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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 OverloadSteeped 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 DogChinatown’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.