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Chinatown rats not a problem - Hawaii Business

There are 49 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Dec 20, 2009, titled Chinatown rats not a problem - Hawaii Business. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

The new entrepreneurs setting up business say rats are not a problem, although they have been answering phone calls since the infamous "rat video" surfaced on YouTube a few weeks ago.

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lee smith

Hanalei, HI

#1 Dec 20, 2009
Chinatown rat problem, might not be a problem to you but, it is a major problem for me. I stopped buying my food in Chinatown. If you want to take a chance on your health, I say go do it. NOT ME !!!!

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#2 Dec 20, 2009
So we're just going to say that we can't outsmart rats, and that's it? They're in every city with a waterfront.. is that a justification? Rats are smart, very smart, but I believe the humans in this situation are just LAZY. If anybody really really tried, they could find a solution, IMO.

Since: Aug 08

Makawao, HI

#3 Dec 20, 2009
I agree that rats are not that much of a China Town problem.... but we all have a problem with the ones over at the Big Square Building.
Lord Haha

Hilo, HI

#4 Dec 20, 2009
Rats are disusting nd unpleasant o lokk at. But, where there are are there is food. The same kind of food that humans like to eat.

That tells me that food is pleantiful. If there was a scarcity of the rats would be gone. This in a way is a good thing. There is no famine, there is not draught, and there is a surplus of food.

Two this are happening. Poor hygiene on the part of vendors and over stocking of food supplies. Not all that is bad. But you must have a balance.

Now we can feed rats the surplus food or poor humans the surplus food. Either way they will gather. The is the nature of both man and animal.

The poblem is not rats but how we store, purchase and distribute our surplus food. If the food was not availalbe in China town then the rats would go to other locations to eat. And because some food is avaialable to our homelss population they gather in China Town food banks and feeding prorams to eat.

It is the way of nature. Better to feed people than rats.

The problem is homelessness and poverty. The rats are a bye probduct.

Honolulu, HI

#5 Dec 20, 2009
These old buildings need to be razed, new foundations built, and new buildings erected. The REAL problem in Chinatown is the inadequacy of the building structures that house these filthy markets. Ever take a CLOSE LOOK? These buildings have breaches everywhere: holes in walls; windows that don't shut tightly; doors that don't close all the way down.

Many of the old Chinatown buildings aren't even watertight, and critters need water. This leads to other infestations by roaches and ants as well as rats. Some of these buildings are 80 years old to over 100 years old.

THE REAL PROBLEM is that the building owners are too chintzy, far too cheap to rebuild. The look of these buildings and markets reminds me of the completely unregulated health conditions in markets in South or Southeast Asia or in China.

A friend of mine calls this place "Diseasetown" because you can find a nice collection of diseases all in one convenient market.

Raze everything between Nimitz, River, Nuuanu and Beretania. Just blow it all away and gentrify it. And one more thing, ensure these owners rebuild to building code. These cheapskate owners seem to have a tendency to cut corners and only to spend the bare minimum to keep their so called facilities habitable (by rats).

Fair Oaks, CA

#6 Dec 20, 2009
The problem is the two legged rats.

Kapaa, HI

#7 Dec 20, 2009
Too bad that these merchants are all suffering from the backlash of that video, but to say the rats are not a problem in Chinatown and isolated to just the Kekaulike Market is just trying to cover it up a bit. Rat infestations are extremely hard to control (yes I do have first hand experience). The location near the canal and waterfront and the age and condition of many of those buildings makes it very difficult to keep them out.
Honolulu Resident

Ewa Beach, HI

#8 Dec 20, 2009
"Chinatown rats NOT a problem?" LOL
It is nice of the StarBulletin to try to help the businesses in Chinatown, but the fact remains that RATS ARE A PROBLEM, especially if they are eating and crapping on food that is left out in the open for them all night long and then sold to unsuspecting customers the next morning. RATS ARE A PROBLEM, in Chinatown and all of Downtown Honolulu, just like any harbor town.

Honolulu, HI

#9 Dec 20, 2009
Not only china town, its all over.. I've seen those huge rats at a popular grocery store in town and out of town....and these had families ;)

so if you think not buying from china town is safer and cleaner because they don't have rat....

its hidden my friends ;)

So interesting how much people get controlled by the media like robots...but sad at the same time.

Columbia, MO

#10 Dec 20, 2009
New filling for manapua?

Kihei, HI

#11 Dec 20, 2009
Are you kidding, Nina Wu? It's not just rats, it's rats all over the food, right on the food itself! On top of that, these stores apparently spray poison all over the food to keep cockroaches off. Are you kidding to say it's not a problem?! I am definitely not going anywhere near that food. What a disgrace.

Ewa Beach, HI

#12 Dec 20, 2009
Joyner says that rats is not the problem but, I'm sorry, when I see rats scurrying over food e.g. fruits that I usually buy in Chinatown, LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, SISTER, RATS IS A PROBLEM. When you invite me to go shopping for food and I see you purchasing produce at the Kekaulike market and taking it home and eating it on a consistent basis, then and only then will I accept the fact that Rats is not the problem and I will return on a regular basis but, until then, FORGET IT!!!!!!
Okole Maluna


#13 Dec 20, 2009
The bigger rats congregate at Honolulu Hale and the State Capitol building!!!!!!!!

United States

#14 Dec 20, 2009
I have been enjoying the food at Chinatown in Honolulu since 1999 Have not been ill since. It's alright to dine there. folks. The vermon don't pounce on the food.
oh boy

Kaneohe, HI

#15 Dec 20, 2009
Who are these guys kidding?


The bomb has already gone off, no sense trying to prevent it!!!

Everyone knows there is a major rat infestation problem in that area.

Don't lie to the public, we are not that stupid.


Waianae, HI

#16 Dec 20, 2009
Mike wrote:
I have been enjoying the food at Chinatown in Honolulu since 1999 Have not been ill since. It's alright to dine there. folks. The vermon don't pounce on the food.
Here is a reality check Mike:
oh boy

Kaneohe, HI

#17 Dec 20, 2009
Oh and I posted a comment earlier, it was actually the very first comment at around 9:30am 12-20-09 but now it has mysteriously vanished!

Star Bulletin, I thought you were the voice of the people?

I hope that was a mistake. You cannot and should not help cover up this rat infestation fiasco.

oh boy

Kaneohe, HI

#18 Dec 20, 2009
"Sire, have you ever embaced someone dying of plague?"

Emperor: "No. But if you interrupt me again, I assure you that you shall."

-- "Gladiator"

Kahuku, HI

#19 Dec 20, 2009
I once saw (and reported) a dead rat in front of the Love's thrift bread store on Hotel St and also saw a dead rat at the back (kitchen) door of McDonalds on Hotel St. Rats are anywhere there is food/water.
The Joker

Walnut Creek, CA

#20 Dec 20, 2009
Don't be a fool and think that rats are only in C-Town. Don't eat out if you are concern period.

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