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, 2007-2008

Elected Officers


Fred Riggs (Passed away mid-term. Post filled by Bob Campbell, Vice President)

Vice President:

Bob Campbell


Bart Mathias


H. Roy McArdle

Elected Members-at-Large

Ruth Kleinfeld-Lenney

Virgie Chattergy

Ted Rogers

George Simson

Don Char

Wassim Siddiqui

Ex-Officio Members and Committee Chairs

L. Ralph Berger, Newsletter Editor

Fred Riggs, Chair, Liaison Committee (CLUH)

Cedric Cowing, Immediate Past President

Bart Mathias, Webmaster


09/10 Shiela Conant, “Hawaii’s Sea Birds”
10/08 Danny Kwok, “Nightinggales and Magpies: Voices out of China (political dissent after Tiananmen Square)”
11/13 Centennial Players, “Centennial Players Re-Enact Founding of UH” Victor Kobayashi, “Kobayashi Shows Photos of Historic Manoa Buildings”
12/12 (At Tree Tops Restaurant at Paradise Park) Chancellor Victoria Hinshaw, “A Century of Change”
01/15 Prof. William R. Chapman, “Historic Preservation”
02/12 Sue Cowing “Poetry for Hawaii’s Keiki”
03/12 Prof. Davianna McGregor, “NĂ¢ Kua`aina–Living Hawaiian Culture”
04/08 Prof. James Dator, “Futures of Hawaii: The Unholy Trinity Plus One”
05/13 Buffet Lunch, and Dr. Ruey Ryburn, “Complementary and Alternative Medicine–Integrating with Western Medicine”