Thursday, February 4, 2021

Adventurers Club of Honolulu - Feb 21, 2021 meeting - Antarctica

 

ADVENTURERS' CLUB  MEETING FEB 21, 2021
















Meeting Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021

RSVP Deadline: Sunday, February 14, 2021 (please email Carolyn Gire at carogire@hawaii.rr.com) 
Location: via Zoom (information is shared with those who register) 

When ACH members Carolyn and David Gire started planning their bucket list trip to Antarctica they were  told “go for as long as you can, on the smallest ship you can, and don’t miss South Georgia.” They will talk about the resulting month-long trip in early 2020, visiting Argentina, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Their presentation will feature abundant wildlife, beautiful scenery and a massive tabular iceberg, A68a, which has recently been in the news. Carolyn and David are both retired and like to spend their time planning and taking trips, pandemics permitting. They have visited more than 50 countries, all seven continents and are working on the 50 states. 

We hope to see you via Zoom! 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Adventurers' Club of Honolulu - January 21, 2021

 

ADVENTURERS' CLUB OF HONOLULU                                JAN-MAR 2021

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Hello Adventurers!

It certainly has been an unusual year that none of us saw coming. We have had to adjust to on-line meetings, being unable to meet in person, or even to travel much. We have unhappily cancelled long-anticipated trips, chased refunds, rebooked to travel later, and then even later. At the same time, we recognize that there are many people who are worse off than we are.

Thanks to everyone who submitted pictures for our travel quiz, to Donna Wendt for her help in putting the quiz together, and to everyone who participated. It was just for fun, there were some beautiful pictures and it was interesting to see different parts of the world and realize how many places there are still to visit.

We will continue to meet via Zoom for the first quarter. I know it isn’t the preference for all our members, but current case counts and test positivity rates restrict event capacity. However, the Club has made reservations from March forward at our usual venues, hoping that having vaccines available will improve the situation sufficiently that we can meet in person sooner rather than later! Please check the reminder email sent on the first of each month for confirmation of the location and reservation instructions.

Finally, it’s time to send in your 2021 dues. As you will see elsewhere in this newsletter, current members will see a reduced amount due. Your Board considered the reduced expenses of meeting virtually, balanced with the need to keep an adequate reserve in case of pandemic-related increases going forward, and decided on a one-time “loyalty reward” for sticking with us during this time. We hope it will help us keep you.

Aloha, Carolyn Gire, President

January 21,    Zoom "Pre Covid Trip through Scotland & England"                               by guests, Chloe Chapman & Adam Bradford      




IT’S DUES RENEWAL TIME!

It’s time to renew your Club membership. Please complete the attached 2021 Renewal Form and send it to Nira Cooray at 1703 Paula Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816, no later than February 15, 2021.

Please note any changes in your contact information. If there are no changes, please write “NO CHANGES” across it & also return the form to Janet, along with your check payable to The Adventurers’ Club of Honolulu. Reduced 2021 dues for renewing members are $15 for single regular resident members; $25 for spouse/partner couple regular resident members & $25 for non-resident [outside Oahu] members (new member dues will remain at the 2020 levels.) Please renew promptly! Mahalo!


PRESENTING YOUR NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

We are pleased to present the Club’s new officers and directors for the year ending Dec. 31, 2021:

 President: Carolyn Gire

 1st Vice President and Program Chair: Bill Chapman

 2nd Vice President and Membership Chair: Nira Cooray

 Secretary: Gretchen Arnemann

 Treasurer: Judy Simon

 At-Large Director: Janet Miller

 At-Large Director: Lori Alexander

 Immediate Past President: Lowell Angell

For the year ending Dec. 31, 2022:

 At-Large Director and Assistant Treasurer: Bill Arnemann

 At-Large Director: Jim Harwood


ZOOM MEETINGS:

1. RSVPs are accepted from the 1st of the month until the Sunday before the meeting. You will receive a confirmation email.

2. The link to sign on to the meeting is sent on Monday morning, to the email address you used to RSVP. Please check to make sure you have received it and contact Carolyn if you don’t get it via email carogire@hawaii.rr.com.

3. Guests are welcome to online meetings at no charge, but all guests musts be reserved by a member. When you RSVP for your guest, please provide their name and whether they will view with you or separately.

4. Finally, did you know that the identifier that shows on Zoom is the name you use to set up your device? For most of us, it’s our name or something like Carolyn’s iPad. But sometimes it’s something like Tutu’s iPhone or someone else’s name. This makes it difficult for the host to identify you, and in the interests of making our calls secure while admitting our members and guests, please let Carolyn know if you or your guest have a “secret identity”.

BEYOND THE REEF:

Member Don Laird passed away in Honolulu on November 14, age 82. Don joined the Adventurers’ Club in 1998 as member #470.

Born and raised in Michigan, he did his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He earned a PhD in Political Science, focusing on international relations, and was the recipient of a U.S. Foreign Language Scholarship to study the Indonesian-Malay language.

Don taught at universities in Michigan, then in the Philippines on a Fulbright-Hays Visiting Professorship, before moving to Washington DC, where he worked in international programs for the Office of the Chief of the Naval Operations, the National Science Foundation, the General Accounting Office, and the Department of the Army. In 1981, he came to Hawaii with the Army's international program of exchanges and exercises with more than 40 Asian-Pacific countries, and was able to travel widely in this position, from Madagascar to Korea to Australia.

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 ADVENTURERS' CLUB OF HONOLULU
January Meeting - 1/21/2021, 
via Zoom

Guests Chloe Chapman and Adam Bradford will describe their  “Pre-Covid New Year’s Trip through Scotland and England”.  Chloe and Adam will take you on a trip through Scotland and England that they made in December 2019 and January 2020.  Highlights include the New Year festivities in Scotland, an exploration of  Roman Britain, including a walk along Hadrian’s Wall, and a visit to Stonehenge. 

ZOOM  6:50 pm  Zoom Login and Testing
PROGRAM  7:00 pm  (Approximately)

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February 18, 2021 — by members David & Carolyn Gire
                               “Epic Antarctica ”                               
    

When ACH members Carolyn and David Gire started planning their bucket list trip to Antarctica they were told “go for as long as you can, on the smallest ship you can, and don’t miss South Georgia.” They will talk about the resulting month-long trip in early 2020, visiting Argentina, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Their presentation will feature abundant wildlife, beautiful scenery and a massive tabular iceberg, A68a, which has recently been in the news.
     Carolyn and David are both retired and like to spend their time planning and taking trips, pandemics permitting. They have visited more than 50 countries, all seven continents and are working on the 50 states.
               ZOOM
6:50 pm  Zoom Login and Testing
PROGRAM  7:00 pm  (Approximately)
RSVP EMAIL    CONTACT  Please send your reservations to
Carolyn Gire at carogire@hawaii.rr.com by February 14, 2021
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  It was a great presentation to these interesting places.  Below are some screenshots of the photos Carolyn and David shared.


















Their Ship

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        March 18, 2021 — by guest Kydd Pollack
“A Virtual Snorkel and Adventure Tour of Palmyra ”
     Have you ever dreamed of visiting a remote uninhabited tropical isle? Join Kydd Pollock, The Nature Con-servancy’s Fisheries Science Manager, for a virtual snorkel and adventure tour of Palmyra Atoll. Located 1,000 miles south of Oahu, Palmyra is one of the world’s last great, wild places and a beacon of hope for conservation, adaptation, and resilience. On the tour you’ll see some of the marine wildlife that makes Palmyra special in a pristine environment that TNC is working hard to protect.
       Kydd Pollock is the Fisheries Science Manager, TNC Hawaii and Palmyra. Kydd is an experienced diver, with research interests in reefs and their populations. In 2010, he had a much-publicized encounter with a grey reef shark!

ZOOM
6:50 pm   Zoom Login and Testing
PROGRAM  7:00 pm  (Approximately)
RSVP EMAIL  CONTACT  Please send your reservations to
Carolyn Gire at carogire@hawaii.rr.com by March 14, 2021

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Adventurers' Club of Honolulu - December Zoom Meeting Dec 10, 2020

 ADVENTURERS' CLUB OF HONOLULU
December Holiday Meeting - 12/10/2020, 

via Zoom

RSVP to attend the Zoom meeting to 

carogire@hawaii.rr.com

 between Nov 20 and Dec 6, 2020)









A glimpse of our December Zoom Meeting


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Since we aren’t able to have our usual holiday dinner meeting together in December,  and the wonderful photo contest that Donna Wendt puts together for us just wouldn’t be the same via Zoom, we have something different for you, capturing the elements of fellowship and photos, but without the food.  It’s a Where in the World Travel Quiz! 

 After a short business meeting, we will see how good we really are at recognizing pictures of well-known places around the world.  No prizes except bragging rights for those with high scores!  We will follow this with time for sharing your stories of where you should have been in 2020 or what adventures you are hoping for in 2021.   

 

If you would like to participate by submitting a photo to the quiz, please do so, do Donna Wendt  donwen@aol.com.  We are looking for photos of interesting locations that will challenge (but not frustrate) us, especially a different perspective of a famous location or picture of Christmas celebrations somewhere. 

So if you have ONE photo you love of somewhere that isn’t too obscure, please  email it (jpg preferred)  with the

     name, location (town/city and country) and who took it

     to Donna (donwen@aol.com   

    BEGINNING NOVEMBER 1st AND NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 30th. 

 
Since we aren't able to have our usual holiday dinner meeting together in December, and the wonderful photo contest that Donna Wendt puts together for us just wouldn't be the same via ZOOM, we have something different for you, capturing the elements of fellowship and photos, but without the food: 
     It's a "Where In The World" travel quiz!

We will start the meeting with the introduction of our new officers and directors, then see how good we really are at recognizing pictures of well-known places around the world.  No prizes except bragging rights for those with high scores!  We also will offer time for sharing your stories of where you should have been in 2020 or what adventures you are hoping for in 2021.
    
 If you would like to participate by submitting a photo to the quiz, please do so.  We are looking for photos of interesting locations that will challenge (but not frustrate) us, especially:
    - A different perspective of a famous location
    - Somewhere well-known, but not immediately recognizable
    - A picture of Christmas celebrations somewhere that is usually pictured in summer

So if you have ONE photo you love of somewhere that isn't too obscure, please email it (jpg preferred) with the NAME, LOCATION (town, or city/country) and who took it .... to Donna Wendt via email:    donwen@aol.com
   Beginning Nov 1st and no later than Nov 30th.
   


Friday, October 2, 2020

 THE ADVENTURERS CLUB OF HONOLULU  

           OCTOBER TO DECEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER

Aloha Adventurers!

It’s hard to believe that we have reached the last quarter of a very unusual year and I thank you for adjusting to the changes we have had to make. As you can see, your Board of Directors has moved this quarter’s meetings to Zoom, since it seems quite unlikely we can meet in person at our usual venues. We would like to acknowledge members Kitty Austria, Lowell Angell and Stacey Thomas & Michael Dalesandro who had volunteered as reservationists for the 4th quarter.

It’s also coming up to the time when we hold our elections. In accordance with our bylaws, prior to the October meeting you will receive the slate of candidates for election as directors and officers for the coming term. The slate, along with any additional nominations from the floor, will be voted on by members attending the November meeting. The new directors and officers will be installed at the December meeting. If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact me at carogire@hawaii.rr.com, or our Elections Committee Chair, past-president Lowell Angell at angell@hawaii.edu or (808) 988-2098.

Please join us for the interesting meetings we have scheduled in the coming months.
Aloha,
     Carolyn Gire
               President

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ZOOM MEETINGS      Please check out page 2 for Zoom (online) meeting updates.

VOLUNTEER HELP NEEDED!    Our Club runs smoothly only because a dedicated corps of members do the many tasks necessary to make it all happen. Besides your elected officers and directors, we have volunteer members who take your reservation for the meetings. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please consider helping by taking reservations or by serving on the board. We would love to have you and you’ll be helping your Club!

FUTURE SPEAKERS/PROGRAMS  Know of a good future speaker or program (maybe yourself!)? Tell our 1st Vice-President/Program Chair, Bill Chapman about it. Email him at: wchapman@hawaii.edu

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ZOOM MEETINGS POLICIES:

1. The RSVP date for our Zoom meetings is the Sunday before.

2. The link to sign on to the meeting is sent on Monday morning, to the email address you used to RSVP. Please check to make sure you have received it and contact Carolyn if you don’t get it via email carogire@hawaii.rr.com.

3. Guests are welcome to online meetings at no charge. When you RSVP for your guest, please provide their name and whether they will view with you or separately. If they will use their own device, please provide their email. It is your responsibility to send the link on to them once it is sent to you

4. Finally, did you know that the identifier that shows on Zoom is the name you use to set up your device? For most of us, it’s our name or something like Carolyn’s iPad. But sometimes it’s something like Tutu’s iPhone or someone else’s name. This makes it difficult for the host to identify you, and in the interests of making our calls secure while admitting our members and guests, please let Carolyn know if you have a “secret identity”.

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October 15, 2020      (Zoom) 

“Joseph Francis Charles Rock in Yunnan China”

             by member Jerry Coiner

Joseph Rock was an explorer, geographer, botanist, and linguist, well-known to anyone interested in the history of botany in Hawaii. From 1919 to 1949 he was a National Geographical Society Explorer, stationed in Tibet. A native of Vienna, Rock worked for a time at Mills College (later Mid-Pacific Institute) and was the first botanist in the Territory of Hawaii’s fledgling forestry department, later joining the University of Hawaii’s faculty. Jerry has been researching his life and work for many years and will concentrate on Rock’s work in China and Tibet. 

Dr. Jerry Coiner holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Kansas. He and his wife Eloise have traveled extensively throughout Asia and the Pacific. He is an active member of the Rotary and also of the Hawaiian Philatelic Society, where he serves as Treasurer He is the author of numerous scholarly articles on agriculture, vegetation change, urbanism, and climate. Before coming to Hawai‘i, Dr. Coiner was with the Department of Geology and Geography, Hunter College, City University of New York, New York, New York.










ZOOM - Login and Testing:  6:50 pm

PROGRAM - 7pm

RSVP EMAIL - Please send your reservations to Carolyn Gire at  

                carogire@hawaii.rr.com     by October 11, 2020

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November 19, 2020        (Zoom)

             “Wave Woman—The Story of 

Betty Pembroke Heldreich Winstedt & Hawaiian Surfing”

               by member Vicky Durand

Wave Woman is the untold story of an adventurer whose zest for life and learning kept her alive for ninety-eight years. Betty Pembroke Heldreich Winstedt was the granddaughter of Mormon pioneers who, after spending an active and athletic childhood in Salt Lake City, moved to Santa Monica with her family and enrolled at USC to study dental hygiene. Betty went on to elope with a man she hardly knew, and to have two daughters. In middle age, Betty finally followed her dream of living near the ocean; she moved to Hawaii and, at age forty-one, took up surfing. She lived and surfed at Waikiki during the golden years of the mid-1950s and was a pioneer surfer at Makaha Beach. She was competitive in early big-wave surfing championships and was among the first women to compete in Lima, Peru, where she won first place. Betty was an Olympic hopeful, a pilot, a mother, a sculptor, a jeweler, a builder, a fisherwoman, an ATV rider, and a potter who lived life her way, dealing with adversity and heartache on her own stoic terms. A love letter from a daughter to her larger-than-life mother, Wave Woman will speak to any woman searching for self-confidence, fulfillment, and happiness.

Vicky Durand, a longtime member of the Adventurers Club, first fell in love with Hawaii in the mid-1950's at age twelve, when she spent a summer with relatives on the island of Molokai. Returning home, she talked her mother Betty into a Hawaiian trip the following summer. By the following winter, the adventurous Betty had moved her two young daughters to Honolulu. Vicky spent her teenage years surfing with her mother. They competed in the annual Makaha International Surfing Championships. Together, they were invited to Lima, Peru, to promote women's surfing. Looking back at Vicky and Betty's evolving relationship, Betty always told Vicky that every day was an adventure. Never afraid of the difficult challenges ahead, Betty inspired Vicky to take new challenges

ZOOM - Login and Testing:  6:50 pm

PROGRAM - 7pm

RSVP EMAIL - Please send your reservations to Carolyn Gire at  

                carogire@hawaii.rr.com     by November 15, 2020

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December 19, 2020      ----  To Be Determined

Unfortunately, because we are using Zoom for this meeting, we will not be able to do our traditional, much anticipated photo contest. It just wouldn’t be the same experience without being together in person to enjoy camaraderie and Donna’s wonderful contest results and prizes! We are working on something different and will have more details soon.

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Friday, September 4, 2020


 September 17, 2020    7pm meeting is a ZOOM meeting

Please RSVP to Carolyn Gire 

via email carogire@hawaii.rr.com by Sunday, 

September 13th  5:00 PM to be added to the list for this meeting. 

Guests are  welcome, and please include their names and email 

addresses with your RSVP.  For security and privacy 

purposes, the Zoom’s "waiting room" feature will be used and

 only individuals on the list will be admitted.  All confirmed

 attendees will receive an email confirmation on Monday,

 September 14th with the Zoom link to access the meeting on

 Thursday.

Please contact Carolyn with any questions or to schedule a test run with Zoom ahead of 

time. Mahalo!  Stay safe everyone and please take care.     


Sep 17, 2020 — 7 pm        by guest Dave Beilman
Biogeography and Climate Change

     UHM Associate Professor, Dr. Beilman, will discuss decades of work as a geographer & environmental scientist, covering his fieldwork in Russia, the Canadian Arctic, and Antarctica. As Dr. Beilman explains: “The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the Earth’s fastest warming regions and is experiencing rapid ecological change. During a five week research cruise in March 2020, he visited sites along four hundred kilometers of the western Peninsula studying plants and soils. He will describe his work using a drone to observe the continent’s surface & discuss the implications for changes in the Southern Ocean, marine ecosystems & plant growth on land.”
     Dr Beilman holds a PhD from UCLA, a MSc from the University of Alberta in Canada, followed by post-doctoral study at Queen’s University in Belfast, UK. He was born & raised in western Canada & spent his early days “appreciating the serene northern forests & majestic Rocky Mountains of western North America.” His PhD dissertation was on carbon hotspots in West Siberia, Russia.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Change to August 20, 2020 Adventurers' Club Meeting


Dear Adventurers', 
    Please see the attached flyer for our August meeting with guest speaker Dave Beilman.  Due to the recent surges of COVID-19 and the limited capacity for social distancing at Maple Garden, this meeting will now be held via Zoom. 
   Thank you for being flexible through these uncertain times as we continue to face the impacts of COVID together. We appreciate your continued support and hope that you can join us online.   
Take care and Mahalo, 
Crystal a
                                    UPDATE:
DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, OR GUEST SPEAKER COULD NOT MAKE IT, SO BILL CHAPMAN, STEPPED IN TO GIVE A POLISHED PRESENTATION ON ARCHITECTURE IN THE NATIONAL PARKS.  WE ALL ENJOYED IT AND THE GROUP VISITING THAT WENT ON BEFORE AND AFTERWARDS.  THANKS TO BILL.
    THE SEPTEMBER ADVENTURERS CLUB MEETING WILL ALSO BE ON ZOOM.

August 20, 2020: ZOOM MEETING, 7:00 PM  ************
   "Bio-geography and Climate Change" - by guest, Dave Beilman
   UHM Associate Professor, Dr. Beilman, will discuss decades of work as a geographer & environmental scientist, covering his fieldwork in Russia, the Canadian Arctic, and Antarctica.  As Dr. Beilman explains: “The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the Earth’s fastest warming regions and is experiencing rapid ecological change. During a five-week research cruise in March 2020, he visited sites along four hundred kilometers of the western Peninsula studying plants and soils. He will describe his work using a drone to observe the continent’s surface & discuss the implications for changes in the Southern Ocean, marine ecosystems & plant growth on land.”
   Dr. Beilman holds a PhD from UCLA, a MSc from the University of Alberta in Canada, followed by post-doctoral study at Queen’s University in Belfast, UK.  He was born & raised in western Canada & spent his early days “appreciating the serene northern forests & majestic Rocky Mountains of western North America.” His PhD dissertation was on carbon hotspots in West Siberia, Russia.  

Please RSVP to Carolyn Gire via email carogire@hawaii.rr.com by Sunday, August 16th, 5:00 PM to be added to the list for this meeting. Guests are welcome, please include their names and email addresses with your RSVP.  For security and privacy purposes, the Zoom’s "waiting room" feature will be used and only email addresses on the list will be admitted.  All confirmed attendees will receive an email confirmation on Monday, August 17th with the Zoom link to access the meeting on Thursday.
Please contact Carolyn with any questions or to schedule a test run with Zoom ahead of time. Mahalo!  
Stay safe everyone. 
Crystal
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Friday, July 24, 2020

Adventurers Club Newsletter July to Sep 2020


THE ADVENTURERS’ CLUB OF HONOLULU
       July to September 2020 Newsletter

Hello Adventurers!
     The last few months have been a very different experience for all of us as we have stayed home, lined up six feet apart with our masks on when we do go out, and navigated cancelling trips when we are much more used to making reservations! We have become more comfortable with meetings via Zoom, which has allowed us to continue our ACH meetings, although many of us are looking forward to being together in person.
      We originally planned to have our July meeting at the Outrigger Canoe Club, but they are not yet able to accommodate groups larger than ten, so we have changed to Zoom for July. As Hawaii’s COVID-19 recovery progresses, and because recovery rules change with little notice, our planned meetings may change. Please look for the monthly reminder from Crystal on the first of each month, where we will note any changes, which may be the location but can also be the speaker. Not all our speakers are able to present via Zoom, for a variety of reasons, and COVID-19 has altered our speakers’ schedules as well.
I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Aloha, Carolyn Gire, President
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CLUB NEWS & REMINDER FOR ONLINE MEETINGS
    The RSVP date for our Zoom meetings is the Sunday before. The link to sign
on to the meeting is sent on the Monday morning, to the email address you
used to RSVP. Please check to make sure you have received it and contact
   Carolyn if you don’t get it via email at carogire@hawaii.rr.com.
   Guests are welcome to online meetings at no charge. After the June meeting,
where members RSVP’d for 12 guests, we are making a small change in
procedure. The guests’ names are needed whether they will watch with you,
or link in separately. If the latter, I need their emails, but I will ask you to pass
on the link to them.
    Finally, did you know that the identifier that shows on Zoom is the name you
use to set up your device? For most of us, it’s our name or something like
Carolyn’s iPad. But sometimes it’s something like Tutu’s iPhone or someone
else’s name. This makes it difficult for the host to identify you, and in the
interests of making our calls secure while admitting our members and guests,
please let Carolyn know if you have a “secret identity”. Mahalo!

PLEASE REMEMBER THESE CLUB POLICIES AND PROCEDURES:
1. Adventurers' Club guests MUST be booked by a Club member via that month’s reservationist.
2. There is a $5 surcharge for any guests NOT Adventurer’s Club full members.
3. When emailing your reservations, put "ADV CLUB RSVP" as subject. Please include your phone number when emailing or telephoning RSVPs.
4. The reservationist will email (or telephone) a confirmation of your RSVP. If you don’t receive a
confirmation, email/telephone AGAIN. If you get no response or are unable to contact the listed
reservationist, please email Carolyn Gire at carogire@hawaii.rr.com.
5. To insure fairness to all members and to our reservationists, RSVPs will only be accepted beginning the FIRST DAY OF EACH MONTH for that month’s program.
6. Once you have given your entree choice, it IS NOT POSSIBLE to change it. Please kokua!
7. Payment by check is preferred, payable to "Adventurers' Club of Honolulu."
8. Late cancellations and no-shows will be billed.
                                      Spread the word about the Adventurers' Club!
Tell your friends about us and our programs, or consider inviting them as a guest to future programs!
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  SEE PRIOR POST TO SEE PHOTOS OF THE MEETING
July 16, 2020 (Zoom) - by member Jim Harwood
Mauna Kea: Early Planning and Development
    Astronomer Jim Harwood will talk about the early years of astronomy on Mauna Kea and Haleakala, as part of the UH Institute for Astronomy. As Jim explains, the talk will cover “How astronomy started on Mauna Kea, and the experiences of those who observed in primitive and dangerous conditions far away from any human contact night after night during 1965-1967 to determine the best site on the mountain for a major telescope, NASA's proposed 88" reflector, then the 6th largest in the world.”
    Jim was an optical instrumentation engineer at the time of that project, is now retired as the former computer systems engineer for telescope control at the UH Institute for Astronomy. He holds a BA in physics from Columbia University. Before his work supervising the operations of the Mauna Kea Site Evaluation program, he was the optical instrumentation engineer for a shipboard program sponsored by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (US Defense Dept.) studying re-entries of ballistic missiles launched on the Atlantic Missile Range, 1958-1964. The program took place on a converted Liberty Ship, outfitted with radars and instrumentation mounts. The ship participated in the
atomic tests at Johnston Island in 1962, working out of Honolulu that year. That Honolulu experience motivated Jim to return to Hawaii when the ARPA shipboard project ended in 1964.
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RESCHEDULED TO SEPT 17, 2020
CHANGE TO ZOOM MEETING - Not at Maple Garden
August 20, 2020 — by guest Dave Beilman
Biogeography and Climate Change
     UHM Associate Professor, Dr. Beilman , will discuss decades of work as a geographer & environmental scientist, covering his fieldwork in Russia, the Canadian Arctic, and Antarctica. As Dr. Beilman explains: “The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the Earth’s fastest warming regions and is experiencing rapid ecological change. During a fiveweek research cruise in March 2020, he visited sites along four hundred kilometers of the western Peninsula studying plants and soils. He will describe his work using a drone to observe the continent’s surface & discuss the implications for changes in the Southern Ocean, marine ecosystems & plant growth on land.”
     Dr Beilman holds a PhD from UCLA, a MSc from the University of Alberta in Canada, followed by post-doctoral study at Queen’s University in Belfast, UK. He was born & raised in western Canada & spent his early days “appreciating the serene northern forests & majestic Rocky Mountains of western North America.” His PhD dissertation was on carbon hotspots in West Siberia, Russia.
  [    SEE later post about this being a ZOOM meeting ]
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  NEW TOPIC --- see above...

September 17, 2020 — by member Ed Carus
Travel on the Mekong: Angkor Wat and Other Sites
    Travel with Ed on a tour of the Mekong River, stretching from Laos to the Vietnam Delta. Always an enjoyable Adventurers’ Club speaker, Ed will provide highlights of the voyage and take his audience on side trips along the way.  You’ll see exciting aspects of this important waterway which has provided transportation and sustenance and served as a vital part of daily life along its banks.
     The Mekong River is the lifeline of Laos and much of mainland Southeast Asia. It originates in the Yunnan Province of China, travels south, forming the boundary between Laos and other countries such as Myanmar and Thailand.
   Location 6:00 pm Outrigger Canoe Club - 2509 Kalakaua Avenue, Free parking in club lot
Dinner/Menu 6:45 pm
Menu: Please include order with RSVP. Payment by check preferred please.
1. Curried Chicken Salad in Papaya: Mango chutney, mixed greens, red grapes = $20
2. Thai Vegetable Curry: A slightly spicy vegan curry = $20
3. Mahi Mahi: Traditional preparation, spring vegetables, rice, toasted almonds = $31
4. 1/2 Mahi Mahi: Traditional preparation, spring vegetables, rice, toasted almonds = $24
Reminder: Coffee/Tea NOT included with your meal. Drink tickets must be purchased with
cash upon check-in along with beer, wine, mixed drinks and soft drinks. PLEASE NOTE: No Drink
Scrip will be sold after 6:30 pm. Please buy whatever you will need when you check in. You
may use your scrip during the evening to order drinks.
SCRIP MUST BE PURCHASED WITH CASH, NOT CHECKS.
Program 7:30 pm (Approximately)
RSVP  Email  Preferred  Contact  Lowell Angell, angell@hawaii.edu or call (808) 988-2098
RSVP by: Thursday, September 10, 2020
Late cancellations and no shows will be billed

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Adventurers Club Honolulu - Zoom Meeting 16 July 2020



THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2020        
                            AT YOUR HOMES   VIA   ZOOM

Thursday
Jul 16
Zoom
Mauna Kea:
Early Planning & Development
By new member
Jim Harwood

New member Jim Harwood will be presenting on the early days of developing research astronomy in Hawaii.  After the early installations on Haleakala opened in 1963, Jim was part of UH’s Institute of Astronomy evaluation of where the NASA-funded major telescope on Mauna Kea should be located.  It will be a fascinating look back at this time half a century ago and how decisions were made.  

Please send your reservations to Carolyn Gire at carogire@hawaii.rr.com by 5:00 PM on Monday, July 13, 2020.
     Here is the information for our meeting on Thursday, July 16.  We will start the meeting at 7:00 pm and I will start admitting members from the waiting room a few minutes before that.   Please identify the icons for muting your audio (a little microphone) and video (a little movie camera) so that when we are ready to start, you can do so.  Leaving your audio on means we can hear all kinds of background noise.  Too many open videos, which allow others to see what you are doing, can slow down the meeting.
     If you haven’t used your zoom account in a while, or this is your first use, please start the sign in process earlier since it may need to be updated.  If I haven’t started the call yet, you will be placed in the waiting room which is part of the security function.  You should not need the password, but I have included it below, just in case.
Thanks to Jim Harwood for an amazing presentation
Thirty members attended the Zoom meeting from their homes

Desolate road up Mauna Kea 1963


Earliest set up on Mauna Kea

Early little telescope

Difficult to reach the summit of Mauna Kea in early days

Mauna Kea Hale Pohaku Area and bunkhouse

Jim Harwood, Mauna Kea  telescope pioneer

Lake Waiau on Mauna Kea about 1963

Mauna Kea 1963 era

Early telescopes on Mauna Kea including Lake Waiau at left
Nothing like a sunset on Mauna Kea

Telescope stations on Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea with HQ and snow


Telescopes on Mauna Kea in 1979


OVI BUN  in  Romania gave a surprise tour of his farm using his cell phone - it was early morning there
Besides farm animales Ovi also raises bees in a big Bee Hive