April eNewsletter
April 2014

Aloha Kōkua Mau,

Welcome to United Healthcare Community Plan, our newest Kōkua Mau organizational member.  They have joined at the Advocate Level  and we appreciate their support for our work and look forward to collaborating in the years to come. 

The 2014 membership drive is on.  Thank you to everyone who has already renewed or joined Kōkua Mau in 2014.  Can't remember if you have renewed?  Check our website for the latest listing of names.  We depend on membership to keep our programs and projects going so thank you for your support.  You can easily join or renew using the link on the newsletter or our website and full information is at the bottom of this newsletter. 

Not convinced yet?  Did you read the New York Times article on Sunday confirming research that shows that donating and volunteering with causes you believe in increases happiness and brings a host of benefits to the givers?  So you can not only help Kōkua Mau and those that we serve but also help yourself.   Thank you again for your generosity. 

We hope you can join us for the Palliative Care Salon in mid April and the monthly Kōkua Mau meeting on April 24 - speaker to be announced.  Details will be sent with subsequent newsletters. 

In this Issue and from Past Newsletters:
4/5 Hawaii Innovation Models
4/11 & 12: Technology & Aging Talks
4/16 National Healthcare Decisions Day
4/18 Call for Proposals
4/12 Oncology on Canvas
Please Join Kokua Mau
Sat 4/5 Hawaii Innovation Models in Coordinated Care for Dementia

The best quality dementia care goes beyond the important early diagnosis and assessment. It should involve a team approach to follow-up care plans, access to services including support for caregivers, and a person-centered approach. Dr. Kore Liow and Dr. Ritabelle Fernandes have evolved models for coordinated memory care on O'ahu that could be replicated throughout the state. This presentation is of interest to healthcare professionals, service providers, caregivers, and anyone interested in improving care for those with dementia and their families.

Kore Liow, MD, FACP, FAAN and Ritabelle Fernandes, MD, MPH, FACP

Saturday, April 5,
11am to 1pm at
15 Craigside Solarium

This is a free event and lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by: Hawaii Executive Office on Aging, Alzheimer's Association - Aloha Chapter, Kokua Kalihi Valley, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience/Hawaii Alzheimer's Disease Center

Space is limited to 100 attendees. To register, contact:
Jody Mishan or call (808) 295-2624


April 10 & 11: 3 Talks on Technology and Aging

You are invited to a series of talks on Technology and Aging.  Please join national expert Eric Dishman for three separate events April 10 and 11. The registration deadline is April 3rd.

The title for the Plaza Club has changed to "Technology Solutions to a Juggling Act:  Keeping the Boomer Workforce Healthy and Employed While Caring for Aging Parents."

More information about site registration and the program agenda is available on www.atrc.org.


Wed. April 16: 7th Annual National Healthcare Decisions

For those of you who want to promote advanced care planning inside your organization, the 7th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day is on April 16, although you can have an event at any time.  Their website has lots of information for you including background information, press release, and some other materials. They ask you to tell them about your event so please drop them a note.

National Healthcare Decisions Day exists to inspire, educate & empower the public & providers about the importance of advance care planning. You may also want to watch the Watch "NHDD Speak Up Video".


Fri 4/18 Call for Proposals for the 18th Biennial HPGS Conference

Imagine 2030... Mobilizing Our Communities Across Generations

Imagine 2030... what will Hawaii look like as we are getting older as a society? There will be 369,000 adults aged 65 and over --150% of our current size - and will constitute 23% of the total population (currently 17%).

September 29-30, 2014
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, Honolulu, Hawaii

Call for presentation proposals: Submission Deadline is Friday, April 18, 2014. Submit Proposals Online. For Proposal Submission Guidelines and details see PDf file on our website.


Sat 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!!


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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