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Music & Dance Festival

Join us for a fun and festive event to promote music and dance on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Palama Settlement. There will be performances, demonstrations and an open floor for Wii dancing. Click here to download flyer.


29 Oct

Malama Palama Gala

Palama Settlement will honor producer and veteran broadcaster Emme Tomimbang and former Honolulu Police Department Chief Francis Keala at the 3rd Annual Malama Palama Gala Fundraiser on October 17, 2015 at The Royal Hawaiian. Proceeds will help support vital programs for our community’s keiki, teens, kupuna and families.

Raised in the Kalihi-Palama area, Emme is a proud graduate of Farrington High School. After her elementary school years in Kakaako, Emme and her dad moved to Hotel and River St. where he had a second-hand appliance store. During her middle school years at Central Intermediate, Emme learned to swim, socialize and began the formation of her young teenage life at Palama. “It was at Palama where I learned how to socialize and I even attended my first dance there.” Emme said. “Palama provided us a place of trust and continuity, and offered very important programs that helped to guide us later in life.”

Emme, a veteran radio and television broadcaster, has over 40 years of experience in media. She is the founder and president of Emme, Inc., a local video and production company. Emme worked at KITV as a news reporter and anchor and later joined KHON anchoring the morning news and began delivering “Island Style” features.


Born and raised on Oahu, Chief Francis Keala graduated from St. Louis High School and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii. He entered the Honolulu Police Department in 1956 and quickly rose through the ranks, promoted to Chief of Police in 1969.

“While my dad was the Chief of Police, he received a lot of support from folks in the community. When he retired he wanted to give back to those who had given so much to him,” said Mark Keala, Chief Francis’ son, who will be representing Chief Keala at the gala. “Palama Settlement was one of the many organizations that received his active support.”

“Despite his stature and position, my dad isn’t someone who feels comfortable being honored for his accomplishments. For our family, this award recognizes my dad for his selfless deeds and enduring support of the community he loved,” Mark said.

During his prolific career, Chief Keala also served on numerous non-profit boards including St. Francis Medical Center-West, Boy Scouts Aloha Council, and Kamehameha Schools interim trustee. Chief Keala served on Palama’s Board of Trustees in the 80s, working on Palama’s personnel committee.

For event and sponsorship information, please click here.

17 Oct

Malama Palama Fundraiser Gala

5:30pm – Reception & Silent Auction
6:30pm – Dinner
Join us for a night of music, entertainment, and a gathering of friends to honor Palama supporters Ms. Emme Tomimbang and Chief Francis Keala.
Table Sponsorship & Reservation Form (for download and print)
If you wish to participate at a sponsor level or have confirmed a table sponsorship, you may print, fill out, email, fax (847-2873), or mail the table sponsorship form, or simply email your guests’ information to Guest List Attendee input options are also available when you register and/or sponsor via our online payment site.
Please submit your guest list by October 2, 2015.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities and tickets, contact Palama Settlement at 848-2502 or email

17 Oct

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