Troop Committee Update (MVC Update)

At its meeting on March 10, 2014, the Troop Committee voted in favor of the following proposal: 

"Remain at the Scout Hut and maintain good relations with Manoa Valley Church.  Significant change in circumstances or situations may call for reevaluation."

On March 13, 2014, Manoa Valley Church (MVC) was advised of the Troop's decision to remain at the Hut.  It was agreed that the Troop and MVC would continue their good relationship and mutual support of one another.

Many thanks to all those involved for your time and efforts in helping to reach its decision.


Update to Makahiki and Class B Uniforms

The donation for families not participating in the Makahiki Ticket Sale will be $30 and not $60 as stated in the previous post.

Also, Deanna Oda will be taking orders for Class B Uniforms (green t-shirts with the Troop 33 logo) at the next two Friday night meetings.  We will have sample sizes available.  Sorry, no children's sizes in Dri-fit.

Makahiki 2014

It's Makahiki time! This years Makahiki is on May 10th at Ala Moana Park. It's right around the corner so it's time to sell some tickets. As like last year, each scout will be asked to sell at least 5 tickets. For scouts not participating in ticket selling, the troop is asking those families to donate $60 to Troop 33. Tickets will be passed out starting this Friday. We will try to be at every meeting from now til Makahiki to pass out tickets and collect money. We have a storefront sale set up at Foodland Beretania on Sunday, March 30th from 8am to 3pm. We'll probably have shifts of 2 hours or so- 8am-10am, 10am-12pm, 12pm to 3pm. But scouts are welcome to stay as short or long as they please.  Please contact Greg and Lea Inoue if you're interested in a shift , need more tickets or have any questions.  We might need 1 or 2 adults to help out at storefront sales.

FYI - Aloha Council has a dedicated website to Makahiki this year.           The homepage is up, but some of the links may not be working for a week or 2. 

Troop 33 to Help with Natural Disasters

SM Paul Tottori, ASM's Sy Shimabukuro and Tim Leong met with Gregg Nakano two weeks ago to see how we as a Troop could help the Manoa Community in Disaster Relief should we be struck by a natural disaster.  This past Friday’s UAV demonstration is the first step in working with the community in this regards.  ASM Sy Shimabukuro suggested that a close association with this effort would also help strengthen our ties with the School Campus and the immediate community.

Gregg Nakano is a facilitator that is working to tie various State Disaster Relief and Independent Disaster Relief agencies together with FEMA to bring about a more coordinated, efficient and intelligent effort during times of disaster.  The lessons learned from recent Hurricanes and Storms are prompting FEMA to tie all of the different help agencies together before the next disaster strikes.  In a few weeks the SM team will be making a presentation to General Wong who is overseeing the local progress of this effort.  Troop 33 will be pilot test case that will show how community involvement, beginning with the Scouting Movement, will effectively tie all of these resources into a coherent whole.

The benefits to the Manoa Community, Troop 33, State of Hawaii, FEMA and the Scouting Movement will be huge. Troop 33 will be helping the program to succeed by being a part of a coherent coordination of the many diverse disaster relief agencies.  The Scoutmaster team will be working to expand and enhance the Scouting program for the Boys and also aid the Community in times of need.  As always, it is best to “BE PREPARED”.  This is the  Video of the UAV demonstration.


Ehrhorn Backpack / Drive Up Camp

Troop 33's annual Ehrhorn Camp is scheduled for March 15-16 at Camp Ehrhorn.  This will be a backpacking camp for older scouts and the second to the last High Adventure Qualifier on our calendar.  For younger scouts, this will be a drive up camp and an excellent first camp for new scouts.  Sign up online or at The Scout Hut.

Discover Your Future in Aviation Scout Day

Ford Ebesugawa fromThe Pacific Aviation Museum is requesting volunteers from Troop 33 (and 7 other Troops) to help staff activities at the Discover Your Future in Aviation Scout Day.  The event will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Interested Scouts and Parents can let Mrs. Oshita know ASAP but not later than Friday, March 7 (our next meeting).

Another Episode of "Boy Scout Justice - Troop 33 Style"

From ASM Brent Uyeno :

While hiking around Kaena Point, I was with Jerron, Jared, and Ty. The boys spotted a $20 bill in the middle of the road by one of the beaches on the Mokuleia side. Because we couldn't rip it into equal parts, the boys agreed to use it for something for Troop 33. I'll match the $20 and get some cookies for dessert for this Friday!!


UAV Demonstration

Aloha Scouts and Parents,

There will be a demonstration of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) used in large scale disaster relief this Friday February 28 at 5:30pm at Manoa District Park.  The demonstration will be about an hour long.  The Troop will be having a pizza dinner for the scouts who attend the demonstration.  Our regular meeting will begin at our usual time 7:30pm.  This is a video of the UAV


This is a UAV!

This is a UAV!

See you next meeting!

Ka'ena Point 10 Mile Hike

Aloha Scouts and Parents,

Out 10 Mile Ka'ena Point hike is this Saturday February 22.  Please remember to bring a brown bag lunch, hat, sunscreen, and adequate water (we will be hiking all day and it will be hot).  Wear comfortable "broken-in" shoes.  10 miles is a long way to hike with blisters and/or sore feet.

See you next meeting!


High Adventure and Ka'ena Point Hike

Aloha Scouts and Parents,

Please in your deposits for High Adventure 2014 at this Friday's meeting at the Scout Hut.  The deposit is $250 per person.  Please make checks payable to "Troop 33".

Parents: if you are able to provide transportation for the upcoming Ka'ena Point 10 mile hike on Saturday February 22, please speak to ASM Jon Goo or ASM Alison Uyeda at Friday's Scout Meeting.  We are taking  a large group this year and are in need of drivers.

See you next meeting!

High Adventure Meeting

There will be a High Adventure meeting Friday January 24 after the scout meeting for all those scouts and parents who may be interested.

I understand the date is for June 1, Sat. to June 7, Sun. 2014.  Alison Uyeda will confirm the date is correct????

The destinations that has been suggested by the boys;

KALALAU Trail in Kauai;

I understand this may not be the case as we have too many rookies, unless we kayak but there will be a lot of kayak training;

HALEAKALA in Maui; This crater trail with cabins at the end is basically hiking on gravel and rocks, with a service project TBA, but there is a limit of 12 campers.

HALAPE on the Big Island Volcanoes National Park; we went there last year but was meet with 10+ waves, very nice . The is a max. of 3 nights per campsite and max. campers of 16 for Apua Point.

All interested please come. Leading the troop should be SM Paul Tottori, and 4 co-leaders, Alison Uyeda, Ben Chan, Stan Fujimoto, and Jon Goo.

Please come and join us.

Court of Honor / Christmas Party

Aloha Scouts and Parents,

Our Court of Honor and Christmas Party will be at Manoa Valley Church at 6:30pm on Friday December 20.  Please bring your own serving utensils for the dishes you signed up to bring.  If you have not signed up for the pot luck, please contact Kim Hashiro.

We will be having a Grab-bag Gift Exchange at the party.  If you wish to participate, please bring a wrapped gift ($10 maximum).

See you there!



A Scoutmaster Thank You!

Thank you for all of your gifts and thoughts at my Scoutmaster Retirement Lunch

A Scouting Thank You
It has been both an honor and my sincere pleasure to have served as the Scoutmaster at Troop 33.  I have had the great fortune to know and work with your sons which has forever enriched my life. Time spent on the trail, under the stars, passing on Scoutcraft Skills or presenting episodes in my life during a Scoutmaster minute is something that I will always treasure.

It is my sincere hope that someday many of these young men will return to Scouting, perhaps when they have their own sons.  Those that do return will have an opportunity to share time with their sons during this important period in their life. In truth, although the boys end up learning significant and valuable life skills, involved parents gain just as much as their sons do.

Your collective involvement in Scouting is the tie that binds this wonderful legacy that is passed on from generation to generation.  When a boy becomes a young man and can look at himself honestly and know that he can believe in his ability to overcome life’s obstacles we will together have given him his most valuable gift.  

Thank you all for everything that you do for Scouting and for the wonderful opportunity to add this experience to the tapestry of my life!

Tim Leong / Scoutmaster Emeritus - Troop 33




Troop Committee Meeting

Aloha Scouts and Parents,

Next Troop 33 Committee Meeting

Date: November 25, 2013 (Monday)

Time: 7:30 pm (note new time)

Location: Manoa School Cafeteria (note new location)


Committee members: Zumba class ends at 7:00 PM in the cafeteria, parking lot may be a little busy at that time.

Merit Badge Counselor Renewal

Aloha Scouts and Parents,

Attention all Merit Badge Counselors!  You should have received an email from Debbie Almeida at Aloha Council to renew as a merit badge counselor for 2014.  In order to renew, simply reply to Debbie Almeida and cc, and to say you would like to renew.  Replies are required by December 31st.  If they do not get a response by then, you will be dropped as of January 1st and will have to re-register.  


If you are a merit badge counselor but did not receive an email from Debbie Almeida, please email Madine Sadaoka at and cc


Please note in your response if you want to drop or add any merit badges to your list.  If adding, list the reasons you can teach the badge.   Also note that your youth protection training must be up to date as of 1/1/2014 (must be completed within 2 years of this date). 


Thank you for your continued support and for all you do for scouting!  Any questions, please contact Madine Sadaoka at

2013 Winter Summit

Aloha Scouts and Parents, 

Due to the number of Scouts signed up to attend this year's Winter Summit, we will be a attending as a troop and not as provisional scouts.   

Winter Summit will be at Camp Pupukea. 

Camp Dates: Thursday December 26 - Check-in after 1:00PM

                     Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday - Merit Badge Classes

                     We will have one group leaving on Monday December 30 after the last Merit Badge class and before the Troop Competitions and campfire. 

                      We will have a second group leaving Tuesday morning provided there is enough adult coverage.  Sy Shimabukuro has volunteered to say the extra night but needs at least one other adult to stay so we have two-deep-coverage.

Please contact Mrs. Hirano for MB signup and payment information.  Deadlie for payment and sign up is Friday November 15. 

See you there! 


Popcorn Sales Update

Aloha Scouts and Parents, 

Just a quick reminder: Popcorn Order Forms are due this Friday, November 1.  Please turn them in to Corinne Chang.  Also, Scouts who did not participate in this year's popcorn sale need to turn in a $30 donation to Mrs. Chang. 

See you next meeting! 


MVC Harvest Fair

Aloha Scouts and Parents, 

Manoa Valley Church will be having their annual Harvest Fair on Saturday November 2.  The fair will run from 9am to 1pm.  MVC has asked us for help.  We will have 2 shifts (8:00am to 11:00am and 11:00am to 2:00pm).  Online signup is open.  Please contact Mrs. Arakawa for more information.