March eNewsletter
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March 3, 2014

Aloha Kōkua Mau,

Sorry for getting my dates wrong - I hate it when that happens.  Both Palliative Pupus and Frances Kakugawa's talk on Oahu will be on WEDNESDAY March 19 (not the 18th as mistakenly said in the last newsletter.) Yes, they are at the same time.  Please update your calendar and thanks for catching the error. 

3/18 Palliative Pupus
Please join us for another dynamic, inter-disciplinary, case-based discussion from the cutting edge of hospice and palliative care.
Wed. March 19
5:15 to 7:00 PM
The Queens Conference Center (QCC) Room 200
510 S. Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Details on the case will be shared as we approach the date but please put this education and networking event on your calendar.

3/6 and 3/19  Frances Kakugawa Speaking

We have a great opportunity to hear Frances Kakugawa, a nationally acclaimed poet and advocate for those caring for people with dementia.  Frances has long been connected with Kokua Mau and is one of the stories on our "Breaking the Ice" video which you can view on our website.

There are several opportunities to hear her including the March 14 Grief Conference:

Hawaii Island:March 6, 4-6pm Alzheimer's Association at the County Building Aging & Disability Resource Center at 1055 Kino'ole St., Suite 101, Hilo.

The March 6 Puna Hongwanji event has been canceled. Please RSVP to Chris Ridley at 808-443-7360. 


Oahu:  Wednesday March 19, 4:30-6pm "The Art of Caregiving for Someone with Memory Loss," at 15 Craigside Solarium. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has approved one CEU credit for attending the event. Because of limited space, please register with Jody Mishan at 295-2624 or 

Please pass this around to your networks, especially to dementia caregivers who benefit greatly from her presentations. Frances has been giving presentations nationwide to great acclaim, and is born and raised on Hawaii Island.

If you're not already aware of Frances' wonderful work, you can link to her web page and blog at


POLST Legislation UPDATE -
Both SB 2227 and HB2052 are alive.  We will keep you informed of next steps.  We have gotten good support for the bill and appreciate all the testimony that has been submitted. 

Background:  This year we at Kōkua Mau have been working with Sen. Roz Baker, Sen. Josh Green, Kupuna Caucus and other policy advocates to introduce a bill that will expand signing privileges for
POLST to include APRNs. The bill will also clear up some inconsistent legal language. You can read more about the POLST legislation on our website.   

Please contact Jeannette if you have any questions. 

In this Issue and from Past Newsletters:
3/18 Palliative Pupus
3/6 & 3/18 Frances Kakugawa
POLST Legislation Update
3/14 Grief Conference
4/12 Oncology on Canvas
Grand Opening of the Hawaii Palliative Care Center in Hilo
Please Join Kokua Mau
3/14 Caregiving and Grief...Awakening Heart and Soul

Third Grief Conference in Hawaii presented by St. Francis Hospice

March 14, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ko'olau Ballrooms and Conference Center, Kaneohe
45-550 Kionaole Road, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744

This third grief conference, is specifically designed for healthcare professionals, social workers, counselors, chaplains, caregivers, and lay persons seeking ways to find meaning and wisdom in caregiving and grief.

This year we have invited speakers internationally known for caregiving and grief-related training in healthcare, community and business.

Detailed program and PDF poster on our website

For more information, contact 808-547-8129 or visit where you can also register on-line.


4/12 Oncology on Canvas
This year all 4 hospitals will celebrate Oncology on Canvas on the same day! Please call and register to make sure there will be enough food and supplies.

Saturday, 12 April

Queens: Queen Emma Tower 7th floor
Contact Darlene Sardinha to register (691-8984)

Kaiser: Mapunapuna Maile Room, 2nd floor
Contact Nalani China to register (432-5821)

Kapiolani: Conference Room A, 2nd floor
Contact Joyce Wong to register (983-8333)

Tripler: 10th floor, Oceanside
Contact Pat Nishimoto to register (433-4087)

Oncology on Canvas helps people living with cancer and those that love and care for them to cope with disease through art.  No previous art experience is needed, there are no age restrictions and everyone is welcome!!


Grand Opening of the Hawaii Palliative Care Center in Hilo
Congratulations to Hospice of Hilo on the Grand Opening of the Hawai`i  Palliative Care Center.

This new line of service will provide care coordination and comfort to help address the pain and anxiety many of patients are facing.   
They hope to improve the support system for patients and loved ones and alleviate the strain due to patients' complex care needs.

You can read about the Grand Opening and visit the Hospice of Hilo website for more information on this fabulous, new neighbor island resource. 

Hawaii Palliative Care Center
590 Kapi`olani Street
Hilo, HI 96720 

P (808) 934-2913

The Palliative Care Program will offer people:
- A team dedicated to alleviating your pain and symptoms
- Professionals able to explain all your health care options and advocate your wishes
- Staff and volunteers committed to helping you live better

Please Join Kōkua Mau and Support our work!! 

As 2014 kicks off we encourage you to please renew your Kōkua Mau Membership. Or become a new member as a great New Year's resolution? In honor of 2014 we are striving for 114 members this year. And yes, membership is tax-deductible.  

Membership and donations are an essential part of keeping Kōkua Mau fiscally sustainable. Individual Membership starts at $40 although the average membership is $100 and we welcome any level of support. We especially encourage organizational membership by community leaders that support our mission. Please contact Jeannette for details.


And indeed, with all donations going into programs we don't offer you a t-shirt, a tote bag with our logo, or even a pencil.  We can offer you: the low cost version of a virtual Kokua Mau mug

How do I join?


Please download our membership form and put it with a check in the good old mail. Or all online: chose your membership level and click the Donate Now button on the right hand side of the webpage. Please put 'membership' in the 'Designation (Optional)' field, click 'add to giving cart' and follow the subsequent steps. We know, the free version of network for good does not look exciting but it is free. Thank you! 


Benefits of Joining Kōkua Mau?


Kōkua Mau, is a local non-profit, community-benefit organization. (We are not a state agency!) Kōkua Mau is fueled by the passion of dedicated volunteers with a lean budget and every penny spent on making our work possible. Your generous tax-deductible gift will allow us to have a real impact on improving quality of life for those with serious illness and their loved ones.    

For over 14 years, Kōkua Mau has been a voice for outstanding hospice and palliative care and services in Hawai'i, providing high-quality information, trainings and ever growing networking opportunities.


Please contact Jeannette with any questions. 

Best wishes,

Jeannette Koijane
Executive Director
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