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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
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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



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The 100th Anniversary of the Revolution of 1911

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Thank you letter from the Chinese Consulate



Date: 9/8/2011

Grand Chinese Cultural Performance and Rare Photo Exhibit Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Xin Hai Revolution and Chinese Chamber of Commerce 100th Anniversary in Hawaii

The 100th Anniversary of the Revolution of 1911: Great Changes in the Capital – Beijing debuts September 23-30, at Hawaii State Capitol.

China Central National Performing Art Troupe performs September 24 th at Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Honolulu, Hawaii -- Hawaii will host the first-ever viewing in the United States of photographs of historical and cultural significance from China depicting the Xin Hai Revolution and the development of New China at a photo exhibition entitled “The 100th Anniversary of the Revolution of 1911: Great Changes in the Capital - Beijing.” The exhibition is free to the public and will run from September 23-30, (Monday – Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm) at the Hawaii State Capitol Chamber Level.

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夏威夷檀香山報- 2011年是孫中山先生領導的現代中國的辛亥革命100周年。爲了紀念和感激夏威夷以及夏威夷民衆對孫先生的積極影響,以及孫先生對夏威夷的貢獻,檀香山議會最近通過了一項決議案,在夏威夷將2011年定爲孫中山年。3月25日本周五,在孫中山紀念公園將舉行慶祝活動。

慶祝活動由皇家夏威夷樂團的表演拉開序幕,活動的亮點有:Tulsi Gabbard Tamayo議員頒發榮譽證書給孫中山夏威夷基金會陸關祺會長和鍾光明主席等主要負責人;檀香山Peter Carlisle市長到會致賀詞等。來自伊奧拉尼學校的高一學生Ken-Ben Chao和來自普納荷學校的高二學生Derek Lee也會發表關于孫中山影響力的演講,這兩位學生分別代表了孫先生在夏威夷期間所在的學校。出席慶祝活動的還有孫中山家人,普納荷學校James Scott校長, 聖路易斯學校Walter Kirimitsu校長,以及華人社區機構的領導人等。同一期間,在世界其他各地也會舉行諸多慶祝活動紀念革命100周年。

時間:2011 年3月25日周五

下午2點-3點半 (2點-2點半爲音樂演奏)




孫中山夏威夷基金會的使命在于提高公衆對于夏威夷及其民衆對現代中國的締造者國父孫中山一生歷史角色的認識。基金會在1997年于夏威夷成立, 作爲一非盈利組織,致力于研究、記錄並展示孫先生和夏威夷民衆以及其世界上其他機構的重要歷史聯系。







- 孫中山夏威夷基金會




銅像的 製造得益于以下捐贈人:

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,陳燕及家屬

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 普納荷學校

Iolani School 伊奧拉尼學校

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,張家恭及家屬

Suiying Sun Lin and Family 孫穗英及家屬

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. 孫治平及家屬

Leland Sun and Family & the Kalaheo Inn 孫國雄及家屬

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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October 24, 2007  (中文)

October 24, 2007 (english)

November 14, 2007


現代中國誕生于此 (Honolulu Advertiser)








芙蘭谛文律師是芙蘭谛文Francis W. Damon先生的後代,當年老谛文先生讓孫中山的追隨者在自己家後院進行軍事操練。孫中山傳記的作者之一林文光(和夫人)是林志的兒子,後者是孫中山最活躍的支持者。實地美盧City Mill總裁鍾光明




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