Chinatown
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As a historic district in Honolulu, Chinatown offers a charming way to spend the afternoon. The area is a time-honored juxtaposition of old and new, where traditional markets co-exist with swanky art galleries. Stroll down Maunakea Marketplace where you can find exotic fruits, traditional herbs, and even watch noodles being made. You can also people-watch at River Street Pedestrian Mall and snap a photo of the iconic Hawaii Theater nearby. Get here via the Waikiki Trolley Hop-on-hop-off trolley tour, on a Hawaii food walking tour where an expert will bring you to all the must-eats in the area. – Tripadvisor
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  • Patricia S
    6 contributions
    scary and sad
    Scary. homeless everywhere and few shops even open if we were brave enough to leave the car. GPS brought us to a very bad area and we had a hard time getting out. hawaii needs to help these people asap
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 May 2023
  • Tuperdu2
    San Diego, California10 contributions
    Star of the show is Mei Mei
    Mei Mei Chinese BBQ is a must eat! $12 for the meal and for the flavors and quality we were impressed. Only 4 stars for Chinatown tho because it’s extremely desolate now and kinda a ghost town. I would say worth the trip for the meal and that’s about it. Nothing to see in Chinatown tbh :( sad but true.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 September 2023
  • jarasta
    Las Vegas, Nevada189 contributions
    Perhaps Worth a Visit
    I will also give it three stars. It is worth a worth a visit a visit if you are visiting for a week or more, but with urine stained sidewalks, dirty floored groceries and restaurants, and tons of homeless this area might not be for faint of heart. It is also becoming more and more Vietnam Town as Vietnamese language is fairly common now. For Asian tourists with a kitchen and a penchant for cooking this is a must visit at least once for the variety and freshness of groceries...
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 February 2024
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Sharon
Canada516 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Skip Chinatown. A total waste of time. Very run down and many shops closed. So disappointing, as most Chinatowns are lively and lots of fun.
Written 6 February 2024
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jarasta
Las Vegas, NV189 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
I will also give it three stars. It is worth a worth a visit a visit if you are visiting for a week or more, but with urine stained sidewalks, dirty floored groceries and restaurants, and tons of homeless this area might not be for faint of heart. It is also becoming more and more Vietnam Town as Vietnamese language is fairly common now. For Asian tourists with a kitchen and a penchant for cooking this is a must visit at least once for the variety and freshness of groceries...
Written 2 February 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,429 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
I didn't find the neighborhood overly interesting, and it is certainly nothing like Chinatown in San Francisco or New York. However, this is where you find Opal Thai which provided our most enjoyable dining experience when visiting Oahu for the week.
Written 10 January 2024
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Tuperdu2
San Diego, CA10 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Mei Mei Chinese BBQ is a must eat! $12 for the meal and for the flavors and quality we were impressed. Only 4 stars for Chinatown tho because it’s extremely desolate now and kinda a ghost town. I would say worth the trip for the meal and that’s about it. Nothing to see in Chinatown tbh :( sad but true.
Written 19 September 2023
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Jaym35x
Massapequa, NY97 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Went to look for a smoothie we tried 13 years ago found the spot and it tasted the same. Cool experience and plenty of cheap eats and little shops to get little trinkets reminded me of canal st in Brooklyn
Written 26 July 2023
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Llewellyn53
Melbourne, Australia4,203 contributions
Jun 2023
Chinatown is still a vibrant shopping area typical of Chinatown areas elsewhere. Yes it is sad to see the number of businesses that have closed in the area but there is a constant local police presence which is reassuring. We go to buy fresh fish (sea bass and salmon) and fruit and vegetables. It is also the only place we have been able to buy Laoganma crispy chilli in oil. There are multiple outlets so check them out before deciding where to buy the best deal. Remember to take an insulated pack to keep the fish cold. Sellers will offer free ice in bags as chiller packs.
Written 24 June 2023
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J-Yves H
San Francisco, CA5 contributions
Jun 2023
This place is not scary as some would suggest. You can find a few homeless people. Some places can be smelly, the same you can see all around Honolulu. But thats not Chinatown. All stores and markets are colorful and vibrant. You can buy Good and cheap Chinese/Japanese food. Its really a Chinatown for Asians, without all tourist traps.
Written 8 June 2023
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Patricia S
Tallahassee, United States6 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Scary. homeless everywhere and few shops even open if we were brave enough to leave the car. GPS brought us to a very bad area and we had a hard time getting out. hawaii needs to help these people asap
Written 15 May 2023
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Trek20354283288
1 contribution
Mar 2023 • Couples
Turn out to be one of my fav spot on Honolulu! Worth to visit. It took me back to the 1899. If you are a fan of history, you would love this place.
Written 28 March 2023
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Ocean76_12
Edmonton, Canada18 contributions
Feb 2023 • Family
Wow what a dump. I don’t know what has happened but it’s still happening. Filthy, dingy, sketchy as heck. Food good if you want to stick around but don’t venture too far in
Written 24 February 2023
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