December, 2020 - ?




  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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Nothing scheduled due to COVID-19 limitations on activity.


First, let me wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving, and, if our next Newsletter does not precede it (though I think one might), a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.   I know the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday will not be like the ones to which we are accustomed, but the important thing is to stay safe so that we can, in the future, be it next year or the year after,enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving again. 

Talking about tradition,  I just got a postcard from Powder Magazine, to which I have subscribed for several years, that the last issue was "it," and they can refund my money or switch me to Men's Journal:  I asked for a refund.   I wonder if they were a casualty of the pandemic, i.e. less advertising income.   Back in 2016, I was subscribing to Skiing (my favorite), Ski, and Powder.  Skiing bit the dust in 2017.  Now we are down to one.

With Christmas right around the corner, those of you looking for a gift or two, maybe a gift for yourself, might want to take another look at our Hawaii Ski Club shirts which, I know, have been out of mind since we haven't been having events at which to display and sell them.  Pictures of our newer shirts are on our website, : Click on the "shirts" link.  We also have some of our older shirts for sale which are not pictured on the link.   You can contact Caroline, to arrange to discuss and order shirts. 

As of two weeks ago,  just a little over half of you 2019-2020 members had renewed for the new membership year.  Remember, due to the times in which we are living, we are making current renewals good through September 30, 2022:  Two years for the price of one.   Also, as of two weeks ago, ten of you going on the January 22 trip to Aspen-Snowmass were among the non-renewals:  Your membership needs to be active in order for you to go on the trip.  Sorry to be a nudge. 

Without our own activities to announce and report in the Newsletter, below are some items from the most recent Far West Ski Association Newsletter which might interest you.  The Far West Ski Association is an association of ski clubs on the West Coast.  Although we are a "little" further west, we are a member club. 

A hui hou kakou,



Far West News Flash


“NEWS”! ON YOUR MARK! GET SET! SKI!: Mammoth is open! Sun Peaks is open! So are several Colorado ski areas (Aspen Mountain, Breckenridge, and Keystone). With the current pandemic, please take heed and “Know Before You Go,” …long a backcountry mantra that will apply to all skiers and riders this year. Guests should visit ski area websites, social media and other channels to ensure they have the most up-to-date information on any COVID-19 protocols and understand what is expected during their visit. Colorado Ski Country’s COVID-19 webpage will be updated throughout the winter with tips, information and the most up-to-date resort protocols.

Many ski areas will be requiring prepurchase of lift tickets, ski school reservations, rentals and other activities and guests should check with the ski area they plan to visit before and leading up to their arrival. Ski parties will be allowed to load lifts and gondolas together at full capacity. Parties that are not together will have at least one seat between them on lifts. Up to two unrelated parties can load a gondola together up to 50 percent capacity. Parties that are uncomfortable riding with other parties will be allowed to ride as a single party. Again, check the website of the ski area you are planning to visit so that you “know before you go”!

“NEWS”! TELLURIDE SKI RESORT: Telluride will welcome NEW air service this winter with Southwest Airlines and Jet Blue adding flights into Montrose Regional Airport (MJT) starting in mid-December. Southwest will fly 2-3 times daily from Denver (DEN) and Saturdays and Sundays from Dallas Love Field (DAL). Jet Blue will operate from Boston Logan Airport (BOS) on Saturdays and select Wednesdays during the season. For additional information, visit Telluride resort will feature 20 refurbished gondolas offering dining options in Mountain Village as well as expanded yurt and outdoor dining services across the mountain. Specific COVID-19 information can be found on Telluride’s website.


Ski Club member Steve Speilman thought some of you might be interested in watching the trailer for the latest Warren Miller ski movie online (probably a bit pricey) or in a theater in case some organization brings it here to Hawaii.   Apparently, a paddling club brought the previous movie here last year.  Maybe something we should do?   Anyhow, thank you Steve.  The trailer can be viewed through this website:



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, and Welcome Basket in each condo. Also included is a brown bag breakfast, the morning after arrival, as a replacement for the traditional wine and cheese reception due to COVID-19 concerns and rules.  Plans for a Farewell Dinner, also included, may be changed due to the pandemic.   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.  Plans may change due to COVID-19 issues and number of participants so stay tuned for updates.

RUSUTSU ski trip is set for Feb 20-28, 2021 pending a lessening of Japan's travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.



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.

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  November, 2020 Newsletter