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Community support revitalizes Chinatown after blackouts

Multiple events on Saturday aimed to draw customers back to the Chinatown area following power outages. A community walk was organized by City Councilmember Tyler Dos Santos-Tam and Downtown/Chinatown Neighborhood Board Chair Ernest Caravalho. Hawaii Theatre and First Hawaiian Bank also hosted the free “Malama Chinatown: A Community Revitalization Event” Saturday afternoon at Dr. Sun Yat-sen Park, featuring live music and vendors.

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A community walk organized by City Councilmember Tyler Dos Santos-Tam, right, and Downtown/Chinatown Neighborhood Board Chair Ernest Caravalho began on Richards Street Saturday morning, working its way through the area and stopping at various community institutions and residential projects.
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Chu Lan Shubert-Kwok, left, of the Chinatown Business and Community Association, was among the participants in Saturday's community walk.
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Ave Kwok, Hawaii Restaurant Association chairman, Sheryl Matsuoka, HRA executive director, Tyler Dos Santos Tam and Victor Lim, HRA government relations, before the walk began.
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The walking group crosses Merchant Street.
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Downtown/Chinatown Neighborhood Board Chair Ernest Caravalho, left, talks on Merchant and Bishop streets.
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The tour on Merchant and Bishop streets.
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The walking group visited Kumu Kahua Theatre.
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The tour group visits Kumu Kahua Theatre.
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Kumu Kahua board member, Jason Kanda, right, spoke to the tour about the history of the theatre.
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Victor Lim, left, at the corner on King Street.
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Raye Medeiros, left, talks with Councilman Tyler Dos Santos-Tam at Hank's.
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The walking group treks down Hotel Street.
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The walking group treks down Hotel Street.
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Performing at Sun Yat-Sen Park on Saturday is Rebecca James.
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Speaking at Sun Yat-Sen Park on Saturday is Ron McDaniel, director of marketing for Hawaii Theatre.
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Performing at Sun Yat-Sen Park on Saturday is Malik Taylor (front) and Jonah Jackson.
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Fete restaurant co-owner Chuck Bussler, center, greeted a customer Saturday.
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Performing at Sun Yat-Sen Park on Saturday is Jonah Jackson, left, and Malik Taylor.
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Performing at Sun Yat-Sen Park on is Asher, top, and Shotaro from the local group Crossing Rain.
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The walking group treks down Hotel Street.
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The walking group crosses Hotel Street.

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