Past Projects & Programs
In 2018, the CID received a grant from the Atherton Foundation to study different coatings to help protect historic buildings from graffiti. Graffiti removal on historic brick and stone is often challenging and costly. Coatings appropriate to historic structures should make graffiti removal an easier and less expensive problem for historic structures not only in Chinatown, but throughout the state.
Sustaining Chinatown: A 3-part Summer Preservation Series for the Months of June, July and August, 2016. Co-sponsored with Historic Hawaii Foundation and Lyon Associates. Seminars from noon to 1:00 p.m, during the summer months of 2015, 2016 and 2017. The sessions were free and open to the public.
Current Projects & Programs
Hanging Planters: This beautification project is a partnership between the City, residents, businesses and the CID. Hanging planters have been installed along one block of Chinatown as a pilot project. These planters are maintained and watered by community volunteers.
The Chinatown Restaurant and Business directory is a signature project. It is a comprehensive directory of all street level businesses within the Chinatown District. Additional information is included showing bus stops, bike racks, restroom and ATM locations. The reverse side features historical and cultural information about the area. It was first published in 2011, and is on its third update.
Partnering with the Hawaii Heritage Center and
Historic Hawaii Foundation, the CID occasionally offers historical tours of the district visiting rarely seen areas. These tours are often accompanied by tastings from area eateries.
Last Joint Tour: July 7th, 2018
Safe Sidewalks: The CID joins the Honolulu Lions when they come through the downtown and Chinatown districts. Using materials provided by the city, we work to patch and repair uplifts, cracks, and uneven areas. These efforts prolong the life of the sidewalks and make the area safer for thousands of pedestrians on a daily basis.
Adopt -A-Park: The CID adopted the Smith Beretania Park in Chinatown in 2010 and we coordinate regular clean ups of the park. Raking, sweeping, graffiti removal, painting, snacks and drinks are all included!