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Scouting in Hawaii
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Cub Scouts during a tug-of-war
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Liliuokalani Boy Scout Troop on Guard at Royal Mausoleum
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Scouting in Hawaii began in the 1900s. It serves thousands of youth in programs that suit the environment in which they live.

Early history prior to statehood (1908-1960)[edit]

The first troop in the islands, appropriately numbered Troop 1, was founded by a British Scouter just recently relocated, and chartered to Kawaiahaʻo Church. One Saturday, former Queen Liliʻuokalani was driven past Kapiʻolani 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.[1] The unit claiming longest continuous charter is Troop 1.[2]

Troop 5 up until the early 1980s held the distinction of the longest continuously chartered unit in Hawaii. It was Troop 5 that was known as "The Queen's Own Troop" that received the flag which was made by her own hands. The flag was held by the Liliuokalani Trust until it was given to the Aloha Council BSA by a previous Assistant Scoutmaster, David Jeong of Troop 5. The flag was given as part of the Centennial Celebration of Scouting in 2010.[3] One of Troop 5's Scoutmasters, "Kimo" James Austin Wilder was also a founder of the Sea Scout program.

David McHattie Forbes was the founder of Scouting in Waimea in the early 1900s.[4]

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.[5]

The Honolulu Council (#104) was founded in 1914, and became the Honolulu County Council in 1924. In 1957, the council became the Aloha Council.[6]

History since statehood[edit]

In 1972, the third Hawaiian council, Kilauea Council (#103) based in Hilo(founded in 1922) merged with the Aloha Council.[6]

Scouting in Hawaii today[edit]

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

Maui County Council[edit]

Maui County Council
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Maui County Council
OwnerBoy Scouts of America
HeadquartersWailuku, Maui
CountryUnited States
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Maui County Council was founded in 1917,[6] and is one of the very few councils that have not undergone a name change 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 to civilian control from being the Navy test range. In 2019, the Maui County Council merged with the Aloha Council.[7]


  • Camp Maluhia
Maluhia Lodge 554
HeadquartersWailuku, Maui
CountryUnited States
Charter Date1962
Lodge Chief(2018-19)Daniel L. Tongson
Lodge Adviser(2018-19)Dylan Law
AffiliationOrder of the Arrow
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Order of the Arrow[edit]

  • Maluhia Lodge 554, chartered in 1962, is made up of Arrowmen from the Maui County Council (Maui, Lānaʻi, Molokaʻi).[8] The lodge totem is a Hawaiian warrior wearing an ipu (gourd) mask that represents the Hawaiian god Lono. Given that the word "maluhia" in Hawaiian means "peace", it is fitting that Lono, the Hawaiian god of peace, be represented as the lodgeʻs totem.[9]

Aloha Council[edit]

Aloha Council
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OwnerBoy Scouts of America
CountryUnited States
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The Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America is headquartered in Honolulu, and supports Scouting units around the Pacific Basin. The Aloha Council encompasses Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Marianas, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau. The Aloha Council covers the largest geographical area in the world, over 8,000,000 square miles (21,000,000 km2), spanning 3,000 miles (4,800 km) 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.

In 2018, the 45-year-old council badge was changed to include a green sea turtle and names the three primary locations serviced, "Hawaiian: Hawaiʻi - American Samoa - Guam".


  • Camp Alan Faye
  • Camp Honokaia
  • Camp Pupukea

Order of the Arrow[edit]

The Nā Mokupuni O Lawelawe Lodge 567, chartered in 1973, serves 300 Arrowmen as of 2017. 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.

Hawaiiana Award[edit]

Hawaiiana Award
the badge is a round red patch with a gold border; the outer edge has the text Hawaiiana and Aloha Council; the inner circle has the image of a poi pounding stone with a flaming torch in front; the medal uses the same image as the badge suspended from a red and gold ribbon
Medal and badge
Awarded forHawaiian culture

The Hawaiiana Award is offered by the Aloha Council and is dedicated to the perpetuation of the skills crafts and legends of old Hawaii. The award was established in 1973 and has been offered continuously by the Aloha Council to its members and Scouts visiting the Hawaiian islands.

The requirements for Hawaiiana include the composition of a 750-word essay on the pre-European history of the Hawaiian people; the collection of at least five representative leaves or flowers of native fauna from four specific zones of the island; the development of a sketchbook detailing five native birds; the recitation of the Scout Oath, Law, Motto and Slogan in Hawaiian and offer its English translation; the recitation of twenty five Hawaiian place names and their meanings; the recitation of 25 common Hawaiian terms and their meanings; participation in a series of Hawaiian games; participation in six methods of Hawaiian cooking; preparation of traditional foods without cooking; the demonstration of a Hawaiian method of fishing; the construction and demonstration of a number of Hawaiian implements; the oral recitation of names and facts surrounding five famous Hawaiians from the years before 1779; the demonstration of two forms of hula and accompanying chants; the conduct of a Hawaiian play; visitation to at least two historical sites and the completion of a report detailing the visit.

These broad and comprehensive requirements are detailed in the 168 page guidebook published by the Aloha Council and available at the Council offices. The Hawaiiana award itself is in the form of a base metal medal with polished highlights suspended from a red and gold ribbon, featuring a poi pounding stone with a flaming torch in front. There is also a corresponding 3" embroidered patch that may be worn on the right pocket of the Scout shirt.

Girl Scouting in Hawaii[edit]

Girl Scouts of Hawai'i
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Map of Girl Scout Council of Hawaii
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Girl Scouting started in Hawaii in 1917 with two troops in Oahu. Troop 1 at the Kamehameha School for Girls completed their paperwork first, but Troop 2 in Kaka‘ako asked for the sponsorship of Lili'uokalani, the last monarch of Hawaii, and were promised her own flag that was given after her death. The Oahu council was established in 1918 and chartered in 1919. Other islands followed until Kauai had its first troop in 1936. In 1963 the Girl Scout Council of Oahu expanded to include all of Hawaii as well as Wake and Midway and was renamed Girl Scout Council of the Pacific. Wake and Midway were later dropped and in 1990 the council was renamed Girl Scout Council of Hawaii.[10]

Girl Scouts of Hawai'i[edit]

Girl Scouts of Hawai'i
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Girl Scouts of Hawai'i
OwnerGirl Scouts of the USA
CountryUnited States
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The Girl Scouts of Hawai'i has about 5,500 girl and adult members.

Service centers[edit]


  • Camp Kilohana is 6 acres (24,000 m2) on Hawaii and acquired in 1954.
  • Camp Paumalu is 135 acres (0.55 km2) on the North Shore of Oahu. It was given to the Girl Scouts by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company in 1951.
  • Camp Piʻiholo is 14 acres (57,000 m2) on Maui near Piʻiholo mountain donated in 1962 by Dwight H. Baldwin and Virginia Wellington Wells.

Scouting in American Samoa[edit]

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 City.

Scouting in the Federated States of Micronesia[edit]

The Federated States of Micronesia are presently developing BSA 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[edit]

Guam has had BSA 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[edit]

The Marshall Islands are developing BSA 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[edit]

The Northern Mariana Islands have had BSA 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[edit]

Palau is developing BSA 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[edit]

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

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Scouting (magazine) September 1932, archived at Seton Memorial Library, Philmont Scout Ranch
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  4. ^ Catherine Lougher, biography written by Thomas H. Lougher.
  5. ^ Grant, Kim; Glenda Bendure; Michael Clark; Ned Friary; Conner Gorry; Luci Yanamoto (April 2005). Hawaii. Lonely Planet.
  6. ^ a b c Hook, James; Franck, Dave; Austin, Steve (1982). An Aid to Collecting Selected Council Shoulder Patches with Valuation.
  7. ^ "Era ending for Maui's Boy Scouts". Retrieved 2020-10-15.
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  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-27. Retrieved 2008-11-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)