Friday, January 3, 2003

Han-Na Chang and the Honolulu Symphony lead off the Korean Centennial celebration with a performance today and Sunday at Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Korean Centennial

Celebration begins with cellist

Star-Bulletin Staff

The year 2002 was just a preview for the Korean Centennial, which peaks with 23 events taking place in January alone.

Here's what to expect:


>> Centennial concert features the Honolulu Symphony with internationally acclaimed cellist Han-Na Chang and Korea's best kayagum artist, Byung-Ki Hwang. See details below.


>> HECO Cooking show airing on Oceanic channel 16 features chef Chang Bong Choi of Enchanted Lake Kim Chee preparing shoyu butterfish, kalbi and head cabbage kim chee with cucumber. Repeats 9:30 a.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Mondays, and 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Jan. 15. Call Hawaiian Electric Co. at 543-7511 for details.

>> Conference of scholars at the Hilton Hawaiian Village will discuss ways of enhancing the partnership between Korea and the United States in the 21st century. The event is sponsored by the East-West Center, Institute for Asian Studies at Korea University and the Center for Korean Studies at University of Hawaii at Manoa. An opening reception takes place at 6 p.m. Meetings will start at 9 a.m. at East-West Center through Wednesday.

JAN. 10

>> The opening reception for the Inchon-Hawaii Art Exhibit at the Academy Center will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The show continues through Jan. 28. Call 532-8701.

JAN 12

>> There will be a Centennial Memorial unveiling of a sculpture by Korean artist Bou-Chan Pak at Pawaa City Park at 1 p.m.

>> Centennial Parade from Fort DeRussy to Kapiolani Park will feature the Korean Navy Marching Band, 2,000 marchers and other cultural entertainment from 3 to 5 p.m. Call 947-0191.

>> Kayagum Chamber Recital will feature Byung-Ki Hwang on kayagum and Soong Shik Kim on changgo, at Orvis Auditorium, 7 p.m. Call 944-7612.

JAN. 13

>> Kayagum Ethno Forum on "Creating Kayagum Music, focusing on the Silk Road." Co-sponsored by the East-West Center, at 12:30 p.m. in music building 116, University of Hawaii-Manoa lower campus. Free. Call 944-7612.

>> Centennial Ceremony at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom will feature cultural exhibits and a ceremony, 9 and 10 a.m. Call 864-9812.

>> Centennial Banquet, with keynote address by Washington state Sen. Paull Shin, an orphan from Seoul in his teens and now vice president of the Washington state Senate. Brooke Lee will emcee and there will be pansori by Chan Park, assistant professor of Korean at Ohio State University. Starts with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom, followed by 6:30 p.m. dinner and 8:15 p.m. entertainment. The cost is $125. Call 864-9812 for tickets.

>> Centennial documentary "Arirang: The Korean-American Journey" will have its broadcast premiere at 7:30 p.m. on KHET.

JAN. 14

>> The Korean Broadcasting System hosts a mega production with top stars from Korea and Hawaii at the Waikiki Shell at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required.

>> The Korean Cultural Center is set to open at 2736 Rooke Ave. at 10 a.m.

JAN. 15

>> A Korean program is on the agenda for opening day of the Legislature, state Capitol.

>> Centennial documentary "Arirang: The Korean-American Journey" screens at 7:30 p.m. at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Doris Duke at the Academy. Call 956-7041.

>> "Explore Korea: A Visit to Grandfather's House" yearlong children's exhibition opens at the Honolulu Academy of Arts Education Gallery. Continues through Dec. 31. Call 532-8701.

JAN. 17

>> Five groups of entertainers from Korea will gather on the Ala Moana Center Stage from 2 to 4 p.m. to give a preview of the 2nd annual Korean Festival on Jan. 18. Call 955-9517.

>> National Korean American Grocers Association convention meets at the Waikiki Resort Hotel to Jan. 19; 947-9334.

JAN. 18

>> The 2nd Annual Korean Festival will feature five groups from Korea, free online games by, food, entertainment, cultural exhibits, products for sale, games for children and teens, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Kapiolani Park Bandstand. Volunteers are needed. If interested, e-mail or call 393-2156.

JAN. 19

>> Centennial Banquet at Nanimau Garden in Hilo begins 5:30 p.m. The cost is $100. Call 808-933-8809.

JAN. 24

>> "Century of the Tiger" exhibition of immigration photos, hangul (the Korean alphabet) calligraphy and Punchong pottery opens at Bishop Museum, with a 5:30 p.m. reception. Show runs through March 16. Call 848-4148.

JAN. 25

>> "Pojagi," a concert of Korean and Korean-American performing artists, and traditional Korean drumming and dance takes place 7:30 p.m. at the University of Hawaii at Hilo Theatre. Call 808-974-7421.

>> Bishop Museum hosts live demonstrations of hangul by Korean calligraphers Jong Sun Lee, Sung Ja Cho and Seungryun Hong, in celebration of its "Century of the Tiger" exhibit. Call 848-4148.


>> Feb. 1: "Pojagi" concert of Korean and Korean-American performing artists, and traditional and original Korean drumming and dance takes place 7:30 p.m. at Mamiya Theatre; 974-7421.

>> Feb. 3 to 5: Christian Revival Rally features seminars, Bible study and worship at Blaisdell Arena; from 7 to 10 p.m. the first day and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on remaining days. Call 947-0191.

>> Feb. 9: Korean Family Sunday at Bishop Museum is a day with food, entertainment and cultural exhibits from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Great Lawn. Call 848-4148.

>> Feb. 14 to 23: "Dance Korea: A Celebration of Korean Immigration" features perform- ances by students at the UH and the Korea National University of the Arts. At Kennedy Theatre, 8 p.m. Feb. 14, 15, 21 and 22, and 2 p.m. Feb. 16 and 23. Call 956-7655.

>> Feb. 15 to 28: HECO cooking show honors the Korean Centennial with a visit by chef OnJin of OnJin's Cafe, preparing Korean-style watercress salad, Korean oxtail soup, and Korean-style and shrimp chives pancake. Airs 9:30 a.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Mondays, and 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays on Oceanic channel 16. For more information, call Hawaiian Electric Co. at 543-7511.

>> Feb. 21: Bishop Museum Friday Night Sleepover for families, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 a.m., includes hands-on activities related to the museum's "Century of the Tiger" exhibit, including storytelling. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children. Call 848-4127.


>> March 5 to 9: Centennial Goodwill Taekwondo Championship at Blaisdell Arena. Call 377-5040.


>> April 23 to 27: Korean American Methodist Church Convention.


>> May 12 to 27: "Life to Death" photo exhibit on view at City Hall.

>> May 15: Korean-American children's art exhibit opens at the Academy Center, Honolulu Academy of Arts, with a 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. reception. Show runs through May 29. Call 922-8998.

>> May 15 to 17: Buddhist Convention at Muryangsa Temple.

>> May 16 to 18: Korean Society Presidents Convention at Waikiki Beach Marriott. Call Charles Park at 502-240-9924.

>> May 31: Benefit Korean pop concert takes place 7 p.m. at Waikiki Shell. Call 597-8212.


>> July 11 to 24: Paper craft exhibit at City Hall.


>> Sept. 5 to 26: Korean-American children's art exhibit, Wailoa Center, Hilo. E-mail or call 808-933-0416.

>> Mid-fall: Masked dance-drama performance, "Suyong Yaryu," takes place at Andrews Amphitheater, University of Hawaii-Manoa.

>> "Crossings 2003," focusing on Korean art, opens mid-fall at the UH Art Gallery, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu City Hall, Contemporary Museum, East-West Center Gallery, Windward Community College Iolani Gallery, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, and Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center (Maui).


>> Nov. 29: Sirum championship at Blaisdell Arena, 7 to 10 p.m. Call 947-0191.


>> Dec. 20: Centennial Christian Parade from Ala Moana to Kapiolani Park, begins with 6 p.m. worship, followed by 7 to 9 p.m. parade.


Celebration begins
with cellist


Cellist Han-Na Chang.
Famed cellist Han-Na Chang will be joining the Honolulu Symphony in the first Korean Centennial celebration of the new year, taking place 8 p.m. today and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

She'll perform the Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85. "Saebom (Early Spring)" for kayagum (12-string zither) and orchestra will feature the composition's creator, Byung-Ki Hwang..

Chang won recognition for her musical talents at age 11, taking both first prize and the Contemporary Music Prize at the Fifth Rostropovich International Cello Competition in Paris.

Hwang is a leading composer, performer and scholar of Korean traditional music. His best-known works feature the kayagum, on which he is a renowned performer. His style embraces traditional genres and avant-garde experimentation.

Tickets range from $15 to $57. Call 792-2000.

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