The Honolulu City Council and the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hawaii Foundation celebrates 2011 as the Year of Dr. Sun Yat-sen in Hawaii


Honolulu, Hawaii — 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s revolution leading to the birth of modern China. In recognition of the influence that Hawaii and its people had on Dr. Sun and his contributions to Hawaii, the Honolulu City Council recently adopted a resolution declaring 2011 the Year of Dr. Sun Yat-sen in Hawaii. A celebration ceremony will be held at Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park this Friday, March 25, 2011 at 2 p.m. to commemorate the anniversary.

Music performed by members of the Royal Hawaiian Band will prelude the ceremony. Highlights of the ceremony will include an Honorary Certificate presentation by Council member Tulsi Gabbard Tamayo to Warren K. K. Luke, Chairman and Steven Ai, President and other members of the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hawaii Foundation and a congratulatory message delivered by Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle. Iolani School sophomore Ken-Ben Chao and Punahou School junior, Derek Lee will give remarks on the influence of Dr. Sun; both students representing the two local institutions where Dr. Sun studied in Hawaii. In attendance will be members of Dr. Sun’s family, president of Punahou School, Dr. James Scott, the Honorable Walter Kirimitsu, president of St. Louis School and leaders of the Chinese and community organizations. Numerous activities are being held world-wide and in Hawaii to honor Dr. Sun.

TIME: 2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M. (music from 2p-230p)
LOCATION: DR. SUN YAT-SEN MEMORIAL PARK (formerly Gateway Park at corner of Bethel & Hotel Streets, adjacent to Hawaii Theater.)

According to Warren K.K. Luke, chairman of the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hawaii Foundation, Dr. Sun spent his formative years in Hawaii, attending both Iolani School and Punahou School, making a major impact on his understanding and appreciation for Western ideas and social action. “Dr. Sun formed his first revolutionary organization in Hawaii and he had many supporters from Hawaii who gave him major financial and moral support. Some of them sacrificed their lives for his cause.”

The mission of The Foundation is to raise the public's awareness of the important historical role Hawaii and its people played not only in the life of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the acknowledged Father and Founder of Modern China. The Foundation formed as a non-profit in 1997 in Hawaii and researches, chronicles, documents and exhibits the important historical links between Dr. Sun and Hawaii's people and institutions worldwide.