In normal years, the Cathedral of Saint Andrew gives away meat to the families at Kalihi Waena Elimentary School, at the school’s annual “Breakfast with Santa.” But 2020 is nothing like a normal year, withContinue reading
Cathedral member and frequent volunteer Victor Young writes about his experiences volunteering at Wallyhouse, an outreach effort by Catholic Charities and based at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Kalihi and affiliated via the Third OrderContinue reading
Kalihi Waena Elementary School, about three miles from the Cathedral, is in one of the lowest income areas in the city, and has a high percentage (nearly 80%) of its with 467 students (2019-20) eligibleContinue reading
Barbara Service, Chair of the Cathedral’s Outreach Committee, attended the recent Affordable Housing summit. Following is her report. On September 21, 2019, Faith Action, formerly known as FACE (Faith Action for Community Equity) held anContinue reading
As we have done for more than a decade, Elizabeth Conklin and I started composing notices and adding photos to announcements in late June about the school supplies drive. When I found black and whiteContinue reading
For educators, knowing whether a particular child or how many children within a school are eligible for “free or reduced cost lunch” is significant because it reveals which families are hard-pressed financially. Families that qualifyContinue reading
This symposium, sponsored by IHS, had as its goal “empowering ministries to inspire impactful change.” Sponsored by the Episcopal Church in Hawai‘i, Church of the Crossroads, Central Union Church, First Assembly of God, United Healthcare,Continue reading
Each year, the Outreach Committee gives a ton of meat to the families of Kalihi Waena Elementary, which is the school in a low income neighborhood that the Cathedral helps with our school supplies campaignContinue reading
Typhoon Yutu, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Rosita, was a powerful tropical cyclone that wreaked havoc over the islands of Tinian and Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, as well as the Philippines. ClassedContinue reading
Kalihi Waena is an elementary school 3.5 miles from the Cathedral. Many (76%) of its students are on free or reduced cost meals (breakfast and lunch.) The term ‘free and reduced lunch’ is an indicator of financial difficulties in a family, of poverty in a community, and often a predictor of how well students will do in school. When officials quantify struggling schools in poor neighborhoods, they cite the number of free and reduced lunches. It is a key measurement, like class size and test scores and graduation rates.
Financially stressed families frequently have to decide which bill was the most pressing. When choosing between using their limited money for rent, food, car repair or school supplies, the priority has to go to the family’s immediate survival needs. Sadly, this often means children are ashamed to show up for school at the start of the year without the necessary supplies.