We're very proud to share that we have a published author working at the Kaimuki YMCA!
It's our very own Healthy Start Room staff, Leslie Sharp.
Her book, "A Failure to Thrive," is her personal account of the Canadian Blood Disaster. Learn more below!
To pre-order her book, use our Contact Form!
Cost is $15.50.
She will be selling and signing her books - and $3 from each book sale will go to our Annual Campaign.
Keep updated through our social media channels on the book signing.
Today was one of the saddest days of my life.
Today I am saying goodbye to the program that helped me through my life as a teen for the past 6 years. I've learned to speak, lead, and learned to make friends - that wouldn't be possible without Youth and Government. (READ: How Youth and Government Changed my Life)
Our Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator, Dan Kaneko, recently returned from an internship with the Osaka YMCA. In this blog entry, he shares with us what he's learned, all the fun experiences he's had, and why he would recommend this internship to others!
Hisashiburi desu ne - I recently returned from a 3-month trip abroad spent working for the Osaka YMCA and also exploring Japan and other Asian countries. My adventure abroad was full of new experiences, cultural exchanges, valuable friendships, and memories that will last a lifetime.
At the YMCA, we believe our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome and we work together for the common good.
Created by YMCA of the USA’s national partner Welcoming America, Welcoming Week, which takes place each year in September, celebrates the growing movement of communities that fully embrace new Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of our country.
Even though Welcoming Week at the Y is once a year, we strive to be inclusive and celebrate diversity always.
At the Kaimuki Y, one of the main ways our inclusivity is practiced is through the harmonious existence of multiple generations at our branch. We are unique, as we have been a neighbor in this community for over 70 years. Many of our members (and several of our staff) have been with us since days of their youth. They've participated in Youth and Learn to Swim programs, participated in Judo, and much more. Now, we see them bringing not just their kids, but grandkids as well. Kupuna and keiki alike carry the Kaimuki Y in their hearts as their home-away-from-home, as their Y-Ohana. It goes without saying that we have a very strong senior population at the Y; strong in numbers, but in community as well.
We always strive to do better and the work of inclusion and diversity that Y's all over the world are doing inspires us. Watch the video below to see how the YMCA celebrates Welcoming Week!
- 1/2 cup poi
- 2 tablespoons cold water (optional)
- 2 teaspoons honey (or other natural sweetener, ex: agave)
- 1/2 cup coconut milk or yogurt of choice
1. Mix poi and water. Add honey or agave. Blend well.
2. Pour 1/2 poi mixture into the bottom of serving container (ex. mason jar, bowl)
3. Layer with 1/2 of coconut milk, granola and fruit of choice.
4. Repeat - poi, coconut milk, granola and fruit of choice.
Makes 1 serving.
Want to learn the Hawaiian story behind poi? Read in the file below!
Q: Do you think we can make the goal?
A: I was born a cautious optimist, but I”m going to say hell yes!
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