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2nd Kōkua Mau


Fall is certainly a busy time of year here in Hawaii.  This month we have second newsletter, full with the events going on in our Islands.  Hope to see you at Palliative Pupus and the Kōkua Mau monthly meeting. 

Wed. 9/18 Palliative Pupus

Please join us for education, fellowship, and networking at this month's Palliative Pupus, Hawaii's state-wide, interdisciplinary, hospice and palliative care case-conference. 

This month brings us another story from the cutting edge of hospice and palliative care.  One team walks the walk, insisting that everyone deserves a good end of life; a story of compassion and redemption providing hospice care to a man with a violent past.

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

more details and parking info.   


Thur. 9/26 Kōkua Mau Meeting

Please join us for our monthly Kōkua Mau Meeting. This month Dr. Sheldon Riklon and Dr. Lauren Okamoto will be presenting on their research on Marshall Islanders' attitudes towards death and dying. Dr. Riklon is Marshallese physician who currently practices in Hawaii but worked for many years in the Marshall Islands.  Both presenters currently work at JABSOM and are caring for Marshallese patients.  The results are very interesting and will hopefully provide some insights for those of you working with Marshallese people.  The presentation will include background information about the Marshall Islands (in case you didn't know who to ask.)

Jeannette Koijane will present (including fabulous pictures) about the palliative care training she and Pat Nishimoto 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, Honolulu

For directions and parking information check our website

In this Issue:
Wed. 9/18 Palliative Pupus
Thur. 9/26 Kōkua Mau Meeting
Kokua Mau Cool Stuff
Hospice News Network
Kupuna Education Center
From Previous Newsletters
Thur. 9/26 BNOH 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
9/12 No One Has to Die Alone
9/24 Long Term Care Conference
Kokua Mau wins national award
Kōkua Mau Cool Stuff

Congratulations Linda! Our own Kōkua Mau and board of directors member Dr. Linda Axtell-Thompson was conferred in August 2013, the degree of Doctor of Bioethics with a concentration in Organizational Ethics from the Loyola Chicago University, Stritch School of Medicine, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics.  This builds on her previous graduate degrees of Master of Arts in Bioethics (2003, Medical College of Wisconsin) and Master of Business Administration (nonprofit emphasis; 1987, Yale School of Management). 

Loyola describes the degree as: "Our professional doctorate in bioethics (D.Bioethics) is a first of its kind and meets the growing need for advanced training in bioethics for those professionals that have increased responsibilities related to bioethics and health policy at their institution. Such individuals may serve as chair of a hospital's ethics committee, perform clinical ethics consultations, have administrative oriented ethics work or are a steward for issues central to your institution's mission and values."

Hospice News Network Now Available for Hawai'i!

Hospice News Network: A great opportunity to be better informed.

Hospice News Network, is a national e-newsletter that provides a summary of hospice, palliative and end-of-life care articles. The stories cover local, state and national issues and come from a variety of sources.  A number of colleagues in other states subscribe and find it useful and interesting.

If you would be interested in getting this weekly newsletter, just let Jeannette know.  HMSA has agreed to pay the cost so we are able to offer it for free to interested people and organizations in Hawai'i.

The most recent issue includes a recent report from the Dartmouth Atlas on continued low usage of hospice and possible contributing factors; a call from OIG for more frequent hospice certifications; and a study in The Journal of Palliative Medicine which found that community-based palliative care has a significant impact in "preventing vulnerable people at the end of life from being exposed to the stressful [emergency room] environment and decreases pressure on [emergency departments]."

Kupuna Education Center Fall Session

The Kupuna Education Center Fall Session starts soon, on Sept. 21.

Here is what's new: 3 Active Aging Classes: 
  • 2 on Financial Planning for Seniors and
  • 1 on "How to Keep Your Brain Healthy as You Age"
A Partnership with McKinley Community School for Adults so they offer classes at their location on Friday during the morning and afternoon. Kupuna Education Center is continuing the Family Caregiver and Schmieding Elder Stay@Home Home Care Worker Training.

For a full schedule (4 page PDF) see our website

From Previous Newsletters

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 Kōkua Mau website. Send your revisions to Luisa by September 18.

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
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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