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, 2008-2009

Elected Officers


Jacquie Maly / Bob Campbell

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

Bart Mathias, Webmaster



09/08 Dean Jerris Hedges, Dean and Professor of Medicine at John A. Burns School of Medicine “Health Care Reform Update and Hawaii”
10/13 Dr. Laurence Paxton, talk and tour at Music Complex
11/10 Dr. Robert McGlone, Associate Professor of History. “John Brown’s War Against Slavery”
12/01 Lunch with new UH President Dr. M.R.C. Greenwood at Kapi`olani Community College
01/12 Professor Kenneth Kipnis, “Disasters, Catastrophies, and Worse: A Framework for Analysis”
02/08 Professor Alice Dewey, “Accomplishments and Anthropology of Ann Dunham (Soetoro), President Obama’s Mother”
03/09 Former Governor Ben Cayetano spoke about his book, Ben, a Memoir: From Street Kid to Governor.
04/18 Bishop Museum Proctor and FRAUHM member Jacquie Maly led those fortunate enough to attend on a tour of the newly renovated Hawaiian Hall from 11:00 to 1:00 on this Sunday FRAUHM outing. Marvelously informative and entertaining, though it will take many more visits to truly appreciate what is there. Most of us followed with lunch and a visit to the planetarium where the master of ceremonies kept mispronouncing Hōkūleʻ.
05/13 End-of-year meeting, with catered lunch and elections. Special guest speaker: Reed Dasenbrock, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.


09/09 Dr. Panos D. Prevedouros, “Mass Transit on Oahu”
10/14 Jim Donovan, Athletic Director, “Issues Facing the Athletic Department”
11/12 Howard Dicus, of KGMB9, brought us up to date on the economic crisis.
12/09 Carol Mon Lee, Honolulu District Member, Board of Education, at Tree Tops Restaurant spoke on “A New Perspective on Public Education”
01/13 West O`ahu Chancellor Gene Awakuni: “The present and Future of the West Oahu Campus”
02/10 Dr. Cedric Cowing, “Major Transitions In U.S. History (King George-George Washington; Buchanan-Lincoln; Bush-Obama, with special focus on HERBERT HOOVER-FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT(1932-1933)”
03/10 Dr. Donald Char, MD, Discussion: “Universal Health Care for All Americans?”
04/14 Barbara Stanton, Director of AARP-Hawaii, member of the Board of Directors, Maunalani Foundation and Nursing Care “Long Term Health Care: A Threat to Hawaii’s Healthcare Future”
05/10 Retirees Reception, Queen Lili`uokalani Center for Student Services, Room 412, 4:00–6:00 Speaker: Dr. David McClain, UH President