UH Manoa prepares to celebrate Charter Day with High Tea at historic Hawaii Hall on March 25

Program will benefit Women's Campus Club grants and scholarships fund

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Tim Slaughter, (808) 956-5526
UH Manoa Centennial Celebration Office
Posted: Mar 14, 2007

HONOLULU - The UH Manoa campus is gearing up for a celebration of Charter Day as a part of the university‘s centennial commemoration. Sunday, March 25, marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of Act 24 by Territorial Governor George Carter to establish the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts — direct predecessor to today‘s UH Manoa.

Charter Day will feature High Tea at historic Hawaiʻi Hall, with Windward CC theatre director and actor Tom Holowach as emcee, members of the university family in period costume to play the role of the university‘s first faculty and a program with these characters talking about the early years at UH.

Music by the Royal Hawaiian Band will greet arriving guests, and the ʻukulele trio Hoʻomalie will perform through the afternoon. Organizers promise "a delicious menu of foods appropriate to a high tea for everyone‘s enjoyment."

The event is planned as a fundraiser for the grants and scholarships programs operated by the Women‘s Campus Club — one of those "heritage" organizations that has been at Manoa since 1920, and whose main source of funding is the small but spectacular thrift shop the Club operates on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tickets in advance only, please, at $30 per person for a very worthy cause and a fun Sunday afternoon. Reservations at 956-5526 or email uh100@hawaii.edu.


The Women‘s Campus Club (WCC) is among the oldest organizations affiliated with the University of Hawaii. Organized on May 7, 1920 the WCC is just thirteen years younger than the University itself. Early officers included Mrs. Arthur Dean, Mrs. Charles Edmondson, Mrs. Arthur Andrews, and Mrs. Arthur Keller. Buildings on the Manoa campus bear these family names.

This organization has a proud history, living up to its original goals and more. Over the years, members have welcomed new faculty and their families through programs and activities aimed at sharing the rich traditions of the islands. Times have changed and the dinner dances of 50 years ago have been replaced by other social activities. Each year we hold a tea at College Hill and a dinner at the Fine Dining Room at Kapiolani Community College. Our business meetings, held in conjunction with interesting activities, are often held at a variety of sites and campuses throughout the University system. This affords members a richer understanding of the many missions of the University. We also organize off campus programs, field trips, and tours. Additionally, a number of special interest groups (bridge, books, hiking, mahjong, the Lunch Bunch, the Thrift Shop, etc.) are available and new ones formed as other interests develop. Surely, there is something for everyone.

WCC operates a Thrift Shop located at the Manoa campus. Money raised by the shop and through The Exchange fund grants, which are then used to benefit the University, faculty, and students. Applications for grants are accepted from all campuses of the University system. Through its grants program the WCC has rewarded over a quarter of a million dollars. Members take great pride in this program, which awards grants annually to various departments, programs, and projects.

The desire to be significantly involved is the great legacy of the Women‘s Campus Club. This legacy is strengthened by the good works of the present and fueled by faith and hope for a better tomorrow. The WCC continues to promote friendship among members, encourage scholarship, render service to the University, and promote fellowship.