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Kahanamoku Legacy by Emme Tomimbang

This year’s Malama Palama honoree, Emme Tomimbang has produced a TV special: “Kahanamoku: A Legacy of Healing.” The show will air on Monday, Aug. 24th  on KGMB at 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. The show tells the story of not only inspirational Kahanamoku scholars from the John A. Burns School of Medicine, but also Nadine Kahanamoku, the widow of legendary surfer and Olympic gold medalist Duke Kahanamoku.

Upon her death in 1997, Nadine Kahanamoku donated their entire estate to the John A. Burns School of Medicine to be used for scholarships awarded to medical students of Hawaiian ancestry. Since then, there have been over 80 Kahanamoku Scholars, each with his or her own story; each, in his or her own way, perpetuating the Kahanamoku legacy of healing. For more information, please click here.

24 Aug

HSN Cares selects Palama as $1,000 winner

Palama Settlement received a $1,000 donation from HSN Cares! Sherry Walters, who nominated Palama Settlement as a recipient, presented Palama Settlement with a $1,000 check from HSN Cares at its May 6, 2015 board of directors meeting. In addition, the Walters family (Jim, Sherry and Jarrett) donated a matching $1,000 gift to Palama Settlement.

HSN Cares donates $1,000 every day during the month of April to charities across the country. HSN Cares selected Palama Settlement from a pool of thousands of entries. Walters shared her story with the network explaining that Palama Settlement “provides community courses from early childhood to senior citizens, summer enrichment programs, athletic programs including football, basketball, volleyball, swimming, music classes, and even hula, ukulele and fire dancing to preserve native cultures.”

Learn more about #HSNCares and their drive to make a difference at To see the list of daily charity winners in April, please click here and scroll to April 21 to see Palama Settlement’s story.

6 May

Exclusive Jackie Robinson Documentary Preview

PBS Hawaii and Palama Settlment are co-hosting a free 40-minute sneak preview of Jackie Robinson, the latest documentary from acclaimed flimmaker Ken Burns. Please join us on Wednesday, April 6 at 6 p.m. at Palama Settlment Dining Hall. To RSVP, please go to:

The two-part documentary follows the story of the first African American to play in baseball’s major leagues. In 1941, Robinson stayed at Palama Settlement, when Waikiki hotels barred him entry because of the color of his skin. “I’m very proud of Palama’s legacy of acceptance of all people,” said Paula Rath, Palama Settlement Board of Trustees Emeritus.

Please click here to download informational flyer.

6 Apr

WATCH: Palama’s Jr. Chef Showdown Team on KITV

On March 14, KITV’s morning show host Ashley Moser interviewed Palama Settlement’s Jr. Chef Team, promoting the upcoming Jr. Chef Showdown competition on March 21 at 11 a.m. at Palama Settlement. Palama’s team (RJ Cabico, John Huynh, Matt Gorospe, Jomari Locquiao and Kenneth Ansagay) along with adviser Larry Sweets demonstrated making a festive spam musubi and promoted healthy eating and cooking. Click here to view KITV’s video clip.

14 Mar

Happy 100th Birthday Mrs. Blackfield!

It was a perfect day to celebrate with a wonderful lady – Mrs. Cecilia Blackfield. On Feb. 18, Palama Settlement’s board of directors, supporters, staff and kids helped Mrs. Blackfield celebrate her 100th birthday. As one of Palama’s biggest supporter, Mrs. Blackfield established the Leland Youth Activities Center, a safe and fun place for Palama’s drop-in kids to play, and created the Blackfield scholarship fund providing financial assistance for Palama’s youth to attend school.

Our dining hall was filled with festivities including handmade decorations from the Palama kids, traditional Hawaiian music and performances by the Palama youth. The fun-filled program included a special performance by 3-year old Micah Miyashiro, a fire-knife dance by Hale Motuapuaka (Punahou student and Blackfield scholarship recipient), and a “haka” performance by the Pakolea boys.

A highlight of the program included a special presentation of a star named after Mrs. Blackfield and the Palama kids reading their birthday messages. As Kayla Kenan (age 11) stated, “You’re shiny and beautiful like a real shooting star. We love you and happy birthday!”

To view future Palama Settlement events, please click here.

18 Feb

Blackfield Youth Activity Center hosts Mardi Gras


At the Blackfield Youth Activity Center & Dining Hall
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, 3:30p
Nearly 60 youth participated in our Mardi Gras Party.  All learned the brief history of what Mardis Gras is, then enjoyed mask making and hunting for chocolate covered coins (in  place of beads).  The boy and girl who found the most were crowned the King and Queen of Mardis.  That honor went to King Russell Angken, age 11, and Queen Christina Tago, age 9.  Both are students at Likelike Elementary School.  Since the day was also “Fat Tuesday”, kids enjoyed feasting on malasadas.
Youth Specialist Larry Sweets explains the history of Mardi Gras

Hunting for chocolate covered gold coins (in lieu of beads)

King and Queen of Mardi Gras: (L) Russell Angken, 11, and Christina Tago, 9.

17 Feb

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