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Scouting in Hawaii

Scouting in Hawaii has a long history, from the 1900s to the present day, serving thousands of youth in programs that suit the unique environment in which they live.

Early history prior to statehood (1908-1960)

The first troop in the islands, appropriately numbered Troop 1, was founded by a British Scouter just recently relocated, and chartered to Kawaiahao Church. One Saturday, former Queen Liliuokalani was driven past Kapiolani Park in Honolulu, and noticed this troop going through Scouting drills. She stopped and enquired what manner of military play this was, and the Scouts eagerly explained the concept of Scouting to her. On a following Saturday a month later, the Queen reappeared, and presented to the troop a Hawaiian flag. Emblazoned upon the red-white-and-blue stripes were the Hawaiian royal crest and the lettering in gold The Queen's Own Troop, which she had labored at herself. As the Scoutmaster was an Englishman, in their tradition of naming rather than numbering troops, the appellation stuck.

In 1946, Scouts helped re-introduce the endangered Nene into the Haleakala National Park by carrying young birds into the Haleakala Crater in their backpacks.

Recent history since statehood (1960-1990)

In the 1970s, the third Hawaiian council, Kilauea Council on the Big Island, merged into Aloha Council.

Scouting in Hawaii today

There are two Boy Scouts of America local councils in Hawaii.

Maui County Council

Maui County Council was founded in 1917, and is one of the very few councils that have not undergone a namechange or merger in their entire history. With headquarters in Wailuku, Maui, the council serves the islands of Moloka'i, Lana'i and Maui, and may eventually serve Kahoolawe, as it reverts back to civilian control from being the Navy test range.

Aloha Council

The Aloha Council (104) of the Boy Scouts of America is headquartered in Honolulu, and supports Scouting units around the Pacific Basin. The Aloha Council encompasses not only Hawaii, but also Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Marianas, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau. In all, the Aloha Council covers the largest geographical area in the world, over 8,000,000 square miles, spanning 3,000 miles on both sides of the equator and international dateline.

In 2004, Scouts attended local council camps on American Samoa, Hawaii's Big Island, Guam, Kauai and Oahu. Aloha Council Pacific Basin District outreach efforts in the Pacific continue to grow with over 835 Boy Scouts and 240 Cub Scouts attending camps on Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae, Saipan, Kwajalein, Rongelap, Majuro, Yap and Palau.

Nā Mokupuni O Lawelawe Lodge 567, Order of the Arrow

The Nā Mokupuni O Lawelawe Lodge 567, chartered in 1973, serves 296 Arrowmen as of 2004. The lodge totem is a pu'eo (Hawaiian owl), the lodge symbol is a Hawaiian outrigger canoe, and the name translates to "Islands of Service" in the Hawaiian language. In 1973, Kamehameha Lodge 454 (chartered in 1951 to the Kilauea Council in Hilo) and Achsin Lodge 565 (chartered in 1970 to the Chamorro Council on Guam) merged with Pupukea Lodge 557 (chartered in 1962, the original Aloha Council lodge) to form the larger lodge.

Awards

The Hawaiiana medal is issued for learning the language, culture and handicraft of the indigenous Hawaiians.

Girl Scouting in Hawaii

There is one Girl Scout council office in Hawaii.

Girl Scout Council of Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii Web Site: http://www.girlscouts-hawaii.org/

Scouting in American Samoa

See also: Scouting in Samoa

The Aloha Council has designated a full-time senior Scout District Executive for American Samoa, John A. Mills, in efforts to elevate the local Scouting program. In addition, there are USA Girl Scouts Overseas in Pago Pago, serviced by way of USAGSO headquarters in New York.

Scouting in the Federated States of Micronesia

The Federated States of Micronesia are presently developing Boy Scouting as part of the Aloha Council Pacific Basin District. The person responsible for Scouting is Mr. Berson Joseph, Youth Coordinator of the State of Pohnpei Social Affairs Office. In addition, there are Girl Scouts of the USA Overseas on Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap, serviced by way of USAGSO headquarters in New York.

Scouting in Guam

Guam has had Boy Scouting for decades, as part of the Aloha Council Chamorro District. Prior to the early 1970s, a separate Chamorro Council serviced the island. In addition, there are Girl Scouts of the USA Overseas on Guam, serviced by Guam Girl Scout Council in Hagåtña.

Scouting in the Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands are presently developing Boy Scouting as part of the Aloha Council Pacific Basin District. In addition, there are Girl Scouts of the USA Overseas in Ebeye, Kwajalein, and Majuro, serviced by way of USAGSO headquarters in New York.

Scouting in the Northern Mariana Islands

The Northern Mariana Islands have had Boy Scouting for decades, as part of the Aloha Council Pacific Basin District. In addition, there are USA Girl Scouts Overseas in Rota, Tinian, and Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School on Saipan, serviced by way of USAGSO headquarters in New York.

Scouting in Palau

Palau is presently developing Boy Scouting as part of the Aloha Council Pacific Basin District. In addition, there are USA Girl Scouts Overseas in Koror, serviced by way of USAGSO headquarters in New York.

Scouting in other Pacific islands

Aloha Council Scouting has also existed at various times on other Pacific remote island areas, Johnston, Wake, Kingman, Midway, and Palmyra islands.

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