Join hands with us here at Palama Settlement as we continue to serve our community of kalihi-pālama!
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.
Join us on Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. to hear the stories of our past participants, staff, and board members here at Palama Settlement. Four of the 16 narrators who were interviewed by Paula Rath, project director for the oral histories, will present brief clips and talks regarding their lives, as well as their involvement with Palama Settlement. Dr. Davianna McGregor, Director Emeritus of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center for Oral History, will moderate the program, covering themes that connect communities in Hawai’i and build a sense of Hawai’i identity.
This event is open to the public. Palama offers free parking in back of the gymnasium. For more information, please call (808) 848-2530.
We invite you to join us for these two special events happening on our campus on Wednesday, July 12th.
Witness as we seal the 2023 Palama Settlement Time Capsule, with notation that it should be opened in the year 2046, during the 150th Anniversary. The time capsule contains artifacts showcasing the history of Palama Settlement from the past 127 years.
“May Peace Prevail On Earth” is translated in 16 different languages on the Peace poles that have been planted in our garden. Please join us in a presentation by the Rotary Club of Honolulu and our program participants of their “vision of peace”.
See you there!
Hoops 4 Hawaiʻi or H4H is Hawaiʻi’s first annual 24-hour Hoopathon partnering with local charities to help our keiki and those in need. This year’s H4H Hoopathon was hosted at Palama Settlement on June 17-18 and funds that were raised have gone directly to Ronald McDonald House Hawaiʻi and Palama Settlement. Mahalo nui, Hoops 4 Hawaiʻi , for your generous donation!
A big mahalo to Maui Divers Jewelry for the generous $50,000 donation to the Palama Settlement Tutoring Program!
As we slowly emerge from a pandemic that has forever changed our world, we look back on our own 125-year history and how Palama Settlement has always adapted for a community in need.
Palama Settlement was founded in 1896 as Palama Chapel. The infamous Chinatown fire of 1900 displaced thousands of people who needed healthcare, food, affordable housing, and jobs. Palama Settlement responded and created Honolulu’s first public health nursing program, educational and recreational programs, and a multitude of other important community services.
The recent COVID pandemic has been difficult on this community. But just like it has for the last 125 years, Palama Settlement remained focused on tackling the greatest challenges and needs.
Palama Settlement serves, on average, over 900 children, over 1,000 families, and over 400 seniors annually. During the pandemic, that number increased to over 6,500 served in one year. Palama Settlement’s campus serves as a haven for the residents of this community with programs and services designed to promote healthy and productive lives, including an emergency food pantry, after-school enrichment for children, morning wellness activities for seniors, and various athletic and educational activities for youth.
We are so grateful we are a world on the mend and given the opportunity to reopen our doors. 2022 was an eventful year as we commemorated our 125th Anniversary and continued to provide meaningful programs and services.
As 2022 comes to an end, we look forward to a year of new beginnings and renewed optimism for what 2023 will bring! Your gift is an investment in our communities and helps us serve those who need us most. We hope you will join us and be a part of Palama Settlement’s next 125 years.
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