Fong Inn (Yuen Kwock) was born in Chung Shan District, Kwantung Province, China in 1873. He came to Hawaii in 1898 and started a Chinese import company (that was devastated in the 1900 Chinatown fire.) Fong Inn and his son, Henry, visited the Orient often. In 1915, they brought back fine silk, Chinese antiques, pieces of art and jewelry.
Father and son became close friends with many kamaʻaina families and worked closely to supply the Honolulu Art Academy with Asian treasures and helped to acquire the famous scroll, The Hundred Geese, attributed to painter Ma Fen. While Fong Inn became one of Honolulu’s leading art importers, especially Chinese antiques … they were also Honolulu’s largest koa furniture manufacturer.