HCAP Weekly August 29, 2016

Photo of Week 1 - Give Aloha STEM

In this week’s issue:

Hā Initiative Students Build Prototype “Tic-Tac-Toe Player” Robot
Kupuna Independent Life Series Expands to Four Locations this Fall
Windward District Council Members Discuss Community Matters
Head Start Children Learn About Fire Safety
Leahi District Grateful to First LAP Volunteers
HCAP Participates in the 2016 Foodland Give Aloha Campaign


Hā Initiative Students Build Prototype “Tic-Tac-Toe Player” Robot

Photo of STEM tic tac toe robot
This week at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s Kalihi STEM Exploration Center, kids revealed the first prototype of their “Tic-Tac-Toe Player” robot. This robot, which they have been working on for the past month has been a great undertaking, demanding coordination of around 25 kids, a lot of design, engineering, programming, testing, and learning from errors. The machine itself consists of three separate ‘light rail’ cars, two that move vertically and one horizontally. The robot also has a ‘hand,’ which holds an EXPO marker and lowers the pen to the whiteboard to write.

This machine will hopefully eventually be able to read a tic tac toe board using light and ultrasonic sensors, then write an ‘X’ or ‘O’ in the best square, based on an artificial intelligence program. At this point, the robotic system is able to draw a simple tic tac toe grid, and can even write the word ‘Hello’. Accuracy is not at 100% and lines are occasionally crooked, but redesign and fixing of software errors is all part of the STEM process, and is the true goal behind this large project.

Bert, a 5th grader commented as he was putting together the machine, “I wonder if I can make a robot that can do my homework for me.” His friend Samuel responded, “If you could do that, then you’re probably too smart for your own homework.”

As far as we know, a real-life, tic-tac-toe playing Mindstorms robot has never been constructed, so there are no ‘instruction manuals’ or blueprints for this machine. This is pure invention and innovation!


Kupuna Independent Life Series Expands to Four Locations this Fall

photo of Kupuna Independent Life Series_640
HCAP is excited to announce that the Kupuna Independent Life Series is expanding from one site at the Leeward District Service Center, to three additional sites. The 13 week workshop series focuses on “aging in place” for seniors, 55 and older.

The program begins soon! Information for each program site is listed below:

Leeward
Leeward District Service Center
85-555 Farrington Highway
Waianae, HI 96792
Thursdays from 9am – 2pm
September 8, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Contact Number: 696-4261

Leahi
Wisteria Vista
1239 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tuesdays from 9am – 1:30pm
September 20, 2016 to December 20, 2016
Contact Number: 732-7755

Kalihi-Palama
Senior Living at Iwilei
888 Iwilei Rd.,
Honolulu 96817
Wednesdays from 9am – 1:30pm
September 21, 2016 to December 14, 2016
Contact Number: 847-0804

Windward
Kulana Kauhale Maluhia O Na Kupuna
41-209 Ilauhole Street
Waimanalo, HI 96795
Tuesdays from 9am – 1:30pm
September 13, 2016 to December 20, 2016
Contact Number: 239-5754


Windward District Council Members Discuss Community Matters

Photo of Windward District Council
On Thursday morning, Windward District Service Center staff held a district council meeting for new members to get to know one another and talk about what’s going on in the community. Sean Qunnlan, a candidate for House District 47, stopped by to meet everyone and ask for any input or concerns as he continues his campaign. The Windward District Service Center staff are looking forward to great partnerships and a productive program year.

Each of HCAP’s five District Service Centers has a District Council, comprised of individuals living in or involved in the community. Each District Council elects a representative to sit on HCAP’s Board of Directors.

The HCAP Board of Directors is the governing body of the organization, responsible for oversight of all affairs of HCAP. The composition of HCAP’s Board of Directors consists of a tripartite membership – one-third of the members represent the public sector, one-third of the members represent the private sector, and one-third of the members represent the resident sector.

This unique Board structure allows all voices in the community to be represented, in order to help HCAP deliver the best programs and services possible to the communities we serve.


Head Start Children Learn About Fire Safety

Photo of Nanakuli HS Fire Safety
Teaching young children about fire drills, fire safety, fire escape plans, and meeting places help them to understand the dangers of fire and how to respond. Nanakuli Head Start practiced their first monthly fire drill to learn how to quickly line up and follow their teachers to the designated meeting place.


Leahi District Grateful to First LAP Volunteers

Photo Leahi First LAP
The Leahi District Service Center would like to say “thanks” to the men from First Life After Prison (First LAP). On August 24, 2016, First LAP came to the Leahi District Service Center to do maintenance on the yard. We appreciate their hard work, especially during the hot summer days. These former ex-prisoners continue to support the Palolo Community through community service and are on the right path to rehabilitating their lives. Just as they have supported us, we would like to support their road to success as well. Thank you being valuable community members First LAP!


HCAP Participates in the 2016 Foodland Give Aloha Campaign

Photo Week 1 - Give Aloha
On September 1st, Foodland’s Annual Give Aloha Campaign began. During September, Maika`i members are invited to make donations up to $249 to their favorite participating Hawaii non-profit organizations at checkout. Donations to each organization are tracked, and Foodland’s matching gift is divided proportionately among all participating organizations based on customer donations to the organizations.

Please support HCAP when you shop at any Foodland, Sack N Save or Foodland Farms store in the month of September! Use HCAP’s code #77207 and show your Maika`i Card to donate. 100% of your donation will help HCAP provide early childhood education, job training, housing, and increase opportunities for self-sufficiency for Oahu’s most needy families.