Propelled by Passion
The Y was founded, led and built by the generosity of volunteers at every stage— from London to Honolulu. The first YMCA of Honolulu “capital campaign” took place on September 15, 1881. The Y was 12 years old but lacked its own building. Founder Peter Jones threw out the first challenge—he’d donate $500 towards the purchase of property if at least two other members did the same. Within two minutes, members pledged $2,170. A committee was formed to raise the rest. One year later, the cornerstone was laid for YMCA of Honolulu’s first building.
Legacy of Service
The first Y’s Men’s Club in Hawai‘i was organized at the Nu‘uanu YMCA in 1926—four years after the first club was formed in Toledo, Ohio. The Y’s Men’s Club fostered fellowship and helped the Y in its mission of building character in youth and in addressing the critical needs of the time. Y's Men's Clubs continue their legacy of service today as Y Service and Y's Men's and Women's Clubs.
More Than a Promise
Today, the YMCA of Honolulu’s “More than a Promise” $15 million Capital Campaign is more than 50% complete and will support renovations to aging cabins at Camp H.R. Erdman, replace a trailer with a permanent building and activity courts at the YMCA Wai‘anae Program Center, and renovate Nu‘uanu YMCA so it can better serve its changing community.