May, 2019



  President – Toby Kravet – 808-224-1065
  Jonathan Carr
  Geoffrey Chu
  Michiro Iwanaga
  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!

April 26 (Friday) 5:30 P.M. Annual Board Dinner Meeting at the Pagoda Floating Restaurant.

May 2 (Thursday) 5:30 P.M. General Membership Meeting at Ruby Tuesday.

May 25 (Saturday) 7:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.  Volunteering for Special Olympics at Iolani School.  


The Newsletter normally follows our (almost) monthly Board meeting at which we have planned events for the coming month, but this month's Board Meeting, with the annual Board Dinner (for current, departing, and new Board Members), is scheduled for this coming Friday rather than the normal third Thursday, a bit late:  Be on the lookout for additional May events which we may plan at the meeting and of which you will be notified via email.

Talking about additional events, we had as many as nine Club members show up at Lanakila Meals on Wheels this past Saturday morning, April 20, on less than two weeks notice and not on the announced schedule, to help assemble emergency food packs (primarily canned goods) to be distributed to beneficiaries in advance of hurricane season.  Mahalo to all of you who contributed your time and effort, on such short notice, to this worthy cause.   Our normal volunteer effort with Lanakila, assembling frozen dinners for the usual weekly distribution, has been scheduled for September:   A formal call for volunteers, with more specific information, will be issued closer to the activity.

Please welcome Mitch Iwanaga to the Club's Board of Directors:  He is replacing Paul Ferguson whose term had expired.  Other expiring Board Members, Anita Hodges, Alan Teramura, and Jonathan Carr, ran and were re-elected for another two year term, and I ran and was re-elected as your President for another one year term.  Board Members continuing into their second year of their term include Bill Hodges, Caroline Sluyter, Mike Tsutsui, Linda Giers, and Geoffrey Chu. 

For the past several years, our annual "election" has consisted, for all intents and purposes, of little more than an announcement of those who had consented to join or continue on the Board.  This year, however, for a welcome change, we had an actual election at the April General Membership Meeting as we received an unexpected (self) nomination on the day of the election, and, therefore, had one more nominee than positions available.  For the past several years, in spite of our by-laws which call for nominations to be closed in March, we have been leaving nominations open until just before or at the April election in order to try to fill the Board.  Hopefully, in the years to come, there will be increasing member interest in helping to steer the Club, and we will continue to have "real" elections.

This past Friday, April 19, a good number of current and some past club members, including Robert Bachini, Lee Cataldi, and Roseanne Donahue, attended Past President Jim Kelly's Military Honors Funeral at Punchbowl.  I had never been to a military funeral and found it impressive with a bugler, fifteen gun salute, and presenting of the flag to his widow, Vel.  Probably because of his military background, Jim was a very decisive, hands-on president.  He got us tent space for the Schofield Barracks Independence Day celebration several times (pre 9/11) and was not shy about letting me know, years later, of his disappointment that we had stopped honoring the occasion with a club gathering elsewhere.   It pains me that we have sadly bid  adieu to four members/prior members (as well as the son of two members, Alan and Karen Teramura)  just within the past ten months.  Besides Jim, we have lost Take Toma, Rick Conroy, and Michael Cloe.  Take invited us to participate in local cultural events and was active on the Trip Committee, Rick was active with the Monday tennis group, and Michael had worked on the Trip Committee on several occasions.   They all made a difference and will remain fondly remembered.

Some pictures from Michael Cloe's and Jim Kelly's memorial services, as well as this past Saturday's volunteer effort at Meals On Wheels, have already been posted on our club's Facebook page.   If you are already a Facebook user, you can find our page by just entering "Hawaii Ski Club" in the search box at the top of your home page.  If you are not a Facebook user, you should be able to find the page by Googling, Binging, or using any search engine with "Hawaii Ski Club" as your target:  The club's page should come right up as one of your alternatives.

For our next General Membership Meeting on May 2, we will be returning to Ruby Tuesday, Moanalua which is a convenient location for some of us and some not.  We continue to look for alternatives,  thank those of you who have made suggestions, and still welcome more.  We need a location with easy, free parking, reasonable food and beverage prices, and an area within where we can fit up to thirty members and hold a meeting   A few of us checked out Chez Kenzo on King St. near Keeamoku a couple of weeks ago:  The verdict was poor acoustics.   A few also checked out Whole Foods across from Ward Center where there is an upstairs lounge with a lanai:  The verdict is still pending. 

Hope to see you next week at Ruby Tuesday.

A hui hou kakou,



Moanalua Shopping Center
930 Valkenburgh St.
May 2 (Thursday) 5:00 P.M.

Come back to Ruby Tuesday for our May General Membership Meeting. While the actual meeting will probably not start until sometime between 5:30 and 6:00, come at 5:00 to start with the grinds and the stories.


Iolani school
563 Kamoku St. 
May 25 (Saturday) 7:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. 

As predicted, we will be serving in the "Healthy Athlete" area, directing competitors to various sections for services.  Anita advises that we already have a full complement of volunteers but has started a waiting list in case of "dropouts."  Please contact her, , for more information and/or to place your name on the waiting list.



Chez's Sports Bar and Grill
98-150 Kaonohi Street, Suite 226 Aiea, HI
April 12 (Friday) 4:00 P.M.

I counted sixteen (though not all at once) Ski Club members and guests at Chez's on April 12 and was impressed that it was not just an Aiea/Pearl City crowd.  A few of us, including me, had braved the usual Friday afternoon traffic on the on the H1 to come from "townside."  The prices on food and drinks were as advertised (by Geoff): Cheap.  Most of us were out of there by 6:45 P.M. while the evening was still young.  Mahalo, Geoff, for suggesting it.




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