November, 2018




  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!

November 1 (Thursday) 5: 00 P.M.   "Roller Therapy" and General Membership Meeting at the Honolulu Club.

November 15 (Thursday) 5:30 P.M.  Board Meeting at Henry Loui's.

November 22 (Thursday) 9:30 A.M (potluck tailgate); 11:30 A.M. (volunteering)   Annual volunteer event to serve Thanksgiving meal to the needy at Blaisdell Center with Club potluck tailgate, open to all members, not just volunteers, before the volunteer event.

December 6 (Thursday) Zilch. Nada. No General Membership Meeting.  The upcoming Christmas Party will serve as the December Meeting.

December 16 (Sunday) 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 value if you wish to participate in the Secret Santa gift exchange.


As a sign that winter is coming, Arapahoe basin opened this past Friday and Loveland on Saturday so those who want to get an early jump on things (Geoff?) can fly up to Colorado now.  I can remember reading, several years back, that Loveland imported some snowmaking people from New Zealand, who were accustomed to making snow in mild weather, to make snow so they could get bragging rights by beating Arapahoe:  Not this year. 

I was pleased to see so many of you at the Kick-Off, meet some new members, and eat some good food.   Mahalos aplenty to Bill and Anita for stepping up, on short notice, to procure the food, to Alan for helping out with collection of membership applications and checks, and to Paul for reserving the cabana.  The Club only works to the degree that Board and general members are willing and able to volunteer their time and, sometimes, their "connections" to make things happen. 

Speaking of volunteering time and effort to make the club work, Caroline Sluyter has agreed to take over the tee shirt duties from Fergie effective immediately.   You may remember that Fergie exited the Board at the end of her term this past April but agreed to continue handling the tee shirts until we could find someone to take it on.  Mahalo to Fergie for her four plus years of making sure that we have remained sartorially appropriate and to Caroline for having "stepped up to the plate."  Caroline already has some ideas for new logo wear (maybe dri-fit) and will be attempting to sell off remaining inventory at a discount during upcoming meetings. Stay tuned------and bring money.

Also, and this is a biggie,  Geoff has requested "early retirement" from his Treasurer/Membership Chair duties effective immediately due to his increased travel schedule and work obligations which, of late, have interfered with timely attention to his Ski Club responsibilities.  Our Vice President, Jonathan, who is a retired CPA (appropriate or what?) will be swapping officership duties with Geoff (Geoff will become Vice President) as soon as practicable.  Thank you Geoff for your eight plus years (you thought it was five, but I checked) of service as Treasurer/Membership Chair and thank you Jonathan for, like Caroline, "stepping up the plate."  

Hopefully, before too long, I'll get the "Contact Us" page on our website updated to reflect these changes and may also be updating the "Tips" page to eliminate one or two broken links and add additional content.  I often get requests from individuals to add content they propose which promotes their services or products and politely decline. We do not accept advertising.  We may, however, after evaluation, accept some content which benefits the source if the information is valuable enough to the membership. 

The last I spoke with Anita, she was still looking for two more volunteers to round out our number for the Thanksgiving crew at the Blaisdell Center.  You can contact her via email .

Finally, I hope you "old" members, who intend to renew but have yet to do so, get your application forms (on our website, ) and checks into our P.O. Box (address on the application form) ASAP.  You need to rejoin if you are going on one or both of our upcoming trips or just want to stay "in the loop" on our email list.  

A hui hou kakou,



932 Ward Ave, 7th Floor
November 1 (Thursday) 5:00 P.M.

In response to demand, we are having a repeat of last year's September General Membership Meeting in which we convened at the Honolulu Club in our gym clothes rather our "Ski Club Best" and were trained in/led through a variety of exercises with rollers to relieve tight muscles and improve flexibility by stretching and loosening our fascia, the envelopes of tissue that surround our muscles and tendons.  Surprise, surprise! This was one of our best attended General Membership Meetings of the year.  Who knows?  It might be again. Following the roller session, we will hold our usual brief meeting and adjourn to restaurant/bar to order food and drinks. Our host, Alan Teramura, is arranging complimentary parking in the building and free access to the facilities, lockers and showers.  Arrive at the Honolulu Club a little before 5 pm and take the elevators to the 7th floor. Turn left outside the elevators. proceed to the reception desk, and identify yourself as a Hawaii Ski Club member. You will be directed to our reserved room (which will be on another floor, not in large room we had it last year) or to the lockers first if you need to change. You may wish to either wear a yoga or workout outfit or bring a change of clothes for you to slip into in the locker rooms.


Blaisdell Center
777 Ward Ave.
November 22  (Thursday)  9:30 A.M (potluck tailgate); ll:30 A.M. (volunteering)

This is the 48th Annual Salvation Army Thanksgiving Day Dinner served at the Blaisdell Center and, at least, the 26th year in a row that the Hawaii Ski Club has joined with over 1000 community members from a variety of civic groups and schools volunteering to make this event special for those people who are less fortunate. This is an event where “it feels better to give than receive.” You’ll enjoy your family Thanksgiving dinner more after you have served meals to the elderly and poor of our community.

Although our club volunteers for only 1.5 hours on Thanksgiving morning, we have a pre-event tailgate potluck outside the auditorium, in the grassy area between the parking structure and the arena,  for all club members.  This is an annual tradition where we enjoy the fellowship of other ski club members before we serve dinner.  Every club member is invited to join this tailgate even if you are unable to volunteer inside the auditorium.


The Esplanade, 500 Lunalillo Home Road
December 16 (Sunday)
5:30 P.M.

Would you believe our Traditional Ski Club Christmas Party is on the same date as last year's, September 16?  Only this time it's on a Sunday, not a Saturday.   Sylvia "Sam" Wright has come through yet again to get us the recreation room/terrace at her condo, The Esplanade, on Hawaii Kai Drive.   This is both pot luck and BYOB.  Also, if you want to participate (almost all do) in the traditional gift exchange,  bring a grab gift with approximate value of $15.00   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. 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. 



1809 Bachelot St., Honolulu
October 6 (Saturday)

The Ski Club "crew" showed up at Bachelot Street at 9:00 in the morning, proceeded to the entry in the back of the building, and proceeded to assemble 3,500 to 4000 meal "bundles" in a little less than two hours.  The food had already been put into compartmented plates and the plates sealed in plastic by earlier crews.  It was our job to stack seven different items (a different meal for each day) and place the stacks in tee shirt bags so that another crew could place them in coolers for delivery.   Two or three of us were in the freezer in our ski jackets pulling plates from the shelves while the rest were involved with the bagging.  It went so fast that even the bagging job was subdivided with two of us assembling plates and two opening the bags on the table while the rest placed the assembled plates into the bags and tied them off.  Most of us left at 11:00 A.M. while two or three remained to help with the cooler packing.  We helped put together their entire delivery for the week.  This is a very worthy endeavor and is over very quickly.  Stay tuned for the next call for volunteers for Lanakila Meals on Wheels.  We do it a couple of times a year.




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:  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,  Complete and mail the form, with your deposit, to Schewe Travel Associates.


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, 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 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,  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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  October, 2018 Newsletter