Help the Pacific Gateway Center continue our work by contributing to our agency. Your tax deductible donation will help provide our services and assist the low income and immigrant populations of Hawaii. Thank you for your kokua!
Message From Our Executive Director
This year, the PGC is looking forward to the completion of its Chinatown building. Although the restaurant and office space have had their “soft” openings and are currently in operation, we look forward to the formal "Grand Opening" of the Lemongrass Café restaurant. We are also excited about our continuing "First Friday" events and growth of our various programs. The process of funding projects to continue our mission of serving the immigrants and low-income residents of Hawaii, remains challenging. However, with the support from various grantors and the staff, we are able to grow and continue the good work that we have been providing to the Hawaii community. We would like to say "Mahalo" to you for your support. May our relationships continue to help individuals and businesses achieve their self-sufficiency.
The Culinary Business Incubator
Pacific Gateway Center's "Culinary Business Incubator" officially opened in 2000 and is designed to assist entrepreneurs interested in operating a catering business, lunchwagon, or food product lines. The site is located at 723C Umi Street in Kalihi and features a State of Hawaii Health Department certified kitchen. The "Culinary Business Incubator" has various baking, prep, and kitchen spaces, available at reasonable rental rates. For more information, please visit or contact us via the information below:
- Address: 723C Umi Street, Honolulu, HI 96817
- (Turn left after the "Basic Auto Collision" sign)
- Phone #: (808) 851-7000
- Fax #: (808) 851-7007
Visit the videos below to see more about the incubator on OC16's "Career Changers" TV show:
The "Gifts From Paradise" Website
The "Gifts From Paradise" website provides a powerful vehicle for low-income entrepreneurs to market their products by providing virtual shelf space. "Gifts From Paradise" www.giftsfromparadise.com includes popular cultural creations from Hawaii, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, and the Marshall Islands. Popular items include Hawaii's Best Ever Nut Brittle, Kau Coffee, Aunty Nani's Hawaiian Cookies, designer clothing, and more. Keep up with the site's latest developments by visiting the GFP's Facebook and Blogger sites. Aloha!!
Pacific Gateway Center Awards 2011
Photo by JOHN BERGER|JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM - Sunday, November 13, 2011
MANDARIN BALL HONORS ORGANIZER | Tin Myaing Thein, center, was the guest of honor Nov. 5 at the Hawaii Chinese Civic Association's 2011 Mandarin Ball at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. She received the group's Mandarin Award for her work as a community organizer and researcher, and for her success in directing and expanding the community-based programs of the Pacific Gateway Center. http://www.staradvertiser.com/columnists/onthescene/20111113_on_the_scene.html
Ho'okela Award Winner 2011 - "Best New Retail Business of the Year"
Pacific Gateway Center dba Paradise Enterprise Center was awarded the "Best New Retail Business of the Year" on October 20, 2011 at the RMH Annual Conference & Ho'okela Awards ceremony, held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa. Established in 1985, the Ho'okela recognizes and honors retailers and retail businesses in Hawaii for exemplary performance in the industry and contribution to the community. Congratulations!
Refugee's pain replaced with pride
by Michael Tsai - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
POSTED: Jul 30, 2011
Photo by JAMM AQUINO
John Nyunt figures he'll have three to five minutes to tell his story, 10 if he's really lucky.
He could be afforded an entire afternoon and it wouldn't be enough to convey to his Capitol Hill audience just the reasons why he so boldly stood up to the military government in Myanmar all those years ago, or the fortitude it took to survive the seven dehumanizing years he spent as a political prisoner, or the joy he now feels as a full-fledged American citizen. (More...)
808HALT is Hawaii's Rescue & Restore Coalition, one of several regional Rescue and Restore Coalitions across the country which do outreach and education for human trafficking awareness under the auspices of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Program, Office of Refugee Resettlement. Each coalition is composed of law enforcement, community organizations and relevant agencies working together to promote awareness of human trafficking and provide referrals to link trafficking victims with social service providers.
CURRENT PGC EVENTS & NEWS:
The Lemongrass Cafe
Lunch - Mon. to Fri. (11 A.M. to 2 P.M.)
WEEKLY PLATE LUNCH MENU
Monday: "Lao" - Chicken Red Curry, Beef Salad/Larb, Papaya Salad
Tuesday: "Indian" - Chicken Curry, Gabanzo Bean Salad, Cabbage & Cucumber Chutney, Roti Paratha Bread, Vegetarian Samosas
Wednesday: "Burmese" - Lemongrass & Basil Chicken Curry, Vegetarian Tofu Salad, Fish Cake Salad Appetizer & Vegetable Bean Soup
Thursday: "Thai" - Chicken Green Curry, Phad-Thai, Eggplant Salad, Thai Fried Chicken
Friday: "Noodle Day" - Burmese Chicken Coconut Soup, Burmese Fish Soup & Laotian Coconut Pork Soup
POP-UP EVENT: 3/23/13 Sooriya's Sri Lankan Pop-Up Dinner
Lemongrass Cafe, Mouna Farm, Arts & Cultural Village and Cubanakoa Foundation would like to invite you to Sooriya's Sri Lankan Pop-Up Dinner. The menu is all about bananas!
Sooriya, through many years traveling overland on foot, across and from India to Europe and back again eight times, learned the sacred art of copper from many gurus and teachers to become a world renown master copper artist and sculptor. What you may not know about Sooriya, is his incredible talent of cooking which he does quite often for visitors to his farm in Waianae.
Sooriya will be sharing his love for healthy, conscious & delicious food with a four course all vegan and all local organic menu. The produce sourced right from his farm! The theme of the evening is based on the banana's cultural, medicinal and even spiritual significance as well as supporting the island farm to table movement.
“The Wonderful World of Bananas”
Saturday March 23rd, 2013
83 North King St. Honolulu, HI. 96817
FREE street parking or $3 Chinatown Municipal Parking on Maunakea or Smith St.
Signature Drink – Lemongrass Spiced Limeade
Featured Local Beer on Tap- Big Aloha Beer
Featured Bar Snack – Organic Local Plantain Chips
(Selection of Wines, Beers & Non-Alcoholic Beverages also Available for Purchase)
Papadums with Chutney
Coconut & Banana Stem Soup
Green Banana Vegetarian Curry with Paruppu (Lentil Dahl) and Vegetarian Tumeric Rice
Sweet Fried Banana with Rice Gelato & Honey Drizzle
$45 per person
RSVP BY 3/21 TO:
Mouna Farm, Arts & Cultural Village:
Mouna means Inner Silence in Sooriya’s native Tamil language. Mouna Farm Arts and Cultural Village is a place of learning and discovery of Mouna, or Inner Silence. We seek to find that inner silence which reveals the human heart of love for our selves and all others. May you know Mouna.
Pacific Gateway Center:
Help immigrants, refugees and low-income residents of Hawaii gain access to opportunities and services through the building of skills that lead to self-sufficiency while respecting the integrity of diverse cultural heritages
A charitable trust dedicated to promoting communication and cooperation amongst cultural organizations and communities in the Caribbean, Oceania, and Southeast Asia
University of Hawaii Small Business Clinic Offering FREE Legal Services for Small Business - Friday, April 12th, 2013, 1-4pm
The Entrepreneurship and Small Business Clinic of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law is offering FREE sessions up to 45 minutes each to small businesses to discuss their legal questions.
The sessions will be conducted by law students in the Clinic, under the supervision of Clinic instructor, Greg Kim, a licensed attorney who specializes in business law.
The Clinic students are trained to discuss basic questions relating to: choice of entity, formation and governance of limited liability companies and corporations, protection of names and trademarks, and other business law matters.
To schedule a free consultation, please contact our offices at (808) 851-7000 or (808) 851-7010.
Limited space available!
Aye Aye Maw offers tastes of her motherland at the Lemongrass Café, inside Pacific Century Center
by Nadine Kam - The Weekly Eater - Honolulu Star Advertiser - March 21, 2012
Last week's arrival of Eden Grinshpan, host of the Cooking Channel program "Eden Eats," provided a good excuse to return to Pacific Gateway Center's Lemongrass Café to see what's new. (More...)
Finding Your Way into the Food Business
6 Steps to to getting your food product to market
by Shara Enay - Hawaii Business - SmallBiz - December 2011
Just about everyone has a family recipe or talk-of-the-town potluck dish they think is ono enough to be a grocery-store bestseller.
These are our six steps to take your product from concept to consumer. (More...)
Andy's fashion journey at First Friday
by Nadine Kam - Fashion Tribe - Hawaii News - Staradvertiser.com
Posted: August 10, 2011
Pacific Gateway Center welcomed designer Andy South at one of the first of its monthly First Friday festivities, celebrating “Andy South’s Fashion Journey,” from his humble childhood to “Project Runway” success. (More...)
Lemon Grass Offers Food of Minorities
by Nadine Kam - Excerpts fom THE WEEKLY EATER
POSTED: Apr 29, 2009
In the online world, the wisdom "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime," is alternately credited to Jesus, Confucius and authors unknown. No matter who thought or said it first, I believe it holds up to this day, and so does the staff at Pacific Gateway Center. (More...)