Hanoolim, or HOL, aims to raise awareness of Korean and Korean-American culture and history by providing academic, social, and cultural events to our members and our community. We host Korean Culture Night, implement a family system, hold annual careers nights, offer volunteer opportunities, and more, providing our members with a holistic experience at UCLA. Our Poongmul (Korean traditional drumming) and Talchum (Korean traditional mask dancing) teams allow for members to learn Korean traditional art forms. It is our mission enhance our members' experiences at UCLA while also learning about and teaching others of our culture.
Hanoolim was founded by a group of Korean American UCLA students in 1990 who felt the need for an organization in which students can come to learn more about Korean heritage and traditional culture. Hanoolim strove to set an example through both academic excellence and involvement in social and political issues regarding the Korean American community. Throughout its existence, Hanoolim has built a strong presence both on and off campus through the different branches of the organization. In addition, Hanoolim annually hosts Korean Culture Night, the biggest student-run Korean Culture Night production in the United States. Hanoolim operates through meetings, programs, and events (traditional and contemporary), all of which stimulate and encourage an active participation of the members to build its unique characteristics and to further enrich the experience of members at UCLA.