Our Oahu: Upcoming This February

Our Oahu: Upcoming This February

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<p>Try yummy dishes in Chinatown. // © 2017 Getty Images</p><p>Feature image (above): Oahu has a multi-ethnic tapestry. // © 2017 Getty Images</p>

Try yummy dishes in Chinatown. // © 2017 Getty Images

Feature image (above): Oahu has a multi-ethnic tapestry. // © 2017 Getty Images


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Of course, Hawaii is known for its amazing beaches, but Oahu also boasts a modern, multi-ethnic tapestry. When it comes to showing off this unique cultural mix, the island hits a high note in February, from ukulele factory tours to festivities in Honolulu’s Chinatown.

Insider Tip:
“If someone has never seen an instrument being made, they’re surprised by how labor-intensive the process is. Especially kids — they treat the ukulele better because they learn about what went into making it.” 

— Fred Kamaka Jr., Business Manager, Kamaka Ukulele 

Shopping:
Strings Attached 
Fred Kamaka Sr. reveals how crafters in this fourth-generation family-owned business meticulously transform rough Hawaiian koa wood into exquisite Kamaka Hawaii (KamakaHawaii.com) ukuleles revered across the globe. The 93-year-old shares this rich musical legacy during complimentary one-hour factory tours offered Tuesday through Friday at 550 South St. 

Culinary:
Sensory Overload
Steeped in history, Honolulu’s Chinatown is a culinary haven merging tradition with trend. Hawaii Heritage Center Chinatown Tours explores the lively neighborhood one step at a time via 1½-hour walking treks on Wednesday and Friday mornings. Delve into mysterious buildings and bustling markets while noshing on signature treats along the way. 

Events:
Hot Dog
Chinatown’s Maunakea, River, Pauahi and Hotel streets command attention on Feb. 10 during The Year of the Dog Chinese New Year Celebration. Bite into a full Saturday of authentic cuisine, live performances, crafts and a vibrant parade with high-energy dragon/lion dancing.

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