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, 2002-2003

Elected Officers


Bart Mathias

Vice President:

Harvey Gochros


Lela Goodell


Roy McArdle

Elected Members-at-Large

Donald Char

Michaelyn Chou

Cedric Cowing

Ruth Kleinfeld

Ex-Officio Members and Committee Chairs

Ralph Berger, Newsletter Editor

Jim McCutcheon, Past President


09/ Dr. Rold-Peter Kudritzki, Director of the Institute for Astronomy”
12/19 James (Jim) Rumford, Writer and Illustrator, “The Traveling Man of Manoa; Author and Illustrator” (at Treetops)
01/16 Dr. Victor Kobayashi, Prof. of Educational Foundations, “Adventures and Misadventures of a Former Dean”
03/13 Dr. Roger T. Ames, Professor of Philosophy, “Human Rights in China: A Cultural Perspective”
04/10 Dr. Edward J. Shultz, Prof. of History and Director Center for Korean Studies, “Korea: North and South”
05/08 Marion Kelly, Retired Emeritus, Dept. of Ethnic Studies, “Interpreting the ‘Akaka Bill'”