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Sun Yat-sen - His Hawaii Roots

Sun Yat-sen Chinese Heritage Festival In Lahaina

November 10, 2017

Lahaina honors the life and achievements of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, known as The Father of Modern China, and the town's Chinese heritage during this annual festival at Wo Hing Museum and Cookhouse on Front Street. Enjoy a film tribute and historical displays depicting the Sun family connection from Maui to China (available all day). Try Chinese martial arts on the lawn, or cultural art activities like calligraphy, knot tying and paper cutting. Attend a presentation in the old Cookhouse on the significance of Dr. Sun's work and Lahaina's Chinese roots. Listen to traditional music performed on the bamboo flute and gu zheng harp and sample Chinese teas in the garden. Watch a slideshow of Plantation era images on a large screen. FREE admission.



An Afternoon with Sun Yat-sen and Overseas Chinese

An Afternoon with Sun Yat-sen and Overseas Chinese

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm 
Venue: Hilton Hawaiian Village Tapa Ballroom I 
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815


Come celebrate the 150th anniversary of birth of the founding father of modern China and son of Hawaii Sun Yat-sen, and pay tribute to the overseas Chinese for their indelible contributions to the Chinese revolution. 敬邀您共同慶祝偉大的中國革命先行者孫中山先生誕辰150週年,並致敬為中國革命和現代化事業做出傑出貢獻的海外華僑華人。


Lectures on Sun Yat-sen with Musical Performance

Date: Friday, November 11, 2016     
Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm  
Venue: See Dai Doo Society  
1300 Pali Highway, Suite 300
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813


Come celebrate the 150th anniversary of birth of the founding father of modern China and son of Hawaii Sun Yat-sen, and pay tribute to the overseas Chinese for their indelible contributions to the Chinese revolution. 敬邀您共同慶祝偉大的中國革命先行者孫中山先生誕辰150週年,並致敬為中國革命和現代化事業做出傑出貢獻的海外華僑華人。


Hawaii marks Sun Yat-sen's 150th anniversary

As appeared in China Daily US Edition July 15, 2016

Click here to read the original article in China Daily

Chinese across the world will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Dr Sun Yat-sen on Nov 12. In Hawaii, where Sun received his teenage education and huge support for his revolution, it is even a more sentimental occasion.

Sun first came to Hawaii in 1878 as a 13-year-old boy. He went to Hawaii six times for long and short stays and later became the first president of China's first republic by overthrowing the decadent Qing Dynasty in 1911.

The Punahou School, known as Oahu College at the time, was the one Sun enrolled in for the winter and spring semesters of 1883. Its Old School House is still being used as classroom today. US President Barack Obama also graduated from the school in 1979.

The Iolani School was where Sun enrolled as a boarding student from 1879 to 1882. But the campus at that time was on Bates Street and Nuuanu Street, rather than the current location on Kamoku Street.




2016年8月6日(星期六),8:30 – 15:00






8:30-9:00  报到

9:00-9:45  开幕式及欢迎辞









9:45-10:00  集体合影

10:00-12:00 分论坛(一)海外对孙中山革命事业的支持


(主持人:Shana Brown,夏威夷大学历史学副教授)

12:00-13:00  午餐

13:00-14:45  分论坛(二)孙中山“三民主义”在当代中国的适用性


(主持人:Shana Brown,夏威夷大学历史学副教授)

14:45-15:00  闭幕式










The Places of Sun Yat-sen

Thursday May 26, 7:00-9:00pm
Keoni Auditorium, East-West CenterUniversity of Hawai'i at Manoa

"Singapore's Sun Yat-sen in Perspective"

According to the conceptual framing by the organizers of this Eleventh East-West Philosophers' Conference, humanity takes up space and has the unique disposition and power to purposefully and qualitatively transform spaces into places with distinctive significance. Sun Yat-sen, being one of the "great men" in the history of humanity who had played a key role in the Republican Revolution of China during the second decade of the twentieth century, had certainly also left his indelible mark on the Chinese continental space inhabited by a quarter of mankind. In his long and arduous journey to foment revolution and bring about an end to the Chinese monarchical system, he had built bases and mobilized revolutionary acquaintances in several locations, including Hawaii, Japan and Singapore. This presentation examines the place-making effects of Sun in Singapore from three perspectives. First is the placing of Sun into a refurbished Memorial Hall in Singapore. Second is the tracking of Sun in the changing historiography on the Overseas Chinese community. Last is locating Sun in moments of Chinese diasporic transnationalism and modernity.


Exhibition of Photographs of Dr. Sun Yat-sen

The Museum of Dr Sun Yat-sen China, Presents 
"Exhibition of Photographs of Dr. Sun Yat-sen and the Hawaii Chinese"
September 1-11, 2015

Opening Ceremony on September 1, 2015, 3:30pm
University of Hawaii Kapiolani Community College (KCC) Lama Library
Open to the Public

For press coverage in Chinese please click here

Click here to download PDF flyer 


National Memories Exhibit

US-China Collaboration during WWII

The Sun Yat-sen Hawaii Foundation is proud to be a partner of the National Memories Exhibit, featuring photos and stories celebrating the legendary friendship and cooperation between the U.S. and China during WWII.

The National Memories exhibit will display over 100 valuable historical photos selected form the National Archives and dissiers in China. The exhibit will also preset images of soliders, medics, and civilians - the many unsung heroes from both countries who were united in a valian cause.

For more information please click here to view and download the event PDF.


Exhibition of Rare Photographs of Dr. Sun Yat-sen

together with a Public Forum

"Sun Yat-sen, Sun Mei and Hawai‘i

Photo Exhibit: June 4–14, 2013 State Capitol Building (basement)

Forum: June 5, 2013, 3:30–5:30 pm, State Capitol Auditorium

Free admission and open to the public.

Click here to download program and exhibit details

Click here to visit Photo Gallery of event

Supporting sponsors are:

• Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i
• East-West Center
• Center for Chinese Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
• Confucius Institute at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Public Forum, June 5, 2013

“Sun Yat-sen, Sun Mei and Hawai‘i


Emcee: Yen Chun, Vice President of The Dr. Sun Yat-senHawai‘i Foundation, and Chairperson, Photo Exhibit andForum Committee

3:30 pm Introduction of guests: Yen Chun

3:40 Welcome remarks: Warren Luke, Chairman of the Board,The Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hawai‘i Foundation

3:45 Proclamation: The Honorable Neil Abercrombie, Governor,State of Hawai‘i

3:50 Photo Exhibit ribbon cutting ceremony

4:15 Presentations

Prof. Qiu Jie, Dean of the History Department, Zhongshan University, “The Revolution Led by Sun Yat-sen and His Role in Chinese History”

Prof. Huang Xiangnong, Vice Chancellor, Private Hualian University of Guangzhou, “The Ideology of Sun Yat-sen: Blendingof the East and West”

Dr. Sharat G. Lin, President, San Jose Peace and Justice Center, “Sun Yat-sen and Sun Mei in the Historical Context of Revolutionary Mass Action”

Madam Chen Diqiu, Executive Director, Sun Yat-sen Research Society, Zhongshan City, “The Influence of Overseas Chinese inHawai‘i on the Revolution Led by Sun Yat-sen”

Moderator: Victor Sun, Great-grandson of Sun Mei

Interpreters: Prof. Qikeng Li , Director, and Yunyun Zha, Confucius Institute of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

5:30 VIPs and audience are invited to view the photo exhibits

June 4–14, 2013

Exhibition of Rare Photographs of Dr. Sun Yat-sen

An exhibit of more than a hundred rare photographs of Dr. Sun Yat-sen,known as the Father of Modern China, will make its first ever appearance in the United States at an exhibit to be held in Honolulu during the month of June.

During his lifetime, Dr. Sun spent more than seven years in Hawai‘i; he has been quoted as having said, “This is my Hawai‘i . . . here I was brought up and educated, and it was here that I came to know what modern, civilized governments are like and what they mean.”

Dr. Sun formed his first revolutionary society, Xin Zhong Hui, in Hawai‘i, and people in Hawai‘i gave major financial and moral support for the cause of a modern and democratic China. Dr. Sun’s older brother, Sun Mei, paid for Sun Yat-sen’s education at Iolani School and Oahu College (now Punahou School). He was a member of Dr. Sun’s revolutionary society and gave all of his wealth to the point of bankruptcy to support his brother for the cause.

Location: State Capitol Building (basement)

Dates: June 4–14, 2013

Photo exhibits:

1. “Sun Yat-sen and the United States (孙中山与美国)”—a gift from the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou and Guangzhou Memorial Museum of Generalissmo Sun Yat-sen’s Mansion

2. “Sun Yat-sen’s Relatives and Descendants (孙中山的亲属与后裔)”—a gift from Sun Yat-sen Museum in Cuiheng, Guangdong Province,Dr. Sun’s birth place


Sun Fo St. Louis College graduation photograph.


The school's third campus (1882) was located in close proximity to Honolulu's Chinatown, in an era when St. Louis College emerged as a private school of choice for first-generation immigrants in the vicinity intent on bettering the lives of their children. A large portion of these families had roots in the Guangzhou region of southern China. By the early 20th century, this sector of enrollment had grown so substantially that the school established a Chinese Student Alliance as well as Chinese Literary Association (CLIA) in providing social and academic support for these eager young men who eventually distinguished themselves as high achievers.

(Left) Sun Fo carries the class pennant in this 1911. St. Louis College graduation photograph.

In 1906, Sun Fo, the 15-year-old son of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, entered the College as a boarding student from Maui. Born in Choy Hung village in Zhongshan, this child from Dr. Sun's first wife accelerated in his studies, from day one, starting at Second Grammar Class, moving on to High Class, and graduating at the highest level—College Preparatory—on June 17, 1911.

He later earned degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University, and on reestablishing himself in China, rose to Premier of the Executive Yuan in 1932, eventually helping to frame the 1947 Chinese Constitution. His later career included Senior Advisor to President Chiang Kai-shek, and President of the Examination Yuan. Saint Louis proudly upholds such exemplars of global leadership, as bearers of the Marianist mission.



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