Youth Programs

The Hawaii Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (HISSAR) provides Hawaii's young people with patriotic opportunities for accomplishment, self-development, scholarship, and community service through various programs. Below are descriptions of these programs with links to our national web site.

If you have questions or wish to sponsor one of these worthy programs in Hawaii please contact us! Your interest and support is welcomed.

George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

Originally named in honor of SAR Compatriot President Calvin Coolidge (who won an SAR contest while studying at Amherst College), it was renamed in 1995 to honor of George S. and Stella M. Knight’s philanthropic bequest to the Sons of the American Revolution to support this contest. It remains today as an opportunity for students to explore events that have shaped the history of the United States of America.

Arthur M. and Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship

OThis scholarship is open to all Eagle Scouts who are currently actively registered and have not reached their 19th birthday. (The application year is the calendar year, January 1 to December 31)

On the National level cash scholarship awards are given as follows:

  1. National First Place winner - $8,000.00
  2. Runner-up - $4,000.00
  3. 2nd runner-up - $2,000.00

You may apply more than one year if you meet the age requirements but no more than $8,000.00 total may be granted to any one Eagle Scout. Prizes and other recognitions are awarded at the SAR State level.


The Hawaii Society of the Sons of the American Revolution awards the ROTC medal to advance the tradition of citizen-soldiers that was exemplified by Minutemen in the Revolutionary War.

The United States Army, the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps, and the United States Air Force approve the SAR ROTC Medal. Each service has notified its ROTC and JROTC units of this approval and has authorized presentation to its cadets or midshipmen.

A Chapter, a State Society, or the National Society presents the Enhanced JROTC Award to ROTC or JROTC cadets who are selected for having a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing and general excellence. The recipients are selected by the Commanding Officer of the ROTC or JROTC unit, who should be given full latitude in making the selection.

Please refer to our National SAR web site for further details or contact the Hawaii SAR for further information.

JROTC is part of a network of voluntary programs sponsored by the United States Armed Forces in high schools across America training high school students in areas of character education, leadership skills, and military sciences.

For more information, please visit the Sons of the American Revolution JROTC Page.

“The goodly heritage of Americans in the nineteenth century is the natural ripening harvest of the seed sown in the seventeenth. The Republic of America, or the American Union, is the natural growth of certain fixed principles of civil and religious liberty”

Rev. Samuel C. Damon, Seaman's Chaplain. The Americans' Goodly Heritage: A Thanksgiving Discourse. Fort Street Church, Honolulu: November 19, 1866.
Source: The Friend: January 1867, Honolulu.