City seeks community input at Chinatown Action Summit

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The city wants to hear your ideas on how to make Chinatown a better place.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, in partnership with Councilmember Carol Fukunaga, Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland and Rep. Karl Rhoads, will host a Chinatown Action Summit on Saturday, June 27, to engage the community in planning specific improvement concepts for the iconic downtown neighborhood.

The summit is set for 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Golden Palace Restaurant, 111 North King St., second floor. The event is free, although registration is required online here.

Representatives from the city, elected officials, and cultural, civic, arts, business and community groups will participate in the interactive event that builds on prior and ongoing planning efforts. Participants will be asked to prioritize neighborhood improvements in the following areas: safety and cleanliness; art, culture and historic preservation; wayfinding and pedestrian access; and new economic opportunities.

The goal of this community-based effort is to identify and prioritize actions that can be implemented fairly quickly, while developing longer term projects that will have meaningful and lasting impact.

“Chinatown has such a rich history with all of its historic buildings and businesses, plus a lot of new entrepreneurial and creative energy,” said Harrison Rue, community building and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) administrator. “We want to work with the community and come up with new uses, services and public space designs that improve on what we have, and position the neighborhood to best take advantage of rail transit in the future.”Click here for more information on Transit-Oriented Development.

If you require special assistance, auxiliary aid and/or service to participate in this event (i.e., sign language interpreter, interpreter for language other than English, or wheelchair accessibility), please call 768-8000, or email your request to at least three business days prior to the event.

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