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Chinatown to get new landmark

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Despite being one of the oldest Chinatowns in the country, Honolulu's lacks an entry arch or any other significant landmark.

That will soon change.

"It is vital that we have something symbolic of the energy that belongs to Chinatown" said Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock, President of the Chinatown Business and Community Association.

That symbol will come in the form of a 8-foot by 9-foot street decal, showcasing a gold dragon on a black background.

"It's called the Happy Dragon of Chinatown. It will bring a smile to everyone and say 'hey, alright, this is us!'" said Shubert-Kwock emphatically.

It will be placed at the intersection of King Street and the Kekaulike Mall. The location was picked specifically.

"It will bring us prosperity, peace and harmony within all the people living and working in Chinatown. Plus it will be a big landmark for people coming--'oh, I'll meet you at the dragon'!" said Shubert-Kwock.

The project has taken longer than the Association would like. The initial application was applied for in 2009, but since then, has got hung up in mayoral successions and re-applications.

However, it is now coming to fruition. The $3500 project is being manufactured in California right now. It will be laid down with an industrial adhesive by year's end.

While it will be a striking feature, it's most potent effect will be the one felt.

Said Chu Lan; "Just bring a smile to people, bring happiness. A sense of well being that the stars line up, the feng shui is good, and you can only generate more happiness".

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