Strengthening Our Military Family      |      Armed Services YMCA Hawai`i


Armed Services YMCA Hawai`i

ASYMCA Hawai`i is unique in that we have three outreach centers, all of which are located on military bases. We also have a field site located in a multi-military housing development. Having these various locations makes it easier for us to bring our programs to all the branches of service; Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and National Guard.

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Ohana Food Drop

The next Ohana Food Drop for Wheeler Army Airfield will be Monday, January 28 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The Ohana Food Drop for Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam will be Wednesday,  January 30 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

Children's Waiting Room at Tripler Army Medical Center Renovation Closure Dates: Dec 5, 2018 - Feb 4, 2019

Children's Waiting Room at Tripler Army Medical Center will be closed from December 5, 2018 through February 4, 2019 due to rennovation. The Children's Waiting Room at U.S. Army Health Clinic, Schofield Barracks will remain open. Thank you for your patience during the rennovation.





Operation Hero

Enrollment for the 2nd semester will begin in January 2019! Check with your local branch on school availability. Operation Hero is a program provided to military school-age children. It is offered at all three branches: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Wheeler/Schofield, and Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Operation Hero is designed to address challenges faced by many military children (feelings of isolation, feelings of self-doubt, frequent or long-term deployments by one or both parents and academic difficulties due to frequent moves). This program promotes social responsibility through team-building activities and targets children in grades 2-6. The dedicated facilitator takes the time to interact with the children on a one-on-one basis as well as in a group setting. This targeted method is believed to be the key to the program’s success.


Operation Kid Comfort

Operation Kid Comfort is offered through all three branches: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Wheeler/Schofield, and Marine Corps Base Hawaii. This program provides children of deployed service members a quilt or pillow with pictures of the deployed service member and the family. This program is designed to comfort and help children during the deployment. We have wonderful volunteer quilters who meet once-a-month to sew these quilts and pillows. To request a quilt or pillowcase, please click here. Remember to email 5-7 photos of the deployed service member to after you have submitted your request. For questions regarding this program, email




Food Pantry

The Food Pantry is located at the U.S. Army Schofield Barracks/Wheeler Army Airfield and Marine Corps Base Hawaii branches. It is a much needed program that helps to support those military families who are in need. The caring staff at the Food Pantry welcomes these families and provides them with food at no cost. The Food Pantry is stocked by donations and food drives. Our next Ohana Food Drop is on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam on Wednesday, December 12. Please call our branch office at (808) 473-3398 for more information. Ohana Food Drops will be coming soon to our branch on Wheeler Army Airfield.



 Father Daughter Dance & Military Children's Ball

The purpose of the dance is to stress the importance of the father-daughter relationship. The father-daughter bond is so important because this is the young girl’s first contact or impression of men and who they are, and they almost subconsciously carry that (throughout their lives) when they get in relationships with boys in school and in their adult lives. Studies have shown that girls who have a strong relationship with their fathers are not only more self-confident but also self-reliant. They also tend to have great academic achievements, which can help with job opportunities in the future.



Parent Participation Preschool

Parent Participation Preschool is a three-phased, part-time program provided by our Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, U.S. Army Schofield Barracks/Wheeler Army Airfield and Marine Corps Base Hawaii branches. It is a program designed for parents to help their child(ren) transition from home to school while working side-by-side with them. Level of parent participation is determined by class placement. Our dedicated teachers and teachers’ aides provide a stimulating, safe and nurturing environment which helps to give children a positive beginning to their education. Children must turn three by the end of December to be considered for the current school year. We have open enrollment. 

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Children’s Waiting Room

Children’s Waiting Room, provided by the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation, is located at the Tripler Army Medical Center and U.S. Army Health Clinic, Schofield Barracks.The staff at these locations provide a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for healthy children, 6 weeks to 12 years, to wait while their parent or sibling has a doctor’s appointment. It is open to all branches of the military. Reservations are highly recommended. Children's Waiting Room on Tripler Army Medical Center can be reached at (808) 433-3270 and Children's Waiting Room at U.S. Army Health Clinic, Schofield Barracks can be reached at (808) 433-8410. ***Please note: The Children's Waiting Room at Tripler will be closed from December 5, 2018 through February 4, 2019 due to renovations.




Playmorning is a popular program that provides an environment for parents to bring their children to a nearby community center for a time of craft, free play, storytelling and singing. Playmorning promotes social skills, creativity, literacy and fine & large motor skills for children 0-5 years old. This program is provided through our Armed Services YMCA Hawai`i, Kaneohe Branch on Marine Corps Base Hawaii and Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam.

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Summer Camps

Fun and educational camps are hosted during the summer for students up to age 13.  One of our highlight camps is the special STEM and robotics camp where children are introduced to the world of building, programming, and testing robotics. The camp culminates with an exciting competition between robots. Camp Hero is also a favorite for many of our children. Camp Hero is for children up to age 12.




Operation Ride Home

Bringing Families Together

The Armed Services YMCA, in partnership with Jack Daniels, brings troops home for the holidays with Operation Ride Home. Eligible service members and their families recieve funding towards travel from their duty station to spend time with their loved ones back home.



Operation Holiday Joy

Holidays can be a stressful time for many especially some of our Junior Enlisted Soldiers. The families we help with this program are those who are truly having a hard time making ends meet and without our assistance would not be able to have a traditional holiday meal.  We work with the base commanders to get the word out. If you would like to donate to this cause you can do so by dropping off non perishable items or make a by making a donation. If your family would benefit from receiving a Holiday Food Basket, please contact the closest branch to you.  Holiday Food Baskets are given in November and December.
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Early Learning Readiness

As a precursor to preschool, Early Learning Readiness (ELR) is a research based community program that administers a two hour structured learning course for children ages birth to three years and their caregivers.

ELR presents children with high quality physical, emotional, and cognitive experiences and arranges the opportunity for children and caregivers to engage in interactive learning activities and centers that promote vocabulary, math, and listening skills. With caregivers as a child’s first teacher, this instruction will equip them with the confidence, tools, and support they seek to ensure their child embarks on the journey to preschool ready to learn. This program is available through our Armed Services YMCA Hawaii Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam and Wheeler Branches.


Afterschool Enrichment Programs

“Is your child struggling in school?  Do they need extra help in core subjects?  We provide an opportunity for your child to learn in a small group environment through hands on activities.  We offer on a rotating basis; math, art, science, language arts, and geography.  Call the Armed Services YMCA of Honolulu to see which subject matter is coming up.”