HCAP Weekly January 26, 2015

Head Start Calendars

In this week’s issue:

Congratulations to Our New Central Community Services Manager!
Meet HCAP’s New Technical Projects Coordinator
HCAP Program Participant Spreads Aloha
Hā Initiative Students Build Foil Boat That Holds 73 Pennies
Children Draw Pictures for 2015 Head Start Calendar
Windward Volunteer Reaches 20 Year Milestone


Congratulations to Our New Central Community Services Manager!

Central District Service Center

HCAP is pleased to announce that Katy Perry has been promoted from Assistant Community Services Manager to Community Services Manager at HCAP’s Central District Service Center in Aiea. Katy replaces Sue Quinn, who recently retired after 32 years of dedicated service at HCAP.

Katy has over 24 years of relevant experience, having started with HCAP in 1990 as a Community Worker providing an array of programs and services to low-income individuals and families. In 2006 she was named the Assistant Community Services Manager at Central District Service Center, where she was instrumental in providing direct services to clients, as well as administrative tasks such as reporting, updating procedures, internal audits of program records, and case management training.

Robert Piper, HCAP Executive Director, states “Katy exemplifies what we are looking for in a Community Services Manager. In addition to having a tremendous work ethic, she also exhibits natural people skills and intuitive leadership. She is a true advocate whose passion to assist the community is an inspiration to others. The wealth of experience and knowledge Katy has gained through working in the community for all of these years will provide for a smooth and seamless transition.”

HCAP congratulates Katy for continuing to build upon her achievements and striving to reach her fullest potential for the benefit of HCAP and the people we serve.


Meet HCAP’s New Technical Projects Coordinator

WAP
HCAP is pleased to announce that Keith Nakano has been selected as HCAP’s Technical Projects Coordinator. He will be responsible for the coordination, development, and implementation of technology-based programs and special projects; and will also be primarily responsible for managing HCAP’s Weatherization Assistance Program, a free energy-efficiency program that helps households decrease energy consumption and utility costs.

Keith has a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master of Education in Educational Technology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He previously worked at the State of Hawaii, Office of Community Services administering grants and contracts to facilitate and enhance the development, delivery, and coordination of programs for disadvantaged, immigrant, and refugee populations in Hawaii. Most recently, Keith was HCAP’s Leahi District Community Services Manager in Palolo since 2012.

Robert Piper, HCAP Executive Director, states “We are very pleased to have Keith take over in this capacity, as he brings a unique set of skills that are needed for this position. He has demonstrated the ability and willingness to take on a wide variety of programs and special projects that support our agency’s initiatives.”

HCAP congratulates Keith on his new position, and looks forward to benefitting from his wide range of knowledge and skills.


HCAP Program Participant Spreads Aloha

Youth Services
Jen was introduced to HCAP in March 2014 as a student in the Youth Services program. She began working toward earning her Competency Based Community School Diploma (C-Base) in April, and completed all five units and the mastery test in six months. Currently, Jen is working on the Phase II requirement of C-BASE, which consists of 100 hours of employment over a 12-week period.

In April 2014, Jen signed up with Na Lima Hana-Employment Core Services (ECS) through the Leahi District Service Center. In November of 2014, ECS referred Jen to Roberts Hawaii, Inc. as a hostess on the Ali`i Kai Catamaran (AKC). She started working in December, and received a gift card incentive for obtaining employment. Jen really enjoys her job at AKC, as one of her duties as a hostess is to spread the Aloha Spirit to the guests on the dinner cruise, which she is doing great at.


Hā Initiative Students Build Foil Boat That Holds 73 Pennies

Waiahole STEM Center
On Wednesday, January 21st, the students from the Hā Initiative Windward STEM Exploration Center learned about buoyancy by conducting the foil boat experiment. It was hot out, so it was the perfect day to set up a water tub outside. The students were challenged to design and build a foil boat that could hold the most amount of pennies before sinking.

First the students reviewed the Engineering Design Process: Ask, Brainstorm, Design, Create, Evaluate, and Reflect (A-B-D-C-E-R). We asked the question, “How many pennies can a foil boat hold without sinking?” This inevitably led to the question, “Which design makes the foil boat the most buoyant?” The students brainstormed ideas about how to design their boat and then created a sketch. Next came the fun part: creating. The students created a variety of boats, long and skinny; short and fat. We then evaluated the boats’ effectiveness by floating them in the water tub and carefully adding one penny at a time. The placement of pennies proved to be important to keep the foil boat afloat the longest, such as strategically placing them at equal points around the vessel.

The foil boat that held the most amount of pennies was in the shape of a cube, with steep sides to prevent water from leaking in. It held 73 pennies! The second most buoyant foil boat proved to be the canoe-shaped ones, again with steep sides. The students recorded their results and completed the Engineering Design Process by reflecting on how they could make their boat hold more.


Children Draw Pictures for 2015 Head Start Calendar

Head Start Calendars
Each year HCAP Head Start conducts an annual calendar contest, in which Head Start children submit drawings based on various themes such as favorite stories, fairytales, holidays, etc. Twelve children’s drawings were selected to be featured in the 2015 Head Start Calendar. The winners and their families were acknowledged at the recent Head Start Policy Council meeting. Each child received a book and calendar to congratulate them on their achievement.


Windward Volunteer Reaches 20 Year Milestone

Windward Volunteer
HCAP’s Windward District Service Center would like to recognize, congratulate and thank Gladys for 20 years of volunteer service! Aunty Gladys has been a part of the monthly Ohana Produce food distribution, as a faithful volunteer, ambassador, and leader. Mahalo for your dedication to HCAP and the Windward District!