Established in 1896, Palama Settlement is a non-profit, community-based social service agency serving the Kalihi and Palama neighborhoods. We offer a wide range of educational, recreational, athletic, cultural, social, health, and community building programs and services for children, youth, adults, and senior citizens.
Our mission is to partner with those who have the greatest needs in our community, empowering them to enhance their well-being through education, health and recreation.
February 6, 2020 – Servco presented Palama Settlement with a $22,000 check today, raised from 2019 sales of the limited edition Toyota Sport Bag, which launched last year in celebration of Servco’s 100th anniversary. The bags were sold in Servco’s parts shops and were a thank you gift with new car purchases.
Back in the 1960s, Tom Fukunaga saw children at Palama Settlement carrying their baseball gear to a game without any bags. Determined to help Hawaii’s disadvantaged youth, the second-generation Servco president created a program to provide free sport bags to community athletic teams. The Toyota Sport Bag was a hit and, by the early 1980s, Servco was giving away tens of thousands of bags a year. The bag went through several iterations, turning each version into a collector’s item, especially once the program was discontinued in the early 1990s.
In honor of Servco’s 100th anniversary, the company created a replica of the beloved Toyota bag. All profits from the sale of each bag were donated to Palama Settlement on Oahu and Big Brothers Big Sisters on the Neighbor Islands.
Palama Settlement is so grateful for Servco’s longstanding support. The generous contribution will go to support programs that serve keiki and kupuna in the Kalihi community – including the Pakolea youth athletic program, which first inspired the Sport Bag and is still going strong today.
Join us for a morning program on Tuesday, January 28 featuring a Honolulu Police Department presentation on kupuna safety and a short concert by two members of the Hawai`i Symphony Orchestra! Coffee and doughnuts will be served prior to the HPD presentation and there will be THREE lucky drawings for attendees throughout the morning.
This event is open to the public. Palama offers free parking in back of the gymnasium. For more information, please call (808) 845-3945.
A note: there are three versions of this flyer because they were created as a special project by three of our In-Community Treatment/Community Based School students. ICTP/CBS currently works with instructors from Twiddle Productions to learn graphic design skills. The students took on creating their own flyers for this event as a way to use their skills for a “real world” project. Mahalo to ICTP/CBS for their creativity!