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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