Celebration at museum to honor Dr. Sun Yat-sen

A celebration honoring Dr. Sun Yat-sen and his many accomplishments will be held at the Wo Hing Museum, 858 Front St., from Tuesday through Nov. 14. The grounds and museum are open from 10 to 4 p.m., with activities starting at 11 a.m. Admission to the event and to the museum is free.

With a myriad of red lanterns hanging overhead, the museum grounds will be transformed with educational panels depicting Sun’s life, his principles and his leadership role in the 1911 Chinese revolution. These panels were produced by the Sun Yat-sen Museum in Guangzhou, China, and donated to the Wo Hing Museum by the China Program at the University of Hawaii Maui College.

Daily activities include a presentation on Sun and his connection to Maui by Busaba Yip from 11 a.m. to noon. This presentation will be held in the cookhouse on the grounds of the Wo Hing Museum and will include Yip’s extensive research, old photos and other artifacts. A live performance on the Chinese stringed instrument erhu will be performed daily from 1 to 3 p.m. To close the event each day, the film “Finding Sun Yat-sen” will be shown in the cookhouse mini theater at 3 p.m., with a discussion to follow.

Attendees may partake of freshly made Chinese long-life noodles, sesame balls with sweet potato and steamed pot stickers starting at 11 a.m. on all three days of the event. Additionally, frozen dragon fruit smoothies from the Launiupoko Dragon Fruit Farm will be available daily from 1 to 3 p.m.

Other activities will include calligraphy demonstrations from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 13 with the Rev. Gensho Hara; Chinese knot-tying from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 13 with Brenda Wong; and a Taoist martial arts demonstration from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 14 by Cory Williams.

Photos of old and new China by Ron Muromoto will be on display and for sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 13.

The Lahaina Restoration Foundation hosts four annual Chinese festivals at the Wo Hing Museum that are supported by the County of Maui Office of Economic Development, the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the Wo Hing Society.

For further information about the celebration, call the museum at 661-5553 or visit www.lahainarestoration.org.