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Honolulu Chinatown

Take a Photo Tour of Oahu's Chinatown

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Add a walking tour through Honolulu's Chinatown to your list of things to do in Oahu. Sample delicious dim sum and other Asian delicacies at restaurants and market stands, while experiencing an important part of Hawaii's cultural history.

Honolulu Chinatown's History

Hawaii has long been home to a significant Chinese population, which arrived in the mid to late 1800s to work the sugar plantations. Chinatown emerged in Honolulu in 1860, as Chinese Hawaiians left the sugar plantations and turned to other employment. Two fires devastated the neighborhood; it was rebuilt both times. Today, the neighborhood is pan-Asian: in addition to Chinese businesses, you'll find flavors from the Philipines, Thailand, Vietnam and so on.

Plan Your Visit to Honolulu's Chinatown

Honolulu Chinatown Events

  • First Fridays: Chinatown is home to a growing number of art galleries, which open their doors to the public on the first Friday of each month.
  • Chinese New Year: A two week celebration in January/February.
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