How’s the weather in Hawaii? I know we have readers from the islands of Hawaii because i see that little green spot on the map light up a whole lot. 😉 This caused me to be curious about the Hallyu scene in Hawaii.
According to a StarBulletin.com article way back in November 2005, Hawaii was the doorway to Korean entertainment (especially dramas) in the U.S. market!
Tom Larsen, general manager for YA Entertainment, based in San Bruno, Calif., and exclusive distributor of English-subtitled Korean TV dramas in the United States, said the “hallyu,” or the Korean wave, definitely began in the islands.
“Hawaii has been the doorway to the U.S. market,” he said, “and KBFD is a big reason for that. They’re the pioneers in putting English subtitles on the dramas from Korea in order to attract a wider audience.”
~ Star Bulletin, Hawaii Hallyu, 28 Nov, 2005
Is the Korean wave still making crashes in Hawaii? Do many Hallyu stars visit? I know Lee Jun Ki was there. And Oh Ji Ho made a visit to Hawaii in April, 2007. It was such a shame that Rain‘s concert did not materialize in Hawaii though.
If you are a Korean drama fan living in North America check out YA Entertainment. They have exclusive North American distribution rights for the most popular Korean TV drama mini-series with ENGLISH SUBTITLES.
Has anyone purchased DVDs from YA Entertainment? I bet the English subtitles would be of good quality. Can anyone vouch for this?