H.C.R. NO.



H.D. 1















     WHEREAS, Hawaii has a strong and flourishing Scottish heritage, which has been present since the early days of the monarchy when Scotsman John Young served as an advisor to King Kamehameha the Great; and


     WHEREAS, among notable persons of Scottish heritage who have contributed to the history of Hawaii are Captain Alexander Adams, who was also a confidant of King Kamehameha the Great; Robert Crichton Wyllie, who was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1789 and was successful in getting Hawaii recognized as an independent nation; Robert Louis Stevenson, who had a great love for the native Hawaiian people; James Makee, owner of Ulupalakua Ranch and celebrated in the "Hula O Makee"; and James Campbell, who discovered the underground fresh water table that irrigated the dry Ewa plain to grow sugarcane; and


     WHEREAS, for over two hundred years the Scottish and other Celtic cultures have been integrated with the Hawaiian culture through intermarriage, with the most notable historical figure being Princess Victoria Kaiulani Cleghorn, whose parents were Princess Likelike and Archibald Cleghorn, who was appointed by King Kalakaua to the House of Nobles and by Queen Liliuokalani as Governor of Oahu; and


     WHEREAS, from 1976 to 1999, the Caledonian Society of Hawaii sponsored an oral history project involving Scots in Hawaii, which resulted in interviews that can be found in The Story of Scots in Hawaii, which was published by the Caledonian Society of Hawaii in 2000; and


     WHEREAS, the tartan is a recognized symbol of Scottish and Celtic cultures; and

     WHEREAS, at the annual Highland games held in 1997, the Hawaii Handcrafters Hui and the Caledonian Society of Hawaii held a public viewing and vote to select a tartan to represent the State of Hawaii; and


     WHEREAS, a tartan designed by a local craftsman, Douglas Herring, was selected (with colors) to represent the State of Hawaii as follows:


(1)  Blue to represent Hawaii's oceans and skies;


(2)  Green to represent Hawaii's forests and landscapes;


(3)  Brown to represent the aina of Hawaii;


(4)  Red and yellow to honor the Hawaiian alii and also to signify the fiery origins of the islands; and


     (5)  Designated by the following thread counts:


          (A)  Blue, eight (8) thread count;


          (B)  Red, four (4) thread count;


          (C)  Yellow, four (4) thread count;


          (D)  Blue, forty-eight (48) thread count;


          (E)  Brown, sixteen (16) thread count;


          (F)  Green, forty (40) thread count;


          (G)  Yellow, four (4) thread count; and


          (H)  Red, six (6) thread count;




     WHEREAS, this tartan, known as the Hawaii Tartan, has been registered with the Scottish Tartan Authority (ITI Number: 5163) in Scotland and is currently used by citizens of Hawaii in tartan clothing and worn by members of organizations such as the Isle of Maui Pipe Band during ceremonial and official events; and

     WHEREAS, approximately twenty-four states and all branches of the armed forces have tartans that symbolize their cultures and that are worn by any citizen of the United States or member of the armed and public services and can now be worn by any citizen of Hawaii; and


     WHEREAS, on March 9, 2005, the United States House of Representatives unanimously adopted House Resolution 41, which designates April 6th of each year as National Tartan Day, to recognize the contributions that were made by Scottish-Americans to the development of the United States; now, therefore,


     BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-fourth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2008, the Senate concurring, that the Legislature recognizes the contributions that were made by the people of Scottish heritage to Hawaii and supports the designation of April 6 of every year as Tartan Day in Hawaii; and


     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Hawaii Handcrafters Hui and the Caledonian Society of Hawaii, who in turn are asked to transmit copies to local organizations and institutions that celebrate Scottish heritage.




Report Title: 

Scots; Heritage; Tartan Day in Hawaii