We’ll be paying tribute to Dr. Sun Yat-sen, Father of Modern China, in our annual festival on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14. The celebration will take place at Wo Hing Museum, 858 Front Street in Lahaina, between 10 am and 7 pm. Admission is free.
Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925) was raised and educated in Hawai‘i. After returning to China as a young man, he made six trips to Maui, spending seven years gaining local support for the 1911 Chinese revolution that ultimately led to the overthrow of China’s Manchu Qing Dynasty. His older brother, Sun Mei, was a prosperous rancher who lived in Keokea on Maui and was considered a silent hero behind the revolution. Dr. Sun served as the first provisional president of the Republic of China (1911-12).
During this two-day festival, you can learn about the life of Dr. Sun Yat-sen and his connection to Maui in an educational exhibit and during presentations by Dr. Busaba Yip, Cultural Director for Wo Hing Museum. There will also be a film tribute to Sun Yat-sen each day at 3 pm in the Cookhouse.
Cultural activities include Chinese calligraphy on Buddha boards for kids from 4 to 6 pm each day; a Chinese calligraphy demonstration with Reverend Hara on Friday from 3 to 5 pm, and Chinese knot tying with Brenda Wong on Saturday from 3 to 6 pm.
Between 5 and 7 pm both days, Chinese tea will be served in the garden to the accompaniment of bamboo flute music and an erhu string instrument performance by Hong Zhou. From 6 to 7 pm, watch traditional Cantonese cooking demonstrations by Chef Bobby Santos along with demonstrations of the disciplines of tai chi by Cory Williams and qi gong by Kapena Sayles. Manapua will be available for sale on Saturday between 5 and 7 pm.
Sun Yat-sen Festival is supported by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the County of Maui Office of Economic Development and Wo Hing Society. Wo Hing Museum will be open from 10 am to 7 pm both days. For a schedule of activities, call the museum at 808-661-5553 or email us.