LogoThe Caledonian Society
of Hawai‘i


Upcoming Events

  • Annual General Meeting. Saturday, June 22nd, 11:00am, at the Oahu Country Club
  • Hawaii Celtic Fourth of July Picnic 2019, July 4, 2019
  • Sunset Celtic Cruise on the Makani Catamaran, August 3rd, 2019
  • Burns Night
    January 25th, 2020
  • view Celtic Organization 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

Pictur of musiciian Bill MullenSaturday, June 22nd, 2019 , 11:00am
at the O‘ahu Country Club, 150 Country Club Rd. Honolulu

The Caledonian Society will meet to elect directors to serve on the Council, and conduct other business of the Society, on Saturday, June 22nd. The luncheon meeting will be held at the Oahu Country Club beginning at 11:00 a.m.

As in past years there are choices for sandwiches: Herb Marinated Turkey BLT; Grilled Mahi Mahi Sandwich; or Grilled Portabella sandwich. The sandwiches all include French Fries, OCC Signature Bread Pudding with Crème Anglaise Sauce, and coffee or tea for the price of $30 per member and $40 for guests.

We are excited to have singer Bill Mullen from Dundee, Scotland, to entertain us with his guitar and songs. For a preview, go to www.bill-mullen.com.

Pay by Check

$30 for members, $40 for guests
Download the form here (PDF)
Send check to:
Caledonian Society of Hawaii
P.O. Box 4164
Honolulu, HI 96812-4164

Or pay through Squareup at https://the-caledonian-society-of-hawaii.square.site

a service fee will be added to the price. $32 for members, $42 for guests

Reports and Agenda

Agenda (PDF)

Chieftain (PDF)

Vice-Chieftain (PDF)

Hawaii Celtic Fourth of July Picnic 2019 (Note change of venue from previous years)

Nimitz Beach 43 Coral Sea Rd, Kapolei

Hawaii Celtic Fourth of July Picnic
Thursday, July 4, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Nimitz Beach Cabana 1806

Co-sponsored by The Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii, The Friends of St. Patrick, & The Caledonian Society of Hawaii

This is a FREE event!

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


Celtic Organizations will provide: 
* hamburgers
* hot dogs
* buns
* condiments
* onions, lettuce, pickles
* beer
* sodas
* ice
* charcoal
* 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
* Musicians, feel free to bring your instruments



Sunset Celtic Cruise on the Makani Catamaran

Cosponsored by SASH (The Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii) & FOSP (The Friends of Saint Patrick of Hawaii)

Saturday, August 3
Showtime: 5:00 pm
Sailing: 5:30-7:30 pm
Kewalo Basin Boat Harbor 
1009 Ala Moana Blvd, Slip F-1
(Ala Moana & Ward)

To RSVP, call Makani Catamaran (808) 591-9000, & tell them you are with the “Celtic” group. 

$40 per person includes:
  • Spectacular views of Honolulu, Waikiki, and Diamond Head at sunset aboard a beautiful catamaran
  • Includes island-style dinner buffet with hot and cold selections
  • Includes one complimentary drink, along with a full bar onboard
  • Sail with a friendly and experienced crew on a two-hour excursion along the coast

We will raise the Celtic flags, have a bagpiper pipe us out of the slip, and play Celtic music during the cruise. 
Casual Attire. Kilts welcome (but no regimental--it gets windy on this boat)
Parking available at Kewalo Harbor.
The regular adult price for this sail is $119! Please tip your crew generously. 
This event is open to the public--membership is not required. Feel free to share. Guests & all ages welcome!

For questions: registrar@standrewsocietyhawaii.org

See https://sailmakani.com for more info on The Makani Catamaran.


Pictures From Recent Events

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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