The “Malama Palama: Festival of 100 Voices” is a day of family fun to celebrate the centennial of Palama Settlement. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found this friendly Kalihi institution continues to be a nexus for services and relationships.
This Sunday, (November 20th )between 11am-5pm, the “Malama Palama Festival at Palama Settlement will include entertainment, sports, food trucks, bounce houses, plant and bake sales, and free books. Events are free except for the Store, and all are invited. The Palama Settlement campus at 810 N. Vineyard Blvd., the family day will include entertainment for all ages, food trucks, a fire truck, bounce houses, plant and bake sales, educational opportunities, free books, sports and dance demonstrations and a plethora of other activities.
The event will draw kokua from throughout the neighborhood. Sound engineering will be provided by the MELE program at Honolulu Community College. Farrington ROTC students will assist with traffic and parking directions. Farrington will present a portion of their fall play on the Palama stage and the school’s ROTC drill teams will demonstrate their national award winning style. The Farrington Lady Govs Water Polo team will demonstrate their sport in the pool. The fire department will provide a fire truck and firemen to educate the keiki, while the Wikoliana School Boat will teach them about ocean stewardship.
Live entertainment will include music performances by EMKE, The Kevin Jones Experience, V. Mary, and Polynesian cultural dance provided by neighborhood youth groups, along with special appearances by the Palama Settlement Senior Dance Program.
Other activities and attractions include:
Craft and vendor village in the Gym
Free health screenings provided by the Farrington Health Academy
Hourly tours of Palama Settlement’s facilities, including the Game Room, Learning Center, Computer and Technology Center, the Archives, and a special stop in the Community Library, where visitors can choose a free book to take home
Stand Up Paddling demonstrations in the pool – bring a swimsuit for open swim
Tasty bites provided by local food trucks including Simply Ono and Slush Puppy
There will be a bake sale and a Malama Palama store selling new donated items at deeply discounted prices. All the events are free except for a $5 fee to enter the Malama Palama store. While supplies last, store entrants will be given a loaf of Portuguese bread, taro rolls or a box of Honolulu Cookie Company cookies.
Free parking will be available behind the Palama gym and at Likelike School.