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USA Football Organization Awards Palama Settlement Equipment Grant

The USA Football organization has awarded Palama Settlement funding for new sports equipment.

USA Football is an independent non-profit, endowed by the National Football League and the National Football League Players Association. The organization awards equipment grants to youth leagues and high schools each year. USA Football, along with the NFL Foundation, is committed to enhancing the football experience of all players at the youth and amateur levels.

“We appreciate USA Football’s equipment grant. Our youth will utilize the equipment in their practice sessions,” says David Kawada, Palama Settlement Recreation Director. “The funds will be used to purchase helmets, shoulder pads, and practice step-over dummies.”

1 Aug

Swimming at Palama

Knowing how to swim is a life skill – it’s about safety, and exercise, and FUN!

Come swim at Palama!

1 Aug

Winners of Mystery Night at The Settlement

About 100 attendees played detective and helped Palama solve the murder mystery case on June 18 at the Mystery Night at The Settlement fundraiser. A special mahalo to title sponsor The Queen’s Medical Center. Participants enjoyed the 1930s-themed event as the mystery unfolded, which was played by a celebrity cast. Pictured below are Gary Dias (left), writer and director of the murder mystery and the Mystery Night winners — super sleuths from N&K CPAs, Inc. Congratulations!

19 Jun

Mystery Night Title Sponsor: The Queen’s Medical Center

Thank you to The Queen’s Medical Center for being our Title Sponsor for Mystery Night at the Settlement fundraiser! Join us on June 18, 2016 and recruit a team of five to investigate, interrogate and uncover clues to solve a murder mystery inspired by a local 1930s unsolved case, written by Gary Dias, The Queen’s Medical Center’s Director of Security & Safety Service and retired Honolulu Police Department major.

Guests will play detectives as they witness the case unfold and question key suspects. The all-star cast include: Su Shin, Hawaiian Telcom executive director of marketing and communications and Palama Settlement board member; Dan Meisenzahl, University of Hawaii spokesperson; Chris Hart and Gary Dickman, co-hosts of The Sports Animals, ESPN 1420 AM; Dr. Julius Pham, The Queen’s Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University; Kehaulani Christian, 2002 Miss Hawaii; and Jill Lau Fukumoto, 2016 Narcissus 2nd Princess.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will support Palama Settlement’s Pakolea youth sports program. For more information, please click here.

18 Jun

Community Workshop on June 28

Join us for an upcoming Community Workshop on June 28 here at Palama Settlement. This free workshop will include discussion-based activities on the Mayor Wright Housing Community Redevelopment Project. See details on flyer below.

1 Jun

Palama Settlement becomes Make A Splash Partner

We are excited to announce that Palama Settlement has just joined USA Swimming Foundation’s water safety initiative, Make a Splash. The USA Swimming Foundation launched Make a Splash in 2007 with the goal to teach every child to learn to swim. To date, more than 3.4 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partner network, comprised of more than 725 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visit


1 Jun

Van Blessing Ceremony

Thank you to everyone who attended our van blessing ceremony on February 25, 2016. Kahu Kordell Kekoa conducted the ceremony with Palama staff, participants, youth and special guests. A special mahalo nui loa to First Hawaiian Bank for their generous donation to help fund our newest van. The van will be utilized by various participants including our Pakolea youth athletes, In Community Treatment progam students and seniors.

25 Feb

Donations Needed for Community Holiday Event

Palama Settlement will host its annual Community Holiday Event on Friday, December 18, 2015 at Palama Settlement’s Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Gym from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Palama Settlement is collecting donations for this event for items such as non-parishable food items, toiletries, new small kitchen appliances, and gifts for children ages 3 to 13 years old. If you would like to donate, please contact Donna at 848-2517 or

“As part of our mission to help those in the greatest needs in our surrounding community, every holiday season Palama Settlement puts together a festive event where the families are able to gather and enjoy in the holiday spirit,” said Wendy Abe, Palama Settlement Executive Director. “Our families look forward to this event every year and sometimes the gift the youth receive may be their only Christmas present.”

The festivities will include Mr. & Mrs. Claus bringing holiday cheer to the many families and free presents from Toys for Tots for the kids. The community will enjoy entertainment by the Central Middle School band, Tekniqlingz Dance Crew, and Palama’s youth hula and fire knife dancers. In addition, there will be food, prize giveaways, and informational booths from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and the Girl Scouts of Hawaii.

18 Dec

Aloha for Hawaii Charities

Make a donation to Palama Settlement and your donation triggers a bonus boost for us from funds raised at the Sony Open by Friends of Hawaii Charities! Click on the Aloha for Hawaii Charities icon and select Palama Settlement. Donation period is Nov. 9, 2015 to Jan. 17, 2016. Thank you!

9 Nov

Halloween Festivities

An annual tradition at Palama is to have a Halloween party for the youth. This year the party took place on October 30, and was combined with the monthly birthday party for all youth born in the month of October.

Along with the pizza, cake and ice cream, kids could also do some Halloween themed crafts as well as play the latest Wii Dance game on the big screen.  A big mahalo goes to volunteers from Microsoft who brought the latest edition of this popular video game which was projected on a big screen and PA system for the music to really pump up party.

Youth Specialist Larry Sweets (L) and Community Outreach Specialist Rexie Adlawan serving some pizza and cake.

Equal to the task, our Seniors Program also had their own Halloween Party of sorts.  Members enjoyed a costume contest along with a Health Fair coordinated by University of Hawaii Nursing Students.  These students who are focusing on community nursing, meet at Palama Settlement once a week and as part of their program they collaborate with our Senior members to learn about the senior age group and thier health needs.  Crew from the Honolulu Fire Department also participated by offering free blood pressure screening.

For the costume contest, Beginner 1 class winners were Dana Kalima as a John Travolta look-alike (Honorable Mention), 3rd Place to Ellen Ho’s Minnie Mouse, and 2nd Place to Dawn Sheldon dressed as Olivia Newton John.  For the second consecutive year, Rae Watanabe from the Intermediate II Class bewitched the judges and took 1st Place, this time as The Bad Witch.  She is surely the one to out-witch next year

30 Oct