Sun Yat-Sen Park in Keokea a Maui Treasure
A drive along the King Kula Highway on the island of Maui offered up a surprising bit of Chinese history, the Sun Yat-Sen Park. Set back a little off the road, the park is located 2400 feet so the view is spectacular. The park includes a statue of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen who served as the first provisional president when the Republic of China was founded in 1912. Information I have since read said that Sun Yat-Sen’s brother lived nearby in what was once a small Chinese community and the Dr visited the island many times. The park has a bronze statue of Yat-Sen along with a few other memorial statues and art.
While there were statues, Foo dogs and flowers, my favorite part of this stop was the leaves with writing scratched into the surface like the one in the picture above that states, “God is here.”
While perhaps this is not meant to represent a meeting with the Christian God, I took it as a message that our God is everywhere whether on the island or the mainland.