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Fall is certainly a busy time of year here in Hawaii.  I hope to see you at some of these upcoming events, especially Palliative Pupus and the Kokua Mau monthly meeting. 
In this Issue:
Wed. 9/18 Palliative Pupus
Thur. 9/26 BNOH Meeting
Thur. 9/26 Kōkua Mau Meeting
Sat. 9/28 Intergenerational Retreat
Mon. 11/11: The Fine Art and Science of Pain and Palliative Care
Dec 3-5, 2013 - HCBS Conference
From Previous Newsletters
9/12 No One Has to Die Alone
9/24 Long Term Care Conference
Kokua Mau wins national award
Wed. 9/18 Palliative Pupus

It is a Palliative Pupus month again! Please come and join us (more) for this interesting palliative clinical case discussion.

Wed. Sept. 18
5:15 to 7 PM
The Queens Conference Center (QCC), Room 200
510 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96813

The theme and presenters for the next Palliative Pupus will be announced prior to the meeting via our Kokua Mau eNewsletter reminders. 


Thur. 9/26 BNOH Meeting

The next Bereavement Network of Hawaii (BNOH) meeting, hosted by Islands Hospice, will be:

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013
11am to 1pm
Central Union Church, Fireside Room 3rd floor, Family Life Center
1660 S Beretania St
Honolulu, HI 96826        Link is for the map

The speaker for the meeting is Pastor Kekapa Lee. His talk is titled, "One Hawaiian's Perspective on Dying, Death, and Grieving."

More about Pastor Kekapa Lee on our website.

Please RSVP by September 18 to Luisa C. O. Wyant, L.C.S.W. for the lunch.

Please see the current BNOH Listing on the bereavement resources page of the Kokua Mau website. Send your revisions to Luisa by September 18.

Thur. 9/26 Kōkua Mau Meeting
Please join us for our monthly Kōkua Mau Meeting. This month we are back to our usual last Thursday of the month meeting time. This month Pat Nishimoto and Jeannette Koijane will present (including fabulous pictures) about the palliative care training they did in the Republic of the Marshall Islands in July.  We will also be having updates on the many projects underway.  If you would like to be on the agenda, please contact Jeannette directly. 

Thur. Sept. 26
3PM to 5PM
Room 224
Weinberg Building at St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawai'i
2226 Liliha Street

For directions and parking information check our website

Sat. 9/28  "Hear my concerns as I enter the twilight of my life: An Inter-generational Retreat"


An Intergenerational Retreat sponsored by the End·of-Life committee, Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai'i - All are invited!
For family and friends to listen and reflect on our elders' wishes and concerns - health, religious, cultural - to support them as they enter the twilight of their lives.
Saturday, September 28, 2013           
8:30A.M. -2:00P.M.
Wahiawa Hongwtniji Mission
1067 California Avenue
Cost: $20/$10 (students) includes refreshments & lunch
Presentations will be given by Bishop Eric Matsumoto, Rev. Earl Ikeda, Rev. Tatsuo Muneto (Hongwanj ministers), Chaplain Sherman Thompson (Kamehameha Schools), Chaplain Clarence Liu (formerly with Hospice Hawai'i), Dr. Aki Morita (Hospice Hawaii family), Jeannette Koijane, MPH (Kōkua Mau), Dr. Darcy Ing (Counseling and Spiritual Care Center of Hawai'i).

Breakout sessions will follow with discussions on various end-of-life concerns followed by lunch and further discussion.

Interested people should contact Ernest Oshiro at ernieoshiro@gmail.com or Barbara Brennan.
Nov 11: The Fine Art & Science of Pain & Palliative Care

The Fine Art and Science of Pain and Palliative Care
The Queen's Medical Center Conference on Pain & Palliative Care

November 11, 2013 (Veteran's Day)

Ko'olau Ballrooms & Conference Center
45-550 Kionaole Road
Kaneohe, O'ahu, Hawai'i 96744.
Ample complimentary parking is available

Hot off the press is the brochure for Hawaii's premiere pain and palliative care conference

"Meeting patients' pain and palliative care needs demands a balance of the best of the art and science of caring. Do challenges such as safely and effectively managing pain, navigating difficult conversations with those facing serious illness, and compassionately and competently serving the bereaved, sometimes leave you with the feeling of staring at a blank canvas? This conference has gathered a multi-talented faculty to share the state of both the art and the science of pain management and palliative care, to inspire you with their creative presentations, and take you from that blank canvas to a larger palette of care options to create your masterpiece in meeting these vital patient needs.

This conference has broad appeal to physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals."

For a full agenda and the conference registration form,  see our website or contact: The Queen's Office of CME at (808) 691-7009 or cme@queens.org
Dec. 3-5, 2013 Hawaii HCBS Conference

The State of Hawaii's Executive Office on Aging is pleased to announce that registration is now available online for the 2013 Hawaii Home and Community Based Care (HCBS) Conference. The site also features links to the agenda and exhibitor/sponsor prospectus.

As a result of the depth and breadth of the content, this conference will be valuable for all professionals working the fields of aging and disability: planners, direct line workers, clinicians, policy makers, supervisors, executive directors, program specialists, administrators, evaluators, policy analysts.

An amazing line-up of national experts give presentations on national trends and innovations in aging and disability policies and programs, including:
  • Dr. Ronald C. Peterson, MD, Chair, National Advisory Council for Alzheimer's Research Care & Services, Mayo Clinic
  • Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance
  • Elaine Ryan, Vice President, AARP
  • Sandy Markwood, CEO, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
  • Kelly Buckland, Executive Director, National Council on Independent Living
  • Martha Roherty, Executive Director, National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities
  • Barbara Bent, Director of State Policy, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services
  • W. June Simmons, President/CEO, Partners in Care Foundation
  • Randi Chapman, Director, State Affairs, Alzheimer's Association
  • Julie Beckett, Co-founder, Family Voices
Full details on being a sponsor or exhibitor are on the website
From Previous Newsletters

Thur 9/12 Workshop

"No One Has to Die Alone: How to Change the End of Life form Fearful to Hopeful"

Thur. Sept. 12
5:00 - 6:30 PM
15 Craigside Place, Solarium
Honolulu HI 96817

Kōkua Mau's own Lani Leary, Ph.D., Psychotherapist and author will identify ways that we can make a difference in the end of life care of a loved one. Checkout her TEDx Honolulu presentation online.

The session is limited to 80 attendees. Please RSVP to Felicia Marquez Wong by Sept. 5.

9/24 2013 Annual Long-Term Care Conference

Save the date: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 for the 2013 Conference on Long-Term Care "Powerful Practical Partnerships". More on our website.

Hale Koa Hotel
2055 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
Sponsored by: The Department of Geriatric Medicine; JABSOM-UH; Pacific Islands Geriatric Education Center; The John A. Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence; The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Training Grant; and the Hawaii Medical Directors Association.


Congratulations to All of Us!!  We have won the National Trailblazer Award!!

Kōkua Mau has been honored with the 2013 Trailblazer Award by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

The national trailblazer award recognizes us for "for developing innovative methods to improve patient access to quality and compassionate care".

"One of the things that we were impressed with was Kōkua Mau, Hawaii's Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's commitment to working collaboratively across the healthcare continuum in the creation of this program that can be used as a model in other states," said Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO.

We have created a press release which you can use for your internal communications or to reach out to other media sources you work with.  Please contact Jeannette for a copy.  We posted the entire press release on our website.   


See you soon!

Jeannette Koijane, MPH
Executive Director
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