HCAP Weekly June 3, 2019

HCAP January – March 2019 Quarterly Newsletter
STEM Students Take Field Trip to Polynesian Cultural Center
HCAP District Service Centers Prepare for Busy LIHEAP Season
Na Lima Hana Participant Receives Interview Prep and Work Clothes
2019 Ready to Learn School Supply Drive Begins


HCAP January – March 2019 Quarterly Newsletter

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We’re excited to share the January – March 2019 issue of Ku`i Na Lono: Spread the News. Featuring these stories and more:

• HCAP Holds 2019 Annual Training Day
• Windward Kupuna Visit Kualoa’s Moli’i Fish Pond and Gardens
• STEM Students Take Field Trip to the Lo’i

Download the January – March 2019 Quarterly here.
View past Quarterly Newsletters here.


STEM Students Take Field Trip to Polynesian Cultural Center

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The Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program, a 21st Century Community Learning Center, ended the spring quarter with a field trip to the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC). Students from all five STEM Exploration Centers participated, and many of their parents also attended the fun-filled field trip with their children. A total of 55 students and 40 parents came to the field trip.

Upon arrival, students and their parents took a guided canoe tour through PCC’s beautiful lagoon. After the canoe ride, the students and parents split up into two groups. One group went to the island of Aotearoa (New Zealand), where they learned how to play Tititorea, a Maori stick game. The other group went to the island of Samoa; the Samoan guide taught the group the art of starting a fire with two simple sticks, as well as the finer points of rope making.

The two groups eventually convened at the Pacific Theater, where the students and their parents took in “Hawaiian Journey,” a 12-minute immersive cinematic experience; Hawaii’s crashing waves, lush valleys and powerful eruptions were gorgeously presented in IMAX HD.  After the movie was over, everyone headed to Hale Ohana, an outdoor luau area where they enjoyed a delicious barbecue lunch.


HCAP District Service Centers Prepare for Busy LIHEAP Season

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All five HCAP District Service Centers are expecting a high volume of Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) applications this week due, in part, to the start of the Energy Credit (EC) program. LIHEAP’s EC program, which has a limited application period, began on June 3rd and will end on June 28th. To prepare newer HCAP District Service Center staff for LIHEAP season, Community Services Manager Katy Perry invited LIHEAP Coordinator Elisa Furtado-Fischer, from the State’s Department of Human Services, to Central District Service Center to lead the LIHEAP training.

Furtado-Fischer and Perry had HCAP trainees break up into small groups. The trainees went through profiles of potential LIHEAP applicants and had to determine if the applicant in question was qualified for LIHEAP. The training provided to HCAP staff helped prepare them for a variety of potential scenarios that could arise.

District Service Centers have also been doing their share of outreach in the weeks leading up to the EC program. Throughout May, Windward District Service Center staff conducted a lot of community outreach in the Windward side, promoting LIHEAP. Like other District Service Centers, Windward District Service Center also provided LIHEAP services at select satellite sites; they were able to help kupuna apply at the following senior residences: Kaneohe Senior Residence, Kaneohe Elderly Apartments, Kulanakauhele Maluhia O Na Kupuna (in Waimanalo), Lani Huli Elderly, and Kahuku Hauoli Hale.


Na Lima Hana Participant Receives Interview Prep and Work Clothes

Jonathan first enrolled and completed the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program at HCAP’s Kalihi-Palama District Service Center back in 2017. He paid a visit to the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center again: this time with his partner Kahealani. Jonathan had recently quit his job, and was short on cash. Both Jonathan and Kahealani were looking for a job to help with the costs of raising their baby. To help Jonathan and Kahealani with their employment search, Kalihi-Palama District Service Center staff provided them with bus vouchers and mock interview preparation.  Jonathan and Kahealani will also receive ongoing case management from the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center’s community workers.

A week later, Jonathan came back to the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center with good news: he had just accepted a job offer as Brand Associate at Old Navy. He would, however, need help getting shoes and clothing for Old Navy’s work orientation. Kalihi-Palama District Service Center was able to provide Jonathan with slacks and a pair of work shoes to get him started on his new job.


2019 Ready to Learn School Supply Drive Begins

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The application process for the Helping Hands Hawaii 2019 Ready to Learn School Supply Drive has begun at HCAP’s District Service Centers. The program offers low-income families with school aged children a starter kit of basic school supplies. Each year many low-income children begin their first day of school with no school supplies, which make it very difficult for students to be successful in school. This program is crucial to families who are barely making ends meet each month. Families can now submit an application at their nearest HCAP District Service Center. The kits will be available for pickup sometime in July before the new school year begins.