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Welcome to the website of The Caledonian Society of Hawaii. We hope that you will find some things about the Scottish community in Hawai‘i that are of interest to you. Please consider becoming an active member of the Society.

Hawaii Celtic Fourth of July Picnic 2017

July 4th, Noon - 6pm
Bellows Pavilion B
This is a FREE event!

Co-sponsored by:

  • The Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii
  • The Friends of St. Patrick, &
  • The Caledonian Society of Hawaii.

Members of Celtic groups, dancers, musicians & their guests/family welcome! We'd like to thank you for your service to our Celtic community.
RSVP: SASHawaii@icloud.com

Non-Military (without Military/DoD Identification Card): For those age 16 & older, we must have your RSVP, NO LATER THAN JUNE 26th. Please include NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, CONTACT PHONE NUMBER, and EMAIL ADDRESS of all attendees. We need this information so Bellows can do the background check and we can get you Base passes.

Active/Retired Military (with Military/DoD Identification Card): We don't need your date of birth, but we need your RSVP NO LATER THAN JUNE 26th so we can give Bellows a good headcount as part of the Pavilion Rental rules.

Celtic Organizations will provide: hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, cheese, onions, lettuce, pickles, sodas, ice, charcoal, and paper supplies/cups
What We Need You to Bring:

  • Potluck side dish or dessert to share
  • Alcohol is okay -- NO GLASS BOTTLES
  • Swimsuits, towels, water toys, and sunblock
  • All vehicles must have current drivers license, proof of insurance, proof of inspection, and current vehicle registration.

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Save the Date

New Member meeting, September 16th, 2017, 5:00pm

The Scottish Highland Festival will be April 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2018 at the McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Park

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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