We study the impacts of existing and proposed projects and advocate for effective changes and innovative solutions. These efforts are critical in our work to combat neighborhood deterioration and reduce tensions. Recently, in 2020, we co-authored an opinion piece questioning the need for more homeless service provider facilities in this small historic district.
Our Chinatown Directory of street level businesses provides a comprehensive overview and precise location of the over 300 amazing small independent businesses in the Chinatown area. The Directory has been a resource for researchers conducting studies in Chinatown as well as the Hawaii State Library System.
Our collaborative tours with Hawaii Heritage Center and Historic Hawaii have served to market and showcase the unique features of the area.
Our community events (Taste of Chinatown and Autumn Lantern Festivals) have brought people to the area to explore and sample Chinatown's culinary and cultural characteristics.
We have conducted research on anti-graffiti coatings for historic buildings, the prevalence and nature of affordable housing in the area, tax credits appropriate for historic districts, whether a business improvement district works economically for the area, and a survey completed by over 95 businesses and many residents on the impacts of homelessness in the area. We have also partnered to present a series of seminars over a few years on challenges and issues in historic preservation.