Honolulu 1st stop of international relay celebrating Taiwan's 100th

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu is playing a big role in Taiwan's centennial celebration.

Aloha Tower was the site of a special torch-lighting ceremony Tuesday. Officials say the tower was where Dr. Sun Yat-sen arrived when he visited Hawaii in 1879.

Honolulu is the first stop of an international relay commemorating Taiwan's 100th anniversary.

"This torch lighting ceremony has very special meaning. The torch signify peace, freedom, democracy and human rights," Paul Wen-liang Chang, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu, said. "During the torch relay, all the people involved will know better about the history of the republic of China, as well as development achieved in Taiwan in the last six decades."

The torch will travel around the world from April 1st to October 8th, before being presented to Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou.

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