HCAP Weekly September 22, 2014

In this week’s issue:

Hā Initiative Students Learn About Aquaponics
Kupuna Learn How to Cook Vegetarian Food
Head Start Parent Shares Knowledge with Students
HCAP’s Featured SCSEP Participant
Welcome to our newest staff members!


Hā Initiative Students Learn About Aquaponics

Photo of Kalihi STEM aquaponics
This week at the Kalihi STEM Exploration Center, the students are exploring the fish in the aquaponics pond just outside their door at the St. Elizabeth Church community garden. The church’s maintenance man, Charles, built the garden. The addition of the aquaponics pond has been a great asset to the garden and the focal point of the STEM Exploration Center’s curriculum since it was put into service over the summer. In the picture above, our STEM students are learning about sustainability, the water cycle, and biology, while having fun categorizing, measuring, and counting the different kinds of fish. STEM teacher Mr. Christian is focusing on the roles of the fish, microbes and worms, and plants in the garden as they study the aquaponics cycle. He is planning to use the garden to teach the nitrogen cycle and plant and animal relationships in the coming months.
Just as a quick refresher: hydroponics simply means growing plants without soil. Aquaponics combines aquaculture (fish farming) with hydroponics and uses fish waste as a nutrient source to grow plants. Mahalo to Mr. Charles and St. Elizabeth Church for allowing us to take part in the beautiful community garden!


Kupuna Learn How to Cook Vegetarian Food

Photo of Kupuna at Down to Earth
On Thursday, September 24th, members from the Kupuna Independent Life Series attended a vegetarian workshop given by `Olelo vegetarian cook and host, Mama T Gonsalves, at Down to Earth in Kapolei. Participants learned about eating healthy by replacing meat with pork and beef substitutes, sugar with alternatives like coconut juice, and chocolate cravings with pure cacao. Everyone was able to enjoy a wheat berry pesto salad and protein smoothie for lunch. After the workshop, Mama T gave a tour of Down to Earth, pointing out important and nutritional foods that kupuna might not necessarily eat all the time.
If anyone is interested, Down to Earth has weekly cooking classes available in their community classroom. Call Down to Earth at 675-2323 for more information.


Head Start Parent Shares Knowledge with Students

Photo of Science at Laie Head Start
A Head Start dad volunteered his time and services to the Laie Elementary school. He did a wonderful junior science presentation with the entire student body. The Laie Head Start students had front row seats to watch the magic of science happen.


HCAP’s Featured SCSEP Participant

Photo of SCSEP Stan
Stanley was born and raised in Hollywood, California. Since childhood, he had visited Hawaii and had always loved the islands. Following a few years of retirement and travel, Stanley decided to settle in Hawaii and return to the workforce. After a long job search, he joined HCAP’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP); his first assignment was as a receptionist at the Hawaii International Child Organization. Stanley’s employment counselor Pat Dison had recently transferred him to a new, exciting position at HCAP’s administrative headquarters in downtown Honolulu. Today, he actively assists people with a wide range of needs, both in person and over the phone. Stanley believes that HCAP is doing a lot of good for the people of Hawaii – every day!


Welcome to our newest staff members!

Anna-Marie Scully – Head Start Assistant Teacher Trainee

Faimalotuupule Fetuao – Head Start Assistant Teacher

Heide Pescador – Head Start Comprehensive Services Assistant

Kristina Gravely – Head Start Health Education Specialist

Lorilei Silva – Head Start Assistant Teacher Trainee

Tiffany Omoso – Head Start Assistant Teacher Trainee

Timothy Loo – Head Start Assistant Teacher Trainee

Welcome to new staff