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August 2012

Fondest Aloha!


Barbara Shirland has been a part of our Hospice Hawaii 'ohana for 25 years. She began as a volunteer when Hospice Hawaii had only four employees. "I've watched Hospice Hawaii grow up from a small 'mom and pop' to a viable, well-respected community organization that's very mainstream," said Barbara.


Barbara is retiring as our Quality Improvement/ Education Coordinator/ Compliance Officer, but has held many positions during her years of service. "My joke is that I've done every job in the clinical department," said Barbara.


Barbara was introduced to Hospice Hawaii by her teacher, the late professor Rev. Mitsuo Aoki, who was a religion professor at the University of Hawaii, Founder/President of The Foundation for Holistic Healing, and co-founder of Hospice Hawaii. "I would like to express gratitude to Dr. Mitsuo Aoki for his part and helping guide me on this path," said Barbara. "Working with the dying all these years has taught me how to live. I get to retire knowing I've been a part of an organization that has made a serious contribution to the community."



Kim Hanson, Clarence Liu, and Barbara Shirland


For more photos from Barbara's retirement party, visit our Facebook page.


Happy Friendship Day



In honor of National Friendship Day, celebrated the first Sunday in August, we're recognizing the many Hospice Hawaii employees who go the extra mile for patients and their families, offering comfort, care and sometimes just a kind word  - all the things that you would expect from a friend. 


Yumiko, a certified nursing assistant, has formed friendships with many of her patients and their families.  Yumiko recently made a special connection with the wife of one of her patients.  The two women would often talk and eat lunch together.  A friendship soon formed.  "We'd talk about everything - about her husband, what she's doing, what her beliefs are," recalled Yumiko.  "But half the time she'd be listening to me."


When Yumiko senses her patients or families are feeling overwhelmed, she tries to ease their stress. "I'll help them forget what's going on, and get them to talk about something they like. Eventually, you'll see that little smile," she said.  "All I can say is I love what I do, and I put myself in their place: what would I want me to do if I were them?" 

Family Camp


More than a dozen families attended our annual family bereavement camp in June at the Queen Liliuokalani Children's Center in Hauula. The three-day camp is both healing and inspirational. Through mentoring, arts and crafts, and traditional camping fun, families learned to cope with grief and loss.  The highlight of the camp was the release of rainbow-colored pigeons that carried special wishes from camp attendees. 

Visit our our website for more information on the camp and to watch a story that aired on KHON2's about this year's camp.

Visit our Facebook page for more photos from this year's camp. 

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Big Differences


A very special mahalo to Cheri K., Michelle W., Tara Y., and the 100th Infantry Batallion Veterans who helped turn little things into big differences for our patient Trendon! 

For more photos, visit our Facebook page.
Save the Date!
Na Hoa Malama










Join us on November 17 for our annual fundraiser, Na Hoa Malama. In addition to the gourmet dinner and wine pairings, it will be an evening honoring Hospice Hawaii patients and supporters who have made a difference in the community. Mark your calendar and keep a look out for updates about the event.

Bereavement Groups

Monthly grief counseling for those who have experienced loss and have the desire to connect with others for support and healing.  


Wednesday, August 1

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Hospice Hawaii 



Friday, August 10

1 - 2:30 p.m.

Castle Hospital

Castle Wellness & Lifestyle Center 

(next door to Castle Hospital)



Wednesday, August 22

10 - 11:30 a.m.

Pali Momi Medical Center

Physician's Dining Room


For more information, please call the Bereavement Coordinator at (808) 791-8029.