Friendly, delicious and uniquely Chinese are just a few ways our faithful customers have decried our dishes. A long-standing Hawaii institution, the Little Village concept was conceived way back in 1974 when owners Kenneth and Jennifer Chan first stepped foot on American soil. Arriving in Honolulu from China with only a suitcase and $100 to their name, the young married couple worked in the restaurant business and saved for nearly ten years in order to open a restaurant of their own. Their work paid off in 1984 when they opened their 30 seat “hole in the wall” in the University district. The restaurant served fresh dim sum daily and blended the major cooking styles of China (Northern, Hong Kong and Szechuan) into a new balanced taste. Chef Kenneth Chan developed a reputation for savory and distinctive sauces almost immediately, and the restaurant filled to capacity on a daily basis. In 1988 the restaurant moved across the street to a location five times the size of the original business and continued to earn praise and multiple awards for their stellar cuisine.