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Upcoming Events

  • Soup Supper with a Film, Saturday, May 26th, location to be determined
  • Annual General Meeting, Saturday, June 23rd
  • Burns Night, 2019, Saturday, January 26th
  • view Celtic Organization Calendar

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The Caledonian Society of Hawaii is a qualified non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.  Donations are gratefully accepted and deductible to the full extent of the law.  Please consult your tax advisor regarding specific questions about your deductions.


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.

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

Grand Scotch Whisky Tasting — March 30
Call The Willows Restaurant @ 808-952-9200 for reservations

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

Tartan Day — April 6

The Hawaiian Scottish Association Games and Festival — 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.

Pictures From Recent Events

Burns Night, 2018

Ewa Train Excursion

Coming up in 2018

  • Saturday, March 10 - Scottish Film at Ocean Terrace, Hokua
  • April 6 to 8 - HSA Games & Festival - McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Park
  • Saturday, May 19 - Soup Supper with Film
  • Saturday, June 23 - Annual General Meeting

The Caledonian Society was established in 1965 by a group of ex-Scots and other interested people who were living in Hawai'i, and who wanted to educate themselves and others and enjoy the culture of Scotland while honoring their new home. Most months there are activities such as a soup supper, a movie night, or a ceilidh (a gathering with entertainment).

Each January the Society honors the Scottish poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796), with a dinner to celebrate his birth. His poetry is read, sung or performed and of course there is haggis and bagpipes! Anyone interested in Scotland or Scottish culture is welcome to join the Caledonian Society. You do not have to be Scottish (by birth or by ancestry) to be a member.

From 1976-1992, The Caledonian Society sponsored an oral history project involving Scots in Hawaii, which resulted in 26 oral interviews being taped and transcribed for research purposes. In 1986 a monograph entitled "Speaking of Scots in Hawaii" was published. Many of the stories from the interviews and from some of the more famous Scots who visited and came to live in Hawaii can be found in The Story of Scots in Hawaii, a book published by The Caledonian Society in 2000. An order form for the book is available (PDF).

Please consider becoming an active member of the Society.

The Scots in Hawai‘i

Scots have been coming to Hawai‘i since the end of the 18th century. They arrived with other Westerners soon after Kamehameha the Great unified the islands and Captain James Cook, a part-Scot, opened Hawai‘i to the West.  Hawai‘I’s own Princess Ka'iulani was half Scottish. Her father, Archibald Scott Cleghorn, who arrived in Hawai‘i in 1851, was born in Edinburgh. He married Princess Miriam Likelike, sister of Queen Liliuokalani and King Kalakaua. Cleghorn served in several government positions under the monarchy and was Governor of Oahu under Queen Liliuokalani.

Many Scots either immigrated to Hawai‘i or passed through as visitors, since the first seafaring Scots discovered our beautiful islands. A visit by the author Robert Louis Stevenson in 1889 was well publicized and has an historical note because of his friendship with King Kalakaua and Princess Ka'iulani.  There have been many immigrant Scots who brought Scottish values of education, integrity, hard work, democracy, and community service to the sugar industry, banking, government, business, and horticulture, enriching life here for everyone as Hawaii developed.  

Please consider becoming an active member of the Society.

Scottish Education Research Grant (SERG)

The Caledonian Society makes awards to young people for study related to Scotland through the Scottish Education Research Grant (SERG). Awards of up to $2000 may be given each year to students to undertake and complete a project about Scotland, Scottish history or culture. The award is generally granted by the Awards Committee in the Spring of each year and the project must be completed during the following summer or academic year.

Previous awards have included a look at organic farming on farms in Scotland; a study of the Gaelic (Scottish language) at a college in Scotland; and a re-creation of the route taken by David Balfour in Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Kidnapped. The Committee will be happy to consult on ideas for research, projected costs involved, or other matters to make the application process and project a success. To learn more about the Grant and to print an application click here.

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The Caledonian Society of Hawaii is a qualified non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.  Donations are gratefully accepted and deductible to the full extent of the law. Please consult your tax advisor regarding specific questions about your deductions.



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