December 10th, 2011 / posted by paularath

Pacific Gateway Center's Christmas House. Photo by Jerry Mayfield.

Although it may come as a surprise, Pacific Gateway Center, the non profit that serves recent immigrants to Hawaii, has opened a seasonal Christmas House inside its restaurant, Lemongrass Cafe. The store features crafts and culinary creations that make fabulous Christmas gifts, as well as yummy seasonal kitchen delights such as Chef Cooray’s curry mixes. (And who doesn’t need a hand in the kitchen during the holiday season?)

Handicrafts, textiles and art from Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam share space with Hawaii-made cheesecake, fresh scones, handmade soaps from the North Shore, clothing, vetiver tea, rice pillows and jewelry from Manoa. You won’t believe some of the prices – you may think you have stepped into an Asian nation’s night market.

These photos represent just a small sampling of what’s available.

Scarves from Myanmar, $10. Photo by Jerry Mayfield.

Jenny's lilikoi butter, $8. Photo by Jerry Mayfield


Pele's Bath soap cakes, $15 or 2 for $25. Photo by Jerry Mayfield.

HI Tea shop blends, $12 or 2 for $20. Photo by Jerry Mayfield.

The Christmas House is open now through December 23, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find Lemongrass Cafe at 83 N. King Street in Chinatown. Information: 851-7010 or go to

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