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

SAR logo

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.



George Washington's Birthday: The Royal School, Honolulu, 1908

From the President’s Desk


News Briefs

Teaching Fellowships

What's Online?
The Presidents, Take a Tour of Washington's Mount Vernon, Black History Month, Book Reviews, and "Don't Forget the Ladies!"



George Washington as a young man

Portrait of George Washington


Fall General Membership Meeting a Success

One hundred years ago, in 1908, the people of Hawaii celebrated the birthday of the first president, George Washington. The front page of the February 22 edition featured a large cartoon consisting of three Revolutionary War soldiers with muskets. An excerpt of a Revolutionary War song was included. The text was as follows: “Till freedom reigns, our hearty bands/ will fight like true Americans/ And follow Washington, my boys/And follow Washington.”

“Washington’s birthday was appropriately observed at the Royal School yesterday afternoon,” the Pacific Commercial Advertiser reported in its February 22 edition. “Stars and Stripes graced the stage and assembly hall. The pictures of Washington and Lincoln, drawn by Masaatsu Shibata, a student, were unveiled.” The Royal School Chorus sang “Stars and Stripes,” followed by, “The American Flag,” a speech delivered by Stanley H. Shaw. This was followed by the chorus singing, “Our Country’s Flag.” Solomon Waiolama’s speech afterward was entitled, “Life of Washington.” The Royal School Glee Club sang, “Sweet Lei Mamo.” A student named Henry Aki delivered a speech, “Character of Washington.” The Royal School Chorus sang, “America,” which was then followed by a speech by George Nunes, “Memoirs of Washington.” The program concluded with the singing of ‘Hawaii Ponoi’ and the Star Spangled Banner.

Research: Jeffrey Bingham Mead

From the President's Desk

Some people ask if the lessons passed down through history are still relevant today. In a letter dated from 1779 Samuel Adams said to James Warren, "If Virtue & Knowledge are diffused among the People, they will never be enslav'd. This will be their great Security." The Founders and our Revolutionary War ancestors fought for many important things such as popular government - that is, government by consent of the people. In order for the American experiment in representative government to work the Founders knew that an educated citizenry was vital to our nation's survival.

Education is one of the important missions of the Sons of the American Revolution. As we peer back in time we see that the mission of educating our youth is an on-going endeavor. That mission transcends time, geography and ancestry. In this unique and great state Hawaii stands tall and proud, thanks to the efforts of teachers such as those at the Royal School in 1908 Honolulu. When I see our young people today I feel proud to be an American. Each of those young people from a century ago to the early years of the 21st century remind us of the rewards reaped with love of country and its effect on our national character. God bless America!

Patriotically yours,


Continue to page 2 of the newsletter




“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..