Photo by Amanda Castleman
Shops, a market, and a truly pan-Asian food court wrap around a busy plaza at this classic Chinatown stop on the corner of Hotel and Maunakea streets. Inside, the tiny Hawaiian-Chinese Multicultural Museum displays memorabilia and historic photos, some detailing the Great Chinatown Fire of 1900 that burned for 17 days, destroying 38 acres of the city, and leaving 4,000 people homeless (amazingly, none were killed). Note: Don't even try to enter the Maunakea Marketplace during Chinese New Year—a 15-day festival that starts on the new moon between January 21 and February 20—unless you're agile and adept at navigating tight-packed crowds.
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert