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Bon Dance Party a Hit with Taiko Drummers

Youth and staff alike enjoyed Taiko drumming, food, and crafts during the Obon Party held on August 13, 2014.  This event is part of an ongoing series of cultural events to expose youth to different activities that are part of various cultures in Hawaii.  Previous activities have included Chinese New Year and Cinco De Mayo.

As summer is the Obon season for the Japanese and Okinawan culture, Palama served as host of its own Bon Dance Party.  Ten taiko drummers from the Dragon Beat Taiko Club provided rythmic drumming demonstrations for the approximately 70 youth in attendance.  Head instructor, or “sensei” Mr. Tsutomu Nakai provided a brief lesson to some of Palama’s youth which definately was a highlight.

Board of Trusteee member Ms. Pat Nishimoto helped to coordinate volunteers to teach the craft of folding origami, or small pieces of paper that can be made into cranes.

Every Bon Dance is known for good food so there was a lot of spam musubi and the Okinawan treat andagi available.

More activities are planned at our Blackfield Youth Activity Center for the coming months, to include a Halloween Haunted Tour, Thanksgiving meal, and Community Christmas party.  Call Larry Sweets at 848-2522 for more information.

13 Aug

Community Members Come Together

In an effort to bring community members together, the Community Services Division of Palama Settlement organized the first Community Stakeholders Luncheon on April 3, 2014, at Palama.  The purpose is to establish a group with representatives from different Kalihi housing organizations, businesses, and service providers to create a forum for which concerns can be brought to the table and collaborations can develop.
“We hope that people can help each other with some of the issues and problems they are having.” said Pauni Nagaaseu, Community Services Program Manager.

Topics discussed were the processes of food bank distribution, security, property tresspassing, and communication of programs and services.  The group intends to meet on a regular basis at Palama.

Pictured are front row (L-R): Ron Olsen (Vineyard Court), Cpt. Jose Martinez (HPD), Lori Kano (Weed and Seed), 2nd row: Pauni Nagaseu (Palama Community Services), Donna Taniguchi (Palama Programs Administator), Candie Baker (Owner Candi’s Cafe & Catering), Vickie Milo (PUahala Homes), 3rd row: Lani Davis (Palama Community Services), Edna Godinet (Palama ICTP), Diana and Paulo Leuta (Mayor Wright Homes), Dave Kawada (Palama Recreation Div.).

For more information, or if you would like to be a part of this group, contact Pauni at 848-2528 or at

3 Jul

Broadway Musical Christmas Revue

Kristian Lei, broadway entertainer and singer at this year’s Malama Palama Gala, will be performing in a broadway musical Christmas revue on Friday, December 4 at 8 p.m. and Saturday December 5 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the New Life Church Theatre. Honolulu Broadway Babies, a non-profit that supports individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, is presenting this musical performance. For ticket information, call 783-2296 or visit For more information, please click here to download informational flyer.

4 Dec

New Grant Established in Honor of Rebecca Kamp

Mrs. Rebecca Kamp often spent her days as a youth in Kalihi running through the campus of Palama Settlement.  Whether it was swimming, classes, or spending time with her friends, her memories of those times were happy and safe.  She often mentioned various stories and instances that occurred at Palama to her husband Leonard.  Upon her passing, it was only fitting that Leonard found a way to reconnect his wife to her youth.

Through the generosity Mr. Leonard Kamp, Jr, on behalf of his late wife, Palama Settlement has established the Rebecca Kwai Hin Kamp Memorial Fund with this gift of $111,000, which will support our youth sports Pakolea Program with participation scholarships, and to re-establish our Performing Arts Program.

The Pakolea Program offers tackle football, basketball, volleyball, and performance training, serving directly nearly 200 youth each year.  Participation fees can range from $25.00 to over $300.00.  The Rebecca Kwai Hin Kamp Memorial Pakolea Scholarship Fund will now be available for all families in need to offer more youth the opportunity to participate in our student-athlete program which provides academic and behavioral development along with athletic competition.  Mr. Kamp has graciously agreed to volunteer and serve on the Scholarship Selection Committee.

The cost for quality professional instruction in the performing arts can be high and volunteers who can provide this service are difficult to find.  This grant allowed Palama to start up the Rebecca Kwai Hin Kamp Performing Arts Program with free hula classes for youth and seniors, and ukulele classes for youth.

Leonard Kamp (left) with Palama Board of Trustees President Jarrett Walters

CLICK HERE for registration information on these classes and programs.  For additional information, please call the Recreation Division Office at 848-2503.

A big “Mahalo” to the Kamp family for this generous gift in support of the youth and seniors in our programs!

1 Oct

Team Palama competes at the Jr. Chef Showdown!

Congratulations to team Palama for cooking their delicious chicken dish at this year’s 2nd Annual 808 Jr. Chef Showdown! The Palama Chefs team won 2nd place in the overall cooking competition held on March 21 at Palama Settlement. Nine teams of five youth each from Kalihi-Palama area non-profits competed with their unique dishes, created with a healthy twist. Team Kokua Valley took first place with their Palula Pele Lau-Lau dish.  Click here to view KITV news clip.

21 Mar

Support Paul Mitchell as They Support Palama

Paul Mitchell The School Honolulu is in the midst of their annual fundraising campaign for charitable organizations – they call it FUNraising.  This year Palama Settlement will be one of the recipients of the proceeds generated through various events the School will hold from February through April.  These events allow their students, who will be future professionals in the field, to display their skill in hairstyling, makeup, and other Paul Mitchell services.

Get the Paul Mitchell standards and style, at a reduced cost, and support Palama all in one event.   Click on links below for more information.

1 Feb

Join Us at the Great Aloha Run!

Join us as our family, friends, staff, and youth, participate in this year’s

Go to for more information and registration forms.
Proceeds from the Great Aloha Run support many local charities, including Palama Settlement.

1 Feb