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, 1992-1993

Elected Officers


Edward Chui

1st Vice President:

Bluebell Standal

2nd Vice President:

Rohma Bowers


Jane Fellmeth


Roy McArdle

Board Members

(to 1993)

Shirley Fujita

Oliver Holtzman

Robert Kamins

Minoru Shinoda

(to 1994)

James Burgoyne

James Koshi

Anastacio Palafox

Joel Trapido

Joyce Wright

Consultants (Past Presidents)

Wytze Gorter

Sid Townsley

Jim Tambor

Ed Barnet


09/17 Stan Sheriff on intercollegiate athletics
10/15 Dan Boylan on the current Hawaii political situation
11/19 Davis Shimabukuro on the Employees Retirement System investments
02/15 Prof. Belinda Aquino on the current situation in the Philippines as it affects US-Philippine relations
03/18 Nina Kostrimona, Visiting Professor from Russia
04/15 Luncheon at KCC. (?): Dr. Donald Char on health conditions in China

Important Board Decisions and Discussions

06/15 Treasurer McArdle reports only 79 members paid dues in the preceding year.
09/17 Preliminary proposal presented for an Emeriti Center along the lines of the on at USC. James Takushi suggested that a proposal be presented to UHM administration.
01/23 Telephone committee formed to contact members (about 12 each) and urge attendance at May general meeting. Committee Chairman R. Bowers suggested contacting inactive members as well.
03/18 The Emeriti Center would not duplicate FRAUHM. It would be to get the University to take a more responsible position with regard to maintaining official contact with faculty after they retire, instead of being laissez faire about it. Past President Gorter proposes that memorial recognition be given at the May meeting to members who died this past year.