A wealth of sights, sounds, and aromas, Chinatown is a beautiful display of old world Hawai'i meeting the new world potpourri of Asia-America. Immigrants of Thailand, Laos, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, and Hawai'i all live and work here in a harmonious blend of cultures, traditions and lifestyles.
Chinatown can easily take a full day for any visitors who want to experience its charms, including the Buddhist temple, art galleries, Japanese shrines, open-air markets, and bountiful restaurants.
Built without nails, the Izumo Taishakyo Mission Shrine in the heart of Chinatown offers peaceful tranquility and a sense of history as visitors stroll through its gates. From the symbolic hand cleansing, to the epic architecture and art, guests can experience a full array of religious culture and tradition.
At the Ramsay Museum, magnificent ink and pen drawings can be observed with a magnifying glass to view the intricacies, and Japanese block paintings can be found at the Japanese Cultural Center.
Chinatown's open-air markets are booming with fish sellers, meat hanging from the rafters, fresh exotic fruits, and a montage of herbs and spices.
Finally, not to be missed is the dim sum sold at lunch and dinner throughout Chinatown. These Chinese appetizers are usually deep fried with pockets of surprise and are sold off carts as waitresses make their rounds in the restaurants. Best of all, it's the tastiest meal you'll have under $15 while in Oahu.
- Walking tours available through the Chinese Chamber of Commerce
- Chinese Chamber of Commerce:
- Location: 76 N King St # 202 Honolulu, HI
- Phone: 808-533-6967
- Website: www.chinesechamber.com