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  • Scottish Heroes #8 - September 12, 6:00pm,
  • complete Celtic Calendar
  • Burns' Night - January, 2022

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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.



September 12, 2021 Scottish Heroes #8

Sunday, September 12th beginning at 6:00 pm. via ZoomTo reserve your place, please contact Kevin Bogan at Kevin.bogan@gmail.com. A link to the program will be sent out the day before, on Saturday.  

Our newest member of the Council, Karen Thompson, will talk about “Happy Accidents” – The Alexander Fleming Story. Alexander Fleming (1881 – 1955) was a Scottish physician and bacteriologist who made many  notable contributions to medicine, and most importantly, he discovered the antibiotic properties of penicillin.   Considered the biggest medial discovery of the 20th century, it indelibly changed the course of history and medicine, making Dr. Fleming a Scottish Hero. 

Hardy Spoehr will discuss "Kalakaua's Three Kanaka Maoli face the Baltic" - a brief discussion of the adventures of Henry Kapena, Hugo Kawela, and John Lovell in Glasgow.”

These very educational and informational programs have been enjoyable for everyone during these pandemic times.  It’s been a fun way to see some friends of the Caledonian Society and to stay connected. Please join us!

Upcoming Caledonian Society Events (Tentative Schedule for the year)

October 10, 2021 Alii Sunday at Kawaiahao Church. More information to come.

October 23, 2021 Scottish Ghost/Spooky Folklore 5:30 p.m.

November 14, 2021 Cooking with local chefs. Scottish-Hawaiian hybrid cuisine. 5 p.m.

December 29, 2021 (Wednesday-Zoom) Pre-Hogmanay history & Scottish Heroes #9 5:30 p.m.

January 29, 2022 Burns Night 5:30 p.m. Venue TBD

February 12, 2022 Scottish Festivals 5:30 p.m.

March 12, 2022 Tartans & Kilts 5:30 p.m.

April 2-3, 2022 Highland Festival & Games

May 14, 2022 Genealogy with focus on Queen Elizabeth II heritage and Scottish genealogy 6 p.m.

June 2, 2022 Queen Elizabeth II 70th Anniversary Celebration at Iolani Palace 10 a.m.

June 25, 2022 Annual General Membership Meeting 11 a.m.-2 p.m. P

lease send in your dues for 2021-2022. The dues are still $30 per person and help the Society with expenses for venues, storage, and miscellaneous items necessary for running a non-profit organization. We are a 501(c)3, so your donations could be tax exempt as well.

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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