Honolulu Names Park, Creates Statue in Honor of Sun Yat-sen

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The Honolulu City Council renamed a Chinatown park in honor of Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of modern China.

A local group also plans to erect a statue of the leader at the corner of Hotel and Bethel Streets.

Sun led the successful revolution against imperial China. He's revered today in both Beijing and Taipei.

He first came to Oahu in 1879 at age 13 to join an older brother and uncle. He graduated from Iolani School in 1882. Sun then attended Oahu College -- now known as Punahou School -- for one semester.

In 1894, he founded the Hsing Chung Hui, or Revive China Society, in Honolulu. It became a key financial force behind the revolution.