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Pālolo Elementary School

In-class & After-school Programs


  • These programs are designed to provide students with the extra help they need to succeed in school. Participating students are in kindergarten through grade 5 and have either solicited extra help on their own, or have been asked by the faculty to attend .
  • Many of Pālolo El's keiki are challenged by poverty, cultural & linguistic differences, and a lack of preparation for learning in the state educational system
  • The program’s kids excelled at state Chess and speech competitions! They wish to expand activities to incorporate dance and musical instruments.
  • Pālolo El strives to keep meeting the state’s standards in math & reading.

Location: 2106 10th Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816. Check in at the Main Office for all activities.

General Duties: Tutoring in various academic subjects and reading, help with homework. Volunteers may also choose to develop or help run special programs and events.

Tutoring and Instructional Support: ELL (English Language Learners), 21st Century Enrichment, In-Class Guidance/Tutoring, Natural Farming & Sustainability, Added option for students in Math 107
Note: Please sign in with Mrs. Henrietta Clemons, regardless of which program you're doing.

ELL (English Language Learners)
Classroom-based skills-building for grades K-5. Literacy and math skills are primary foci.

  • ELL with Kindergarteners and their parents: 7:25am-8:30am
  • ELL with grades 1-5: after school tutors needed in classrooms
    • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 2:10 pm-3:15 pm

21st Century Enrichment
Do you have a hobby or talent that you can share? (ie: Dance, Zumba, Soccer, Rugby, Softball, Art Projects) The school welcomes your leadership during the time frame below. Generally, you'd be leading a group of kids in a weekly activity. Contact Chaminade's S-L Office to talk about your idea.

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 3:15 pm-4:30 pm

In-Class Guidance/Tutoring
During school/formal instruction, provide coaching for students who need extra help

    • Daily: anytime between 8:30 - 2:00 (Wednesdays 'til 1:30)

Natural Farming & Sustainability with Mrs. Joyce Luka
Focus on sustainability, composting, reading labels to learn about origins of ingredients
Work in a variety of different gardens at Palolo School, with the teachers and kids

  • Daily: 10:30-2:15 (Wednesdays 'til 1:30)

For Chaminade students enrolled in MATH 107

You may sign up for any of the options described above (during and after school), as long as you are helping the keiki with math. An additional option is for you to engage the students in fun math activities after school (2:10pm - 3:15pm).

You can develop games and use materials to teach math in a FUN way, such as "Fun with Fractions," or "Multiplication Challenge Day."

To fulfill your service-learning hours, you must plan and execute 3 sessions during the semester. 
Write up your idea and your proposed dates, and submit the proposal to Principal Reid Kuba at

If you have never done service-learning at Palolo Elementary, you will first need to attend one of the pre-scheduled training sessions.


Availability– Throughout  the year.

  • HOURS: Opportunities available Monday through Friday, during and after school (7:30 am-4:30 pm) as arranged with supervisor.
    Afterschool tutoring program is M, Tu, Tr, F 2:10-3:15 (Each program above operates during specific time frames.)
  • Check calendar for holidays and more!
  • NO TUTORING "HOLIDAYS" in 2013 - 2014 School Year:
    • August 30 Teacher Professional Development Day
    • September 2 Labor Day
    • October 7-11 Fall Break
    • October 14 Teacher Institute Day
    • November 11 Veterans Day
    • November 28-29 Thanksgiving Day and Holiday
    • December 23-January 3 Winter Break
    • January 6 Teacher Work Day
    • January 10 Teacher Professional Development Day
    • January 20 Martin Luther King Day
    • February 17 Presidents' Day
    • March 17-21 Spring Break
    • March 26 Kuhio Day
    • April 18 Good Friday
    • May 26 Memorial Day

Getting There-- TheBus

  • Catch the 9S (Stop ID #3057) in front of McDonald's (mauka side of Waialae Ave.). The bus will take you directly to Palolo El.
  • Visit or download the free app "DaBus" for estimated time arrival.

Training/Contact: Click to view pre-scheduled trainings . Training is MANDATORY for new tutors. Returning students, please contact Mrs. Henrietta Clemons as soon as possible--you may start tutoring without attending training. (Call Palolo Elementary's Office and ask for Mrs. Henrietta Clemons. 733-4700)

If you apply to tutor at Palolo Elementary, a background check may be administered by the school.

Faculty note: Special projects could include planning/executing workshops /educational fairs & projects, helping with outreach to parents, assessment projects