YMCA Notes

We know the YMCA as a place to work out and for recreation and child care. But many may not know that in 1844 in London, George Williams and eleven other men started the YMCA as the Young Men’s Christian Association.

In Spring 1869 in Honolulu, three friends met at Peter Cushman Jones’s home and decided to form the Young Men’s Christian Association of Honolulu. In the first year, many community leaders joined the YMCA Honolulu, including Sanford B. Dole, Theo H. Davies, and Samuel M. Damon. During the first twelve years, YMCA Honolulu operated with no building or paid employee. Then, a building was built, and the first paid secretary started working.In the early years, Honolulu YMCA’s membership was kept mostly Anglo-Saxon although a few members had Hawaiian and/or Asian ancestry. A separate Japanese YMCA branch would form in Honolulu. However, eventually, the YMCA would welcome everyone regardless of race, gender, or religion and would expand beyond Honolulu to the neighbor islands.

From 1887 to 1922, Hawaii newspapers ran the “Y. M. C. A. Notes,” which reported the local YMCA news, including club meetings and events (e.g. preparing for boy summer camp). The content would usually fit in one to two columns and appear in a middle page of the newspaper.The Hawaii newspapers that ran the “Y. M. C. A. Notes” included the Evening Bulletin, The Garden Island, The Hawaiian Gazette, The Hawaiian Star, The Honolulu Republican, and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Links to some of the issues are below.

– Alice Kim

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Evening BulletinEvening bulletin., November 13, 1899, Image 1

Evening bulletin., November 28, 1899, Page 5, Image 5

Evening bulletin., October 01, 1900, Image 1

Evening bulletin., October 02, 1900, Page 2, Image 2

Evening bulletin., January 15, 1901, Page 3, Image 3

Evening bulletin., March 04, 1902, Page 5, Image 5

The Honolulu Republican

The Honolulu republican., November 02, 1901, Page SIX, Image 6

The Garden Island
The Garden Island., August 10, 1920, Page 4, Image 4
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015411/1920-08-10/ed-1/seq-4/The Garden Island., February 21, 1922, Page 8, Image 8

The Garden Island., March 07, 1922, Page 5, Image 5

The Garden Island., March 14, 1922, Image 9

The Garden Island., March 21, 1922, Page 2, Image 2

The Garden Island., April 18, 1922, Page 5, Image 5

The Garden Island., April 25, 1922, Page 3, Image 3

The Garden Island., May 02, 1922, Image 3

The Garden Island., May 23, 1922, Page 7, Image 7

The Garden Island., June 06, 1922, Image 7

The Garden Island., October 10, 1922, Image 5

The Garden Island., November 14, 1922, Image 3

The Hawaiian Gazette

The Hawaiian gazette., October 19, 1897, Page 8, Image 8

The Hawaiian gazette., February 13, 1900, Page 8, Image 8

The Hawaiian Star

The Hawaiian star., March 22, 1897, Page 5, Image 5

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Honolulu star-bulletin., October 21, 1912, 2:30 Edition, Page 7, Image 7

Honolulu star-bulletin., October 15, 1912, 2:30 Edition, Page 4, Image 4

Honolulu star-bulletin., October 30, 1912, 2:30 Edition, Page 5, Image 5

Honolulu star-bulletin., December 03, 1912, 2:30 Edition, Page 4, Image 4

Honolulu star-bulletin., December 31, 1912, 3:30 EDITION, Page 2, Image 2


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