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Junior Fishing Champion!

Sunday February 8, 2015 was the 32nd annual Hawaii and Waikiki Yacht Club Jr. Fishing Tournament.
This was Palama’s 16th year participating in the event.

Twenty (20) youth from Palama come out this year. Many of them came with their parents to make it a fun family outing.

Photo from left to right:  Waikiki Yacht Club Staff Commodore Stan Thornton, Hawaii Yacht  Club Staff Commodore Al Bento, PK Mitchell, Waikiki Yacht Club Rear Commodore for Power Todd Rasmussen, and Jr. Fishing Tournament Co-Founder Jim O’Hara).

One of our youth, PK Mitchell, 12, years old, took first place with the biggest fish!

The kids enjoyed going out fishing on the member’s boats, a pool party and all you can eat BBQ. Afterward, there was an award ceremony and every kid walked away with a prize, even if they didn’t catch any fish.

Mahalo to the Hawaii and Waikiki Yacht Clubs for sponsoring this annual event and for inviting Palama to attend.

8 Feb

Attending HPU Sharks Basketball Game

The annual tradition of attending a Hawaii Pacific University men’s basketball game continued this year as our youth basketball players watched HPU take on Chaminade on Sunday, February 8, 2015, in a heated conference rivalry game at the Blaisdell Center.  Additionally our players were recognized at halftime and got to participate in the halftime “Knockout” competition, a popular basketball free throw shooting game. Mahalo to Head Coach Darren Vorderbruegge

An added treat for the youth was the HPU was conducting their annual special promotion of offereing free bike/skateboard helmets for kids. This promo is in honor of a former player, Kameron Steinhoff, a Punahou graduate, who passed away a few years ago in a skateboard accident.  All of our youth got a helmet.

Palama Settlement has served as the main practice gym for the men’s basketball team for the past 4 seasons.  The players and staff have also graciously coordinated our annual “Scorpion Games”, a series of team building games for our youth football players, and invited our basketball participants to be special guests at one of their games.

Our youth sports/academic program is called Pakolea, translated to “Train to Grow Straight”.  Unlike any other youth sports program, Pakolea offers athletic and academic development with equal emphasis. We organize team sports in tackle football, basketball, and volleyball, along with an academic program which includes educational assistance, financial literacy, as well as activities in character development.  Each participant is required to attend our Academic Center sessions as a team each week in place of a practice session.

For more information on our Pakolea Program CLICK HERE.

Playing “Knockout” during halftime

8 Feb

Education Scholarships for 2015

Palama Settlement is now accepting applications for the Hannah Cochrane Scholarship and the Blackfield and Friends Scholarship.

Students currently, or due to enroll in private high school or college or university are eligible to apply.

Information Flyer

Hannah Cochrane College Scholarship Information

Blackfield & Friends Education Scholarship Information

Application Form

For additional information, please call Stephanie at 848-2502

1 Jan

Support Palama Through Aloha for Hawaii Charities

Make a donation to Palama Settlement at and your donation triggers a bonus boost for us from funds raised at the Sony Open by Friends of Hawaii Charities.
Support us today and we get a boost!

Click on the Aloha for Hawaii Charities icon
Make your tax deductible contribution
Palama Settlement will receive 100% of your donation + a bonus boost from Friends of Hawaii Charities!

Click here for flyer

Donation period:  Dec. 1, 2014 – Jan. 18, 2015

1 Dec



(Honolulu, Hawaii, October 15, 2014) – Palama Settlement announced today its Request for
Proposals (RFP) for the redevelopment of its approximate 7 acres located in Kalihi-Palama. The
118-year old social service agency plans to redevelop its property in metropolitan Honolulu so
that it can continue to provide programs to youth, seniors and families in recreation, athletics,
education, and community services.

“Palama Settlement is looking to maximize its land assets so that we can better serve the
community,” said Wendy Abe, executive director of Palama Settlement. “The Board of Trustees,
staff and volunteers have been working diligently to ensure that the future of Palama Settlement
continues to be a vibrant community resource, and the redevelopment project is a big part of
that vision.”
The deadline for the submission of Notices of Intent to Propose is December 15, 2014. The
proposal submission date is January 30, 2015. Details of the RFP are listed in the Public Notice
section of the daily newspaper, or CLICK HERE

For more information, call Wendy Abe, executive director, at

About Palama Settlement
Palama Settlement, established in 1896, is a nonprofit, community-based social service agency
serving the Kalihi and Palama neighborhoods. The organization offers a wide range of
educational, recreational, athletic, cultural, social, health and community building programs and
services for children, youth, adults

15 Oct

HPU Basketball Team organizes annual Games

What has become an annual “kickoff” to the start of our Pakolea Football season, players and coaching staff from the HPU Men’s Basketball team coordinated games and activities on September 12, 2014.  Nearly 50 players age 8 – 13 years from our Termite and Pee Wee age division teams took part in various competitions in the gym to promote team unity, fun, and competition.  Players were divided into 6 “teams” and accumulated points for each event, such as basketball dribbling relays, hot shot competition, football throwing accuracy, and others.

The tackle football program started practices in August and will be competing in the Island Youth Football League.  Games are scheduled to start September 27, 2014.  For more information check back here, or go to the Pakolea Program website.

The HPU Men’s Basketball has used the Palama gym as their practices site for 4 years.  Their players and coaches have volunteered with our youth sports program each year with this Scorpion Day event as well as volunteering for our summer basketball camps.  To follow their 2014-15 schedule under head coach Darren Vorderbruegge, go to

Program Manager Mike Miyashiro with football players

Members of HPU Basketball Team running one of the activities.

12 Sep

Bon Dance Party a Hit with Taiko Drummers

Youth and staff alike enjoyed Taiko drumming, food, and crafts during the Obon Party held on August 13, 2014.  This event is part of an ongoing series of cultural events to expose youth to different activities that are part of various cultures in Hawaii.  Previous activities have included Chinese New Year and Cinco De Mayo.

As summer is the Obon season for the Japanese and Okinawan culture, Palama served as host of its own Bon Dance Party.  Ten taiko drummers from the Dragon Beat Taiko Club provided rythmic drumming demonstrations for the approximately 70 youth in attendance.  Head instructor, or “sensei” Mr. Tsutomu Nakai provided a brief lesson to some of Palama’s youth which definately was a highlight.

Board of Trusteee member Ms. Pat Nishimoto helped to coordinate volunteers to teach the craft of folding origami, or small pieces of paper that can be made into cranes.

Every Bon Dance is known for good food so there was a lot of spam musubi and the Okinawan treat andagi available.

More activities are planned at our Blackfield Youth Activity Center for the coming months, to include a Halloween Haunted Tour, Thanksgiving meal, and Community Christmas party.  Call Larry Sweets at 848-2522 for more information.

13 Aug

Community Members Come Together

In an effort to bring community members together, the Community Services Division of Palama Settlement organized the first Community Stakeholders Luncheon on April 3, 2014, at Palama.  The purpose is to establish a group with representatives from different Kalihi housing organizations, businesses, and service providers to create a forum for which concerns can be brought to the table and collaborations can develop.
“We hope that people can help each other with some of the issues and problems they are having.” said Pauni Nagaaseu, Community Services Program Manager.

Topics discussed were the processes of food bank distribution, security, property tresspassing, and communication of programs and services.  The group intends to meet on a regular basis at Palama.

Pictured are front row (L-R): Ron Olsen (Vineyard Court), Cpt. Jose Martinez (HPD), Lori Kano (Weed and Seed), 2nd row: Pauni Nagaseu (Palama Community Services), Donna Taniguchi (Palama Programs Administator), Candie Baker (Owner Candi’s Cafe & Catering), Vickie Milo (PUahala Homes), 3rd row: Lani Davis (Palama Community Services), Edna Godinet (Palama ICTP), Diana and Paulo Leuta (Mayor Wright Homes), Dave Kawada (Palama Recreation Div.).

For more information, or if you would like to be a part of this group, contact Pauni at 848-2528 or at

3 Jul

Broadway Musical Christmas Revue

Kristian Lei, broadway entertainer and singer at this year’s Malama Palama Gala, will be performing in a broadway musical Christmas revue on Friday, December 4 at 8 p.m. and Saturday December 5 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the New Life Church Theatre. Honolulu Broadway Babies, a non-profit that supports individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, is presenting this musical performance. For ticket information, call 783-2296 or visit For more information, please click here to download informational flyer.

4 Dec

New Grant Established in Honor of Rebecca Kamp

Mrs. Rebecca Kamp often spent her days as a youth in Kalihi running through the campus of Palama Settlement.  Whether it was swimming, classes, or spending time with her friends, her memories of those times were happy and safe.  She often mentioned various stories and instances that occurred at Palama to her husband Leonard.  Upon her passing, it was only fitting that Leonard found a way to reconnect his wife to her youth.

Through the generosity Mr. Leonard Kamp, Jr, on behalf of his late wife, Palama Settlement has established the Rebecca Kwai Hin Kamp Memorial Fund with this gift of $111,000, which will support our youth sports Pakolea Program with participation scholarships, and to re-establish our Performing Arts Program.

The Pakolea Program offers tackle football, basketball, volleyball, and performance training, serving directly nearly 200 youth each year.  Participation fees can range from $25.00 to over $300.00.  The Rebecca Kwai Hin Kamp Memorial Pakolea Scholarship Fund will now be available for all families in need to offer more youth the opportunity to participate in our student-athlete program which provides academic and behavioral development along with athletic competition.  Mr. Kamp has graciously agreed to volunteer and serve on the Scholarship Selection Committee.

The cost for quality professional instruction in the performing arts can be high and volunteers who can provide this service are difficult to find.  This grant allowed Palama to start up the Rebecca Kwai Hin Kamp Performing Arts Program with free hula classes for youth and seniors, and ukulele classes for youth.

Leonard Kamp (left) with Palama Board of Trustees President Jarrett Walters

CLICK HERE for registration information on these classes and programs.  For additional information, please call the Recreation Division Office at 848-2503.

A big “Mahalo” to the Kamp family for this generous gift in support of the youth and seniors in our programs!

1 Oct