Working On MAN Things
Did you know that on average men’s lives are five years shorter than women’s? Once men leave their jobs and work place, lose their life’s mate and Ohana they become bored, inactive, lonely and isolated, paying scant attention to health and well being. The result can be depression, unattended health issues and shortened lives.
In Australia in 1997, a conference to address the health issues of older men culminated in the founding of the first Men’s Shed. There are now more than 1000 Men’s Sheds in Australia and some 2000 Men’s Sheds worldwide.
Men’s Sheds create a space where men can pursue meaningful, creative interests and can socialize with other guys. They come to see what it’s all about and stay because it’s fun. They get involved in an intriguing activity, find guys they can talk story with, or just like hanging out with others.
Men’s Sheds have helped thousands of retired and senior men share their skills, laughter and efforts on individual and group projects. Instead of living lonely, isolated, sedentary homebound lives, these men create a welcoming and productive club to bond with one another. They often benefit the community by constructing neighborhood projects. And by the way, the wives of these retired men often become the strongest advocates of Men’s Sheds.
Ours is the first Men’s Shed in the U.S. and the first in Hawaii, and it’s just the beginning! We plan to help others start new Men’s Sheds in other communities. We’ve already helped organize the U.S. Men’s Shed Association and are receiving inquiries from all over the U.S. from men interested in starting their own shed. It’s an exciting time, and a fulfilling project!
The premier organization for senior men.
Provide an environment for senior men to socialize & improve their health and wellbeing.
Our Primary Focus
Many members come to the shed to build something out of wood. We have a well-equipped wood shop with many tools available for use by our members. We have offered several training courses in the shed for those who would like to learn a new skill. “Turn a spindle on the Lathe”, Make a box using the table saw, and many informal “this is how it can be done” member-to-member trainings.
We have a group that reconditions bicycles. We get donations of abandoned bikes from condos and apartments, and some of these are fixed up and given to the needy or homeless for their transportation needs. The rest are sold to provide income for expenses to run the shed.
Multiple public health studies have shown that Men’s Shed participants around the world live longer, healthier and happier lives
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Men’s Shed?
The Honolulu Men’s Shed Association started in early 2016. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We need members and sponsors. Come join us and help build one of the first Men’s Sheds in America. See our location on the map on our home page.
Senior Centers provide almost nothing for older men. Ninety percent of their participants are women. A Men’s Shed is a place where a man can work “Shoulder to Shoulder” with other men, working on MAN things.
Men’s Sheds have a proven record of helping older men’s physical and mental health. Here is a note to the ladies. “Is your husband at loose ends, underfoot, not socializing and spending too much time watching TV?” Send him to the Shed where he will be welcomed by a friendly group of older guys with common interests.
619 Kukahi St Honolulu, HI