Korean Festival welcomed Ladies Code and eSNa

By Nadine Kam I It’s rare for Hawaii fans to witness K-pop live. Groups come here all the time, but not for concerts. Since last November, EXO, Winner, Black Pink and Twice have all been in town for a mix …

10 reasons you don’t want your child to be a K-pop star … it looks fun & glam but …

IBy Nadine Kam I In my last post, I wrote about JYP Entertainment coming to town to audition Japanese speaking girls for a K-pop band created for the Japan market on Aug. 8. (Registration deadline Aug. 1) A few weeks …

We in the Zone debuts with Hawaii member Eson

By Nadine Kam I Hawaii is blessed with artistic and musical talent. Per capita, we have more people who make a living from the arts than in most states. I recently researched this for another article I was writing about …

School of K-pop & J-pop at University of Hawaii-Manoa

By Nadine Kam I Never in my life did I dream that K-pop would be a subject worthy of college level study, but why not for the politics, history, psychology or sociology student who wants to know how popular culture …

Dance diary: BTS ‘Dope’ and ‘Not Today’

By Nadine Kam I In beginner K-pop dance class, we did BTS back-to-back on Feb. 16 and 23, “Dope” and “Not Today” on the respective dates. Their dances are always energetic and fun. For that reason, more people tend to …

Dance diary: BTS ‘Idol’

By Nadine Kam I We spent an hour learning BTS’s “Idol” during our beginner K-pop dance class at Star Fitness Hawaii on Feb. 9, 2019. It is the most high-energy dance we’d done so far, and after dancing it at …

Dance Diary: IU’s ‘BbiBbi’

By Nadine Kam I On Jan. 19, 2019, in our beginner K-pop class, we danced part of IU’s “BbiBbi.” It’s a cute, lazy-looking dance that actually sends a serious warning to gossips and haters. Her greeting, “Hello stup-I-D,” refers to …

A Hawaii native’s journey into K-pop

By Nadine Kam I It’s not every day that you’ll find a K-pop star willing to talk about their experiences in the cutthroat industry, but that’s what happened when Rebekah Kim, Bekah of After School, gave a talk on “My …

Dance diary: SHINee’s ‘Everybody’

By Nadine Kam I Through Jonghyun, SHINee is the first group that brought me to K-pop and on Jan. 5, the boy group dance we learned was SHINee’s “Everybody.” It’s a dubstep-electro house-complextro song, so comes with all the mechanical, …

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