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 …

‘Produce X 101’: A Cinderella story

By Nadine Kam I Two weeks after the finale of “Produce X 101” I am still processing all that happened on the K-pop survival show. Overall, I am happy about the final “audience-produced” lineup for X1, the group that emerged …

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 …

All eyes on ‘Produce X 101’ for next K-pop sensation

By Nadine Kam I For every K-pop success story like BTS there are dozens of groups that never make it. Even BTS had a rocky start, struggling for years in South Korea, as a hybrid rap-idol group that drew criticism …

Happy 11th anniversary SHINee!

By Nadine Kam I The 11th anniversary of SHINee should be a joyous time, but being new to the K-pop and Shawol community, the two anniversaries since I came on board last year have been bittersweet occasions. Last year, it …

Dance Diary: Chung Ha ‘Gotta Go’

By Nadine Kam l Skipped ahead to March 14, 2019, because I wanted to post this in honor of Xiumin, who danced a bit of Chung Ha’s “Gotta Go” as part of girl group dance medley to entertain fans during …

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 …

BTS makes history on SNL stage

By Nadine Kam I BTS made history April 13 as the first Korean group to perform on “Saturday Night Live” in its 44 years. It was a big night for both parties, and my feeling is that SNL needed them …

… and then there was one, SHINee off to serve its country

By Nadine Kam I April 15 is a miserable day anyway, the day in the United States when our income tax returns are due, and I ended up sending $8,500 away, just like that, blip, gone. It almost didn’t hurt …

Dance diary: Black Pink’s ‘Ddu-Du Ddu-Du’

On Feb. 2, 2019, we danced the chorus of Black Pink’s “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” during our beginner K-pop dance class. As I’m still catching up on the past after starting this dance blog, the timing is good in light of the …

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