You are here
Ket (Kwock) Hing Society Hall
High above the highway off Cross Road, the Ket, or Kwock, Hing Society Hall sits on a level rise with a panoramic view of west Maui. The pronunciation of the organization's name depends upon which Cantonese dialect is spoken. Similar to other Chinese Tong houses, this society hall is a symmetrical, single-wall, two-story building with a public hall on the first floor and a members-only, more spiritual, second floor. This rural building is more modest than some of its counterparts, with the red and gold Chinese panels flanking the centered double-door entrance providing the only ornamentation. Its pent-roofed, balustraded lanai simply crosses the facade rather than wrapping around the sides.
At one point six Chinese Tong houses stood on Maui; today only this one and Lahaina's Wo Hing (MA31) remain. The Ket, or Kwock, Hing Society was founded with seventy-one members in 1900, and was one of the more politically active tongs in the Islands. In 1903 Dr. Sun Yat-Sen joined its membership, as he frequently visited his brother Sun Mi, who resided in Kula.
If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.
SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.