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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

While there have been no confirmed exposure of COVID-19 at our Ys, in support of our local and national efforts to contain the COVID-19 virus, we have temporarily closed all YMCA Branch Health & Fitness operations and suspended programs until further directives are received from our State government.

We will continue to monitor information and follow the guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Hawaii State Department of Health and will reopen our facilities when we can do so safely.

In the meantime, see what our YMCA is doing to help our community during this time of uncertainty and need that includes providing emergency healthy meals for children, child care for essential workers, virtual counseling support for the Y teens in our substance abuse treatment programs, and offering our new Virtual YMCA to the entire community for free, to keep everyone healthy and connected with online exercise classes, activities for families and kids and a fun nationwide fitness challenge.

2. Updates for YMCA Members [Including Active & Fit and Silver & Fit Members] 

As of April 12, 2020, we have suspended all Membership auto draft billing. We will restart membership auto drafts when we re-open our YMCA Branch facilities.

As a nonprofit, we hope that you will continue to invest your membership in the Y, so together we can maintain the vital life-changing and for many, life-saving programs for our neighbors. There will be many in our community who will need the help of the Y more than ever during and after this crisis.

Mahalo to many of you who chose to donate your membership fees in support of our Y’s COVID-19 community service programs. While we will continue to apply your membership fees as a donation; please know that you can direct us to stop at any time by filling out and submitting this request form online.

Please know that you also have the option of completely cancelling your membership.

If you would like cancel your membership or have us apply your membership fees as a donation, please click here.

3. Updates for Program Participants: Youth Programs, Swim, Day Camp, Etc.

As of March 18, 6:30 pm, all classes and programs have been suspended until we receive further directives from local health and government officials. Please check back on our website for updates.

All fees paid for April youth programs, swim classes and unused Spring Day Camp days have been refunded.

If our YMCA Branch facilities programs remain suspended through May, we will provide a refund as a credit towards any Y program valid for up to 1 year. If instead, you would like a refund in the form of your original payment, please click here.

4. Updates on A+, ASP, BSP and Club Mid Programs [Updated May 26, 2020]

A+ and BSP Registration is Open for the 2020-2021 School Year: We are excited to be a part of your child’s A+ experience for the 2020-2021 school year! Due to the state's stay-at-home order, A+ registration for the upcoming school year has been adjusted. Please click here for more information and to download your A+ registration packet.

5. YMCA Feeds Kids Program: Monday - Friday, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Free Healthy Lunch Grab-and-Go Distribution Sites

“Grab-and-go” free healthy meals distribution sites will be offered Monday – Friday, 11:30 am – 12: 30 pm through June 30.

Melemanu Recreation Center
98-2031 Waikalani Place
Mililani, HI 96789

INSPIRE Church - Mililani
95-061 Waimakua Drive
Mililani, HI 96789

Puohala Elementary
45-233 Kulauli Street
Kaneohe, HI 96744

Kalihi Valley Instructional Bike Exchange (KVIBE) Program
1638 Kamehameha IV Road
Honolulu, HI 96819

Nu’uanu YMCA
1441 Pali Highway
Honolulu, HI 96813

Windward YMCA
1200 Kailua Road
Kailua, HI 96734

Halawa View Apartments
99-009 Kalaloa Street
Aiea, Hawaii 96701

Pu’uwai Momi
99-132 Kohomua Street
Aiea, HI 96701

Kuhio Elementary
2759 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96826

6. Essential Workers Child Care is now Summer Day Camp

Summer Day Camp is available at 7 YMCA Branch locations, June 1 – July 31. Also be sure to apply as soon as possible for State and City child care financial assistance and subsidies; which, due to the COVID-19 crisis, are available for families that normally would not qualify due to their income. Please click here for more information and to register..

7. Free Online YMCA Group Exercise and Fitness and Family & Kids Activities

To keep those who are choosing to stay at home healthy and fit, the YMCA has a new Virtual YMCA, complete with free, virtual group exercise classes, family activities and an opportunity to join a nationwide fitness challenge to keep everyone engaged during this stressful time.

8. When will Y Branches Re-Open?

While there has been no confirmed exposure of COVID-19 at our Ys, we made the difficult decision to temporarily close all YMCA Branch facilities and suspend all programs, since Wednesday, March 18.

Currently, Governor David Ige is deciding on whether to approve Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s request to allow gyms to reopen on June 18. Please click here for updates on our YMCA Reopening and Membership.

During this time, Central Y and Nu’uanu Y resident services have remained open in support of the individuals and families who are currently living in our resident facilities. However, the Central Y and Nu’uanu Y residences are not be accepting any new reservations or walk-in reservations until further notice.

YMCA A+ Afterschool Programs will follow the directive of the Department of Education and are scheduled to reopen when public schools are back in session.

This decision was not made lightly, but we have a responsibility to help protect our community including the thousands of people of all ages we serve daily as well as the 1,400 staff and hundreds of volunteers who bring our mission to life every day.

Together, we will fully support our State and national focus on flattening the curve of the spread of this COVID-19 virus.

To help everyone in our community continue their fitness routines, the YMCA has launched a new Virtual YMCA, complete with free, virtual group exercise classes, family activities and an opportunity to join a nationwide fitness challenge to keep everyone engaged during this stressful time.

9. What is Coronavirus?

According to the CDC, the novel coronavirus is part of a large family of viruses common in people and many different species of animals. The virus causes a respiratory illness, called COVID-19, and can spread from person to person. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Read more from the CDC.

10. What Can You Do?

The DOH recommends the following precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve (or flexed elbow) when sneezing or coughing — do not use your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Do not shake hands or hug.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or disinfecting wipes.
  • The CDC now recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public settings particularly where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and takeout food establishments.
  • Get your flu shot. Although the flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19, it will help prevent the flu which has similar symptoms to this coronavirus.
11. What is the YMCA Doing?

While we hope to restore full operations when it is safe to do so, the Y has been supporting the community in these ways:

  • Essential Worker Child Care is now Summer Day Camps: We re-purposed our YMCA Branches to provide child care services for essential workers so they could continue to provide the critical services our community needs. Operating under the strict guidelines of the CDC, our program has been offered at our Leeward Y, Nu’uanu Y and Windward Y, Monday – Friday, 6:30 am – 7:30 pm, for students K-5. We have now transitioned the program to our Summer Day Camps. Please click here.
  • Healthy Meals for Children in Need: We have been providing free, healthy meals for children in need while school has been closed, Monday - Friday, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Locations are listed here.
  • Keeping our Teens on Track: Our Kalihi YMCA counselors have been connecting virtually to support Y teens in our substance abuse and counseling program to ensure they stay on track while school is out.
  • Keeping You Healthy, Thriving and Connected: We care deeply about your health and wellness. While we cannot serve you in person at this time, please connect with us through our new Virtual YMCA, complete with free, virtual group exercise classes, family activities and an opportunity to join a nationwide fitness challenge to keep everyone engaged during this stressful time.
  • Keeping Children Healthy: Offering online programming and group video conferencing for the Y’s childhood obesity program participants to keep this critical program going for severely obese children at risk for early death.
12. Frequently Asked Questions

Can the COVID-19 spread through pools and hot tubs?
According to the CDC, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.

Up-to-Date Information
Up-to-date facility and program information can be found on our website and social media sites:

13. More Information

AUW 2-1-1 on COVID-19
Call 2-1-1 for more information or questions about COVID-19: