Attractions in Chinatown Honolulu
Information about visitor attractions in Honolulu's historic
Hawaii Heritage Center
Located in a building leased from the city
that was renovated by Community Development
Block Grants. The center displays artifacts
found during excavations in the Chinatown
area and exhibits related to the ethnic groups
that have populated Chinatown. The center
also organzies workshops on cultural traditions,
produces oral history video projects, and conducts
walking tours of Chinatown.
Theaters in Chinatown
Shops in Chinatown
Information about open air markets and all kinds of large
and small shops in Chinatown.
The 1905 building at 185 North King Street is an example
of the typical Chinatown building with shops downstairs
and homes upstairs where the shop owners lived.
-2003 Dec 21:
Armstrong Building is Chinatown Archetype
Wo Fat Building
This chinatown restaurant was originally locpated in a
1882 building that was destroyed by the 1886 Chinatown fire.
Then it was located in a building that was destroyed by
the 1990 Chinatown fire. The restaurant is closed now
but when it was last opened it was located in the 1938
building at 115 North Hotel Street.
-2003 Dec 28:
Like a Phoenix Wo Fat Rises
Foster Botanical Garden
German doctor William Hillebrand rented this land
from Queen Kalama in 1853. Some of the trees he planted
are now more then 150 years old. He later sold the property
to Thomas and Mary Foster who continued to develop the
garden. In 1930 they bequeathed their garden to the City
and County of Honolulu. The Foster Botanical Garden
is located at 50 NOrth Vinyard Boulevard.
-2004 Feb 01:
20 Acre Green Oasis
Izumo Taishakyo Shrine
The small wooden Shinto shrine at 215 North Kukui Street
was designed by Hego Fuchino and built by master shrine carpenter
Ichisaburo Takata in 1906. The shrine was confiscated by the city
of Honolulu during World War II.
-2004 Jan 18:
Shinto Shrine Fits Like Puzzle
Kuan Yin Temple
The temple at the entrance to the Foster]
Botanical Garden is a Buddhist temple.
Kuan Yin (the Chinese goddess of mercy?) is
on the center altar. Wei Tor, protector
and guardian of the faith is on the right altar.
Kuan Tai, protector of truth and justice is onthe left altar.
Located at the end of the river walk and across Vinyard
Boulevard, at the entrance to the Foster Botanical Garden.
-2004 Jan 25:
Temple Devoted to Goddess of Mercy
Lei Stands of Maunakea Street
Oahu's local residents often buy their leis
at one of the flower shops on Maunakea Street.
There have been lei stands and shops on Maunakea
Street since the late 1800's.
-2004 Feb 08:
Maunakea Street Fertile for Lei Sellers
Lum Yip Kee Building
Dr. Sun Yat-sen, revolutionary, statesman, and
1911 founder of mocdern China met
in the Lum Yip Kee Building with the Hawaii chapter of Tung Meng Hui
alliance society during his sixth visit to Hawaii.
Building is located at 80 King Street.
-2003 Nov 30:
Roots of Modern China in Isle Building
Nippu Jiji Building (Irwin Block)
This historic building at 928 Nuuanu Avenue
was built in 1895. It was built out of local
lava rock (the blueish stones) in the
Richardsonian Romanesque style. It was originally
a wholesale supplier but its most well known
occupant was the Nippu Jiji japanese language
newspaper that today is called the Hwaii Times.
The building was designed by Dickey and Ripley.
-2003 Nov 30:
Building Was Home for Japanese Newspaper
Originated in 1904. An open air market with
talls selling fish, meat, vegetables, and produce.
Located on King and Kekaulike Streets
-2003 Dec 14:
Design and Location Define Market
Oahu Railweay and Land (OR&L) Company Terminal
The spanish style building with the red tile roof
at 325 North King Street was the Chinatown train
station for the Oahu Railway and Land Company train
until 1948. The 1925 building was designed by
-2004 Jan 11:
Elegant Function Train Depot
Site where the 1886 Chinatown Fire Started
The first fire that destroyed Chinatown started
in a building on the northeast corner of Smith Street
nd Hotel Street on April 19, 1886. It burned for
three days and destroyed an 8 block area which,
at the time, was about 90% of Chinatown.
-2004 Jan 04:
Corner Saw Chinatown's First Big Fire
Other Attractions in Chinatown
-Mission Memorial Building
-Chinese Cultural Plaza
Introduction to Honolulu's Chinatown
Historic Downtown Honolulu
Waikiki Historic Trail
Other Attractions on Oahu
Oahu Island - Main Menu
Islands of Hawaii
Hawaii for Visitors
Elsewhere on the Web
Walking Tour of Chinatown: Description
Walking Tour of Chinatown: Map (PDF)