1/19

Eddie and Elaine Flores donated $18,000 in-kind (rental of office and operation expenses such as staff, telephone, copy services, et.) to A Better Chinatown Association.

6/19

Mayor Kirk Caldwell met with Eddie Flores, Jr. about a year ago. He lamented that Honolulu is one of the oldest Chinatowns in America and yet it does not have a Chinatown arch. Mayor Caldwell asked Eddie to take on the project to build a Chinatown arch that the Chinese community will be proud of

7/19

Eddie asked Bryan Andaya, President and Chief Operating Officer of L & L Hawaiian Barbecue, to establish a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and under the name of “A Better Chinatown Association (ABCA)”. The mission of ABCA is to build a Chinatown arch; to promote economic development in Chinatown; and to have a safe and clean Chinatown for local residents and tourists. 

Eddie donated $20,000 as seed money. He opened a bank checking account under the name of A Better Chinatown Association.

The officers are as follow:

  • Eddie Flores, Jr. (Chair and Director)
  • Peter Shi (Director)
  • Gifford Chang (Director)
  • Lou Chang (Director)
  • Elisia Flores (Director)

The Board of Directors formed an Advisory Committee. 

  • Dr. Joseph Young (Honorary Chair)
  • Eddie Flores, Jr. (Chair)

 The Advisory Committee members are:

  • Lt. Governor Josh Green
  • Hawaii State Representative Daniel Holt
  • Hawaii State Senator Karl Rhoads
  • Peter Shi
  • Elisia Flores
  • Gifford Chang
  • Mona Choy
  • Michele Choy
  • Lucy Wong
  • Edwina Lee
  • Victor Lim
  • Leonard Kam
  • Joseph Hu

7/19

Eddie met with Harrison Hue and Andrew Tang to plan on building the China arch. Harrison is the City of Honolulu Community Building and TOD Administrator and Andrew works for the Transit-Oriented Development of the City of Honolulu.

Andrew Tang spent over 2 years on the design. He completed the preliminary model of the Chinatown arch earlier. It is a hybrid of modern and classical design. The arch is very unique and it will stand out as a new landmark in Honolulu.  

8/19

The Internal Revenue Service approved A Better Chinatown Association as a 501(3)c non-profit corporation.

9/19 

ABCA hired Structural Service LLC to start on the engineering and structural design. Zihang Ou is the principal of Structural Service and is licensed as a structural engineer in the State of Hawaii. He is approved as a “residential third-party reviewer” for the City and County of Honolulu. 

11/19

After consulting many Chinese historians and experts, the following Chinese characters will be placed on the Chinatown arch.

公為下天

九               四

             海

方                之

圓                內

              皆

              兄

              弟

Translation

All under heaven is shared. (Top)

We live in this one world, like brothers and sisters; (Right side)

We came from different places but make one family. (Left side)

A big mahalo to Professor Madeline K.  Spring and her students from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Chinese Flagship Center who translated the Chinese characters. Most of the students are in the doctoral programs from China and Taiwan. 

Chinatown Arch Honorees

The first Chinatown Arch at King and Kekaulike Streets will honor fourteen Chinese individuals who made significant contributions to the Chinese community and Chinatown. They are the movers and shakers in the Chinese community. Their profiles will be inscribed at the base of the arch’s two pillars. The selection committee consists of Michele Choy, Victor Lim, Elisia Flores, Mona Choy, Peter Shi, Leonard Kam, Edwina Lee, Dr. Lucy Wong, Gifford Chang, Joseph Hu, and Eddie Flores, Jr. The selection committee received the names of twenty-six qualified candidates for consideration. They made the final selection by secret ballots for the fourteen honorees. Their votes were sent directly to Joseph Hu who made the final accounting. The selection process was fair and transparent.

The selection was based on:

  • (1) outstanding record in his/her business or profession
  • (2) recognizable name in the community
  • (3) significant contributions to the Chinese community and Chinatown, and
  • (4) a trailblazer that paved the way for the Chinese community 

The names of the fourteen honorees will be announced later in a press release.

A big mahalo to all the members of the selection committee for their hard work.

1/20

Eddie and Elaine Flores donated $10,000 to A Better Chinatown Association.

Eddie and Elaine Flores donated $18,000 in-kind (rental of office and operation expenses such as staff, telephone, copy services, et.) to A Better Chinatown Association.

2/20

ABCA signed an agreement with the City of Honolulu to give permission to ABCA to design and to install the Chinatown Arch.  The first arch will be built at King and Kekaulike Street. The second arch is located at Hotel and Kekaulike Street.   Andrew Tang spent several years on this project and designed a version that is very unusual.

2/20

The design was presented to the Honolulu Commission on Culture and Arts for review on February of 2020.  The Honolulu Commission on Culture and Arts committee members unanimously approved the design and congratulated Andrew Tang for his work. 

7/20

Andrew Tang completed the drawing of the Chinatown Arch.  Zihang Ou of Structural Service LLC started to complete the engineering and structural design.

9/20

The Chinatown Arch selection committee voted and selected the fourteen honorees.

1/21

Eddie and Elaine Flores donated $18,000 in-kind (rental of office and operation expenses such as staff, telephone, copy services, et.) to A Better Chinatown Association.

6/21
Jason DeMarco AIA joined Andrew Tang AIA from Polyline Architect = Urbanism as our lead architect for the Chinatown Arch project.

10/21

As one of our first projects to improve Honolulu Chinatown, ABCA hired CAA Cabinets and Construction to remove the graffiti and to repaint the Chinatown Gateway. This is the first time Chinatown was repainted in 20 years.   Please see the link to our TV coverage.
https://www.khon2.com/local-news/volunteers-spruce-up-chinatown-gateway-area/

A Better Chinatown Association is planning an exhibition of the fourteen honorees. We are working with Central Pacific Bank as one of our sponsors.  Jill Fukumoto and Brandon Dela Cruz from L & L Hawaiian Barbecue had been assigned to update the information for the fourteen honorees and to design the exhibition. The exhibition is tentatively set for February 21, 2022, at the Central Pacific Bank Main Office lobby.

1/22

Eddie and Elaine Flores donated $10,000 to A Better Chinatown Association.
Eddie and Elaine Flores donated $18,000 in-kind (rental of office and operation expenses such as staff, telephone, copy services, et.) to A Better Chinatown Association.