Updated: YMCA of Honolulu and Public Schools Add More Free Meal Distribution Sites For Keiki

Keiki are not going hungry while schools are closed, thanks to nonprofit and education groups who continue serving free meals during the stay-at-home order.

Photo: YMCA of Honolulu

A family picks up lunch at the Kalihi YMCA’s Kalihi Valley International Bike Program site.

(April 13 Update: New locations step up to feed keiki free meals while schools remain closed.) 

At least 10 more sites began serving free breakfasts and lunches to children over the past week as public schools in Hawaiʻi remain closed through April 30, and possibly longer, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The Hawaiʻi Department of Education now has 37 locations on Oʻahu where Grab-N-Go meals are available. Throughout the state of Hawaiʻi, a total of 66 schools are distributing meals.

In addition to public schools, the YMCA of Honolulu now has a total of eight free-meal pick-up sites for keiki. Of them, one site (Puʻuwai Momi Housing) distributes meals to residents only.

All meals are served in disposable containers. Keiki ages 18 and younger and their accompanying adults can pick up their food without interacting with workers and volunteers. School cafeterias are not open during this period. 

  • Breakfast from Monday to Friday, 7:30 to 8 a.m. (meals must be eaten by 10 a.m. for food safety).
  • Lunch from Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to noon (meals must be eaten by 2 p.m. for food safety).
  • To see the full, updated list of public schools, click here, or scroll down.

Honolulu District

  • Kauluwela Elementary School—NEW AS OF THURSDAY, APRIL 9
  • Palolo Elementary School—NEW AS OF THURSDAY, APRIL 9
  • Likelike Elementary School—NEW AS OF WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8
  • Kaimukī High School
  • McKinley High School
  • Dole Middle School 
  • Farrington High School

Central Oʻahu District

  • Helemano Elementary School—NEW AS OF MONDAY, APRIL 13
  • Leilehua High School
  • Makalapa Elementary School
  • Waialua High & Intermediate
  • Ka‘ala Elementary
  • Kipapa Elementary

Windward Oʻahu District

  • Heʻeia Elementary School—NEW AS OF MONDAY, APRIL 13
  • Keolu Elementary School—NEW AS OF MONDAY, APRIL 13
  • Pope Elementary School —NEW AS OF MONDAY, APRIL 13
  • Parker Elementary School—NEW AS OF WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8
  • Hau‘ula Elementary
  • Kahaluʻu Elementary School
  • Kahuku High & Elementary 
  • Kailua Elementary School
  • King Intermediate School
  • Waimānalo Elementary & Intermediate

Leeward Oʻahu District

  • Lehua Elementary School—NEW AS OF TUESDAY, APRIL 7
  • August Ahrens Elementary 
  • Barbers Point Elementary
  • Campbell High School
  • ‘Ewa Makai Middle School
  • Honowai Elementary
  • Kapolei High School 
  • Maili Elementary School
  • Mākaha Elementary
  • Nanaikapono Elementary 
  • Nānākuli High & Intermediate 
  • Wai‘anae Intermediate 
  • Wai‘anae High School
  • Waipahu Elementary

Photo: Courtesy of YMCA of Honolulu

  • The YMCA of Honolulu extended its free-meal program through May 8 at eight locations. One site is for residents, only (Puʻuwai Momi Housing). 
  • Pick up from Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
  • To see the full, updated list of YMCA locations, click here, or scroll down.

“YMCA Feeds Kids” Sites: 

  • Melemanu Recreation Center, 98-2031 Waikalani Place, Mililani
  • INSPIRE Church-Mililani, 95-061 Waimakua Drive, Mililani
  • Puohala Elementary, 45-233 Kulauli St., Kaneohe
  • Kalihi Valley International Bike Program, 1638 Kamehameha IV Road, Honolulu
  • Nu’uanu YMCA, 1441 Pali Highway, Honolulu
  • Windward YMCA, 1200 Kailua Road, Kailua
  • Halawa View Apartments, 99-009 Kalaloa St., ʻAiea (NEW)
  • Puʻuwai Momi Housing (meals for residents only), 99-132 Kohomua St., ʻAiea
  • Kuhio Elementary School, 2759 S. King St., Honolulu (NEW)

The YMCA’s program, a partnership with Kapi‘olani Community College and the Hawai‘i Appleseed Center, is separate from the DOE’s free meal program. The May 8 extension is through the support of the Hawai’i Community Foundation’s Hawai’i Resilience Fund.


Until Schools Reopen, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Pālama Settlement, 810 North Vineyard Blvd. 

Until Schools Reopen, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Windward Nazarene Academy, 45-232 Puaae Road, Kāne‘ohe

Through April 30, noon to 1 p.m.

  • Parents and Children Together, Kūhiō Park Terrace Resource Center, 1485 Linapuni St., Honolulu 

Through April 30, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Palolo Valley Homes (residents only), 2170 The St., Honolulu 

Through May 8, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Halawa View Apartments, 99-009 Kalaloa St., ʻAiea