Who we are
Throughout its storied history, the Atherton YMCA has served Hawai'i's college students and the greater community through its residence hall, young adult programs and myriad of service projects. Currently, our service work is through young adult programs. At Atherton we provide a variety of programs that help youth learn about and enroll in college, help college students develop their career goals and skill sets, and help Hawai`i at large by leveraging the students time, talent, and willingness to serve to make a positive difference in our communities.
But we are just one branch of the YMCA of Honolulu. Check out our online interactive display in celebration of the YMCA of Honolulu's 150 years of service to the community
What We Do
At the Y, our goal is to bring about meaningful change in individuals and communities. We measure the success of our cause by how well we engage communities in our three areas of focus: Healthy Living, Youth Development, and Social Responsibility. Learn more about the YMCA of Honolulu on our website ymcahonolulu.org.
At the Atherton YMCA, we take part in the YMCA of Honolulu's mission by developing young adults into cause-driven leaders who are of service to their community. Our young adult volunteers devote their time to being of service to others, have the courage to go beyond their comfort zones, and think forward to being ready for a fruitful career.
In 1932, The Atherton family contributed funds for construction of a three-story cement building at 1810 University Avenue to serve as a “residence for students of moderate means attending the University of Hawaii.” In addition to providing resident rooms, a lobby, dining and reading rooms, the building was also to serve as a center for University YMCA activities.
May 1, 2017 UPDATE: The Atherton Y property has been sold to the University of Hawaii Foundation. Please see the announcement here. The Foundation plans to spend up to $5,000,000 on renovations and upgrades and in partnership with University of Hawaii and the YMCA Atherton will be provided space within the Queen Lili’uokalani Center for Student Services building on the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (“UH”) campus to allow the YMCA the ability to continue its presence in the community. The date for the start of the University of Hawaii Foundation renovation to the Atherton property and the Atherton Y's move to the University of Hawaii campus is estimated to be in August of 2019.