Thursday, December 15, 2016

Adventurers Club Newsletter Jan - Apr 2017

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PRESI DENT’S M ESSAG E ( Wel come New Cl ub President ! )
I am very pleased to serve as your president for the coming year, as I love the organization and the people in it. The Adventurers' Club is a wonderful group of friendly people united by a love of travel, interesting destinations and their history. Whether we travel often, occasionally, or not at all, we all enjoy seeing and hearing about the adventures of others and learning more about our world.  The Club exists only because of the dedicated efforts of many who volunteer their time - my deep thanks to all - and of our members who attend the meetings.  We are grateful for your participation! We have a proud 60-year history as a Club, a great and uncommon achievement in itself! Please continue to support the Adventurers' Club, and invite your friends to  join us in the coming year of more excellent programs.
                                     Aloha,  Lowell Angell, President

1) Zippy’s Vineyard Parking: If lot is full, you may park in the adjacent, larger Diamond Head lot as long as the chain is down (usually released by 5:30 PM). We apologize for any former confusion.
2) Membership Renewal Form - 2017: As noted in our December meeting reminder, to help offset our operating costs and venue in- creases, there will be a modest increase this year. Please send in your renewal form as soon as you can so they don’t get lost or forgot- ten! Please see enclosed form. Prices a re a s fo llow s: Reg ula r - $ 3 7 .50 , Spo use - $ 2 0 .0 0 , No n -resident - $ 2 2 .00 .
Reminder: For each meeting, once you have called in your RSVP and given your entrée choice, it is NOT possible to change it later, including the evening of the program. The entrée selection counts are called in to the restaurant following the RSVP deadline and they prepare only that number of each entree. This ensures faster and easier service and is part of the agreement we make with the restaurant,       so PLEASE KOKUA!

January 19th: A Year in the Jungles of Papua New Guinea
By Guest: S.H. ‘Sy’ Sohmer, Ph.D.
Dr. Sohmer spent a year on leave from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse working for the government of Papua New Guinea as a forest officer in 1979. In that capacity, he was charged with training young Papua New Guineans in the arts of Botany and how to collect plants and document them through preparing botanical specimens in the herbarium of the Forest Research Institute. He had the privilege of organizing expeditions throughout the country and mostly in the lowland and montane rainforests of that coun- try. He will relate his experiences through many illustrations and talk about the country and its people.
S.H. ‘Sy’ Sohmer has had a lengthy career as a research botanist, university professor, federal employee and non-profit CEO. Cur- rently, he is a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. From 1980 to 1990, he was Assistant Director for Research and Chair of the Botany Department of Honolulu’s Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. In 1989, he initiated and led the National Geographic Society-supported Hunstein River Expedition in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea, which was the subject of a subsequent National Geographic magazine article. Dr. Sohmer was chair of the Botany Com- mittee of the Pacific Science Association for 13 years and played a leading role in organizing the Pacific Science Congresses. He was also heavily involved in the Flora of Hawai`i project, which resulted in the 1990 Manual of the Flowering Plants of Hawai`i, recognized as the world’s best botanical publication of its kind in the 20th century. Dr. Sohmer was given the Freedom of the City of London in 2006 and admitted into the Livery of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners in 2007, and is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.

 Location:        Outrigger Canoe Club - 2509 Kalakaua Ave.  (Free Parking in club garage)
Dinner 6:45 pm
Program: 7:30 pm (approximately

Menu: Please include order with RSVP
1)   Cobb Salad: Crisp Greens, Tomato, Turkey, Egg, Avocado, Bacon = $20
2)   Beef Stew: Classic Beef Stew, Sweet Potato Crisp, Steamed Rice = $22
3)   Mahi Mahi: Traditional, spring vegetables, toasted almonds = $26
4)  1/2 Mahi Mahi: Traditional, spring vegetables, toasted almonds  = $23
RSVP Contact:  Marda Phillips, (808) 391-1477,
                                                           RSVP by: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Late cancellations and no shows will be billed


February 16th: Steam Boating on the Tennessee River
 By  Member: Janet Miller
American inventor Robert Fulton built the first successful steamboat in 1807, the Clermont, which carried passengers on the Hud- son River between New York City and Albany, New York. The expansive use of steamboats on major U.S. rivers soon followed. Mark Twain, a former river pilot, described much of the operation of these vessels in his book, Life on the Mississippi. From hundreds of such vessels in the 19th century, only five major commercial steamboats currently operate on the inland waterways of the United States. The only remaining overnight cruising steamboat is the 432-passenger American Queen, which operates week-long cruises on the Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers 11 months of the year.
In 2012, Ralph and Janet Miller boarded the American Queen paddle-wheeler in Chattanooga, Tennessee for a 10-day trip along the Tennessee River to Memphis, Tennessee on the Mississippi River. Janet will highlight various aspects of their trip, the steam- boat itself, the river, the characters on board and the sites visited, with the theme of that particular cruise, Epic Civil War.

Location   6:00 pm   Zippy's, 59 N. Vineyard Blvd, corner of Maunakea St. (Free parking see page 
Dinner 6:45 pm
Program  7:30 pm (approximately

Menu: Please include entrée and choices with RSVP
         (Entrees include salad, choice of    mashed potato,    brown or    white rice*)
 1) New York Steak (specify how you want it cooked and indicate starch*) - $25.00
2) Grilled Salmon (please indicate starch*) - $21.50
3)  Chicken Katsu (please indicate starch*) - $20.50
4)  Chef’s Salad & Soup greens, ham, turkey, cheddar, egg, tomato - $21.00
**All entrees include roll and small dessert and choice of tea, coffee or decaf**
Beer and Wine available for purchase = $3 to $6
RSVP  Contact  John Smith, (808) 384-0460,                                                                                RSVP by: Thursday, February 9, 2017
                            Late cancellations and no shows will be billed


March 16th:  Diving int the Past:

The Underwater Legacy

Of WWII in the Hawaiian Islands

By Guest:  Hans Van Tilburg, Ph.D.

World War II shaped the Hawaiian Islands in many ways, and special places like the USS Arizona visitor’s center and the Pacific Aviation Museum memorialize important aspects of the period.  In truth, though, the ocean possesses a much larger collection of related artifacts all around us.  Many of these capture dramatic stories and events of the past, recalling a period of intense activity and dramatic change.  They are submerged time capsules. This presentation will look at the ways these unseen wreck sites are discovered, discuss the context of activities during the war years, and summarize some of the findings from the 1,459 navy ships, submarines and aircraft either reported lost or confirmed by discovery in Hawaiian waters.

Hans Van Tilburg has taught university courses, authored numerous articles and books, and serves as an international consultant for UNESCO’s cultural heritage program. He is currently the Maritime Heritage Coordinator for the Na- tional Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in the Pacific Islands region and the unit diving supervisor for NOAA’s National Ocean Service in Hawai`i.

Location           6:00 pm       Maple Garden, 909 Isenberg Street 

Parking ~ there are several spaces in the lot at the restaurant and some spaces along Isenberg. 
Free parking is available at the Frist Hawaiian Bank at Isenberg and King.
**Please note the number of the space to report to the restaurant**

Dinner          6:45 pm        Gourmet Chinese Buffet with more than 20 items including: cold ginger chicken, garlic shrimp, honey spareribs, spicy eggplant, mixed vegetables, kung pao chicken, steamed fish fillet, beef broccoli, soup, noodles, and dessert = $25

Program           7:30 pm         (Approximately)
RSVP           Contact        Wendla Liljestrand, (808) 554-9639,
                                            RSVP by: Thursday, March 9, 2017
                                           Late cancellations and no shows will be billed

April 20th: Lone Survivor: The Strange Tale of Hawai`i's First Volcano House
By Member: Bill Chapman, D. Phil
In ancient times, native Hawaiians traveled by foot to the home of Pele, the Goddess of Fire, to worship and give offerings. After European contact, travelers and explorers from around the world, along with local residents, were fascinated by and journeyed to these most incredible of Hawaii’s natural wonders – the volcanoes of the Big Island. It was an arduous 40-mile trek by horse or mule from Hilo, and “roughing it” was necessary until the first primitive accommodations were built, which were improved over time.  Dr. Chapman will discuss the fascinating history of the Volcano House and other visitor facilities from the early 19th century, the disastrous fire of 1940 and the subsequent re-use of the 1877 wood frame building.
Bill Chapman is a professor and chair in the department of American Studies, UH Manoa. He has completed a number of reports for Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park and other National Park Service units, as well as working internation- ally throughout Asia and the Pacific.

 Location          6:00 pm      Outrigger Canoe Club - 2509 Kalakaua Avenue, Free parking at club                       
Menu: Please include order with RSVP


6:45 pm

1)   Cobb Salad: Greens, Tomato, Turkey, Egg,  Avocado, Bacon = $20
2)   Beef Stew: Beef Stew, Sweet Potato Crisp, Steamed Rice = $22
3)   Mahi Mahi: Traditional, spring vegetables, toasted almonds= $26
4)   1/2 Mahi Mahi: Traditional, spring vegetables, toasted almonds = $23
7:30 pm


Erika Wyrtki, (808) 949-2229,
RSVP by: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Late cancellations and no shows will be billed
Know of a good future speaker or program (maybe yourself!)?
Tell our 1st Vice-President/Program Chair,
Bill Champan about it.

Email him at:


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