Chinatown Street Festival & Parade

The Saturday before Chinese New Year’s is always the biggest Chinatown celebration of the year. It’s called the Night in Chinatown Street Festival, and it’s always a lotta fun.

I was able to pass out reusable grocery bags to some of the festival attendees. This was to help promote our new city location as part of our soon-to-be launched Chinatown ministry called Revive. The bags were warmly received, and instantly put to good use.

The streets were closed off, and there were entertainment stages, vendors, and tons of street food.

I met up with good friends Sam & Jeannie for lunch. This is something that we had planned way back, after our medical missions trip to Thailand.

We went to K C Kitchen on the river side of the Chinese Cultural Plaza. This is Taiwanese style Beef Noodle Soup. So ono…. Because Sam & Jeannie knew the owner, we were treated.

We walked around and visited many of the stalls. I didn’t buy gau, but I had my gin dui and a bubble drink. Good times.

I stayed for the parade. It was good, but pretty long. I think there were too many politicians (although I didn’t mind this one….)

There was a lot of culture and pageantry. I even saw a couple of friends marching in the parade.

It was a great day. Will definitely be back again next year. 農曆新年!

Inspire City

Inspire Church just opened its newest location, Inspire City in Chinatown. Tonight was the soft opening. Service was held in the old Empress Theater on Beretania, home of New Life Church (and across from where my grandmother had her saimin stand in the 70s.)

Had a blessed evening. The worship and message were awesome. Connected with many friends (and my nephew.) Most of all, looking forward to doing outreach in Chinatown. It just makes sense to serve the needy here.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16

Saturday Morning Woks

This post is a continuation of a previous post, Saturday Morning Walks. I’ve been consistent in eating (oops, I mean exercising) each Saturday morning. I’ve explored Kaka’ako, Ala Moana, & Waikiki, and have settled on Chinatown as a favorite route. I believe that Chinatown has the best food. After sampling all of the phở shops in Chinatown, I’ve moved onto trying different dishes. Recently, I’ve been focusing on Maunakea Street. Strangely, I’ve always felt a connection to Maunakea Street. Then I recalled that this is where my father grew up….

Here is dim sum from Happy Garden. I think there are three “levels” of dim sum. You have the high-end (i.e., Legend Seafood,) middle (Mei Sum,) and then the economy level. Happy Garden is a nice hole-in-the-wall.

This is melt-in-your-mouth awesomeness! (And really cheap too.) This is the beef tendon & beef flank w/ look fun noodle soup from Lam’s Kitchen. They specialize in rice soups and look fun noodles.

This is stewed lamb with tossed noodle from Family Kitchen a.k.a. Family Noodle House. It’s tucked away inside of a market.

The Maunakea Marketplace has a huge market and a food court with all kinds. This is the pad thai from Malee Thai/Vietnam Cuisine. You can also find Indian, Filipino, Japanese, Singaporean food, and bubble drinks here.

Chinatown is a great place to try a new cuisine, buy produce, and take pictures. Some people avoid Chinatown because of the rat scare. My feeling is that if the food weren’t so amazing here, the rats would’ve left a long time ago. Haha….

Kung Hei Fat Choi

Attended the Night in Chinatown Street Festival & Parade this late afternoon / early evening. Ran into friends there. Had a great time!

As the parade moved along Hotel Street, I had to run down King Street to catch up to it for this pic.

Then I headed over to the food booths before the parade ended to beat the crowds. Good call….

The side streets were jam packed. There were food booths, vendors, kung fu demonstrations, pageant queens, and even a reggae concert!

The parade ended at River Street with what looked like a dance battle. Here’s a link to my Viddy video.

Sampled a few unusual desserts with friends. Had fun. A great celebration….

Saturday Morning Walks

 

What started out as exploring my neighborhood of Kaka’ako has turned into a Saturday morning ritual. This post is part 2 of my earlier entry on urban hiking. I could very well be turning into a “senior citizen,” because I really enjoy my walks through Chinatown.

I start down Kapiolani until it forks into King Street. I walk past Five-O Headquarters (haha, the State Courthouse.)

I turn up at Fort Street Mall, and then left on Hotel Street.

The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park next to the Hawai’i Theatre marks the entrance into Chinatown.

I love Chinatown. Chinatown is Honolulu’s version of a marketplace. There is so much to see here. You will find the freshest meats, vegetables, and seafood. I usually come home with a slab of char siu or a bag of lychee or mountain apples.

Today I had pho from Phở Huong Lan in the Chinese Cultural Plaza.

For my route back home, I usually walk through the historical section of Honolulu. One of my favorite buildings is the Kumu Kahua Theatre on Merchant Street. I believe it used to be a post office back in the day.

You will find courtyards with cafés and really nice views along the way.

My favorite building of all is the old Royal Brewery on Queen Street. (Click on the photo to enlarge.)

Today, I continued home through Kaka’ako.

You never know who you might run into there.

Another great Saturday morning….