HCAP WEEKLY May 8, 2023

Nā Lima Hana Partners with Mana Construction
Creative Building at Head Start
Kumuhonua Participant Secures Permanent Housing


Nā Lima Hana Partners with Mana Construction

The Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) program strives to make employment partners that will not only connect HCAP clients with employment opportunities but also provide a positive work environment in which they can learn and advance with their company. ECS staff reached out to Mana Construction where they were able to conduct a site visit and meet with Owner, Tony Gregory, General Superintendent, Kaniela Makainai, and Human Resource Manager, Samantha Santos. ECS staff shared with Mana Construction all of HCAP’s services and the importance of our mission to assist the community with self-sufficiency. Staff from Mana Construction were very appreciative to learn about HCAP and voiced to ECS staff what their goals and challenges were as well. Their company currently has three divisions: Project Laborer, Utility Laborer, and Traffic Control. They are rapidly expanding and always looking for good dedicated workers. The owner of Mana Construction, Tony Gregory expressed that they too strive to help the community grow and develop. He also finds it important to give the unemployed and under-employed a chance to get ahead in life. By partnering with HCAP it will aid Mana Construction in assisting with employment placement, as well as helping new employees with their basic needs to get started such as job readiness training, initial work attire, and possible tuition assistance for those employees that may need specific certifications to advance or retain employment.

Having trustworthy employment partners who have similar goals for the community and HCAP clients is very important. This partnership with Mana Construction deems to be a good contribution to the Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) program.

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Creative Building at Head Start

The Head Start keiki and families of Pohakea I engaged their creativity and imagination while studying the various uses of boxes. During their study, children learned about different types of boxes and their purposes, how they are made, and why boxes are important. In celebration of all they learned, the keiki and their families gathered boxes, recyclable materials, and other materials they had available to make a community vehicle. Their creativity resulted in the creation of a school bus, an ambulance, a fire truck, a police car, and a rocket ship! The keiki engaged in a parade to showcase their hard work.

Over at West I, the Early Head Start keiki and families also used their creativity and building skills to create either a toy, game, or object solely from recycled items within their home in celebration of Earth Day. Caim and his family used an empty milk jug and colorful duct tape to make a ball catcher. Xzyli-Rhae and her family used a box wrapped with foil, toilet paper rolls, and folded construction paper to create a friendly robot. The keiki also learned about the importance of caring for the Earth and the benefits of reusing and recycling.

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Kumuhonua Participant Secures Permanent Housing

Jackie was featured in the September 12, 2022 issue of the HCAP Weekly highlighting her positive strides toward recovery and stability with the help of her Case Manager at Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center. Since then, Jackie has continued to work hard and strive towards being healthy, mentally and physically, and has made continuous improvements in her journey to stability. She has secured a Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Case Manager with U.S. Vets Hawaiʻi and even more excitedly has secured permanent housing.

In April of 2023, Jackie exited the Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center and successfully moved into a studio apartment in Honolulu. Jackie is ecstatic to have a place to call her own home. Congratulations Jackie!

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