Lahaina - "cruel sun" - is a whaling port turned tourist town in West Maui. Nestled in the north side is the Wo Hing Museum. The Chinese symbols wo hing refer to "peace, harmony, and prosperity."
From the Lahaina Restoration Website (at this link),
In 1909 the Chinese living in Lahaina formed the Wo Hing Society, a branch of the Chee Kung Tong, a fraternal society with chapters throughout the world. In 1912, using private donations, the society built a two-story temple on Front Street. The building served as a fraternal and social meeting hall.
Upon entering, one is greeted by a ceremonial lion – the “Dancing Lion of Taipei” – a traditional symbol of good luck.
It housed a sacred altar room on the second floor for religious ceremonies.
Here are gifts for their religious ceremonies ....
... including fruit, candy, and coins!
We found a dragon for a New Year's parade!
The kitchen outside demonstrated how the immigrants cooked ...
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Kim in Hawaii
Also from the Lahaina Restoration website,
Dr. Sun Yat-sen, known as the Father of Modern China, was a Chinese revolutionist and a western medical doctor who began his education in Hawaii. From 1879 to 1910 he made six trips to Hawaii and spent more than seven years in the islands preparing for the 1911 Chinese revolution which led to the overthrow of China’s Manchu Qing Dynasty. Dr. Sun was then elected as the first provisional president of the Republic of China. His brother Sun Mei, a silent hero behind the revolution, operated a large cattle ranch in Kamaole, Maui and he, as well as many Chinese on Maui, provided crucial financial support for the revolution.