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, 2013-2014

Elected Officers


John B. Hall

Vice President:

Cedric Cowing


LaRene DeSpain


Bob Campbell

Elected Members-at-Large

Don Char

Bob Cole

Victor Kobayashi

Elizabeth McCutcheon

John Southworth

Ex-Officio Members and Committee Chairs

Cedric Cowing, Immediate Past President

Bart Mathias, Webmaster, Newsletter Editor

Ced Cowing, Immediate Past President

Bob Campbell, Membership

Leslie Lewis/Emily Fay (UH Foundation)


09-10 Beverly Deepe Keever, “Death Zone and Darling Spies: A Young Correspondent in Vietnam”
10-07 A tour of the University of Hawai`i Translational Health Science Simulation Center (UH THSSC)
11-19 Professor Kenneth Kipnis, “Catastrophes, Disasters, and Worse”
12-19 Richard Budar, “Affordable Care Act”
01-14 Dr. Glenn Paige, “The Korean War, Peace, and ‘Non-killing’: A Conversation.”
02-11 Dean Edward Shultz. “The East-West Center, its Alumni and Future.”
03-11 Dr. Richard Gould. “Life on the Edge: Desert Aborigines of Australia.”
04-08 Rachel Orange (Undersea Research Lab), “A Recent Dive With the Pisces 5 Submersible”
05-05 The Information Technology Building, with David Lassner