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.

Bars and restaurants in Oahu’s Chinatown district are drawing attention to a piece of legislation that would limit the volume levels of their establishments.

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   Thirteen of Hawai‘i’s most savvy women artists are showing together at Pegge Hopper Gallery in Chinatown.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this glimpse of the work.

The "13 Women" are:

Reiko Brandon, Allyn Bromley, Kandi Everett, Sally French, Lynda Hess, Kloe Kang, Emily McIlroy, Mary Mitsuda, Marcia Morse, Esther Shimazu, Yida Wang, Suzanne Wolfe, and Maile Yawata.

Owens & Co.
Owens & Co.

Large shopping centers will not be the only busy places this Black Friday.

Local boutiques and restaurants in Chinatown are also gearing up for the holiday rush, and they want you to think outside the big box store.  Missy Mulls is the owner of Owens and Company and one of the organizers of the “Downtown Shop Around"  

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council has wrestled with a growing homeless problem in Chinatown for decades and has been made even worse because of the lack of public restrooms.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Andrea Torres

The 3rd annual O’ahu Fringe Festival of the Performing Arts is ready to roll Thursday night through Saturday in Honolulu’s Chinatown. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports that cabaret, spoken word, dance, theatre, puppetry and music are all part of the festivities.

Otto Bakes His Last Cake in Chinatown

Jul 1, 2013
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

This past Friday, a popular Chinatown bakery served its last slice of cheesecake. The owner says he's faced threats and violence from drug dealers in the neighborhood. He's decided to close up shop and relocate, for the safety of his customers and employees. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with the owner and has this report.

Otto Cake reopens in Kaimuki, 1127 12th Avenue, on July 4th. 

Club Hubba Hubba Sign Returns to Chinatown

Oct 18, 2012
Flickr / Joel Abroad
Flickr / Joel Abroad

Club Hubba Hubba. The name conjures up the bawdy glitter of the 1940s nightlife of downtown Honolulu's Hotel Street.

Now the building that housed the historic club is being renovated and so is the former strip joint's neon sign. One of the few remaining signs of that era in the city, it was set to be lit up this weekend, but may be delayed a week or two.