HCAP Weekly February 12, 2018

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HCAP Holds 2018 Annual Training Day
Central District Service Center Enters Week 2 of Tax Program
Kalihi STEM Students Learn about Rocks and Minerals
Windward Kupuna Discuss Parkinson’s Disease
Energy Saving Tips from the Weatherization Assistance Program


HCAP Holds 2018 Annual Training Day

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On Tuesday, February 13th, over 250 HCAP staff gathered at the Consolidated Theatres Kapolei for HCAP’s 2018 Annual Training Day. The Training Day theme, “Building a Happy & Healthy HCAP” was reflected in the topics discussed and food provided throughout the day. Gift baskets, donated by HCAP’s various programs and departments, also contained items that promoted fitness and personal well-being.

The guest speakers reaffirmed the importance of teamwork in a happy and healthy workplace.
The first speaker, Sean Craig, shared with HCAP staff the values and pillars that make the Hawaiian way of life so special. As Sean eloquently put it, “One person’s success is everyone’s success. There is no job more important than another job. It is only by respecting your fellow coworkers do you bring dignity and honor to each and every person in the workplace.” In another presentation entitled “Getting Organized,” the speaker from WorkLife Hawaii provided details of HCAP’s Employee Assistance Program and reminded everyone about the importance of establishing trust with others at work.

After recognizing employees for achieving educational goals and years of service milestones, and announcing the winners of HCAP’s second annual “I’m for Quality” contest, HCAP staff were treated to a surprise movie and popcorn.


Central District Service Center Enters Week 2 of Tax Program

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It’s that time of the year again and the happy helpers at the Central District Service Center are busy bees ensuring our tax season gets off to a great start! The Central District Service Center is in Week 2 of HCAP’s Income Tax Services/ Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program and have already completed intake and submitted tax forms on behalf of 43 individuals, both returning and first time EITC participants. Denise (right in picture) is a returning participant in the EITC program and also participates in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) working as an Office Clerk at the Central District Service Center. Noelle (left) is one of our new tax prep volunteers and helps to make filing taxes a breeze for program participants. The Central District Service Center staff are excited to catch up with those who utilize this service each year and look forward to meeting new clients as well.


Kalihi STEM Students Learn about Rocks and Minerals

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This week, the students at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After School Program’s Kalihi STEM Exploration Center, a 21st Century Community Learning Center, learned more about the Earth. In today’s experiment, the children were taught about the process known as weathering, which is when rocks get broken down into smaller rocks, minerals, and soils. As part of a live science demonstration, the children were each given two pieces of granite and weathered them away by rubbing them against each other. The result was a pile of smaller particles of granite, which they got to look at using a magnifying lens specifically made to examine rocks. The experiment taught the kids what rocks are made out of and what they look like when they are in smaller pieces.


Windward Kupuna Discuss Parkinson’s Disease

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Over one million Americans currently live with Parkinson’s disease. With nearly 50,000 new cases diagnosed each year, Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that has no cure. As part of the Kupuna Independent Life Series organized by HCAP’s Windward District Service Center staff, residents of Lani Huli Elderly in Kailua attended a Parkinson’s disease workshop led by Jerry Boster of the Hawaii Parkinson Association. During the lesson, the kupuna participated in an interactive Q&A session discussing symptoms of Parkinson’s, which include resting tremors, slowness of movement, and instability of posture and walking.


Energy Saving Tips from the Weatherization Assistance Program

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