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Chinatown Kristintachibana

A small Chinatown in comparison to the other big cities in the nation, our little Chinatown in Honolulu is packed with shops, eateries, bars and other businesses (even the late night prostitute and/or ice addict...I'm sure those in Chinatown and the city of Honolulu will love the picture I just painted - but it is the truth)...I prefer to walk around during the day to capture the essence of the culture there.

A small Chinatown in comparison to the other big cities in the nation, our little Chinatown in Honolulu is packed with shops, eateries, bars and other businesses (even the late night prostitute and/or ice addict…I’m sure those in Chinatown and the city of Honolulu will love the picture I just painted – but it is the truth)…I prefer to walk around during the day to capture the essence of the culture there.

Scattered around this area are many shops stocked with cheap, useless products that scream to be bought. Bright, plastic items which you have no idea what to do with, let alone what they are. Foreign smells drift into the streets from the many restaurants and eateries. If you are brave enough to venture outside of your normal fare and taste some of the yummy ethnic dishes, this is the place to do it. Beware, though, what you eat may very well be the intestine of a pig or cow…something my Caucasian boyfriend (such a good sport) found out the rather hard way. The people there are not unfriendly, but cautious of the Chinatown visitors…but then again, show them the money and best friends you are…I love to take photos here because of the many colors and oddities you will encounter. The buildings in and around Chinatown reflect the architecture of old Hawaii…with a touch of Chinese culture. Since I am drawn to noise and bright colors, this is definitely a place for me! You will never be bored or disappointed in Chinatown!!! :)

It isn’t hard to find. It is right off Nimitz Highway, across from the Aloha Tower area. Just start heading toward the mountain from Aloha Tower area and you will hit Chinatown.

written by kristintachibana

2 comments

  1. hanspan

    hanspan

    lovely blue skies!!!! much better than the grey in england!

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  2. obungen

    obungen

    I love that I go to HPU and see this daily :D

    almost 6 years ago · report as spam

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