HCAP Weekly October 23, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

HCAP Holds Annual Board of Directors Installation Dinner
Kamehameha Students Beautify Kumuhonua on Senior Service Day
HCAP Head Start and Early Head Start Conducting Oral Health Screenings
Leeward Kupuna Celebrate Halloween with Costume Contest
The Honolulu Police Department Visits Lincoln Head Start
HCAP Early Head Start Accepting Applications

HCAP Holds Annual Board of Directors Installation Dinner

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On Thursday, October 26, 2017, HCAP held its annual Board of Directors Installation Dinner at Kapiolani Community College’s Ohi’a cafeteria. The dinner is an opportunity to recognize outgoing Board Members for their contribution to the agency, and to welcome the 2017-2018 Board of Directors and the officers of the District Advisory Councils and Head Start Policy Council.

The highlight of the evening was having current HCAP clients and staff share their personal stories about how HCAP’s staff and services had a positive impact on their lives. The attendees were treated to a video presentation, featuring clients from HCAP’s various programs and services such as Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center, HCAP Youth Services (HYS), and the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). During the ceremony, Head Start Policy Council members talked about how Head Start helped their children prepare for kindergarten. HCAP Director of Finance Corinne Murashige shared personal anecdotes about poverty, and how community action agencies like HCAP empower clients with the support and tools they need to build a thriving future for themselves and their families.

We would like to thank all those who attended and look forward to continuing our work to improve our community.

The full Board roster for 2017-2018 is as follows:



Chair Kiani Cockett
Vice Chair Terrence Aratani, Esq.
Secretary/Treasurer William Shiroma


Resident Sector
Diana Mayssonnett, Head Start Policy Council
Kiani Cockett, Central District Council
Juliana Moefu-Kaleopa, Central District Council
Glenn J. Silva, Kalihi-Palama District Council
Rebecca Allen, Leahi District Council
Naomi Digitaki, Leeward District Council
May Pakele, Windward District Council

Private Sector
Donald Aweau, Kilina’i Consulting
Manu Anana, Department of Education, Campbell-Kapolei Complex
Samuel Moku, Hawaii Pacific University
Joanna Markle, Hawaiian Electric Company
Roxanne U. Bolden, Aloha Independent Living Hawaii
William Shiroma, Bank of Hawaii
Elmer Kaai, Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce

Public Sector
Rep. Linda Ichiyama, Office of Representative Linda Ichiyama
Frank J. Lopez, Governor’s Representative
Colleen E. Minami, Mayor’s Representative
Blake Oshiro, Office of Representative Calvin K.Y. Say
Rep. Mark J. Hashem, Office of Representative Mark Hashem
Terrence H. Aratani, Esq., Office of Senator Brian T. Taniguchi
Garrick L.H. Goo, Esq., Office of Senator Clarence K. Nishihara

Kamehameha Students Beautify Kumuhonua on Senior Service Day

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On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Lead Case Manager Chermane Stringfield and Program Specialist Rado Melchor of the Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center conducted a presentation to a handful of seniors from Kamehameha Schools who were interested in helping at Kumuhonua as part of Senior Service Day. Kumuhonua staff provided information to the seniors regarding the program, its history, and the residents they provide services to. In addition, staff shared challenges they face and the overall mission and goal to assist individuals in the program to secure permanent housing. The presentation ended in an open question and answer session with the curious seniors.

The following week, on Wednesday, October 25th, the seniors who attended the presentation paid a visit to Kumuhonua to beautify the facility and its surroundings. Twenty Kamehameha seniors turned out for the event. Some graciously worked alongside staff to sweep and mop the floors in the building, while others worked in the Kumuhonua garden, pulling out weeds, raking the soil, and sowing seeds in the ground.

HCAP Head Start and Early Head Start Conducting Oral Health Screenings

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In collaboration with the Hawaii State Department of Health, HCAP Head Start and Early Head Start are conducting oral health screenings statewide. As part of the aforementioned initiative, the Hawaii Smiles Statewide screening team of dentists and dental hygienists conduct oral health assessments on Hawaii keiki who are most at risk for cavities. The Hawaii State Department of Health is extending their partnerships to early childhood programs like HCAP Head Start and Early Head Start because they want to provide oral health outreach and services to children at a younger age. The children in HCAP Head Start and Early Head Start will be referred to their dentist for follow-up care. If they do not have a dentist, the Hawaii State Department of Health and HCAP Head Start and Early Start will refer families to Community Case Management Corp., which assists Medicaid beneficiaries with finding dentists for treatment.

Leeward Kupuna Celebrate Halloween with Costume Contest

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Halloween came early for the Kupuna Independent Life Series at the Leeward District Service Center. The Leeward kupuna had a Halloween party on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Kupuna dressed up in original costumes, prizes were given to everyone with a costume. Winners had to jazzercise to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” After the costume contest, kupuna ran group relays and won more prizes. Lunch consisted of shoyu chicken, pork adobo, kalbi, spinach and fruit salad, coleslaw and lots of desserts. The whole class was serenaded by Auntie Pua and Auntie Judy, who brought their ukulele to the party. Lori Matsunaga, who is teaching nutrition to the kupuna this semester as part of the SNAP-Ed education program, also joined in on the festivities.

The Honolulu Police Department Visits Lincoln Head Start

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On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, the children of Lincoln Head Start received a special visit from Honolulu Police Department (HPD) Officers Pono, Al, and Ed, and Sergeant Derrick. The visit was part of HPD’s “Say Hi” Program and provides officers an opportunity to talk about their job, their tools, and how they respond to emergencies. The officers gave a presentation to the students on safety. They also talked about the roles, duties, and responsibilities of a police officer in the community. The officers also discussed pedestrian safety practices with the children and how to apply those practices when they go trick-o-treating at night. As a special treat, the children were able to see a real police car, see its lights, and hear the different alarms and sounds it makes. Finally, the children took pictures to make a keiki police ID, which help parents and guardians collect and save information on their children. This information may be vital if a child is lost or abducted. It was a very educational and memorable visit for the children at Lincoln Head Start.

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.