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Downtown Honolulu | Chinatown Honolulu Businesses

First Circuit CourtDowntown Honolulu!  It's where you'll find the Business District of Honolulu where you'll find the federal, state and district courts and businesses and Honolulu's Chinatown, with an array of local vendors and shops. Fruits, vegetables, roast chicken and duck, char sui and roast port. Chinese Restaurants, jade and jewelry, Chinese gifts, Feng Shui Stores, Bamboo plants and arrangements, clothes, flowers and more. So much more!  READ MORE HERE>>  History of Chinatown & Historic Honolulu County Hawaii

CHINATOWN incorporates a rich mixture of cultures but maintains a sense of identity.

Before my daughter and I went shopping  for produce in Chinatown in Honolulu and we found a wedding shop along the way. We popped in just for a peek.

At that time it was a couple of months before she was to get married and she found a beautiful dress at Downtown Fashion - Chinatown - 108 N King St Honolulu HI 96817 ...  The wedding dress, veil, garter, shoes, tiara and the alteration for her size 1 frame.....  All for $250!!  The Chinese have some of the best seamstresses in the world and just by pinning a few pins the alteration came out perfect! 

My daughter then ordered her bouquet from Lin's Lei and Flower Shop located at 1017 Maunakea St # A Honolulu, HI 96817 - (808) 537-4112 for $85.00! 

Check the picture to the right out....all from Chinatown!

We went shopping for produce on a open mall called Kekaulike Street Mall between North King and Hotel Streets. We came across the fruit stand with the exotic fruit Rambutan. It's bright red and hairy looking (weird looking) and in Malay and Indonesian languages it means hairy.. lol. In the middle it looks like the lychee fruit with a seed in the middle. Tangy and delicious!

Thorughout the whole Kekaulike Street Mall  the vendors outside are just a smidgen of what lurks inside the stores beyond the stands! 

Our Honolulu Chinatown is not only Chinese shops but Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean and Filipino and more. So, you can imagine the variety of wares and items for sale!

Supporting our local Honolulu businesses in Downtown Honolulu in Chinatown is a given. No matter what, there are bargains, fresh produce, meats, fish and poultry and items from around the world!

                                                     Kekaulike Street Mall....and my daughter.




Feng Shui Shop in Chinatown Honolulu 

More produce shops on Hotel Street in Chinatown Honolulu



"THE BUS" stopping on Hotel Street. Honolulu County has a wonderful city bus system traveling the whole island with many different routes.

Hotel Street traffic is limited to only buses.







Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman is a Realtor-Associate with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocating to Hawaii, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents. Website: www.hawaiihomesmarket.com




Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Comment balloon 15 commentsCeleste "SALLY" Cheeseman • July 29 2009 07:49PM


Hi Sally,

Could I make a request for a hyperlocalism business or three to interview? Could you interview

A SCUBA dive shop owner.

A SCUBA dive master.

A landlord who owns rental property which targets either (or both) the budget diver or the luxury diver.

I live in greater Kansas City and would love to come diving in Hawaii sometime.

Thank you.

Posted by Ken Jansen, REALTOR, CRS, 913.908.2215 (REMAX INFINITY) about 10 years ago

Sally, New York has a huge Chinatown but I don't believe anything can compare with yours!  The clothes are not that inexpensive and even the Feng Shui items have gone way up in price.  That would be one whole day for me to explore your Chinatown!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 10 years ago

Sally you do an awesome job on your posts  - and this one is terrific.  Your photography is really good.  I especially like how you personalized your writing - like it was straight out of your journal... You're daughter is priceless.

And Ken - your sneaky!  But good!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) about 10 years ago

Hi Sally, your daughter looks like a little princess. 

BTW, the lichee looks ono! 

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) about 10 years ago

I got so excited about sending you the e-mail I forgot to leave a comment. WOW, what a wonderful and personal post celebrating local business. What amazing values and what great flowers and fruit and seamstreses and it goes on and on. How lucky you are to be so close and how fortunate your daughter has a loving family to help. Wonderful Sally!!

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 10 years ago

Hey Ken...that'd be cool...next time I decide to go I'll do that just for you lol!

Carole: You'd have loads of fun....for cheaper indeed!

Lee and Pamela: Thanks a bunch...if only they could see their name up in google lights too!

Leolinda: It's not lychee...it's Rambutan (described in the post :)  And believe me...she claims she is too lol

Hey William! lol that's funny! And this is great that Bob has gotten the localism stuff up and running with enthusiasm (points lol) and it seems everyone is getting the hang of it too :)


Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 10 years ago

So how are those interviews coming? :)


Posted by Ken Jansen, REALTOR, CRS, 913.908.2215 (REMAX INFINITY) about 10 years ago

Sally you sure know how to shop.

By the way the Weddign Dress looked great, but it was out done by the girl in it :) :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 10 years ago

Great visit to your China Town.  I would love to come shopping there.  Looks like loads of fun and the prices are certainly not what I expected in Hawaii

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) about 10 years ago

Very nice job on your town and business's, Sally. Too long, never, great pics and story.

Posted by David M. Childress, I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio! (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 10 years ago


I just love the way you mix info on Downtown Honolulu & Chinatown Honolulu with personal details. Spectacular photos too!

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) about 10 years ago

I love the pictures. Thanks for the beauty. I hope you have a great weekend.

Posted by Terry Miller, Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator (Miller Homes Group) about 10 years ago

Hi Sally. I think you did justice to the businesses there :) I can attest that Chinatown has so many good deals. When I was younger my mother would take me to Chinatown to buy fresh fruits and vegetables though early in the morning. When I see my mom which is every few months when I can take time off from work :) she still takes me there LOL Awesome post!

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Florida and Washington Real Estate (Aloha Kai Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Great Job enjoyed reading your post.  Love to see it in person someday.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 10 years ago

Chinatown in any city is always a treat to visit - so much going on - and the food!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago

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