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Palama Settlement Launches Expanded Technology Program for At-Risk Teens: $50,000 Grant from The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation Fuels Coding & Graphic Design in Kalihi

HONOLULU, Hawaii – On Saturday, July 27, The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation presented a check in the amount of $50,000 to Palama Settlement to support coding and digital media classes for its In-Community Treatment Program and Community Based School (ICTP/CBS). The Ching Foundation Executive Director Tertia Freas and The Ching Foundation Trustees Bob Fujioka and Cathy Ching made the presentation at Palama’s end of summer STEAM education exhibition celebration, which was attended by Palama keiki and their families.  This summer the students participated in coding and robotics classes which were led by the instructors from Twiddle Productions. This event was their opportunity to share the games and robotic boats that they created throughout the course of the class.

Representatives from The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation present PalamaSettlement with a $50,000 check for its ICTP/CBS technology program.**Back row, from left to right: Ching Foundation Trustee Cathy Ching, Ching Foundation Executive Director Tertia Freas, Ching Foundation Trustee Bob Fujioka, and Palama Settlement Board of Trustees President John Taira.
For additional photos, click here.**
**Check presentation took place during the 2019 end of summer STEAM education exhibit which featured keiki coding and robotics participants (pictured). ICTP/CBS youth are not pictured, due to the confidentiality.

Thanks to the generosity of The Ching Foundation grant, Palama Settlement will continue its partnership with Twiddle Productions to launch an expanded technology training program for ICTP/CBS students. “Our Foundation continues to support programs that improves the lives of children in our state, especially for those that come from families that are financially challenged,” says Tertia Freas, Executive Director of The Ching Foundation. “The education in technology will enable these children to develop their talents and realize their capabilities in the future.”

Students will create their own websites and edit videos using Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Scratch. The goal of this course is to allow students the opportunity to learn some of the marketable skills required for a successful entry into the job market. The grant funds will be used for personnel costs and supplies for the program.

“The coding and graphic design course for ICTP/CBS is part of a series of new program offerings at Palama Settlement,” says Earl Fusato, Executive Director of Palama Settlement. “We are striving to focus on technology and arts activities like those that have either been discontinued or are not available in our public schools. We are grateful to The Ching Foundation for recognizing the importance of STEAM education and skill building for our teens. Without this funding, this program would limit the opportunity we can offer to our students.”

About In-Community Treatment Program and Community Based School

The students enrolled in the In-Community Treatment Program (ICTP) and Community Based School (CBS) are at-risk youth who have demonstrated difficulties in the traditional school setting due to various reasons ranging from chronic truancy, and behavioral issues, as well as social and family dysfunction. . Since 1970 ICTP has been accepting adjudicated youth referred by Family Court and 2018, CBS began accepting students who display at-risk behaviors, but are not adjudicated.  The goal of  is to improve school performance and attendance, eliminate law violating behaviors and develop socially acceptable skills and attitudes through a low student-to- staff ratio to reengage and motivate, the students desire to learn and reach their goals.


About Palama Settlement

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.

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2 Aug

Revival of the Toyota Sport Bag

At the beginning of this year Servco Pacific Inc. launched its 100th anniversary limited edition vintage Toyota Sport duffel bag. It’s currently being sold at all Servco dealerships and comes as a mahalo gift with every new Toyota sold in 2019. Servco will also be giving bags away via a social media contest each month.

The bag was first created in the 1960s when Servco president Tom Fukunaga saw children at Palama Settlement carrying their baseball gear to a game without any bags. He created the Toyota Sport Bag and from the ‘60s to ‘90s, Servco gave away tens of thousands of bags per year to young athletes across Hawaii, resulting in a large number of local families still owning and using the bag to this day.


A portion of the new relaunched bag sales will be donated to Palama Settlement, and to the Boys & Girls Clubs on Kauai and Maui. Palama is very fortunate to be a beneficiary of the program this year and is grateful for Servco’s long history of support and giving back in our community.

If you’d like to support our organization and the Boys & Girls Clubs, you can purchase your very own Toyota Sport Bag at any Servco dealership, while supplies last.

*Photos from Servco Pacific Inc. and Palama Settlement Archives.

17 Jun

NEW Ukulele & Performing Arts Class

NEW music class being offered at Palama Settlement on Fridays, beginning December 7. Classes will be taught by Chris Salvador and focus on ukulele, guitar, and singing. Open to teens ages 13 to 17. To sign up for more information, please call Recreation Director Pi`i Minns, Jr at (808) 848-2503.

30 Nov

Foodland’s Give Aloha Matching Gifts Program Begins September 1


During the month of September, Palama Settlement supporters are invited to make donations up to $249 with their Maika`i card while shopping at Foodland. Just mention our code #77256 to the cashier when checking out… or look for our banner in the S. Beretania store. A portion of all donations will be matched by Foodland. Check out the video below for more information. Mahalo for your donations!

31 Aug

Hurricane Lane: Temporary Closure

Due to the approaching storm, Palama Settlement will be CLOSED on the following days:

Thursday, August 23
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25

For updates regarding Sunday hours, you may call our main line at (808) 845-3945.

Please stay safe!

22 Aug

Palama Settlement Mustangs Win PAL Islandwide Volleyball Championship

The Palama Mustangs concluded their season 12-1, winning the PAL Central Honolulu title at Sale Lake Gym on June 23, 2018. They followed up their accomplishment with a title at the PAL Town and Country Classic, defeating a volleyball team from Kaneohe.

The members of the winning Mustang team are: Krysten Dacua, Kili Hanakahi, Leisea Kovaloff, Jestany Luhia, Mia Maiava, Melina Nardo-Mugutatia, Motu O’ Salaia Salavea, Isabella Simmons, and Carmela Tokumoto. They were coached by Rosita Nardo and Neil Nishikawa, with assistance from Pakolea Youth Specialist Tamatoa Silva.

We would like to congratulate Palama’s Pakolea Volleyball Team, the 2018 PAL Mustang Honolulu Central District and Town and Country champions!

3 Jul

Ready 2 Learn Program

If your keiki will be attending school in the fall and you are in need of school supplies, please apply to the Ready 2 Learn Program through Palama Settlement and Helping Hands Hawaii. Ready 2 Learn provides basic school supplies to eligible families for free! Visit our Community Services Department now through June 19, 2018 to apply.

16 Apr

2018-2019 Educational Scholarship Application Now Available

Click the image above to download the flyer.

16 Jan

Aloha for Friends of Hawaii Charities

Show your “aloha” for Hawaii’s charities! When you donate to Palama Settlement through Aloha for Hawaii Charities between November 15, 2017 and January 14, 2018, we will receive 100% of your donation plus a bonus boost* from a funding pool generated by Friends of Hawaii Charities from Sony Open tournament proceeds.

Visit the Aloha for Hawaii Charities page to see a list of participating charities and to make a donation to our organization today. Mahalo!

*Charities with more than $1,000 total donations qualify for the bonus. Donations exceeding $3,000 per donor, per charity are accepted but will not be eligible for the bonus. If donations are received outside of the donation period, the donation will be accepted by Friends of Hawaii Charities to support its mission.

22 Nov