FIRST PHOTO: Dozens of government officials and Chinese and Taiwanese family members of Sun Mei, the elder brother of Sun Yat-sen, the first president and father of the Republic of China, take part in an unveiling ceremony of an 8-foot-tall bronze statue of Sun Mei at Sun Yat-sen Park in Keokea. A Kula resident, Sun Mei was the owner of Kahului General Store and of 100 properties on Oahu and Maui. As Sun Yat-sen planned the revolution in China, Sun Mei sold his assets to support his brother financially. Today, he's being honored for the role he played in the revolution. "Working together, these two brothers changed the world, and we are proud that they did this from right here in Kula," said Mayor Alan Arakawa during Monday's ceremony. "We hope that Chinese visitors will come to Maui to ... learn more about the part our island played in their nation's history." Curators from the Sun Yat-sen Museum in Guangdong, China, took part in the event.
County of Maui / RYAN PIROS photo