January,  2019





  President – Toby Kravet – 808-224-1065
  Jonathan Carr
  Geoff Chu
  Paul Ferguson
  Bill Hodges
  Anita Hodges
  Alan Teramura
  Linda Giers
  Caroline Sluyter
  Mike Tsutsui

  Newsletter Editor
  Toby Kravet

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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!

January 3 (Thursday) Zilch. Nada. No General Membership Meeting on this date.   The Packet Pickup party for Hawaii Ski Week on January 19, to which everyone is invited, whether or not you are signed up for the trip, will serve as the General Membership Meeting.

January 17 (Thursday) 5:30 P.M.  Board meeting at Henry Loui's.

January 19 (Saturday) 5:30 P.M.  Packet Pickup Party for Hawaii Ski Week 2019 (Whistler/Blackcomb)/General Membership Meeting at the home of Judy Sobin and Jeff Lilley, 748 Kalanipuu St., Honolulu, Hi. 96825 (Hawaii Kai).  Please note that the previous newsletter indicated Sunday:  Date was correct; day was wrong; "slip of the mind."

January 25  Off to Whistler/Blackcomb

February 10 (Sunday) 5:30 P.M. Post Trip Whistler/Blackcomb/Pre Trip Rusutsu Party/General Membership Meeting at the Esplanade, 500 Lunalillo Home Road, Hawaii Kai.

February 16  Off to Rusutsu


As I sit to write this month's President Message, per the "On the Snow" website, Whistler has been "blessed" with 81" of snow, more than any of the other ski areas I track.  By comparison, Alta has 56", Mammoth has 60", and Vail has 44".  I'm "stoked." ------- We'll be there in four weeks.

As indicated below in the write-up for our January 19 Packet Pickup Party/General Membership Meeting, we will not be holding nominations, as we did last year, for the next year's Hawaii Ski Week but, instead, returning to the traditional practice of holding them at the Farewell Dinner on this year's trip. We, however, do invite all members, if they wish, to submit written nominations to be read at the dinner.  Nominations should include such information as size of the area, percentage of novice, intermediate, and expert terrain, proximity of most lodging to the slopes, proximity of restaurants, bars, and shops, alternative activities for non skiers/boarders, and ease of travel from Hawaii.  Most, if not all, of this information is readily available on the area's website.  Some of you made suggestions for changes in the selection process for Hawaii Ski Week (clearly inviting written nominations was one of them), and we will be further discussing them in our Board Meeting on January 17.   We will probably be having a vote to select the top three at the Post Trip Canada/Pre Trip Rusutsu party on February 10, as we have done in the past, and, if this is the case, you would want to attend to be able to fully participate in the process:  The party is open to the entire membership.   Afterwards, as in previous years, the entire membership will get to vote for the winner of the "surviving" nominations.  In any case, the voting process will be clarified in our upcoming Board Meeting and communicated via email.

I trust that a number of you will be proudly wearing your colors, your new Hawaii Ski Club shirts, on both of our upcoming trips.  We sold twelve at the Christmas party, and I'm sure that Caroline will be bringing more stock to the Packet Pickup on January 19th.  Sorry I haven't had the time to put pictures on our website yet, but, thanks to Anita,  you can find them on our Facebook page.  New shirts are available for $20, $25, and $45.00.  A very limited (in style, color, and size) number of old shirts are still available for $10.00.

Finally, very shortly after the 2019 northern hemisphere ski season has been put to bed, Board elections will be coming up.  If you are interested in helping to keep the ship afloat or, maybe, to help steer it in new and interesting directions, we (the present Board) are interested in you.  Let me know.

A hui hou kakou,




Our Packet Pickup Party for Hawaii Ski Week, 2019, which will also serve as the Club's January General Membership Meeting (everyone is invited whether or not you are going on the trip) will be held at the home of Judy Sobin and Jeff Lilley in Hawaii Kai.   The Trip Committee will provide the food, but beverages are BYOB.  We will not be having the nominations for our 2020 Hawaii Ski Week at the Pre-Trip party as I suggested we might in last month's Newsletter:  Instead, we will be returning to our traditional practice of having it at the farewell dinner of Hawaii Ski Week.  Still, even if you are not going on the trip, you can nominate a ski destination for 2020 as long as you write it up so it can be read at the Farewell Dinner, and give it/email it to me or the Trip Committee (See "Contact Us" on website) prior to our departure: The Packet Pickup Party would be a convenient time and place to submit it.  Make sure the write-up contains sufficient information on the ski area to later submit it for a vote without further research. To get to Judy's and Jeff's house at 748 Kalanipuu St., turn off Kalanianaole Highway onto Lunalillo home Road and drive approximately 1.8 miles (about .41 past the Esplanade where we had our Christmas party) where you will find Kalanipuu St. on the left.  Drive down Kalanipuu St. .29 miles and you'll see the house on the left with a bear holding a surfboard.  Please RSVP to me, pres@hawaiisnowskiclub.com if you are coming as we need a headcount for the food.



Sam has invited us back to the Esplanade to swap pictures and stories of Whistler/Blackcomb and for updated information for those shortly leaving for the powder of Rusutsu.  Unless "countermanded" by future updates, this will be Potluck as well as BYOB.  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. 



As always, our annual Christmas Party was well attended, most everyone was dressed in their holiday best, there was more than enough food to go around, and the gift exchange, as usual,  had a bit of frustration but a bit more of laughter.  Imagine Geoff in a red negligee!   I know he didn't pick it, but he ended up wearing it.  Thank you, again, Sam, for making your recreation area available.  You're the "hostess with the mostest."



JANUARY 25, 2019 - FEBRUARY 2, 2019

The trip package includes non-stop round trip airfare leaving Honolulu on Friday January 25, 2019 to Vancouver and returning on February 2, 2019. From the airport we will board a chartered bus directly to Whistler and our lodging. You can choose between either a hotel room for two people or a nearby condo that accommodates quad occupancy. Group discounted lift tickets can be added to the package. The total trip package is $2004 with the hotel option and $1930 with the condo option assuming a 5 day senior lift ticket, making this one of the most affordable ski trips we have recently made. This year we are using a local travel agency which is experienced in booking ski trips for hundreds of skiers and boarders annually and which has arranged over a dozen trips to Whistler- Blackcomb. Schewe Travel Associates, 1481 S. King Street #312A - Honolulu, Hawaii 96814 Telephone: (808) 947 - 8811, Email: schewetravel@hawaii.rr.com.  Therefore,  there will be some changes in the booking process. For one, the initial deposit is only $300 per person, much less than in the past, and it is due on or before August 1, 2018. The final payment is due November 1, 2018.  Reservation forms have already been emailed to all members at the time of the announcement.  If, for some reason, you did not receive it, please contact Alan Teramura, alan@hawaiisnowskiclub.com  Complete and mail the form, with your deposit, to Schewe Travel Associates.

Air Line

WESTJET AIRLINES: $599.00. Air Fare per person from Honolulu to Vancouver, Canada, for up to 50 people. Additional people will be priced at the air fare in existence at the time of booking. First check bag is free; additional checked bags are $35.00. One small carryon and one personal item taken on board are free. Block group seating is included. Individuals may change seats without charge at airport check in or may purchase PLUS SEAT upgrades. Friday, Jan.25 WestJet 1865 Depart HNL 11:50 pm – Arrive YVR 7:30 am Jan.26; Saturday, Feb.02 WestJet 1864 Depart YVR 6:15 pm – Arrive HNL 10:48 pm

Hotel/Condo Lodging

TANTALUS LODGE: $795.00 per person based on 4 people sharing a 2 bedroom, 2 bath suite with full kitchen and living room. Bedding: Queen in first bedroom, 2 twin beds or bunk bed in second bedroom, sofa sleeper in living room. Baggage handling is optional for groups at $6.00 per person in/out. Free WIFI, shuttle van to lift, secure ski and snowboard storage, overnight ski tuning & repair, in-room safe, telephone with free local and 800 calls, hairdryers, iron and ironing board. Located just outside the main Whistler Village area and around the corner from Westin Hotel & Spa. Approximately 5-6 minute walk to Whistler Gondola.

LISTEL WHISTLER HOTEL: $869.00 per person based on 1 person or 2 people sharing a hotel room with 2 queen beds with coffee maker, small fridge, in-room safe, TV. $30.00 extra person fee (max 4 per room, per night plus tax. Upgraded rooms may be available upon request. Baggage handling optional for groups at $8.00 per person in & out. Hotel offers free WIFI throughout, après Ski Champagne Bar, award-winning Bearfoot Bistro Restaurant, Ketel One Ice Room serving over 50 vodkas, coin operated laundry, computers/printers in lobby, elevators, shared Jacuzzi. Approximately 2-3 minute walk to the Whistler Gondola.

Lift Ticket Choices


Selection must be made at time of booking. Change allowed prior to final payment. These lift tickets allow one day off to rest during the total number of days purchased. No changes are allowed within 30 days
# of Days. 6 out of 7; 5 out of 6; 4 out of 5; 3 out of 4
Adults 19-64 $597 $526 $426. $331
Seniors 65+. $557. $476. $392 $302
Youth 13-18 $528. $452. $369. $239
Child 6-12. $299. $272. $226. $177

Shuttle bus

Transfers Round Trip– airport/Whistler/airport: $60.00 per person includes tax and gratuity to driver. One 46 seat motor coach for 43 people or two 25 seat motor coaches for 24 people in each coach. Vehicle size will to be determined by final number of people signed up 30 days prior to departure.
Travel Protection Plans: Travel protection coverage is recommended and available to cover most cancellation situations. Coverage to cancel for any reason or for pre-existing medical conditions must be purchased within 14 days of tour member’s deposit. Otherwise, coverage must be purchased prior to final payment. Call for additional information.

Terms and Conditions for Group Packages:

All features outlined above will be confirmed upon receipt of initial deposit. A 4% service fee will be applied to individuals wishing to pay with individual credit cards. Prices listed will not be assessed any fees for payment by cash or check. Per person deposit of $300.00 to confirm booking is due on/before August 1, 2018. Per person final payment is due on/before November 1, 2018. 
Prices are based on a minimum of 25 people traveling. If the group falls below this number, the price will be adjusted according to the final count.

Please contact Alan Teramura, alan@hawaiisnowskiclub.com
for any questions you might have.


February 16-24, 2019

Rusutsu is the largest ski resort in Hokkaido, Japan and only a 90 minute shuttle bus ride from Sapporo Airport (CTS).  It is known by skiers worldwide for its plentiful powder, long and wide well groomed runs, and access to fabulous tree skiing. The resort receives over 45 feet of snow annually, with 37 runs serviced by 4 gondolas and 15 chair lifts. Approximately a third of the runs are beginner, a third intermediate, and a third advanced to expert.

The trip includes non-stop round trip airfare on Hawaiian Airlines leaving Honolulu on Saturday February 16, 2019 and returning on Sunday February 24, 2019. From Chitose (CTS) Airport, a chartered bus will take us directly to our hotel for 7 nights. All rooms at the Rusutsu Hotel have two twin beds for double occupancy and include breakfast and dinner vouchers. Senior 5 of 6 day lift tickets (for people 60+ years old) are included in the land package with a $35 supplement for those under 60 years of age. The total trip cost is $2,800 per person twin/double occupancy which includes $843 for airfare and $1,957 for the land package. Single supplement is $1,000. You can book the land package separately from air If you wish to arrange your own air travel.

As with the trip to Whistler, we are using Schewe Travel Associates which is experienced in booking ski trips for hundreds of skiers and boarders annually. Their address is 1481 S. King Street #312A, Honolulu HI 96814. Telephone (808) 947-8811. Email is schewetravel@hawaii.rr.com. The booking process is quite simple – just complete the Reservation Form and mail it to Schewe Travel Associates with your $300 per person deposit on or before July 13, 2018. After this date, reservations will be accepted on a space available basis. 
Reservation forms have already been emailed to all Club members   If, for some reason, you did not receive it, please contact Alan Teramura, alan@hawaiisnowskiclub.com  Complete and mail the form, with your deposit, to Schewe Travel Associates.



Hawaiian Airlines fare is $843 per person for the round trip non-stop flights to Sapporo’s Chitose Airport. We have only 40 airline seats at this price. Additional airline seats will be at the published price on day of booking. First two checked bags are free and a third checked bag is allowed for a fee of $150. One small carry on and one personal item taken on board are free. Block group seating is included. Individuals may change seats without charge at airport check in. HawaiianMiles credit is permitted if your account number is on the Reservation Form. HawaiianMiles First Class Upgrades are permitted in accordance with the HawaiianMiles policy.


We will be staying at the Rusutsu Resort and Convention Center, a four star ski in ski out hotel with its own onsen, 6 restaurants, game room, 4-D movie theater, swimming pool and wave pool. Rooms are all non-smoking run-of-house with twin beds, free WIFI, safety deposit box, free bathroom toiletries & slippers, electric kettle, small refrigerator, satellite TV, telephone, private bathroom with shower/tub.
Breakfast and dinner vouchers valid at all hotel restaurants are included
daily. Check in 3:00 pm - check out 11:00 am.

Lift Tickets

Included in the package is a 5 out of 6 day senior lift ticket for the 60+ age group. For people under 60, add $35. If you would like fewer ski days or none at all, please contact Schewe Travel Associates.

Shuttle Bus

Our transfers from the airport to the hotel and back are included in the package. It will be a non-stop chartered motor coach for our group. We’ll be met on arrival after clearing immigration and collecting our luggage. No waiting at the airport for the regular shuttle bus to Rusutsu. Those making their own air travel plans, must meet the group when they arrive at 5 pm in order to ride the shuttle bus or must make their own shuttle reservations.

Travel Protection Plans

Travel insurance is recommended and available to cover most cancellation situations. Coverage to cancel “for any reason” or for “pre-existing medical conditions must be purchased within 14 days of paying your deposit. Otherwise, coverage must be purchased prior to final payment. Call for additional information.

Terms and Conditions

All features outlined above will be confirmed upon receipt of the Reservation Form and deposit. A 4% service charge will be applied for individuals wishing to pay with individual credit cards. Prices listed will not be assessed any fees for payment by cash or check. Deposit of $300 per person is due on or before July 13, 2018. Final payment is due on or before November 1, 2018. Prices are based on a minimum of 30 people traveling together. If the group falls below 30, the price may have to be adjusted according to the final count.

All cancellations must be made in writing. Cancellations received after July 13, 2018 will be assessed a $50 administration fee. Cancellations received after full payment will be subject to the refund policy of the airline and hotel. Cancellations received within 30 days of departure and after airline tickets have been issued will be non-refundable. While the ticket will be valid for one year from issuance, a $200 service fee to change dates or routing will be assessed.



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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/

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