Ski Association of Hawaii – November 2005



Calendar of Events ***

November 3, 6 PM: General Membership Meeting at Elks Club


November 11, 5:00 PM: Pau Hana at Willows.

November 13,  2:30 PM: Train Ride followed by dinner (about 5pm) at  Kapolei Golf      

     Course Club House

November 17,  5:30 PM, Board of Directors Meeting, Sam Sneads

November 19,  4:00 PM, Pre-Thanksgiving dinner and games at Bill Rothe’s house,         

      Kaneohe; games begin at 4PM and dinner at 5:30

November 24,  9:00 AM tailgate,  Salvation Army Thanksgiving dinner at NBC Arena; 10:30 begin volunteering

December 1, 6PM: General membership meeting at Elks Club

**December 10, 6:30 PM: Christmas Party and Boat Parade at Large’s         

     Note change in day and time from previous newsletter**

December 15,  5:30 PM, Board of Directors Meeting

December 16, 5:30PM Pau Hana at Sunset Grill and walking tour of Honolulu

    City Lights

January 5, 5:30 PM,  General Membership Meeting at Elks Club

January 27- February 4, SKI WEEK AT VAIL, COLORADO

NOTE: February general membership meeting will NOT be held on regular time and day due to Ski Week conflict



NOTE: Please double check dates and times from the most recent newsletter to make sure there have been no changes***


President's Message

It was good to see many of you at Annual Kick-off Meeting!    


Thanks to Anita and Michael, our website is close to being redesigned and the brochure close to publication.  In order to be congruent with our new bumper stickers, we have decided to move in the direction of changing our club name to the “Hawaii Snow Ski Club”.  A vote will be taken at the November General Meeting on the motion to change the name.  This needs to be resolved prior to finalizing our website design and brochure.


We had only one suggestion for Ski Week 2007 at our October General Meeting, so if you have a place you would like to see us go to, please contact a board member prior to Ski Week 2006.  All nominations will be taken and voted on at the conclusion of Ski Week 2006 (Vail).  We will e-mail out the ballots consisting of the top three vote getters upon our return and count them at our Annual Post Ski Trip Party in mid-February 2006.  This will enable our trip committee to more efficiently plan Ski Week 2007.



The Board of Directors
President – Geof Chu – 330-7432;
Vice President – Anita Hodges, 486-8667,
Secretary - Craig Shaffer - 261-5989;
Treasurer - Wanda Sowell – 487-7485;
Michael Cloe - 942-7883;
Darrell Large - 395-6825;

Kathy Mulledy – 423-3190;
Wanda "Wandi" Sagum - 523-0982;
Carol Wood – 595-4888;

Myra Yamane – 621-8025;


Recent Events

October events: Our club members love to party!!! If you missed First Friday in downtown Honolulu with our own Rebecca Horne displaying her artwork (and Bill Rothe helping her hang the displays), Cosmic Bowling under the lights (thanks to Jim Kelly for organizing this event), Formaggio for pau hana (we were the largest group that night, and the food and wines were outstanding),  Willis’s own private wine tasting, or Halloween at the Waikiki Yacht Club (thanks, Marilyn, for arranging this activity) then you missed many awesome activities.   We planned the events to appeal to a wide variety of members: art collectors, athletes, and wine connoisseurs. Join us for upcoming events in November and December.



Upcoming Events

Every Monday - TENNIS AT KEEHI LAGOON @ 4:30 p.m.
Pau Hana at THE WILLOWS:  Friday , November 11th...5pm

Join us at the Willow Restaurant at 901 Hausten St. Friday night November 11th.The Willows offers a pupu buffet all you can eat and live music,,,,,don't come too hungry as the buffet and music do not start until 6:30...but we need to be there by 5:30 as it is a popular spot on Friday nights. Call the restaurant for directions 952-9200. The only directions I know are off of South King St by Star supermarket.  They offer valet parking or self-parking across the street.

Hawaiian Railroad, November 13 at 2:30 PM


Can you remember the whistle sounds of old railroads in the islands?  Sign up for a chance to

relive this part of Hawaii’s history by joining us for a train ride followed by a pau hana gathering

at the Kapolei Golf Course Club House.


At one time there were 7 public railroads,  47 private sugar plantation railroads, and

one military railroad on four Hawaiian islands. Today the Hawaiian Railway  has the

only active railroad on Oahu and runs on the remaining stretch of track  from Ewa

to Nanakuli. This railroad is placed on the State and National Registers of Historic

sites.  Three vintage diesel locomotives which have been restored take passengers

each Sunday in open-air cars.


This is your chance to relive history and have a unique way to tour the

leeward Oahu coastline in an open-air railroad car.  Bring family, friends

and maybe a young person who has never been on a real railroad ride!


When: Sunday, November 13. Arrive at 2:30 pm to purchase tickets

Where: Meet at the Hawaiian Railroad  station on Renton Road in Ewa.(see map

on the Hawaii Railroad website at

Cost: $7 (group rate)

Duration: 90 minute round-trip train ride from Ewa to Nanakuli

Afterwards: dinner or pupus at the Kapolei Golf Course club house; about 5:00 pm

If you can’t do the train ride, then join us for pupus or dinner.




  Pre - Thanksgiving at Bill Roths House

                 Saturday, November 19th...4pm


Come and join the ski club members for a pre- turkey party at Bill's House. Bring food and drinks

 to share .We always have a great time and this year we would like to ask Dave B to bring his

 horse shoes and other members to bring some board games.....of course some

of you have asked to play the game I maybe that will happen if someone gets

 it going......The party will start a little later than previous years since it is on a

Saturday night.....Dinner will be about 5:30 ish. 


Directions to Bill’s house ,,,,From Honolulu take the Likelike to Kaneohe. Make a left at

Kahekili Hwy. Travel approximately 3 miles and you will be passing Valley of the Temple. Go one light pass the Valley of the Temples turn left on Hui Iwa. Proceed through the four way stop sign , take second left which is Kelu 1/2 mile, house is on the left ( two houses past the orange

 house). 47-461 Hui Kelu St.....Call Bill at 239-4332 if you are lost. Bill will have a map at  the

Nov ski club meeting....See you there.....



Salvation Army Thanksgiving Dinner


    Hi Volunteers!  No turkeys are all Lucky Ducks!  Shereen Boyajian has volunteered to prepare the Tailgate Breakfast again this year.  You won't need to get up early to fix a potluck dish; just come on down for coffee and good eats before helping out.

    Our allotted number of volunteers was quickly filled, keeping with a long tradition.  Club members who are not on the volunteer list are welcome to participate in the tailgate breakfast, as long as we know how many to plan for.  (Call 487-7485 if you want to join us.)  $5 each will be collected to help cover food and drinks.


Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, Blaisdell Center:

9:00 - 10:30 am   Tailgate breakfast -on sidewalk near parking structure

10:30 - 1:00 pm    Volunteer at Exhibition Hall

Apparel                Covered shoes (protection from hot food/drinks)

We urge you to your wear club shirt to promote our club.


Ahoy, Christmas Menehunes


                      Volunteers needed:


                            "Deckoration" Committee


                              (aka Deck Committee)


                            for Darrell Large's boat


                            in the Hawaii Kai Marina


                              "Festival of Lights"


SATURDAY DECEMBER 10th 2005; Boat lineup for the parade: 6:00pm


DECK COMMITTEE will be given 1st choice to sail in the parade (maximum of

6 sailing Santa's helpers -- depending on the amount of space taken up by



Blitzen (Lee Cataldi) is heading the Deck Committee; Comet (Gordon Ng)

previously volunteered his skills; and materials, based on availability,

have been offered by Dasher (Prez Geof Chu).


Blizten would like the Deck Committee to meet at least once in November

to review pictures of previous parade entries, Captain Claus's (DarrellLarge) boat, and to brainstorm ski themes.  Interested elves may contact

Blitzen at 955-2461 -- and you, too, may be elevated to reindeer status.




                     SATURDAY DECEMBER 10th 5:00pm


                                DARRELL LARGE'S


                               583 KUMUKAHI PLACE, HAWAII KAI

                                    395-6825 or 258-6825 (email:

                                POT LUCK and B Y O B


HOLIDAY SING-A-LONG including a repeat of the much-requested "12 Days of  Christmas"


GIFT EXCHANGE:  $10 minimum. NO white elephants (Our gift exchange, though traditional, is optional so members do not have to participate by bringing a gift)


Please adhere to the above gift exchange guidelines.  There have been

comments from previous years regarding gifts that appear to have fallen

well below the acceptable price minimum and some items  that seemed to be

VERY white elephants.


    If in doubt, alcohol has historically received excellent reviews.   


                            CHEERS & MELE KALIKIMAKA




Honolulu City Lights: December 16, 5:30

Due to popular demand, we are again scheduling the December pau hana at Sunset Grill

 in Restaurant Row (5:30) followed by a walking tour of Honolulu City Lights.  If you wish to take

 the trolley ride, please make your own arrangements.  Make sure you bring a camera to

this colorful yuletime event !




October was the month to renew your Ski Club membership, so if you have not done so, please submit the enclosed membership form.

Ski Club Shirt Order

We are putting together another club shirt order that now requires a minimum order of 24 shirts.  Therefore, this may be the only opportunity that you will have this year to order a club shirt for yourself or as Christmas presents.  Samples of the shirt styles being offered will be available at the general meeting.


Redesigning Ski Association Website:


Since people are using the Internet more than ever to search for activities and events, the board of directors has decided to redesign our club website to make it more visually- appealing and user-friendly.  We are also creating a brochure to highlight the club. Therefore, the Ski Association no longer has a telephone hotline. All activities will be published online at the club website, through monthly online newsletters, or via email updates to club members.  If you have a great photo of ski club members participating in any activity, please forward it to either Michael Cloe or Anita Hodges as soon as you can and it may be included on the website or in the brochure.


Wearing Club Shirts to Increase Membership


Ski club members are always encouraged to wear their shirts to promote the ski club.  Recently

 the board had proposed giving points to those members who wear the shirts to events and at

 the end of the year awarding those who attended the most events and those who wore the

club shirts most frequently.  However after the October newsletter was emailed, we realized

that tallying this after every event could be an accounting nightmare, so we’ve opted to

eliminate that idea. However the board will think of other options to reward members who

attend events and wear their club shirts.


HELP WANTED.......By Kathy Mulledy


The activities committee is looking for ski members to assist with organizing activities and writing up articles about the ski events. It would be nice to get the members more involved and also to get a different slant on what goes on at these events.


 Ski trip information:  

 Hawaii Ski Week 2006

                    Vail, and Beaver Creek, Too!

     Hey Skiers!  Wednesday, Feb. 1 is designated as the group trip to Beaver Creek.  A short bus ride takes us from our doorstep at Enzian to the nearby ski resort.  Our Vail lift ticket will cover.  We'll meet for lunch at Spruce Saddle Restaurant on the mountain.

    Beaver Creek is celebrating its 25th Anniversary as an elegant, secluded resort with

European charm.  It's a complete mountain, with 146 trails off 16 lifts, and two bowls.  The

longest run is nearly 3 miles.


Trip to Mammoth Mountain – March 4 thru 11, 2005


So far we have about 10 people have expressed an interest in the trip.  Some have asked about the ground transportation to Mammoth Mountain.  Both Darrell Large and myself will be renting a SUV(s) at LAX and depart to Mammoth early Saturday morning, March 4, 2006.  The drive will take 4-5 hours and we hope to be in Mammoth Springs by noon.  Anyone one is welcome to join us and the car rental will be split accordingly.  We should make it back to LAX by mid afternoon on Saturday, March 11, 2006.  Other than that, I leave it up to each individual to get to Mammoth Springs.


Mammoth Springs is a substantial town with several large super markets, fast food and motel/hotel chains.  A new village has been built and I am hoping to find condo lodging in or near the village and/or the Canyon Lodge.  My estimate is the total for air and ground to be around $1,200 to $1,300 is you are flying into LAX.  I will be setting up the lodging and lift tickets and will need to get a commitment by year’s end along with a deposit.  Please let me know you want to go if you haven’t already and I will be in touch to confirm in the near future.




FROM THE EDITOR:  Member inputs and other suggestions to improve this newsletter are 
always welcome.  Mahalo.
Anita will be publishing the club newsletter while Dick and Claire are enjoying an extended trip. 
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