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Da baggah is big this month...


There is a lot going on this month and next so our newsletter is full of (hopefully) interesting and useful announcements. 

Dr. Emese Somogyi, Board Chair for Kokua Mau and Medical Director of Palliative Care at Castle Medical Center compiled some of the highlights from the recent  2013 Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association which was held in New Orleans from March 13 through March 16:

It was a great event in a great city and Hawai'i was well represented. One of the highlights was Dr. Daniel Fischberg of The Queens Medical Center and long time Kōkua Mau board member and supporter receiving the Academy's Gerald H. Holman Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Fischberg's involvement with Kōkua Mau was acknowledged in the program and from the stage. 

New Fellows of the Academy with ties to Hawai'i include Dr. Fischberg and Dr. Kavita Sharma. Dr. Ayano Kiyota (HPH, Pali Momi) had a very interesting poster presentation. The meeting was attended by over 2,500 physicians, nurses, and other health professionals. For highlights of a few pearls: please visit our website

Finally, as the Board President of Kōkua Mau, I would like to use this opportunity to thank all of you for supporting Kōkua Mau. Because of that, the organization is able to continue its role of building our collective strength in caring for those who need it the most. As one conference speaker said: in doing this job, you risk your heart every single day.

Emese Somogyi

In this Issue:
Tues 4/9 A Discussion on End-of-Life Issues
Thurs 4/18 Nurses Salon
Sat 4/27 2013 Caregiver Resource Fair
April meeting postponed
Eden at Home Workshop
-- Reminders --
Thurs 4/11 Webinar on ACP
Statewide Palliative and Hospice Training Program
Sat. 5/4 Kaua'i Palliative Care Conference
Membership Drive 2013
Tue 4/9: A Discussion on End-of-Life Issues

Visiting Professor George Smith from the Columbus School of Law's lecture, entitled "Give Me Liberty ... or at Least Give Me a Good Death," will probe ethics, decision-making and the technical and emotional issues surrounding end-of-life. (more on our website)
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 (Free, open to the public)
Classroom 1: 3:30 - 5:00 PM
William S. Richardson School of Law, UH Manoa

Following the talk, a three-person panel will discuss the issues from a variety of viewpoints. Moderator: Professor James Pietsch, JD. Panelists: Daniel Fischberg, MD, PhD; William Hunt, JD; Scott Makuakane, JD.
Thur 4/18 Nurses and Friends Salon
You are invited to participate in the next "Nurses and Friends Salon".

Thursday, April 18th at
5:15 pm to 7:30 pm
Laulima Women's House
1802 Keeaumoku St, Honolulu

The open topic is "What's on your mind about hospice and palliative care?" and there will also be discussion of future opportunities for connection and support in the community.   

The gathering will be casual potluck style. For more information, email Leanne Logan or Pat Nishimoto.

Please do NOT park in 'Reserved' spots.  Park at the Catholic Charities parking lot next door to Laulima Women's House. Parking passes for participants will be distributed at the event. More on our website.


Sat 4/27: 2013 Caregiver Resource Fair

"Caring For Your Parents"
Saturday, April 27th, 2013
Catholic Charities Hawaii
1822 Keeaumoku St, Honolulu

This Caregiver Event is being sponsor by AARP Hawaii, Catholic Charities Hawaii, the Hawaii Family Caregiver Coalition (HFCC), and the Alzheimer's Association, Aloha Chapter.  There will be a program dedicated to educating caregivers about some of the home and community based long term care services and respite options available on the island and how to recognize the signs of Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias.

Kokua Mau will have a table with our information and we are looking for at least one more volunteer to take a few hours to come and talk with family caregivers.  We know how important it is for caregivers to have information about decisions they may need to make for and with loved ones concerning their care and wishes.  If you can help talk with families, please contact Jeannette directly. 

 More on our website


No April Kōkua Mau Monthly Meeting

In April 2013 the last Thursday of the month will coincide with the annual meeting the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's 28th Management and Leadership Conference. We will give updates on the conference at the May meeting.
5/2 & 5/9 Eden at Home workshop

Caring for elders who live at home. The workshop consists of two four hour sessions. More on our website.

May 2nd & May 9th (Thursdays)
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m - Plan to attend both sessions
Kailua United Methodist Church, Sato Cottage
1110 Kailua Road, Kailua

A nominal $10.00 registration fee will be assessed. (Refreshments will be served). Workshop is limited to 24 participants.  Make checks payable to 'Project Dana', and mail to: 902 University Avenue, Honolulu, HI  96826.  Please note the place and date of your training on your check. For further information or to register, call or email Sue Pignataro at 263-0136, or Liz Nelson at 239-7849.


Reminders from past eNewsletters

Thur. 4/11 Webinar Advance Care Planing

The Most Important Conversation: Tools and Techniques for Advance Health Care Planning
Thursday, April 11, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Presenter is David Godfrey, Senior Attorney, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging. Space is limited. To find out more and register to reserve your Webinar seat.
Kōkua Mau Cool Stuff


Announcing a Statewide Palliative and Hospice Training (S-PHC) Program


A grant from the HMSA Foundation provided funding for a collaborative partnership with Kōkua Mau, Hawaii Health Systems Corporation and UH Mānoa Nursing to benefit long-term care and hospice patients statewide. The goal of the training program is to provide a broad foundation of knowledge in palliative and hospice care focused on delivering quality patient and family-centered care to long-term and hospice patients. More on our website.  


Sat. 5/4: Palliative Care Setting the Stage - Kaua'i

Saturday, May 4, 2013
8:00a.m. - 5:30p.m.
Kaua`i Marriott Resort
Lihu`e, Hawai`i

A full day educational conference on palliative medicine. For more details and the updated agenda please visit our website.

Continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be included in the cost of $45 per Doctor and $35 for Nurses, Medical Social Workers, and Medical Chaplains.  For early registration call 808-245-7277.  Visa or Mastercard accepted. Or mail check payable to Kauai Hospice, 4457 Pahee St., Lihue, Hawaii, 96766. 


See you soon!

Jeannette Koijane, MPH
Executive Director
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