Hawaii Application Period for “Preschool Open Doors” Program

The Department of Human Services (DHS) will be accepting applications for its Preschool Open Doors (POD) program between March 1 and April 30, 2014.  Applications received during this period will be considered for preschool participation between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

Montessori Country School at the Pahoa Aquatic Center

Montessori Country School at the Pahoa Aquatic Center

POD is a DHS child care subsidy program that provides statewide services to eligible low- and moderate-income families sending their children to a licensed preschool, prior to kindergarten entry. The goal of POD is to promote school readiness and to help children develop a life-long love for learning.  The DHS POD program is a collaboration with the Governor’s Executive Office of Early Learning.

Effective August 2014, a child must be five years old on or before July 31 to enter kindergarten.  Families affected by the new 2014-15 entry age, and families with children who will be enrolling in kindergarten during the 2015-16 school year, are encouraged to apply for the POD program.  Underserved or at-risk children born between August 1 and December 31, 2009 will receive priority consideration for the 2014-2015 school year.

POD applications will be available from the DHS contractor, PATCH, beginning March 1, 2014.  To reserve your packet on Oahu call 791-2130; on the Neighbor Islands call 1-800-746-5620.  Applications also can be downloaded from the PATCH website http://www.patchHawaii.org.

Applications must be received by April 30, 2014 to be considered for the 2014-2015 program year.  Return the completed POD application to:

PATCH – POD
560 North Nimitz Highway, Suite 218
Honolulu, HI  96817

POD subsidies help Hawaii families pay tuition at any of the State’s 627 licensed group child care facilities (i.e. preschools).  Eligible families may select the preschool of their choice. Contact the PATCH office to find a facility in your area.

Priorities for POD program selection are detailed in HAR 17-799 posted on the DHS website at http://humanservices.hawaii.gov/admin-rules-2/admin-rules-for-programs/.

Big Island Police Charge 33-Year-Old Man in Connection with Robbery of Convenience Store

A 33-year-old man has been charged with four offenses stemming from the robbery of a convenience store over the weekend.

At approximately 3 a.m. Saturday (February 8), two men entered a convenience store at the corner of Kinoʻole Street and Hoku Street. One of them purchased several items and then threatened to shoot the clerk if he didn’t let him take a package of cigarettes without paying.

When another customer entered the store, the two men left.

Jamal K. K. Hauoli-Ontai

Jamal K. K. Hauoli-Ontai

Police investigation led to the identity of the suspect as 33-year-old Jamal K. K. Hauoli-Ontai, who has no permanent address. He was located at 5:40 p.m. Saturday at the Moʻoheau bus terminal in Hilo.

As an officer attempted to arrest him, Hauoli-Ontai became combative, causing minor injuries to the officer.

Hauoli-Ontai was arrested and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 3:30 p.m. Monday, he was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault of a police officer, resisting arrest and promoting a detrimental drug. His bail was set at $63,000.

He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance on Tuesday (February 11).

Culinary Arts Under the Stars – Benefit for Chef & Child Foundation

Kings’ Shops is partnering once again with the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association with the return of the Culinary Arts Under the Stars event February 22, 2014.   Last year’s event sold out and this year, 100 more tickets will be available for purchase.  Tickets are going fast! Just $45 in advance or $55 at the door and can be purchased at Maui Divers Jewelry in Kings’ Shops or at www.KingsShops.com.  Kenny C will be performing at Center Court Stage next to the wine and beer garden.  Scrip for beer and wine will be on sale for $5 during the event.  Coffee and water will be available for purchase at Kings’ Coffee.

Chef Ippy Aiona at the 2012 Mealani Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Chef Ippy Aiona of the Three Fat Pigs at the 2012 Mealani Taste of the Hawaiian Range

It will be an exciting evening of food tasting throughout the center presented by the top chefs from restaurants of the Kohala Coast.  Participating restaurants include Merriman’s Mediterranean Café, Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill, The Three Fat Pigs, Hawaii Calls of  Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Kamuela Provision Company of Hilton Waikoloa Village, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar, Lava Lava Beach Club and Mamane Street Bakery. Students from the Hawaii Community College-West Hawaii will create exceptional desserts and salads for two tasting stations.

“One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the ACF Chef & Child Foundation program which will benefit children right here on Hawaii Island,” said Steve Schwartz, General Manager of Kings’ Shops.  A silent auction with donations from many of the Kings’ Shops retailers and restaurants will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Schwartz continued, “Maui Divers Jewelry has donated a 14k gold Hawaiian Wave Pendant and an 18 inch 14k necklace, valued at $995.  This is just one example of the generosity shown by our tenants, which is truly admirable.”  Items for bid will be placed online to view prior to the event, visit www.KingsShops.com.

Join Kings’ Shops and the ACF Kona Kohala Chef Association on Saturday, February 22nd at 5 p.m. for an evening of fun and good food for a terrific cause, Hawai`i Island’s keiki. Tickets are on sale now.  For more information visit www.KingsShops.com

ABOUT THE CHEF AND CHILD FEDERATION:

The CCF mission statement is “To educate children and families in understanding proper nutrition through community based initiatives led by the American Culinary Federation chef members, and to be the voice of the culinary industry in its fight against childhood hunger, malnutrition and obesity.”  The Chef and Child Foundation have been developing programs to stimulate grass root efforts to be led by chefs in communities across America.