HCAP Weekly October 30, 2017

Photo of Featured Image

In this week’s issue:

HCAP Head Start Staff Attend the 2017 UH West Oahu Fall Opportunties Fair
Former Kumuhonua Couple Transitions to Permanent Housing
Kalihi STEM Students Showcase Their Work at Town Hall Meeting
HCC Practicum Student Gains Experience at Leahi District Service Center
Windward Kupuna Enjoy Health Discussions and Hawaiian Nose Flute Music


HCAP Head Start Staff Attend the 2017 UH West Oahu Fall Opportunities Fair

Photo of HS Job Fair

On Wednesday, October 25th, HCAP Head Start staff attended the 2017 University of Hawaii West Oahu Fall Opportunities Fair as a Participating Organization. HCAP staff used the event as an opportunity to provide information about HCAP programs and services, as well as a chance to share current employment opportunities available at HCAP Head Start. Brochures and enrollment information were distributed to attendees who visited HCAP’s booth. The event featured 62 businesses and organizations in 40 different occupational fields. HCAP is currently looking to fill Head Start positions such as Teacher, Assistant Teacher, and Family Advocates.

Click here to see all of HCAP’s current employment opportunities.


Former Kumuhonua Couple Transitions to Permanent Housing

Photo of Kumu couple

Michael and Stacia entered the Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center in July 2017. The couple initially met while they were living on the streets, but were determined to create a stable future together and secure permanent housing. Working actively with the housing specialist and case management at Kumuhonua, Michael and Stacia applied for multiple rental units. Michael continued working full-time and financially supporting Stacia. Their hard work paid off as they secured permanent housing in Aiea within 90 days at Kumuhonua. Michael and Stacia are confident that they will continue to be on track with all the financial literacy skills and habits learned while enrolled in the program.


Kalihi STEM Students Showcase Their Work at Town Hall Meeting

Photo of STEM collage

Students at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s Kalihi STEM Exploration Center were able to showcase what they have been learning at their STEM Exploration Center. Students and parents gathered at the bi-annual Town Hall Meeting at Princess Victoria Ka’iulani Elementary School to participate in an interactive demonstration of creating their own Non-Newtonian Liquid, otherwise known as slime.

Non-Newtonian liquid is a liquid capable of varying its viscosity, or fluidness, based on the amount of force or pressure placed upon it. Slime is also composed of a cross-linked polymer, which is what makes it such a unique play material for children. It is classified as a liquid and is typically made by combining polyvinyl alcohol solutions (glue) with borate ions (borax or corn starch) in a large mixing container. To make the slime, parents and students were given a mixture of glue, water, and corn-starch. With that, they got to add in their own choice of food coloring for personalization, and then mix it all together to create their own batch of slime. The students at the Kalihi STEM Exploration Center enjoyed the opportunity to teach their parents and peers how to make the sticky liquid.


HCC Practicum Student Gains Experience at Leahi District Service Center

Photo of Leahi Practicum Student

The Leahi District Service Center is pleased to have Honolulu Community College (HCC) intern, Terrence Cenido back for his final semester. Terrence is a full-time human services student working towards his Associate Human Services degree. His focus is to work with clients recovering from drug and substance abuse. His long-term career goal is to become a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC).

Observing and assisting community workers with clients at the Salvation Army and other partnering adult treatment service programs has provided Terrance with hands-on experience and tools. His duties include assisting clients with job resumes, mock interviews, and financial literacy. Last semester, Terrence collected over 20 boxes of donated hygiene products from the Outrigger Hotel. The staff put together over 300 hygiene bags for clients who are actively seeking employment and to prepare for their interviews. Thank you Terrance for your contribution and hard work.


Windward Kupuna Enjoy Health Discussions and Hawaiian Nose Flute Music

Photo of Windward Kupuna

The staff at HCAP’s Windward District Service Center discussed personal health matters at a recent Kupuna Independent Life Series session. It was a very educational session for the Windward kupuna, as many of them did not know what complications such as urinary tract infections were until this session. After the informative health discussion, the program continued with a presentation by Kamaka Jingao, a financial insurance agent. Opening with an Oli, or chant, Kamaka shared his Hawaiian-Japanese upbringing and how it has shaped him. Kamaka talked to the Kupuna about the many options of Medicare plans, and what exactly each plan provided. By the end of the presentation, the kupuna started to look into what plan they have and what their options are. Following the talk about Medicare, Kamaka played a few musical tunes with his nose flute, sharing his love and enjoyment of Hawaiian music with the kupuna.