HCAP Weekly February 8, 2016

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In this week’s issue:

HCAP’s Weatherization Services Help Households Reduce Energy Costs and Become More Energy Efficient
HCAP Head Start Receives a Letter from a Dedicated Parent
Hā Initiative Students Get Creative with Magnets
Na Lima Hana Participant Aspires to Create a Clothing Line
Hawaii Business Magazine 2016 Black Book
HCAP Head Start Now Accepting Applications for the 2016-2017 School Year


HCAP’s Weatherization Services Help Households Reduce Energy Costs and Become More Energy Efficient

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Low-income households expend a disproportionate amount of their total income on utilities due to the high energy costs in Hawaii. The goal of HCAP’s weatherization services is to reduce energy consumption and costs through energy education and installation of energy-efficient devices and appliances free of charge to low-to-moderate income households on Oahu. This is achieved through an exhaustive home energy audit plus household-specific energy efficiency tips and education, and a selection of cost-effective energy efficient devices such as high-efficiency faucet aerators & showerheads, and compact fluorescent lighting (CFL). Homeowners may also be eligible to receive energy efficient refrigerators, a hybrid heat pump hot water heating system, and/or an energy-efficient thermal solar water heater.

HCAP’s weatherization services’ target population are those who are at or below 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines for Hawai`i. Priority will be given to the elderly; persons with disabilities; families with young children; and those with a high energy burden. Contact the District Service Center nearest you to make an appointment or call the HCAP Main Office for more information at 521-4531.

Central District Service Center (Phone: 488-6834)
Kalihi-Palama District Service Center (Phone: 847-0804)
Leahi District Service Center (Phone: 732-7755)
Leeward District Service Center (Phone: 696-4261)
Windward District Service Center (Phone: 239-5754)


HCAP Head Start Receives a Letter from a Dedicated Parent

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Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii (KMCBH) Head Start children had a treat when Byron, a Head Start parent, read to the class. All the children were engaged and very excited to have Byron read to them. Byron recently sent a letter to HCAP expressing how much he enjoyed reading to the children:

“I had the pleasure of reading to the KMCBH Head Start Class. I didn’t know what to expect prior to the event because kids tend to become easily distracted when a visitor comes to class. Sometimes it can take away from the teacher’s control of the classroom, and be more trouble than it’s worth to the classroom dynamic. To my surprise, all of the children were exited, engaged, energetic, and a pleasure to engage with. It warmed my heart to see these young, impressionable faces not only actively interested, but also genuinely engaged with the event. Having that type of participation makes me want to come back as often as my schedule allows.”

On behalf of the HCAP Head Start program, we thank Byron and all of the Head Start parents for taking time out of their busy day to read to the children in the classroom.


Hā Initiative Students Get Creative with Magnets

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This week, the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program Central STEM Exploration Center students had fun with magnets. The students enjoyed various lessons about magnets, such as how a magnet works and the types of materials that magnets attract. Hands down, their favorite activity was constructing the magnet tower. For the activity, the class was challenged to find a way to make a string suspend in the air. They came up with the idea of building a tower with an arm to hold a magnet, with which they could use to suspend a string in air. They did this by tying a paperclip to one end of the string and affixing the other to the table with tape. The paperclip was attracted to the magnet, pulling the string up in the air. The other end remained firmly taped to the table, thus allowing the string to hang up.

The class got very creative with their designs. One group suspended more than one string. Another group created a tower with an arm and a counter weight. The winning team created a design that resembled a cable line. They built two towers and suspended a line between them. That line was created from two separate smaller strings both with magnets at their ends. The string that was hung up was held in place by the two magnets holding the “cable line” together. The class had tons of fun with this lesson!


Na Lima Hana Participant Aspires to Create a Clothing Line

After many hardships, Glenn decided to work toward something that he had has always dreamed of doing, earning a living wage from his art. Glenn is close to graduating from Windward Community College with his Associates Degree. He aspires to be a graphic artist and his goal is to create a clothing line inspired by his Hawaiian culture. Glenn recently made a connection with We Are Worthy, an Eco-company that tells stories of Hawaiian History, to sell t-shirts designed by him. Glenn hopes that through his art he will be able to help keep his culture alive.

Glenn is still at the beginning stage of his new career path, so he needed to support himself while balancing his art and education commitments. He recently enrolled in the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services program. In January, he attended a Job Readiness Training (JRT) at the Windward District Service Center. “The Windward District Service Center staff offered a lot of help and have guided me to know what I want and where I want to go. I learned how to properly write my resume, how to act, and what to wear so that I make a good impression. Basically, they have taught me everything,” Glenn shared. Glenn’s participation in JRT was the first step in getting a job to support his long-term goals. Glenn is looking forward to the opportunities ahead that will allow him to utilize the skills he has learned thus far from the program.


Hawaii Business Magazine 2016 Black Book

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HCAP’s Executive Director, Robert N.E. Piper was listed in the Hawaii Business Magazine’s 2016 Black Book. The Black Book includes biographies from the executives of the Top 250 companies in Hawaii and other large local organizations. The full article is available here:
http://www.hawaiibusiness.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/HB-12-15-BLACK-BOOK-SECURE_2.pdf


HCAP Head Start Now Accepting Applications for the 2016-2017 School Year

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Are you or someone you know in need of free or affordable preschool? Spread the word! HCAP Head Start is now accepting applications for children 3-5 years for the 2016-2017 school year. Families are encouraged to apply by calling (808) 847-2400 or visiting our website.