HPR-2: The Conversation

Walk through Honolulu’s Chinatown and the clashes of building styles and ways of life quickly come into view. Chinatown’s community came together last month for the Chinatown Action Summit. Since then, an organization that goes by the acronym SHADE - that stands for Sustainable Humanitarian Architecture Design for the Earth- has offered workshops to follow up on City-sponsored Summit. Part of the makeover mix includes an urban planning and design technique- that’s part of movement in other cities. SHADE founder and architect Dean Sakamoto is here to school us in Urban Acupuncture.
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Chinatown Action Summit Recap

On Saturday, June 27, 2015 the Chinatown Action Summit was held at the Golden Palace Restaurant and hosted by the City and County of Honolulu and partnered with local legislators and organizations. 

The summit was a great success with approximately 240 individuals in gathering the opinion of the representatives from the city, elected officials, and various businesses from the arts, community, and civic groups in focusing on how implementations of the safety and cleanliness; art, culture, and historic preservation; wayfinding and pedestrian access; new economic opportunities can be improved for the Chinatown of the future. While also refining strategies for longer term projects associated with the preparation of the rail transit and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). With the information gathered the SHADE Institute will continue to build upon the cause to better Chinatown. 

A big thank you to all of the participants, volunteers, and support!

If you missed the summit, your opinion and concern on the development of Chinatown is still important. Click the following link to take a quick survey to help improve Chinatown:

SHADE Summer Institute Mentors Wanted

Our purpose:

  1. Implement proactive low or at-cost and pro-bono community based action planning and design services to solve short and long-term problems in the built environment.
  2. Provide dedicated PID training among emerging and seasoned professionals in urban planning/design, architecture and environmental design in a project-based setting.
  3. Serve as a collaborative entity for individual planning/design professionals, firms and the construction industry to give back to their communities.

SHADE stands for Sustainable, Humanitarian, Architecture and Design for the Earth. It is a Hawaii-based Public Interest Design (PID) professional practice initiative to help create a more sustainable, resilient and humane built environment in tropical and subtropical cities worldwide.

We are looking for mentors for our 2015 Summer Institute Program to help guide our interns in their design analysis and research of Honolulu Chinatown, if you are interested contact us at