Every November, we honor the life and achievements of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, known as The Father of Modern China, during the annual Sun Yat-sen Festival. This year on Friday November 10, we’ll also pay tribute to the town’s Chinese heritage at the Wo Hing Museum and Cookhouse on Front Street.
Free admission is available all day, and you can watch a film tribute and view historical displays depicting the Sun family connection from Maui to China. Between 5 and 9 pm, try your hand at cultural art activities like calligraphy, knot tying and the Chinese folk art of paper cutting. Get treated to Chinese acupressure massage. Listen to traditional music performed on the bamboo flute and gu zheng harp while munching on crack seed snacks in the garden; purchase Chinese food by Only Ono BBQ. Maui Jade Traders will display their wares and sell jade. At 6:30 pm, Maui Academy of Performing Arts’ students will perform an excerpt from the Disney musical, Mulan Jr. Then at 7 pm, attend a presentation in the old Cookhouse on the significance of Dr. Sun’s work around the world with a slideshow on Lahaina’s Wo Hing Temple. There will also be presentations by Chinese families who lived on Front Street and operated businesses during the plantation era.
New this year: 4 events in 4 locations along Front Street to celebrate fond memories of West Maui’s plantation life! One big street festival within easy walking distance will feature different aspects of the plantation era. In addition to the Sun Yat-sen Chinese Heritage Festival at Wo Hing Museum, you can take part in the grand opening of the expanded Plantation Museum on the top level of The Wharf Cinema Center. Outdoors in Campbell Park, Lahaina’s Second Friday stage will include a slideshow of Plantation Life scenes and video screening of “Last Harvest” about the closure of Pioneer Mill Co. Located behind Baldwin Home Museum, The Village Galleries will feature the Jo Rockwell Collection – paintings of Maui’s Sugar Mills along with scenes by local artists who have documented plantation life on Maui.
The Sun Yat-sen Chinese Heritage Festival is part of four Chinese events presented by the Wo Hing Society and Lahaina Restoration Foundation to celebrate our community’s multi-ethnic culture. The festivals are sponsored by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and County of Maui Office of Economic Development. For more information, call the office at 808-661-3262 or email us.