PHSOSA kept active with the proper safety precautions in place as we weathered the omicron variant’s impact in Hawaii.
A few days before Thanksgiving, members were able to attend either a daytime or an evening floral arrangement class with retired submarine spouse Mollye Kaiser. It’s become an annual tradition for PHSOSA and is always enjoyable.
In December, PHSOSA members gathered for a holiday cocktail party at the Sunset Lanai on Camp Smith. There was a decadent appetizer buffet and fun games with centerpiece decorating, Family Feud, and Holiday Bingo organized by the executive board.
An Ugly Sweater Train Ride at the Hawaiian Railway station took families from Ewa Beach to Koolina and back with a stop for ice cream and kettle corn along the way. Prizes were given out for best attire.
At the January membership meeting, attendees had the chance to make lei po'o. A Lunch Bunch out at Redfish Poke Bar was a chance to try a "new to us" establishment.
Members also visited the mid-century modern Lilejstrand House in Makiki Heights in February, got a private tour of the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, and gathered Tea at 1024 in Chinatown for Valentine's tea.
PHSOSA hosted two dinners at the Fisher House, which serves as temporary housing for out-of-town families with loved ones at Tripler Army Medical Center.
Upcoming events include meals out, more Fisher House meal donations, puppy play dates, a tour of Iolani Palace in Honolulu, and a visit to Hanai Hives in Haleiwa.
Members are also anticipating the Submarine Dolphin Auction on March 5 on Hickam Air Force Base, which is back after a year's hiatus due to COVID-19. The 2022 theme is binge-watching your favorite TV shows and movies. Tickets are limited due to gathering restrictions.