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New Member Welcome & a Film

Please come to 411 Hobron Ln. on Friday, September 28th at 6:00pm to welcome our new members and enjoy a romantic film from 1945, as well as a potluck supper. If you've been to one of these welcome parties, please bring a side dish to share. If you are new to our Society, please just come and enjoy yourselves! The Society will be BBQing a meat. There is no charge for this event but donations are appreciated.

Reservations are required. Please call Jeannie Ferrier at 593-0966 or email her at jeferrier@msn.com.

Directions to 411 Hobron Ln.: The building is in Waikiki. If you come either direction along Ala Moana Blvd., make a turn Mauka onto Hobron Ln. at the light at the Ilikai Hotel. 411 Hobron Ln. is on the corner of Hobron & Lipeepee St. Continue on Hobron Ln. Park in gravel lot behind the building (across from the Food Pantry). Tell security you are going to the event sponsored by Gregg Fraser, then proceed to the 5th floor party room.


SASH/FOSP Sunset Celtic Cruise on the Makani Catamaran

Saturday, August 11
Showtime: 5:00PM
Kewalo Basin Boat Harbor
1009 Ala Moana Blvd, Slip F-1 (Ala Moana & Ward)

$40 per person includes:

  • 2-hour sunset sail with spectacular views of Honolulu, Waikiki, & Diamond Head, & a beautiful Hawaiian sunset!
  • Island-Style Dinner with Hot & Cold Selections
  • 1 Complimentary Drink (Choice of Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic Beverages)

To RSVP, call Makani Catamaran (808) 591-9000, & tell them you are with the “Celtic Cruise” group.  See https://sailmakani.com for more info on The Makani Catamaran

We will raise the Celtic flags, have a bagpiper pipe us out of the slip, and play Celtic music during the cruise.

Casual Attire. Kilts welcome (but no regimental--it gets windy on this boat)
Parking: available at Kewalo Harbor for $1/hour, cash or credit card.
This event is open to the public--membership is not required. Feel free to share. Guests & all ages welcome!

For questions: registrar@standrewsocietyhawaii.org


Annual General Meeting

Saturday, June 23, 11:00am to 2:00pm, The Oahu Country Club

The program for June 23rd, titled "Who Lived in Scotland Before it Was Scotland?" will take us back 5,000 years to the Neolithic Age when our ancestors built amazing stone circles long before Stonehenge. It will make special reference to Orkney, the group of islands 7 miles north of Mainland Scotland, which has long been known for its rich archaeological heritage of Stone Age structures, such as the huge chambered tomb of Maesehowe and the cozy underground houses of Skara Brae. New scientific techniques have recently revealed an enormous multi-building temple complex on the scale of the Acropolis in Greece, but 2,500 years older and currently being excavated.

Lillian Cunningham, Brian Richardson, and Bruce McEwan are coordinating this program with help from others members and featuring some spectacular photography.

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The Stone of Destiny

Saturday, May 26th, 5:30 to 9:00            

St. Clement’s Parish Hall, 1515 Wilder St. Honolulu

The Stone of Destiny is a fictionalized version of a true story about the Stone of Scone, the ancient carved stone on which Scottish Kings were crowned for centuries.  In 1296, England's King Edward I removed the stone to Westminster Abbey where it became part of the Coronation Throne there. In 1950 a small group of nationalistic students from Edinburgh surreptitiously entered Westminster Abbey, removed the stone, and took it back to Scotland. It is this exploit that the movie recounts. Now there are two stones, one in England and one in Scotland. It is said that nobody now knows for sure which is the original and which is the copy. The Scots, of course, believe the stone in Scotland is the original.    

A potluck soup supper will be prepared by Jackie Phillips and Susan Anderson. Please bring a pupu, bread, salad or dessert to share.  After supper, the movie The Stone of Destiny will be shown.  There is no charge for this event, but please consider a donation to help defray costs of renting the room.  

Highland Games, April 6th to 8th, McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Park — April 7th and 8th
We need volunteers to help with the Caledonian Society booth both days.  Please let me know if you are interested in talking to people and helping us generate new membership, find a recipient for our Scottish Education Research Grant (SERG), discuss our events both current and past, and/or just talk story with event-goers.   The HSA also needs many volunteers to help with the Festival.  Check out the website at www.hawaiianscottishassociation.org to see all the opportunities available.

Tartan Day — April 6

Princess Ka`iulani Tribute — April 5
Royal Mausoleum of Hawaii at 5:30pm

Grand Scotch Whisky Tasting — March 30
The Willows Restaurant

Irish - Scottish Family Roots and Relics Genealogy Workshops — Tuesday, March 20, 2018

8:00 AM  5:00 PM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew
Queen Emma Square
Honolulu, HI, 96813

Join experts Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation  to learn how to get the most out of Irish resources and gain tips and tricks for breaking down brick walls.  The seminar will explore strategies for researching Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors.  The programme content covers the whole island of Ireland, not solely Ulster. Topics covered will include:
• Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish family history research
• Understanding Irish townlands: and administrative divisions
• Using land records: Griffith’s valuation, tithe and estate records
• Census substitutes and other important genealogical sources
• Records related to the different Churches in Ireland
• Using printed sources for Irish family history
• Q&A and solving brick walls

There is a cost of $40.00 per person which includes your lunch and the meet and greet. 

Further Information Contact:
Brenda Reichel, Chieftain,
Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii
E-mail: poilady@aol.com

More about the Ulster Historical Society at: https://www.ancestryireland.com
Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UlsterHistoricalFoundation or Twitter at https://twitter.com/UlsterHistory

Here’s the link to register on Square:

Here is the link to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/158726818107731/?ti=icl

St. Patrick's Day Parade — Saturday, March 17th
Want to walk in the Parade? Everyone welcome. It's only about a mile and starts at Fort DeRussy. Meet on Kalakaua Ave. by 11:00 A.M. Wear your tartan (and a bit of green to keep the Irish from pinching!). We'll join the Saint Andrew Society and show off our Society.

Whisky Galore, March 3rd, 2018
This fun movie was critically acclaimed in its original 1949 version and is also getting great reviews in this version.  It's based on the real-life story of the shipwreck of the SS Politician and the local Scottish islanders who raided the ship of its cargo of 24,000 cases of whisky.   Meet at the Hokua condominium at 1288 Ala Moana Blvd. at 7:00p.m.  We'll bring the popcorn, Scottish ale, and a non-alcoholic drink as well.   There is no charge for this film but donations are always welcome to help defray costs.  A calabash bowl will be available.  

Full Steam Ahead Excursion, Saturday, February 10thThumbnail of the reservation form

January 27th, 2018
Oahu Country Club
150 Country Club Rd., Honolulu

Because of the life and works of the Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns, Society members and guests will dress in their best Scottish wear for the annual Burns Night on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the Oahu Country Club for cocktails, dinner, and a program both traditional and innovative.

Cocktails and music begin at 5:00pm, the Call to Pipes is at 6:15pm

Click here to visit the registration page



Scottish Ship Building History 

Saturday, November 18, starting at 5:30 pm

We will have a fun Gratitude Potluck Dinner followed by a very special presentation on "Scottish Ship Building History."  This is the tradition that produced our favorite sailing ship, Falls of Clyde, which will be 139 years old in December. 

The event will be held in the parish hall of St. Clement's Church on the corner of Wilder and Makiki streets in Honolulu. 1515 Wilder Ave.

We are delighted to have as our speaker Dr. Hans Van Tilburg, who is Maritime Heritage Coordinator for the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration in the NOAA Office of Marine Sanctuaries, USA. Dr. Van Tilburg also teaches at UH Manoa where his students rate him as "an awesome teacher." Put this event on your calendar now.  It is sure to be entertaining and enlightening.

Reserve your place by calling Jeannie at 593-0966.  Cost for this evening is $5 per person and will include one “Tall Ship Cocktail" (adults only, 21 years of age and older) made by Chieftain McEwan.  You may then purchase another cocktail for $2.50 if desired. Non-alcholic drinks will be provided by the Society as well. Please bring a potluck dish to share with others.  If you’d like, please dress in costume of the period (nautical wear especially encouraged).  

Haunted Castles and Folktales 

Saturday, October 28th

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Hokua Condominium Ocean Terrace * 1288 Ala Moana Blvd. 

On Saturday, October 28th, come enjoy ghost stories & folklore from Scotland. Bring a potluck dessert or a savory snack to share with your fellow Caledonians while listening to haunting tales. The first tales of the evening will be told by some Society members who have already volunteered and prepared to do so. We expect that there will be time for other tales, so if you would like to bring a Scottish folk tale or ghost story to tell or read, please do so. 

Reservations are required so please call Jeannie at 593-0966. 

There is no charge but please feel free to add to the calabash bowl. 


Hawaii Celtic Fourth of July Picnic 2017

July 4th, Noon - 6pm
Bellows Pavilion B
This is a FREE event!

Co-sponsored by:

  • The Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii
  • The Friends of St. Patrick, &
  • The Caledonian Society of Hawaii.

Members of Celtic groups, dancers, musicians & their guests/family welcome! We'd like to thank you for your service to our Celtic community.
RSVP: SASHawaii@icloud.com

Non-Military (without Military/DoD Identification Card): For those age 16 & older, we must have your RSVP, NO LATER THAN JUNE 26th. Please include NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, CONTACT PHONE NUMBER, and EMAIL ADDRESS of all attendees. We need this information so Bellows can do the background check and we can get you Base passes.

Active/Retired Military (with Military/DoD Identification Card): We don't need your date of birth, but we need your RSVP NO LATER THAN JUNE 26th so we can give Bellows a good headcount as part of the Pavilion Rental rules.

Celtic Organizations will provide: hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, cheese, onions, lettuce, pickles, sodas, ice, charcoal, and paper supplies/cups
What We Need You to Bring:

  • Potluck side dish or dessert to share
  • Alcohol is okay -- NO GLASS BOTTLES
  • Swimsuits, towels, water toys, and sunblock
  • All vehicles must have current drivers license, proof of insurance, proof of inspection, and current vehicle registration.

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The Falls of Clyde paintingAn Invitation to the Annual General Meeting

Saturday, June 24th
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm
Oahu Country Club
150 Country Club Rd.

$27.00 Members - $32.00 Non-Members

Reservations required by June 16th

Click here for more details and to register.


Caledonian Society May Meeting

Topic: DNA Genealogy Basics
Sunday, May 7, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden in Kaneohe

Festival & Highland Games - Hawaiian Scottish Association

McCoy Pavilion—Ala Moana Beach Park

Kick-off celebration at the Pavilion - 10th Annual Ceilidh
Friday, April 7th 5:00 to 9:00.
Tickets at the door: $3 each or $5 including one free drink
No reservations needed

Saturday, April 8th 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Clans, Scottish entertainment, Athletic competition, highland dancing, and much more
EXTRA! Entertainment & fun from 6:00 to 9:00pm

Sunday, April 9th 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Clans, Scottish entertainment, Athletic competition, highland dancing, and much more

Check out the website at www.hawaiianscottishassociation.org

To volunteer at the Caledonian Society booth, please email me (Susan) at: susanmack1@mac.com

8th Annual Grand Scotch Tour

Friday, March 31st 5:30 to 8:30pm
Willows Restaurant: 901 Hausten St.
Tickets are $85 (pre-sale) & $95 (at the door)
For Reservations call the restaurant at:

Soup Supper

Friday, March 3, 2017, starting at 5:30 pm

At the Ocean Terrace at Hokua Condo. Bruce and Jackie will each make a pot of soup. Attendees are asked to bring potluck pupu, bread or dessert. A program will be given by Hardy Spoehr about "The Great HIghland Bagpipes in Hawaii," the subject he treats in his book. He will have visuals. It should be fun—because it's Hardy!

Contact Lillian at 538-7707 or lillianc@hawaii.edu

Burns Night

January 28, 2017
Oahu Country Club
150 Country Club Rd., Honolulu

Because of the life and works of the Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns, Society members and guests will dress in their best Scottish wear for the annual Burns Night on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at the Oahu Country Club for cocktails, dinner, and a program both traditional and innovative. Please note the date, which has been changed from the date announced earlier.

Download the Reservation Form (PDF)



Pre-Hogmanay Ceilidh

Friday, December 30, 2016
Penthouse Party Room
1001 Wilder Avenue
4:30pm- 9:00pm

Please phone Jeannie Ferrier at 593-0966 by Wednesday, December 28th, to reserve for the party.

Scottish Traditional Holiday Dishes

November 5, 2016, 5:00-9:00pm
Calvary Episcopal Church - note the change in location

Price: $10 Members; $15 Non-Members

Mail check to PO Box 4164, Honolulu, HI 96812-4164

Contact Lillian at 538-7707 or lillianc@hawaii.edu

Special Talk on Brexit by Arlene-Holmes Henderson, Thursday, October 20th, 7:00pm

Arlene is the Scottish woman who spent six months on Oahu in 2013-2014 studying how the Hawaiian language has been growing in Hawaii. She works with the Scottish government with their efforts to grow the Gaelic throughout Scotland. You might remember that in 2015 she was one of our judges for the Hawaiian Scottish food contest held at St. Clement's Church. She has offered to talk to us about the political situation in Scotland after the Brexit vote earlier this year to leave the European Union.

This event will be at Hokua, 1288 Ala Moana Blvd., in the Ocean Terrace Room. Please email Susan at susanmack1@mac.com, or call 591-9398, to make a reservation.

Space is limited and names will be required at the lobby desk. There is no charge for this event.

Hawai`i Public Radio Oct. 13th 12:00 to 3:00pm

Can you help HPR with their pledge drive? Join other Caledonian members to man the phones at the HPR station located at 738 Kaheka St. To volunteer, please call Chieftain McEwan at 538-7707 or email him at brucemcewan@hawaiiantel.net .

Whisky Galore with Whisky Tasting

Saturday, October 1, 2016 (Changed from September 24th)
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
Cost: $10 for Caledonian Members, $20 for non-members

St. Clement's Episcopal Church
1515 Wilder Ave. Honolulu

A whisky tasting will take place with Chieftain McEwan leading us in tasting selections from various Scottish regions. Popcorn, snacks & non-alcoholic beverages will also be provided. (Please have your dinner meal, if wished, before coming)

For more information, contact Jeannie Ferrier at jeferrier@msn.com or Lillian Cunningham at lillianc@hawaii.edu

Reservations and payments are required


China through the Lens of John Thomson, 1868-1872 (June 5, 2016 - September 11, 2016)

Legendary Scottish photographer and travel writer John Thomson (1837-1921) set off to Hong Kong in 1868, and in the following four years he undertook several major journeys photographing regions of China from the Pearl River, the Min River to the Yangtze River and from Fuzhou, Shanghai to Beijing.

More information is available here.


Great Scots & Potluck dinner

Burns Night - Singing Burns


Newsletters: January-February • March-AprilMay-June • July-August • November-December

Pre-Hogmanay Ceilidh - Saturday, December 27, 2015

40th Anniversay Gala

Burns Night - Rabbie, Tam and Cutty Sark

Fourth of July Picnic

Annual General Meeting

Clan Night

The Hawaiian Scottish Festival & Highland Games

Hawaiian and Gaelic - presentation by Arlene  Holmes  Henderson

Robert Louis Stevenson Day - Birthday of the Scottish writer who visited Hawaii in the 1880s.

St. Patrick's Day Parade


Newsletters: January-February • March-AprilMay-June • June (special) October-NovemberDecember

An Independent Scotland?

SERG winner - Colleen Patton

Book and movie

Burns Night - The Lassies Remember Robbie Burns


GREAT SCOT!  David Douglas:  History & Mystery in Hawaii

New member picnic

Scottish pub food

Recipe contest - also read the compilation


Newsletters: FebruaryApril-May-JuneJune (special)July-AugustOctober-NovemberDecember

Annual General Meeting

Burns Night

Catamaran ride

Geneology program

An Evening Breakfast - cooking demonstration

Honoring St. Andrew

Movie in May in Manoa

New member welcome

Open House


Newsletters: February-MarchApril-MayJune-JulyAugust-SeptemberOctober-NovemberDecember

Burns Night

Festival Photos

Annual General Meeting

Family Day Picnic

"AN AUTUMN EVENING" - Scottish folk tales and ghost stories

On Scottish Soil - a presentation by SERG winner Billy O'Brien

Princess Ka'iulani: The Movie and the History

Scotland's Cat : "Last of the Scottish Wildcats" - viewing

SERG winner, Billy O'Brien - working on organic farms


Newsletters: February-MarchApril-MayJune-JulyAugust-SeptemberOctober-November

Burns Night Dinner 2011

Annual General Meeting

Fare from Hame

Book Club - The Hills is Lonely

The Songs and Music of Scotland Featuring:   Isla St. Clair

SERG musical presentation


Newsletters: January-FebruaryApril-MayAugust-SeptemberOctoberDecember

Burns Night Dinner

Burns Night, 250th Birthday Anniversary Celebration - Collection 1 - Collection 2 - Collection 3

Annual General Meeting

Book Discussion & High Tea - Discussing Alexander McCall Smith

Harry Lauder Soup Supper

Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States


Newsletters: January-FebruaryMarch-AprilJune-JulySeptember-OctoberNovember-December

Burns Worldwide Toast (Local)

New Member Meeting

Princess Ka'iulani Memorial

Annual General Meeting

Edinburgh Adventures: Summer 09

New Members

The Soup, the Captain, and the Ceilidh


Newsletters: January-FebruaryAugust-SeptemberOctober-November

2008 Burns Night Dinner

Orkney Afternoon with the Rev. Fiona Lillie

Soup Supper and Whisky Tasting


Newsletters: March, June

Burns night flyer



If any member has photos of past events and would care to share them (either as a link or .jpg files) with the society please let the Webmaster know.


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