October, 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

(Click on Contacts for e mail addresses)


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!

October 4 (Thursday) 5:00 P.M. Annual Membership Year Kick-Off Meeting at Rainbow Bay Marina, Pearl Harbor.  The Club provides the food. Bring yourself, a friend or two who might want to join, your beverage of choice, a plastic or paper cup if your beverage of choice comes in glass, and a completed membership form and check if you haven't already mailed it to us.

October 6 (Saturday)  Morning time TBA.  Volunteering to help pack meals and, perhaps. some delivery for Lanakila Meals on Wheels.

November 1 or November 8  Date and time TBA.  General Membership Meeting and "rolling session" to relieve muscular tension and stress.

November 22 (Thursday) Morning time TBA.   Annual volunteer event to serve a Thanksgiving meal to the needy at Blaisdell Center with Club tailgate, open to all members, not just volunteers, preceding the volunteer event.


As of this writing, Alan Teramura reports forty seven signups for Whistler-Blackcomb and forty eight for Japan:  More have signed up for the "second" trip than for Hawaii Ski Week.  Would you believe it?   Maybe we should consider having Hawaii Ski Week in Japan in the next year or two.

Speaking of Alan, how many of you participated in last year's General Membership Meeting at the Honolulu Club where we had one hour or more of instruction on using a roller with our body weight to relieve stress and increase flexibility in our legs, arms, torso, etc.?   Well, Alan is working on scheduling it again, for November.  We don't know whether it will be on what would be our usual General Membership Date, November 1, or the following week, November 8, so stay tuned.

How many of you are on Facebook but haven't yet checked out the Hawaii Ski Club Facebook page?   Mahalo to Anita Hodges for keeping it going.  Yesterday, I saw pictures on the page from this past Sunday morning's  bike ride, led by Geof, around Waikiki and Kakaako.  Looks like only five participants, but the smiles bespeak a good time by all.   Thanks, Geof, for sponsoring it. 

Speaking of Anita, when I last spoke with her, we were a little short on volunteers for the Saturday, October 6 packing of meals for Lanakila Meals on Wheels.  It is basically assembling an assortment of frozen meals for packing into soft coolers for later delivery to recipients and takes about two hours.  If you're interested in helping out, please contact Anita, anita@hawaiisnowskiclub.com as soon as you can.

Also, Anita and Bill are working on getting us slotted in to volunteer for the annual Thanksgiving morning volunteer activity, assisting the Salvation Army in serving a Thanksgiving meal to the needy at the Blaisdell Center.  The Club has been doing this ever since I've been a member (around 1983) and is one of the best, if not THE best, attended volunteer activity in which the Club is involved.  Before the event itself, there is also a Club sponsored tailgate to which all club members, not just the volunteers, are invited.   Stay tuned for signup information.

Finally, the annual Membership Kick-Off Meeting is only one week away.  If you haven't yet contacted me with an RSVP that your are coming, please do so before this coming Sunday evening (September 30).  We need to order enough food, and I still remember the time, a number of years ago, at the Navy Marine Golf Course when we ran out before everyone was fed.   You can RSVP me via email pres@hawaiisnowskiclub.com .

Hope to see you at the Kick-Off.

A hui hou kakou,



(next to Restaurant 604)
October 4 (Thursday) 5:00 PM

Come to our annual Kickoff Meeting at the Rainbow Bay Marina, Pearl Harbor. This is the outdoor picnic area with cabanas on the right hand side (facing towards the ocean) of the restaurant formerly known as Schooner's where we held our General Membership Meetings while Seven Palms at the  Navy-Marine Golf Course was being renovated and becoming Irons. For those of you who unfamiliar with the area, take the exit off the H1 in Aiea or the airport viaduct, traveling west, to Kamehameha Highway. The signs on Kamehameha Highway should indicate that you are going towards Aloha Stadium.  If you are coming from the airport viaduct, look for Radford Drive on your right, and the second left hand turn after Radford Drive will be preceded by a sign on the right reading "Pearl Harbor Historic Sights:" That's where your turn across Kamehameha Highway and into Pearl Harbor on the left. For those of you coming from the Aiea/H1 side, pass the stadium to your left and take the first right after the exit to the Ford Island bridge. Once you turn into Pearl Harbor, towards the water, as if you were going to visit the Arizona Memorial, take a right on the inner road, and drive under the Ford Island overpass (approximately 1/4 mile from where you turned onto the inner road). Park in the lot at Restaurant 604 (the former Schooner's).   This is the one General Membership Meeting of the year when  we pay for the food.  We also reward many of you with door prizes.  All you need to bring is yourselves; hopefully, a friend or two who might want to join; your beverage of choice; and your membership form and check for the new membership year.  Actually, it is better if you mail in your form and check to  Hawaii Ski Club-Membership, P.O. Box P.O Box 3004, Aiea, Hi. 96701-8504. The Membership/Renewal form can be found on our website  www.hawaiisnowskiclub.com  under "Sign Up."

You may also want to bring some extra cash as Fergie will have Club tee shirts for sale. Please email me pres@hawaiisnowskiclub.com , with the number in your party, no later than Monday evening, October 1, so we know how much food to supply. Also, no beach chairs or glass containers are allowed: If your beverage of choice comes in a glass bottle, be sure to bring some cups for consumption.

See you at the Kick-Off.


1809 Bachelot St., Honolulu
October 6 (Saturday Morning), Time TBA

Our ski club will volunteer for the Lanakila Meals-on-Wheels (LMOW) on Saturday, October 6 to pack and/or deliver meals to recipients of the program.  Numerous club members have volunteered at Meals-on-Wheels in the past several years  so this is a well-attended community service activity.  If you wish to volunteer to join us, please respond to Anita Hodges, anita@hawaiisnowskiclub.com , who will email you the online application  which is necessary if you have not volunteered for Meals on Wheels within the past two to three years.  Because the Lanakila Meals-on-Wheels program works with the elderly of our community, all volunteers must be screened at the behest of the City and County of Honolulu.  Looking forward to a great turnout for our community service activity,


Blaisdell Center
777 Ward Ave.
November 22  (Thursday)  Times TBA

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 2 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. 



970 N. Kalaheo Avenue, Kailua
 September 21 (Friday) 4:00 P.M.

Well, we tried again, and again, just like last year, all we could scare up for a trip to Nico's Kailua was six members, the usual suspects: Geof, Bill and Anita, Linda, Craig, and myself.  Cathy (Lau) and Larry (Thurston), however, showed up just as we were leaving, a little after 6:00 P.M., and urged us to record them.  The total turnout, therefore, was actually eight, but the latecomers were on their own.  Since the last time we were at Nico's Kailua, the furniture has improved, the drinks selection and pupus are as good as ever, they had a solo singer/guitarist for entertainment, and the happy hour prices (Cathy and Larry missed 'em) were fine.  Two IPAs (one over my limit), an order of chicken, tax, and tip was about $25.00, and I got over the mountain to my house in less than thirty minutes.  Don't know if we'll do it again unless we have some definite interest.



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.


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.



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/

  September, 2018 Newsletter