FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 3, 2006
CHINATOWN SUMMIT RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 22
The Mayor’s Chinatown Summit that had been scheduled next month will be held on June 22 at the Hawaii Theatre.
One of the many featured speakers will be Miguel Garcia, acting deputy director for community and resource development for the Ford Foundation.
“We hope to bring residents, businesses, community leaders, private organizations and the City together to assess the economic potential of our historic Chinatown and map a strategy for its revitalization,” said Hannemann. “As I’ve said many times, I envision Chinatown as a vibrant center for culture and the arts.
“Last year, we helped secure a prestigious Ford Foundation grant of up to $400,000 to the Hawaii Arts Alliance toward that end, but I hope that was just the beginning,” the mayor said. “We hope to do for Chinatown what the City did for Waikiki, at a fraction of the cost.”
The summit is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a keynote speech by Hannemann followed by presentations on:
· Communities in Transition – How Diversity in a Community Creates Greater Economic Vibrancy, by Miguel Garcia of the Ford Foundation,
· Customers’ Perspectives of Chinatown, by Dexter Suzuki of Bedrock,
· Community Views by Wiwik Bunjamin-Mau of The ARTS at Marks Garage,
· The Entrepreneurial Experience by former state senator Anthony Chang,
· The Arts in Chinatown, by Ed Korybski, Honolulu Culture and Arts District Association, and Marilyn Cristofori of the Hawaii Arts Alliance,
· Economic Development for Immigrant Groups, by Dr. Tin Myaing Thein of the Pacific Gateway Center.
Following a no-host lunch in Chinatown, afternoon workshops will begin at 2 p.m. on mini grants (Ford Foundation), community concerns and “What Do Customers Want?”
Rod Tam, the City Councilman for the area, has also been invited to participate and offer his perspectives.
The Chinatown Summit is being sponsored by the City and Enterprise Honolulu and hosted by the Hawaii Theatre Center. There is no fee for participation, but registration is required. To register, call the Hawaii Theatre box office, 528-0506, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Deadline for registration is June 17.
Alenka Remec, 527-6221
Bill Brennan, 527-6928
Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767