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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were very excited to take this cultural glimpse and had planned to spend the day here while looking forward to some fresh cuisine. It wasn’t long before we ran into someone begging for money. . .people passed out or under the influence on the sidewalk. . .the filthy conditions of the streets and the shops left me nauseous and unable to consider even tasting anything. . . The smells were a pungent mixture. . .we stopped in two particularly clean shops where we were treated well, otherwise it felt we were intruders with harsh looks or dismissive behavior. . .i advised my husband that I didn’t feel safe here, couldn’t eat here so we headed for the car. . .saw a drug situation in broad daylight at the entry to the parking lot. . .we simply averted our eyes and got out of there. Not a place for young children . . .none of the locals had children anywhere in the vicinity which is telling. . . .eye opening for sure and not a place we will visit ever again.

1  Thank rhondan832
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walking through China town was nothing spectacular, but very interesting to see how others live and support themselves. The market place (fresh produce) had some very strange animal parts on display for sale and obviously human consumption......Don't go if you have a weak stomach. No part of the animal (Pig or Beef) is thrown away.....and I mean nothing it thrown away.

Thank Geoff G
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

Chinatown Honolulu is both good and bad. Good because there are shops that offer pretty good deals. Lots of food and markets. Interesting shops. However, it is spread out over a large area, and is a little run-down. If you want to use a bathroom you have to eat in a restaurant before they will give you a key. Other places will require a purchase to use the bathroom. They are all locked! if you are looking for interesting Chinese furniture or decorations, you can find it here. But be prepared to pay a lot of money for them.

Thank Dave C
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

On business you always find small time periods to be used for something special away from the tourism main attractions and into a local historical loaded experience, and that is Chinatown with its fantastic markets for fruits, vegetables, fish and meats. The feeling to back in time to early market displays is so great. In state of the art super markets you have music, air-condition but here you have the colors, the noises of people negotiating prices and the odor of all those things, the real time travel made possible.

Thank pirotta2015
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Reviewed 16 September 2018

Chinatown is defiantly worth a look while your in Honolulu great food very historical the people we met were very hospitable.

Thank 57chevycustom
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Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

When I read the negative reviews on visiting China Town my motivation and desire to visit was dampened a bit - but still wanted to check it out myself.

Well I can tell you it was absolute let down.
Waste of an Uber fee and if you hadn’t seen any presence of law enforcement officers in the whole of Waikeke then you will see a big presence here. Couple of streets, a live band, the asian antique shops described in some reviews smelt like animal shelters from a 3rd world country. Dark streets, shady characters and defiantly not a place I will be taking any age kids to.

Lots of eating places and couple of bars - good if you are the sort that does bar crawl and gets legless at the end of the night.

The place is a tourist destination because it portrays the reality of life perhaps outside the secure and glamorous bubble of the hub of the city.

2  Thank ShadiS90
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Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

A few streets in a grid area makes up China Town. There are lots of shops and markets selling fresh vegetables, meat and fish. The markets give you a taste of the real town as your mixing with locals just going about their day buying food for dinner. The restaurants are full of locals and we felt a bit intimidated as a tourist.people were nice with one lady asking where we were from and taking interest. A nice walk around.

1  Thank Gerbra_10
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Reviewed 13 August 2018

Interesting to walk through and see the buildings and the Asian markets and shops. You can think back to when this was a busy part of the Honolulu culture.

Thank maroisd
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Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Before you decide if you want to visit this area, you MUST realize that you will see, smell and experience things that you may never have experienced before..... you should look at your visit as an adventure, one of discovery of a different culture.
It is a place that you would NOT want to roam around alone at night... just as you would not want to roam around New York’s Central Park at night.
You will experience different foods & foreign smells. You will see things displayed in ways not normally seen in the West. You will hear languages that you do not understand, customs that are strange to most people in the West.... it would all be part of your discovery of another culture.

2  Thank lwj
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Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

Very sketch area of Honolulu. We planned to have dinner there but the area was so dark and dirty with people lying on the streets and/or pushing grocery carts full of stuff that we kept driving right back out. No thanks China Town!

1  Thank LMyles
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