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Walking tour of Honolulu’s Chinatown Jul 10

Looking for something different to do while visiting Oahu?  How about taking a walking tour of Honolulu’s Chinatown.  Just minutes  from Waikiki, so much culture and diversity. The tour takes  one to two hours  depending upon how much time you spend browsing and  best done during day light hours.

Walking Tour of Chinatown

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Walking tour of Chinatown

Walking Tour of Chinatown

 

The earliest origins of Chinese laborers  from the Guangdong Province  to Oahu  is in the 1850’s, where catching on quickly, they figured out they would earn more money by setting up small shops and restaurants than they could ever earn working in the fields and so Honolulu’s  Chinatown was born. However, tragedy struck Chinatown with fire once in 1886 and again in 1900. The determined merchants built a new Chinatown in the same spot and were rewarded in the 1930’s when visitors to Oahu arrived by ship, and being close to the pier  many visitors  visited their shops and restaurants. Likewise, during the 1940’s  military personnel  on leave flocked to the shops  to pickup something exotic to take home with them.

After several years of deteriorating conditions and neglect,  Chinatown  has once again emerged with intense urban renewal projects (some of the more colorful activities such as a couple topless bars are still there)  but primarily when you visit Chinatown today, you will find a great mix of Asian cultures, sights, sounds and smells to tease the senses  and a great way to get out and about and talk story with the locals.

I had the awesome  opportunity to be on a tour  by  Chef Chai  Chaowasaree  the owner of Chai’s Island Bistro. He is so informative about choosing  fresh fruits, vegetable and seafood, no wonder that everything on the menu at his restaurants taste so wonderful. Do yourself and favor and make having dinner at Chai’s Island Bistro a must.  Check out the entertainment schedule on his website, Danny Couch  preforms most Saturday nights.

Linda Dancer at Chai's Island Bistro

Chef Chai Chaowasaree

Chef Chai

 

The best way to enjoy any of the Hawaiian islands is to get out and explore, and no visit to Oahu  is complete without a visit to this historic and exotic district.

Chai’s Island Bistro – Innovative Pacific Rim Cuisine   
(808) 585-0011
Email  Chai@chaisislandbistro.com
Website   www.chaisislandbistro.com
Also if  you are having a destination wedding , Chai also catering , and would be a wonderful choice .

For more information on walking tours of Chinatown  or other information about the island of Oahu , contact  Linda Dancer  Email linda@honeymoonsinc.com , direct line (828) 256 1520   or website  www.honeymoonsinc.com

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