Welcome to our Y Service website. Here you will find valuable information about our Hawaii Region, US Area and International Y Service Clubs. You will especially learn about the exciting and dynamic activities of our Region’s programs and services. If you are a Y Service Member visiting our site or islands, please leave us an email message. We would love to hear from you. From all the members of the Hawaii Region Y Service Clubs, we say Mahalo nui loa… thank you very much for visiting us.
Phil Sammer, Regional Director Hawaii, 2018-2020
To be a worldwide fellowship of men and women of all faiths working together in mutual respect and affection, based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, and with a common loyalty to the Young Men’s Christian Association, striving through active service to develop, encourage and provide leadership to build a better world for all mankind.
The Hawaii Region Y Service Clubs (Y’s Men & Women’s Clubs), in partnership with the YMCA, shall provide leadership initiatives that contribute to stronger individuals, clubs, communities and a better world.
Congratulations to Wendy Botelho, the Island of Hawai’i YMCA CEO and Hilo Y’s Men and Women’s Club member, for winning the 2022 Star Advocate for the State of Hawaii at the Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence annual conference. The Coalition shared that this is the first time ever that a neighbor-island nominee has been given the Star Advocate award.
The Coalition was impressed by Wendy’s accomplishments, shared a video at the conference about her achievements and Her goal of helping one survivor at a time. Highlights included the Youth Program, Fitness Classes and the Family Visitation Center. They also recognized her accomplishments of overcoming challenges that the YMCA has faced in FY 2021-2022.
Wendy believes the YMCA is a place for survivors to begin their healing process of feeling normal and safe.
Atherton, Central, East Kauai, Hilo, Kaimuki, Kalihi, Nu’uanu, West Oahu, and Windward were awarded for their annual contribution to the Brotherhood Fund for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.The Brotherhood Fund helps to promote fellowship amongst club members of different regions and areas around the world.
The Brotherhood Fund will undergo a name change in 2022 and be renamed Building Fellowship. Grants for club members will include Cultural Exchange Grants and International Convention Grants. For more information about the Building Fellowship program, click here: https://www.ysmen.org/our-work/programmes/building-fellowship/
Atherton Y Service Club did a project together with Atherton Y’s College Camp, hosted by Protect and Preserve Hawaii. The College Camp students learned about plants and connected with the ‘aina (land) by removing invasive Guinea grass and planting four different types of native Hawaiian species.
Atherton Y’s College Camp is a week-long leadership and college access experience for Hawaii`s high school students from underserved communities. Protect and Preserve Hawaii is a non-profit started by one man who purchased 330 acres of conservation land.
East Kauai Y’s Men’s Club member, the late Jennie Yukimura, suggested a way to encourage children to express and personalize their concept of peace through an art and short essay contest. Her vision started the Peace Through My Eyes poster and essay contest for children attending YMCA programs during the Spring Intersession. 2022 marks its 10th year of the contest.
Delegates at the convention unanimously voted to rename this annual Hawaii Region’s “Peace through My Eyes” to the Jennie Yukimura Peace Through My Eyes contest in remembrance of this beloved Y’s Men member. Click here to watch the video of the 2022 winners: https://youtu.be/veNLRAQGL7E.
The 85th Annual Hawaii Region Convention was held via Zoom. Highlights from the convention includes seven Golden Member videos (50+ years of service), Atherton Y Service Clubs Environmental Presentation, Peace Project Video, and Guest Speakers: U.S. Area President Elect Doug Jones, YMCA of Honolulu CEO Greg Waibel, and The Island of Hawaii YMCA CEO Wendy Botelho. Click here to view the Convention videos: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlVBJNtjaGrW7f3cQmsA_r2F738z2ig8l.
Hilo has been selected as the location for the 2023 86th Annual Hawaii Region Convention. Hilo Y’s Men and Women’s Club will be hosting the convention with Convention co-chairs Duke Chung and Bobby-Stivers Apiki. The 2023 Hawaii Region Convention Committee will begin to meet in July to start planning for the convention next year.
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