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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 2, 2016 Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services (DHS) has opened an additional application period for its Preschool Open Doors (POD) program and encourages families to apply between May 2 and May 31, 2016. Applications received during this period will be considered for preschool participation during July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. This program, which is currently serving more than 1,100 children statewide, provides child care subsidies to eligible ...
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Governor David Ige joined the Hawai‘i State Commission on the Status of Women (HSCSW) and community organizations in recognizing the significance of closing the gender wage gap in Hawai‘i. On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, Gov. Ige recognized the importance of this issue in a ceremony that brought together current and former HSCSW Commissioners and staffers ...
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Pictured above Senior Companion volunteers proudly show the certificates DHS awarded them for their service.

Seniors Who Give Get Recognized

Posted on Apr 19, 2016 in Main, News

Sometimes a helping hand goes a long way. The Department of Human Services Senior Companion Program brings helping hands together with people who need them. On April 8, 2016, the Senior Companion Program recognized its O‘ahu volunteers for their service to Hawai‘i and its kūpuna. Volunteers were treated to a special luncheon and ceremony at ...
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Pictured below are numerous senior volunteers who participate in various programs with Kaunoa Senior Center's RSVP program and seniors from the Maui DHS Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs. Included in the foreground are Maui County Managing Director Keith Regan, Supervisor of Kaunoa Senior Center's RSVP program Dana Acosta, Maui DHS Adult and Community Services Administrator Scott Seto.

Serving Seniors

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 in Main, News

On April 5, 2016, Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa presented a proclamation to Kaunoa Senior Services, recognizing their agency and other entities who operate volunteer programs for seniors. Kaunoa Senior Services provides opportunities for seniors to learn and grow through a variety of ongoing programs through Maui County. It is a division of Maui County’s ...
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“One of the best things I (they) have ever done.” That’s how several young people and their parents described the inaugural 2015 Camp Mānoa Leadership Camp presented by the Comprehensive Service Center for People who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind (CSC). As Camp Mānoa leadership gears up for the 2016 camp this summer, ...
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FGP Honoree

Foster Grandparents Make a Difference

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 in Main, News

Few Hawai‘i childhood memories are complete without kūpuna in the classrooms. The Foster Grandparent Program, barely a kūpuna itself at just 51 years young, continues to make these kinds of memories for pre-school and elementary school students every year. On March 24, 2016, the Foster Grandparents Program honored 25 volunteers who serve Hawai‘i schools and ...
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Did you get your 2015 health insurance through the Hawai‘i Health Connector (or another marketplace)? Filing your taxes is more important than ever.   Everyone who had insurance through the Hawai‘i Health Connector in 2015 MUST file their 2015 income taxes. And even if you missed the initial finally deadline, IT’S NOT TOO LATE! “Even through ...
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Honolulu – Hawai‘i’s cross-agency approach to addressing homelessness and housing will be getting a boost from the federal government. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today that the state has been selected to participate in the collaborative and highly competitive Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) beginning Apr. 2016. As a participant, Hawai‘i ...
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DHS is building a healthy Hawai‘i through a multi-generational, collaborative approach.  We begin 2016 by focusing our legislative efforts through four priorities: Invest in children and families; Improve health and safety issues; Increase department capacity and efficiencies; and Improve systems. These priorities align with the Governor’s priorities for a more effective, efficient, and open government, ...
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The Special Enrollment Period that extended the deadline for citizens of the Federated Stated of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau who currently reside in Hawai’i to enroll for coverage (retroactively) starting Jan. 1, 2016. The deadline to enroll is Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. Hawai’i residents who are eligible ...
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