HCAP Weekly September 24, 2018

Former C-Base Graduate Overcomes Obstacles, Succeeds in Life
Stantec Participates in Pu’uhale Head Start Clean-Up
Mahalo to the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association and the Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation
Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program Open During Fall Break
Windward Kupuna Learn Art and Dance


Former C-Base Graduate Overcomes Obstacles, Succeeds in Life

Photo of Tia C-Base

Last month, Tia, a Competency-Based Community School Diploma Program (C-Base) graduate, stopped by Mr. Smith’s C-Base class to speak with his students, who are currently enrolled in the Consumer Economics unit. Mr. Smith, Tia’s former teacher, had hoped that by having Tia speak and share her story with his current roster of students, they would find hope and inspiration in her example.

A young working professional, Tia is currently employed with the State of Hawaii and also pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Phoenix. Today, Tia’s future looks bright. But nine years ago, Tia’s future was less certain. A then-17-year old high school dropout, Tia was expecting a child. Due to the pending demands of motherhood, Tia went to the Central District Service Center Office and inquired about the C-Base Program, which could provide an alternative means of obtaining a diploma.

Even though Tia was ambitious and goal-oriented, she faced a lot of setbacks along the way. While enrolled in the C-Base Program, her family was evicted from their Pu’uwai Momi home. Now homeless, Tia and her family lived out of their car in Kaka’ako. Tia found it hard to attend class on a regular basis and pass the necessary unit tests needed for C-Base graduation. It was no longer possible for her to graduate and receive her diploma in less than a year.

But through persistence and hard work, Tia preserved, completing and passing all five units and passing the Competency-Based Mastery Test. Although Tia experienced a series of setbacks in her life, she did not let those setbacks define her. As Tia recently told the students in Mr. Smith’s C-Base class, adversity will always be present in our lives; you and only you must be the one to overcome them.


Stantec Participates in Pu’uhale Head Start Clean-Up

Photo of Stantec Puuhale Head Start

As part of the company’s week-long community service initiative, architects and engineers from Stantec, an international design firm, participated in a clean-up on Tuesday and Wednesday at Pu’uhale Head Start. This is the second consecutive year Stantec employees have helped out at an HCAP Head Start site: last year, Stantec spruced up the campus at Kunia Head Start.

It was a rewarding experience for Stantec employees, who in addition to mowing and weed whacking the grounds, also had the opportunity to read and talk story with the children. “It’s just super rewarding being able to see kids smile and take pride in their school,” said Stantec’s Senior Associate Environmental Engineer Nancy Convard in a recent Honolulu Star-Advertiser article.

Clearing the overgrown grass, some of which had grown as high as 3 feet, was a long overdue undertaking. As Head Start Assistant Director Suzie Uyeda had told Hawaii News Now, trespassers had taken advantage of the situation and illegally camped under the portables. Uyeda said that they had to install fencing to keep trespassers out. A big mahalo to everyone at Stantec who came out and helped!


Mahalo to the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association and the Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation

Photo of Charity Walk Head Start

On September 13th, HCAP Head Start Director Grant Kogami and Assistant Director Suzie Uyeda attended the Charity Walk 2018 Grant Allocation Event at the Eating House 1849. The 40th Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, “A Tradition of Giving” was a tremendous success, providing support and awareness for organizations making a difference in the community. We would like to thank the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association and the Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation for hosting the event and providing funds for HCAP’s Early Head Start program. HCAP was excited to be a third-year participant in this tradition and is already looking forward to next year’s walk!


Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program Open During Fall Break

Photo of Leeward STEM Garden

HCAP’s Hā Initiative: Creative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) After-School Program will be open during the fall break from October 8, 2018 to October 12, 2018. The program is free and open to all students in grades 2-8. The program will provide participants with fun STEM related games, hands-on activities and lunch. The program hours and site locations are as follows:

Central STEM Exploration Center
HCAP Central District Service Center
Monday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
99-102 Kalaloa St.
Aiea, HI 96701

Kalihi STEM Exploration Center
Kaʻiulani Elementary School, Room A4
Monday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
783 N. King St.
Honolulu, HI 96817

Leeward STEM Exploration Center
HCAP Leeward District Service Center
Monday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
85-555 Farrington Hwy.
Waiʻanae, HI 96792

Windward STEM Exploration Center
Hau’ula Civic Center
Monday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
54-010 Kukuna Road
Hau`ula, HI 96717


Windward Kupuna Learn Art and Dance

Photo of Windward kupuna collage

The Windward District Service Center held its first Kupuna Independent Life Series at the Hau’ula Civic Center on September 5th. The kupuna enjoyed the presentation by Mary Anne Long, who introduced them to abstract art. Intrigued by the new art supplies, they were asked to use art and other creative projects help to alleviate boredom and depression. Art is a great way to help with hand-eye coordination, cognitive abilities, and concentration.

Later in the day, Windward District Service Center Community Worker Celina Hontanosas showed off her kinesthetic skills by teaching the kupuna a Tahitian dance. Everyone was able to get up and get their heart pumping.