Visiting Honolulu’s Chinatown

Wo Fat Building - Honolulu, Hawaii

Wo Fat Building – Honolulu, Hawaii

For the last several posts, I featured the high-end stores of Waikiki with glowing interiors enticing brand-conscious customers. Today and for the next several posts, something completely different.

I took the bus to Chinatown, located just west of the central business district. I’ve been to many Chinatowns in the U.S. and other countries. They are generally not the cleanest places. However, they ooze character that can make for great photography. The Honolulu Chinatown was the most decrepit and scariest I’ve ever been to. Even during broad daylight, some iffy places gave me pause.

I’m on the corner of Maunakea and North Hotel Streets looking northwest, which appears to be the architectural center of Chinatown. The character-filled Wo Fat Building is under renovation. Let’s hope the rejuvenation of this building jump-starts a resurgence of this area.

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