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June 18, 2018 General Meeting
June 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Salt Spring Island author Tom Koppel is the author of Kanaka: The Untold Story of Hawaiian Pioneers in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest (Whitecap Books, Vancouver, 1995). In his talk on June 18, Tom will tell how he researched his book, mainly using the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, the BC Provincial Archives, and personal interviews with descendants of the Hawaiians who came to BC in the 19th century. He will also describe the annual celebratory picnics (the “Hawaiian Connection”) that were held for four or five years by descendants of the Kanakas during the 1990s, where people discovered long lost relatives and exchanged family trees and other information. Tom will bring along copies of his book to sell, sign and dedicate.
(From 6:00pm – 7:00pm we are open for members and guests who wish to do research and/or participate in our round table sessions.)