August, 2022



  President – Toby Kravet – 808-224-1065
  Vice President - Anita Hodges
  Treasurer - Jonathan Carr
  Secretary - Stewart Taggart
  Michiro Iwanaga
  Alan Teramura
  Caroline Sluyter
  Mike Tsutsui
  Karl See
  Nelson Dang

  Newsletter Editor
  Toby Kravet

(Click on Contacts for e mail addresses)


Every Monday evening (except on holidays and, of course, during Hawaii Ski Week), at 4:30 PM, a group of ski club members and their friends play tennis at Keehi Lagoon Courts, off  Lagoon Drive.  Stay in shape and enjoy a "careful social hour" afterwards.

August 4 (Thursday), 5:00 PM,  General Membership Meeting at Mangiamo by 604.  Please try to get there at 5:00 PM or shortly thereafter so you can get "situated" before we begin our business at 5:30 and conclude before the music begins at 6:00 PM.

September 1 (Thursday), 5:00 PM,  General Membership Meeting at Mangiamo by 604.  Please try to get there at 5:00 PM or shortly thereafter so you can get "situated" before we begin our business at 5:30 and conclude before the music begins at 6:00 PM.

October 6 (Thursday), 5:00 PM,  We are back to Rainbow Bay Marina, Pearl Harbor for the first new membership year Kickoff Meeting since COVID got in the way two years ago.  As with July 7, the food, probably the same basic menu, will be provided by the club so "pencil" this into your schedule now.


It was great to see so many old and new members at Rainbow Bay Marina three weeks ago, and I'm happy to report that we plan to do it again this coming October at our annual new membership year Kick Off Meeting:  Same great venue, same great food.  We had been doing this every year until the constraints of the Coronavirus laid us low.  Due to the absence of events, as "old" members will recall, we extended all memberships through this year, but, except for those of you who have joined the club for the first time since last year's trip to Aspen-Snowmass, everyone else will need to renew this September for the 2022-2023 year which starts October 1 and runs through September 30 of 2023.  The Board recently decided to do away with partial year memberships, and we are now extending "spring and summer joiners" through September 30 of the following year as indicated on the digital signup form accessed through our website, .  Yes, for those of you who were members prior to the pandemic and, therefore, have not looked, we no longer have a written form which you download and complete:  When you hit Join/Renew Membership on the home page, you get a digital form to complete and, at the end, after choosing whether to send us a check or pay by credit card (and then complete the credit card information) you just hit the red button at the bottom.  You will immediately receive a receipt for having completed the form, and we will get the detailed information electronically as well.  Of late, however, the credit card option has not been working for some of us:  The entry fields for the information are not active, and we have yet to suss out what is going on.  I personally can't get the active boxes anymore with either the Edge or Google Chrome browsers on my PC or with Safari on my iPhone, but I can get them with the Firefox browser on my PC and both Firefox and Google Chrome on my IPhone. "Go figgah!" Our treasurer, Jonathan, can get them with Safari on his Ipad.  So if you want the convenience of paying by credit card and it doesn't work, try another browser or device you have them.   If not, just hit the pay by check option,  and put your check in the mail which is a bit more work for both you and us but what the heck!   If any of you out there are IT geeks and have any theories on this, please let me know.  Maybe we'll get it figured out by the time you actually need to submit your renewals in September.  Finally, in addition to the upcoming General Membership Meetings and the Kickoff in October, we might be getting together for a Pau Hana or two so look for announcements via separate email.  Stay safe out there.



August 4 and September 1 (Thursday) 5 PM

We're back to Mangiamo for the next two first Thursdays of the month for our General Membership Meetings and, although the meetings, themselves,  won't begin until 5:30 PM, we'd like you to get there a bit earlier so you can get situated and order your food and drink.    If you haven't yet been to Mangiamo, it is opposite the airport, off of Valkenburgh Street which runs between Nimitz Highway (under the viaduct) and Radford Drive.  It is on the second floor of the golf course's club house. See you there.



​​June 24​ (Friday)​, 4:00 PM

About twelve of us showed up to the Aloha Lounge in Kaimuki in the late afternoon to early evening of June 24, but in contrast to what was "advertised," the later comers didn't get parking spaces in the lot:  Sorry guys.  This is an older, local bar with limited beer, wine, and food choices (think fried chicken, fried noodles, etc.), some rickety tables, and what appeared to be, outside of us, pretty much the domain of a number of regulars. Still, we made ourselves comfortable, the wait staff was attentive, and it was good conservation and some laughs for a late June Friday night.


57 Arizona Memorial Drive 
(next to Restaurant 604)
July 7 (Thursday) 5:00 PM

Somehow, the fifty odd members who had RSVPed didn't materialize for what was our first (sort of) post pandemic event in over two years, but the thirty five odd members who did were treated to the meaty delights of master grill chef Geof Chu along with ample portions of Chinese chicken salad, noodles, char siu, cubed pork, and dessert of key lime and chocolate mousse pie.  Also, despite the smaller than expected turnout, all of the food was either consumed or eagerly taken home by the end.  More important than the gustatory delights were the members, including some older members (think Fergusons) who showed up and the number of club tee shirts worn by so many.  It was also nice to meet and greet new members John and Nanci Miller, Kenton Eldridge, and Rick Nelson, who introduced themselves to everyone.   Also, in the absence of Trip Committee Chair, Alan Teramura, who was off with Karen, gallivanting around the world again, Linda Schewe provided an informative update on the Big Sky and potential Japan ski trips for next year.  When I left around 8PM, there were still eight to ten members sitting around to burn the "before midnight" oil. 




A snowstorm dumped more than 3” snow at Afriski Mountain Resort, in Lesotho, southern Africa in recent days. The ski area now has a base of 16”. While we would all normally scoff at a mere 3” of snow, this is a BIG deal in Africa. Afriski is the only ski area in Lesotho, but one of 3 in southern Africa. The resort can accommodate about 320 people and offers a one-kilometer ski slope, and beginner’s slope, and operates during the winter months (June–August). Afriski also operates in the summer months and offers a variety of activities, from mountain biking, guided Enduro motorbike trips, paintball, hiking, trail running, and more.


The Park City Planning Commission blocked plans for the mountain to upgrade their 6-pack and 8-pack chairs, planned to be completed for the 2022-2023 ski season.  The move was being done to eliminate the long lift lines, currently at those 2 chairs, and being able to move people quicker, and more easily up the mountain.  The city cited that the proposed lifts were not consistent with the 1998 agreement that governs the resort.  More review will be required in order for the changes to go forward.



Hawaii Ski Week is scheduled for January 14-21, 2023, the week including the MLK holiday. The club will stay at the Huntley Lodge where our club has stayed twice previously, is less than a 5-minute walk to the slopes, and is in the heart of the Village Center where many restaurants, ski shops, and grocery stores are located.  Seven nights lodging including full breakfast is estimated to be $2,829 per person double occupancy at the Huntley Lodge Village View rooms and $2,426 per person quad occupancy for the Big Horn condos for 7 nights lodging, Welcome Reception, roundtrip airfare, roundtrip airport shuttle, 5-days senior lift tickets and Farewell Dinner. These prices may vary depending on the actual prices of the items mentioned above.

The reservation form is in the Trips Section of our website, .



A. FEBRUARY 11 - 19, 2023 Sapporo Snow Festival & Niseko Ski Week

What started off in 1950 as community event to display six snow statues made by local high school students, today is an international event that attracts over two million.  visitors each year worldwide. Add 5 nights at the Chalet Ivy boutique hotel for a wonderful Hokkaido Winter vacation. Chalet Ivy in Central Hirafu is Niseko’s premier boutique hotel. Its warm welcome and gracious services ensure a delightful stay.

Hawaiian Airline Round Trip Tickets - $1425.00 Non Stop Economy Per Person

- Add to Land Package choice below for total price

Land Package Includes:

Charter Coach from Chitose Airport to Mercure Sapporo Hotel
2 Nights Mercure Sapporo Hotel 15 Rooms for Snow Festival, 4 Star, with Breakfast Daily
Charter Coach from Sapporo Hotel to Chalet Ivy Hotel in Central Hirafu
5 Nights Chalet Ivy Hotel, Niseko for Skiing with Buffet Breakfast Daily
4 Days Adult Niseko United Lift Tickets (Seniors 60 + years $52.00 deduction)
IKON Pass gives 5–7 days lift tickets. Pass holders deduct $262.00 from prices below
Charter Motor coach to Chitose Airport for Flight to Honolulu
10% VAT Tax, 10% Service Charge, Onsen tax and 2% Room tax included

**Land Package Rates Per Person Are:

4 Superior Courtyard view Room - Twin/Double $1490.00 / Single $2516.00
11 Superior Hirafu Mt view Room - Twin/Double $1529.00 / Single $2690.00

B. FEBRUARY 18 - 26, 2023 Rusutsu Ski Week Package

About 90 minutes by car from Sapporo and New Chitose Airport, Hokkaido’s largest all-season resort is packed with funfilled activities out on the snow! With 4 gondolas and 14 lifts, the ski area is home to 37 runs that range from gentle, wide slopes where everyone can safely enjoy right up to challenging runs that satisfy advanced skiers. Rusutsu Resort combines dynamic, full-fledged winter sports with outstanding hospitality. Truly a week to remember and possibly return to next year!

Hawaiian Airline Round Trip Tickets - $1425.00 Non Stop Economy Per Person

- Add to Land Package for total price

Land Package Includes:

Charter Motor Coach from Chitose Airport to Hotel
7 Nights Rusutsu Resort Hotel - Standard Room with Buffet Breakfast Daily
3 Nights Buffet Group Dinner in Buffet Dining Room (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday)
25 Hour Lift Ticket -Adults & Seniors same price. Additional 5 hour blocks @ $40.00
available in Resort
EPIC Pass gives 5 days lift tickets. Pass holders deduct $220.00 from prices below
Charter Motor coach from Rusutsu Resort Hotel to Chitose Airport for Flight to

Service charge, Consumption tax and Onsen tax included

**Land Package Rates Per Person Are:

35 Standard Rooms available – Twin/Double $1469.00 / Single $1899.00

C. FEBRUARY 11 – 26, 2023 Combination 2 Week Package

Hawaiian Airline Round Trip Tickets - $1425.00 Non Stop Economy Per Person

- Add to Land Package choice below for total price

Land Package Includes:

Shuttle Bus from Niseko after first week
All features of both packages above
Charter Motor Coach from Rusutsu Resort Hotel to Chitose Airport for Flight to Honolulu
**Land Package Rates Per Person Are:
Add rate for hotel room choice you selected from trip A. to trip B. above to get your total land package cost.
** Land Package Prices are calculated on July 1, 2022 USD/JPY Exchange Rate and are subject to change/surcharge.

For further information and a reservation form, go to the Trips Section of our website,


Facebook is the best way to keep current on the Hawaii Ski Club. On your Facebook page on your computer, type "Hawaii Ski Club" into the search box on the top left. On your mobile device, tap the magnifying glass at the top to get the search box.  Pictures from Ski Club activities and other items are posted as they are submitted.  You can submit your own Ski Club pictures and other items you wish posted by emailing them to


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