What We Do

The following are just a sample of some of the events and activities that the Hawai'i State Society participates in throughout the year:

  • Social events and educational programs pertaining to the history, cultures and traditions of the Hawaiian Islands. Such an event is the Hawaiian Holokū Ball with the selection of island princesses and a royal procession.

  • Hosting of the annual Kamehameha the Great Commemoration and Lei Draping Ceremony in Emancipation Hall, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, D.C., with participation of local groups and special visitors from Hawai`i. This event also honors Saint Damien, whose statue also represents the State of Hawai`i in our Nation’s Capitol.

  • Participation in Asian-Pacific heritage programs. Participation includes the annual Polynesian Pacific Fun Day held every summer or fall, events sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution, and events by other Hawai`i-associated organizations in the area, to include alumni organizations and hula groups.

  • Special musical activities for HSS members, such as the HSS `Ukulele Hui (free ʻukulele lessons are provided to HSS members only and voluntary performances are held throughout the area).

  • Multi-cultural events associated with Hawai`i and its cosmopolitan population. Such events may include special exhibits and demonstrations, cultural performances, luʻaus or dinners, tours, bookfairs, and educational experiences of all kinds.

  • Receptions open only to HSS members and guests, such as Congressional receptions or VIP meetings with special visitors.

  • Picnics and other social gatherings, to include the annual hawaiian-style holiday season party held toward the end of the calendar year.

  • And of course the the HSS ʻUkulele Hui.

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