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Chinatown, Honolulu

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Nestled in the financial district, Chinatown offers a mix of Chinese attractions with Hawaiian fare. Dim sum restaurants, Chinese bakeries, and herbalists mingle with lei stands and Hawaiian bars. Many of the buildings in this historical neighborhood have retained an original facade despite renovations, so be sure to note the architecture. Walk the streets here to enjoy the sights of exotic fruit stands, try your luck haggling with vendors, and discover impressive temples reminiscent of Japan and China. The neighborhood's bars and restaurants offer a vibrant nightlife as well. Add Chinatown to your Honolulu travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Honolulu family vacation planner.
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  • We head to Chinatown each time we visit Honolulu The market is one of the best places to buy produce, especially items you have never encountered before. It shows a way of life very different from the...  more »
  • A fun place to spend an afternoon shopping and eating. Plenty to see with all the different stores and markets. Good dim sum and bakeries. Lots of inexpensive gifts stores and interesting buildings in...  more »
  • Spread over a few streets and blocks but shops very basic and expensice. Fresh green grocers, butchers dominate but produce appears dead, or dying. No restrooms to be found. Dissapointing comparing to...  more »