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Sun Yat-sen - His Hawaii Roots

The Suns link Hawaii with History

Since the middle of the 19th century, many migrant workers from Guangdong, China came to America to make a living. Though they came to work as laborers and farm hands, many who worked hard made good to own properties and businesses. Among them were the Sun brothers, who changed the course of world and made history. The elder brother Sun Mei (Ah Mi) came to Hawaii as a 17 year old farm hand but eventually became one of the richest ranchers in Maui. His brother Sun Yat-sen made use of Hawaii as a revolutionary base, went through 11 failed attempts to overthrow the Imperial Qing Dynasty and founded the first Republic in Asia.

The descendants of Sun Yat-sen and Sun Mei, two of the most well known migrants to early Hawaii, have organized a series of events with the Hawaiian community to commemorate and revisit these historical figures, and how they are and have inextricably linked Hawaii to world history.

A bronze statue of Sun Mei will be unveiled at the Sun Yat-sen Park in Keokea. In conjunction with the dedication of the statue, a Forum on “Sun Yat-sen, Sun Mei and Hawaii” will be held and over 150 photos of Dr. Sun Yat-sen and his family will make its first ever appearance in the United States at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Victor Sun, eldest great grandson of Sun Mei and his brothers as well as Leland Sun, eldest great grandson of Sun Yat-sen have organized the event with the help of friends in Maui. They have invited other Sun family members and friends, Maui government dignitaries, descendants of the Revolutionary heroes, overseas Chinese communities in Hawaii, representatives from Zhongshan City and Taiwan as well as the media to join in the celebration of this very special occasion.

The series of events will start on June 3rd . At 10:30 am, an unveiling ceremony for the statue of Sun Mei will be held at the Sun Yat-sen Park, located at the old Sun Mei Ranch site in Keokea. The 2.5 meter tall bronze statue is a gift by Victor Sun to the County of Maui. It is most appreciated that the Maui County Council had approved Sun Mei's statue to be placed along side that of his brother's.

We are grateful that the University of Hawaii Maui College will sponsor a forum entitled “Sun Yat-sen, Sun Mei and Hawaii” and the photo exhibition of Dr. Sun Yat-sen and his family.

Between 2:00-5:00pm of June 3rd, the forum will be held at the New Science Building of the University of Hawaii Maui College. The program shall include:

1. The Curator of the Sun Yat-sen Museum in Zhongshan and the Director of the Guangzhou Memorial Museum of Generalissimo Sun Yat-sen's Mansion will give brief introduction of their museums as well as presentation of the photo exhibits they donated.

2. Prof. Qiu Jie will deliver a speech on the topic of “The Revolution led by Sun Yat-sen and his role in Chinese History” which cites Sun Yat-sen's achievements and his life-long devotion to the salvation and betterment of China.

3. Mr. Robert Cupchoy, a local historian whose grandfather was a close friend of Sun Mei will speak about the history of Sun Mei.

4. Prof. Huang Xiangnong's speech topic will be “The Development of Sun Yat-sen's ideology from the East-West Culture” which will focus on the historical context of the first emergence of Sun Yat-sen's ideology, his education background and the importance of Sun Mei in the formation of his brother's political ideology.

5. Dr. Sharat G. Lin's speech entitled “Sun Yat-sen in the Historical Context of Revolutionary Mass Action” presents an academic view of Sun Yat-sen's role in the historical revolution.

6. Ms Chen Diqiu's topic of her speech on “Hawaiian Overseas Chinese and Sun Yat-sen's Revolution” will share some background view on the contribution to the revolution by the overseas Chinese in Hawaii.

 Two sets of photo exhibits will be displayed at the University of Hawaii Maui College Library June 3-14.

Exhibit 1: “Dr. Sun Yat-sen and the United States” photo exhibit is a gift from the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou and the Guangzhou Memorial Museum of Generalissimo Sun Yat-sen's Mansion.

Exhibit 2: “Sun Yat-sen's Relatives and Descendants” photo exhibit is a gift from the Sun Yat-sen Museum in Cuiheng, Zhongshan.

The same Forum will be held in Honolulu on June 5 at the State Capitol Building Auditorium from 3:00-5:00 pm. The photos Exhibits will be displayed at The State Capitol Building June 4-14. The Honolulu Forum will be sponsored by The Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hawaii Foundation and supported by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, the East West Center, Center for Chinese Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Confucius Institute at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

The Forums and the photo Exhibits are Free Admission and Open to Public.


Dr. Liping Liu, Director of China Programs, University of Hawaii Maui College
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Brian Moto, Special Assistant to the Chancellor, University of Hawaii Maui College
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Dr. Busaba Yip, Wo Hing Museum
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Victor Sun
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Leland Sun
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Exhibition of Rare Photographs of Dr. Sun Yat-sen

The Dr. Sun Yat-sen Hawai‘i Foundation
proudly presents the U.S. Premiere of an

Exhibition of Rare Photographs of Dr. Sun Yat-sen

together with a Public Forum

“Sun Yat-sen, Sun Mei and Hawai‘i (孙中山、孙眉与夏威夷)”


An exhibit of more than 100 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,“ is 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: Photo Exhibit: June 4–14
             Forum: 3:30–5:30pm, June 5, State Capitol Auditorium

Photo exhibits:
1. “Sun Yat-sen and the United States (孙中山与美国)” —a gi from the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou.
2. “Sun Yat-sen’s Relatives and Descendants (孙中山的亲属与后裔)” —a gi from Sun Yat-sen Museum in Cuiheng, Guangdong Province, Dr. Sun’s birth place.

The photo exhibit and forum are free admission and open to the public.

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


Upcoming Events

Photo Exhibit & Forum on “Dr. Sun Yat-sen and the United States

Two Locations:

MAUI - University of Hawaii College, Maui, Hawaii
Campus map

Photo Exhibit: June 3rd to 14th for one week at the Library
Forum: 2:00-5:00 pm, June 3rd, Lecture Hall in `Ike Le`a Building (New Science Building)

HONOLULU - State Capitol Building
Photo Exhibit: June 4th to 14th for two weeks
Forum: 3:30 - 5:30 pm, June 5th, State Capitol Auditorium

Details forth coming



Media Coverage

The 100th Anniversary of the Revolution of 1911

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Thank you letter from the Chinese Consulate



夏威夷檀香山报道- “辛亥革命百年首都北京巨变图片展”将在夏威夷举行。在这次展览中,很多介绍辛亥革命与中国发展的历史文化图片资料将首次亮相美国。此次展览将从9月23日开始,9月30日结束,每周一至周五早9点至晚5点向公众开放。地点在夏威夷州议会大厦底层。
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夏威夷檀香山报- 2011年是孙中山先生领导的促生了现代中国的辛亥革命100周年。为了纪念和感激夏威夷以及夏威夷民众对孙先生的积极影响,以及孙先生对夏威夷的贡献,檀香山议会最近通过了一项决议案,在夏威夷将2011年定为孙中山年。3月25日本周五,在孙中山纪念公园将举行庆祝活动。
庆祝活动由皇家夏威夷乐团的表演拉开序幕,活动的亮点有:Tulsi Gabbard Tamayo议员颁发荣誉证书给孙中山夏威夷基金会陆关祺会长和钟光明主席等主要负责人;檀香山Peter Carlisle市长到会致贺词等。来自伊奥拉尼学校的高一学生Ken-Ben Chao和来自普纳荷学校的高二学生Derek Lee也会发表关于孙中山影响力的演讲,这两位学生分别代表了孙先生在夏威夷期间所在的学校。出席庆祝活动的还有孙中山家人,普纳荷学校James Scott校长, 圣路易斯学校Walter Kirimitsu校长,以及华人社区机构的领导人等。同一期间,在世界其他各地也会举行诸多庆祝活动纪念革命100周年。
时间:2011 年3月25日周五
下午2点-3点半 (2点-2点半为音乐演奏)
孙中山夏威夷基金会的使命在于提高公众对于夏威夷及其民众对现代中国的缔造者国父孙中山一生历史角色的认识。基金会在1997年于夏威夷成立, 作为一非盈利组织,致力于研究、记录并展示孙先生和夏威夷民众以及其世界上其他机构的重要历史联系。

孙中山夏威夷基金会捐献孙中山雕像 立于孙中山纪念公园

Dr. Sun Yat-sen statue in Hawaii




- 孙中山夏威夷基金会



Sun Yat-sen Statue Benefactors
Warren and Carolyn Luke 陸關祺及陸程惠君
Chung Kun Ai Foundation / City Mill Co., Ltd. 鍾工宇基金會,實地美爐公司
Walter Chee Kwon Chun, Yen Chun and family 陳志昆,陳燕及家属
United Chinese Society of Hawaii 夏威夷中華總會館
Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii 夏威夷中華總商會
Hawaii National Bank 夏威夷國家銀行
Punahou School 普纳荷學校
Iolani School 伊奥拉尼學校
Lum Yip Kee, Limited 林業舉有限公司
Robert and Betty Wo 程康就及程朱桂新
Joanna Lau Sullivan 劉月初
Eddie and Peggy Eu 余經鎧及余馬碧潔
Rose Sun Tchang and Paul K. Tchang and Family 孫穗華,張家恭及家属
Suiying Sun Lin and Family 孫穗英及家属
Leigh-Wai and Linda Doo 杜利威先生及夫人
Jill and Sandy Friedman 郭敏尤
First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ltd. 夏威夷第一保險公司
First Hawaiian Bank 夏威夷第一銀行
Alan and Sylvia Ho 何浩濂及何梁小禾
Tai Yau Chung 程帝有
Freeman Foundation
Drs. S. Ghon Rhee and Rosita P.Chang 李相健博士及張平華博士
Sun Tse-Ping and Family & the Conara (USA) Inc. 孫治平及家属
Leland Sun and Family & the Kalaheo Inn 孫國雄及家属
Dr. Lawrence K.W. Tseu 鄒錦榮醫生
Bank of Hawaii 夏威夷銀行
Hawaii Teo Chew Associaiton 夏威夷潮州同鄉會
Association of Chinese From Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos 夏威夷越棉寮華人聯誼會
Daniel and Evelyn Lau - 劉寶檀及劉余美金


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