April, 2021




  President – Toby Kravet – 808-224-1065
  Jonathan Carr
  Geoffrey Chu
  Michiro Iwanaga
  Anita Hodges
  Alan Teramura
  Caroline Sluyter
  Mike Tsutsui
  Karl See
  Nelson Dang

  Newsletter Editor
  Toby Kravet

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Every Monday evening (except on holidays and, of course, during Hawaii Ski Week): 4:30 P.M. A group of ski club members and their friends play tennis at Keehi Lagoon courts, off  Lagoon Drive.  Stay in shape and enjoy a "careful social hour" afterwards.

Sunday, April 11, 9:00 AM.  Moanalua Valley (Kamananui) hike.  


As you can see from the calendar above, in view of our move into Tier 3, we are officially back to Monday tennis, and I have volunteered to lead a hike on Sunday, April 11 into Kamananui Valley which is the back of Moanalua.  Progress!

I'm pleased to report that we've just signed a contract to Ski Aspen-Snowmass next year, January 22 - Jan 30, and will be staying at new (for us) accommodations which are closer to the lift than the Crestwood where we stayed last time and were going to stay this year had we gone.   Stay tuned for the details from Alan. 

Geof  tells me that he had a good time on his recent trip to Mammoth, before a business trip to Texas, and that he intends to leave again for Mammoth for, maybe, 2 weeks, to finish out the season.   Mike Basso and David Stone had good snow at Aspen-Snowmass, and Mike told me that he used ADL to get COVID tested for the trip back:  That's the system where you send away for a test kit, have someone from the company watch you test yourself with Zoom, and then trot the sample down to a UPS office which will have an airport pickup that day.  I was glad to hear that he got the results in time because an acquaintance of mine, who went to Utah, tried the same method and didn't get the results back before he was due to leave. The Salt Lake City airport, however, had XpresCheck, newly approved by the State of Hawaii, with test results in 15 minutes for $200.00:  Expensive but saved the day.   I'm pleased to hear that everyone in the Club and skiers I know outside of the Club, who went skiing this year, despite the dangers of the pandemic, have, thus far, returned in good health.  Hope it stays that way.

Those of you who use Facebook, who haven't yet checked out our Facebook site, should do so.  Just go to your Facebook page and search for Hawaii Ski Club.  Mike Tsutsui's son Noah, who is an "I.T. guy" and took a look, tells us that our Facebook site gets more hits than our website.  While your at it, you might also want to check the Facebook page of Far West Ski Association of which, as I have said before, we are a member:  Like for our Facebook page, just search for it.  They have lots of videos and other interesting stuff.  You might also want to check out their website, www.fwsa.org.  If you see any trips listed, they would not include airfare:  Since member clubs come from different locations, the clubs, or individuals, are responsible for travel to the destination.

Finally, if you haven't already done so, vote in the annual election with the ballot we sent you on March 10.   The deadline is April 10. 

That's it for now.

A hui hou kakou and stay safe out there,



Sunday, April 11, 9:00 A.M.

Da Da!  Trumpets please!!   We're going on a Hike- - - if the weather cooperates.  We have done this one before, a few years ago, but since then, one of the HECO bridges on the second half of the hike, has gone out so there's a trail around in the woods.  Also, there are now signs in the park that restrict parking to park users, not hikers, so you'll have to find parking in the subdivision, but you're going on a hike, right?  Walking a short bit on the paved road before starting the actual hike shouldn't be a problem.  Meet me in the parking lot.  Moanalua Valley, in case you're not familiar with it, is the valley to the immediate Diamond Head side of Kaiser Hospital.  If you're coming from Honolulu, just get off the freeway at Exit 2, stay to the right, and that will lead you onto Ala Aolani St. and right up to the end of the valley. Turn around and look for a place to park on Ala Aolani St. or a side street. The hike is along an old road that the Damon family or, primarily, Douglas Damon, one of the sons of Samuel Damon, turned into a sort of English countryside"  with 7 stone bridges designed by an Italian architect and a cobblestone road.  You can also see the remains of Douglas Damon's house.  The remains of his sister Mary's house is also in there, but I've never found it. There is also a large rock with Hawaiian petroglyphs near the end of  the "English countryside" section.  We will then proceed onto an old HECO road that goes further up the valley and will turn around at the point that 2  trails to the ridge (one of which leads up to the Haiku Stairs) start.  The hike should take no more than 3 hours.  Wear shoes that you wouldn't mind getting muddy as there are a couple of short sections that seem to stay that way.   Due to COVID considerations, the hike will be limited to 10 people and mask wearing is strongly advised.  Although airborne transmission is not a much of a problem in the outdoors, we may be overtaking people, people may be overtaking us, other hikers may be coming back in the opposite direction, and you can't always maintain the respectful distance that you intended.   Please RSVP pres@hawaiisnowskiclub.com , if you are coming and leave your current phone number in case we have a last minute cancellation due to weather: Tell us whether we can text you at that number.  See you April 11.




Mahalo to all members who have sent Anita photos of what you have been doing during the pandemic. We have pictures of members skiing/boarding at mainland ski resorts, local surfing, kayaking, hiking, and biking. Our club FB page is another way to keep our members connected during the pandemic and remind us of fun things ahead. Don’t forget to checkout the club FB page frequently for new photos and announcements of upcoming activities.

PLEASE EMAIL ONE OR TWO PHOTOS of what you have been doing during the pandemic to Anita,  anita@hawaiisnowskiclub.com .  The photos can be as simple as sitting in front of your computer or television, walking your dog, cooking a special meal, surfing, biking, playing tennis, catching an awesome sunset or sunrise, or spending time with your grandkids. If you were able to travel, email photos of your adventure. Comic photos always appreciated!!



Facebook is the best way to keep current on the Hawaii Ski Club. On your Facebook page on your computer, type "Hawaii Ski Club" into the search box on the top left. On your mobile device, tap the magnifying glass at the top to get the search box.  Pictures from Ski Club activities and other items are posted as they are submitted.  You can submit your own Ski Club pictures and other items you wish posted by emailing them to anita@hawaiisnowskiclub.com


Contributions from the membership to future newsletters are encouraged and will be greatly appreciated: Please e mail them to Toby (see Contacts) no later than 9 calendar days from the end of the month. Thanx much.

Updated club info available at http://www.hawaiisnowskiclub.com and on our Facebook page.

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