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, 1998-1999

Elected Officers


Ira Lichton

Vice President:

Al Benedict


LoRaine Carlson


Ruth Brantley

Board Members

(to 1999)

Ruth Iams

Robert Kamins

Elizabeth McCutcheon

Perry Phillip

Theodore Woodin

(to 2000)

Tony Lenzer

Norman Mellor

Ex-Officio Members and Committee Chairs

Bob Cole Past President


09/10 Prof. Cedric B. Cowing, “New England Witches Revisited”
10/08 Robert Kamins and Robert Potter on their new book, Malamalama: a History of the University of Hawaii
11/12 Professor Belinda A. Aquino, Departments of Political Science of Asian Studies and Director of Center for Philippine Studies “Phillipine Democracy and the 1998 Elections”
12/10 (At Treetops Restaurant) Dr. Tony Perry, discussing the Honolulu Method of cloning mice
01/14 Law Professor Randall W. Roth, “Lessons Learned from the Bishop Estate Fiasco”
01/18 Field trip to Waikiki Aquarium
02/11 Prof. Alexander Malahoff, “Aftermath of Lo`ihi’s Collapse: Descent into Pele’s Pit”
03/11 Prof. Hubert V. Everly, reviewing 1999 Legislative Session and possible changes to laws/regulations on retiree benefits
03/22 Field trip to Hawaii Convention Center
04/08 Prof. Kenneth Kipnis, Chairperson of Dept. of Philosophy, on medical ethics
05/13 Duane Preble, Prof. Emeritus of Art on how adults can help children discover and sustain imagination and creativity

Important Board Decisions and Discussions

10/08 Change to by-laws providing eligibility for membership to spouses of anyone eligible for membership.
12/11 Board approved transfer of FRAUHM funds from UH Foundation to commercial bank.