Dedication & Unveiling Ceremony of a Statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen
The Lahaina Restoration Foundation and Wo Hing Society invite the public to the dedication & unveiling ceremony of a statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen on Saturday, August 25 from 10:30 - 12:30 pm. The statue was recently installed in the front courtyard of the Wo Hing Museum, located at 858 Front Street, Lahaina.
Dr. Lily Sui-fong Sun, granddaughter of Dr. Sun Yat-sen and President of The Sun Yat-sen Foundation for Peace and Education, donated the statue to the Wo Hing Society. The Maui Chinese Cultural Society provided funds to cover shipping costs from the People's Repulbic of China and Lahaina Restoration Foundation donated labor to install the statue. The monument will enhance the historical, cultural, and educational value of the Wo Hing Museum while honoring Maui’s Chinese community whose significant support contributed to Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s success in the Chinese revolution.
Dr. Sun Yat-sen, known as the Father of Modern China, was a Chinese revolutionist and a western medical doctor who began his education in Hawaii. From 1879 to 1910 he made six trips to Hawaii and spent more than seven years in the islands preparing for the 1911 Chinese revolution which led to the overthrow of China’s Manchu Qing Dynasty. Dr. Sun was then elected as the first provisional president of the Republic of China. His brother Sun Mei, a silent hero behind the revolution, operated a large cattle ranch in Kamaole, Maui and he, as well as many Chinese on Maui, provided crucial financial support for the revolution.
The Wo Hing Society in Lahaina, established in the early 1900s, was a center for the Chinese community of West Maui. Since 1984, The Lahaina Restoration Foundation has had a long-term agreement with the Wo Hing Society to restore the buildings and operate the Wo Hing Temple as a museum.
The dedication ceremony will include a blessing, key note speech by Dr. Lily Sui- fong Sun, and an offering ceremony where the public can adorn the statue with flowers and leis. A film documenting the history of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, educational exhibits, and entertainment will be featured. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, please contact the Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s office at 661-3262.
Date: Saturday, August 25th, 2012
Time: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Categories: Cultural / Ethnic
Wo Hing Museum
Lahaina, HI USA 96761
Island Area: West Maui
Contact: Lahaina Restoration Foundation