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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 June 14, 2006   Release M-63-06




Final program announced; workshop to award funds for outstanding written ideas 


            Saturday, June 17, 2006, is the deadline for registering for the Mayor’s Chinatown Summit, an unprecedented opportunity for the public to assess the economic potential for Honolulu’s Chinatown and map a strategy for its revitalization.

            The summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at the Hawaii Theatre and is sponsored by the City Office of Economic Development and Enterprise Honolulu. Admission is free, but registration is required. Register by calling the Hawaii Theatre box office at 528-0506, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Saturday.

            Keynote speaker Mayor Mufi Hannemann will lead a diverse lineup of guest speakers with his presentation of the “State of Chinatown.” In addition, as part of the summit’s afternoon workshop on “New Funding Opportunities,” participants will learn how to apply for mini-awards of up to $4,000 each, funded in part by the Ford Foundation, for outstanding ideas to address  areas including affordable housing, youth issues, cultural tourism, recreation and transportation.

            “Chinatown is the cultural heart of downtown Honolulu and a potential economic engine for Oahu,” Mayor Hannemann said. “Located adjacent to the downtown business district, Chinatown is more than just a reminder of Honolulu's colorful past, but a cultural and economic treasure that is recognized as unique across the country and the Pacific. More importantly, it has the potential to be an even greater magnet for cultural and economic activity.

            “That is the goal of this summit: to help Chinatown realize its full potential, without  losing any of its unique qualities that make it so special in the first place. We encourage everyone to come to the summit. It’s a great opportunity to have a voice in Chinatown’s future.”

            The summit will also include presentations on:

  • “Customers’ Perspectives” by Dexter Suzuki, Bedrock
  • “Community Views” by Wiwik Bunjamin-Mau, The ARTS at Marks Garage
  • “The Entrepreneurial Experience” by Anthony Chang, former State Senator, and Wing Tek Lum, Lum Yip Kee, Ltd.
  • “Arts & Culture” by Marilyn Cristofori, Hawai‘i Arts Alliance, and Ed Korybski, Honolulu Culture and Arts District Association
  • “Economic Development” by Dr. Tin Myaing Thein, Pacific Gateway Center
  • “Communities in Transition” by Miguel Garcia, Ford Foundation

            City Councilman Rod Tam, whose district includes downtown Honolulu, also will present remarks at the summit’s morning session.

            Following a no-host lunch in Chinatown, afternoon workshops will begin at 2 p.m. on:

  • New Funding Opportunities
  • Community Concerns
  • What Do Customers Want?





            Alenka Remec, City Small Business Advocate, 527-6221

            Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Press Secretary, 527-6928


Wednesday, June 14, 2006

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