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laniakea ywca
1040 richards street
honolulu, hi  96813
(808) 538-7061

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  Laniākea is listed on the State and
  National Historic Register as part of
  the Hawaii Capital Historic District.

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  including hours of operation click here.

      laniakea history

Laniākea, the YWCA of O`ahu's flagship headquarters, was the first building of architectural significance in Hawaii to be designed by a woman.  Constructed in 1927, it was developed and designed by women at a time in history when there were few opportunities for females to excel in male dominated professions. 

Julia Morgan, best known as the architect of Hearst Castle in California, is the foremost female architect in American history.  Ms. Morgan designed over 700 buildings during her 47-year career and ranked the Honolulu YWCA as one of her top ten favorite projects.  Laniākea is the only large YWCA facility designed by Julia Morgan that is still owned by its original owner and operated for its original purpose.
The Richards Street Y,'
as it was affectionately known in the early years, was a meeting place for women of all generations.  Popular activities were sewing and lace-making lessons, Chinese cooking classes, girls’ basketball and ballet.

During war time, the YWCA provided meals and dances for soldiers and offered classes on such subjects as:  'Mental Hygiene in War Time,'  'What Can I Do,' and 'Home Cooking in Blackout Time.'

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YWCA of O'ahu History
Historical overview of the YWCA of O'ahu


Historical Hightlights
Historical timeline of the YWCA of O'ahu 

Julia Morgan Highlights
Favorite facts about Architect Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan Biography
Biographical history of Architect Julia Morgan's career, character and her relationship to the YWCA of O'ahu

Historical Photo Gallery
A photographic journey into our past


ywca of o`ahu  -  1040 richards street  -  honolulu, hi  -  96813
info@ywcaoahu.org  ·  phone: (808) 538-7061  -  fax: (808) 521-8416

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