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 some 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. See other youth contests and awards at the website.

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.

  1. 1st Place winner - $5,000.00 (plus $500 travel expesne and hotel)
  2. 2nd Place - $2,500.00
  3. 3rd Place - $1,000.00

Arthur M. and Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship

This 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 - $10,000.00

You may apply more than one year if you meet the age requirements but no more than $10,000.00 total may be granted to any one Eagle Scout. Prizes and other recognitions are awarded at the SAR State level.

One Hawaii level cash scholarship is given each year: 1st Place - $500.00. Current HISSAR Eagle Scout contact is Jack


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.

awaii Society currently presents 26 ROTC/JROTC awards and all Hawaii High Schools programs on all Islands and 2 ROTC awards at University of Hawaii level.

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.

“As the last vibration of the midnight bell proclaimed the presence of the jubilant day, the sound of fife and drum broke on the silent air. Hail Columbia, coupled with the ever stirring strains of The Star Spangled Banner and Yankee Doodle, mingled with the firing of guns, the sharp, loud crack of powder-charged anvil, and the glad cheers of hilarious voices. On came the music and our hearts beat quicker as we beheld, borne in front of a band of Hawaiians, the glorious banner of the free. Fourth of July at Hanalei at Princeville Plantation, Kauai, on the 90th anniversary of American independence.”

Source: Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Saturday, July 14, 1866