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The 49th annual Living Treasures of Hawai‘i event in early February recently honored five exceptional people who have made significant contributions to their respective fields and Hawaii’s multifaceted culture.   

HCHC president Douglas D. L. Chong was one of the 5 hornored in the  2024 event.    

The following quote is from the Feb. 5, 2024 article by Pat Gee in the Star-Advertiser. " Living Treasures luncheon to fete 5 Hawaii residents".

" Douglas D.L Chong is the preeminent authority on the history of the Chinese in the islands. Fluent in five Chinese dialects, he is active in practicing and teaching the rituals and practices of Chinese memorial rites, and other means of cultural preservation." 



Cost $25.00

The reprinted version of "Researching One's Chinese Roots in Hawaii" has been reprinted. This extremely rare publication was first published 20 years ago.

Get it now! While this limited edition is still available.

Contents: Family surnames, Origin of South China families, maps, organizations,  Chinese families of Punalu'u, Kaua'i, Big Island, Maui, and many more.

Another HCHC Acquired Publication. 

An addtion to the "Honolulu Chinatown" Book, below.

By Gary R. Coover.

Price: $10.00

Available at the HCHC Office.  

Latest HCHC Bookstore Addition

Brand new fresh off the the press.

Honolulu Chinatown  200 Years of Red Lanterns & Red Lights.      

by Gary Coover

Comprehensive history of early ChInese stores and business properties from the years 1850 – 1950.


Hawaii’s Chinese Roots Run Deep Through Isle History

By Bob Sigall |  February 23, 2018    (Star Advertiser)

My Chinese friends and readers often encourage me to write about the history of their ethnicity. That’s why I was happy to hear from Douglas D.L. Chong, president of the Hawaii Chinese History Center. 

The Hawaii Chinese History Center is 48 years old and is the second-oldest Chinese historical center in the U.S. It is located in the heart of Honolulu’s Chinatown.

I asked him to share with my readers some of the interesting highlights of Chinese history in the islands.

“Hawaii’s Chinese roots go deep through island history,” he told me. “Most people think that Chinese only eat and do lion dancing at the Lunar New Year, but there is a lot more.”

 “Chinese began migrating to Hawaii nearly 230 years ago,” Chong says, “due to civil unrest, famine, wars and colonial imperialism occurring in China during that time.


Click link above to view details

Interviews, YouTube and Podcasts

Living 808 June 2018 - Chinese Heritage Week (w/permission from KHON)

YouTube Video - Think Tank Hawaii

Podcast.com - Marvels of China: Pathways to the PACIFIC RIM


PBS Hawaii Classics   

(original: 2/1/1984. Re-broadcast: 1/18/2023)

Narcissus Festival in Hawaii




See Dai Doo Society presents $5000 to HCHC
L>R: Leonard Kam (SDD Pres), Douglas Chong (HCHC Pres), Lucy Wong (SDD VP)
January 11, 2018 - Chinatown Cultural Plaza
The U.S. Postal Service® rings in the Year of the Dog by issuing the 11th of 12 stamps in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series.  
First-Day-of-Issue CeremonyCelebrating Lunar New YearYear of the Dog Forever® Stamp
The Year of the Dog begins February 16, 2018, and ends on February 4, 2019.  The Postal Service commemorated the issuance of this stamp with a special First Day of Issue ceremony and featured remarks by Hawaii Chinese History Center president Douglas. D.L. Chong and USPS Pacific Area Vice President Larry Munoz following the official unveiling of the stamp..."

Hawaiian Historical Society Recognizes Douglas D. L. Chong

Hawaiian Historical Society

Kahu 'Ikena - Caretakers of Knowledge

Douglas D. L. Chong was one of 14 honored and recognized at the Hawaii Historical Society's "Kaku 'Ikena"  dinner on October 21, 2017  .. for making important contributions to the preservation of Hawaiʻi’s history.

The Hawaii Chinese History Center, (HCHC), founded in Honolulu on October 31, 1970 and incorporated March 17, 1971, is an IRS Section 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible. 


  Results:  In the past 44 years, the HCHC has been a leader in the United States for

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