HCAP Weekly April 3, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

HCAP Selects New Head Start Director
HCAP to Participate in Charity Walk ’17
Families Make Tie-Dye T-Shirts during STEM Family Night
Leahi Kupuna Get Pedestrian Safety Tips from the HPD
HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year


HCAP Selects New Head Start Director

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HCAP is pleased to announce that Grant Kogami has been named its newest HCAP Head Start Director. Grant will replace Lynn Cabato, who recently retired after over 40 years of dedicated service to HCAP Head Start. The HCAP Head Start Director oversees all aspects of HCAP’s Head Start program, providing leadership in planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating the program as set forth in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and Administration for Children and Families (ACF) guidelines. The HCAP Head Start Director also represents the agency in local, state, regional, and national matters pertaining to the program.

Grant began his employment at HCAP in 2003 as a Head Start Assistant Teacher, and later served as a Head Start Teacher, Head Start Teacher Mentor, Head Start Program Manager, and most recently as Head Start Assistant Director. Grant holds an Associate in Applied Science degree and Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education.

As the Head Start Assistant Director, Grant directly supervised HCAP Head Start’s Comprehensive Services, Development/Training, and Information/Technology management staff. He was responsible for quality assurance of the program, and has created monitoring tools, schedules, and systems for the Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) component to ensure quality outcomes.

Robert Piper, HCAP Executive Director, states “I am thrilled to have Grant join the HCAP Executive Management Team in his new position as Head Start Director. After a national recruitment effort that attracted many exceptional candidates, it was clear that Grant was the right person to maintain the strengths of HCAP’s Head Start program, while also bringing a fresh perspective and new ideas to face head-on whatever challenges may lie ahead. Grant is the ultimate team player who will spread his knowledge, passion and creativity to those around him, so I am very excited and confident about the future of HCAP Head Start under his leadership.”


HCAP to Participate in Charity Walk ’17

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HCAP will be participating in the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association’s Charity Walk ’17 on May 20, 2017. This is a great opportunity to get together with fellow HCAP employees, board members, and supporters to get some exercise, enjoy good food and entertainment, and get to know one another better, all at the same time.

Donation proceeds will benefit HCAP programs and services. This is HCAP’s second year participating in the Charity Walk, and we look forward to having an even bigger turnout than last year. Please encourage your co-workers, family, and friends to join you at Charity Walk ’17 or make a donation to support HCAP’s participation. Let’s make this a memorable day and represent HCAP well at this community event. You may register to walk or donate online through this link. Click here for more detailed instructions. Please email HCAP at hcapcommunications@hcapweb.org if you would like to be emailed a paper registration form.


Families Make Tie-Dye T-Shirts during STEM Family Night

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Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s five STEM Exploration Centers gathered last month for Family Night. A total of 20 parents and 63 students participated in Family Night, which were held at Aiea, Kalihi, Kaneohe (Waiahole), Pālolo, and Waianae on various days in March. Parents and students engaged in a tie-dye t-shirt activity. Many dyes come from flowers, stems, roots, and onion skins, so the tie-dye activity was a fun tie-in to the STEM unit on botany and plants.

The tie-dye t-shirt activity was an interactive way for students to learn about the tie-dye process and how dyes and fibers from the t-shirts interact. All it took was a few simple steps. First, participants soaked their t-shirts in a bucket of water. Next, once the shirt was damp enough, they pinched the center of the shirt and began twisting the shirt in a spiral-like twirl. Once they had the shirt spiraled together, they secured it with a few rubber bands. Finally, they were ready to apply dye from squeeze bottles, and chose whichever colors they liked. The students and their families were delighted with the bright and colorful finished product.


Leahi Kupuna Get Pedestrian Safety Tips from the HPD

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The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) visited the Kupuna Independent Life Series at St. Augustine by the Sea Church to educate the Leahi kupuna about pedestrian safety. The kupuna were informed on pedestrian safety, awareness, and enforcement. The police officers reminded our kupuna that there are still many pedestrian fatalities every year here in Hawaii. Most of these fatalities are seniors who are crossing the street. It is important to practice safe pedestrian habits.

Here are some of the helpful walking tips the officers shared with our kupuna:

  • Always look for turning cars before stepping off the curb to cross the street. You don’t want to be “dead” right.
  • Always look left, right, left again, and over your shoulder before you step into the street.
  • Cross only at corners or marked crosswalks
  • Watch for vehicles turning into or backing out of parking spaces or driveways. Drivers don’t always see you.
  • Dress to Be Seen. During the day, wear fluorescent or neon clothing. At night, wear reflective material on your clothing and accessories (bags, hats and shoes).
  • When crossing in front of stopped cars, make eye contact to be sure drivers see you before crossing in front of them.
  • Stand at least 10 feet away from the curb when waiting to cross the street or from where the bus will stop.

The Leahi District Service Center would like to thank the HPD for their special presentation on pedestrian safety to our kupuna.


HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year

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Are you or someone you know in need of free or affordable preschool? Spread the word! HCAP Head Start is now accepting applications for children 3-5 years for the 2017-2018 school year. Families are encouraged to apply by calling (808) 847-2400 or visiting our website.