FIVE QUESTIONS WITH TONY NGUYEN, THE SECOND-GENERATION OWNER OF LIN'S LEI SHOP
Gathered by Hannah Broderick, photo by Rachel Halemanu
Describe your customers, any surprises?
Over 90 percent of our customers are local people. We get the occasional tourist who just got married or just wants to buy a simple lei as a novelty item or the "Hawaii" thing. Its surprising to get customers from all over the island, people from Windward side, Waianae, Laie, its humbling that our customers drive so far just to buy lei from us.
How has Chinatown changed in the time you've been here?
A total turn around, I like the hipster/ art movement, along with the recent trendy eateries popping up all over Chinatown, it's great!
Where is your favorite place to get lunch in Chinatown?
There are lots. Maguro Brothers for something good, fast, and cheap; Lucky Belly and Scratch both have good food; and Maria Bonita for Mexican food.
Describe Chinatown in five words or less.
Chinatown is a melting pot of the Pacific, so many different ethnicities that work and eat in a small area of Honolulu.
If Chinatown were an ice cream flavor, what would it be?