HCAP Weekly October 16, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

HCAP Head Start Celebrates Grand Opening of Waipahu Main Office
Leeward STEM Students Make Pumpkin Wreaths During Fall Break
SCSEP Participant Breaks the Cycle of Living Paycheck to Paycheck
Windward Kupuna Learn about Mind-Body Health Practices and Services
HCAP Youth Services Students Look for Job Opportunities at Job Fair
HCAP Early Head Start Accepting Applications


HCAP Head Start Celebrates Grand Opening of Waipahu Main Office

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HCAP Head Start held its grand opening and blessing at the new office site located at 94-810 Moloalo Street in Waipahu. It has been a dream and a goal for HCAP Head Start to once again have all of its employees together under one roof. On October 13, 2017, HCAP Head Start Director Grant Kogami expressed gratitude to all that helped bring this dream to fruition. It was truly a time to celebrate with staff, neighbor businesses, and partners. Head Start’s move to the Waipahu Main Office was a development years in the making. After years of being housed in the former Kapalama Military Reserve (KMR), HCAP Head Start had to move to make way for redevelopment. Since the move, the HCAP Head Start has had to house employees in 3 various locations until the right building – the office site in Waipahu – came along. Kahu Kordell Kekoa offered prayer and blessings for the continued success in serving Hawaii’s children and families. A huge mahalo to all that came out to commemorate a huge milestone for HCAP Head Start.


Leeward STEM Students Make Pumpkin Wreaths During Fall Break

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Students at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s Leeward STEM Exploration Center who attended during Fall Break continued to construct their playing field for the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics competition. In addition to robotics, students also did a fall craft activity with pumpkins, which was connected to the FLL theme of hydrodynamics.

In connection with hydrodynamics, students learned about how pumpkins grow. Pumpkins are 90% water, and require a lot of water to grow. Additionally, students learned about water intake for agriculture. For many students, it is a tradition to attend a pumpkin patch in the fall, but they were curious about the agricultural practices that facilitated pumpkin farming. The students asked “How do agricultural fields get watered?” and “How much water is required to sustain a major crop such as pumpkins during the season?” They investigated these questions and learned that agriculture is a major user of ground and surface water in the United States.

The students also learned that roughly 69% of the world’s freshwater withdrawal is used to sustain major crops and farms. After learning about the role water plays in farming, the students then made a pumpkin wreath and decorated sticker pumpkins that were tied together to hang at home. Leeward STEM Exploration Center had a wonderful Fall Break and is enjoying finding scientific ways to connect the autumn season with the FLL robotics theme of hydrodynamics.


SCSEP Participant Breaks the Cycle of Living Paycheck to Paycheck

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Keith came to the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in August 2016 after being referred by the State of Hawaii Unemployment Office. His wife retired as an elementary school teacher and Keith held several odd jobs in real estate, landscaping, security, and newspaper delivery. They have been relying on Social Security benefits and had accumulated credit card debt over the years. Due to their financial hardships, Keith needed to return to the workforce; he was able to obtain stable employment with the help of the SCSEP program.

Since being in SCSEP, Keith is no longer living paycheck to paycheck. He is currently assigned to the HCAP Kalihi-Palama District Service Center working as a groundskeeper. Keith’s primary responsibility is to keep the lawn area clean and landscaped. He also helps to keep the office windows, walkways, and interior and exterior areas clean. In addition, Keith helps his fellow co-workers with food distribution to the Kalihi community. Today, the HCAP Kalihi-Palama District Service Center and the community really enjoy having Keith being a part of the HCAP team.


Windward Kupuna Learn about Mind-Body Health Practices and Services

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Time flies when you’re having fun learning. Windward kupuna recently had special guest speakers from Ke Ola Mamo and the University of Hawai’i. The kupuna learned about the wide range of services that Ke Ola Mamo (a Native Hawaiian Health Care System) provides, including dental assistance, food assistance (SNAP), and mind-body health services, such as lomilomi or body massages. They also learned a simple breathing exercise by Ke Ola Mamo staff to ease their minds, bodies, and souls of tension, stress, and headaches. The Ke Ola Mamo staff also offered the kupuna the chance to get their blood pressure checked, and informed the kupuna about kidney screenings offered in Waimanalo. Following the presentation by Ke Ola Mamo, Jody Mishan from the University of Hawai’i educated the kupuna about Brain Health. Talking about risks, symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s, but she also informed them that the simple task of taking a 10 minute walk can help prevent the risk of being diagnosed with either health issue. The kupuna enjoyed their program day and eagerly wait to attend next week’s scheduled program.


HCAP Youth Services Students Look for Job Opportunities at Job Fair

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HCAP Youth Services (HYS) students recently attended a youth job fair held at the American Job Center’s Dillingham Office. Among the vendors at the job fair were Lowe’s, Goodwill, Macy’s, YMCA, and HMS Host. Students were able to interact with different vendors, fill out application forms, and participate in on-the-spot interviews. The American Job Center staff provided the students with tips on job searching online, filling out applications, and proper interview etiquette. Many of the students walked out of the job fair with scheduled interviews.


HCAP Early Head Start Accepting Applications

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HCAP’s Early Head Start (EHS) program provides home-based child development and family support services to low-income families with infants and toddlers, and to low-income pregnant women and their families. The program, which began on October 1, 2017, is still accepting applications for infants and toddlers, ages 0-3 years, who are based in the Windward and Central areas on Oahu. Families are encouraged to apply by calling (808) 847-2400 or visiting the HCAP Head Start Waipahu Office, located at 94-810 Moloalo Street, #200, Waipahu, Hawaii 96797.