Cutting Board Class a Huge Success!

Aloha everyone:

Many thanks to Bob Speer and Keith Zeilinger for organizing the recently held cutting board class.  It was a great success!  

Not only did the students end up with a great work of art, but they learned about wood grades and types, how use various wood working tools, how to finish a wood cutting board, working together, and making friendships.  It was a great activity from every level.

Click the link below for a few photos of the class in action.

Shed Expands Open Days

Aloha everyone:

The Shed is expanding it’s hours of operation.  As of November 4, 2020, the Shed will be open Sunday to Saturday, 9AM – 2PM (or possibly longer if activity warrants).  In accordance to the COVID-19 guidelines, everyone must wear a face mask, no more than 5 people per group and all groups must remain socially distanced at 6′ apart.

See you at the Shed!

Recognizing a great supporter of the Honolulu Mens Shed

Dwight Min, owner of Min Plastics, has been a great supporter of the Honolulu Mens Shed. Dwight donated a commercial grade laser printer which will soon be installed in the Shed along with a long list of other tools, motors and ductwork. The laser printer will be a great addition to the shed.

Jonathon Okabe made the absolutely gorgeous paddle from native koa and Bob Jewell engraved the plaque. Big Mahalo to Dwight from everyone at the Shed!!!

Another successful Honolulu Mens Shed Zoom meeting

Once again the Honolulu Mens Shed pulled off another Zoom meeting. Some would say we’re getting good at this, LOL. The guests speakers were Mark Winston, Phil Johnson and or own Glenn Sears. All three have been instrumental is establishing the US Mens Shed organization which in turn has been instrumental in starting 19 sheds on the US Mainland. It was a great discussion not only about the status of sheds in the USA , but also about the pros can cons of why we have mens sheds in the first place and how our organization serves the mission of addressing the social needs of older men.

We have another Zoom meeting planned for this Saturday, September 12, 2020, at 10AM HST. Look for the invitation to be posted via email. If you don’t think you’re on our contact list, send an email via the Contact Us button and you’ll be added to our friends list.

Mahalo! See you on the 12th!

Michael Trojan, President, Honolulu Mens Shed

The Board of Directors of the Honolulu Mens Shed met Friday, August 14, and have made the following decision:

Because of the increased numbers of positive COVID-19 cases, the increased community risk, and to comply with the directives and guidelines put forth by both the governments of the City of Honolulu and state of Hawaii, the Honolulu Mens Shed will be closed to all activity starting 12M, Sunday, August 16, 2020.

This was not a decision that was easily made.  The Board felt that it is in the best interest for the safety of our membership.

The closing will be reviewed periodically to determine if the Shed closing should remain in effect and under what conditions the Shed could reopen.

Please, everyone, stay safe.

Shed to open, Saturday, May 30, 2020

Aloha everyone!

Now that the state and city governments have allowed a gradual return to normal life (if there is such a thing), the Honolulu Mens Shed will open this Saturday, May 30, 2020.

Of course there will be rules and guidelines that must be followed.  A sign-in sheet and limited use policy that everyone must sign and date upon visiting the Shed will be provided.

Please keep in mind that most of our members are in a risk demographic and that following the guidelines is meant to keep everyone, ourselves, our families and or fellow Shed members, safe and healthy.  

The Board of Directors of the Honolulu Mens Shed thanks you for your patience and cooperation.  This is new to all of us and your understanding for the glitches that may occur as we try to navigate the “new normal” is greatly appreciated.

See you at the Shed!

Michael Trojan

President, Honolulu Mens Shed

Annual Meeting, July 25, 2020

Aloha members of the Honolulu Mens Shed:
According to Article IV of the current By Laws for the Honolulu Mens Shed, it is required that the Shed hold an annual meeting when a report to the membership of current financials, status of operations and the election of officers and directors.  The announcement of the meeting must be made 60 days prior to the date of the meeting.  This year’s meeting is scheduled for July 25, 2020 and this email is to serve as the 60 days notice for that meeting.

The Honolulu Men’s Shed Board requests your presence and participation in this important event as the Shed continues to improve serving the needs of its membership.  Hopefully, depending on the COVID-19 guidelines in place on the meeting date, we will also try to schedule a Sausage Sizzle.

Our Board and Officers serve for a one year term and the by-laws allow those wanting to serve another one year term to be placed on the ballot.  The meeting will also provide the opportunity for other shed members’ to join and serve on the board.  Members will be considered to be those who have paid their dues for the 2020 membership year.

More details on the meeting including a proxy form will be emailed to you at a later time.  Please know that in order to have an official meeting, a quorum of more than 50% of the members must be met.  The quorum can be met either with members physically present or present by proxy (i.e. those present + available proxies = >50%).



Michael J. Trojan
President, Honolulu Mens Shed

Tai Chi!

Aloha everyone:

While we’re in Stay-at-Home mode, Randy Wong has offered his Tai Chi expertise to the Honolulu Mens Shed via Zoom each Tuesday and Saturday monring at 8AM.  Join us!  It’s a great way to exercise, get grounded and learn something new. Be there or be square!

See you there!


Bored with being home? The UK sheds solved the problem by creating an internet radio show. Check the links and see how the Honolulu Mens Shed spread the word about the first shed in the USA.


With most sheds closed all over the world, a couple of the sheds in the UK have started a radio broadcast via the internet.  They contacted me and asked if I would be willing to be interviewed as part of the international outreach.  Of course I said “yes”. 

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I was contacted by the producers and via Zoom I was interviewed for the show.  Check the first part of the interview here:

Check the second part of the interview here:

Doing the interview was awsome and it was great way to spread the word about the first shed in the USA!


The following was sent to the members and friends mailing list of the Honolulu Mens Shed:

Honolulu Mens Shed Limited Use Policies, from the Board of Directors

                         March 19, 2020

Although there are concerns about public gatherings and the spread of the Corona virus, Honolulu Mens Shed is officially open on a limited basis based on current government guidance. Several members would like access to the shed and to accommodate those members, the following guidance is set forth:

  • Access to the shed will be limited only ten (10) people max – if you are number 11, DO NOT ENTER THE SHED. Further, you must agree to register the day and time you will enter AND LEAVE the shed. This is specifically so we know who was there and when, should there be a contamination problem.
  • There is increased risk with public activities. Hence, all attendance is at your own risk and the Shed and Leaders will not be held liable.
  • Note that there are no warm water washing capabilities but hand sanitizers and Clorox wipes will be available and must be used frequently.
  • NO ONE with any illness or underlying medical issues are allowed under any circumstances, ABSOLUTELY NONE!
  • Tools will be wiped with disinfectant before and after each use.

These statements can and will be revised as further guidance is provided by State and Emergency Management Officials up to and including closing of the Shed.

The Board thanks all of the members for their continued support during this period. We look forward to seeing you when this situation is behind us.


Michael Trojan, President, Honolulu Mens Shed