HCAP Weekly February 24, 2020

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STEM Students Take Field Excursion to the Polynesian Cultural Center
Kumuhonua Receives Canned Goods from Highlands Intermediate Students
Kalihi-Palama District Service Center Establishes Partnership with the Pūnāwai Rest Stop
February Ho`omau Kūpuna Workshop Focuses on Fall Prevention
Windward District Service Center and Weatherization Staff Provide Outreach to Waimanalo Residents


STEM Students Take Field Excursion to the Polynesian Cultural Center

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On Saturday, February 15th, students from HCAP’s Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program, a 21st Century Community Learning Center, took a field excursion to the Polynesian Cultural Center. There were nearly a total of 100 students, parents, and teachers in attendance.

The group split into two groups. One group from the Kalihi and Central STEM Exploration Centers– toured Hawaii and New Zealand. The other group – from the Lincoln, Leeward, and Windward STEM Exploration Centers – toured Samoa and Fuji. They visited tropical villages from different island nations and explored how the people of that nation lived, including how they interacted as a community, the games they played, and the ways they would train for battle.

The students also participated in hands-on activities, such as learning ancient games the village children played and getting their hands on the instruments used for battle.

At the end of the tour, both groups came together to watch a short 15-minute movie on the islands of Hawaii. The movie gave them a bird’s-eye view of the mountains and waterfalls, providing an amazing experience for students, parents, and teachers.

After the movie, everyone enjoyed a buffet lunch with a lovely array of entrees and sides, including chicken, ribs, salad, kimchi and coleslaw. It was an exciting day for exploring and learning about different cultures.


Kumuhonua Receives Canned Goods from Highlands Intermediate Students

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As part of a group service project for school, Highlands Intermediate School students Jaylyn, Josh, and Hope wanted to make a difference in the community. They decided to hold a canned food drive, asking all of their classmates to bring one canned food item to donate to the less fortunate. Jaylyn, Josh, and Hope were able to collect 20 lbs. worth of donated canned goods.

They wanted to donate the canned goods to a homeless shelter and Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center was selected as the beneficiary. On behalf of the Kumuhonua residents, Kumuhonua staff would like to extend a big mahalo to Jaylyn, Josh, and Hope for their generous donation and going above and beyond for their class service project.


Kalihi-Palama District Service Center Establishes Partnership with the Pūnāwai Rest Stop

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HCAP’s Kalihi-Palama District Service Center staff recently established a new partnership with the City and County of Honolulu’s Pūnāwai Rest Stop. The Pūnāwai Rest Stop is a hygiene center that provides free restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities to homeless individuals and families.

As part of their partnership with the Pūnāwai Rest Stop, Kalihi-Palama District Service Center staff will be visiting the site once a week to promote and receive intake forms for the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program. The Pūnāwai Rest Stop’s Homeless Outreach Workers provide case management services to patrons; Kalihi-Palama District Service Center will work with the outreach workers to link patrons with employment assistance, as well as other wraparound services that HCAP offers.


February Ho`omau Kūpuna Workshop Focuses on Fall Prevention

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For February’s Kūpuna Quality of Life workshops, the Ho`omau Kūpuna Employment Program, formerly known as the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), invited Hawaii Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company (HEMIC)’s Stephen Stout to speak about ways for kūpuna to prevent slips and falls.

Stephen stressed the importance of wearing shoes with the proper grip to avoid injuries in the workplace and home. Wearing the proper footwear and clearing walkways from foreign objects can prevent 90% of workplace falls.

The kūpuna contributed to the discussion, sharing personal experiences of incidents in which they have fallen. They exchanged tips and advice on how to take precaution and prevent injuries from occuring.


Windward District Service Center and Weatherization Staff Provide Outreach to Waimanalo Residents

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Earlier this month, Technical Projects Coordinator James “Jojo” Upega and Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Specialist Georgette Aki joined HCAP Windward District Service Center Community Worker Kimberly Nabarro at the Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association (WHHA) Membership meeting. They used the meeting as an opportunity to share information with members regarding WAP and how they, their families, and friends can apply for the aforementioned program.

HCAP accepts WAP applications on an ongoing basis. For more information or to apply, please contact the HCAP District Service Center nearest your community.

Central District Service Center 488‐6834
Kalihi‐Palama District Service Center 847‐0804
Leahi District Service Center 732‐7755
Leeward District Service Center 696‐4261
Windward District Service Center 239‐5754