What Is The Pālolo Pipeline?

Kapiʻolani Community College, Chaminade University, and the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa continue our cooperation in service learning, now in the 17th year. A high priority is to serve the Pālolo community – especially in the area of education. Pālolo is right in our midst and yet so far away from institutions of higher education. Our goal is to build on long-existing projects, programs, and partnerships to help create and maintain a PIPELINE OF EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT that will provide lifelong learning and help students through the educational system from pre-pre-school to institutions of higher education.

We work towards this goal in a broad, loosely structured partnership with numerous agencies, groups, and individuals, particularly the local families. Key partners are the Pālolo Elementary School, Jarrett Middle School, Kaimuki High School, and the Pālolo ʻOhana Learning Center (Mutual Assistance Association) and the Palolo Housing Tenants Association).

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Service-learning students are involved in tutoring at the schools and after-school programs. Some college students run or help out with reading circles, art programs, and sustainability and STEM projects at the schools and in the community. Additionally, we work at the Palolo Chinese Home for Elderly, and participate in environmental projects (including those of the Palolo Tenants Association, the City & County of Honolulu, and many others, primarily through our service-learning pathway, Mālama I Nā Ahupua‘a.

Through Project Citizen, we work on public policy skills building at Kaimuki High School. We also work with the Micronesians United (a lobbying and research group) and the Micronesian Community Network, with the Palolo Pride Committee, and with the ‘Olelo community television studio located at Jarrett Middle School.

We work on public policy and interethnic relations and knowledge through Pacific Connections, and with the ‘Olelo community television studio located at Kaimukī HIgh School

We assist with documentation as well as with project and learning-outcome assessment projects needed by the schools and community.

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