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In-Community Treatment Program & Community Based School

Since 1970, Palama Settlement has worked with youth referred by Family Court. The goal of the program is to improve school performance and attendance, eliminate law-violating behaviors and develop socially acceptable skills and attitudes. The program now accepts students referred by their high schools.

Through the program’s commitment, consistency and compassion, the youth are supported to develop the skills to better cope with the pressures of adolescence and their transition to adulthood. They learn positive and constructive methods of resolving problems, and integrate into their communities with more optimistic attitudes about themselves, their families and others.


Monday-Thursday     8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Friday                           8:30 am – 12 pm

Computer Coding & Graphic Design Program

Thanks for a $50,000 grant from The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation, Palama Settlement will partner with Twiddle Productions, Inc. to offer a new technology training program in which ICTP/CBS students will learn computer coding and graphic design to create their own website, videos, and business plan.

The goal of the Palama/Twiddle partnership is to teach students who might otherwise be disengaged in school marketable skills they can use to find gainful employment. At the end of the course teens will have:

  1. Created branding, a website, and three dimensional packaging for their “business”
  2. Created a resume, practiced interview skills, and made a business presentation to their peer group
  3. Learned how to use Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Scratch applications
  4. Created a portfolio that demonstrates hard technological skills as well as developed soft skills needed to succeed in a job.

    • Culturally sensitive, trauma informed environment
    • Strength-based program
    • Therapeutic support
    • Collaborative partner, working with the youth, family, schools and other service providers




  • Youth under Family Court Jurisdiction
  • High School students having difficulty in their home schools


    • Small student to staff ratio
    • Counseling:  Individual, family, group and crisis counseling
    • Education:  Credit recovery and academic remediation. Individualized educational program planning, to earn academic credits needed for  high school graduation.
    • Hands-on Learning  Activities (e.g. Basic art, pottery and computer classes; field trips/motivational and educational guest speakers).
    • Community Service Activities   (e.g. campus clean up, graffiti clean-up, lo’i clean-up).
    • Psycho-social groups addressing gender specific topics, self-esteem, and social and life skills.
    • Frequent contact with family about school progress and other concerns that may arise. Quarterly progress reports to family and the schools.



  1. Call to determine if there are openings.
  2. Submit a Social Summary, school transcript, and if applicable, a copy of psychological evaluation and IEP.
  3. Staff will review the referral and schedule an intake.
  4. Youth, parent(s), and probation officer (if applicable) or counselors are required to attend a scheduled intake.
  5. If accepted, youth may begin the program immediately.





Alison Matsumoto-Kong, LSW
In-Community Treatment Program & Community Based School Manager
p. (808) 848-2510  |  e. amkong@palamasettlement.org