Chinatown in Honolulu

Chinatown in Hawaii is located in downtown Honolulu. The history of Chinese in Hawaii can be traced back to 1788 when two ships "Felice" and "Iphigenia" arrived at Honolulu on December 6, 1788 from south of China. In 1800s, Chinatown in Honolulu started to bloom in the form of family businesses.

With the development of the sugar industry, Chinese was imported as contract labors. Between 1852 and 1876, about 4000 Chinese were imported which formed about half of the total plantation labors.

In 1884, Chinese population in Honolulu reached 5000. There were about 150 Chinese store in Chinatown in 1896. However, two big fires in 1886 in 1900 almost destroyed Chinatown.

With the hard work and effort from the communities, Chinatown in Honolulu has been progressively rebuilt and improved. Nowadays, it has become a gateway to Hawaii. It is a conglomarate of culture, arts and ethnics.