HCAP Weekly September 4, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

Senator Mazie Hirono’s Office Visits HCAP Head Start
Kupuna Independent Life Series Begins Its Fall Program
Central District Service Center Staff Attend Resource Fair to Promote Programs
Hā Initiative Receives Funding from The Verizon Foundation
HCAP Selects A New Technical Projects Coordinator
HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year


Senator Mazie Hirono’s Office Visits HCAP Head Start

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Ben Strand, Legislative Aide to United States Senator Mazie K. Hirono, visited Aiea I, Aiea II, Aiea Pre-Plus and Kapalama Head Start. He was welcomed with open arms as the children created thank you cards and leis for “Uncle Ben.” Long a champion of pre-kindergarten legislation, Senator Hirono continues to advocate for Early Childhood Education in Hawai’i. The classroom visits inspired Ben by demonstrating the positive impact that Head Start has on the students and families we serve.


Kupuna Independent Life Series Begins Its Fall Program

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This week, the Kupuna Independent Life Series began at three locations on Oahu. The fall program is currently being offered at the Moiliili Community Center, Kahuku Elderly Hauo’li Hale, and the Leeward District Service Center. The Kalihi-Palama District Service Center’s Kupuna program location and schedule is still to be determined.

For the next 13 weeks, the curriculum at all four locations will center on health, nutrition, and disease prevention. This week, the Leahi Kupuna learned about cancer preventive measures from the American Cancer Society while enjoying fruit and granola parfait. Meanwhile, the Windward Kupuna discussed heart disease and high blood pressure with handouts provided by the American Heart Association; they also danced hula and ate chow fun with chicken for lunch.

Please contact the District Service Center nearest you for more information about the Kupuna Independent Life Series:
Leahi District Service Center (Phone: 732-7755); Moiliili Community Center; Wednesdays from 8:30am – 12:30pm
Leeward District Service Center (Phone: 696-4261); Leeward District Service Center; Thursdays from 9am – 2pm
Windward District Service Center (Phone: 239-5754); Kahuku Elderly Hauoli Hale; Thursdays from 9am – 1:30pm
Kalihi-Palama District Service Center (Phone: 847-0804); program location and dates to be determined.


Central District Service Center Staff Attend Resource Fair to Promote Programs

This month, community workers at HCAP’s Central District Service Center attended a Resource Fair at the Waiawa Correctional Facility. At the Resource Fair, staff distributed program brochures and explained each program’s requirements and processes. Beyond discussing the services offered by the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program, a program some at the correctional facility have already enrolled, Central District Service Center staff discussed other programs that could potentially benefit the attendees such as HCAP’s Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center. HCAP hopes that by providing services to these inmates, it will empower them to use these opportunities to get their lives back on track.


Hā Initiative Receives Funding from The Verizon Foundation

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HCAP would like to thank The Verizon Foundation for their recent contribution to the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program. The grant is a reflection of the Foundation’s investment in STEM education for youth. The funds will be used to provide training and professional development for the Hā Initiative’s teaching staff. We truly appreciate the generosity and support of The Verizon Foundation.


HCAP Selects A New Technical Projects Coordinator

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HCAP is pleased to announce that James “Jojo” Upega has been selected as HCAP’s Technical Projects Coordinator. Jojo will be responsible for the coordination, development, and implementation of technology-based programs and special projects. He will also be responsible for managing HCAP’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), a program that helps households decrease energy consumption and utility costs by providing energy education and free energy-saving measures.

Jojo has been with HCAP since 2010, starting as a Community Worker at the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center. In 2014, he became the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program Coordinator, responsible for implementation and oversight of employment preparation training, case management, and job placement for unemployed and underemployed individuals.

Robert Piper, HCAP Executive Director, states “Jojo represents community action at its finest. He is the ultimate team player and brings a positive energy to everyone around him. I’m confident he will flourish in his new position and foster strong relationships with program participants and partners alike. The future of the program is in great hands.”

HCAP congratulates Jojo on his new position, and looks forward to benefitting from his wide range of knowledge and skills.


HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year

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Are you or someone you know in need of comprehensive early childhood education? Spread the word! HCAP Head Start is now accepting applications for children 3-5 years for the 2017-2018 school year. Families are encouraged to apply by calling (808) 847-2400 or visiting our website.