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On June 15, 2016, the Adult Protective & Community Services Branch East Hawaiʻi section staff came together with members of the Hawaiʻi County Prosecutor’s Office and Police Department to pass out purple ribbons and display purple banners at the Hawaiʻi County’s Aging & Disability Resource Center in Hilo. The gathering honored “World Elder Abuse Awareness ...
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DHS Programs Among Heroes of Hope

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 in Main, News

The Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Oʻahu held a recognition luncheon titled “Heroes of Hope” on April 22, 2016, to honor several community and public agencies for their “unwavering commitment and compassion to meet the needs of hundreds of children who have been physically and sexually abused in our community” at the O‘ahu ...
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By this time every year, the buzz at the Capitol has finally started to settle. Full halls of pacing feet, quiet discussions on wooden benches, and the tones signaling transitions from one hearing to another have subsided. Department of Human Services (DHS) team members spent innumerable hours in the Capitol over the 4 months of ...
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June is Fatherhood Month

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 in Main, News

On Friday, May 27, Governor David Ige and Lieutenant Gov. Shan Tsutsui declared June 2015 as Fatherhood Month. Gov. Ige joined Fatherhood Commissioners and other community members in acknowledging the important role fathers play in their children’s lives. Both Gov. Ige and Chet Adessa of the Fatherhood Commission called on their own experiences as fathers ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 26, 2016 Honolulu, HI – The Hawai‘i Coalition for Dads and the State Commission on Fatherhood will celebrate the important role fathers play in their children’s everyday lives on Saturday, June 18 at Windward Mall.  The two organizations invite all Hawai‘i fathers and their families to join them at the 18th ...
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The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will open its 2016 application period from June 1 through June 30.  LIHEAP assists households with their utility bill (electric or gas) in two ways: Energy Crisis program assists with up to $350 to restore power to the residence of a household whose electricity or gas has been ...
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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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