The Waikiki Beach equivalent in South Korea is called Haeundae Beach located in the city of Busan.
The mile-long beach has seen serious erosion over the years as Busan City tries to save the beach, which was once 70 meters wide but now reduced to 38 meters from rip currents and development in the area.
Haeundae Beach is important to the city of Busan as it attracts over 15 million tourists a year.
From 1990 to 2013, the city has dumped the equivalent of 13 acres of sand at the cost of millions, a losing proposition. So the city has decided to take a three-year project to study rip current and mitigating it with under water breakwaters which will reduce the amount of wave energy.
The city is spending over $40 million on this project, which will complete next year. We have breakwaters in Hawaii which can be seen at Ko Olina lagoons and the beach at outmost point of Magic Island although they are not submerged.
Waikiki beach faces erosion and we should look at the project in Busan, as it may give us ideas to save our iconic Waikiki Beach. Honolulu has sister city relationships with Incheon and Seoul while the state of Hawaii has a sister city relationship with Jeju Province (Jeju Island). It may be a great time to set up a sister city relationship with Busan, the second-largest city in South Korea.
‘My Daughter, Sawol’
Episodes 25 & 26
Today, 6:30 p.m.: Chan-bin brings Sawol home to introduce her to the family. Dukyeh fears Manhoo’s retaliation and opposes their union. Chanbin informs Man-hoo that he loves Sawol and that he will never give her up. Ji-hye comes upon a photo of Dukyeh and Minho and wonders about the child they had.
Today, 7:45 p.m.: Chanbin plans a proposal to relay to Sawol his undying love for her. Ji-hye shudders in anguish as she assumes Hyesang is Min-ho and Dukyeh’s daughter. Sawol realizes Hongdo is Owel.
Episode 3 & 4
Friday, 7:45 p.m.: After much searching, Gong-shim finally lands a job. Dae-hwang sees Dante with Chairman Nam and orders Gong-shim to look into Dante. Gong-shim asks Dante out for a drink and makes a fatal mistake.
Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: Gong-mi gets close to Joon-su with the info Gong-shim gave her. Dante is caught off-guard when he shows his feelings for Gong-shim. Gong-shim is confused by Dante’s flippant behavior. Chairman Nam receives a pendant he gave to Joon-pyo 26 years ago.
‘The Royal Gambler’
Episodes 13 & 14
Monday, 7:45 p.m.: Dae-gil sets out to bring down Gol Sa’s gambling house. Dae-gil bids Prince Yeoning to have the authorities involved. Unable to heed Dae-gil’s request, Prince Yeoning seeks help from Kim Chang-jib. King Suk-jong shows Concubine Suk-bin the notices that are posted around the capital. Concubine Suk-bin is flabbergasted to see that Dae-gil is out to strike Gol Sa.
Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: Dae-gil sees Dam Seo ready to strike Gol-sa with a knife. Dae-gil gives Dam Seo a chance to escape. Dae-gil helps Gol Sa to his feet, but he soon draws his last breath. Yeon-hwa misunderstands and thinks Dae-gil is the killer. Kim Chang-jib burns the record book given by Prince Yeoning. Prince Yeoning is outraged at Kim Chang-jib’s betrayal.
Episodes 9 & 10
Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Ha-neul and Jin-woo finally face each other. Jin-woo speedily drives off after their meeting, and ends up in an accident. Ha-neul witnesses the accident and seeks Suk-ho’s help. The other members of the band are lost without Jin-woo. To avoid Jae-hoon’s mother’s scrutiny, Suk-ho gets a hold of Jae-hoon at his school.
Thursday, 7:45 p.m.: Suk-ho arrives at the venue for the band’s first performance in high spirits. Members are all dumbfounded to know that they will perform for seniors. Ha-neul gives Ji-young a silent warning at the TV station, and makes Ji-young fearful.
Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. This column offers synopses of the dramas playing throughout Hawaii. Chung can be reached at 521-8066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.