HCAP Weekly December 18, 2017

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Leeward District Service Center Hosts Third Annual Houseless Feeding and Community Service Day
Waimanalo Couple Receives New Solar Water Heater and Energy Efficient Devices
Hā Initiative Celebrates Winter Solstice During Family Nights
HCAP Board Member and Friends Spread Holiday Cheer
Kalihi Kupuna Win Christmas Prizes and Gifts in Closing Session
HCAP Corporate Office Holds Holiday Decorating Contest


Leeward District Service Center Hosts Third Annual Houseless Feeding and Community Service Day

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On Tuesday, December 19th, HCAP’s Leeward District Service Center, in collaboration with HCAP Head Start, held its Third Annual Houseless Feeding and Community Service Day. The tradition for this event began when HCAP Head Start Cluster 1 Family Advocates took residence at the Leeward District and began to collaborate on various community projects. The feeding of the houseless was an event that spurred on other Family Advocates, outside of Cluster 1, to join in this day of service. This year, as in years past, volunteers also came from the HCAP Corporate Office, to assist with the day’s activities.

The preparation for this event started early in December when Head Start Family Advocate Alice Lenchanko received donations of 21 turkeys and two 50 lb. bags of rice, along with cases of corn, from Anela and Vincent Arquinez. Leeward District Service Center Community Worker Lana Ulu took on the responsibility of preparing the turkeys in an imu at Timoteo Farms in Waianae on December 16th and 17th with the help of family members.

The day of service began at 6:30 in the morning, as volunteer family members and Head Start Family Advocates cooked and prepared plate lunches. Over 300 plates were prepared with kalua turkey, rice, corn salad and mochi balls. The plate lunches were then delivered, via caravan, to homeless encampments from Nanakuli to Waianae, in known and hidden areas of the coast, where many unsheltered homeless families live. At the end of the day, Head Start Family Advocates joined Leeward District Service Center staff in their monthly food distribution, serving over 400 families in need. All leftover plate lunches were given to participants at the food distribution.

This one-day event brought together co-workers, family and community for a communal celebration of service to benefit the less fortunate. Without everyone’s support and collaboration, this event would not have been possible.


Waimanalo Couple Receives New Solar Water Heater and Energy Efficient Devices

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Joseph and his wife live in Waimanalo on Hawaiian Homestead land. HCAP’s Windward District Service Center helped Joseph’s household through the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). During the home energy audit for WAP, Windward District Service Center staff learned that the family didn’t have hot water for months as their water heater had broken down. Joseph had to boil water to avoid cold showers.

The family received one-on-one energy education during the home energy audit. Additionally, the program provided the family with energy-efficiency information in the form of handouts, pamphlets, and other items. Joseph and his wife were also given personalized energy efficiency education on specific appliances that they have in their home. Lastly, the family received free energy efficient devices such as LED light bulbs, smart power strips, efficiency faucet aerators and showerheads, and a solar water heater. Thank you to Haleakala Solar for a job well done with Joseph’s solar installation.


Hā Initiative Celebrates Winter Solstice During Family Nights

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Family Nights for the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After School Program, a 21st Century Community Learning Center, were held in the month of December. Each STEM Exploration Center hosted families who came to hear about the latest projects and work created by STEM students. The theme for this quarter’s Family Night was “Winter Solstice.” Winter Solstice is an astronomical phenomenon; it marks the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. This year’s Winter Solstice fell on Thursday, December 21st.

In December, STEM students learned about galaxies, stars, and constellations. The five STEM Exploration Centers taught students that constellations are more than just glowing dots in the night sky, and are instead groups of different stars from all over our galaxy. Each one of those tiny dots in the sky is actually a sun with its own rotating solar system. With that concept introduced, the kids got a better idea of how big space really is, and that there is so much out there that we can still discover and learn. Additionally, the kids got to see what constellations were used for in the past, such as navigation or predicting when the seasons were changing. To illustrate their favorite constellations, students got to make their favorite constellations by poking holes into black construction paper and placing regular white paper behind it. With the help of a flashlight shining through the construction paper, the constellation shined just like the stars in the night sky!


HCAP Board Member and Friends Spread Holiday Cheer

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Each holiday season, HCAP Board Member Colleen Minami and her friends have been selecting various HCAP programs to generously present gifts to. This year, they selected the HCAP Head Start program. On Friday, December 8th, Colleen and fellow donor Lana Seki brought holiday joy and smiles to the HCAP Head Start Home Base program. Colleen and Lana attended the Home Base program’s scheduled socialization events and met up with children and their families. HCAP Head Start is grateful for Colleen’s service on the Board of Directors and would like to extend our warmest gratitude to Colleen, Lana, and the rest of this group, for their generous gifts.


Kalihi Kupuna Win Christmas Prizes and Gifts in Closing Session

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The seniors at Kalihi-Palama District Service Center’s Kupuna Independent Life Series concluded the fall session on Wednesday. They started off the day with breakfast. On the menu were vegetable stir fry, scrambled eggs, and brown rice. After breakfast, Lanakila Health Center’s Hei Sook spoke to the kupuna about the importance of oral care and ways to take care of teeth and gums. Once the talk on oral care was finished, they played Bingo and won Christmas prizes and gifts. All of the Bingo gifts were donated by a volunteer at the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center. For lunch, the kupuna were treated to chicken sandwiches with corn and light mayonnaise. They talked story and then exchanged their last goodbyes until the next kupuna series begins.


HCAP Corporate Office Holds Holiday Decorating Contest

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HCAP Corporate Office staff got into the holiday spirit by way of a decorating contest. Each department was tasked to create a holiday-themed cubicle or shelf. The result was a beautiful array of holiday decorations all over the office. You can see pictures of some of the contest entries on our Facebook page here!