Getting Started | YMCA of Honolulu | Honolulu, Hawai‘i |


Member Guide

Getting Started

Find out what’s included, what to expect, and how to make the most of your membership.

What to Expect

In preparation for your first visit, remember to bring your photo ID. We’ll make your membership scan card when you arrive. Everyone on your membership will get a membership scan card. Those who are age 16+ will need to bring a photo ID.

On your first visit to the Y
  • Wear your face mask covering your nose and mouth at all times. Masks are required except when swimming in the pool or showering. Please do not wear a face mask with vents, a bandana, or a neck gaiter as these do not provide the same protection as a properly worn face mask.
  • Be sure not to come to the Y if you are feeling unwell, if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, or if you or a household member has an active or suspected case of COVID-19 or are mandated by the State of Hawaii to quarantine.
  • When entering the Y, please clean your hands using the hand sanitizer provided.
  • Due to COVID safety guidelines, water fountains are disable, and some Branch locker rooms and showers are temporarily closed [Currently only Nu'uanu and Leeward locker rooms and showers are open.]. So be sure to:
    • Come dressed to work out or swim.
    • Bring a workout towel, a filled water bottle, and a lock if you’d like to use one of the small express lockers located outside of fitness areas.
      • Please leave large bags and valuables at home. For storage of keys or personal bags, we ask members to either use one of our express lockers with their own personal lock, or members may wear a fanny pack to store their personal items while exercising. For safety reasons, we do not allow any bags or backpacks on the floor of our facility, and we are not able to store any personal items or bags at our Welcome Center.
    • Members who use the pool will have access to outdoor showers. We will have small baskets or a designated area for pool users to store their small bags, keys, and towels while they are in the pool.
      •  If your Branch locker rooms/showers are open: If you plan to work out, bring a lock and towel.
  • While in the facility, please practice social distancing. Follow all safety signage and floor markings, and wash your hands frequently. Clean any equipment/machines before and after use [use provided spray cleaners and paper towels], and respect your designated reservation time for the pool and classes. We ask that you be patient with us as we work to keep everyone safe and healthy.
  • Please ask us questions if you have them. Our staff at our Welcome Center and on the fitness floor are happy to help.
  • View complete details on how we are operating safely, what’s open, and other frequently asked questions.
Future Visits
  • You will be asked to self-scan in using the YMCA mobile app on your phone or your membership scan card; and when you leave, to scan out. Learn how to download the YMCA of Honolulu mobile app on your phone.
    • If you forgot your scan card or need assistance downloading and using our YMCA mobile app, our Welcome Center staff is available to assist.
  • Scanning in and out helps us keep track of our capacity to ensure we stay within current City guidelines. This also keeps the capacity monitor on our website up to date for members to use to gauge the current usage at each Branch. View the Capacity Dashboard to see our Y capacity in real time.

Included with Membership

  • Membership includes access to all YMCA Branches on Oahu, including the use of Fitness Centers, Pools, and Group Exercise Classes (in-person and virtual live stream). You can also visit more than 2,900 Ys across the country—just find the Y you want to visit and contact that location for specific details.
    • Note: Nationwide access may be suspended at some Y’s due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions. Please check with the Y you wish to visit.
  • As a member, you have access to all the amenities available at the Y—some are free for members, some have an additional fee, and some are discounted for Y family members. Not all amenities are available at all locations.
Free for Members
  • Access to all Facility Spaces: Fitness Center (Cardio/Strength Training Equipment and Machines, HIIT, Functional Training), Gym (Nu’uanu Y only – currently repurposed to fitness center due to COVID safety guidelines), Heated Pools, Sauna (Nu’uanu Y Sauna is temporarily closed due to COVID safety guidelines), and Locker Rooms/Showers (Only Nu'uanu and Leeward are open at this time due to COVID-19 safety guidelines).
  • In-Person Group Exercise Classes: Indoor, Outdoor, and in the Pool. COVID safety guidelines require advance online reservations for in-person Indoor, Outdoor, and Pool Group Exercise classes.
    • *Jazzercise classes (in-person at Kaimuki and live stream) cost an additional $15 per month to participate in unlimited classes for the month. The fee must be prepaid prior to registering.
  • Online Reservations can be made using your MotionVibe online account or mobile app up to 2 days in advance, starting at 8 am. Due to limited capacity, members are currently allowed to have one open in-person group exercise class at a time and must complete that class before reserving another one. Learn how to use MotionVibe and our Mobile App.
  • Virtual Y: Access to unlimited live stream group exercise classes (more than 80 per week) and on-demand video classes (more than 50). Register in advance using your MotionVibe online account or mobile app. Learn how to use MotionVibe and our Mobile App.
  • Community Areas: Where members can socialize, kids can do homework, and kupuna can find classes and activities.
    • Note: Currently unavailable due to COVID safety guidelines.
  • Outdoor Playgrounds at Leeward and Windward Y
    • Note: Currently unavailable due to COVID safety guidelines.
  • MotionVibe Online Reservation Account and YMCA Mobile App for Apple and Android: Use your internet connected device or phone to find Y Branch information, schedules, make class and pool reservations, and more. Your YMCA mobile app can also be used to scan in and out.
  • Member Guest Passes: Friends and families are welcome at the Y! Each membership has complimentary guest passes as a member benefit. Guests must be accompanied by a member and have a picture ID. Learn more here.
  • Member Get a Member Promotion: Refer your friends/family to join the Y. If they join, they get their Joiner's Fee Waived saving $50, and you earn a free month of membership. For details, click here.
Free or Discounted for Y Family Members

Family memberships are the most economical way to join. Family membership options include one to up to four adults and all dependent children (26 years of age or younger) living at the same address.

  • Free Childwatch (Up to 2 hours per day): Bring your kids ages 6 weeks and up to 10 years old to the Y while you work out, and they’ll have a blast at our Childwatch centers. Advance reservations are required.
    • Note: Currently unavailable due to COVID safety guidelines.
  • 20% Savings on Group Swim Lessons—all ages can learn this life skill with group lessons.
  • 20% Savings on Swim Team—competitive program for kids and teens to work with coaches and improve swimming skills.
    • Note: Currently unavailable due to COVID safety guidelines.
  • 20% Savings on most Youth and Teen Programs: School Break Day Camps, Summer Day Camps, Camp Erdman Weekly Overnight Summer Camps.
  • 20% Savings on Camp Erdman Family Weekend Getaways.
  • 20% Savings on most Youth Sports and Martial Arts, Hula and Ukulele Classes—available year-round.
    • Note: Please check our website, as some programs may be unavailable due to COVID safety guidelines.
Optional Add-Ons for a Fee

Tips for Success

The Y is a place for whole-life well being—so please ask questions, and try new things to make the most of it!

When you have a question or are interested in trying something new, our Welcome Centers at our Y Branches are a good place to start. Additionally, staff are available to help in our fitness centers with questions you might have about equipment or exercises. You can also contact the Call Center by email at or phone at 808-678-4296, Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Building Healthy Habits

How long does it take to build a habit? There are many factors that contribute to building a habit, and everyone is different. However, recent studies have found that on average it takes 66 days for a new healthy habit to feel automatic.

Whether you’re new to exercise or new to the Y, here are a few tips to help you succeed: