HCAP WEEKLY October 19, 2020

Kalihi-Palama District Staff Create New Community Partnerships During the Pandemic
Paying it Forward with Kindness and Pizza
Why We Stay Home: How Head Start is Helping Little Ones Adapt to COVID-19 and Stay Healthy
HCAP Head Start Extends a Big Mahalo to Volunteers and Parents
Hands-on STEM Learning with the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program


Kalihi-Palama District Staff Create New Community Partnerships During the Pandemic

During a recent Zoom conference call, HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program Coordinator and Kalihi-Palama District Service Center staff met with Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center and Professional Healthcare Educators (PHE) to discuss details on initiating a new community partnership. Le Fetuao is a community-based service program that provides Samoan language classes to children and young people in the community. Le Fetuao will refer parents and adult family members of program participants to the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center for case management and program services. From there, interested parents and adult family members will have the opportunity to participate in the ECS program and enroll at PHE for a 60-hour training course for positions within the healthcare industry. Clients are awarded certificates of completion upon successfully finishing the training provided. Kalihi-Palama District staff will then assist the client throughout the process of finding permanent employment at local hospitals and other healthcare facilities.  

Thanks to HCAP’s partnership with Le Fetuao, 5 new clients were accepted into the training school. Sinaumea is one of the young women who began training on September 28th  and is now on track to complete the Nurse Aide Program by October 31st. Sinaumea was already employed, but has long had aspirations to join the medical field. As a future healthcare professional, her strength and desire to help others are brought together with providing increased earning potential and greater economic stability for her and her family.

For more information on Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program, please visit: https://www.hcapweb.org/na-lima-hana-employment-core-services-program/


Paying it Forward with Kindness and Pizza

Kawehi is currently a client at HCAP’s Windward District Service Center. She is a single mom that is struggling to balance distance learning for her three young children while also finding stable employment that will enable her to still be home with them. HCAP’s Windward District Service Center staff have been working closely with Kawehi to provide Employment Core Services as well as referring her to other resources that could be of help to her family. Windward District Community Worker, Cory, was recently contacted by a member of Pearlside Church ladies group, offering a “Meal Blessing” for families with children. Cory quickly made contact with some of the families who were struggling throughout this pandemic, including Kawehi and her three children. Kawehi and her family were blessed with a complete pizza dinner meal, with all the sides.

Group leader Candice Lewelyn, and the amazing ladies from Pearlside Church, also provided Kawehi’s children with much needed school supplies. Kawehi expressed how grateful they all were and what a “blessing” it was for all of them. She stated that her children were so excited, as it has been a while since they enjoyed having pizza. Another client who received the meal also explained how perfect it was to receive this “Meal Blessing” on her son’s birthday; delivered directly to their home!  It has been such a struggle and it really meant a lot to them to receive this “blessing” especially on that particular day. These incredible ladies of Pearlside Church were also able to assist Cory with gathering and providing diapers and clothes for a young college student, who is struggling as a single mother raising her baby.

HCAP’s Windward District Service Center would like to thank Candice Lewelyn and the ladies group of Pearlside Church for reaching out to HCAP Windward District Service Center to “bless” our clients and community members. It is awesome acts of unconditional kindness like these that truly make a difference in people’s lives. If and when an opportunity presents itself, we must all remember the importance and the meaning of “paying it forward”.


Why We Stay Home: How Head Start is Helping Little Ones Adapt to COVID-19 and Stay Healthy

Photo of KarysonHCAP Head Start keiki Kaeo and Karsyn from Makaha are learning all about germs! After reading the book, “Why We Stay Home”, which talked about COVID-19 and how germs are spread, they created “COVID germs” out of art materials. Kaeo was busy cutting, gluing, and painting recycled goods to create his version of what COVID germs look like. Karsyn used different types of thread and string. Learning about germs helps to teach our keiki the importance of hand washing and cleaning. Integrating science and art into learning reinforces these concepts to our children in a way that it is both memorable and engaging!Photo of MackenzieDaily movement and learning proper exercise are crucial for developing healthy habits. But that’s not just for children and youngsters! Our Head Start teachers and parents should also take care to add some movement to their day. MacKenzie from 442 is participating in a movement activity via Zoom with his teachers. Making sure that parents are involved in activities their kids participate in helps to model good practices and makes learning and exercising that much more fun. Plus, it’s good for the whole family! Movement activities improve children’s strength and coordination development, while also burning off excess energy. Couple that with teachers who are getting in on the fun, and kids have no other alternative but feeling motivated and engaged.


HCAP Head Start Extends a Big Mahalo to Volunteers and Parents

Photo of Volunteer TimesheetParent involvement and volunteering is an essential component of our Head Start and Early Head Start Program. Since COVID-19, the usual way of volunteering and providing service to our agency has changed significantly; but that hasn’t stopped our amazing Head Start and Early Head Start parents from still volunteering and giving their time in a variety of ways. Our families contribute by spending time doing activities with their children, helping teachers prepare activities, and participating in parent committee meetings. All of the time, care, and effort they put into the program helps Head Start to thrive. Special thanks to Kahikolu Family Advocate Takako Tatum who took the time to explain to parents during a class parent meeting how to complete the Volunteer Timesheet correctly and submit it online!


Hands-on STEM Learning with the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program!

This week at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program, participants enjoyed a lesson on mixtures  by way of a hands-on activity where they observed the reactions that take place when salt is mixed in with water and oil. Students followed along with this activity via Zoom and participated from home thanks to step-by-step guidance from their teachers. First, they took a look at exactly what happens to salt when it gets in contact with water. It quickly begins to dissolve and clouds up the water. Next, students tried mixing salt into oil, and took note of the reaction. They noticed it drops right through the oil, quickly descending to the bottom. Lastly, they put the oil and water together, where they realized that due to the low density of the oil, the oil floats on top and the water stays below, forming two separate layers. From there, something really interesting happened once students added in some salt. The salt drops through the oil to the bottom of the water. Then, bubbles begin to form at the bottom that float back up to the top of the oil, creating a layer of film. The kids had lots of fun seeing the different ways salt reacts in water and oil.Photo of STEM oil