Spring 2008 Newsletter----------------------------Published by the Hawaii Society Sons of the American Revolution

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Our Mission

The mission of the Hawaii Society of the Sons of the American Revolution is to preserve and perpetuate the memory of those men and women whose service and sacrifice during the American Revolution secured independence for the American people and established the United States of America; to unite and promote fellowship among their descendants; inspire them and their communities with a more profound reverence for the principles of the representative government; to encourage historical research and the dissemination of knowledge about the American Revolution; maintain and expand the institutions of American freedom; promote the purposes expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the preamble of the Constitution; and to foster patriotism.

The HISSAR Newsletter is published quarterly by the Hawaii Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Inc. Jeffrey Bingham Mead, director of communications, is editor. Contact him by email at or phone at (808) 721-0306. Printed materials should be sent to P.O. Box 183, Honolulu, HI 96810-0183. Submissions pertaining to news and events to the HISSAR and other SAR societies elsewhere are welcomed.

The Hawaii Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (HISSAR) is on the Internet. Our address is and it provides visitors with ready-access to information about the Hawaii Society, joining our ranks, getting involved, and educational resources about the American Revolution and the War of Independence.



Annual Joint Luncheon & Awards Presentation a Success!

From the President’s Desk


News Briefs

What's Online?
Spies of the American Revolution, John Adams on HBO, David McCullough in Harvard Business Review and on, and Who Designed the White House?



George Washington as a young man

Building the First White House


Fall General Membership Meeting a Success

On March 8, the Sheraton-Waikiki was the setting for the Annual Joint Luncheon and Awards Presentation, and attendees pronounced the event a huge success. Registration started at 11:30 a.m., followed by a noon luncheon and program. Nancy Wahineokai welcomed attendees followed with an invocation delivered by State Chaplain Valle Watanabe. Kathy DeFoster led the Pledge of Allegiance. This was followed by the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner and Hawaii Pono•i by a quartet of the Honolulu Blend Show Chorus. We were privileged to have as keynote speaker Linda Gist Calvin, President General of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, who was introduced by Nancy Wahineokai. The President General discussed plans to restore and preserve the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the DAR. She also paused to call attention to those in far away lands that fight today to preserve our precious freedoms and liberties and called upon those assembled to remember them and their families.

The President General•s speech was followed by the announcement of contest winners. The Excellence in Community Service Award went to Jordan Bayang and Caroline Tom, and was presented by Valle Watanabe, DAR Community Service Chairman. Jennifer Arakawa from Hawaii Baptist Academy was the winner if the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest, presented by American History Chairman Debra Straight. The DAR Good Citizen Award was given to Kameron Pono Kadooka from Konawaena High School, who expressed his gratitude to his 4th-grade teacher for requiring him to memorize the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution. DAR Good Citizen Chairman Valle Watanabe presented his award. Hawaii SAR President Lou Torraca presented the SAR Recognitions of Service to Nuuanu YMCA for flying the American flag as well as Dusty Woodstock and Nancy Wahineokai. Alan McCullough presented President General Calvin with a special plaque he made, which was displayed for all to see. Following the drawing for door prizes, officiated by Hawaii SAR President Lou Torraca, Hawaii State Regent Nancy Wahineokai delivered closing remarks followed by the singing of God Bless America by the quartet from the Honolulu Blend Show Chorus.

Special thanks for the donation of door prizes and items for the drawing go to the Aloha and Hawaii Loa chapters of the NSDAR and the Hawaii Sons of the American Revolution. Kathryn Koos-Lee organized the program. Dusty Woodstock and Elbridge W. Smith handled reservations. Katherine Johnson, Debra Straight and the quartet of the Honolulu Blend Show Chorus provided music. We express our patriotic thanks and heartfelt appreciation to President General Linda Gist Calvin and her family for making the journey to Hawaii. We tip our hats to Hawaii DAR Regent Nancy Wahineokai and the Hawaii State Organization Daughters of the American Revolution for organizing and hosting the luncheon and program.

Jeffrey Bingham Mead

From the President's Desk

In his First Inaugural Address delivered on April 30, 1789, President George Washington said, "The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people." If you look at the back of every dollar bill that bears Washington's likeness you'll see the Great Seal and these Latin words: "Novus ordo seclorum" or in English "a new order of the ages." Part of our ongoing mission is to do our part to revive, enliven and preserve the principles of America's founding. As I watched this year's Annual Joint Luncheon and Awards Presentation unfold I was particularly pleased to see young people recognized for their scholarship and how well they expressed the time-tested principles we stand for. Yes, we have more work to do - and your support makes this possible. I am more optimistic than ever before that our next generations of Americans will carry the torch of liberty, the rule of law and the virtues of freedom.

Patriotically yours,


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“America: Resting securely upon the inalienable rights of man-upon the age-enduring foundations of Justice, Honor, Liberty, and Order; Cherishing ideals that inspire unselfish devotion to the common welfare of mankind; Fostering a spirit of self-reliant industry that seeks the just rewards of worthy achievement and usefulness; Progressing so swiftly that yesterday's vision is overtaken by today's realities; Aroused anew to meet the challenge defined by George Washington –that 'the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican form of government may be entrusted to the hands of the American people.' ”

~Source: An advertisement contributed by Liberty House Department Store.
Honolulu Advertiser: July 4, 1942, page 5..