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, 2011-2012

Elected Officers


Cedric Cowing

Vice President:

Robert Campbell


Victor Kobayashi


Jacquie Maly

Elected Members-at-Large

Don Char

Paul Hooper

La Rene Despain

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)


09/13 John Hall and Elizabeth McCutcheon, “Not Your Usual Summer Vacation: Mongolia 2011”
10/11 Leslie Wilcox, CEO of PBS Hawaii, “Teaming Media and Education”
11/08 Dr. Miles Jackson, Dean Emeritus of the UH School of Library and Information Studies “African-Americans in Hawaii”
12/13 Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw spoke on how the UH experience has been and is being improved, with videos.
01/10 Dr. William Bruneau, retired from the University of British Columbia “Who Rules the Roost in Canadian Universities: Fact and Fantasy”
02/14 Margaret Larson, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, on electric cars in Hawai`i. FRAUHM members Duane and Sarah Preble talked about their electric Nissan Leaf.
03/13 Tour of Manoa Heritage Center, followed by lunch at Waioli Tea Room
03/18 Co-hosted a presentation by poet Gary Snyder at Orvis Auditorium. Members were invited to a Chancellor’s reception for Mr. Snyder preceding the presentation.
04/10 Short talk by members John Hall and Ralph Berger on microbial studies, followed by a 1:00 pm tour of the new C-MORE Hale.
05/08 Dr. Michele Carbone, Director of the UH Cancer Research Center, “Recent Develpments at the Cancer Research Center in Kaka`ako.” Buffet luncheon.