We are excited to announce that Palama Settlement has just joined USA Swimming Foundation’s water safety initiative, Make a Splash. The USA Swimming Foundation launched Make a Splash in 2007 with the goal to teach every child to learn to swim. To date, more than 3.4 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partner network, comprised of more than 725 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visit www.usaswimmingfoundation.org/makeasplash.
Thank you to everyone who attended our van blessing ceremony on February 25, 2016. Kahu Kordell Kekoa conducted the ceremony with Palama staff, participants, youth and special guests. A special mahalo nui loa to First Hawaiian Bank for their generous donation to help fund our newest van. The van will be utilized by various participants including our Pakolea youth athletes, In Community Treatment progam students and seniors.
Palama Settlement will host its annual Community Holiday Event on Friday, December 18, 2015 at Palama Settlement’s Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Gym from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Palama Settlement is collecting donations for this event for items such as non-parishable food items, toiletries, new small kitchen appliances, and gifts for children ages 3 to 13 years old. If you would like to donate, please contact Donna at 848-2517 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“As part of our mission to help those in the greatest needs in our surrounding community, every holiday season Palama Settlement puts together a festive event where the families are able to gather and enjoy in the holiday spirit,” said Wendy Abe, Palama Settlement Executive Director. “Our families look forward to this event every year and sometimes the gift the youth receive may be their only Christmas present.”
The festivities will include Mr. & Mrs. Claus bringing holiday cheer to the many families and free presents from Toys for Tots for the kids. The community will enjoy entertainment by the Central Middle School band, Tekniqlingz Dance Crew, and Palama’s youth hula and fire knife dancers. In addition, there will be food, prize giveaways, and informational booths from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and the Girl Scouts of Hawaii.
Make a donation to Palama Settlement atwww.friendsofhawaii.org and your donation triggers a bonus boost for us from funds raised at the Sony Open by Friends of Hawaii Charities! Visitwww.friendsofhawaii.org. Click on the Aloha for Hawaii Charities icon and select Palama Settlement. Donation period is Nov. 9, 2015 to Jan. 17, 2016. Thank you!
An annual tradition at Palama is to have a Halloween party for the youth. This year the party took place on October 30, and was combined with the monthly birthday party for all youth born in the month of October.
Along with the pizza, cake and ice cream, kids could also do some Halloween themed crafts as well as play the latest Wii Dance game on the big screen. A big mahalo goes to volunteers from Microsoft who brought the latest edition of this popular video game which was projected on a big screen and PA system for the music to really pump up party.
Youth Specialist Larry Sweets (L) and Community Outreach Specialist Rexie Adlawan serving some pizza and cake.
Equal to the task, our Seniors Program also had their own Halloween Party of sorts. Members enjoyed a costume contest along with a Health Fair coordinated by University of Hawaii Nursing Students. These students who are focusing on community nursing, meet at Palama Settlement once a week and as part of their program they collaborate with our Senior members to learn about the senior age group and thier health needs. Crew from the Honolulu Fire Department also participated by offering free blood pressure screening.
For the costume contest, Beginner 1 class winners were Dana Kalima as a John Travolta look-alike (Honorable Mention), 3rd Place to Ellen Ho’s Minnie Mouse, and 2nd Place to Dawn Sheldon dressed as Olivia Newton John. For the second consecutive year, Rae Watanabe from the Intermediate II Class bewitched the judges and took 1st Place, this time as The Bad Witch. She is surely the one to out-witch next year
Join us for a fun and festive event to promote music and dance on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Palama Settlement. There will be performances, demonstrations and an open floor for Wii dancing. Click here to download flyer.
Palama Settlement will honor producer and veteran broadcaster Emme Tomimbang and former Honolulu Police Department Chief Francis Keala at the 3rd Annual Malama Palama Gala Fundraiser on October 17, 2015 at The Royal Hawaiian. Proceeds will help support vital programs for our community’s keiki, teens, kupuna and families.
Raised in the Kalihi-Palama area, Emme is a proud graduate of Farrington High School. After her elementary school years in Kakaako, Emme and her dad moved to Hotel and River St. where he had a second-hand appliance store. During her middle school years at Central Intermediate, Emme learned to swim, socialize and began the formation of her young teenage life at Palama. “It was at Palama where I learned how to socialize and I even attended my first dance there.” Emme said. “Palama provided us a place of trust and continuity, and offered very important programs that helped to guide us later in life.”
Emme, a veteran radio and television broadcaster, has over 40 years of experience in media. She is the founder and president of Emme, Inc., a local video and production company. Emme worked at KITV as a news reporter and anchor and later joined KHON anchoring the morning news and began delivering “Island Style” features.
Born and raised on Oahu, Chief Francis Keala graduated from St. Louis High School and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii. He entered the Honolulu Police Department in 1956 and quickly rose through the ranks, promoted to Chief of Police in 1969.
“While my dad was the Chief of Police, he received a lot of support from folks in the community. When he retired he wanted to give back to those who had given so much to him,” said Mark Keala, Chief Francis’ son, who will be representing Chief Keala at the gala. “Palama Settlement was one of the many organizations that received his active support.”
“Despite his stature and position, my dad isn’t someone who feels comfortable being honored for his accomplishments. For our family, this award recognizes my dad for his selfless deeds and enduring support of the community he loved,” Mark said.
During his prolific career, Chief Keala also served on numerous non-profit boards including St. Francis Medical Center-West, Boy Scouts Aloha Council, and Kamehameha Schools interim trustee. Chief Keala served on Palama’s Board of Trustees in the 80s, working on Palama’s personnel committee.
For event and sponsorship information, please click here.
MS. EMME TOMIMBANG
CHIEF FRANCIS KEALA
THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN
5:30pm – Reception & Silent Auction
6:30pm – Dinner
Join us for a night of music, entertainment, and a gathering of friends to honor Palama supporters Ms. Emme Tomimbang and Chief Francis Keala.
Table Sponsorship & Reservation Form (for download and print)
If you wish to participate at a sponsor level or have confirmed a table sponsorship, you may print, fill out, email, fax (847-2873), or mail the table sponsorship form, or simply email your guests’ information to email@example.com. Guest List Attendee input options are also available when you register and/or sponsor via our online payment site.
Please submit your guest list by October 2, 2015.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities and tickets, contact Palama Settlement at 848-2502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
TO MAKE A RESERVATION, PAYMENT, OR DONATION ONLINE – CLICK HERE
This year’s Malama Palama honoree, Emme Tomimbang has produced a TV special: “Kahanamoku: A Legacy of Healing.” The show will air on Monday, Aug. 24th on KGMB at 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. The show tells the story of not only inspirational Kahanamoku scholars from the John A. Burns School of Medicine, but also Nadine Kahanamoku, the widow of legendary surfer and Olympic gold medalist Duke Kahanamoku.
Upon her death in 1997, Nadine Kahanamoku donated their entire estate to the John A. Burns School of Medicine to be used for scholarships awarded to medical students of Hawaiian ancestry. Since then, there have been over 80 Kahanamoku Scholars, each with his or her own story; each, in his or her own way, perpetuating the Kahanamoku legacy of healing. For more information, please click here.
Palama Settlement received a $1,000 donation from HSN Cares! Sherry Walters, who nominated Palama Settlement as a recipient, presented Palama Settlement with a $1,000 check from HSN Cares at its May 6, 2015 board of directors meeting. In addition, the Walters family (Jim, Sherry and Jarrett) donated a matching $1,000 gift to Palama Settlement.
HSN Cares donates $1,000 every day during the month of April to charities across the country. HSN Cares selected Palama Settlement from a pool of thousands of entries. Walters shared her story with the network explaining that Palama Settlement “provides community courses from early childhood to senior citizens, summer enrichment programs, athletic programs including football, basketball, volleyball, swimming, music classes, and even hula, ukulele and fire dancing to preserve native cultures.”
Learn more about #HSNCares and their drive to make a difference at HSN.com/hsncares. To see the list of daily charity winners in April, please click here and scroll to April 21 to see Palama Settlement’s story.