Scrabble Love

A club scores at Kahala Mall


When I ask Marion Cornfield how long she’s been playing Scrabble, she smiles. “Since they invented the game.” The game came out in 1948, so that’s a lot of words—on tonight’s board, “pareo,” “punters” and “gloat.” She and her husband are regulars at the Wednesday night Scrabble Club at Kahala Mall. Darren Seu and Claire Durham are the club’s directors; there are about 40 members, with about 15 showing up each week.

“We’ve been playing here five years,” says Durham. “We play by tournament rules and use the Merriam-Webster’s Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.” Member Lois Oda has played in tournaments all over the country, and is going to the nationals in July. She’s one of the top players in Hawaii and has even gone on Scrabble cruises. “Scrabble is much bigger than people think,” she says.

But while these are accomplished players, newbies are welcome. The club asks for a $1 donation per evening, and provides the game, scoring sheets and pens. “It’s not a hostile environment,” says Cornfield. “It’s sociable.” Many of the members, in fact, come early for dinner before getting down to the serious business of spelling words like “sheqalim.” If you’d like to play, come by the group’s tables, near the fountain, at 6:20 p.m.
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Subscribe to Honolulu

Honolulu Magazine July 2017
Edit ModuleShow Tags



U.S. Attorney General Disses Federal Judge “Sitting on an Island in the Pacific”

Jeff Sessions

Twitter users from Congress to Kaka‘ako react with #islandinthepacific.


33 Real Problems (No, Seriously) Only Hawai‘i Locals Can Handle


It’s paradise. So why are we so stressed?


21 Hilarious Hawai‘i Memes That are Too Real for Locals

Hawaii Apartments

Hawai‘i nō ka ʻoi when it comes to the beaches, the food and even our memes.


Ben Cayetano Runs a Full Page Ad Asking Donald Trump to Yank Funding for Rail

Ben Cayetano Rail

In The Washington Post ad, the former Hawai‘i governor recalls meeting Trump at a Miss Universe pageant in Honolulu.


20 Great O‘ahu Hikes

Explore 20 great adventures that offer beautiful vistas, waterfalls and more.



Edit ModuleShow Tags