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October 2013



Our very own Kōkua Mau Board Members have been recognized with various awards. Congratulations to all of them!

Dr. Rae Seitz was voted one of the top 30 Visionariesin Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM).  More 

Dr. Anna Loengard was recognized by the Healthcare Association of Hawaii as the 2013 Physician of the Year Award for Home Care and Hospice.  St. Francis Healthcare, an organizational member of Kōkua Mau, received four awards from HAH this year and you can read more on their website.

Congratulations to Ken Zeri, President of Hospice Hawaii, for the 2013 Ho'okele Award, awarded by the The Hawaii Community Foundation and the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation.

Thur. 10/17 Nurses and Friends Salon

You are invited to participate in the next "Nurses and Friends Salon".

Thursday, October 17th
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Laulima Women's House
1802 Keeaumoku St, Honolulu

The gathering will be casual potluck style. For more information, and to RSVP to get your parking pass, please 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.

Thur 10/31 Kōkua Mau Meeting

Please join us for our monthly Kōkua Mau Meeting. If you would like to be on the agenda, please contact Jeannette directly. 

Thur. Oct. 31
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


Death over Dinner - a new venue for talking story
Would you be willing to host a small dinner party to talk with friends about death and dying?  While the topic may seem morbid, many of us struggle for ways to engage with friends about important but difficult topics.  What better place than a safe environment with friends?  This seems like a great idea for Hawaii.   

"Death over dinner" is an interactive website that helps you create a dinner invitation to talk about death, with a menu of interactive options, videos and reading assignments. Visit their website and find out more about it.

Here is a short synopsis from Death over Dinner: How we want to die represents the most important and costly conversation America isn't having. Death over dinner has gathered dozens of medical and wellness leaders to cast an unflinching eye at end of life, and created an uplifting interactive adventure that transforms this seemingly difficult conversation into one of deep engagement, insight and empowerment.

Let us know if you try it and what your results are!!


Kōkua Mau in the News!!

Pacific Business News wrote an good article about Kōkua Mau and our Trailblazer award!!  The article nicely outlines Kōkua Mau's mission and activities, encouraging people to talk ahead of time about end-of-life care wishes.  Click here to read  Jenna Blakely's whole article.

Thur. 11/14 Celebration of Life

In observance of Veterans Day and National Hospice and Palliative Care Month Bristol Hospice invites you to join in a Celebration of Life.

A day to remember and honor your loved ones with a heart-warming memorial service. The event is open to the public. (Flyer on our website)

Thursday, November 14, 2013
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
at O'ahu Veterans Center
1298 Kukila Street,  Honolulu

For more information please call 536-8012 or email: ckimhan@bristolhospice.com


In this Issue:
10/17 Nurses and Friends Salon
10/31 K...ō...kua Mau Meeting
Death over Dinner Website
Kokua Mau in Pacific Business News
11/14 Celebration of Life
From Previous Newsletters
Hospice News Network
Kupuna Education Center
Mon. 11/11: The Fine Art and Science of Pain and Palliative Care
Dec 3-5, 2013 - HCBS Conference

From Previous Newsletters
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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 to free for interested people and organizations in Hawaii.

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 started on Sept. 21.

October 4 & 21: What Family Caregivers Want & Need to Know. For a full schedule (4 page PDF) see our website

Nov 11: The Fine Art & Science of Pain & 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

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.
  • Full details on being a sponsor or exhibitor are on the website 
See you soon!

Jeannette Koijane, MPH
Executive Director
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