By Ian Scheuring
MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) – Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa was among a group of officials who welcomed a delegation from the Republic of China in Taiwan to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Modern Chinese Revolution and the work of Dr. Sun Yat-sen.
Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission Minister Wu Ying-yih, along with members of his party and descendants of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, joined the mayor for a ceremony Monday in Keokea that included the dedication of a bronze statue of Sun Yat-sen, two granite stone lions and a granite stone Chinese gate. The Sun Yat-sen Foundation for Peace and Education donated all of the pieces, which will be displayed at Sun Yat-sen Park in Keokea.
Dr. Sun Yat-sen, also known as the Father of the Modern China, helped organize the overthrow of the Qing imperial government and was the first provisional president when the Republic of China was founded in 1912. During his youth he went to school in Honolulu, and later lived in exile with his brother Sun Mei in Kula.
On Monday, Mayor Arakawa applauded Maui residents for supporting Dr. Sun Yat-sen and the Chinese during the revolution.
"It was the Chinese community here on Maui that rallied behind Dr. Sun Yat-sen," said Mayor Arakawa. "His brother Sun Mei, a Keokea resident, was one of the wealthiest Chinese in Hawaii and he poured his entire fortune into his brother's work. We are all proud of the role that Maui played in modern Chinese history in becoming a democratic society and world power."