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, 2010-2011

Elected Officers


Cedric Cowing

Vice President:

Robert Campbell




Jacquie Maly

Elected Members-at-Large

Don Char

Paul Hooper

Elizabeth McCutcheon

Ex-Officio Members and Committee Chairs

Victor Kobayashi, Immediate Past President

Bart Mathias, Webmaster

Ced Cowing, Program

Bob Campbell, Membership

Leslie Lewis/Emily Fay (UH Foundation)


09/14 Dr. Neal Milner, Dept. of Political Science, “Politics in Hawaii”
10/20 Chancellor’s reception at Art Building Courtyard, 4:30-6:00, included tour of the Edward Gorey Collection.
11/09 Professor Dan Boylan entertained us with “The Midterm Elections and Hawai`i.”
12/16 Patricia Wood spoke about writing her acclaimed novel, Lottery.
01/25 Dr. Scott Rowland, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, “Manoa Valley: flows of lava, floods of water.”
03/08 Dr. Chuck Y. Gee, former Dean, Travel Industry Management, “Travel Industry Management: Its History and Recent Developments”
03/15 Breakfast at Waikiki Aquarium with UH Women’s Campus Club.
05/10 Dean Vance Roley of Shidler College, “The Importance of Shidler College to Hawaii, Asia and the Pacific.”