Support Amidst Strife.
A Force for Peace
From the Civil War to the Great War to the horror of war brought to our own backyard at Pearl Harbor, the YMCA has always been there in support of our armed forces, impacted communities, and as advocates for peace and understanding.
Dec. 7, 1941 Attack on Pearl Harbor
Caught in the chaos and panic, Nu‘uanu YMCA staffers calmed O‘ahu residents while the branch provided shelter to those whose homes were destroyed. Atherton YMCA Director Hung Wai Ching was considered a local hero for his efforts to minimize the internment of local Japanese residents and for advocating for the formation of the Varsity Victory Volunteers and renowned 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Nationally, YMCA staff also worked secretly in U.S. internment camps to organize clubs and activities for children.