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- 98%Local Culture
- 91%History Buffs
- 77%Adventure Travelers
- 77%Budget Travelers
- 65%Art & Design Lovers
- 64%Family Travelers
Member Reviews (26)
- ChinatownJan 14, 2014
Honolulu's Chinatown is a vibrant, authentic neighborhood and worth a half day wander to take in the markets, restaurants, boutiques, noodle factories and people watch. During your visit, be sure to glance down at the sidewalk where hundreds of square stones are embedded - these were used as ballast for the ships bringing goods to the island. Starting in the late 1800s Chinatown's harbor was the terminus for merchant as well as passenger vessels. This rich history is evident in the flavor of the neighborhood today.
- ChinatownMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesBackpackers+ 1Nov 08, 2013
Don't let the history of the place deter you from visiting. I currently live in the area and LOVE it. Just ignore the crazies and you'll have a great time bar hopping around hotel street. Only thing is on Sunday evenings, everything is closed.
- ChinatownMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 5Nov 02, 2013
Go to Chinatown hungry and try different local and cultural foods. There's even home made ice cream! Wonderful, trendy clothing, gift, and local arts -- calligraphy and treasures. Take your time to look around, shop, eat, and don't forget your leis and flowers --- Puakenikeni, Pikake -- oh my!
- ChinatownOct 20, 2013
Squeezed between downtown Honolulu's skyscrapers and the river, this multi-cultural Chinatown has deep historical roots, reaching back to the days when 19th-century whalers walked drunkenly from the harbor over to brawl in the bars and cathouses here. These days, there are as many art galleries and indie boutiques as there are pan-Asian marketplaces and noodle shops. For a street party, come on down on the first Friday night of every month, when it's a mob scene with club DJs, art-exhibition openings and food trucks.
- ChinatownCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Aug 14, 2013
Chinatown has finally made it after all these years. Hawaii, lacking in a hip neighborhood for lounges and bars, has done what many other cities in the world have done: they turned the red-light district from a place of street walkers and drug dealers to one of hipsters and dancing (with a bit of street walkers and drug dealers too, no doubt). During the day, Chinatown is a vibrant place to visit for cheap Asian cuisine (from dim sum to pho), affordable merchandise and fresh produce.
- ChinatownJul 08, 2013
Such a fun way to spend an afternoon! Discover treasures you can find in the small local shops....enjoy the fresh tropical fruits and vegetables that are unique to the Hawaiian Islands. Also lots of fresh seafood. Lunch at one of the local restaurants can be a real treat.
- ChinatownCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Mar 23, 2013
Honolulu's Chinatown is like no other. What used to be the red light districts during the war days are gone, what's left was the typical small Chinatown: vendors selling fruits, vegetables, crafts, and knick-knacks, and standard restaurants and Asian eateries. Over years, it has emerged and reinvented itself, with cool bars and hip restaurants popping up, art galleries and boutique shops opening, block parties to celebrate any and all kinds of cultural holidays, and bringing together the island community in a mash-up-of-all-sorts ways. Chinatown is also a good place to get cheap fruits and vegetables, good variety of Asian food inside the Marketplace, and learn a little history of Asians in Hawaii. At night, it's a fun place for bar crawling, hanging out, and seeing the local nightlife emerge. Just be sure not to jay-walk, or else you will get a ticket from HPD.