hamadon: We have many of the popular Korean food items such as Kalbi, KimChee, Mandoo and Korean Pancakes. Some of our vendors are serving unique Korean dishes that you usually cannot find in Hawaii as well.
We will also be featuring a beer and soju tent featuring popular Korean drinks. All sales from this tent goes back to the Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce.

KITV4: Where can our viewers find out more?

Hamadon: Please visit us at We have the entertainment line up and other information on it. We are on Facebook and you can find us on Instagram at @koreanfestival.