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.
Kahala Nui recently made an incredible donation of $253,540 through Aloha United Way to support a number of local organizations’ COVID-19 response efforts. Palama Settlement is one of the recipients of this money, which will go to support our emergency food pantry, pantry deliveries to kupuna, and grab-and-go keiki suppers during the COVID-19 stay-home order. Kahala Nui has been a longtime supporter of our organization, donating hundreds of care bags to Palama each holiday season filled with canned goods and home and hygiene products, which we distribute to homebound kupuna in Kalihi-Palama. We are incredibly grateful for Kahala Nui’s inspiring sense of philanthropy and community and are humbled to receive funding that will allow us to continue our pandemic response efforts for the vulnerable.
Mahalo, Kahala Nui!
Link to the KITV news story here.
Due to the government mandated statewide COVID-19 shutdown, most of us are staying home, working from home, and minimizing our trips to the grocery store. We’re seeing layoffs and financial instability among many of our families here in Hawaii. But we’re also seeing some really wonderful examples of the Spirit of Aloha and ohana during this time of uncertainty, and these gestures give us hope and encouragement.
Since March 30 we have been serving free grab-and-go lunches to keiki and youth, thanks to a partnership with Kapi`olani Community College, Aloha Harvest, Hawaii Appleseed, and Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs. We know many children in our neighborhood qualify for free or reduced lunches and rely on that daily meal. Palama’s lunch is a valuable replacement for school meals, helping to lower the weekly family grocery bill and simply making one less task for parents during a long day of juggling work, academic assignments, and housework. Families are able to drive into our parking lot and stay in their car while our staff brings out the boxed lunches to their trunk, to minimize contact.
Local businesses have stepped up to help, too. Meadow Gold Hawaii donated cartons of yogurt and juice to KCC, which were included with the lunch distributions this week and given out to families. And HMSA has made a monetary donation to help offset the costs incurred by the program.
Beginning on April 13, Palama will switch to serving grab-and-go keiki suppers from 3:30 to 4:30 to round out a full day of meals, while Likelike Elementary will begin to serve breakfast and lunch.
Our emergency food pantry is also open. In the last week and a half we have served over 1,300 people through our food pantry distributions. This week we have begun deliveries of pantry items to kupuna as well, to better serve those who do not have the transportation to come to campus. Both individual donors and local businesses have made incredible contributions to support our pantry, giving both monetary gifts and donations of food. Fresh Island Delights LLC has donated almost 800 fresh fruit bowls and Ham Produce and Seafood has made multiple donations of potatoes, corn, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, lettuce, snap peas, and mushrooms. Both contributions ensure families receive not only canned goods, but fresh produce too.
The Henry and Colene Wong Foundation has made a monetary donation to the Hawaii Foodbank to be used by Palama as credit for purchases, which will go a long way in keeping the pantry stocked through this crisis. Every1ne Hawaii has donated 700 surgical masks and 50 KN95 masks to Palama to help keep everyone safe. The surgical masks will be distributed in the kupuna deliveries and the KN95 masks will be worn by our staff while they interact with the community.
The efforts of our staff and the generous spirit of our donors has made a big impression on our clients. One kupuna called us yesterday to thank Palama for the delivery of food. She wanted to express her aloha and gratitude, saying the box really made a difference to her family, who has no car to get to the store. Another mother told us before she received her food pantry distribution, she only had one egg at home and cooked it and cut it in half to share with her daughter.
We are heartened by our community sharing their resources with those in need, especially in this difficult and stressful period. We want to say mahalo nui loa to each of our donors and partners for supporting us and enabling us to further our mission.
Mahalo to Supporters of Our Essential Services (as of April 27, 2020):
Bruce Alameida, in memory of Emilia Alameida
Sharon Nagasako, in memory of Roy and Gladys Yoshimura
Sherry Mae Ravago
Terry Viergutz, in memory of Sabina Imbo Plaza McWilliams
Alexander & Baldwin
Create with Clay Hawaii, Inc.
D. Otani Produce
Fresh Tropical Delights LLC
Ham Produce and Seafood
Cooke Foundation, Ltd.
German Benevolent Society
Henry and Colene Wong Foundation
UPDATE: Beginning April 13, Palama Settlement will no longer be serving grab-and-go lunches for keiki. Likelike Elementary will be serving breakfast from 7:30-8:00 AM and lunch from 11:30-12:00 PM for all keiki and youth under 18 years. All other lunch sites listed below will continue to serve lunches, too. On April 13, Palama will begin serving grab-and-go suppers from 3:30-4:30 PM to ensure there is breakfast, lunch, AND dinner available to children. Pick up will be the same as lunches – please park in Palama’s front parking lot off N. Vineyard Boulevard and a staff member will bring the meals out to your car.
If you are in need of food, our emergency food pantry is here to serve you. To help protect the health of you and our staff, we will not be taking any walk-ins until further notice. If you would like to access the pantry, we ask that you call in advance and make an appointment with our staff. You may contact Ms. Pauni at (808) 848-2528 or Ms. Lani at (808) 848-2529.
We can also deliver food from the pantry to kupuna in Kalihi-Palama who are without transportation. Should you or a homebound family member need this service, please call our staff to arrange for delivery.
The Palama Settlement Senior Program is suspended for the rest of the semester due to concerns about COVID-19. Activities will resume in the fall. Please check back on our website for information about registration and classes in August.
The health and well-being of our kupuna is our priority. We strongly encourage all our senior program participants to protect themselves against COVID-19 by avoiding close contact with others and maintaining good personal hygiene.
Information about the virus and recommendations for seniors are available via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.