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Noe Tanigawa

Kekaulike Mall, on the 'Ewa end of Chinatown, bustles with activity from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Fruit and vegetable vendors line the mall outside and shoppers duck into storefronts for fish, meat, sauces, and other supplies.

Noe Tanigawa

While officials wrestle over how to classify possible hate crimes, the number of documented incidents against Asians in America continues to rise. In Hawai'i, the environment for Asians is different because of demographics. Still, the organizers of Saturday's rally "Stop Asian Hate" in Honolulu said we have a lot to learn.

Noe Tanigawa

In his first state of the city speech, Mayor Rick Blangiardi highlighted Chinatown as a hidden gem that his administration is determined to improve. Right now, negotiations are underway to relocate a food distribution operation that is often cited as a source of undesirable foot traffic. The Caldwell administration announced last year that River of Life Mission would be moving, but the deal is not quite done.

Pop Up Mākeke

Pop Up Mākeke, an online marketplace for local vendors; Hawai‘i's rural residents share their challenges during the pandemic; Reality Check with Civil Beat; A new campaign to warn teens of the dangers of e-cigarettes; Gourmet chocolate shop in Chinatown

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The City's stewardship of Chinatown

Mayor Rick Blangiardi pulled Anton Krucky, co-founder of Tissue Genesis, out of retirement in order serve as the Executive Director of the Office of Housing. In his new role, Krucky is looking at how the City can be a better steward of Chinatown. He's attended a Downtown Chinatown Neighborhood Board meeting and has spoken with residents, business owners, and City department heads about how best to move forward.

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Demand increases at Hawaii Food Basket; Shangri La expands its online resources; Recommendations for the upcoming Art Summit; Illnomadic talks influences, collaborations; A guide to grocery shopping in Chinatown
 

Demand increases at Hawaii Food Basket

Chinatown businesses expect quiet Lunar New Year; Restaurateur takes over father's former Benihana location; Reality Check: Newly released disciplinary reports document misconduct by police officers; Director discusses premiere of new film at Sundance
 



Chinatown businesses expect quiet Lunar New Year

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HONOLULU — The Honolulu City Council has endorsed an affordable rental housing tower for older adults on city land in Chinatown.

Restaurants, art and citizenship in Chinatown; Papa Kurt’s; CEO of Citizen University; Downtown-Chinatown Neighborhood Board; Taiji Terasaki; Donkey Mill Art Center; Scaled Down Thanksgiving Ideas

Noe Tanigawa

Chinatown Arts; Health Data, HiPAM Work Group; Hawaii’s Food Systems; History of Hawaii's Food Crisis; Initiative for Childhood Obesity; Chef Grant Sato

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The Covid-19 pandemic may have had something to do with the City’s decision to go ahead with the new Downtown Art Center, now set to go in above the Chinatown Satellite City Hall. New owners are in at Pegge Hopper's former site, too, but no one expects it to be easy.

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Honolulu is using federal COVID-19 funds to clean up Chinatown and boost businesses that are hurting without downtown office workers. On Saturday, to help boost business, the city opened Hotel Street for pedestrians, bicyclists and dining on the sidewalk. But challenges remain for the neighborhood’s future. 

Noe Tanigawa

Chinatown Recovery and Resilience; Reviving and Reworking the Arts in Hawaii; Tough Times for Hawaii's Charter Fishermen; Aaron Mahi Talk Story

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Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city will be paying special attention to sanitizing and beautifying the Chinatown area. It’s an effort to help Chinatown businesses get back on their feet after revenue losses due to COVID-19.

 

Hawaii Updates: 9 New Cases; Study Says Hawaii Testing Suppressing COVID

Jul 1, 2020
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Updated: 7/1/2020, 11:51 a.m.

 

The Hawaii Health Department announced 9 new cases of COVID-19 today. Seven cases are on Oahu and two on Maui. Oahu's case count stands at 659, Maui County's at 125, Hawaii County's at 87 and Kauai's at 38. A total of 17 residents were diagnosed outside of Hawaii.

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Food services reopen; Reactions from Chinatown; Artist Lauren Trangmar

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There are still no reported cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Hawaii. But a spate of canceled events and falling visitor numbers from abroad indicate the virus is creating economic headwinds. 

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Update: 2/17/20, 1:58 p.m.

Officials say Hawaii still has no reported case of coronavirus, although a couple visiting from Japan who traveled in the islands and returned to Nagoya on a Delta Airlines flight earlier this month was confirmed to have the illness.

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The wife of a Japanese tourist who came down with coronavirus symptoms while on a Hawaii vacation has also fallen sick with the illness, the Hawaii health department confirmed Saturday.

The Arts at Marks will go on! One person, well, two, have made all the difference. Last September, the Arts at Marks Garage was looking at closing completely.  Since opening in 2001, Honolulu Chinatown’s experimental art space has been a hub for theater, visual arts, fashion, film, spoken word, community meetings, and much more. 

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HONOLULU — A restoration of the iconic Wo Fat Building could serve as a catalyst in a makeover of Honolulu's Chinatown, developers said.

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Water deal struck between Maui farmers and landowner; Handi-Van problems; Chinatown Rising filmmakers talk about found footage and social change in San Francisco; Genki balls released to clean the Ala Wai Canal.

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Black and white photographs are offering a glimpse into Honolulu’s colorful past, at UH Mānoa’s John Young Museum. The A‘ala Park area on the west end of Honolulu was once bustling around its train station, but by the 1960’s decay had set in, and redevelopment was on the way. That’s when photographer Francis Haar decided to document the changes.

Across Honolulu, storefront galleries have been disappearing, and exhibition venues are becoming rare, but you’re more likely to see art on the street or in a bar. With changes underway in Honolulu’s arts infrastructure, the role of the City could be crucial.

Ashley Mizuo

Chinatown merchants are now required to use city-mandated yellow bags to dispose of their curbside trash, otherwise it won't be picked up by city trash collectors.

Arts at Marks
Arts at Marks

The Arts at Marks Garage became an immediate fixture in Chinatown after it opened in 2001, mostly because there is nothing else like it.  The Arts shows everything from edgy performance pieces to youth poetry and watercolors.  It is also a shared office, and a satellite for the Friends of the Library. Now, the Arts at Marks is taking a hard look at its prospects in Chinatown.

Hawai'i Craftsmen
Hawai'i Craftsmen

Hawai‘i’s artists, designers, and makers are being invited to pitch ideas for a new community art center in the City’s Chinatown Gateway Plaza.  Several key Honolulu arts organizations have secured a trial space for a pop up this Saturday, then for two and a half months.  If all goes well, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, a vibrant art center could make it easy for Honolulu’s business people to get creative.

Keisha Bahr
Keisha Bahr

The ARTS at Marks Garage is under new management.  The mission is still:  To transform downtown Honolulu with the power of the arts.  It was a nice mix of creative brains and skillful hands the other night at the opening of SymbioSEAS—an art-sci (art and science) collaboration.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Tonight, the first Friday of November, is stacked with parties all across the state, from Hilo to Hanapēpē.  If you're in Honolulu, start with the Honolulu Printmakers' Print and Book Fair at Aloha Tower.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Artist Tommy Hite is perhaps best known for his realistic paintings of dumpsters around Honolulu.  The ubiquitous bins are often in scenic locations, and who can forget Hite’s dumpster at the end of the rainbow?  His new show features historic European portraits, localized, for example, someone’s regal hat becomes a Zippy’s chili container.  HPR's Noe Tanigawa reports, it’s all in the details.

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