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Honolulu Chinatown. April 2016.

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Several square blocks. Old, very old, but vibrant enough. Reminds me of Toronto's Elizabeth Street Chinatown before its decampment to Spadina Avenue. But with a tropical flavor. Only 3 blocks away from the historic passenger line piers of Honolulu, this Chinatown is fondly remembered by a diminishing group of immigrant Chinese who came to the USA and Canada on - get this kiddies - ships [it was a stopover].

The 'Wo Fat' sign inspired the name of the villain in the original Hawaii Five-O series.


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Mustapha, Did you shoot these on a recent trip to Hawaii?
 

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Great pics, I was there a month before you. They were shooting Hawaii Five-O across the street from Scratch Kitchen as I was waiting for my table.
 

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cool. how was it compared to ours?

Toronto's Chinatown is far more diverse - ours have restaurants and other business run by many parts of China, (Sichuan, Yunan, Shandong, etc) and of different generations (old and new), not just the Cantonese community from 1970s.
 

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cool. how was it compared to ours?

Hi. I will say that Honolulu's Chinatown has at least two public squares. Lots of people gathered there talking and playing cards on the Sunday that I took these pics. I wish our Chinatown(s) had something like that. It's almost a Thai/Viet/Pilipino town too. Lots of voices from those regions heard on the streets.
 

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