Posts in Category: announcements

Exciting News: Foodbank Returns to Mayor Wright Homes After Five Years!


We are thrilled to announce the re-introduction of the Hawaii Foodbank program to Mayor Wright Homes, marking a significant return after a five-year hiatus since 2019. This initiative aims to support our community by providing essential food resources to those in need.

What You Need to Know:

Start Date: Friday, July 19th 2024
Location: Mayor Wright Homes – Community Hall (As in previous years)
Days and Times: MWH Foodbank Calendar

The re-introduction of the Foodbank program is a crucial step in addressing food insecurity within our community. We understand the challenges many families face, and our goal is to ensure that everyone has access to nutritious food. By bringing back this program, we are reaffirming our commitment to supporting and uplifting our community!

For more information, please contact our Community Service Department at 808-848-2529.

11 Jul

Paralympian Lizzi Smith At The Palama Pool!

Join Swim Lessons Hawaii on Friday, September 29, here at the Palama Pool as we prepare to meet Paralympian swimming medalist, Lizzi Smith! Get ready for an infusion of inspiration, invaluable insight and a brand new perspective of this extraordinary athlete!
Let’s make this week one for the books and prepare for an unforgettable experience!
To register, please use the following links:
Meet & Train with Lizzi Smith for Kids
Meet & Greet with Lizzi Swim for Adult 
Adult Swim Training with Lizzi Smith
For more information, please email 

27 Sep

Mālama the Mamas of Pālama Resiliency Fair 2023


Join us as we celebrate the women who lead our families as we spend a little time to pamper our bodies learn new things to strengthen our minds, and spend time laughing and sharing as we fill our spirit.

Join us here at Palama Settlement Dining Hall as our community partners come together to share information, resources, and have a great time on Thursday, September 28, 4:30p.m. – 7:30p.m


Childcare and transportation are available upon request via RSVP.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, and for RSVP information, contact Robin at

27 Sep

Reflections of Palama Settlement, SEPT 7th, 5:30 p.m

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.

25 Aug

Kahala Nui supports Palama Settlement’s COVID-19 efforts



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.

27 Apr

ANNOUNCEMENT: Free Suppers for Keiki at Palama Settlement Starting April 13

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.

To view the press release, please click here.

24 Mar

ANNOUNCEMENT: Senior Program Suspended Until Fall

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

16 Mar

A Message From Our Executive Director Regarding COVID-19

Click here to view a PDF version.

13 Mar

Servco donates $22,000 to Palama Settlement

February 6, 2020 – Servco presented Palama Settlement with a $22,000 check today, raised from 2019 sales of the limited edition Toyota Sport Bag, which launched last year in celebration of Servco’s 100th anniversary. The bags were sold in Servco’s parts shops and were a thank you gift with new car purchases.

Back in the 1960s, Tom Fukunaga saw children at Palama Settlement carrying their baseball gear to a game without any bags. Determined to help Hawaii’s disadvantaged youth, the second-generation Servco president created a program to provide free sport bags to community athletic teams. The Toyota Sport Bag was a hit and, by the early 1980s, Servco was giving away tens of thousands of bags a year. The bag went through several iterations, turning each version into a collector’s item, especially once the program was discontinued in the early 1990s.

In honor of Servco’s 100th anniversary, the company created a replica of the beloved Toyota bag. All profits from the sale of each bag were donated to Palama Settlement on Oahu and Big Brothers Big Sisters on the Neighbor Islands.

Palama Settlement is so grateful for Servco’s longstanding support. The generous contribution will go to support programs that serve keiki and kupuna in the Kalihi community – including the Pakolea youth athletic program, which first inspired the Sport Bag and is still going strong today.

6 Feb

DECEMBER 13: Annual Community Holiday Event

Join Palama Settlement for its annual Community Holiday Event! Bring your family for refreshments, live entertainment, and lucky drawing prize giveaways. All children will have a photo opportunity with Santa and receive a gift, thanks to Toys for Tots. This event is free and open to the public.

To see photos from previous years, click here.

8 Dec