In lieu of the monthly board meeting for August, HPH members did double duty on the first of August at a service project in Kaka'ako and at Kalihi Elementary School's back to school open house. 
Check out our photo albums from double duty Thursday!
 
Thursday evening, August 1, 2019, District 5000 Rotarians and Roteractors gathered at the Kaka'ako Water Front near the University of Hawaii's John A Burns School of Medicine to partner with the Hawaii H.O.M.E. Project to serve food to homeless families and learn more about the non-profit. 
 
 
At the same time, on the other side of town at Kalihi Elementary School, HPH Immediate Past President, Joshua, and Director-at-Large, Allen, joined the school's staff in welcoming new and returning students back to school at their Open House.
 
 
Principal Grindell shared the school's mission, introduced the staff, and hyped up the audience for the upcoming school year. Grindell also introduced Joshua and Allen, as one of the school's many community partners, as well as the KES Boy Scouts Troop (of which HPH helped charter). After the high energy program from Grindell and Vice Principal Patalinghog, Joshua, Allen, and volunteer Brian met with the incoming kindergarten class to present gifts for the kids. In the previous school year, HPH asked the kindergarten teachers for a wish list of items that could help the students in building community and promote education. Using district grants and fundraising, HPH was able to purchase everything on that list.
 
 
HPH is looking forward to partnering and supporting both organizations in this and future Rotary years.  
 
About the Hawaii H.O.M.E. Project
Homeless Outreach & Medical Education
 
The mission of the Hawaii H.O.M.E. Project is to improve quality and access to health care for Hawaii’s homeless, while increasing student and physician awareness and understanding of the homeless and their healthcare needs.
 
The project was founded in August of 2005 and currently provides free medical services to sheltered and un-sheltered homeless individuals, through weekly student-run free clinics at nine sites across Oahu. In addition to these clinics, Hawaii H.O.M.E. also utilizes their mobile health van for outreach to other un-sheltered homeless populations on Oahu and to provide special events for the keiki at the shelters.
 
 
Hawaii H.O.M.E. Project is a John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) student-run free clinic staffed by volunteers, including:
  • University of Hawaii pre-medical students
  • JABSOM medical students
  • University of Hawaii and Tripler Army Medical Center resident physicians
  • University of Hawaii faculty and community attending physicians
Learn more about the Hawaii H.O.M.E Project at hawaiihomeproject.org.
 
About Kalihi Elementary School
 
Kalihi Elementary School is nestled on the green slopes of upper Kalihi Valley. Established in 1954, the school educates children in grades pre-kindergarten through five from the upper Kalihi Valley area and the Kalihi Valley Homes public housing project. KES is one of nine public elementary schools in the Farrington High School Complex. Students feed directly into Dole Middle School.
 
The population is described as lower-middle to low income with 86% of families qualifying for public assistance and eligible for free or reduced meals. Ethnically, the school's largest populations are Micronesian, Part-Hawaiian, and Filipino. 
 
Vision Statement
Strengthen Our Community: Develop productive citizens, equipped with the skills needed to thrive in an ever-changing world.
 
Mission Statement
Through intentional actions, we empower individuals to make good decisions, solve problems, and show respect.
 
Learn more about KES at kalihielementary.org and follow them on Instagram @kalihi_elementary_school.
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