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Sun Yet Sen Park
by Kudbegud

A little known park on Maui, located upcountry near Kokea. A plaque tells why the park is there.

"A Bronze statue of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, known as the father of the Republic of China. Dr. Sun was born on November 12, 1866 at Ts'uiheng Village, Chungshan District, Kwangtung Province, China. When he was 13 years old, young Dr. Sun left China for Hawaii and enrolled at Iolani School in Honolulu. He entered school without knowing a word of English, but graduatedthree years later in 1882 with an award for English grammar. King David Kalakaua, the reigning monarch then, presented this esteemed student with his prize. Dr. Sun came to Hawaii partly because his older brother, Sun Mei, was well established as a farmer, a merchant, and as a cattle rancher on Maui.
After high school, Dr. Sun left Hawaii to study medicine in Hong Kong. In 1892 he graduated as a physician at the top of his class. Two years later he returned secretly to Hawaii to organize the Hsing Chung Hui, the purpose of which was to overthrow the Manchu regime which ruled China, to restore China to the Chinese people, and to establish a democratic government. While in Hawaii, Dr. Sun enlisted the support of brother Sun Mei and many local Chinese to help in his cause. By 1910 Dr. Sun had made six visits to Hawaii, and the revolution to overthrow the Manchu government had gained momentum.
On October `10, 191, the victory at Wuchang China established the Republic of China, and Dr. Sun was elected its first president in 1912. Dr. Sun Yat Sen died on March 12, 1925 in Peking and is buried in the Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum, Nanking China.
This statue was donated to the Maui Hua 200 and the people of Maui by the people of the Republic of China, in commemoration of the 200 years of the Chinese people in Hawaii, November 1989."

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