HCAP Weekly October 28, 2019

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HCAP Assists Mother and Daughter with Wraparound Services
Windward District Service Center Begins New Homeless Outreach Initiative
Kalihi STEM Students Address Pedestrian Safety in FIRST LEGO League Innovation Project
Kupuna Independent Life Series Continues at Kahuku Elderly Center 
HCAP Staff Attend Campbell-Kapolei Career Expo


HCAP Assists Mother and Daughter with Wraparound Services

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Totha Pearl’s mom Noji first came to the Central District Service Center over 14 years ago for assistance in securing employment. At that time, Noji was a single, unemployed mom, isolated from her family, not a US citizen, and unfamiliar with how to seek employment to support her daughter. Noji was introduced to HCAP through her daughter, who was enrolled in Head Start.

Noji attended Job Readiness Training classes, developed her resume, and began looking for work. Noji eventually found work at McDonald’s and enjoyed being able to support her daughter. Noji also participated in other HCAP programs and services, including Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Income Tax Services/ Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Program, and Ohana Produce.

Totha Pearl, who was first introduced to HCAP as a Head Start student, recently graduated from high school and remembered the great resources that were available to her mom throughout the years. Totha Pearl reached out to Central District Service Center for assistance with obtaining a job and was enrolled into the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program. After completing Job Readiness Training, Totha Pearl was quickly able to secure full time employment at 7-Eleven as a cashier. Totha Pearl also received a bus voucher to help with her commute to work. Although Totha Pearl is excited about obtaining work to help with her family’s monthly expenses, she is even more excited about what the future may hold for her.


Windward District Service Center Begins New Homeless Outreach Initiative

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HCAP’s Windward District Service Center recently launched a new homeless outreach initiative in Waimanalo. Windward District Service Center staff is engaging in ongoing, weekly outreach efforts by visiting homeless encampments at Waimanalo’s beaches and getting to know the individuals and families living there.

Windward District Service Center staff will provide information about HCAP’s program and services, including the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program. In addition to Job Readiness Training, hygiene kits are also provided onsite to help clients prepare for job interviews. Head Start Family Advocates are also collaborating with Windward District Service Center staff, hoping to recruit families for the Head Start classrooms in the Windward area.


Kalihi STEM Students Address Pedestrian Safety in FIRST LEGO League Innovation Project

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Last week at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s Kalihi STEM Exploration Center, a 21st Century Community Learning Center, students made progress on their FIRST LEGO League Innovation Project. This project is designed to get kids to think about engineering solutions to city-wide problems, and eventually provide solutions to real city planners in Honolulu.

For this project, the students at Kalihi STEM Exploration Center chose to address pedestrian safety. The team of five students wanted to create solutions to improve pedestrian safety for those crossing the street near Aala Park. The students ultimately proposed a pedestrian bridge. They envisioned a pedestrian bridge that would help stem the flow of traffic. It would also create a dedicated space for pedestrians as they cross the street.

Students came up with creative ideas for a bridge and painted them on medium sized cardboard. They will be creating a prototype of the bridge and making a case for why the bridge will be a safer alternative for pedestrians.


Kupuna Independent Life Series Continues at Kahuku Elderly Center

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Last week, HCAP’s Windward District Service Center held its third Kupuna Independent Life Series session of the fall season at the Kahuku Elderly Center. To start the day, the kupuna enjoyed healthy pancakes with bananas for breakfast.

The kupuna participated in their latest Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) session with University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service’s Lori Matsuoka, who taught the kupuna how to prepare oyster chicken. She also educated the kupuna on how to shop for food on a budget. The session concluded with fun, interactive exercises to help Kupuna refine their motor skills and cognitive thinking.

Later in the afternoon, Anapela Nunes, a community member, continued her lei workshop series, teaching the kumu how to make leis “wili style.” Anapela also shared mo’olelo, the Hawaiian tradition of oral storytelling that has been passed down from generation to generation, during the workshop.


HCAP Staff Attend Campbell-Kapolei Career Expo

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Last Friday, HCAP and HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start staff participated in the Hawaii State Department of Education’s second annual Campbell-Kapolei Student Career Expo at Kapolei High School. More than 1,200 freshmen students from Campbell High School and Kapolei High School attended the event.

The Career Expo was organized to allow students to meet and interact with business representatives to learn about career paths and options. Students met with various business representatives and asked questions to get a better understanding of the type of education and personal attributes that are helpful for a specific position and career.