The Historical Committee presents Stew & Rice

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Tuesday, July 30 - Hawai'i's Kōlea, the Amazing Transpacific Life of the Pacific Golden-Plover

Only in Hawai'i do kōlea (Pacific Golden-Plovers) live in harmony with humans in backyards, city parks, and urban spaces. Every April these migratory shorebirds leave Hawai'i and fly to Alaska, nonstop for 2 days, to breed and produce chicks. That done, the birds return in August (leaving their chicks behind to find their way) to the same spot, where they capture the hearts of Hawai'i residents and visitors alike. Join Susan Scott, President of Hawai'i Audubon Society, to hear the story of what we know and don't know about these amazing birds. OCC member Gerry DeBenedetti will introduce Susan and share her personal experiences traveling to Alaska with Susan to the kōlea breeding grounds. Susan and Gerry were also together in Midway in 2014 on the Fish & Wildlife Service annual Albatross count. Susan Scott wrote the weekly column, Ocean Watch, for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser from 1987 to 2020, and is the author of 10 books about nature in Hawai'i.

Susan began her professional life as a trained nurse and also earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, a graduate of the university's Marine Option Program. As a volunteer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Susan has counted albatrosses at Pihemanu Kuaihelani (Midway Atoll), tagged crabs on Palmyra Atoll, and rescued monk seals and sea turtles at Kānemilohaʻi (French Frigate Shoals). Susan's interest in native birds resulted in her being elected president of the Hawai'i Audubon Society in 2022.

Tuesday, June 25 - The Honolulu Zoo: Tales of Transformation, A Whole World on a Single Island

The Honolulu Zoo: Tales Of Transformation, A Whole World On A Single Island

Embark on a wild exploration with a Honolulu Zoo Society educator, who will share insight on the transformation of the Honolulu Zoo from a bird-of-paradise collection to its current collection of a wide variety of animals from around the world.

The Honolulu Zoo was founded in 1877, making it the oldest zoo in the United States. It originated with a 300-acre land grant by King Kalakaua, part of his gift of royal lands to the people, and dedicated Kapiolani Regional Park named for his consort Queen Kapiolani. Appointed Park Association members developed the marshland of primarily old fishponds, lagoons, and ponds with the help of royal subsidies to display the King’s private bird collection and a horse racing track.

In 1914, the City of Honolulu assumed responsibility for the park, and the first Park Director, Ben Hollinger, began collecting animals. In 1947 42.5 acres within Kapiolani Regional Park, was designated as the Honolulu Zoo. Over the years the zoo has evolved into an educational and conservation-focused facility with the support from the non-profit Honolulu Zoo Society. For more information logo onto

Reserve your seat for this event on the OCC website or App or by calling the Front Desk. This presentation is sure to leave a pawprint in your heart!


Tuesday, May 14 - The Battle of Nu'uanu 1795: Warfare that Unified the Hawaiian Islands

Painting by Herb Kane

Late April into May of 1795, Kamehameha, Aliʻi of Hawaiʻi Island sought to unify the islands under one rule. The battle began with the landing of his forces on Waikiki to battle against Kalanikūpule, Aliʻi of Oʻahu and Maui. Retired Brigadier General Moses Kaoiwi Jr., of the Hawaii National Guard will bring the battle to life in your mind offering insight on the events that led to the final conflict between the two ali’i. You’ll learn Hawaiian warfare during pre-western contact and post-western contact, and the Hawaiian adaptation of western weapons into Hawaiian warfare and tactics.

Moses served thirty-nine years in the Hawaii National Guard as a traditional part-time Guardsman and on Active Duty and has a master’s degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College. Moses is also the acting Director, Classical Era program for the Forum on Hawaii’s Military History and Warrior Past. He has also partnered with Historian Neal Dukas to report on the Military Aspects of Terrain during the Battle of Nuʻuanu. Their findings can be found in “The Battle of Nuʻuanu Historic Preservation Project: Survey and Background Research for the Preservation of Hawaiʻi’s Most Significant Indigenous Battlefield” submitted to the University of Hawaii.

Don’t miss out on this exciting event! RSVP on the OCC website, app or call the Front Desk. 

SOLD OUT! Tuesday, April 30 - National Tropical Botanical Garden Presents: Epic Stories of Polynesian Voyages, Culture and the Plants Brought to Hawaii

Through time, the Polynesians learned how to live sustainably on their canoes, preserve limited resources, and also how to flourish here in the Hawaiian Islands. At this moving presentation, Lei Wann, Director of Limahuli Garden on Kauai and Mike Opgenorth, Director of Kahanu Garden on Maui, will share some of these important botanical and cultural stories, in a presentation centered on the concept of biocultural conservation. Biocultural conservation is at the heart of the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG). NTBG is a non-profit institution dedicated to discovery, research, education, and conservation. Its mission is to enrich life by perpetuating tropical plants, ecosystems, and cultural heritage. For more information visit

Tuesday, March 26 - History of the Royal Hawaiian Band

Join founder of the Kealakai Center for Pacific Strings Kilin Reece, and Honolulu Star Advertiser "Rearview Mirror" columnist Bob Sigall for a look into the vibrant history of the Royal Hawaiian Band. This multimedia presentation will span two centuries of the bandʻs legacy, with a focus on the role of the bandʻs String Ensemble, or Glee Club and the award winning international tours of the band during the final decades of the 19th century. Early photographs and recordings of the band will be shared, as well as samples from Raiatea Helmʻs new album: A Legacy of Hawaiian Song & String, Volume One, co-produced by Kealakai Center for Pacific Strings. This album features recreated transcriptions from recordings of the String Ensemble of the Royal Hawaiian Band uncovered through the research of Kealakai Center. For more information please visit:

Tuesday, February 20 - The Iconic Ocean Race: Discover What it Takes to Win the World's Longest and Toughest Team Sporting Event

Join us as we hear from fellow Outrigger Canoe Club member Mark Towill, CEO of 11th Hour Racing Team, the first American Sailing Team to take home the iconic Ocean Race trophy in the race’s 50-year history. To win The Ocean Race - often a lifelong dream for those who dare to participate - takes exceptional teamwork. Success requires the ability to make split-second decisions, cope with pressure, adapt swiftly to changing circumstances, and above all keep improving. The Ocean Race is held every three or four years since 1973 with the 2023 race a grueling test covering 32,000 nautical miles around the world.

Mark led his team to victory along with his childhood friend and Skipper Charlie Enright, and they did so with sustainability at the core of all operations. The team has traveled the world inspiring positive action for ocean health - it certainly wasn’t plain sailing but on 29th June 2023 11th Hour Racing Team won and in doing so, spread the team’s message far and wide.

Tuesday, January 9 - A Special Evening with Tri Bourne

You’re invited to meet Tri Bourne, among the world's elite class of professional beach volleyball players, who will be joining us to share his life stories. Tri, who spent most days of his childhood at Outrigger Canoe Club, is now a professional beach volleyball player and has played at the highest levels of the sport, including Olympics and World Championships.

Tri will be speaking about his experiences such as making it from our Club’s Baby Court to the Olympics (to fill in for Taylor Crabb), dealing with the health challenges along the way and co-founding SANDCAST Media platform - which features his podcast, YouTube channel and his newest volleyball book ‘Playbook of Champions’.

The Outrigger Canoe Club holds a long and storied place in national and international volleyball history. Although many factors contribute to the Club’s success, the one constant has been the Baby Court at the Club where so many champions like Tri got their volleyball start. Alan Lau, OCC Volleyball Committee Chair 2014-2018 (Co-Chair 2013), will be on hand to kick off this special evening and share insight on the Baby Court, the birthplace of champions!

Tuesday, November 21 - Royal Residences Around the World

You’re invited to enjoy a regal worldwide journey presented by Dr. Douglas Askman, Professor of History, Hawai'i Pacific University .This presentation will first look at several Hawaiian royal residences. Then, we will examine royal palaces in various places around the world in a Hawaiian context featuring royal sites in Europe and Asia that King Kalākaua visited on his 1881 world tour. Finally, learn about artifacts with Hawaiian royal connections, including objects at ‘Iolani Palace, that have links to royal residences.
Tuesday, October 24 - The Kahanamoku Family Musical Legacy

Photo credit: J. Matt/ZUMA
Join Kealakai Center & The Pacific String Museum founder Kilin Reece for a multimedia presentation and journey through time chronicling the illustrious musical legacy of the Kahanamoku family. From the 19th-century string ensembles of Duke Kahanamoku Sr. and his performances at the 1893 Chicago World Fair, to the globetrotting musical odyssey of his violin and Hawaiian Steel Guitar pioneering brother, Professor Keouli (aka Lui Thompson), and his band the Honolulu Students. 

For more information about Kealakai Center & The Pacific String Museum, go to

Tuesday, September 26 - Our Stories, Our Future - CANCELED

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to cancel the event. We sincerely apologize for the short notice.

We hope to see you at the next Stew & Rice event on Tuesday, October 24.

Mahalo for your understanding. 

Tuesday, August 22 - Kama'aina Kanikapila

Wear your favorite mu’u mu’u with a flower in your hair or your best aloha shirt and lei and reminisce with friends at our annual Kama’aina Kanikapila party.

Enjoy a specially prepared curry dinner buffet by Executive Chef Brandon Lee. Sway to music by Kualoa at Dawn and enjoy an informative presentation about Hawaiian music history presented by Kilin Reese, founder of Kealakai Center & The Pacific String Museum. Plus, all in attendance receive a complimentary raffle ticket for a chance to win a door prize.

It’s a great time of year to gather with old friends and new - get your hula hands ready and don’t forget to bring your ukulele for an impromptu jam session!

Tuesday, July 18 - History of the Transpacific Yacht Race

Join us for an exciting evening with Senior Staff Commodore Bo Wheeler, who enlighten us with the Transpacific race history and share actual footage from past races. Learn how the Transpacific Yacht Club came to fruition thanks to Clarence Macfarlane and Harry Sinclair organizing the first race from San Francisco to Honolulu in 1906. For details on this year's race log, please visit

Tuesday, June 20 - Share the Shaka

Be one of the first to get a Sneak Peek of the film "Shaka, A Story of Aloha" presented by producer Steve Sue. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to submit feedback to help optimize the value of the final film. The movie explores the origin of the Shaka gesture kept secret by elders for more than 75 years for fear of it being commercialized. Stories attribute it to former Waialua Sugar Mill worker Hamana Kalili who lost his middle fingers in a mill accident. He was given a new job on the mill train waving to passing children with the hand signal now known as the shaka.

Where the word SHAKA originated from connects Hawaii and Japan. It is a Japanese word meaning "Fear not, go for it" and was brought to Hawaii by Japanese and Okinawan plantation workers. Ultimately the film is about the power of aloha, relevant to a world in need of optimism, tolerance, inspiration, hope, cooperation and connection.

Tuesday, May 23 - “Surfing With Ancients”

Talk Story with Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner and waterman Tom “Pohaku” Stone with special Emcee Kamaka Pili, KHON2 Weather Anchor, Reporter and host of “Aloha Authentic”. Hear about Pohaku’s journey in search of his culture, his passion for preserving and sharing traditional Hawaiian values and connection to the ocean through his nonprofit organization Kanalu. Learn rituals of surfboard carving in the days of old Hawai’i and the sport of He’e Holua (Hawaiian Sledding) which Tom has single handedly revitalized. For more information about Pohaku visit

Tuesday, April 18 - The History of the Hawaiian Flag & Coat of Arms

Dr. Doug Askman, Professor of History at Hawaii Pacific University and docent at Iolani Palace, will look at the history of the Hawaiian Flag, Coat of Arms, and Seals. He'll discuss the Hawaiian Flag, royal flags from the Hawaiian Kingdom and other official flags used during and after the monarchy. The history and symbolism of the Kingdom's Coat of Arms and Seals used by subsequent governments will also be explained.

Tuesday, March 21 - Joey Cabell: The Legend of Surf

The Historical Committee is excited to present Stew & Rice Tuesday, March 21. Join us for a special evening with Joey Cabell, member of the Waterman Hall of Fame and Duke Kahanamoku Surf team. Enjoy a viewing of Joey Cabell: The Legend of Surf, the story of the legendary championship surfer who helped revolutionize the sport in the 1960s in Hawai'i, while becoming the ultimate renaissance man as a world-class sailor, skier, and entrepreneur in launching the famous Chart House restaurant brand.

Tuesday, February 21 - History of The Violin In Hawai'i 

The Historical Committee is excited to present Stew & Rice Tuesday, February 21 at 5:30 pm. Join Kealakai Center and Pacific Strings Museum founder Kilin Reece and filmmaker Myrna Kamae for an evening exploring the rich history of the violin in Hawaii. Enjoy a live performance by members of the award-winning Mana Music Quartet performing string arrangements of HRH Queen Liliuokalani's compositions and the 60-minute documentary Li'a: the Legacy of a Hawaiian Man, an unforgettable film about Sam Li'a whose music and life was filled with the spirit of Hawai'i... A man of aloha.
Tuesday, January 17 - Sacred Hawaiian Burials

To kick off this year's Stew & Rice events, the Historical Committee is thrilled to welcome filmmaker Keoni Alvarez and his mentor Palikapu Dedman to our Club. They will be showing one of Keoni's films, Kapu "Sacred Hawaiian Burials," a documentary about an indigenous Hawaiian man who discovers his path through the discovery of a hidden ancient Hawaiian burial cave. Followed by a Questions & Answers session in which they will elaborate on their mission to preserve Native Hawaiian burial sites.
Tuesday, October 25 - Papua New Guinea: Then & Now - Details & Reservations Coming Soon...

Tuesday, September 20 - Iolani Palace

We are honored to welcome a presentation from Iolani Palace: “One hundred and forty years ago Kalakaua and Kapiolani began using the Palace to send a message to the world; we are an independent sovereign nation, we are educated and technologically advanced. The Friends of Iolani Palace mission statement challenges us to share and celebrate the unique cultural, historical and spiritual qualities of Iolani Palace and its grounds. With the Palace as a focal point Paula Akana, Executive Director of The Friends of Iolani Palace and Palace Historian Zita Cup Choy will share and celebrate who we were as a nation in the late 19th century.” 

Tuesday, August 23 - Kanikapila

Tuesday, June 28 - Waikiki: Riding the Waves of Change

Book your seats early for the next exciting presentation as we welcome Co-producers Caroline Yacoe and Judy Athans to introduce “Waikiki: Riding the Waves of Change.” This acclaimed 2007 documentary tells the story of the Waikiki Beach Boys and their time of transition through interviews, archival footage and scenes of Waikiki. Join us for a look back at these legendary Ambassadors of Aloha.

Previous Events:

Tuesday, May 24 - SOLD OUT

Thank you author Rianna Williams and Alice Guild for their reading of “An Hour with Queen Lili'uokalani”
Tuesday, March 29
An Exclusive Screening of Waterman! - SOLD OUT

Thanks to OCC Club Captain, Billy Pratt, for arranging this special showing for Outrigger Canoe Club members.
If you missed this showing, Waterman is currently available to view on PBS as part of their American Masters series: Click Here to view on PBS.

February 28, 2022 at 5:30 pm SOLD OUT
The Historical Committee Presents: Stew & Rice
Bishop Museum Historian DeSoto Brown presenting Waikiki: Things You Remember and Things You Never Knew

Thank you to all of our members that made our first Stew & Rice at the Club a sold-out success!

The Historical Committee Presents:
Stew & Rice At Home via Zoom Webinar

Missed A Stew & Rice? Catch Up With The Recordings Below:

Tuesday, November 16
Alice Guild will be reading excerpts from “Besieged by Paradise” a play by John Dinsmore and George James. Click Here to View Recording

Tuesday, October 19 at 6:30 pm
 Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum "From Enemies to Friends: A Peaceful Perspective of the Attack on Pearl Harbor." 
Click Here to watch Zoom recording

Tuesday, September 28 at 6:30 pm
Photographer, writer, and professor David Ulrich - The Art of Seeing with a Camera
David Ulrich is a professor and co-director of Pacific New Media Foundation in Honolulu.
Click Here to view the recording.

Click Here to view Jane Goodsill author of the book “Stories of an Island People in Their Own Words” - learn more about her book at: recorded Tuesday, August 3 at 6:30 pm

Click Here to view Vicki Heldreich Durand with her book: Wave Woman: The Life and Struggles of a Surfing Pioneer from June 15 at 6:30 pm

Email Vicky at [email protected] to view the video she mentions during the presentation and visit her website for more information:

Click Here to view the recording from Stew & Rice - Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum presents "The Lafayette Escadrille"
Click Here to view PHAM original, complete webinar with Q&A session -  Q&A starts at appx. 1:11:53
Click Here for Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum's Resource page

Click Here to view the recording from April 20 at 6:30 pm
The Nature Conservancy Hawaii Celebrates Earth Day - Take a virtual walk through Maui’s Waikamoi Preserve
Want more information about TNC Hawaii? Please email [email protected] or visit their website - click here

Click Here to View Zoom Recording from April 6 at 6:30 pm
Felipe Pomar presents: The Lost and Ancient Roots of Surfing - for more information, click here

Click Here to View Recording from March 16, 2021
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum presents: The Swamp Ghost's Long Journey Home with Alfred Hagen. For more information about the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum and their programs - Click Here.

Click Here  - Chris Cramer, Founder and Executive Director of the Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center - Presents: Groves of Mana: Traditions of Niu - sharing stories of the celebrated groves along O’ahu’s South Shore, virtually visiting beloved groves from the past including Niu, Wai’alae, Helumoa, Ainahau and Old Plantation. For more information, Click Here.

Click Here to View Author John Clark joined us Monday, January 11 at 6:30pm via Zoom Webinar to present his new book - Kalaupapa Place Names - Waikolu to Nihoa. John has been a very popular Stew & Rice speaker, and he'll be presenting a unique history of the leprosy settlement on Moloka'i, based on his research of more than 300 Hawaiian language newspaper articles. 

Due to technical difficulties, Myrna Kamae will be rescheduled to present at a future Stew & Rice event, date to be determined. We want to ensure her video clips are presented at the highest quality for maximum enjoyment.

Click Here to view the recording of the October 20 for Stew & Rice at Home with The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum - "The Doolittle Raid"
Please Click Here for Resources provided by PHAM.

Tuesday, October 6 at 6:30pm
Welcome Back John Madinger Presenting The Opium Kings of Hawaii

Please enjoy a return visit from John Madinger, presenting on the exciting true story of the men of the schooner Halcyon who smuggled tons of opium into San Francisco and Honolulu in the 1890s, becoming America's first drug traffickers. John's presentation last month on the Massie case was extremely well-received - you won't want to miss this presentation.
Click Here to view the recording

Click Here to view the Recording from ​​​​​​​the September 1st Stew & Rice, featuring award-winning author and retired law enforcement agent John Madinger. His newest novel delves into mysteries swirling around the notorious Massie murder case. For more information on John's projects, visit his website -

Nanette Napoleon Presents Oahu Cemetery - July 2020 - Click Here

The Nature Conservancy Hawaii Presents Palmyra Atoll - June 2020 - Click Here


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