The Palolo ‘Ohana Learning Center (POLC) is a beautiful gathering place that facilitates community-building and learning for all ages. The Palolo Homes Tenants’ Association runs this facility, which has space and equipment for a variety of different activities, including cooking, reading circles, multimedia/video production, hula, karate, a computer center, 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).
In the heart 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.
Volunteers can opt for one-on-one OR group-based supervised activities. Those with background check clearance may participate in one-on-one activities with greater scheduling flexibility. Learn more about intake & clearances (scroll down to the POLC info).
The following programs are open to general volunteers:
Mentor children and help with literacy, homework or computer skills
Monday-Friday, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
You must commit to a regular weekly shift 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 (varies) from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Special Projects led by students/faculty
Consult with the Service-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.
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 requires TB clearance & may require a criminal background check for those with certain scheduling requests.
For questions/concerns, contact the Service-Learning office.
Ms. Yvonne Mori, Ms. Kauhane Aipia, and Ms. Whitney Kim