January - March, 2020
HAU'OLI MAKAHIKI HOU
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President – Toby Kravet – 808-224-1065
(Click on Contacts for e mail addresses)
CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
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!
January 4 (Saturday), 5:30 P.M. Pre Hawaii ski week party and General membership Meeting, 748 Kalanipuu St., Hawaii Kai (See directions in article below).
January 17 - 25, HAWAII SKI WEEK AT BIG SKY, MONTANA
February 1 (Saturday), 5:30 P.M. Post Hawaii Ski Week and Pre Japan Trips Party, The Esplanade, 500 Lunalillo Home Rd. (See directions in article below).
February 8-16, Ski trip to Niseko, Japan.
February 15-23, Ski trip to Rusutsu, Japan.
March 5 (Thursday), 5:30 P.M. General Membership Meeting at Zippy's - Vineyard.
March 19 (Thursday), 5:30 P.M. Board Meeting at Henry Loui's.
April 2 (Thursday), 5:30 P.M. General Membership Meeting/Annual Board Election at Zippy's - Vineyard.
How'd ya all like the Christmas party this year? I was so busy making announcements and running the gift exchange that I forgot to count how many of you were there, but it seemed like a lot. I even forgot to take my own gift home. For those who weren't there, the gift exchange, as usual, had it's moments. Some people brought wine, some people brought other things, but it seemed like only the wine was stolen, and stolen, and stolen and stolen. What a bunch of winos we must be! At the party, which also served as the December General Membership Meeting, we also approved the amendments to the by-laws by a unanimous vote of the members present----which I mention here so, sans minutes, we have a written record of it.
By the way, if anyone took home a pair of tongs from the Christmas Party with a "G" taped to the inside, they belong to Gail Yuen. Contact me, email@example.com , or Anita, firstname.lastname@example.org , and we'll figure out a way to return them.
The ski season has begun and Geof gets the prize for first tracks. He spent the week before the Christmas party at Mammoth (where else?) and reports the snow to have been a bit on the heavy side, water content-wise, but that the cold temperatures kept it in pretty good condition. Currently, per "On the Snow," Big Sky is reporting a 41 inch base, Whistler a 38" base, Beaver Creek, a 31 inch base, Aspen/Snowmass a 40" inch base, and Alta, a 65" base. My website for Japan skiing has Niseko at 35 inches and Rustusu at 27: I would think they would have more already, but I don't have another source to check. Pray for snow. It's still early.
As you can see from just under the masthead, the Newsletter is going on vacation for a while. The Club will be off to the snow for parts of January and February, and I will be in Utah from January 30 to March 11. We, however WILL be having a Post Hawaii Ski Week/Pre Japan Trips party on February 1 and a General Membership Meeting on March 5 (sans myself). Also, we will be having our Annual Board Election at the April General Membership Meeting. If you are interested in serving on the Board, please get in touch with Jonathan, email@example.com . We will only be accepting nominations up until March 2, one month prior to the April meeting. The Club only works (ski trips, volunteer activities, social activities, etc.) to the extent that volunteers are willing to put in some time every month to make it work.
Wishing all of you a Happy New Year and- - - - - Stay safe out there.
A hui hou kakou,
UPCOMING SKI CLUB ACTIVITIES:
PRE HAWAII SKI WEEK PARTY & GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
748 KALANIPUU ST.
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96825
JANUARY 4 (SATURDAY) 5:30 P.M.
Our Packet Pickup Party for Hawaii Ski Week,
2020, which will also serve as the Club's January General Membership Meeting
(everyone is invited whether or not you are going on the trip) will be held at
the home of Judy Sobin and Jeff Lilley in Hawaii Kai. The Trip Committee
will provide the main course, but please bring a Pupu or dessert to share and
BYOB. Also, if you are not going on this trip but would like to nominate a
ski area for our 2021 trip, you can bring your nomination to the party.
Please write it up covering such points as size of area, altitude, percentage of
novice/intermediate/advanced trails, amenities at base area, convenience of
transportation, and a statement as to why you think it would be a good place for
our club. You can also email your nomination, covering these and other
points you think relevant, to Alan,
firstname.lastname@example.org . As we will be considering the nominations at
our Farewell Dinner, we need to get them, from "non trippers," before we leave.
Those who are going on the trip can wait for the Farewell Dinner to present
them, but make sure you write them up. Also, for those of you who want
to buy club shirts, Caroline will be at the party: Bring your Kala. To get to
Judy's and Jeff's house at 748 Kalanipuu St., turn off Kalanianaole Highway onto
Lunalillo home Road and drive approximately 1.8 miles (about .41 past the
Esplanade where we had our Christmas party) where you will find Kalanipuu St. on
the left. Drive down Kalanipuu St. .29 miles and you'll see the house on
the left with a bear holding a surfboard. Please
RSVP to me, email@example.com ,
POST HAWAII SKI WEEK AND PRE JAPAN
TRIPS PARTY/GENERAL MEMBERHIP MEETING
THE ESPLANADE, 500 LUNALILLO HOME RD.
February 1, (Saturday) 5:30 P.M.
Mucho Mahalos to Sam for coming through again and booking the recreation area at the Esplanade for our Post Hawaii Ski Week and Pre Japan Trips parties on Saturday, February 1. Come share your stories of Big Sky and/or receive your last minute information on Rusutsu and Niseko. As with the Pre Trips party on January 4, the main course will be provided, but you are asked to bring a pupu or dessert item to share. Also, as always, beverages are BYOB. 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.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Zippy's - Vineyard
59 N. Vineyard Blvd.
(Corner of Mauna kea St., Across from Foster Botanical Garden
March 5, (Thursday) 5:30 P.M.
Come to Zippy's - Vineyard for our first stand-alone General Membership Meeting of 2020. This is Zippy's so they don't have cocktails, but they do serve beer and wine, so what else do we need? See you at Zippy's
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING/BOARD
Zippy's - Vineyard
59 N. Vineyard Blvd.
(Corner of Mauna kea St., Across from Foster Botanical Garden
April 2, (Thursday) 5:30 P.M.
Come to Zippy's for our April General Membership Meeting and Annual Board Election.
PAST SKI CLUB ACTIVITIES:
TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY
SERVING AN EARLY THANKSGIVING DINNER TO THE NEEDY
AND PRE-EVENT POTLUCK
777 Ward Ave.
November 28 (Thursday) 9:30 A.M (potluck tailgate); ll:30 A.M. (volunteering)
18 ski club members (16 members, plus Nancy Rawlins' nephew, a photographer by profession, and his girlfriend from Maui, who starts another degree at UHM's school of architecture in January-- Go Bows!) volunteered at the Salvation's Army annual Thanksgiving dinner at Blaisdell Center to feed the less fortunate of our community. What a wonderful experience it was to know that you started your day by volunteering to help others! In case you did not check photos on the HSC Facebook page, posted are some fun and unique photos of our group at the pre-volunteer potluck brunch outside near the fish pond and numerous photos inside the exhibition hall, including one of us standing along side another volunteer, Hawaii LtGov and Dr. Josh Green. I "tagged" him in the photo and in response he ( or more likely his staff) emailed me the comments he posted on our FB website. Check out all the photos (esp. the fun ones created by Nancy Rawlins' nephew, Joseph, who works on Hawaii-50 and was a true delight!!). Malia also posted real-time photos of this event on her FB page.
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.
HAWAII SKI WEEK 2020
BIG SKY RESORT
BIG SKY MONTANA
January 17 - January 25, 2020
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 top of-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.
• Round-trip Air Honolulu to Bozeman Airport
• Charter Bus Round-trip 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)
the trip with Ski.com
$500 Deposit due July 7, 2019
Final payment due on November 13th
For more info contact Alan
SIGN UP FOR OPTIONAL BIG SKY ACTIVITIES
1. NASTAR ski races ($10 for two runs)
2. Big Sky Women’s 3-day Ski Clinic: Jan 17-19. Must sign up and pay in advance ($800) and pre-arrange extra night in hotel with Ski.com
3.For women who wish to have a small (2-3) group lesson with other women club members but do not wish to attend the 3-day clinic ($170-250 pp for half day)
4.All-day snowmobile tour of Yellowstone National Park. Price includes round trip bus to West Yellowstone, snowmobile rental, required snowmobile helmet (your ski helmet won’t be permitted as substitute), admission into national park, lunch, professional tour guide (required for snowmobiling in national park). Cost for single rider on snowmobile approximately $350 pp; for double (two riders on same snowmobile), approximately $225 pp.
5.Dog sledding near Big Sky: approximately $145 pp for 2 ½ hours (price depends on number of participants)
6.Dinner sleigh ride at Lone Mountain near Big Sky; approximately $150 pp (price depends on the numbers of participants)
7.Snowshoeing or cross-country skiing *
*Prices determined when Big Sky Resort opens Nov 28
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN ANY OF THESE OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES, PLEASE EMAIL ANITA at firstname.lastname@example.org . Sign-up is NOT a commitment. However, we should make arrangements in advance if we have a large group who want to participate in these
SKI NISEKO - HOKKAIDO, JAPAN
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, round-trip 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,
You can also contact Alan Teramura,
email@example.com (808) 372-9970.
If you would like to extend your
trip to include Rusutsu (below) contact our packager, Schewe Travel Associates,
SKI RUSUTSU-HOKKAIDO, JAPAN
February 15-23, 2020
Trip includes round-trip to Sapporo, round-trip 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 restaurants, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org (808) 372-9970.
SKI QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND
August 1-10, 2020
Trip includes round trip on Air New Zealand, Honolulu to Queenstown with two free checked bags, round trip group charter motor coach from airport to Heartland Hotel in downtown Queenstown, 8 nights lodging at the hotel, daily buffet breakfast, shuttles from the hotel to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables, and a 6 day lift ticket for those over 65. Cost is $2,299 when sharing a room (double or twin) and $2,969 for a single. Add $160.00 lift ticket cost for those under 65. Ikon 2019-2020 pass holders receive a 5 day lift ticket and can deduct $160.00. See www.hawaiisnowskiclub.com/trips.htm for more details and registration form.
HAWAII SKI CLUB IS ON FACEBOOK
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/
December, 2019 Newsletter