This is based on a history by Agnes Niyekawa written probably in 1995 or 1996, supplemented with documents from the following years. Corrections and additions are most welcome.

Following up on a suggestion made by Chancellor Dick Kosaki at a reception for retirees in the Spring of 1985, one Wytze Gorter sent out 341 questionnaires to retired faculty on September 16th to gauge their interest in establishing a retiree’s association. All but five of the 201 who responded supported the idea. All but one of them were willing to pay “as much as $5” dues, and 75 volunteered to help organize and/or operate the association.
The first meeting was held 22 January 1986, a party in the Campus Center Ballroom, with Gorter the first president. By that time, the FRA had changed its name to FRAUHM, but it was noted that the “Faculty” at the beginning of the name and the “Manoa” at the end were not meant to exclude retirees from other campuses, or retired staff.
Quick links to academic years:

Officers and Board members, 1991-1992

Elected Officers


Wallace Mitchell

1st Vice President:

Edward Chui

2nd Vice President:

Richard Kosaki


Roy McArdle


Jane Fellmeth

Board Members

(to 1992)

Paul Durham

Andy In

Fred Haehnlen

Mary Hopkins

Norman Rian

(to 1993)

Shirley Fujita

Oliver Holtzman

Robert Kamins

Minoru Shinoda

Bluebell Standal

Consultants (Past Presidents)

Wytze Gorter

Sid Townsley

Jim Tambor

Ed Barnet


09/19 Dr. Louise McReynolds, History, “Soviet Union in Crisis & Transition”
10/17 At Tokai University. Greg Knudsen, Administrator in the newly created State Office of International Relations led discussion of “Hawaii’s International Relations” Tour of Tokai University Pacific Center
11/21 Dr. M. Lee Goff (Entomology), “Dr. Maggot & Mr. Worm”
02/20 Dan Boylan on current Hawaii legislature and politics
03/19 Dr. Majid Tehranian, “Where is the New World Order?”
04/16 Luncheon at Kapiolani Community College
05/21 Annual Meeting and Election, with pupus, CC Exec Dining Room

Important Board Decisions and Discussions

09/03 Newsletter reported that only half of mailing list of 300 were dues-paying members.