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, 2003-2004

Elected Officers


Bart Mathias

Vice President:

Harvey Gochros


John Hall


Roy McArdle

Elected Members-at-Large

Donald Char

Cedric Cowing

Ruth Kleinfeld

Ex-Officio Members and Committee Chairs

Ralph Berger, Newsletter Editor

Bart Mathias, Webmaster


09/11 Dr. Michael L. Forman, Professor of Linguistics, “Faculty Senate Survivor”
10/09 Dr. Mitsuo Aoki, Emeritus Prof. of Religion, “Living Your Dying”
11/13 Dr. Meheroo Jussawalla, Emerita Senior Fellow in Telecommunications, “Informational Technology Parks in India and Singapore”
12/11 (at Tree Tops Restaurant) Chancellor Peter Englert, “A New Manoa”
02/12 Dr. Beverly Keever, Prof., SAchool of Communications, “The Univiversity of Hawai`i – A Need for Transparency”
03/12 Dr. Leslie Tam, Prof. of Tropical Medicine and Medical Microbiology (retired), “Problem-Based Learning”
04/08 Dr. Roseanne Harrigan, Chair of Complementary & Alternative Medicine, “Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Health Care”
05/13 Dr. Chris Lee, Chairman of the Academy for Creative Media, “The New Academy of Creative Media” Buffet luncheon, Executive Dining Room