River Walk Revitalization Community Design Workshop 2.1

On June 14th, SHADE Institute organized a community design workshop to engage with community members to get inputs on the geographic boundaries of a Special Improvement District (SID) for the River Walk.


Neighborhood Boundary Activity

  Step 1:  Draw on your map where you think the Kukui / River Walk neighborhood is. What defines a neighborhood? Housing? Memories? Culture?

Step 1: Draw on your map where you think the Kukui / River Walk neighborhood is. What defines a neighborhood? Housing? Memories? Culture?

  Step 2:  Go around the room and share where you drew the boundary. What factors lead to that decision? Using the thread and pins provided, work together to decide a neighborhood boundary.

Step 2: Go around the room and share where you drew the boundary. What factors lead to that decision? Using the thread and pins provided, work together to decide a neighborhood boundary.

Members of the Chinatown community were asked to draw out and share what they perceived to be the neighborhood boundary of the River Walk.


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questionnaire results

River Walk Community Design Workshop

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On November 29th, SHADE Institute organized a community design workshop to open the discussion on how we can improve our River walk.


Place It! Activity

 Workshop attendees gathering around to play Place It!

Workshop attendees gathering around to play Place It!

The inspiration for this activity came from an interactive urban planning activity called Place It! designed by urban planner James Rojas. This activity offered us the opportunity to learn from each other and share our memories of the River Walk which may apply to its future improvements.

 We asked our workshop attendees to place the objects (kiosk ideas) where they would like to see them along River walk and to write down their favorite memories from the past associated with the object.

We asked our workshop attendees to place the objects (kiosk ideas) where they would like to see them along River walk and to write down their favorite memories from the past associated with the object.

Lei shops were found on the sidewalks in Chinatown, especially on Maunakea Street. The lei vendors were very nice. Put a lei shop at the end of Vineyard Boulevard.
— Dr. Joseph Young, Honorary Mayor of Chinatown
Playing chess with my dad and concentrating so hard that one ear would get hot. Playing chess along the stream would be lovely.
— Senator Karl Rhoads
Eating Dim Sum on Sundays after church with my family and drinking tea throughout our meal.
— Anj Lum, American Savings Bank
Happy memories of visiting College Walk area and going to Japanese Samurai movies at Toyo Theater. What a treat!
— Councilmember Carol Fukunaga
Kehaulani Lum sharing her favorite memory associated with a tangerine.
The land under Lum Sai Ho Tong was once an orchard of fruit trees which fed the Ali’i. It’s boundaries ran into the river. Today, oranges and other fruit are offered as homage to the ancestors, at Tin Hau Temple. Beautification of the River walk with trees that are beneficial would return it to its ancient roots. A produce store also stood there at one time. A kiosk that sells fruit would be lovely.
— Kehaulani Lum, Lum Sai Ho Tong

A Walking Tour of River Walk


 Dr. Joseph Young (Honorary Mayor of Chinatown) and Councilmember Carol Fukunaga discussing their visions for Chinatown.

Dr. Joseph Young (Honorary Mayor of Chinatown) and Councilmember Carol Fukunaga discussing their visions for Chinatown.

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