LAHAINA - The Lahaina Restoration Foundation and Wo Hing Society will hold a public dedication and unveiling ceremony for a statue of Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat-sen from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wo Hing Museum in Lahaina.
The statue was recently installed in the front courtyard of the Wo Hing Museum, located at 858 Front St. Lily Sui-fong Sun, granddaughter of Sun Yat-sen and president of the Sun Yat-sen Foundation for Peace and Education, donated the statue to the Wo Hing Society. The Maui Chinese Cultural Society provided funds to cover shipping costs from China, and the Lahaina Restoration Foundation donated labor to install the statue.
Sun Yat-sen, known as the Father of Modern China, was a Chinese revolutionist and a western medical doctor who began his education in Hawaii. Between 1879 and 1910, he made six trips to Hawaii and spent more than seven years in the islands preparing for the 1911 Chinese revolution which led to the overthrow of China's Manchu Qing Dynasty. He was then elected as the first provisional president of the Republic of China.
This bronze bust statue of Sun Yat-sen, the first provisional president of the Republic of China, will be installed in the Wo Hing Museum courtyard on Saturday.
The dedication ceremony will include a blessing, keynote speech by Lily Sui-fong Sun, and an offering ceremony where the public can adorn the statue with flowers and lei. There will also be a film documenting the history of Sun Yat-sen, educational exhibits and entertainment. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, call Lahaina Restoration Foundation at 661-3262.