HCAP WEEKLY April 12, 2021

HCAP, Department of Health and Nonprofit Partners Work Together to Vaccinate Rural Oʻahu Communities
Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program Students Learn About Fire Through Hawaiian Mythology
Kūpuna Independent Life Series Drive-By Classroom Wraps Up Spring 2021 Semester
HCAP Client Achieves Financial Stability and Secures Permanent Housing After Losing Her Home
HCAP Head Start Keiki Learn How to Reuse and Recycle with Creative Projects


HCAP, Department of Health, and Nonprofit Partners Work Together to Vaccinate Rural Oʻahu Communities

Last Friday, as part of a push to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates in rural Oʻahu communities, agricultural workers and their families from across the Central, Leeward, and North Shore areas of Oʻahu came to the HCAP Head Start Kunia campus to get vaccinated for COVID-19! Over 100 individuals received their vaccination shot at the event, which was a collaboration between HCAP, the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health, the Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Hawaiʻi COVID-19 Response, Recovery, and Resilience Team, and Project Vision Hawaiʻi

A majority of the participants come from rural, low-income, and immigrant communities of Oʻahu that have been hit hardest by the pandemic. HCAP Executive Director Robert N.E. Piper shared that these communities often face “language barriers and limited transportation access…which make getting vaccinated a difficult if not impossible process,” and that through collaborations with state agencies and nonprofit organizations, “we are better able to reach out to and vaccinate Oʻahu residents who may have otherwise struggled to find access and services to accommodate their needs.”

Mahalo to our partners, HCAP staff, and all of the volunteers who made this event possible. We look forward to continuing to help Hawaiʻi get vaccinated!


 

Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program Students Learn About Fire Through Hawaiian Mythology

Guest speaker Pua Heimuli returned to the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program this week to talk about the cultural and environmental significance of fire in Hawaiʻi. Pua works as an Oʻahu Outreach Associate with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit and the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW)

Students learned the legend of the Hawaiian demigod Maui discovering fire through the ‘alae ‘ula (Hawaiian Moorhen), and the origin of the hen’s red forehead. Pua also taught that while fire has a place in Native Hawaiian culture, the impact of modern wildfires started by humans in Hawaiʻi is far-reaching. She shared that DOFAW not only assists fire departments across Hawaiʻi in responding to most of the wildfires in the islands, but also works during the dry season to revitalize native forests through replanting efforts and encouraging animals to return to their habitats. This work keeps our watersheds and coastlines healthy and prevents invasive, fire-adapted plant species from taking hold in damaged soil. 

To celebrate her second visit to the Hā Initiative, Pua gifted students stickers for Native Hawaiian Plant Month as a reminder to mālama (care for) Hawaiʻi’s unique and fragile ecosystem. 

Want to get involved in STEM? For more information, email hcapstem@hcapweb.org!


 

Kūpuna Independent Life Series Drive-By Classroom Wraps Up Spring 2021 Semester

On April 9th, the Kūpuna Independent Life Series at Leeward District Service Center finished its final Drive-By Classroom for the Spring 2021 semester! Every Friday, kūpuna have been able to pick up educational health handouts, crafts made by the students, and a bento for lunch, all while remaining socially-distanced in their vehicles. This service has been made possible through our partnership with Hawaiʻi Pacific University’s College of Nursing

Esmeralda, one of the participants, said “I miss all my kūpuna friends and the nursing students. We had a lot of fun and learned about different things pertaining to senior health problems. I hope HCAP opens up in September — I miss my family!” 

The Kūpuna Independent Life Series senior health and socialization programming will continue in Fall 2021. Depending on Oʻahu’s reopening status at that time, the kūpuna may be able to finally get together in person again!




 

HCAP Client Achieves Financial Stability and Secures Permanent Housing After Losing Her Home

In 2018, Karyn was forced to vacate her downtown Honolulu apartment when the owners decided to sell. She found herself homeless and living a difficult life of moving from beach park to beach park. An Institute for Human Services (IHS) outreach team was able to connect with Karyn and get her into temporary housing for six months. In April of 2019, Karyn was transferred to HCAP’s Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center in an effort to start working toward permanent housing. 

Kumuhonua offers housing and other services for single adults and couples over the age of 18 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. While at Kumuhonua, Karyn learned budgeting and other financial preparedness skills. Karyn also attended case management meetings and her mental and physical health appointments on a consistent basis. 

Karyn was able to build a support system through her church and book club and began rebuilding her personal finances. While saving up for her first month’s rent and security deposit, Karyn received Rapid Re-Housing assistance through Catholic Charities Hawaiʻi. The Kumuhonua team is happy to announce that Karyn recently moved into her new elderly apartment in Waipahu! We wish her the best of luck in her new home. 

For more information on HCAP’s Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center, please visit https://www.hcapweb.org/kumuhonua-transitional-living-center/

 


 

HCAP Head Start Keiki Learn How to Reuse and Recycle with Creative Projects

HCAP Head Start keiki have been studying recycling and all of the things that can be created with recycled materials. Check out some of the creative projects they completed this week!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

To make something new out of recycled materials at home, Caysen from Aiea 1 collected soda tabs with his mom and created a soda tab necklace and bracelet. Caysen was very excited to show the teaching staff his creation and is continuing to recycle at home!

Desert Snake

Luca from Iroquois Point chose an animal that he enjoyed learning about for his project with recycled items. Luca made a snake with tissue paper, construction paper, string, and paper towel rolls. He also shared his knowledge of snakes, including their desert habitat and what they like to eat.

Spotted a Giraffe

Annabelle from Iroquois Point made a giraffe for her recycled project using a tissue box, toilet paper and paper towel rolls, paint, and construction paper. She then demonstrated her fine motor skills by cutting, gluing, and carefully building her recycled giraffe. Annabelle also learned that giraffes are mammals that live in grasslands, not just at the zoo!

Turtle Shell

Alexander from Iroquois Point made a turtle shell out of a recycled box at home. He painted the box green like a turtle, and he learned that turtles eat seaweed and live in the ocean and at the beach. Alexander was excited to use recycled materials and his imagination to build something he enjoys learning about!