Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/Tor Johnson
A vibrant community dating back to the 1800s, this historic wedge in Honolulu was established by the first Chinese immigrants to Hawaii. Many buildings and storefronts from that era still remain, and during the day crowds mill past the colorful restaurants, dim sum shops, street vendors selling exotic fruits and Chinese herbal shops. During World War II, Chinatown was notorious for its brothels and opium dens and over the years, the neighborhood developed a seedy edge. But the re-opening of the historic Hawaii Theatre, an influx of new art galleries, upscale restaurants and boutiques have turned the neighborhood into the city’s burgeoning arts district. On the first Friday of every month, the galleries open late for an informal, self-guided art walk, attracting the city’s young and chic professional crowd.