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  • Taste Of Chinatown Festival - A Free Culinary And Cultural Celebration In Chinatown - August 26th, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Head on down to the Taste of Chinatown Festival on Saturday, August 26th, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., for a cultural and culinary celebration in the heart of Chinatown. Sample tastings from the many new area chefs and eateries, browse hand-crafted artisan wares, participate in keiki and cultural activities or just relax and enjoy cultural demonstrations and entertainment in a park setting.

This year we will be featuring a "tasting pass" which people can purchase for a few dollars at our CID booth and then use to get discounts or special deals on featured plates at different food booths.

Tune in to KUMU and the CID facebook page for Tasting Pass give aways in the coming weeks!


Chefs from Artizen by MW, Downbeat Diner, Kan Zaman, Little Village, Pig and the Lady and Scratch Kitchen & Bakeshop will be on hand creating tasty small plates. Be sure to save some room for handcrafted ice cream, custards, shave ice and popsicles.

The event will start with a lion blessing and entertainment will continue throughout the day. Look for an ukulele ensemble in the morning, singer-songwriter Emi Hart playing around noon, a karate demonstration, and an extra special lip synch battle in the afternoon!

Keiki activities will kick off after the Lion blessing and include face painting, learning how to make Asian scrolls, and creating monkey masks to celebrate the year of the monkey.

Lee Stack of the Chinatown Improvement District says "We are grateful to our sponsors and partners, and all of the chefs, artisans, businesses and non-profits who are coming together to create a unique and fun event for all ages".

Who: A cultural and culinary celebration in the heart of Chinatown, sponsored by the Chinatown Improvement District (CID), a 501(c)3 Charitable organization (, with financial support from the City and County of Honolulu, First Hawaiian Bank and Finance Factors.

What: Taste of Chinatown Festival featuring new and traditional favorite restaurants, artisan crafts, keiki activities, cultural demonstrations, and raffle. This year we are featuring a Tasting Pass which gets the pass holder discounts at 5 food booths as well as select craft booths and area merchants. Passes (a $25+ value) will be available at the CID information booth free for CID supporters and $10 otherwise.

Also, free face painting for the kids, chalk drawing, mahjong instruction, the meaning of Chinese characters, etc. will be available at the keiki and cultural booths. Look for updates on facebook (, and our website:

Live entertainment will include: Lion Blessing at 10:00 a.m., Au's Shaolin Arts, Phoenix Dance Chamber, the Ke Kani Nahe Musical trio, the Kalihi Community Center Keiki Ukulele Ensemble, and HPU dance and cheer teams.

Where: Smith Beretania Park in Chinatown and the block of Smith Street next to the Park. $3.00 All-day parking is available in municipal parking lots in the area.

When: Saturday, August 26th, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

How much: ITS FREE


Just a few of the participating eateries.

Bethel Union

HASR Bistro

Holoholo Grill

Kan Zaman

Little Village


Royal Kitchen

Sweet Conviction


Wing Ice Cream

Chinatown Improvement District

The Chinatown Improvement District is a 501(c)3 charitable organization formed to improve conditions in the greater Chinatown area and to encourage and promote the preservation and enhancement of the ethnic, cultural and historical character and significance of Chinatown. The CID partners and workswith other non-profits organizations, businesses,the city, residents and the broadercommunityto continue to effect positive changewhich will enhance the neighborhood, celebrate its unique character and keep it thriving into the future.




Lee Stack,


Chinatown Improvement District

(808) 589-9927

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