HCAP Weekly September 25, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

Hā Initiative Takes a Field Trip to Sea Life Park
Mahalo to the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association and the Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation
Leahi District Service Center Participates in Kalihi Community Farm Workday
HCAP Selects A New Program Coordinator
Puohala Head Start Children Build Good Oral Health Practices
HCAP Early Head Start Accepting Applications


Hā Initiative Takes a Field Trip to Sea Life Park

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This week, the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program took a family engagement field trip to Sea Life Park. Students from all five STEM Exploration Centers participated, and many of their parents also attended the fun-filled educational day at the park with their children. The program’s biggest field trip to date included nearly ninety children, fifty parents, and over a dozen HCAP staff members. Workshops included the Turtle Talk, Dolphin Trainer Talk, and Meet the Honu, all of which were packed full of marine facts and information. Did you know that turtles are only determined to be male or female a year after they are hatched? Sea turtles have no gender before their first birthday!

During the Dolphin Trainer Talk, students learned about Atlantic and Pacific bottlenose dolphins. The students learned that dolphins communicate using echolocation through their melons. The melon is a special organ on the top of the dolphin’s head that allows dolphins to hear and communicate with incredible accuracy. Students were also able to see the wondrous wholphin, who is half bottlenose dolphin and half false killer whale. The wholphin is the only one of its kind in human care! Some extra bonuses during the trip include the opportunity to see the Humboldt penguins, as well as the Kolohe Kai Sea Lion Show and the Dolphin Lagoon Show. Watching the students interact and learn with their parents during the day was rewarding for all of the HCAP staff in attendance. It was a wonderful family engagement day for the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program ohana.


Mahalo to the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association and the Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation

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On September 22nd, HCAP’s Director of Community Services, Tehani Diaz attended the 2017 Visitor Industry Charity Walk Check Presentation Event at the Ala Moana Hotel. The 39th Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, “A Tradition of Giving” was a tremendous success, providing support and awareness for organizations making a difference in the community. We would like to thank the Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association and the Hawai’i Hotel Industry Foundation for hosting the event and providing funds for HCAP’s programs and services. HCAP was excited to be a second-year participant in this tradition and is already looking forward to next year’s walk!


Leahi District Service Center Participates in Kalihi Community Farm Workday

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On September 16th, a practicum intern and two Community Workers from HCAP’s Leahi District Service Center volunteered as part of a community workday at Hoʻoulu ‘Āina, a 100 acre non-profit farm in Kalihi Valley. Every third Saturday of the month, Ho‘oulu ‘Āina staff provides several activities for volunteers and organizations to work and learn about the ʻāina. For the trio, it was not only a great way to give back to the community, but also an opportunity to connect with other social service organizations and individuals. Volunteers and community workers worked alongside one another and assisted with hands-on activities such as harvesting, weeding out invasive plants, and planting new gardens. The Ho‘oulu ‘Āina facilitators were very knowledgeable about the ‘āina and environmental sustainability. Overall, the Leahi District Service Center staff found the community workday immensely rewarding and enriching; it helped them further develop the cultural competencies they need to excel on the job.


HCAP Selects A New Program Coordinator

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HCAP is pleased to announce that Robin Fakaosi has been selected as HCAP’s Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program Coordinator. She will be responsible for administering the program, including program development, operations, oversight and evaluation, to provide employment readiness and job development services to unemployed and underemployed low-income individuals on Oahu.

Robin began working at HCAP in 2006 as a Program Aide. Since 2012, she has been a Community Worker at HCAP’s Kalihi-Palama District Service Center, working directly in the community to provide services and support to individuals and families seeking assistance. Recently, she has also been working in the HCAP Corporate Office to provide program support.

Robert Piper, HCAP Executive Director, states “Robin has been an exemplary Community Worker and has been invaluable in assisting programs such as Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services and Weatherization Assistance. She has proven ready for this new challenge and will make a smooth transition into her new role.”

HCAP congratulates Robin on her promotion.


Puohala Head Start Children Build Good Oral Health Practices

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Since 2001, Head Start educators from across the country have used the Cavity Free Kids (CFK) dental curriculum to teach children about the importance of tooth decay prevention. HCAP Head Start teachers regularly implement the CFK curriculum in their classrooms. Earlier this month, as part of the CFK curriculum, the children at Puohala Head Start learned about the importance of oral health. They conducted a tooth decay experiment by soaking a hard-boiled egg in a cup of vinegar overnight. Within a few days, the children noticed some changes to the egg – the acid had begun to eat away at the egg’s shell. After predicting what would happen to the egg, the children engaged in a discussion about how damaging sugary drinks and foods can be to one’s tooth enamel, and why eating healthy foods and receiving dental care is important.


HCAP Early Head Start Accepting Applications

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HCAP’s Early Head Start (EHS) program will provide 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 begins on October 1, 2017 and is now 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.