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Upcoming Events

  • Annual General Meeting - June 22, 2024 (view agenda)
  • January 25th, 2025 - Burns Night - our 60th Anniversary!
  • complete Celtic 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.



Annual General Meeting

The Caledonian Society will hold its 2024 Annual General Meeting on the morning of June 22, 2024, at the gracious Waioli Tea Room (now the Waioli Kitchen and Bake Shop) in Manoa at 2950 Manoa Rd. Parking is available on the grounds.

Special guest speaker: Robert (Bob) Oaks

Our activities will begin at 9:30 am with scones (always delicious there) and coffee or tea. The morning refreshments will be followed by the business meeting at which current annual members and life members will review Society business and hold elections for members of the Society governing council for the coming year. 

Highlight of the morning is a presentation by historian Robert (Bob) Oaks, who will discuss the remarkable life and mysterious death in Hawaii of Scotsman David Douglas, the19th century naturalist, whose name is the source of the name of the tree called the Douglas fir. Douglas (1799-1834) was born in Scone, Scotland, and employed by the Hudson's Bay Company, made several visits to Hawaii, and sent thousands of botanical specimens back to the Royal Horticultural Society and elsewhere.

Finally, about 11:00 am we will be served a full set lunch which we will enjoy before the restaurant closes at 1:00 pm.

There will probably also be time to walk around the restaurant to pay our respects to Robert Louis Stevenson in the old grass shack, which has associations with Stevenson from its former location in Waikiki.

Meeting Documents (PDF)

Reservations are now open for current 2024 Caledonian members for $35 per person including both lunch and the earlier refreshments. Unfortunately, non-members cannot be accommodated at this meeting as it is being held in the “party room," which has limited space.Please Note: The Caledonian Society does not have family memberships only individual memberships. 

Contact Susan MacKinnon at susanmack1@mac.com to reserve your space and to check your membership status.

Please send your check payable to the Caledonian Society to:

The Caledonian Society
P.O. Box 4164
Honolulu, HI 96812-4164

Or online at our Squareup page with a credit or debit card for a $2.00 charge per person ($37 total)

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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