HCAP Weekly July 8, 2019

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Lili’uokalani Trust Hosts Latest Windward District Advisory Council Meeting
Lincoln STEM Students Build Ewok Catapult
SCSEP Holds Meeting for HCAP Training Site Partners
Na Lima Hana Participant Obtains Employment as Floor Installer
Leahi District Service Center Continues Partnership with Hawaii State Judiciary


Lili’uokalani Trust Hosts Latest Windward District Advisory Council Meeting

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In recent months, HCAP’s Windward District Service Center have rotated the site of Windward District Advisory Council Meetings among the council members themselves. The Council members are using the rotations as an opportunity to actively engage, share, and exchange resources with fellow agency providers. They hope to build stronger partnerships with one another in the process.

In March, KEY Project hosted the Windward District Council Meeting. KEY Project is where the Windward District Service Center hosts its monthly Ohana Produce food distribution. In May, Lili’uokalani Trust, another long-term HCAP partner, welcomed the Windward District Advisory Council to their beautiful campus in Punalu’u. They educated the Council about their services, and discussed with members potential collaborations and partnerships. The rotations have been going well; the Windward District Advisory Council looks forward to the next Council meeting later this month, when the Hau’ula Civic Center will be hosting the meeting.


Lincoln STEM Students Build Ewok Catapult

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This week, students from Hā Initiative: STEM After-School Program’s Lincoln STEM Exploration Center, a 21st Century Community Learning Center, took a break from LEGO robotics and worked on a new project. Drawing inspiration from a Star Wars-themed STEM activity book, the students broke up into teams and built their very own Ewok Catapult using popsicle sticks and string. Three teams assembled three very impressive catapults. After assembling it, the class tested the catapults to see if they capable of launching fired objects. Two of the teams created strong and sturdy catapults that launched items up to the ceiling! It was a fun project.


SCSEP Holds Meeting for HCAP Training Site Partners

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The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) recently held a program training and orientation meeting for staff from HCAP’s Hā Initiative: STEM After-School Program and Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center, two programs that serve as SCSEP training sites. SCSEP collaborates with a handful of partnering agencies and programs that operate as training sites. These sites provide “hands-on” training for SCSEP participants through paid Community Service Assignments.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and clarify procedural expectations about the trainee’s work schedule, timesheets, and responsibilities onsite. SCSEP staff also used the meeting as an opportunity to discuss more sensitive issues, such as onsite conflict and terminations, as well as other topics that would help improve the participant/training site experience.


Na Lima Hana Participant Obtains Employment as Floor Installer

Larry, a member of the Laumaka Work Furlough program, was seeking assistance in obtaining employment. Laumaka referred Larry to HCAP’s Kalihi-Palama District Service Center. Kalihi-Palama District Service Center staff enrolled Larry in the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program and proceeded to help him with his resume, provide him job leads, and help him apply for jobs online.

Larry has a background in the skilled trades, so Kalihi-Palama District Service Center staff helped him look for labor positions. Less than a month after completing the ECS Program, Larry obtained employment as a floor installer. Through ECS participant funds, Kalihi-Palama District Service Center will be providing Larry with pants and work boots. Kalihi-Palama District Service Center is excited for Larry, and hopes this new job opens up a new chapter for him.


Leahi District Service Center Continues Partnership with Hawaii State Judiciary

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As a participating work site for the Hawaii State Judiciary, HCAP’s District Service Centers (Central District Service Center, Kalihi-Palama District Service Center, Leahi District Service Center, Leeward District Service Center, and Windward District Service Center) have served as a place where individuals can fulfill court-ordered community service hours.

Recently, Court Officers Gail K. Gaceta and Richard Wei paid a visit to HCAP’s Leahi District Service Center to discuss with Community Services Manager Tekawitha about volunteer placements and the duties and responsibilities that would be available to volunteers as part of their ongoing partnership.