Chinatown is one of Honolulu's oldest districts
In Honolulu, our newest residents include people from the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Micronesia
These are the districts that historically welcome immigrants.
Pake plantation workers, more than 200 years ago, assimilated to Hawaii by living in Chinatown.
Many families prospered in Chinatown, but their upward mobility was stopped dead by rats.
The rats brought fleas and the fleas brought bubonic plague.
The fire raged for 17 days, destroying 38 acres of Honolulu.
World War II brought a change of identity.
There was a red light district where soldiers and sailors could have a good time.
30 years later Mayor Frank Fasi, then Jeremy Harris, had launched revitalization projects.
The revitalization included new sidewalks and signs.
The new image was tarnished by chronic problems: vandalism, the homeless, and crime.
The neighborhood gained a new identity with the development of First Friday
First Friday re-branded Chinatown as the art district.
Festivals, restaurants, boutiques, and entrepreneurial businesses developed in the area.
Click here to read Pamela Young's article about the history of Chinatown.
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