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Exploring O’ahu’s Chinatown


South O’ahu / Chinatown

A few blocks from Downtown Honolulu is Chinatown where you can find steaming dim sim, char sui, manapua, and pork hash as well lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, and daily baked goods. Some places include the O’ahu Market on North King Street, and the Maunakea Marketplace on Maunakea Street. There are more than 100 Chinatowns in the United States, but none like Hawaii’s Chinatown. Located in the financial and political center of the state, Honolulu’s Chinatown is an upscale, Asian-inspired arts district blended with traditional Chinese bazaars and family-owned stores, plus the best Asian restaurants this side of Hong Kong.

Honolulu’s Chinatown is diverse with Pan-Asian and Pacific Islander businesses – porcelain shops, bakeries, herbal remedy shops, art galleries, etc. When the businesses and farmers’ markets close, the bars and restaurants open to happy hour and karaoke. It’s located at the intersection of Hotel and Bishop Streets.

Additionally, you can learn about the 1800s Honolulu, the Bubonic Plague and the Honolulu Fire and Human Sacrifice years on the $20, 75-minute Devil’s Den Tour. For more information, call 808-670-7090 or check out


Cites: O’ahu This Week; Welcome to O’ahu




Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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