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  • Burns Night
    January 25th, 2020
  • Annual General Meeting, Saturday, June 27, 2020
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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.



Upcoming Events


Sunday, October 20th The Quiet Man And Soup Supper
Hokua Condominium Ocean Terrace 1288 Ala Moana Blvd
5:00 PM

You probably have seen The Quiet Man over and over, and of course it is set in Ireland (not Scotland), but we think you will love to see the 1952 classic John Ford movie again (or for the first time). John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara and Barry Fitzgerald star in this 1953 Academy Award winning romantic comedy. We also will show a short Scottish video (to be determined).

We often love to have a soup supper to enjoy before our movies and this time is no exception. Members on the Society Council will provide the soups. Please bring a potluck pupu, bread, salad or dessert to share and help round out the meal. BYO adult drinks if you’d like. Non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.

We’ll gather around 5:00 PM for socializing & pupus. The supper will start around 5:30 PM with the short feature at 6:30 PM and The Quiet Man will begin at 7:00 PM.

Reservations are required for this event as it is a secured building and space is limited. Parking is free in the Hokua parking lot. Email Susan MacKinnon at susanmack1@mac.com for reservations. Donations welcome to offset costs. 



Travel Tips to Scotland - Saturday, November 9th, 6:30pm, at Hokua Condominiums.


Burns Night, Saturday, January 25th

Art Tour, tentatively set for February

Princess Ka'iulani Memorial, Thursday, March 26th,

Scottish Festival, Saturday and Sunday, March 28th and 29th

Scottish High Tea and Hats - Saturday, April 18th

Annual General Meeting, Saturday, June 27

Pictures From Recent Events

Clearances, 2019 - forthcoming

Robert Burns, 2019 - forthcoming

WWI Scottish Regiments - forthcoming

Highland Games, 2018 - forthcoming

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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