How to Join

Are you a male descendant of a patriot in the American Revolutionary War? The HISSAR is an ancestry society, so if you are aged eighteen years or older and a lineal descendant of an ancestor, male or female, who supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783, you are eligible to join our membership.

Patriots participated in many ways in the American Revolution. These include serving as an officer, soldier, seaman, marine, militiaman, or minuteman, in the armed forces of the Continental Congress, or of any one of the several Colonies or States; as a signer of the Declaration of Independence; or as a member of a Committee of Safety or Correspondence; or as a member of any Continental, Provincial, or Colonial Congress or Legislature; or as a recognized patriot who performed acts of resistance to the authority of Great Britain.

Please contact our Registrar, Rob Moore, by e-mail at for a brochure on membership and assistance with your application.

We also recommend that you visit the Membership section of the National Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) web site for further detailed information. This includes membership application and ancestry forms that must be completed accurately and submitted on acid-free paper for approval via the Hawaii society.

Not sure how to find genealogical information about your ancestry? Click here to visit the membership section of the National SAR web site for a variety of online-based resources.

Genealogy Training Material Posted. There is now a section on the SAR website, Portable Digital Materials ( ), with over a dozen links to files for genealogy and application-preparation training are located. Many of the documents were prepared by Staff Genealogist Denise Hall and include talking points from seminars presented at Leadership Meetings. Despite the on-line tutorial for using the on-line application process, Hawaii SAR still requires use of the Paper (via PDF) version available from our current Registrar. The on-line version still has “kinks” and printing issues.

For Hawaii-based libraries and archives with genealogical holdings visit this site:

The National Society, Sons of the American Revolution's (NSSAR) library catalog in Louisville, Kentucky, is now on-line. The Society's library is a comprehensive reference and research facility with over 50,000 items (books, microfilms, etc.)

Application Fees:

National $80, State $10; Total(+ dues,$55): $145

Annual Dues:

National $35, State $20; Total: $55

Benefits of Joining:

Review, registration, and archival storage of lineage and documentation; membership certificate; membership insignia (rosette); booklet with constitution, bylaws, officers, membership list; four issues of The SAR Magazine; access to SARtalk (on-line discussion group); opportunities to participate in meetings and events and the Annual Congress held in July. Hawaii SAR has several meetings a year, an annual joint DAR-SAR luncheon meeting, and participates in other historical, patriotic and veterans' events.

“The Stamp Act, enforced taxation without representation, and the Boston Post Bill were steps by which the advance was made through a period of ten years toward revolution, and when with Lexington and Concord, the shot was fired, heard round the world the war was actually begun. All hesitation was now abandoned, and a Congress was called together for the purpose of deciding the future of the oppressed American colonies.”

G. W. Woods, Surgeon, from an Address delivered at the American Centennial Celebration at the Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu
Source: The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Honolulu: July 8, 1876.