Hawaii Day 2 (2006-11-03)
Always a sucker for dim sum, KL and I decided to explore their
Chinatown. We went to Legend, reputably to have the best dim sum
in Honolulu, to have an early lunch. Dim sum varieties were
limited but they were ten times better
than Tokyo's, although not quite as good as Hong Kong's. We still
enjoyed it tremendously; so much so that we went back again three days
After lunch, we walked around the area which feels more like
Vietnamtown than Chinatown. Most grocery shops are run by
Vietnamese and stock mainly Vietnamese groceries. We did come
across one Hong Kong Supermarket where we bought heaps of Garden
The whole area reminded me of Sydney's Chinatown in the layout of
streets, just much less crowded. Also their shops close very
early resulting in a dead-ish town even before 7 pm. There were
quite a few homeless people and winos in the area at night in the two
evenings we were
there. It could be quite scary to walk around
Chinatown at night.
After our tour in Chinatown, we headed to their largest shopping
mall, Ala Moana Center. We wanted to get all the souvenir and our
own shopping taken care of at the beginning of the trip so we wouldn't
have to worry about it later. The mall is big and airy with an
open-top atrium. We came across a Japanese TV crew filming a travel
show hosted by the typical anorexic-esque actresses, and I recognized
one of them!
For dinner we took a bus to the Ward Center just up the
street at a restaurant I found on the Internet.
Then it was time to go home.
For more information about the bus system, visit
thebus.org 4-day pass (all-you-can-ride)
Chinatown theBus #42 stops right in front of Legend, #19 and # 20 also stop near the area
Ala Moana Center theBus #8, 19, 20, 42, 58 in the Waikiki area although a number of other routes stop there too
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