Working On MAN Things
Did you know that on average men’s lives are five years shorter than women’s? Once men leave their jobs and work place, lose their life’s mate and Ohana they become bored, inactive, lonely and isolated, paying scant attention to health and well being. The result can be depression, unattended health issues and shortened lives.
In Australia in 1997, a conference to address the health issues of older men culminated in the founding of the first Men’s Shed. There are now more than 1000 Men’s Sheds in Australia and some 2000 Men’s Sheds worldwide.
Kupuna Sheds create a space where men can pursue meaningful, creative interests and can socialize with other guys. They come to see what it’s all about and stay because it’s fun. They get involved in an intriguing activity, find guys they can talk story with, or just like hanging out with others.
Kupuna Sheds have helped thousands of retired and senior men & women share their skills, laughter, and efforts on individual and group projects. Instead of living lonely, isolated, sedentary homebound lives, these men create a welcoming and productive club to bond with one another. They often benefit the community by constructing neighborhood projects. And by the way, the wives of these retired men often become the strongest advocates of Kupuna Sheds.
Ours is the first Shed in the U.S. and the first in Hawaii, and it’s just the beginning! We plan to help others start new Sheds in other communities. We’ve already helped organize the U.S. Men’s Shed Association and are receiving inquiries from all over the U.S. from men interested in starting their own shed. It’s an exciting time, and a fulfilling project!
The premier organization for senior men.
Provide an environment for senior men to socialize & improve their health and wellbeing.
Our Primary Focus
We have a group that restores antique Hawaiian canoes. They take old KOA canoes that are suffering from age and restore them into beautiful display canoes that are shown in many museums. This group is associated with Friends of Hokulea’s & Hawai’loa. FHH-Hawaii.org Learn More
Many members come to the shed to build something out of wood. We have a well-equipped wood shop with many tools available for use by our members. We have offered several training courses in the shed for those who would like to learn a new skill. “Turn a spindle on the Lathe”, Make a box using the table saw, and many informal “this is how it can be done” member-to-member trainings.
We have a group that reconditions bicycles. We get donations of abandoned bikes from condos and apartments, and some of these are fixed up and given to the needy or homeless for their transportation needs. The rest are sold to provide income for expenses to run the shed.
Multiple public health studies have shown that Men’s Shed participants around the world live longer, healthier and happier lives
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Kupuna Shed?
It’s a community workshop primarily for older men, however, women are welcome. Building things, repairing things and tinkering are part of a man’s DNA. The traditional garage shed is becoming a thing of the past. Men used to get together at the local coffee shop or corner garage, but they are disappearing. That is why the notion of Men’s Sheds was born. It all started in Australia in 2006 and has now spread around the world. Australia has more than 1,000 Sheds and three Sheds a week are opening in England. The Honolulu Men’s Shed Association started in early 2016. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We need members and sponsors. Come join us and help build one of the first Men’s Sheds in America. See our location on the map on our home page.
Men’s Sheds have a proven record of helping older men’s physical and mental health. Here is a note to the ladies. “Is your husband at loose ends, underfoot, not socializing and spending too much time watching TV?” Send him to the Shed where he will be welcomed by a friendly group of older guys with common interests.