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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

The Scots in Hawai‘i

Yes, 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 Hawaii to the West.

Hawaii's own Princess Ka'iulani was half Scottish. Her father, Archibald Scott Cleghorn, who arrived in Hawaii 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 Hawaii 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 a historical note because of his friendship with King Kalakaua and Princess Ka'iulani.

From 1976-1982, 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).

Scottish Education Research Grant (SERG)

The Caledonian Society makes awards to young people for study related to Scotland. 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(s) is granted by the Awards Committee in the Spring of each year and the project must be completed during the following summer or academic year.

Do you know a young person (18-26) who is interested in doing a project on something Scottish? The Scottish Education Research Grant is taking applications.   To learn more about the Grant and to print an application click here.


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