Pālolo ‘Ohana Learning Center

The Palolo ‘Ohana Learning Center (POLC) is a gathering place with a computer center for all ages. The Palolo Homes Tenants’ Association runs this beautiful new facility, which has space and equipment for a variety of different activities, including cooking, reading circles, multimedia/video production, hula, karate, and more.  It is used by Pacific Islander (including Hawaiian) and Southeast Asian immigrant children and adults. All age groups are welcome. Its tech program is part of the Bridging the Digital Divide Project (also at Kuhio Park Terrace and at Leeward).

Location: In the center of the Palolo Housing area: 2170 Ahe Street, Honolulu, HI 96816. Directions from Chaminade to Palolo ‘Ohana Learning Center/Palolo Discovery Science Center (a.k.a. Palolo Hale).

General Duties
Volunteers may do one or more of the following:

Mentor children and help with literacy, homework or computer skills
Hours: Monday-Friday from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., you must choose one 2-hour shift per week and serve a minimum of 12 hours per semester.
Science Program at “The Hale” across the street – Palolo Discovery Science Center 
Help students to learn about renewable energy, aquaponics, gardening, and more, through a “hands-on/hands-dirty” approach.
Hours: Two days a week (TBD) from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

PEACE Project

We have a special project working with different age groups during the afternoon and early evening on Thursdays: the PEACE project. PEACE stands for Palolo Educational And Cultural Engagement. It is focused on building a community garden and a wa`a (canoe) based in traditional, Pacific Islander knowledge and practices.

POP –  The Palolo `Ohana Program

POP is special evening program for parents and families. Times and days change each semester. Volunteers may need to participate in an additional screening and training.

Special Projects led by students/faculty–consult with the Sevice-Learning office

These projects can be one-time activities or a series of activities planned by students/faculty.
Some examples: Game-playing tournaments (educational), mini health fairs, dance classes, music classes, art projects, etc.

Please note: You must commit to a MINIMUM OF 12 SERVICE HOURS PER SEMESTER at the POLC.

Hours:  Main Program = weekdays 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The POLC is open from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m .on weekdays, and special activities may be scheduled on weekends or evenings.

New volunteers must follow the instructions for getting started at Palolo ‘Ohana Learning Center. The site may also require a criminal background check and TB clearance.

For questions/concerns, contact the Service-Learning office.

Site Supervisors
Ms. Yvonne Mori, Ms. Kauhane Aipia, Ms. Whitney Kim

Location and Directions
Located in the center of the Palolo Housing area: 2170 Ahe Street, Honolulu, HI 96816. Google map directions to Palolo ‘Ohana Learning Center/Palolo Discovery Science Center (a.k.a.Palolo Hale) from Chaminade Unversity.

Turn at the Palolo Homes sign and proceed onto Ahe Street.  Find the green building on your left.

Enter on the right side of the green building; go up the stairs or elevator to the POLC.

Faculty note: Special projects could include planning/executing workshops /educational fairs & projects, assessment/research projects