Multiple public health studies have shown that Men’s Shed participants around the world live longer, healthier and happier lives
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 is 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.
Men’s 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.
Men’s Sheds have helped thousands of retired and senior men 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 Men’s Sheds.
Ours is the first Men’s Shed in the U.S. and the first in Hawaii, and it’s just the beginning! We plan to help others start new Men’s 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!
What is a Men’s Shed?
It’s a community workshop primarily for older men. 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 Man’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 Hawaii 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.
Come join us and help build one of the first Men’s Sheds in America.
Our location is at Pier 19. See the map below:
Members of Men’s Sheds are typically men of 65 or older who have retired from their jobs. Granted, women and men are welcome to join the Hawaii Men’s Shed and we welcome anyone who is willing to help the Shed succeed.
Senior Centers provide almost nothing for older men. Ninety percent of their participants are women. A Men’s Shed is a place where a man can work “Shoulder to Shoulder” with other men, working on MAN things.
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.
Our location is seen on the map on our home page.
We are negotiating at several levels for a permanent spot as the current location at Pier 19 is only temporary. In the meantime, we are maintaining this website, working with insurance brokers, building a computer presentation and applying for grants. We have a collection of tools ready to go but we gratefully accept donations of tools.