The Band was formed for those with common interests in such things as Irish, Scottish and Welsh music traditions, culture and heritage; bagpiping, drumming, dancing, entertainment and education. The Band embraces the following purposes:
The band kilts are Black Watch tartan, sometimes referred to as Grant Hunting. In 1725, General George Wade, the commander of British forces in North Britain authorized the formation of six independent companies of troops to police the Highlanders. One company was raised by Col William Grant of Ballindalloch. The companies were known locally as the 'Black Watch' and were eventually consolidated to form the 43rd (later 42nd) Royal Highland Regiment. The Independent Companies wore a dark blue, black and green plaid which was woven by over sixty weavers in Strathspey, the country of Clan Grant and is now referred to as the Black Watch tartan.
The band wears different uniforms depending on type of performances. The Black Watch tartan kilts are worn with both uniforms. For formal parades and appearances, a military style uniform is worn. Glengarry caps with red feather hackles and the band crest badge are uniform headgear. Uniform shirts are white with black watch shoulder board epaulets. When representing the Honolulu Fire Department, a white shirt with a HFD patch is worn. A horsehair sporran, red and black diced hose, red hose flashes and white spats completes the uniform. Optional individual items include a sgian dubh tucked into the hose tops, a belt worn dirk and a kilt pin.
For informal performances, the band wears a casual signature blue band shirt with band crest, a leather day sporran, ecru hose, red hose flashes and gillie brogues. An optional bush style hat with band crest is worn at times due to the extreme temperatures of Hawaiʻi.
An Associate Band Member is an invited individual who supports band activities. Associate Membership is recommended for members permanently leaving Hawai'i or unable to participate as a regular band member.
Honorary Band Members are those selected individuals who have demonstrated outstanding support for the band.
We pause to remember our former members who departed our band family too soon. We will always remember and honor their memory for their service and dedication to our band. May they rest in peace.