HCAP Weekly December 4, 2017

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HCAP Children Board United Airlines Fantasy Flight
Starbucks Hawaii Managers Visit HCAP Youth Services
Waipahu Pre Plus Parents and Children Build Wooden Gingerbread Houses
HCAP Corporate Office Holds AUW Bake Sale
Mahalo for Participating in #GivingTuesday


HCAP Children Board United Airlines Fantasy Flight

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On December 5th, 24 children from various HCAP programs on the Leeward Coast were invited on the United Airlines Fantasy Flight to fly to the North Pole to meet Santa!

The children were each given boarding passes, went through airport security and got to meet Mickey, Minnie, and Stitch while waiting to board the plane.

Most of the children had never been in a plane, so they were very excited! After taxiing for a bit, the 777 airplane took off down the runway for the flight to the North Pole. According to the pilot, the flight time was “8 hours and 30 minutes.” On their way to the North Pole, they took a detour to see Haleakala Crater. During the flight, the children received a message from Santa telling them to meet him and his reindeer on “Christmas Island.” The actual flight lasted about 1 hour in all.

Upon landing on Christmas Island, the children were greeted by Santa’s helpers. Each of the children met Santa and was given a gift. After receiving their gifts, the children went to different booths where they got to play games and win prizes, decorate Christmas cookies, and have custom made balloon creations. The children had a wonderful time and really enjoyed their adventure to the North Pole!

HCAP would like to thank United Airlines for inviting our children. The staff went above and beyond to create this magical day!


Starbucks Hawaii Managers Visit HCAP Youth Services

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Starbucks Hawaii managers from several locations on Oahu recently visited the HCAP Youth Services C-Base class to offer career advice. The managers talked about things to look for in a job (benefits such as 401(k) retirement plans and dental and medical insurance), and things employers usually look for in an employee (a team player with a professional demeanor and composure). They also offered tips on how to boost one’s chances of employability, including sending a follow-up e-mail after job interviews.

Beyond career advice, the managers offered life lessons they learned along the way. Justin, who manages the Kahala Mall Starbucks, admitted that after completing his Bachelor’s in Japanese linguistics, he realized that becoming a translator – a relatively solitary profession – didn’t appeal to him; working with people and customers did. Ka’ala, who oversees 12 Starbucks Hawaii stores, acknowledges that there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to success and that you learn through on-the-job experience. “What you think makes you happy won’t necessarily make you happy,” Ka’ala shared.


Waipahu Pre Plus Parents and Children Build Wooden Gingerbread Houses

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As part of the Home Depot Kids Workshop Program, children and parents of Waipahu Pre Plus Head Start got into the spirit of gingerbread house building! Led by Home Depot employees, the children and parents were provided instructional guidance and materials to build their own wooden gingerbread house. The Home Depot staff modeled safe hammer use during the assembling of the panels, and Waipahu Pre Plus Head Start parents observed and followed suit. Once their wooden gingerbread houses were assembled, the children had the chance to decorate it with stickers.


HCAP Corporate Office Holds AUW Bake Sale

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On December 1st, HCAP Corporate Office had a bake sale in support of a good cause. The bake sale was a success, as HCAP was able to raise hundreds of dollars in a single day. All the proceeds went to Aloha United Way, an organization HCAP has had the pleasure of working and collaborating with. Among the donated baked goods were strawberry shortcake, banana loaf bread, oreo cheesecake, and pumpkin mochi. HCAP would like to thank HCAP Corporate Office, Kalihi-Palama District Service Center, and HCAP Head Start for their contributions.


Mahalo for Participating in #GivingTuesday

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HCAP would like to thank all of our supporters who made a donation for #GivingTuesday 2017. Most importantly, HCAP’s #GivingTuesday campaign truly celebrated acts of generosity, selflessness, and the spirit of giving. From #UNselfie photos to special community events and initiatives developed by HCAP Corporate Office, HCAP Head Start, HCAP Youth Services, and District Service Centers, HCAP was able to engage staff, program participants, and the community to get involved in the spirit of giving.