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Attractions in Chinatown Honolulu

Information about visitor attractions in Honolulu's historic Chinatown district.

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.

Armstrong Building
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

Oahu Market
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 Bertram Goodhue.
-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
-Art Galleries
-Mission Memorial Building
-Oahu Market
-Nuanu Stream
-Chinese Cultural Plaza

See also:
- Introduction to Honolulu's Chinatown
- Historic Downtown Honolulu
- Waikiki Historic Trail
- Other Attractions on Oahu

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