Pālolo Pipeline Program

The Pālolo Pipeline Program (PPP) is a loosely constructed umbrella program working with a large number of community partners in Pālolo valley with the overall purpose of improving education and quality of life for the residents in the housing areas. The key resource of the pipeline is the service of faculty and students from Kapiʻolani Community College, University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa, and Chaminade University of Hawaiʻi.

Pathways, Programs, and Projects

See descriptions of each of our focus pathways, programs, and projects below. Please consider prioritizing our local community and help prepare the way for long-term support of the educational pipelines in Pālolo. Make Pālolo part of your teaching, learning, and civic engagement.

Make Pālolo part of your teaching, learning, and civic engagement.

Download our factsheet for more info.


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Ali‘iolani Elementary School
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Financial Literacy & College Preparedness Projects
HCAP - Honolulu Community Action Program
Health Promotion Projects
Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘O ʻĀnuenue
Keiki O Ka ʻĀina Preschool, Pālolo
Mālama I Nā Ahupuaʼa - Cultural-Environmental SL Program
ʻOlelo Community Media
Pacific Connections - A Variety Of Programs And Projects Dealing Of Importance To Pacific Islanders, Incl. Native Hawaiians
Pālolo Chinese Home For Elderly
Pālolo Preschool (Located At Pālolo Elementary School)
Pālolo Valley District Park Gym
Policy And Social Justice
Project Dana - Working With Elderly
Please Email Csssl@Hawaii.edu For More Information

For more information about these programs, projects, and sites, please email CSSSL or call 956-4218.

How To Get Started


For UHM students, email {csssl@hawaii.ed} with your interest and go to http://servicelearning.socialsciences.hawaii.edu/pages/forms.html{link} and follow instructions there.

For Kapiolani Community College and Chaminade University of Honolulu, go to your campus' Service-Learning Websites.

SUMMER SESSIONS: Contact the Pālolo Pipeline Program director, Ulla Hasager. During the summer, not all of the above programs are available.

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See the Pālolo Pipeline Calendar{link}. If you do not find the site, you are interested in on the calendar, the training takes place on an individual basis.

Summer: all training sessions will be set up on an individual basis. Please contact our program coordinators at {csssl@hawaii.edu}

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About The Pālolo Pipeline Program

PPP builds on dedicated work and long-established relationships between institutions, groups, and individuals in Pālolo Valley and the three institutions of higher education located around the valley: Kapi‘olani Community College, Chaminade University, and University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Our key resources are community members and diverse groups of service-learning students and faculty. Our goal is to continue to sustain and develop our PIPELINE OF EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT for residents of the urban housing projects in the valley of Pālolo in East Honolulu. We work to provide lifelong-learning opportunities, including improving early childhood education and mentoring students through the educational system from home through pre-school and school to institutions of higher education and beyond. The Pālolo Pipeline Program continues to serve as a model for work in similar low-income areas nationwide.

During our first years, the majority of our service-learning students were involved in tutoring at Pālolo Elementary School, working under Ms. Clemons’ guidance in the ESL program. Another large group of students were involved with tutoring at Pālolo Hale. Smaller numbers tutored at MAAC and ran teen reading circles at Jarrett and Kaimuki.

We worked at the Pālolo Chinese Home for Elderly, participated in environmental projects (including with the Ahupua‘a Action Alliance and many others, primarily through our service-learning pathway, Adopt an Ahupua‘a), and in a public policy skills building project at Kaimuki High School, worked with the Micronesians United (a lobbying and research group), with the Pālolo Pride Committee, and with the ‘Olelo community television studio located at Jarrett Middle School.

Students at many levels were collecting oral history and doing community research on attitudes to education and GIS mapping of the social and economic condition of the people of Pālolo.

A group of graduate students from UHM’s Public Administration made empowering the Micronesian immigrant group their capstone project.

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Since Mid-2004, we have worked on developing a solid pre-school opportunity for kids in Pālolo through two channels: the already established Head Start program (working closely with HCAP) and the Kids' Club, a pilot preschool/ daycare project in cooperation with the Pālolo Tenants Association. We aim as a short-term goal at helping parents in the housing area that want to take ESL classes or pursue a high-school diploma through the locally offered C-BASE program. We have offer college-level courses taught in the valley, when applicable.

We are currently offering our first college-level course taught in the valley.

In 2005, we focused on streamlining old and new partnerships and entered into a more structured phase, although flexibility and readiness to act on immediate community needs is a must in community relations.

We increased our efforts in health education and support, as well as began working on “financial literacy projects.” The P-20 initiative and the UH Foundation worked with us on a grant proposal to the Kellogg Foundation securing our future work and stressing the program’s value as a model for work in similar low-income areas statewide.

For the last several years, we have had a focus on the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), sustainability, and inter-ethnic relations. many of our partners have done outstanding work in these areas. Some of the projects and programs that have evolved around these and the broader issues we address are the Exploring My Backyard and Beyond summer program for middle-school children, the Waves of Change climate-change curriculum bridging social sciences, natural sciences, Pacific Island studies, and media, the Pālolo Discovery Science Center, and the Pālolo ʻOhana Program, which works with families in the community.

Our work has over the years been supported by the partners themselves: the families, individuals, groups, agencies, institutions in the community, and the students, faculty, and participating institutions of higher education. In addition, we have received funding from federal, state, and private funders, including the National Science Foundation, Hawai‘i Pacific Islands Campus Compact/the Corporation for National and Community Service/Learn and Serve America, the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development through its Office of University Partnerships, the AmeriCorps VISTA program, the Coalition for a Drugfree Hawai‘i, the Kellogg Foundation/P-20 Council, the Castle Foundation, NSF, EPSCoR and the Keck Foundation.

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