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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.

Ryan Finnerty

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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Businesses in Honolulu’s Chinatown confront the perceptions — and realities — of homelessness and crime in the neighborhood in different ways. And some of them are changing. 

The Conversation: Friday, June 29th, 2018

Jun 29, 2018
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Healthcare Center for Homeless; Chinatown Crime; Campaign Finance; Pacific Primate Sanctuary

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A traditional Lion Dance marked the official opening of the Joint Outreach Center – located next to the Downtown Police Substation on Hotel Street. Leaders from government, healthcare, and the non-profit communities gathered to mark its opening.

The Conversation: Friday, April 13th, 2018

Apr 13, 2018
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Advance Health Care Directives; Surfing Meets Snow; Chinatown Walking Tour

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Chinese new year has always been huge in Honolulu and the Chinatown Street Fair with smoky noisy lion dances and street food you can only get there, has been a part of it--- for the last 35 years at least.  People were stunned and disappointed when 2018 celebrations were canceled the week of the event.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on how it all happened.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Hundreds of volunteers have been canvasing streets statewide this week surveying Hawai’i’s homeless population. The annual Point-In-Time Count is part of a nationwide effort to document the number of homeless people. HPR Reporter Ku’uwehi Hiraishi joined the count and has this story.

SHADE
SHADE

Many Hawai‘i residents are well-travelled and can knowledgeably compare the world’s great cities.  With Honolulu in the midst of a development boom, some wonder what is guiding this city’s transformation.  A group of local designers, architects and landscape designers is working to make sure communities are involved in changes that are coming with the rail transit project.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Photographs of downtown Honolulu on December 7th, 1941, show Christmas lights festooned overhead all up and down Fort Street.  Stores like Liberty House and the Ritz prided themselves on creating window displays like those celebrated holiday highlights in New York City.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports some Chinatown businesses are re-igniting the tradition through New Year’s Eve.

Barrio Vintage
Barrio Vintage

Many people will be headed to malls today for Black Friday sales.  But there are an assortment of alternative shopping choices popping up this year. 

On O‘ahu, Chinatown merchants and restaurants are hosting the 2nd annual Downtown Shop Around. Downtown boutiques are hosting trunk sales and discounts… while restaurants offer shoppers discounts for their support of merchants.  Bradley Rhea is co-owner of Barrio Vintage clothing store.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

 

  Some adventurous Honolulu ceramists have set the tables at Mark’s Garage with dinnerware you may not have seen the likes of before.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found well-made new ways to serve your next meal.

“Dinner Party” continues at Mark’s Garage through October 1st.  

  Artist Mariko Merritt is one of the ten ceramists showing in the Dinner Party exhibition at Marks’ Garage.  She watched the show’s instigator, Daven Hee, as he made some imaginative mini pourers—perfect for shoyu.

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Economic development in Honolulu’s Chinatown is brisk but faces lingering challenges with homelessness, crime and sanitation. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more on the competing plans to turn Chinatown around.

Chinatown is a complex neighborhood. There are a lot of different landowners, business owners and community groups. Then there’s government, and that’s complex too. Multiple layers of city zoning rules have preserved the historic character of the neighborhood but can make it slow going for businesses that want to establish themselves there.

SHADE
SHADE

 

   Every now and then we in Honolulu like to think of ourselves as a world class city.  Or at least, we look at the pantheon of world class cities, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Paris, etc. and imagine growing up to be one.  Assessing our current built environment, one could wonder if we really are on the right track.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

    First Fridays created a scene for arts and partners in Honolulu’s Chinatown.  Now the area’s shops and galleries want to do the same thing for families on Second Saturdays.  This Saturday,  The Fuzz will conduct valentine crochet fun at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, and a craft fair will unfold at Next Door Lounge.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found there’s a lot more going on too.

Artist, art educator, Su Atta, has been combining counseling and artmaking for over 30 years.  She says skills carry over into life.

Hawaii Prepares To Ring In The Year Of The Monkey

Feb 4, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Say goodbye to the Year of the Goat. Starting Monday, we’ll officially enter the Year of the Monkey. Lions and dragons will take to the streets this weekend in Chinatown to ring in the Lunar New Year.

Festival officials say the event brings tens of thousands of tourists and local residents to the area, where everything from good luck charms to char siu jin dui is for sale. Leonard Kam is the past president of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i. He’s chairing this year’s Chinese New Year Festival.

Bill Proposed to Allow Alcohol at Fort Street Mall

Jun 16, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka

A bill was introduced in the Honolulu City Council today that could allow Honolulu merchants to host more events at downtown malls, including serving liquor.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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   This Saturday, you’re invited for a “Walk on the Wild Side” in Chinatown--- part of a National Kidney foundation effort to get people out walking.  Boutiques and restaurants are offering discounts and Art and Flea will fill Fort Street Mall with artisans and designers. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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