X1 debut marked by record win time

By Nadine Kam I So my question prior to X1’s debut on Aug. 27 was, are they going to match or top Wanna One, the previous male band formed by the “Produce 101” franchise that disbanded earlier this year after …

Dance Diary: Taemin’s ‘Move’

By Nadine Kam I I wanted to dance to Taemin’s “Move” for a long time and tried to learn the choreography on my own at home. This is where memory fails me, coz I actually made it through the entire …

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 …

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