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 One hundred twen- ty-five years is quite a milestone for any
our neighbors to enhance their well-being.
computer programs to include digital designs and, with the help of POW! WOW! found- er Jasper Wong, launched the new Digital Arts Academy that has brought new students to our campus and a new en- ergy to our community. Of course, we can’t forget to mention our popular kūpuna programs that bring many seniors to Pālama Settlement year after year.
With aging facilities comes much-needed projects and maintenance. As Pālama Settlement commemorates our anniversary (a year later due to the pandemic), we now also look ahead to improving our historic center and pre- pare to launch a capital cam- paign next year.
Empowering A Community For The Past 125 Years
By Sam Aiona, executive director of Pālama Settlement
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   organization. We’ re proud that for over a century, this organization has addressed the most pressing needs of a community that for genera- tions looked to Pālama Set- tlement for support.
I hear fond recollections from past participants who remember having their teeth cleaned at the former Strong Carter Dental Clinic for 10 cents or playing football with our storied Pākōlea sports program.
As I walk through our 6.2- acre campus, I see an import- ant part of Hawai‘i’s history with an ever-evolving mis- sion of partnering with those who have the greatest need. Since Pālama Settlement was established in 1896, we have provided a multitude of pro- grams in health, recreation and education, empowering
The community’s needs have changed over the years and Pālama Settlement con- tinues to grow and face new challenges. Since we re- opened our doors this year, our athletic programs have been thriving. We are happy to welcome teams back to engage in a variety of sports.
During shutdowns in the wake of the pandemic, Pāla- ma Settlement was there for the community and distrib- uted more than 10,000 food boxes, school supplies and other essential items to fami- lies in need.
I feel fortunate to lead an organization that has made such an impact on so many lives.
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Pālama Settlement executive director Sam Aiona breaks the huddle with members of the Pākōlea sports program. PHOTOS COURTESY PĀLAMA SETTLEMENT
I would like to welcome everyone to Pālama Settle- ment and invite you and fu- ture generations to be a part of the next 125 years.
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