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“A Palama Christmas” Community Holiday Event 2023

“A Palama Christmas”


Palama Settlement’s Annual Holiday event will be the biggest and brightest it’s ever been! “A Palama Christmas” event is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Dec. 15 with live entertainment, lawn games, free refreshments, photos with Santa and Tutu Mele.The evening will feature new fun festivities such as lawn games, a “Christmas Village” outdoor photo opportunity, local food vendors, and a raffle entry to win a roundtrip for two on Alaska Airlines!

The evening will be filled with entertainment by Ke‘elikōlani Middle School Band, Palama Seniors and Pasefika club, Lion Dance Association of Hawai‘i, and Nesian N.I.N.E. will cap off the holiday event.


Parking will be available at the back of the Palama Settlement gymnasium, enter on Vineyard Boulevard, or in the empty lot towards the ewa side of Palama Settlement, entrance on Palama Street.

This event is made possible by the generous support of Toys for Tots, Habilitat, City and County of Honolulu, Target, Walmart, Ho‘omau Fire Academy, Metro Christian Church, Tatau Bike Club, The Rotary Club of Honolulu, Alaska Airlines, Kyo-Ya Hotels & Resorts, and Kualoa Ranch.

“Palama Settlement is so grateful for the many community partners we have so that we can spread holiday cheer to our community.” – Sam Aiona, Palama Settlement Executive Director

8 Dec

Palama Kūpuna with MOXIE

Watercolorist and instructor Dawn Yoshimura is preparing her students of the Palama Settlement Kupuna Art Program for the debut of their MOXIE Art Exhibition at Hawaiʻi Pacific University, Kāneʻohe campus.  The MOXIE Exhibition will run from Sunday, November 19 to Friday, December 29, at the Hawaiʻi Pacific University Art Gallery, open during the business hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

MOXIE, the ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage, is a trait that best defines, and exists within each of our senior program participants. Throughout the pandemic, the students in the Kūpuna Art Program here at Palama Settlement kept busy and tried to stay connected, navigating through the unfamiliarity of virtual learning, which were both challenging and foreign to our seniors.  This art exhibition tells their stories and how they have navigated through the unprecedented times with moxie.
Please join us at the Opening Reception on Sunday, Nov. 19th 2023
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hawaiʻi Pacific University Art Gallery
45-045 Kamehameha Highway
Kāneʻohe, Hawaiʻi 96744

14 Nov

Trunk Or Treat 2023!

Trunk or Treat returns to the Palama Settlement Field on Sunday, October 29th!
Sunday, October 29th
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Palama Settlement Field
Metro Christian Church and Palama Settlement partner to present another Trunk or Treat event for our Kalihi-Pālama community on Sunday, October 9th, 4:00-6:00 p.m on the Palama Settlement Field.  Free food, fun activities and prizes for you and your family to enjoy! Don’t miss out!


16 Oct

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

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

Time Capsule Sealing & Peace Pole Ceremony, July 12th

Join us on Wednesday, July 12th!
We invite you to join us for these two special events happening on our campus on Wednesday, July 12th.

3:30 p.m.

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.

4:00 p.m.

“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!

5 Jul

Mahalo nui, Hoops 4 Hawai’i!

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!


29 Jun

Maui Divers Jewelry Donates $50,000 for Palama Settlement Tutoring Program!

A big mahalo to Maui Divers Jewelry for the generous $50,000 donation to the Palama Settlement Tutoring Program!

31 Jan

Palama Settlement Could Use Your Support!

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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31 Jan

Palama Settlement

Mahalo to all of our participating families in this football season!

18 Jan