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, 1997-1998

Elected Officers


Bob Cole

1st Vice President:

Sheldon Varney

2nd Vice President:

L. Ralph Berger


Ira Lichton


Nora Kirkpatrick

Board Members

(to 1998)

Rohma Bowers

Paul Durham

Roy McArdle

Anastacio L. Palafox

G. Raymon Nunn

(to 1999)

Ruth Iams

Robert Kamins

Elizabeth McCutcheon

Perry Phillip

Theodore Woodin

Consultants (Past Presidents)

Ed Chui

Wytze Gorter

Jim Koshi

Agnes Niyekawa

Bluebell Standal

Sid Townsley


09/?? (At AAUW Residence in Makiki) Harris Gitlin, on his retirement adventures in a 30-foot ketch
10/09 (In Student Services Bldg) Robert Kiste, Professor and Director of the Center for Pacific Studies “The Contemporary Pacific: Projections into the Next Century”
11/13 (In then “Porteus” Hall 704) Dr. Barry Coyne, Clinical Psychologist “Managing Sex Offenders in Hawaii”
12/02 (at 2:30) field trip to Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory
01/08 Dr. Gigliola Baruffi, MD, MPH, UH School of Public Health “Worsening Pregnancy Outcomes Among Samoan Women in Hawaii”
02/12 Prof. James Brandon, Dept. of Theater and Dance, “The History of Asian Theater at UH”
03/03 Field trip to the Heritage House at Kamehameha
03/12 Prof. Emeritus Agnes Niyekawa, “Culture, Language and Thought: Problems in Translation”
04/09 Annual Luncheon and Business Meeting, `Ohelo Bldg., Kapi`olani Community College
05/07 Prof. Seiji Naya, Dept. of Economics, Director of Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism “Hawaii’s Economic Problems”

Important Board Decisions and Discussions

06/19 In return for a list of recent retirees, FRAUHM to name a member to serve on Aloha United Way committee