• Local programs such as outdoor recreation, arts and crafts, and libraries will be affected by budget cuts, April 1.

    Hawaii Pools

    Local programs such as outdoor recreation, arts and crafts, and libraries will be affected by budget cuts, April 1.

  • Local programs such as outdoor recreation, arts and crafts, and libraries will be affected by budget cuts, April 1.

    Hawaii Outdoor Sports

    Local programs such as outdoor recreation, arts and crafts, and libraries will be affected by budget cuts, April 1.

  • Local programs such as outdoor recreation, arts and crafts, and libraries will be affected by budget cuts, April 1.

    Hawaii Libraries

    Local programs such as outdoor recreation, arts and crafts, and libraries will be affected by budget cuts, April 1.

Directorate strives to minimize reduction of on-post services

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii -- Facing a funding reduction of 27 percent, the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation announced a series of program changes, here, effective April 1.

The changes will result in the reduction of some programs and services offered, the reduction of hours of operation and the reinstatement of some fees in order to maintain services.

"The funding reductions to some of our programs were significant," said Michael Amarosa, director of DFMWR.

As part of the strategy, FMWR leaders focused their efforts on identifying redundancies and eliminating duplication of effort internal to FMWR to gain efficiencies.

Numerous courses of action were presented to local commanders for input.

"Our goal was to minimize the impact to the community regarding the programs and services Family and MWR offers," said Amarosa.

While hundreds of FMWR programs remain operational, the realignment of services will result in the closing of the Aliamanu Military Reservation Library and the Fort Shafter Arts and Crafts Center.

The geographic challenges of providing duplicate programs for the many installations that comprise U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii posed a significant challenge, and they required input from senior and subordinate commands.

"Command input was an extremely important part of the process," said Amarosa.

"We tried our best to continue offering the same type of programming options in both the North and the South. The result for many FMWR patrons will be the need to drive a few extra miles than they have in the past to use FMWR programs and services."

"It's important to stress to our community that Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation remains committed to continue to provide quality programs to our Soldiers and family members."

FMWR Program Changes

To ensure efficient service deliveries and to maximize use of resources, FMWR will implement program and facility changes, below, that will take effect April 1.

FMWR will continue to provide quality programs and services in support of Soldiers and their family members.

Hours of Operation

Visit the FMWR website for a listing of all hours of operation, facility changes and additional updates at himwr.com.

Fort Shafter Physical Fitness Center
Monday-Friday, 5:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, 7a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Holidays, closed.
Impact: Reduced operating hours by eight hours a week. Open one-half hour later; close one-half hour earlier each weekday. Close at 3 p.m., Saturdays, but Fort Shafter PFC is now open seven hours on Sundays.

Aliamanu Military Reservation PFC
Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, closed.
Impact: Reduced hours by 42 hours a week, since closed Saturday and Sunday.

Helemano Military Reservation PFC
Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, closed.
Impact: Reduced hours by 42 hours a week, since closed Saturday and Sunday.

Schofield Barracks Health & Fitness Center
Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 7 a.m.-noon
Sunday and Holidays, closed.
Impact: Class fees will be reinstated effective April 1.

Martinez PFC
Monday-Friday, 5 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday and Holidays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Impact: No changes.

Tripler PFC
Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Friday, 5 a.m-6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday and Holidays, closed.
Impact: No changes.

Tripler Pool
Winter hours of operation have been adjusted and will remain in effect until May 2.
Open swim: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 1-5 p.m.
Open swim: Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday and Holidays, closed.
Visit himwr.com for physical training/lap swim hours.
Impact: Open one-half hour later and close one hour earlier, all weekdays.

Richardson Pool
Winter hours of operation have been adjusted and will remain in effect until May 2.
Open swim: Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Open swim: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Visit himwr.com for PT/lap swim hours.
Impact: Closed on Tuesdays to the over-all community. Open only for PT. Unit augmentation to allow Soldiers' use for PRT.

Sgt. Yano Library
Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday and Holidays, closed.
Impact: Closed on Sundays. Library will now open at 11 a.m., all other days. Purchase of DVDs and video games will stop. Spending on periodicals, newspapers and books will be reduced.

Fort Shafter Library
Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Holidays, closed.
Impact: Expanded hours of operation to support overall South community to seven days per week. Purchase of DVDs and video games will stop. Spending on periodicals, newspapers and books will be reduced.

AMR Library
Impact: Will close effective April 1. Patrons are asked to participate in programs and use services at the Fort Shafter Library.

Outdoor Recreation
Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Monday and Holidays, closed.
Impact: Closed on Sunday. Reduced hours by six hours a week. Open one hour later and close one hour later, Tuesdays-Saturdays. Equipment can be returned on Tuesday, instead of Sunday, without penalty.

Schofield Barracks Arts & Crafts Center
Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, closed.
Impact: Underutilized programs, such as Do It Yourself Framing, Woodshop, ceramics and pottery are discontinued. No changes to the Engraving or Retail Shop, Edge and SKIES programming, bisqueware (finished pottery), quilting, sewing, painting and general arts classes.

Fort Shafter Arts & Crafts Center
Impact: Will close effective April 1. Patrons are asked to participate in programs and use services at the Schofield Arts & Craft Center.

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