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Planned arches will mark Honolulu's historic Chinatown and honor key community members

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As we celebrate Chinese American culture this Lunar New Year, we find out the story behind a plan to build arches to mark downtown Chinatown, and a new exhibit honoring 14 movers and shakers in the Chinese community.

The Conversation talked to Eddie Flores, president of L&L Hawaiian Barbecue and head of the Better Chinatown Association. He explains how former Mayor Kirk Caldwell asked him to explore building a distinctive gateway to Chinatown.

The new exhibit honoring key Chinese Americans in Hawaiʻi is at the Central Pacific Bank building. In addition, there is a virtual talk story Wednesday at 11 a.m. with filmmaker Kimberlee Bassford, the great-granddaughter of C. Q. Yee Hop.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Feb. 22, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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