The Beginning: Honolulu Hawaii H3
The first known and longest running hash club in the Hawaiian Islands was
born with the first running of the Honolulu, Hawaii Hash House
Harriers (H5) on 16 March 1978, and started at what was then the Hee Hing Chop Suey shop in Kapahulu. The H5 traces its roots back to the Bangkok H3 in Thailand
where Castel Myers had been working, and found the hash to be great fun.
So upon moving to Hawaii, all it took was to gather up some friends
(Russ Hoylman, Hutch Hutchinson, Dave Benson, and Dick Hoyer) and a new
era was born.
The H5 ran every other Tuesday evening in the early days, and the pack was
small with only a handful of harriers
participating. Trails were the focus back then, and the after run fun
was more of a collected horseplay than an organized circle. Beer
chugging was a common event, with winners collecting various prizes.
The big prize on one occasion was a live chicken, which ended up as a menu item at the
Chop Suey shop. Dick Hoyer used to address the pack using his trusty
fork, which always got a laugh.