October, 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!

October 3 (Thursday) 5:00 P.M. Annual Membership Kick-Off Meeting, Rainbow Bay Marina, Pearl Harbor

October 17 (Thursday) 5:30 P.M.  Board Meeting at Henri Loui's

October 18 (Friday) 4: P.M.  Pau Hana at Macaroni Grill, Ala Moana Shopping Center.

November 7 (Thursday) General Membership Meeting at Ruby Tuesday, Moanalua Shopping Center

December 21 (Saturday) 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.



If there seems to be a paucity of events on the schedule between the Kick-Off and the annual Christmas party, don't worry:  We'll fill it in with one or two other activities as the time goes on.  A big Mahalo to Sam (Sylvia Wright) who has reserved the room in the Esplanade for us for the past several Christmas parties and other Ski Club events. Notice that, this year, perhaps for the first time in my memory, it is the Saturday right before Christmas, so, by announcing it now, we're giving you ample time to pencil it in. (And pardon my ending a sentence with a preposition which I was taught not to do) 

You never know whom you might see at Costco.  I bumped into Susan (Murata) and Doug Kazama the other day.  You newer members would not know her, but she was our Trips Committee Chair for a few years in the not so distant past and, a boarder herself, was responsible for bringing more snow boarders into the club.  She is now the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Honolulu Community College and has been too busy to snowboard for a while but will be at Niseko this coming year at the same time as us along with former member/Board Member Kevin Okawa and a couple of other former members.   Be on the the lookout for them.

I consider ourselves very fortunate to have ski-in/ski out housing, for the most part, at the resorts we have visited each year, and this type of accommodation is not that affordable for singles or couples.  When I go to Utah every February, I am staying in the City, renting a car, and driving to the resorts I ski, primarily Alta.  I just read that Solitude will be charging for parking this year, perhaps as much as $20.00 per day, Alta has been considering it, and Jackson Hole, where we had Hawaii Ski Week in 2017, has been charging $20.00 for a while.  In the Cottonwood Canyons in Utah, the issue has been more cars in the past few years ("blamed" by many on the Ikon pass) than available parking slots at the ski areas and safety issues in moving so many vehicles in and out during storms and times of avalanche danger:  The Utah resorts in the Cottonwood Canyons are encouraging people to use the bus.  If the New Zealand trip materializes, we will have to take busses as there is no available lodging at the bases of their ski fields.  They call them "fields," not "areas." When/as the trip develops, I can provide you with more "Kiwi" speak.

As of this writing, forty-five members and prospective members have "RSVPed" for the Kick-Off on October 5, and one member has "threatened" to bring four or five more prospective members with her.  Forgive me for not having acknowledged those of you who "RSVPed:" The purpose was to get a headcount so we don't run out of food.    Also, please note, as indicated in the announcement below, we are not supposed to consume drinks in glass bottles or bring our own chairs

Hope to see you on October 5. 

A hui hou kakou,



57 Arizona Memorial Drive

(next to Restaurant 604)
October 3 (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 Restaurant 604, formerly known as Schooner's.  We have held Kick-Off Meetings and, at least, a couple of Packet Pickup Parties here in the past.  For those of you who unfamiliar with the area, enter Pearl Harbor off Kamehameha Highway as if you were going to the Arizona Memorial, take a right on the inner road (Arizona Memorial Drive), and drive approximately 1/4 mile.  As soon as you go under the Ford Island overpass, you are there.  This is the one General Membership Meeting of the year when we provide the food.  Additionally, we will have Club shirts for sale, and you will be able to place orders so that you get what you want in order to "show your colors" on our trips.  Further, Mitch (Iwanaga) and Anita (Hodges) have been researching trip insurance, and we will be making some recommendations on this issue.  We will also reward a few 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 if you have not already mailed it to us.  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."

Please email me pres@hawaiisnowskiclub.com , with the number in your party, no later than Monday evening, September 30, 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.



 Ala Moana Shopping Center - Hookipa Terrace
4:00 PM to whenever

Over the last two decades, I have probably visited a dozen or so Macaroni Grills across the nation.  This is because this chain has reasonably priced, good consistent Italian food. We have sat at the bar on many occasions because most of the restaurants had a long waiting list to get a table. There are food & drink happy hour prices until 6 pm, in addition to their great Tapas and Pizzas. Known for their generous wine pours and Peroni on tap, ample free parking is also available.   Please get there as early as you can for the bar area fills up quickly and we cannot reserve tables.


Moanalua Shopping Center
930 Valkenburgh St.
November 7, (Thursday) 5:00 P.M.

Come to Ruby Tuesday for our November General Membership Meeting.  Alan will be on hand to give you the latest news on our upcoming trips and we will have Club shirts for sale.  We will also be taking orders for Club shirts so that you can get the style and color in the size you need.  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.




September 14 (Saturday)

As far as I can tell, there were eleven of us at Lanakila Meals on Wheels Saturday morning, September 14, assembling assorted frozen meals into bags for packing and delivery to beneficiaries of the program.  Although we started a half hour later than usual, we still finished in a short emough period of time to start something new:  Beginning the initial setup of meals on racks for the next group of "packers."  We were out of there by, approximately, 11:15 AM.  It is a very worthy endeavour.  Take a look at our picture on the Hawaii Ski Club Facebook page, and, if you want to join in the "fun" next time, be sure to contact Anita when the announcement is made.


1007 Dillingham Blvd.
September 20, 2019
4:00 PM 'Til Whenever

There's a reason Geof is our "Pau Hana Guru," and he demonstrated that once more this past Friday evening.  Lisa's House was everything he said:  A bit on the "dive bar" side, not exactly in the upscale part of town (although around the corner from the Kakaako Costco where a lot of us go), but clean and with good food.  After a few of us finally found it (what's wrong with my directions?), we had a total of seventeen members and guests, our own corner of the room (in the back), and the food, beer, wine, and cocktails continued to flow.  A number of us even tried our hand at the pool tables, and once the band started, "Minnesota Bill" put down his cue and started dancing with Anita. Geof was also correct on the "whenever" as there were still nine people partying when I prepared to leave at a little after 9 P.M.  I don't know whether the party moved on to another "establishment" or everyone went home:  They would have had to go somewhere else as the rooftop parking, as far as we knew, was due to be closed at 10:00 P.M.




The ski trips described  below are for Hawaii Ski Club members.  You can join the club by completing the form on www.hawaiisnowskiclub.com.  Annual membership is $25 single or $35 couple. To register, click on the "Sign Up" link, complete the form online, take a screenshot or copy and paste it into your computer, print it out,  and mail it to us with the appropriate payment (address on form).  If you are unable to complete it online, you can print out the blank and complete it by hand.



January 17 - January 25, 2020

If you're looking for uncrowded slopes, mixed terrain ideal for groups or families with varying level of expertise, a massive amount of terrain—5,750 acres to be exact—and a relaxing, laid-back mountain setting then a Big Sky ski trip should be a topof-mind choice. Being off the beaten path, as Big Sky is, certainly has its perks: lift lines are nonexistent. Locals and return visitors joke that if they have to wait in line for more than two minutes it’s a busy day. Big Sky also offers a handful of exceptional, rustic Montana dining experiences, sure to gratify guests looking for a unique meal.

Options Include:
• Roundtrip Air Honolulu to Bozeman Airport
• Charter Bus Roundtrip Ground Transfers
• Hotel Room at Summit at Big Sky or
• 3 Bedroom Condominium at Big Horn
• Group Lift Tickets
• Discounted Group Ski Rentals
• Women’s 3 Day Clinic (Jan 18 – 20)

Register for the trip with Ski.com  https://events.ski.com/GroupListing

$500 Deposit due July 7, 2019
Final payment due on November 13th

For more info contact Alan Teramura:
(808) 372-9970

February 8-16, 2020

Niseko is the arguably one of the top ski resorts in Japan and is located in the northern island of Hokkaido, about a two hour shuttle bus trip from Sapporo. It receives a yearly average of 45 ft of dry powder with abundant tree skiing. The mountain is divided into four ski areas serviced by 3 gondolas and 30 additional  lifts and the terrain is approximately 30% beginner, 40% intermediate and 30% advanced. We will be staying in Grand Hirafu, the largest of the four ski areas. There are a number of shops and restaurants within easy walking distance from our hotel.  Package cost for airfare is $1,000 economy nonstop on Hawaiian Airlines to Sapporo.   Land package includes 7 nights hotel with buffet breakfast, roundtrip shuttle bus from airport to hotel, and 6 days lift tickets with cost ranging from $1590-$1912 based upon twin occupancy and room type.  Airfare upgrades and single supplements for hotel are available at additional costs.  For additional information and signup form, see the Trips section of our website, www.hawaiisnowskiclub.com/trips.htm.   You can also contact Alan Teramura, alan@hawaiisnowskiclub.com (808) 372-9970.    If you would like to extend your trip to include Rusutsu (below) contact our packager, Schewe Travel Associates, shchewetravel@hawaii.rr.com


February 15-23, 2020

Trip includes roundtrip to Sapporo, roundtrip motor coach transfers from airport, 7 nights lodging at Rusutsu Resort Hotel, breakfast and dinner vouchers and 6 out of 7 days lift tickets (add $35.00 to total price if under 60).  The hotel is ski-in/ski-out with 6 restaruants, onsen, movie theatre, swimming pool, and onsen.  Total price is $3,781 with for a single occupancy room and $2,984 for double occupancy.  For an extra $500 - $600, depending upon hotel, you can spend an additional 3 days skiing Niseko.  For additional information and signup form, see the Trips section of our website, www.hawaiisnowskiclub.com/trips.htm.   You can also contact Alan Teramura, alan@hawaiisnowskiclub.com (808) 372-9970.


August, 2013

Under Construction:  Stay Tuned



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