|The Cultural Plaza, built in the 1970's, never did spark|
a much desired urban renewal in Chinatown
|The lei shops on Maunakea St. are still there (WSJ photo)|
New owners are taking over nondescript spaces and tearing down the stained drop ceilings to create tall, airy spaces; ripping up the worn linoleum and smoothing the concrete floors underneath. They’re also expanding the area’s offerings, peddling everything from moules frites (at the bistro Grondin) to Italian linen dresses (at Echo & Atlas), as well as sophisticated Hawaiian wares.I'll check it out on my next trip, and it looks like I'll have to save up, too.