BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President – Toby Kravet – 808-224-1065
(Click on Contacts for e mail addresses)
CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
Additional events, such as concerts, hikes, excursions, may be added. Watch your email for possible updates.
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 refreshments afterwards!
November 28 (Thursday) 9:30 A.M. Traditional Thanksgiving morning volunteer activity (for those who volunteered) serving meals to the needy at Blaisdell Center and pre-event potluck for everyone in the Club (see below).
December 21 (Saturday) 5:30 P.M. Annual Christmas Party Potluck at the ground floor recreation area/terrace of the Esplanade, 500 Lunalillo Home Road. Bring a dish to share and a gift of approximately $15.00 - $20.00 value if you wish to participate in the "Secret Santa" gift exchange.
First off, I want to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving holiday and, If I don't get another Newsletter out beforehand, a happy rest of the holiday season. I always go away for the Thanksgiving holiday, my one time of the year to connect, in person, with my family on the continent, and I am leaving next Wednesday for two weeks. That's the reason for this early December Newsletter.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, Anita wanted to make sure I remind you of the annual pre-volunteering potluck tailgate, FOR ALL MEMBERS, (not just those volunteering) on Thanksgiving morning, 9:30 - 10:30 A.M., in the grassy area between the parking structure and the pond adjacent to the Blaisdell Arena and to email her, firstname.lastname@example.org with a note of the item(s) you will be bringing. This is usually a well attended event, and parking in the structure is free.
Our stand-alone General Membership Meetings are normally "on vacation" during the holiday and ski seasons as are our Pau Hanas (we drink enough during the holidays). Therefore, following Thanksgiving, our next event will be the Annual Christmas Party at the Esplanade in Hawaii Kai on Saturday, December 21. Please note that we are asking that gifts for the "Secret Santa" exchange, if you are participating, be in the $15.00 - $20.00 range: They always had been, but, last year, a few were of much lower value. Also, note that this will be the opportunity to pick pre-ordered Club shirts or to buy them from existing stock. Please see information on shirts under "Announcements" below.
Looks like we have found a new home at Zippy's - Vineyard for our regular General Membership Meetings which will resume next year following the ski season. Our normal complement of attendees showed up on November 7, and, except for a bit of echo with the acoustics (you can't have everything), it was nice to have our own private room and affordable prices. Aside from the (one) complaint about acoustics (like singing in the bathtub?), the response was generally positive. Again, much appreciative to Gail for the suggestion and to Anita for doing the initial groundwork to secure it. Also, thank you to all who made other suggestions and a bit of research.
Due to conflicting statements in our present by-laws, and one or more process issues (how we do things) that no longer made sense (like having a meeting every month, even when off skiing) , we asked Mitch Iwanaga to take a look at them. He has done an absolutely "yeoman" job of rewriting, and we are ready to send them to you, the membership, for review. They should be coming within a couple of days, and you will be asked to review them and recommend changes, if any, no later than December 18. If there are none, we may be able put them up for a vote and get them in place before the end of the year.
Finally, if you have not yet renewed your membership for the 2019-2020 year, please do so before the end of this month as, otherwise, I will be removing you from our email list in early December.
A hui hou kakou,
UPCOMING SKI CLUB ACTIVITIES:
TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY
SERVING AN EARLY THANKSGIVING DINNER TO THE NEEDY
AND PRE-EVENT POTLUCK
777 Ward Ave.
November 28 (Thursday) 9:30 A.M (potluck tailgate); ll:30 A.M. (volunteering)
Thursday, November 28 will be the 49th Annual Salvation Army
Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the Blaisdell Center. This will be the 27th year that
the Hawaii Ski Club has volunteered at this event. We will join over 1000
community members from a variety of civic groups and schools who volunteer to
make this event special for those people who are less fortunate.
The potluck tailgate brunch, prior to the shift for the volunteers, is a great way to start your Thanksgiving day, enjoying friends, good food, and the sunny outdoors. The brunch will be held from 9:30-11:00 A.M. outside the Blaisdell auditorium in the grassy area between the parking structure and pond adjacent to the arena. ALL SKI CLUB MEMBERS are invited. This is an annual tradition where we enjoy the fellowship of other ski club members before we serve dinner to the less fortunate of Honolulu. At least we won’t be hungry later when we serve turkey dinners and pumpkin pie! Every club member is invited to join this tailgate even if you are unable to volunteer inside the auditorium. If you plan to attend the potluck, please email Anita with your potluck contribution/dish. Parking is free in the parking structure. Bring your own chairs and join us. Anything you wish to bring is welcome. You may sign up for what you wish to bring by emailing me, email@example.com
FOLDING TABLES: 1) Hodges
COOLER with ICE: Hodges
GALLON JUG with WATER: Hodges
2 GALLON JUG for MIMOSAS: Wanda
MAIN DISH like egg dish, meat, etc.
1) Nancy, egg casserole
YOUR PERSONAL SPECIALTY:
Other type of juice or drink:
Starbucks Coffee will be served and provided by ski club.
ANITA & BILL
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY
The Esplanade, 500 Lunalillo Home Road
December 21 (Saturday) 5:30 P.M.
Sylvia "Sam" Wright has come through yet again to get us the recreation room/terrace at her condo, The Esplanade, on Hawaii Kai Drive for our Annual Christmas Party. This is both pot luck and BYOB. Also, if you want to participate (almost all do) in the traditional gift exchange, bring a grab bag gift with approximate value of $15.00 - $20.00 You will be given a raffle ticket, and when your number is called, have the option of choosing a gift from the "pile" or one that has already been chosen, thereby forcing the original chooser to choose from the pile again: This can get pretty funny, satisfying, or frustrating depending upon whether you are victor, victim, or spectator----at that particular moment. and victors can turn into victims at the next ticket pulled----unless we change the rules. To get to the Esplanade, turn left off Kalanianaole Highway at Lunalillo Home Road, the last traffic light before the highway goes up the hill towards Hanauma Bay. Drive in the mountain direction approximately .6 of a mile and look for the looming white building complex on the left. While parking is limited at the building (eleven guest stalls in the circle at the entrance) there is normally plenty of street parking available on the other side of the street and on side streets off the other side. The recreation area is right on the ground level beside the lobby.
PRE-TRIP PARTY & GENERAL
748 KALANIPUU ST.
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96825
JANUARY 11 (SATURDAY) 5:30 P.M.
Stay tuned for the particulars
SKI CLUB SHIRTS
All pre-ordered shirts will be available for pick-up at the Christmas party. In addition we will have a limited supply of men’s polo shirts, men’s and women’s long sleeve shirts for $25, limited supply of the black 1/4 zip pullover for $45, and some new women’s shirts in black. In addition, we have some of the old style tanks in very limited sizes. The remaining stock will be available at the pre-trip party. Anyone who wants to purchase current stock can text Caroline at 255-9882 to check on available styles/colors/sizes.
The ski trips described below are for Hawaii Ski Club members. You can join the club by completing the form on www.hawaiisnowskiclub.com. Annual membership is $25 single or $35 couple. To register, click on the "Sign Up" link, complete the form online, take a screenshot or copy and paste it into your computer, print it out, and mail it to us with the appropriate payment (address on form). If you are unable to complete it online, you can print out the blank and complete it by hand.
HAWAII SKI WEEK 2020
BIG SKY RESORT
BIG SKY MONTANA
January 17 - January 25, 2020
looking for uncrowded slopes, mixed terrain ideal for groups or families with
varying level of expertise, a massive amount of terrain—5,750 acres to be
exact—and a relaxing, laid-back mountain setting then a Big Sky ski trip should
be a top of-mind choice. Being off the beaten path, as Big Sky is, certainly has
its perks: lift lines are nonexistent. Locals and return visitors joke that if
they have to wait in line for more than two minutes it’s a busy day. Big Sky
also offers a handful of exceptional, rustic Montana dining experiences, sure to
gratify guests looking for a unique meal.
• Round-trip Air Honolulu to Bozeman Airport
• Charter Bus Round-trip Ground Transfers
• Hotel Room at Summit at Big Sky or
• 3 Bedroom Condominium at Big Horn
• Group Lift Tickets
• Discounted Group Ski Rentals
• Women’s 3 Day Clinic (Jan 18 – 20)
the trip with Ski.com
$500 Deposit due July 7, 2019
Final payment due on November 13th
For more info contact Alan
SIGN UP FOR OPTIONAL BIG SKY ACTIVITIES
1. NASTAR ski races ($10 for two runs)
2. Big Sky Women’s 3-day Ski Clinic: Jan 17-19. Must sign up and pay in advance ($800) and pre-arrange extra night in hotel with Ski.com
3.For women who wish to have a small (2-3) group lesson with other women club members but do not wish to attend the 3-day clinic ($170-250 pp for half day)
4.All-day snowmobile tour of Yellowstone National Park. Price includes round trip bus to West Yellowstone, snowmobile rental, required snowmobile helmet (your ski helmet won’t be permitted as substitute), admission into national park, lunch, professional tour guide (required for snowmobiling in national park). Cost for single rider on snowmobile approximately $350 pp; for double (two riders on same snowmobile), approximately $225 pp.
5.Dog sledding near Big Sky: approximately $145 pp for 2 ½ hours (price depends on number of participants)
6.Dinner sleigh ride at Lone Mountain near Big Sky; approximately $150 pp (price depends on the numbers of participants)
7.Snowshoeing or cross-country skiing *
*Prices determined when Big Sky Resort opens Nov 28
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN ANY OF THESE OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES, PLEASE EMAIL ANITA at firstname.lastname@example.org . Sign-up is NOT a commitment. However, we should make arrangements in advance if we have a large group who want to participate in these
SKI NISEKO - HOKKAIDO, JAPAN
February 8-16, 2020
Niseko is the arguably one of the top ski resorts in Japan and is located in the
northern island of Hokkaido, about a two hour shuttle bus trip from Sapporo. It
receives a yearly average of 45 ft. of dry powder with abundant tree skiing. The
mountain is divided into four ski areas serviced by 3 gondolas and 30 additional lifts
and the terrain is approximately 30% beginner, 40% intermediate and 30%
advanced. We will be staying in Grand Hirafu, the largest of the four ski areas.
There are a number of shops and restaurants within easy walking distance from
our hotel. Package cost for airfare is $1,000 economy nonstop on
Hawaiian Airlines to Sapporo. Land package includes 7 nights hotel
with buffet breakfast, round-trip shuttle bus from airport to hotel, and 6 days
lift tickets with cost ranging from $1590-$1912 based upon twin occupancy and
room type. Airfare upgrades and single supplements for hotel are available
at additional costs. For
additional information and signup form, see the Trips section of our website,
You can also contact Alan Teramura,
email@example.com (808) 372-9970.
If you would like to extend your
trip to include Rusutsu (below) contact our packager, Schewe Travel Associates,
SKI RUSUTSU-HOKKAIDO, JAPAN
February 15-23, 2020
Trip includes round-trip to Sapporo, round-trip motor coach transfers from airport, 7 nights lodging at Rusutsu Resort Hotel, breakfast and dinner vouchers and 6 out of 7 days lift tickets (add $35.00 to total price if under 60). The hotel is ski-in/ski-out with 6 restaurants, onsen, movie theatre, swimming pool, and onsen. Total price is $3,781 with for a single occupancy room and $2,984 for double occupancy. For an extra $500 - $600, depending upon hotel, you can spend an additional 3 days skiing Niseko. For additional information and signup form, see the Trips section of our website, www.hawaiisnowskiclub.com/trips.htm. You can also contact Alan Teramura, firstname.lastname@example.org (808) 372-9970.
SKI QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND
August 1-10, 2020
The trip is still "under construction," but we have the above dates locked in at an incredible airfare price ($850.95 vs. regular advertised fare of $1287.85), and we are looking at a 3 star hotel or better with our own daily coach to and from the mountains, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. More information will be available shortly.
HAWAII SKI CLUB IS ON FACEBOOK
If you are on Facebook, add the HSC as a “friend.” You will be up-to-date with recent HSC activities that members upload. The HSC Facebook page has photos from members on ski trips and at Club activities. You can also include your personal photos and announcements relating to the club for all HSC members to view.
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/
November, 2019 Newsletter