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Upcoming Events

  • September 30, 2023 - Scottish Heroes XII
  • October 28, 2023 - Scottish Ghost Stories
  • November 19, 2923 - Burns Country Tour & Songs
  • January 27, 2024 - Burns Night
  • complete Celtic Calendar

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September 30, 2023 - Scottish Heroes XII

4:00 to 6:00pm, St. Andrews Cathedral Von Holt Room

Join us in person or via Zoom for the next Scottish Heroes program. Education is a mission of the Caledonian Society, and since Covid, our Scottish Hero series has been one of the most informative events towards that goal. There are many people from Scotland who have made advancements over the years in medicine, shipping, poetry, engineering, and science to name just a few. We will learn more about

  • C.P. Taylor (1929-1981), a Scottish playwright, from Susan MacKinnon
  • James Hutton (1726-1797) a geologist from Brian Richardson
  • Robert Fortune (1812-1880), a botanical explorer
  • James Taylor (1835-1892), who was a tea planter, both from tea drinker Bruce McEwan.
  • James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879), physicist, from James Redman

There is time for more heroes to be introduced to the membership. Contact Chieftain McEwan at 808-538- 7707 if you are interested in presenting someone at this event. A Zoom link will be sent out to those who would rather join at home. Please contact Kevin Bogan at kevin.bogan@gmail.com and the link will be sent to you.

October 28, 2023 - Scottish Ghost Stories

6:00 to 9:00pm potluck

Details forthcoming


Upcoming Caledonian Society Events

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Photos From Earlier Events

AGM with Bill Mullen, 2019

Highland Games, 2019

The Clearances, 2019

Robert Burns, 2019

WWI Scottish Regiments

Highland Games, 2018

Burns Night, 2018

Ewa Train Excursion

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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