Pacific Gateway Center

Pacific Gateway Center PGC’s key operations include social services, economic development, & education with strategies addressing the critical needs of our targeted populations.
The Pacific Gateway Center (PGC) was established in 1973 by the Palama Council of Churches, is a 501(c)(3) private non-profit corporation (FEIN: 99-0236204), and created in response to the heavy influx of Asian and Pacific Island immigrants and refugees to the state of Hawaiβ€˜i. The PGC was incorporated as an independent organization in 1984 with a governing Board of Directors, private non-profit 501(c)(3) status and membership with the Aloha United Way. Today, PGC is governed by a 15-member volunteer Board with an Executive Director.
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If you are multi-lingual and can serve as an interpreter or translator, we have paid positions that need your skills! Th...
01/29/2020

If you are multi-lingual and can serve as an interpreter or translator, we have paid positions that need your skills! The Hawaii Language Bank (HLB) is right now in search of Mongolian speakers. Contact us at (808) 773-7051 if you're interested.
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The mission of Pacific Gateway Center is to empower our clients to gain access to opportunities and services through the building of skills that lead to self-sufficiency. HLB is a program powered by that philosophy, providing job opportunities for members of our community who are multi-lingual and to help organizations with translation and interpretation.

Do you have a food-related business idea that you need to get off the ground? Are you already in operation but you need ...
01/29/2020

Do you have a food-related business idea that you need to get off the ground? Are you already in operation but you need to scale up? Do you need a commercial kitchen to prep or cook from as part of your business? Come visit the #pacificgatewaycenter Culinary Kitchen Incubator (#CBI), a #commercialkitchen certified by the HI Department of Health. We are located conveniently in town, and parking is available. Kitchen and storage are available options. To schedule a tour, call us at (808) 851-7010.

#PacificGatewayCenter presents The Veggie Stand @ NKMC. Come to @na_kupuna_makamae in #ourkakaako and pick up #freshprod...
01/27/2020

#PacificGatewayCenter presents The Veggie Stand @ NKMC. Come to @na_kupuna_makamae in #ourkakaako and pick up #freshproduce #locallygrown at #PGCFarms in Kunia. This week (1/27) delivery of purple eggplants πŸ†, Thai/kermit eggplants, papayas, and bananas 🍌 come from #localfarms that are owned and operated by our immigrant and refugee clients. Your purchase supports PGC, our mission, and the hard work of our farmers. Open M-Fr from 9am-5pm. Deliveries are weekly and special orders can be placed in advance (depending on availability).
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#community4PGC #eatlocal #buylocal #eathawaii #localproduce #luckywelivehawaii #thaieggplant #kermiteggplant #farmfreshtoyou

All of us at PGC wish you a year filled with prosperity, good health, and happiness. πŸŽ† May the Year of the Rat be good t...
01/25/2020

All of us at PGC wish you a year filled with prosperity, good health, and happiness. πŸŽ† May the Year of the Rat be good to you and your family. 🐭 Happy Lunar New Year from #PacificGatewayCenter 🐁
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#community4PGC #yearoftherat #lunarnewyear #lunarnewyear2020 #chinesenewyear #vietnamesenewyear #tet #chucmungnammoi #gongheifatchoi #xinniankuaile

01/22/2020

To better serve our clients, we are always looking at new tools and services that can help small businesses grow. We’re proud to partner with #GrowWithGoogle to help our community gain digital skills. Learn more at https://grow.google/. Or reach out to our Case Manager Skyler Smela for more information.

Visit @na_kupuna_makamae this week (1/21) for these offerings at 🍈🌽The Veggie Stand @ NKMC:- Bittermelon $2- Cucumbers $...
01/21/2020

Visit @na_kupuna_makamae this week (1/21) for these offerings at 🍈🌽The Veggie Stand @ NKMC:
- Bittermelon $2
- Cucumbers $2
- πŸ… Tomatoes $2 - Pomelo/Jabong $2
- Bananas $1-3 🍌 (green and ripe bunches available!)
- πŸ† Eggplants (half-off)
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Come by M-F, 9am-5pm for #freshproduce that is #locallygrown at #PGCFarms in Kunia by immigrant and refugee farmers. Your purchase of these items supports #PacificGatewayCenter and our programs. The Veggie Stand is at 653 Ala Moana and parking is free in our lot.
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#community4PGC #eathawaii #eatlocal #buylocal #supportsmallfarms #supportlocalbusiness #supportimmigrants #supportrefugees #localfarms #FarmersMarket #ourkakaako

If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to kee...
01/17/2020

If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. - Martin Luther King Jr.
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#community4PGC
#supportkupuna
#supportimmigrants #supportrefugees

Mornings are the most bustling time of day at our #CBI (Culinary Business Incubator). Aunty Dina from @floskitchenhawaii...
01/15/2020

Mornings are the most bustling time of day at our #CBI (Culinary Business Incubator). Aunty Dina from @floskitchenhawaii is batting clean-up after early morning prep and cooking to get food trucks out on the streets to serve up delicious #lunchtime grindz. Nana from @auntynanihawaiiancookies is counting inventory of banana breads and cookies to prepare for farmers market. #keikilunchbox is dishing up today's healthy meal for the kiddos at school. And one of our very own - Richard - from the maintenance staff has been hard at work cleaning the kitchens and maintaining the upkeep of our space.
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A lot of love and labor goes into this program from our team and our clients. If you are a small business owner looking to start a value-added food business and are in need of a #commercialkitchen, come visit our space in Kalihi or email us at [email protected]

Our 2005 GMC Sierra truck ("Sierra") has been with us for 12 years. 🚚 Sierra has been a good, reliable truck. 🚚 She's ha...
01/10/2020

Our 2005 GMC Sierra truck ("Sierra") has been with us for 12 years. 🚚 Sierra has been a good, reliable truck. 🚚 She's hauled kitchen equipment at #CBI and crops at #PGCFarms. She's delivered furniture donations to clients. She's picked up the rubbish every week from @na_kupuna_makamae. Sierra has been a tough cookie and has done so much work with us at #PacificGatewayCenter. We have kept her running with regular maintenance and fixed her breaks and transmission over the years, but the time has come to say farewell. Help us raise funds to find Sierra's replacement and bid our truck a fond #SoLongSierra! To donate, see link in bio.
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#community4PGC #nakupunamakamae #ourkakaako #kupunacenter #Kakaako #PGCFarms #kuniafarms #kunia #commercialkitchen #culinarybusinessincubator #CBI #kalihi #LuckyWeLiveHawaii #hawaiigivesback #supportrefugees #supportimmigrants #supportkupuna #supportseniors #hawaiicharity #donations #givebighawaii 🚚
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#weneedatruck
@newcitynissan @cuttervolvohawaii @servcochevy @servcotoyotahonolulu @servcotoyotawaipahu @tonynissanhawaii @windwardfordofhawaii

First #AlohaFriday of 2020 and our office is ringing in the new year with pancit (long noodles for long life), oxtail-ch...
01/03/2020

First #AlohaFriday of 2020 and our office is ringing in the new year with pancit (long noodles for long life), oxtail-chicken soup, turon (banana lumpia), and Filipino lumpia (shaped like gold bars for good fortune and good luck). We wish you a wonderful New Year! May your hearts and bellies be full.
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A special THANK YOU to Richard and Mr. Than for cooking this delicious food.
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#community4PGC #2020 #newyear #ourohanaeats

Our offices are open for a half-day on New Year's Eve and are closed for the day on New Year's Day. Our CBI commercial k...
12/31/2019

Our offices are open for a half-day on New Year's Eve and are closed for the day on New Year's Day. Our CBI commercial kitchen are operating regular hours (5:30am-10pm) on New Year's Eve and are closed for the day on New Year's Day.

We wish everyone a safe and joyful New Year celebration and may 2020 be filled with good health and prosperity!

Timeline Photos
12/24/2019

Timeline Photos

#PacificGatewayCenter will be closed TODAY (12/24) at noon. Our #CBI commercial kitchens are open regular hours today. T...
12/24/2019

#PacificGatewayCenter will be closed TODAY (12/24) at noon. Our #CBI commercial kitchens are open regular hours today. TOMORROW (12/25), our offices and the CBI kitchens are closed all day. Both our offices and the #commercialkitchen will RE-OPEN for regular business hours on Thursday, 12/26.
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Our team at PGC wishes you a happy holiday season and are deeply grateful for your support for this year. Mele Kalikimaka!

Wishing you a very Happy Holiday Season, and may the New Year be bright!
12/24/2019

Wishing you a very Happy Holiday Season, and may the New Year be bright!

12/19/2019

#PacificGatewayCenter runs a farm program to empower our immigrant, refugee, and low-income clients towards self-sufficiency. Check out these photos from #PGCFarms and the lovely produce that comes from our farmers.
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If you are interested in purchasing fruits and vegetables to support our farms, email our Business Development Coordinator Valerie Lam ([email protected]) to make arrangements or learn about our NKM Veggie Stand to relaunch in 2020 at @na_kupuna_makamae Community Center in Kakaako.

The #community4PGC that supports our clients has done it again! Thank you to Brynne and the students at @byuhawaii who g...
12/17/2019

The #community4PGC that supports our clients has done it again! Thank you to Brynne and the students at @byuhawaii who generously donated gift cards this holiday season. These cards are most helpful to our low-income immigrant clients and their families. It is young people like you who are out there being change-makers and making a difference in the real lives of people in your community. We are bursting with gratitude!
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#nonprofitsofinstagram #supportimmigrants #supportrefugees #donations #thankful #pacificgatewaycenter #byuhawaii

Come by our community center in Kaka’ako this Friday for a Holiday Farmers Market! Pop into @na_kupuna_makamae for all t...
12/10/2019

Come by our community center in Kaka’ako this Friday for a Holiday Farmers Market! Pop into @na_kupuna_makamae for all things tasty, fresh, and shopping local this holiday season. See you there! πŸ’™
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@na_kupuna_makamae Our last Farmer’s Market for 2019 is coming up this Friday! Come join us at our HOLIDAY MARKET from 10am-1pm at 653 Ala Moana Blvd (across from @saltourkakaako )! πŸ’• Enjoy tasty lunch options by @papisempanadas , fresh produce from Kunia for sale πŸ₯’, outdoor seating β˜€οΈ, crafts and goods inside by @rainbow.by.the.sea @ponopotions @oahu_charms and more! And don’t forget to grab a brochure to learn more about our intergenerational classes at @na_kupuna_makamae 😁
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NKM Farmers Market every 2nd & 4th Friday! 10am-1pm at our community center in Kaka’ako, 653 Ala Moana Blvd (across from SALT).
β˜€οΈ Outdoor Seating
πŸ₯— Lunch Options
🍌 Farm Fresh Produce
πŸͺ $2 Baked Goods
πŸ› Crafts & Goods Vendors Inside!
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Parking in our lot off Keawe St 🚘 ⏰ 10am-1p
πŸ—Ί 653 Ala Moana Blvd
#pacificgatewaycenter
#nakupunamakamae

12/07/2019
Pacific Gateway Center PGC (Adventures in Small Business)

We are launching a new program directed toward for-profit and non-profit organizations looking to start or expand their #smallbusiness as a #socialenterprise. Check out a video by ThinkTech Hawaii where our Deputy Director of Operations Dr. Hao Nguyen and Business Development Coordinator Valerie Lam discuss #PacificGatewayCenter and our new program PGC-SEP.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4vMziHCCtE&t=15s

Like what you see? Please give generously. http://www.thinktechhawaii.com Empowering families one small business at a time! What is Pacific Gateway Center (P...

12/05/2019
Kalihi Culinary Center - Part 2

PART 2 - What is Pacific Gateway Center's Culinary Business Incubator (CBI)? It's a Department of Health certified commercial kitchen that serves to facilitate entrepreneurship among members of our community. Check out this video (Part 2) from 2011 about what we call today our CBI program.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL-2h8tETm0

A former college teacher tells how the Pacific Gateway Center culinary incubator helped launch her Keiki Lunchbox company, which now provides healthy, tasty ...

12/04/2019

PART 1 - What is Pacific Gateway Center's Culinary Business Incubator (CBI)? It's a Department of Health certified commercial kitchen that serves to facilitate entrepreneurship among members of our community. Check out this video (Part 1) from 2011 about what we call today our CBI program.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD9jHdtkfws

We are overwhelmed by the #community4PGC that supports our mission. Thank you for your generosity on #GivingTuesday!
12/04/2019

We are overwhelmed by the #community4PGC that supports our mission. Thank you for your generosity on #GivingTuesday!

12/02/2019

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday, and we will be fundraising on our page because Facebook is MATCHING FUNDS for donations made through the Facebook donate button. You can support #PacificGatewayCenter in different ways. 1) You can share our fundraiser. 2) You can donate to our fundraiser. 3) You can start a fundraiser on your own page for Pacific Gateway Center.

Matching funds starts at 8am EST on Tuesday, December 3rd. Mahalo for your support and no gift is too small!

https://www.facebook.com/fund/pacificgatewaycenter/

UPDATE: All of these items are fulfilled. Thank you!#GivingTuesday is next week! If you are looking for a way to contrib...
11/29/2019

UPDATE: All of these items are fulfilled. Thank you!

#GivingTuesday is next week! If you are looking for a way to contribute to strengthen your community, consider donating in-kind items. We are looking for these specific NEW items for some of our client families. If you are willing to donate any of these keiki items, please contact Case Manager Skyler Smela at (808) 851-7006
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#community4PGC #pacificgatewaycenter #supportimmigrants #supportrefugees #immigrationisbeautiful #immigrantsarewelcomehere #immigrantsmakeamericagreat

Are you shopping at Amazon today, for Black Friday deals? Support Pacific Gateway Center by making us your AmazonSmile c...
11/29/2019

Are you shopping at Amazon today, for Black Friday deals? Support Pacific Gateway Center by making us your AmazonSmile charity organization at www.smile.amazon.com/ch/99-0236204

You pay nothing extra. Just designate Pacific Gateway Center using the link.

From all of us at #PacificGatewayCenter, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!... Please note that #CBI will be closed on Th...
11/27/2019

From all of us at #PacificGatewayCenter, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
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Please note that #CBI will be closed on Thanksgiving day.
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#community4PGC #gobblegobble

We are looking for these specific gently used and/or new items for some of our client families. If you are willing to do...
11/26/2019

We are looking for these specific gently used and/or new items for some of our client families. If you are willing to donate any of these home and children's goods, please contact us at (808) 851-7010
#community4PGC #pacificgatewaycenter #supportimmigrants #supportrefugees #immigrationisbeautiful #immigrantsarewelcomehere #immigrantsmakeamericagreat #GivingTuesday #GivingTuesdayPGC

With #GivingTuesday around the corner, #PacificGatewayCenter encourages you in the spirit of generosity and change-makin...
11/25/2019

With #GivingTuesday around the corner, #PacificGatewayCenter encourages you in the spirit of generosity and change-making to support a community-based organization that is working for the social, environmental, and economic betterment of others. Here are some great ways to help that don't require financial resources!
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During this season of giving, we are looking to fulfill the "Wish List" of some of clients. We have an immigrant family with 2 small children in need of the following *new* items: 1) children's clothing (Boys - 3 yo, Girls - 6 months), 2) diapers (size 6), 3) shoes, slippers (Girls - 6 months), 4) toys, and 5) a stroller (can be gently used).
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If you are able to give to this family, please contact Case Manager Skyer Smela at [email protected]
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#community4PGC #immigrantsarewelcomehere #immigrantsmakeamericagreat #immigrationisbeautiful #supportimmigrants #supportrefugees #LuckyWeLiveHawaii #comunitybuilding #GivingTuesdayPGC #GivingTuesday #youcanmakeadifference

#GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their commu...
11/21/2019

#GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on December 3, 2019. In this spirit, Pacific Gateway Center encourages you to take on challenges in our local community. Donate your time, talent, and resources to support community-based organizations working to change lives.

https://www.pacificgatewaycenter.org/support

As the giving season approaches, please consider how your support of Pacific Gateway Center furthers our mission to prov...
11/20/2019
Donate β€” Pacific Gateway Center

As the giving season approaches, please consider how your support of Pacific Gateway Center furthers our mission to provide social services to immigrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, and other vulnerable populations. No gift is too small, and your donation helps with operations and execution of our invaluable programs and services. Please consider donating today! #community4PGC #GivingTuesday

www.pacificgatewaycenter.org/support

Your gift provides food, shelter, and other direct social services to immigrants, refugees, and vulnerable populations in our community. No gift is too small.

We are looking for these specific gently used items for some of our client families. If you are willing to donate any of...
11/20/2019

We are looking for these specific gently used items for some of our client families. If you are willing to donate any of these home goods, please contact Case Manager Skyler Smela at (808) 851-7006
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#community4PGC #pacificgatewaycenter #supportimmigrants #supportrefugees #immigrationisbeautiful #immigrantsarewelcomehere #immigrantsmakeamericagreat

"Does Hawaii Welcome Immigrants?" Our Deputy Director of Immigration Services Terrina Wong was part of the panel that di...
11/19/2019
The Conversation: Does Hawaii Welcome Immigrants?

"Does Hawaii Welcome Immigrants?" Our Deputy Director of Immigration Services Terrina Wong was part of the panel that discussed this very important and relevant issue.

Credit Bernard Spragg / CC0 1.0 / Wikimedia Commons

11/19/2019

This past weekend we hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for our immigrant, refugee, and asylee clients with help from a FANTASTIC group of volunteers from the #RotaryClub of Pearl City, West Oahu, and West Honolulu. They provided the ingredients and cooked a fabulous meal for some clients and their families and a few members of our staff. We spent the afternoon and evening talking story, building community, and there were plush toys and crafts for the keiki. Mahalo to our volunteers for your generosity!
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#immigrationisbeautiful #supportimmigrants
#supportrefugees #immigrantsarewelcomehere #immigrantsmakeamericagreat #community4PGC #unitedatthetable #pacificgatewaycenter
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For their safety and confidentiality, no images of our clients are shared.

We had a pleasant surprise today! Davron from American Councils for International Education came by our offices all the ...
11/15/2019

We had a pleasant surprise today! Davron from American Councils for International Education came by our offices all the way from Washington, DC to present our Deputy Director of Operations Dr. Hao with a beautiful crystal award. He also had a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. State Department for us. We host international professional fellows through the International Hospitality Center, and @ac_pfp & @statedept wanted to recognize our work.

Pacific Gateway Center is proud to share with and educate the global community about the work we do!

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments regarding DACA (the Deferred Aaction for Childhood Arrivals) today. There are ove...
11/12/2019
A lawyer who is also a Dreamer will be at the table during Supreme Court arguments

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments regarding DACA (the Deferred Aaction for Childhood Arrivals) today. There are over 700,000 young immigrants β€” often called DREAMers β€” who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and are recipients of the DACA program. President Trump tried to rescind DACA seven months after taking office, only to have the lower courts block his action. Today, a DREAMer is part of the legal team arguing in favor of DACA.

https://cnn.it/2qG8ljy

Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants whose fates will be determined by the Supreme Court are placing their trust in the hands of their lawyers including one seasoned veteran, and another who is a Dreamer just like them.

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723 Umi St
Honolulu, HI
96819

General information

At present, the PGC employs 25 full-time and part-time employees and offers a wide range of direct and support services to meet the needs of immigrants, refugees, and low-income residents of Hawai`i. Services are provided to approximately 5,000 clients per year. All our sites are conveniently located to service our targeted populations. The PGC has established a solid 40-year track record of delivering critical need-based services and of designing innovative social enterprises to support job training and entrepreneurship for our clients and the community. Services for resettlement in Hawaii include job readiness, job skills and training, job placement, support in small business start-ups (especially in the food industry), computer skills, business law, financial and technical assistance. Key features to PGC’s success and accomplishments are its multilingual and multicultural staff, qualified and experienced in providing bilingual and bicultural case management. Bilingual services include, but are not limited to, Burmese, Cantonese, Ilocano, Indonesian, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Pacific Island languages, Samoan, Spanish,Tagalog, Tongan,Thai, and Vietnamese. Moreover, on-going English-as-a-Second Language classes are provided without charge to clients to support them with acquiring oral and written English skills that are needed for daily life.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(808) 851-7010

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