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History of Chinatown Honolulu

The evolution of Honolulu's Chinatown including when it was founded, who lived there first, information about the devestating fires of 1886 and 1900, Chinatown's development as a sex trade center during World War II, its subsequent deterioration and relatde increased crime, and several Chinatown revitalization projects undertaken after it was declared a national historic district.

History of Honolulu's Chinatown
-in 1800's about 755 of Chinese on Oahu lived in Chinatown
-Originated in 1800's as Chinese settlers community
-Grew throughout 1800's as more chinese immigrants arrived as contract laborers to work on sugar and other plantations
-First chinese arrived in Hawaii in 1789. They began arriving in large numbers in the 1805's to work the sugar plantations. The name "Chinatown" was first used in about 1870.
-by 1882 chinese population reached 5000 and chinese were 49% of total plantation work force
-1886 fire destroyed 8 blocks of chinatown
-1900 bubonic plague fire burned chinatown again
-few buldings survived the 1900 fire
-chinatown was rebuilt
-during WWII bars and sex shops thrived here and crime rose
-neighborgood got seedier and seedier in 1950's and 1960's
-in 1973 Chinatown was declared historic destrict
-that set in motion a series of urban renewal programs
-Some residents were upset when Aloha hotel was torn down
-those protecsts gained national attention
-in 1973 Cesar Chavez vistied CT and spoke to crowd
-For manty years it was "sin city"
-in early 2000's it began to be revitalized as an arty area

See also:
- Introduction to Honolulu's Chinatown
- Historic Downtown Honolulu
- Waikiki Historic Trail
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