According to Peter Biggs, chair-elect of the
board of the Hawai‘i Arts Alliance, 130 proposals were
submitted on the subjects of affordable housing, youth, children,
families, community identity, education, culture and the arts,
cultural tourism, health, historic preservation, homelessness,
neighborhood safety, neighborhood beautification, recreation,
transportation/access, and ideas for enhancing livability in
Commenting on the number of responses, Hannemann said, “I’m
grateful .... That just goes to show that people do share the
enthusiasm I have for the future of Chinatown.” Hannemann
referred to the Chinatown Summit, held in June at the Hawai‘i
Theatre, explaining that “It sometimes takes a year or
more before ideas based on [such] meetings are brought to the
table and implemented. I’m very excited that ... we are
able to keep the momentum going by providing these awards.”
Winning proposals were selected by a committee chaired by Nancy
Aleck, executive director of the Hawai‘i People’s
Fund, and Louise Li, community service director at Kukui Tower
(EAH Housing). The 10 winners each receive $4,000 to develop
their one-page ideas into full proposals. They will receive technical
assistance from the Hawai‘i Alliance for Community Based
Economic Development, which will also connect winners to other
financial and community development resources.
Developed locally by Hannemann, the City and County of Honolulu,
and the Hawai‘i Arts Alliance, the competition was funded
primarily through the Ford Foundation’s “Shifting
Sands” initiative, part of a national movement examining
the ways in which culture shapes community.
Local matching funds came from American Savings Bank, Bank of
Hawai‘i, Central Pacific Bank, First Hawaiian Bank, and
Hawai‘i National Bank.
Anthony Chang, an adjunct faculty member at HPU who teaches labor
relations for the College of Communication, was the only winner
Kalamalama could reach. “I was fortunate to have a concept
that caught the imagination of the reviewing panel,” Chang
The competition was open to the entire community, including individuals,
businesses, and nonprofit groups.
The winning proposals were:
• A Night at Aala Park: submitted by Kelfred Chang,
to have an Asian ethnic movie night similar to Sunset on the
Beach occur multiple times during the year, with Asian cultural
groups encouraged to participate, Asian start-up companies
to be showcased, and food booths.
• Mural Art for Honolulu’s Chinatown: submitted
by Helene Brongniart, to beautify and improve Chinatown by
using blank walls as canvasses to promote art, education, history,
culture, and social justice, encouraging both locals and visitors
to tour the area.
• Arts and Crafts Fairs in Chinatown: submitted by Hui-Fang
Bauer, to capitalize on increasing tourism and cruise ship
passengers at nearby Aloha Tower and to attract residents to
shop from local vendors and tour the Chinatown area.
• Expansion of the New Chinatown-sited Weekly
Chinese News: submitted by Elroy Chun, would provide internships
for interested high school and college students to prepare
news stories and features on individuals and businesses in
the residential/merchant community in Chinatown for this bilingual
publication that also reaches older ethnic Chinese.
• Chinatown Night Market: submitted by Anthony Chang
of the Chinese Culinary Arts Society, to create a night market
at Smith-Beretania Neighborhood Park during First Friday; the
evening activity would curtail undesirable activity in the
downtown area, bridge the Arts and Cultural District with Chinatown,
and revitalize the identity of Chinatown.
• Chinatown Cultural Showcase: submitted by Sarah Richards
of the Hawai‘i Theatre Center, to have a professional
producer work with Chinatown residents to showcase their talents
and create a multicultural variety show to celebrate the cultures
and traditions that coexist in Chinatown.
• Historic Preservation Plaques: submitted by JoDee
Hunt, to install plaques of museum quality on the corners of
buildings of historical or cultural significance to Chinatown,
containing a short story about or a description of the historical
significance of the building and being an invaluable asset
for a self-guided or commercial cultural tour of the Chinatown
• Aural Futures—A Guided Walking Tour of Alternative
Futures: submitted by Jake Dunagan and staff of the Hawai‘i
Research Center for Future Studies at the University of Hawai‘i
at Manoa, to make an indepth analysis and description of major
Chinatown landmarks, not as they exist now, but as they would
(or would not) exist in several distinct alternative futures
and to create a Chinatown walking tour of 2036.
• Modification, Renovation, and re-creation
of the Nuuanu Streamside Pedestrian Mall: submitted by Val Yanagihara, to
create a pedestrian bridge connecting Pauahi Street to Aala
Park, beautifying Nuuanu Stream into a major tourist and resident
attraction with natural sites, historical buildings, gardens,
shops, and area restaurants.
•Changes in Parking Meter Systems: submitted by Kim
Coffee-Isaak and San Shoppell, to promote easy access and convenient
affordable parking as an integral part of a thriving neighborhood
by implementing meters that accept both coin and electronic
card readers and using other cities as models to explore such
systems as POM Advanced Parking Meters, NYC prepaid parking
cards, and cellular phone-paid parking.