At once gritty, trendy, historic and contemporary, Honolulu’s Chinatown is where Hawaii’s artists, musicians, entrepreneurs and urban explorers often gather for entertainment and inspiration. For ages, however, it’s also been a marketplace for all manner of vice and home to Honolulu’s most destitute habitants. It’s against this wild urban backdrop that we meet Rats and Rico, two separate and distinct products of the same notorious neighborhood.

As with the second half of each episode of B-Side HNL, we travel to a distant city or country where enlivening sounds and uncommon stories abound. This time, through the works of several international filmmakers, we catch fetching glimpses of Amsterdam, another world-renowned destination steeped in history, culture and controversy.

Special thanks to Jeremy Snell, Yuki Ogura and Greg Solenstrom for allowing B-Side HNL to share their fascinating works with the world and a special mahalo to Rats for granting B-Side HNL a lively and revealing interview.

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Written by Shawn "Speedy" Lopes

I am a lifelong Honoluluan whose true calling is to tell the stories of others, whether through photos, film, video, audio or the written word. Here is a collection of my works – some previously published in periodicals like Billboard, the Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Honolulu Weekly, though most of what you read or view here has never been seen before.

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