Tool room make over

Many thanks to member Bob Speer who organized the tool room A donated Craftsman tool box is now setup and filled with those small tools that can get easily scattered throughout the shop. Mahalo Bob!

Hear ye! Hear ye! Mark your calendar for these upcoming Shed events!

November 16: The third Saturday of the month International SIZZLE! The last one was Greek. Got any ideas for this one? Contact Charlie McLaughlin ( with your ideas and suggestions and what you can contribute.

November 23rd: The Honolulu Mens Shed will have a vendor table at the 45th Annual Mayor’s Craft and Country Fair being held at Blaisdell Center. Details here:

December 15th: The Hawaii Bicycle League will hold a Swap Meet at the Shed. Details here: https://www.hbl.org

Greek Fest lunch a HUGE success!

It couldn’t get anymore authentic. All the best was there with much of it made by our members. Who knew we had such culinary talent hiding among us!

Our next International Lunch is November 16, 2019. Let us know your ideas. Italian? French? German? Finnish? Irish? Indian?

It’s TV time. Come to the Shed and be a star!

A TV team from Hawaii News Now will be at the Shed on October 16th to do a story about the Shed for KGMB.  We’ll need some help to prepare the Shed. This Saturday, October 12, is a work party to get some finishing touches done to the store area and the talk story area. Come and lend a hand.

Then, Wednesday, October 16th, the TV team will be at the Shed at 10AM for about and hour and half. Come in your Shed shirt and show our Hawaii community what the Shed is all about.

It’s Tai Chi, Man!

Randy Wong, Tai Chi instructor

Randy Wong, who has been teaching Tai Chi for over 30 years, will be teaching Tai Chi at the Honolulu Mens Shed each Saturday at noon. It’s great for anyone’s health and well being. Plus, it’s fun! As long as you’re a member in good standing there’s no charge. See you at the Shed!

Work Party = Success = Mahalo!!!!!

One big MAHALO to everyone who helped this past week with the Shed work party. My personal thanks to Charlie McLaughlin whose skills, dedication and hard work made it all possible.

It was hot and humid, the two motor broke down (but was made running again with the efforts of a couple motor heads) and in the end it was a great success! Frames were built for running overhead power and vacuum, shelves were built and our wood inventory was much better organized. We made room for a couple of new work benches, we had donuts and pizza. It was a week that was what our Shed is all about.

There’s more to do and we’ll be putting finishing touches on what we started this week. So, come and help, come and be a part of your Honolulu Mens Shed.

See you at the Shed!!!

Mahalo, Michael Trojan, President, Honolulu Mens Shed

All Hands on Deck! Work party begins this Saturday, September 21st, with our monthly sizzle.

Aloha everyone:

The Shed needs your help. Beginning Saturday, September 21st and running to Saturday, September 28th, the Shed is having a Work Party and we need your help. The Operations committee has outlined an ambitious schedule of tasks that they want to get done in a short amount of time. The only way to get this done is with everyone’s help. Let us know when you can be available. If you want to work on something outside of the hours we have listed let us know and we’ll see if we can set it up.

The Shed Operations Committee was recently tasked with making room for parking spaces as a priority. The upcoming work party is mostly about implementing the floor plan, updated. Progress was gained by the previous work party. Valuable real estate was recovered when donations/sales moved into new shelving, and when the standing lumber went into the corner box. More progress toward parking spaces is anticipated with the upcoming work party. Michael pointed out parking is a priority, and we cannot count on help from the State. Parking progress allows addressing Shop needs next, as seen in the accompanying sample of work party tasks.

The Mens Shed will be open for an eight day work party next week. The Shed will be open Saturday 9/21 through Saturday 9/28, 9AM-3PM, or later if you wish, (includes two Saturdays). Any time you can spare, on any day, will help improve The Shed.

Here is a sample of what is planned. Sequencing of tasks will be dialed in later.

  • Clear a path for forklift, and move the wooden shelving out of the workshop.
  • Change the set up of some shop machines for safer execution. (operators are colliding)
  • Position work tables after modifying machinery set up.
  • Complete the overhead structure for distributing electricity and vacuum to tables and machines.
  • Install electric and vacuum supply, to where it needs to go.
  • Move palletized stuff outside, daily if needed, for elbow room.
  • Finish assembling shelving on south wall.
  • Put palletized logs up on shelves.
  • Put ShopSmith, remaining donations/sales, etc up on shelves.
  • General clean up.
  • Decide what can be kept/donated/sold/discarded.
  • Dismantle the (green steel) platform on south wall.
  • Assemble the 4x9x12′ tall steel shelves. Put them on south wall.
  • Put the rolling toolbox in shop area, with tools for the machines etc.
  • Re-organize the tool room.
  • Organize, install items at each workbench, ie brush/dustpan etc.
  • Install the kitchen sink with countertop (now upstairs) on south side of entrance.
  • Move all cleaning gear to south side of entrance.
  • Paint walls for shelves/craft sales area. Hang plastic sheeting against dust.
  • Make sales area a welcoming reception area.
  • Plan space for metal work needs, near the side door.
  • ….Plus more….

This scheme is brought to you by your friendly Operations Committee.

Suggestions? Please email Charlie McLaughlin chrlymc@yahoo,com.

Contact Charlie McLaughlin at, with any questions or details about your availability. You can also email or and one of us will get back to you.

The party starts this Saturday, September 21st with our monthly sizzle. See you there!