HCAP WEEKLY December 26, 2022

HCAP Partners with Toys for Tots
Hā Initiative Visits Bishop Museum
Adopt-a-Family Donor Surprises HCAP Client


HCAP Partners with Toys for Tots

The HCAP District Service Centers were overjoyed to once again partner with the Toys for Tots program. Staff from the Windward District Service Center assisted families from the Windward community struggling to buy gifts this season, along with volunteers from the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base. The Kalihi-Palama District Service Center received toys and donated books. One client’s oldest son was pleasantly surprised when he received the books and shared, “I love books, I love to read!” and gave his younger brother the toys.

All of the families that received toys are participants of HCAP programs such as Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services or Energy Crisis Intervention through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. From single parents to households that have one or both adults working, many have struggled this year to make ends meet and some families were unsure whether they could provide extra gifts for their children this year. Central District Service Center staff shared that partnerships with programs like Toys for Tots are a part of how HCAP wraparound services can give families a step up in supporting their households. HCAP staff across the island are thankful to bring some extra smiles and cheer this holiday season.

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Hā Initiative Visits Bishop Museum

On December 19, the Hā Initiative Creative STEM After-School Program visited the Bishop Museum for a planetarium show and a walk-through adventure about the Hawaiian night sky. The planetarium show highlighted the constellations, bright stars, and planets that are visible this season. Additionally, students were told ancient Hawaiian constellation stories and learned how Pacific Islanders navigated thousands of miles of open ocean and traveled to distant islands using the stars as their navigational guide. After the planetarium show, students explored other parts of the museum such as the Science Adventure Center where they were able to interact with and view the glow-in-the-dark Hawaiian Origins Tunnel and the Signature Volcano, which erupts every seven minutes. Here, STEM students learned about volcanoes and the creation of the Hawaiian Island chain. They touched real lava samples, observed invasive and endemic species of birds, learned about snails, and played with an exciting air-pressure demonstration.

Another engaging exhibit the STEM students experienced at the Bishop Museum was the Backyard Adventures building. Here the students experienced hands-on activities such as building their own volcanic mountains in a sandbox which uses light to color the mountains and distinguish elevations. They also were able to experience the world from a bee’s perspective in an interactive game and take a walk through a digital garden to see plants growing in super-time!

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Adopt-a-Family Donor Surprises HCAP Client

The Kalihi-Palama District Service Center continued its annual partnership with the Adopt-a-Family program through Helping Hands Hawaiʻi which supports families that may need extra help during the holiday season. This year, Marleen applied for the program and was adopted by a generous donor who gifted the family with a brand-new washer as well as toys, and gift cards for her children. Marleen stated she had been washing clothes by hand to help save money. Being a single mom of 9, she uses her income for household bills and other necessities. Kalihi-Palama district worker Kuʻuipo was able to coordinate a surprise delivery of the washer to Marleen and her family. Marleen shared, “I told the delivery guys to take it back, it doesn’t belong to me and then Kuʻuipo told me the donor got it for my family and I just started crying.”

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