HCAP Weekly May 30, 2016

Photo of Ernie Martin, Robert Piper, Daniel Akaka, and Maile Taualii

In this week’s issue:

HCAP Holds 2016 Annual Training Day
Kupuna Independent Life Series Receives Funding from Friends of Hawaii Charities
Ms. Lois from Ohana 100 Reads to Head Start Children
Youth Services Students Land Jobs at Jamba Juice
The Leahi District Service Center Helps Seniors in Palolo Apply for LIHEAP
SCSEP Participant Finds Unsubsidized Employment


HCAP Holds 2016 Annual Training Day

Photo of Training Day

On Friday, May 27th 2016, HCAP staff gathered at the McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Beach Park for the 2016 Annual Training Day. The room buzzed with excitement as the day began. The Training Day theme, “United for a Greater Purpose” was reflected as over 300 of HCAP’s staff, all representing different programs and with different roles, filed into the auditorium.

HCAP Board Chair, Garrick L.H. Goo, welcomed and thanked HCAP staff for the impact they have made on the community. Senator Daniel Akaka also expressed appreciation for HCAP staff and encouraged the continuation of their hard work. City Council Chair, Ernie Martin, shared stories about his humble background and his support for organizations like HCAP who help people strive for better.

The first speaker was Dr. Maile Taualii, an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii, who gave a fascinating speech about using mana (power) to restore hope and dignity within those faced with poverty, specifically Native Hawaiians.

HCAP staff were honored and presented awards for 5, 10, 15, 25, and 35 years of dedicated service. Staff members who recently obtained degrees from institutions of higher education were also recognized.

Stephen Stout from the Hawaii Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company (HEMIC), spoke to the staff about workplace safety and encouraged staff to always keep their eyes open for things that could potentially cause an accident.

Long-time advocate, Alex Santiago, addressed the staff on the importance of civic engagement and showing up to the voting polls.

The final speaker of the day was Robbie Alm, President of the Collaborative Leaders Network and retired Executive VP for HECO, who gave a speech on the Principles of Leadership. Drawing from his personal experiences working with former US Senator Daniel Inouye and former Hawaii State Governor John A. Burns, he talked about the importance of listening and having humility in order to build strong relationships in the workplace and in one’s personal life.

At the end of the day, HCAP staff participated in a fun group activity that helped staff learn more about HCAP’s various programs and services.

HCAP’s 2016 Annual Training Day was a great success and was a wonderful opportunity for collaboration, inspiration and celebration of the organization’s achievements throughout the years.


Kupuna Independent Life Series Receives Funding from Friends of Hawaii Charities

Photo of Kupuna Independent Life Series

HCAP would like to thank Friends of Hawaii Charities (FOHC) for continuing to support the Kupuna Independent Life Series. Since 2012, the 13 week series of workshops have been offered twice a year at the Leeward District Service Center. With the additional funding received from FOHC, HCAP is planning to expand the Kupuna Independent Life Series to three additional HCAP District Service Centers. The Kupuna Independent Life Series is a comprehensive approach to assisting seniors to age in place through interactive health/wellness educational workshops. Additionally, the project provides lessons in nutrition and exercise and facilitates groups supporting issues impacting the elderly.

Once again, mahalo for your support, Friends of Hawaii Charities!


Ms. Lois from Ohana 100 Reads to Head Start Children

Photo of Ohana 100 at Kipapa Head Start

Ms. Lois Tagami from Ohana 100, an organization that is designed to promote literacy, a love of reading and a lifetime of learning, made her third trip to Kipapa Head Start. On each of her visits, Ms. Lois read two to three books. This time, Ms. Lois focused on Eric Carle’s, “The Very Busy Spider.” The children imitated the animal sounds of a horse, cow, sheep, goat, pig, dog, cat, duck, and owl. By the third animal, the children were reciting the familiar, repeated phrases along with Ms. Lois. At the end of the story, Ms. Lois asked the children, “Why did the spider make a web?” One child said, “That’s her habitat.” Another child responded, “She has to catch bugs to eat for food.” Then Ms. Lois read a non-fiction book on spiders. The children were able to identify a real and a make-believe storybook. Before leaving, the children were able to choose one book to take home. Kipapa Head Start is very appreciative of Ms. Lois from Ohana 100, which has continually provided wonderful services for our children!


Youth Services Students Land Jobs at Jamba Juice

Photo of Youth Services Students Working

Congratulations to Victor, the latest Youth Services participant to land a job at Jamba Juice! It all began when Uilani , a former Youth Services participant, first started working at the Jamba Juice on Bishop Street about a year ago. Due to her hard work she quickly moved her way up to a manager position. When Jamba Juice was looking for new employees, Uilani reached out to the current Youth Services students and Jhondell was hired in August 2015. Jhondell also excelled and reached out when Jamba Juice was hiring this past month. Two more Youth Services students, Victor and Shyrell, were subsequently hired. Victor will be working at the Bishop Street location and Shyrell will be working at the Waianae location. Congratulations to Jhondell, Victor, and Shyrell! And a big MAHALO to Jamba Juice for supporting and investing in our youth over the years.


The Leahi District Service Center Helps Seniors in Palolo Apply for LIHEAP

Photo of LIHEAP at Leahi District Service Center

For many households, high-energy costs cause great financial strain. In some instances, the household is forced to decide which bills to pay and which necessities they can survive without.

HCAP’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to help eligible low-income households keep their utilities (gas or electric) on, especially those households that are most vulnerable, such as the elderly, the disabled, and households with young children.

On the first day of LIHEAP, the Leahi District Service Center staff assisted seniors living in the Palolo area. The seniors were very grateful that HCAP provides the LIHEAP program. A LIHEAP client, who lives near the Leahi District Service Center said, “Having help with our electric bill has been a blessing. My electric bill was way over my head and I did not know what to do until I heard about the LIHEAP program.”

On June 1, 2016, the HCAP District Service Centers began accepting applications for LIHEAP and will continue accepting applications Monday – Friday from 9am to noon until June 30, 2016


SCSEP Participant Finds Unsubsidized Employment

Winnie came to the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) after she had been out of work for a long time due to health issues. Before coming to HCAP, Winnie had worked as an office manager and was highly skilled on the computer. Her first assignment through SCSEP was with a child adoption agency and she was highly valued as a worker. Her second assignment was with HCAP’s administrative office at the reception desk. Not long after, Winnie called to share that she had found unsubsidized employment! Her new job is with a local produce company where she will work in their office. Winnie is very happy with her new job and expressed appreciation for the SCSEP program.