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Sun Yat-sen - His Hawaii Roots

His Family in Hawai'i

Sun Mei, Dr. Sun's older brother, arrived in Hawai'i in 1871. He became a farmer, merchant, and rancher on Oahu and Maui islands and raised his family in Hawai'i. He arranged for Dr. Sun to join him.

 

Sun Family Photo

(Courtesy of Iolani School archives)

Group photo of the Sun Family on Maui that came to include Sun Mei's and Dr. Sun's mother and their families.

 

 Kula Ranchhouse

(Courtesy of Iolani School archives)

The large, rambling house built by Sun Mei at his prosperous ranch in Kula, Maui.

From Jinian Sun Zhongshan xiansheng.

 

Triplicate Certificates of Identity

(Courtesy National Archives - Pacific region) 

Triplicate copies of Certificates of Identity issued by the Territory of Hawaii on December 28, 1908, to Dr. Sun's family: Sun Loo Shee (wife of Hawaiian born American citizen), Sun Fo (son of Hawaiian born American citizen), and daughters Sun Yuen, and Sun On."

 

U.S. Immigration Admission of Sun's 3 Children

(Courtesy National Archives - Pacific region) 

Recommendation of the U.S. Immigration and Acting Chinese Inspector in Honolulu on July 15, 1912, to admit Sun Fo, Sun Yuen, and Sun On based on their Hawaiian Certificates of Identity."

 

Map of Oahu Island, pre-1848 Mahele

 

(Courtesy of University of Hawai`i, Hamilton Library) 

Map of O`ahu Island, pre-1848 Mahele

O`ahu before 1848 was divided into six districts (moku) containing 86 units (ahupua`a). Dr. Sun's uncle and his brother Sun Mei had merchant and rice farming interests in the Ewa district. Dr. Sun later claimed Waimano as his own birthplace.