PLEASE NOTE: We are not currently accepting volunteers due to COVID-19. We appreciate your interest and look forward to connecting with you when our campus reopens.
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.
Palama Settlement has launched a new endeavor called the Xcel Program, to provide students with the resources they need to be successful in their distance learning. Many students are struggling to attend class and complete their work now that school has moved online, due to a number of factors which may include not having access to a computer, not having access to wifi, not having a quiet space at home to focus on the class, or not having a home environment that provides enough guidance and support. Palama is hoping to address these needs by opening up the Henry & Colene Wong Computer Center and the Cecilia Blackfield Academic Center for small groups of middle and high school students. Both spaces have all the equipment students might need for class and allow for social distancing of six feet or more.
The seven students currently participating in the Xcel Program attend McKinley and St. Theresa. They are also Pakolea Program football players with Palama. Five of the seven do not have access to a computer and none of the students have access to wifi at home. Recreation Director Pi`i Minns and Pakolea Program Manager Jeremiah Ostrowski (both also Pakolea coaches) oversee the Xcel Program. The coaches recruited the students to participate in the program through outreach to their families after the Hawaii Department of Education made the announcement that public schools would move fully online through October 2. An academic tutor is also available when students need help with their work.
This program is made possible through generous funding from Alexander & Baldwin and Douglas Emmett.
An updated list of products will be sent out to customers every Friday afternoon. To be added to the distribution list, please email Joann Bagood at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or simply browse the week’s Friends & Family Sale by scanning the QR code below with your smartphone or clicking this link. The deadline to order is every Tuesday at 12:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you next week!
Mahalo for your support!
For questions, please contact Jo Ann Bagood at (808) 682-8325 or Steve Abe at (808) 489-2097.
Give Aloha, Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program, was created in 1999 to honor Foodland’s founder, Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan and continue his legacy of giving back to the community. Each year, Foodland contributes more than $250,000 to match customer donations for all organizations combined. Since the program began in 1999, a total of more than $32.7 million has been raised for Hawaii’s charities.
During the month of September, customers can support Palama Settlement by making a gift at check out or when placing an online order for pick up or delivery. Just use your Maika’i card and mention Palama Settlement by ID #77256. Gifts will be matched in part by Foodland and the Western Union Foundation. This is a quick and easy way to support our agency!
Tune in to “The Conversation” on Hawaii Public Radio on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 11:00 AM HST. Host Catherine Cruz will be discussing Palama Settlement’s history and response to community needs in the current pandemic with Palama Settlement Trustee Emeritus Paula Rath.
Click here to learn more about “The Conversation” or tune in to HPR-1 88.5 FM on Thursday!
UPDATE: Click here to listen to the segment.
Join Palama Settlement and the University of Hawai`i at Manoa Center for Oral History on Wednesday, August 26 at 4:00 PM HST for a virtual talk story event! Palama Settlement: Resilience and Recovery is part of the UHMCOH series Weaving Voices: Connecting Community Through Hawai`i Life Stories. The talk will feature speakers Paula Rath (granddaughter of Palama Settlement’s founders) and Blaine Ikaika Dutro (former Palama program participant and former scholarship student). Paula and Blaine will share their memories of Palama and stories of the impact it has had in the past, present, and potential for carrying resilience into the future.
In conjunction with UHMCOH’s virtual public events, you can listen to our past with the Weaving Voices Podcast, which intertwines oral history voices, recorded by the Center for Oral History, with special guests to be featured on Hawai’i Public Radio’s “The Conversation”. You’ll be able to listen to the Pālama Settlement: Resilience and Recovery podcast live on Thursday, August 20, 2020, 11:00-12:00 pm HST.
Palama Settlement’s campus is closed to the public until further notice, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. This includes all Senior Program activities, access to our pool and Leland Blackfield Youth Activity Center, Ho`opa`a Kakou After School Program, and all team sports through the Pakolea Program. The safety of our program participants, clients, and staff is most important to us. We will keep our website updated and more information is always available by calling our main line at (808) 845-3945.
The one service that is not suspended is our Emergency Food Pantry. We welcome clients from anywhere on Oahu. Pickups are contact-less to protect our clients as well as our staff. Please wear a mask and stay in your car when stopping by campus to pick up your food distribution. To make an appointment with our food pantry, call (808) 848-2528 or (808) 848-2529.
Mahalo for your understanding and cooperation. Stay safe!