Nick Rolovich, head coach for UH-Ma¯noa, with club members of over 20 yrs., Liz Rathburn (sitting) and her sister Lydia Lake.

The Honolulu Quarterback Club (HQC), one of the nation’s oldest sports clubs, began in 1947 and is still going strong. There, you can hear little-known and personal stories from past and present sports greats. “You won’t find these sports stories on the front page of the newspapers,” said one long-time, regular attendee.

From the early days, legendary speakers came to share their remarkable stories and accolades from their respective sports. Some from the good ole days were KGU Radio’s Chuck Leahey, reporter Bill Kwon, swimmer Keo Nakama, surfer George Downey, golfers Ted Makalena and Jackie Pung, baseball pioneer and UH-famed Coach Les Murakami, and football greats “Squirmin’” Herman Wedemeyer and Rockne Freitas.

Some of the recent guest speakers have included UH coaches: Nick Rolovich, Bob Coolen, Dave Shoji, Mike Trapasso, Charlie Wade, Laura Beeman and Eran Ganot. Athletes from all islands and all sports have been guest speakers, as well as writer Dave Reardon, Star Advertiser writer Bob Sigall and broadcast personality Don Robbs.

If you are an avid sports enthusiast, sports nut or just love University of Hawai‘i sports, come on down to our Monday meetings and enjoy a wonderful Chinese luncheon buffet at a reasonable price ($15). Contact HQC for more information and upcoming speakers.


Meeting: Every Monday, 11:30 am –1pm
Location: Maple Garden, 909 Isenberg St., Honolulu HI
808-220-6454 |