The Benefit of Chinatown – Work, Play, Live

Do you love being the center of attention? In the midst of the hustle and bustle? Where the action happens? Well, then I would say you need to pay a visit to the lively Chinatown/Downtown district. Immerse yourself in the latest trends and happenings – and it’s all within walking distance.

Food, Fun & Entertainment Abound in Chinatown

If you’re hungry, you don’t have to go very far to find a great spot to eat. From quick bites to casual lunches and elegant dining – you’ll find what you need and crave. From Chinese to American, Vietnamese, Indian, Japanese, Moroccan, Thai – you name it, Chinatown has it! You’ll feel like a world-traveler without even leaving the island.

Some popular places include The Pig and the Lady, Lucky Belly, Livestock Tavern, Duc’s Bistro, Little Village and Legend Seafood. If you’re in the mood for dim sum, then head on over to one of my favorites – Mei Sum Chinese Dim Sum on Nuuanu Avenue. This newer location has a clean, white interior, good prices, and great food. They even give you complimentary dessert at the end of your meal!


Mei Sum Chinese Dim Sum located at 1170 Nuuanu Avenue

If you are into the arts, then there are tons of places and events that you need to check out. For instance, First Friday events feature art, food, and crafts – and yes, it is on the first Friday of each month. The Hawaii State Art Museum (or HiSAM) located in the No. 1 Capitol Building is an eye-catching architectural beauty on the corner of Hotel and Richards Streets. Linger and enjoy the art, crafts, workshops, and sway to the music. The theme changes each month, keeping it fresh and exciting.


The No.1 Capitol District Building, built in 1927 and restored in 1988, is on the National Register of Historic Places


Food and retail booths on the lawn of HiSAM, with thumping music in the background. Art and workshops are located in various exhibits inside the building’s 1st and 2nd floors.

Another popular gathering spot is the Arts at Mark’s Garage. It is a major hub for thought-provoking exhibits and events of varying genres. Or what about the beautifully restored Hawaii Theatre? It plays host to a variety of shows including concerts, comedic performances, acrobatics, and film festivals.


The Hawaii Theatre is a historic Vaudeville theater and cinema built in 1922, located at 1130 Bethel Street

Street festivals are tons of fun and seem to happen quite often in Chinatown. Some fun events coming up include Pancakes & Booze Art Show on October 17 at the Arts at Mark’s Garage. If you’re looking for the ultimate Halloween party, then Hallowbaloo Music & Arts Festival on October 31st is for you. There’s a costume contest, fun run, a ball, and don’t forget, music, food, and art too! It should be a screaming good time. When you’re done roaming the streets, head to one of the many bars for drinks and dancing. Popular spots include Bar 35, Nextdoor, Downbeat Lounge, Manifest, Fresh Café, Scarlet Honolulu, and Square Barrels.

Living in the City – Honolulu Park Place

After noshing on your favorite foods and fun-filled revelry to the wee hours of the morning, you’re going to need somewhere to rest. Why commute to the west side and deal with the rail construction traffic when you could live a block away? You wouldn’t even have to get in your car and drive. There is an amazing condominium with loads of amenities right in the thick of things.


Ideally located on the corner of Nuuanu Avenue and Beretania Street and smack dab in the beating heart of lively Chinatown/Downtown district is Honolulu Park Place. This 40-story building has a doorman, security, swimming pool, gym, tennis, and even a 2-lane bowling alley! Wow, it’s like a resort! 

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Beautifully maintained grounds at HPP with koi ponds, BBQ pavilions, swimming pool, and gym amidst tranquil picturesque vistas in the middle of the city

Now available on the 4th floor is a 2 bed, 2 bath apartment (MLS# 201517735), with a nice layout, a lanai, engineered hardwood floors, and 9-foot high ceilings. The apartment comes with 1 parking (on the same floor as the apartment) and is the only floor with a view of the atrium below.


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Sip your morning coffee on your airy lanai and showcase your treasures on your built-in bookshelves in the living room; handsome engineered hardwood floors sparkle throughout and the lovely master bedroom suite beckons.

This pet-friendly oasis is a great place to retreat after a long day at the office and is ready to move in. Unit #403 is offered at $580,000 fee simple. Visit an open house and view this gem yourself.

Open House: October 18 from 2-5pm.

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