If you haven’t visited downtown Honolulu recently, you would be surprised by the changing landscape of new condominiums being built and the revitalization of Chinatown. In the past 2 years, we have seen the giant cranes working constantly on South Beretania street up from the State Capitol. First on the corner of Queen Emma and South Beretania street, across from St. Andrews Church is Capitol Place. A contemporary building with 1,2 and 3 bedrooms, boasts a dog park, fantastic gym, home theater and even their own sound proof music room! Driving further town on Beretania St. at the corner of Bishop St. is the Pinnacle. This exclusive condominium has only 1 or 2 residences per floor and only 50 custom “homes” (as they are called) in the entire building. The Vanguard Lofts were a conversion of the old NCR building on Kapiolani and are 34 unique residential living spaces. Based on the great architectural “Ossipoff” styles, these lofts are designed to take advantage of modern urban living with some of the loft spaces having options like an outdoor kitchen or having their own private garden.
New Restaurants in Chinatown feature contemporary cuisine like the French bistro atmosphere at Du Vin, or the fantastic beer and pizza at JJ Dolan’s. Chinatown is still home to the best dim sum at Legends Seafood but can co-exist nicely with fusion Chinese dining such as Little Village Noodle House. Visit the Maunakea Marketplace for fresh vegetables and exotic fruits like Durian or Rambutan or for the truly adventurous, chicken feet, pig’s heads and live eels!
Celebrate the Year of the Tiger by visiting Chinatown during the day for lunch or checking out “First Friday” which is held the first Friday of every month and places like the downtown art galleries, museums, antique stores and cafes are open for everyone to explore and enjoy.