About The YMCA
Discover what makes the Y a special place, find hours, location information, plus review the code of conduct and cell phone policies.
At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.
The Y’s mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
Opportunities for All: The Y is for everyone. Our programs, services, and initiatives enable kids to realize their potential, prepare teens for higher education and career opportunities, offer ways for families to connect and have fun together, empower people of all ages and abilities to be healthier in spirit, mind and body, and help foster a nationwide service ethic.
At the Y, we envision communities where all people achieve their optimal health and well-being, gain confidence, make connections, and feel secure at every stage of life. We do this through our three areas of focus:
- Youth Development—empowering young people to reach their full potential.
- Healthy Living—improving individual and community well-being.
- Social Responsibility—engaging others to join us in giving back and providing support to our neighbors in need and inspiring action in our communities.
The YMCA of Honolulu is committed to equity and inclusion for all.
We work to ensure that everyone—regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, income, faith, gender, gender identity, race, or sexual orientation—feels welcome, connected, and secure.
We aim to empower all members, participants, staff, and volunteers to fully participate in Y programs and services and develop to their fullest potential as global citizens.
Our programs and branches embrace diversity, reflect the needs of the communities they serve, and strive to ensure access, inclusion, and engagement for all.
The YMCA of Honolulu was founded in 1869 and incorporated under the laws of the Kingdom of Hawai'i in 1882. We are an independent, local, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
The story of the YMCA of Honolulu is the story of a growing, changing Honolulu. It started from an idea in the minds of a small group of men to the expansion of what it is today – one of the largest nonprofit, charitable organizations in Hawai'i, inspiring healthy and positive lifestyles, helping our children succeed and thrive, and strengthening communities.
The Y serves keiki, teens, adults, families and kūpuna of all faiths, backgrounds, and means – each year reaching more than 100,000 individuals and families. All programs are delivered based on the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. The YMCA is a fellowship of people helping each other to learn, grow, and improve their own lives as well as the lives of others in our community.
In 2019, we celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the YMCA of Honolulu. You can see our interactive online historic exhibit and documentary video here.
The Call Center is available to help you with any questions Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 808-678-4296 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The YMCA does not allow multimedia items (examples: iPods, iPhones, smart phone, gaming consoles) in program areas, unless for music or watching videos. For the comfort of others, talking on cell phones is prohibited in program areas. Please make and take calls in the lobby areas of the YMCA. All cell phone usage and picture taking is prohibited in all locker rooms for the security and comfort of members and guests. Violation of this policy can result in termination of membership
YMCA Member, Participant, and Guest Code of Conduct
Our membership and program code of conduct embodies the spirit of the Y and is intended to help everyone including members, participants, and guests feel welcome and safe at the YMCA.
As a member, participant or guest, you agree to follow our code of conduct, which is rooted in the values of caring, honesty, responsibility, and respect by:
- Speaking in respectful tones, refraining from the use of vulgar or derogatory language, and dressing appropriately;
- Resolving conflicts in a respectful, honest, and caring manner;
- Respecting others by refraining from intimate behavior in public;
- Respecting the property of others;
- Creating a safe, caring environment free of weapons and firearms;
- Participating in programs to build healthy spirit, mind and body; and
- Never engaging in the use, sale, dispensing, or possession of illegal drugs or the unsanctioned use of alcohol on YMCA premises.
Specifically, the following personal conduct is prohibited in all YMCA facilities, programs, and online communities:
- Inappropriate attire. Appropriate attire must be worn at all times. No clothing with vulgar language, obscene gestures, racial slurs, or anything that contributes to a hostile environment or would be considered inappropriate in a family facility.
- Inappropriate language. Hostile or vulgar language, including swearing, name-calling or shouting.
- Threatening physical contact. Physical contact with another person in any hostile or threatening way including but not limited to “play fighting”.
- Sexual activity. Any demonstration of sexual activity or sexual contact with another person.
- Harassment / intimidation. Harassment or intimidation by words, gestures, body language or any menacing behavior that demeans another person or culture.
- Theft / destruction of property. Theft or behavior that results in the destruction of property.
- Weapons. Carrying or concealing any weapons, devices, or objects that may be used as weapons (including items that appear to be real). The YMCA bans all weapons on premises with or without a permit.
- Illegal chemicals or alcohol. Using or possessing alcohol or drugs on YMCA property, in YMCA vehicles, or at YMCA sponsored programs.
- Inappropriate conduct. Any other conduct of an inappropriate, threatening, or offensive nature.
- Inappropriate cell phone activity. Cell phone or photographic/video equipment use of any kind – organizing playlists, music, texting, camera functions, video recording – is not permitted in the locker rooms at any time. Phone calls are not allowed in fitness areas.
- Tobacco. The use of tobacco or tobacco-like products, including e-cigarettes, are not permitted in or outside YMCA facilities or programs, or on YMCA property or program sites. YMCA facilities, ground, and vehicles are a tobacco-free environment.
- Social Media. Use of social networking websites in a manner that is contrary to the YMCA’s mission, is detrimental to the community, or is in violation of the law.
- If a member, participant, or guest feels uncomfortable in confronting someone directly about offensive behavior or other issues that are in violation of the code of conduct they should report the behavior to a YMCA team member.
Adherence to the YMCA Code of Conduct is essential. Noncompliance may result in suspension or termination of YMCA membership privileges. While an incident is being investigated, the membership of the person(s) accused of violating this Code of Conduct may be temporarily suspended pending a final decision.
The Y may decide to cancel a program or class (particularly for children) if weather is a hazard. Guidelines for cancellation of a class or program will be directives from our State and City government officials or closure of public schools, government buildings, and other businesses. The Y will announce closures or program cancellations on our website, via email and/or on social media and through news media announcements.
Make a Donation. Get Involved as a Volunteer
Every year, the YMCA of Honolulu raises more than $1 million through our Annual Campaign thanks to the generosity of thousands who want to ensure that the YMCA is there for those who need us most.
All funds raised provide support and financial assistance for programs and membership for those who would not otherwise be able to benefit from our services for youth, families, seniors and our community.