August, 2020 - ?



  President – Toby Kravet – 808-224-1065
  Jonathan Carr
  Geoffrey Chu
  Michiro Iwanaga
  Anita Hodges
  Alan Teramura
  Linda Giers
  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 share conversation and refreshments afterwards!

August 1 (Saturday), 8 A.M.  Hike on the Aiea Loop Trail from the top parking lot of Keaiwa Heiau State Park, end of Aiea Heights Drive.  Due to Covid-19 related considerations and local regulations, group is limited to those who already expressed interest.

August 16 (Sunday)  Hike.  Time and location TBA.

August 20 (Thursday), 12:00 noon - 3:00 P.M.  Volunteer activity packing meals for later distribution at Lanakila Meals on Wheels (See Announcements).


As you can see above, the Calendar, which was empty in the last newsletter, now has four items:  Monday tennis has resumed, we will, hopefully, be having our first hike of the season this coming Saturday, we are planning a second hike on a Sunday morning, two weeks later, and, trumpets please, we are back to volunteering at Lanakila Meals on Wheels (See "Announcements" below) 

We were supposed to have the hike last Saturday but, alas, the State closed the loop road in the park on Saturday morning due to the expected hurricane a day later, the few parking spots before the loop road were filled, and where to park in the subdivision below the park and not risk being towed is a question.   A friendly resident walking his dog was kind enough to invite me to leave my car at his house so I could stand at the park entrance and waive off Ski Club hikers who had not received or read my emergency email that the hike had been cancelled. 

With regard to volunteering at Lanakila Meals on Wheels, we are disappointed that it has to be on a weekday rather than a Saturday as in pre-COVID times, eliminating those of you without flexible schedules, but weekend packing has become another unfortunate casualty of the pandemic.  Be sure to email Anita if you wish to participate.

We're still trying to sort out what we may or may not be able to do in these coming months, especially since the "goal posts," with regard to rules for containing COVID 19, keep moving (As I write this, Mayor Caldwell is recommending non family groups be reduced to a maximum of 10). For the past few years our Kick-Off meeting for the new membership term, October 1 - September 30, has been at an outdoor venue, Rainbow Marina, outdoor venues are much safer than indoors, and we might be able to spread out from the close confines of the pavilion but, at the current time, the pavilions are not being rented.  Sam Wright has put in tentative reservations at the Esplanade in Hawaii Kai for our annual Ski Club Christmas Party for either the second on third weekend in December, but what we'll draw and whether we will have it all remains to be seen:  It is a large area which easily lends itself to social distancing, and there are relatively safe ways to serve/self-serve food at gatherings, but we will have to wait and see what happens. 

If anyone has ideas for activities and/or venues for activities which are usable, doable, and safe in this COVID era, please let me know.  See "Announcements" below for free Tai Chee lessons discovered by Board Member Nelson Dang:  This is not a sponsored Ski Club activity but definitely something worthwhile that our retired members, or those with flexible schedules, might want to check out.

Meanwhile, plans for next the northern hemisphere ski season continue unabated (see below).  From what I've read in emails and on the web, the question is more one of whether on-mountain restaurants will be open next year:  The lifts are expected to run.

Continue to stay safe out there.

A hui hou kakou,




Lanakila Meals on Wheels (LMOW) is welcoming back volunteers to its Bachelot Street location. Volunteers are the heartbeat of their operation, so they have reopened with new rules to preserve the health and safety of both the volunteers and the food recipients.

Some changes are:
• limiting the size of packing groups (only 6 per shift)
• limiting close interaction among people to practice social distancing
• reserving time between volunteer shifts for sanitizing workspaces
• Signup only for WEEKDAY morning or afternoon 3-hour shifts
THE HAWAII SKI CLUB will volunteer at LMOW on Thursday, AUGUST 20th from noon to 3PM. THE NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS IS LIMITED TO JUST 12. Six people will bundle frozen meals, and six will pack coolers with non-frozen foods like milk, butter, bread, etc.
No need for a new TB test (the Dept. of Health is closed to testing for TB at this time).
If you wish to volunteer, please email Anita at



Anyone interested in free Tai Chi lessons? Hawaii Taiji Health & Sports Association offers lessons three time a week and it is a great way to improve your physical, mental and spiritual health as well as your balance. Below is a link describing the association, but it has not been updated recently.

Sessions are held Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday from about 7:30 am to 9:00 am, but the main instructors usually will stay longer to help people, especially the beginners. These were originally held at the Chinese Cultural plaza, but due to the pandemic they have moved down the street to Beretania Park on Aala Street. I have joined them since they restarted in May, and if you have any questions send me an email:



HAWAII SKI WEEK,  Aspen Snowmass, is planned for Jan 22-30, 2021. Package prices include RT airfare on United Airlines from Honolulu to Aspen $899. Six days senior lift tickets $396 (fewer days and non-senior available). 7 nights at ski in ski out Crestwood Condos ranging from $855 pp quad occupancy in 1 bd +loft/ 2 ba; $950 pp quad for 2bd/ 2 ba; $1170 pp double occupancy 1 bd/1 ba condo. Total package price for as little as $2,150 including RT baggage handling and shuttle service to condos, Welcome Reception, Farewell Dinner and Welcome Basket in each condo. Deposit of $500 due mid-September and final payment due November 12, 2020. Deposit fully refundable until final payment is made.  Recommend that everyone should consider trip insurance. Will  confirm dates when cancellations must be made for air and lodging for refund.

RUSUTSU ski trip is set for Feb 20-28, 2021. Going one week later saves us $200 compared to last year. The trip package this year is $2800 pp double occupancy and includes RT non-stop airfare on Hawaiian Airlines, 7 nights lodging, 6 days lift tickets, RT shuttle bus from airport, breakfast buffet and dinner vouchers each day ($600 value). Schewetravel is holding 35 seats on Hawaiian Airlines at $799 and 25 rooms at Rusutsu, which can accommodate 50 people double occupancy. $500 deposit will be due for Rusutsu on a date TBD. 15 people expressed interest in a 3 day extension to Kiroro February 28- March 3, 2021. Estimating $600/person double occupancy for three nights lodging at ski-in ski-out Sheraton Kiroro Hotel and 3 days lift tickets.



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