If you've ever been to a Chinatown (New York, San Francisco, etc.) the Chinese Cultural Plaza on O'ahu will be ... More
Chinese Cultural Plaza
If you've ever been to a Chinatown (New York, San Francisco, etc.) the Chinese Cultural Plaza on O'ahu will be something of a familiar sight. In the heart of Honolulu's Chinatown, this plaza is surrounded by diverse businesses, from restaurants and travel agencies to herbalists and acupuncturists. The plaza itself is situated in the midst of a modern commercial district, surrounded by all sorts of shops. The center of the plaza proudly displays a statue of Asian political figure Sun Yat-Sen.
I forgot to validate once, but only had to pay 50 cents to $1 more. My dining companion didn't think it was worth the trouble to walk back to the restaurant for the validation. But a couple of times, I stayed past 6 hours and boom! The parking rate zinged up to sky high! It went from $3 to $6 (or something insane like that)! And that was when validated! So just be sure to validate and don't shop or gab too long (at least not beyond 5.5 hours...because you may need the extra 30 minutes to get to the car and get to the parking kiosk)! Yeah, once some lady was arguing forever and causing a long, long, long line snaking up to the 3rd floor...which caused me to be punched out at JUST BEYOND 6 hours! Argh!
Parking will always be an issue in (any) downtown or chinatown. If you forget to validate, whose fault is it really? The parking attendant who just trying to do their job (on minimum wage) or an irresponsible patron? It's not fair to judge this establishment due to your lack of responsibility. Parking here is usually available and reasonable, when you remember the rules, and worth the cultural experience. The price to pay may sometimes be a few bucks at most for a responsible and thrifty visitor but worth much more in experience.
My husband and I go to Chinese Cultural plaza for lunch 3 times a week. We park our car in the plaza's carpark.
On 25 Sep 2006, after we finished our lunch and stopped at the counter of the car park, we found that we forgot to have the parking ticket stamped/validated.
We seldom forget to have our ticket stamped in the past. When it happened, the staffs allowed us to drive pass the counter and stop by the roadside, and wait for me to go back to the restaurant to have the ticket stamped.
The staffs did not have to be so kind but we appreciate their kindness, and therefore we become a loyal customer of the Chinese Cultural Plaza.
Unfortunately, on 25 Sep 2006, the car-park manager was at the counter. She was rude and shouted at us: "Can't you see there is a long line behind you?!"
We told her that we can drive pass the counter for the other cars to get through, just like what other staffs did in the pass. She refused, remained to be very impatient.
"You forgot, you pay!" She shouted.
I asked whether she is the owner of the car park, as she has no thought of maintaining good relationship with customers. "The owner? You wanna contact them? They're not even in Hawaii!" She laughed.
I requested to talk to the manager. She said she is the manager.
"Thony, T-H-O-N-Y, I have been here for two and a half year." She looked at us when we left, continued: "I am the manager here!"
We swear that we will never go back to this Chinese Cultural Plaza again. I feel sorry about the owner of this property, for them to have hired such kind of manager that have no respect on their customers.
I would also like to warn everyone who intend to park their cars in the plaza's carpark: This ill-mannered manager may ruin your day if you met her!
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