A bit of HTMC History
The Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club was organized in 1910 by Alexander Hume Ford. It had enjoyed an informal existence for many years before that time. Club activities ceased during World War I, but HTMC was reorganized in 1919 and has been alive and well ever since. Membership levels have varied from a few dozen to around 500. At present, the club has 400+ members.
HTMC’s Clubhouse, built by members in 1926, is located near a lovely beach in Waimanalo about a block from the busline. The ground floor of the Clubhouse includes restrooms, a bunk room, wet bar, and a workshop. The second floor includes an ample kitchen, a large lounge and meeting area, and a small library. The large lawn on the Clubhouse grounds contains picnic tables, game areas, and off-street parking. It’s nothing fancy, just a relaxing place to spend an afternoon, an evening, or a weekend.
The club is organized as a non-profit organization under Hawaii statutes. A seven member board of directors, supported by a number of standing and special committees, elects Club officers and conducts Club business between general membership meetings, usually held on the first Sunday in April. Monthly board meetings are open to all members.
Everything the Club does and is, depends on the willingness of members to donate their time and energy to Club activities. HTMC is always looking for people to coordinate hikes, maintain trails, and participate in committee activities of all kinds.