Kōkua Mau eNewsletter

 Aloha Kokua Mau, 

Happy 2015!

We hope you had a great holiday season.

As 2015 kicks off we encourage you to please renew your Kōkua Mau Membership now. Or become a new member as a great New Year's resolution? And yes, membership is tax-deductible for 2015.  

Membership and donations are an essential part of keeping Kōkua Mau fiscally sustainable. Individual Membership starts at $40. 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 or a tote bag with our logo, but we can offer you: the low cost version of a virtual Kōkua Mau mug.
How do I join?
Please download our membership form and put it with a check in the good old postal mail.

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, as a local non-profit, community-benefit organization is fueled by the passion of dedicated volunteers with a lean budget and every penny spent on making our work possible. (We are not a state agency!) 

Expanding networking and education for professionals. 
Kōkua Mau continues to provide professionals an opportunity for education and networking through:
  • Kōkua Mau e-newsletter providing updates on local and national events, resources and research
  • Kōkua Mau website is well visited and constantly updated
  • Monthly Kokua Mau meetings, which usually include a speaker, local updates and networking opportunities
  • Palliative Pupus - our cutting-edge, clinical case discussion
  • Palliative Care Salon - a chance to talk and reflect with colleagues
For over 15 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.

In this Issue and from Past Newsletters:
Register for Feb. 18 & 19, 2015 Virtual Palliative Care Conference

Learn How to Begin or Enhance a Community-Based Palliative Care Program.

Wed. Feb. 18 and Thur. Feb 19
7:30 am to 12:45 PM
Location: TBA

We are hosting our second virtual palliative care conference 'Creating the Future of Palliative Care". Hosted by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) on February 18 & 19, 2015  in Hawai'i.

We meet at a central location 7:30 am HST (12:00 noon EST) to watch the live stream together. Seating is limited, sign up today.

We are currently finalizing the meeting venue and will send a reminder as soon and the location is finalized.
The conference takes place entirely online in "real time," live streaming through the Internet from 7:30 am-12:45 pm HST. You can save the cost of travel and participate in a national conference to increase your skills and knowledge and qualify for continuing education credits. (And thanks to the lack of daylight savings time it does not start at 6:30 am this time!)

Virtual Event Objectives

At the completion of this event, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss the foundations of  community-based palliative care
  • Identify legal and regulatory components of community-based palliative care
  • Describe coding, billing and financial aspects of community-based palliative care
  • Distinguish successful community-based models

A discounted registration fee of $40 per day ($65 both days) is offered to all Kōkua Mau members.

Non members pay $60 per day ($100 for both days). If your employer is a member, you qualify for a Kōkua Mau discount. Check who is a member. 

Not a member of Kōkua Mau yet or forgot to renew this year for 2015?

Is is easy to join in a few steps.  


Wed. 1/21 Palliative Pupus

Please join us Wed. January 21 for Palliative Pupus.  Come hear another interactive interdisciplinary story from the cutting edge of hospice and palliative care and mingle with colleagues in 2015.   
Wed. January 21, 2015
5:15 to 7:00 PM
The Queens Conference Center (QCC) Room 200
510 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96813

Please bring some pupus to share and invite your colleagues. This is a great chance for people who wonder what palliative and hospice care really looks like as we describe and discuss a real person and their journey.

Please note
Palliative Pupus participants: There is FREE parking after 4 PM in the municipal lot on South Beretania, just Diamond Head of Queen's. See our website for a map.

Sat. 1/24 Death Cafe Honolulu

The Death Café Honolulu is a free event with tea, cake and conversation about death and dying.

The objective is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.

Saturday, January 24th
4:30-6:00pm at
Nā Mea Hawai'i
1050 Ala Moana Blvd, Suite #1000, Honolulu (map)

Please RSVP to or on www.meetup.com

Learn more at www.facebook.com/DeathCafeHonolulu & www.DeathCafe.com

For a flyer please see our website


Thur. 1/29 Kōkua Mau monthly meeting

The first 2015 Kōkua Mau monthly meeting will be Thursday Jan. 29 when Bob Kane and several Iolani students will be presenting about their hospice class, an elective for seniors which trains them as hospice volunteers to work with people in the final days of life. 

Join us for other updates and please let Jeannette know if you have items for the agenda. 

Thursday, September 25
Conference Room 224
Weinberg Building
St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawai'i
2226 Liliha Street in Honolulu

Parking is validated and click here for a map and further details.  There will be real coffee and refreshments as well.

Tue. 2/3 Dementia-Capable Professionals

Dementia-Capable Professionals: Legal and Ethical Issues and Cognitive Impairment

This is a special presentation in February to find out why it's important to consult attorneys who are "dementia-capable" when assisting those with memory loss and their families. Also, learn about assessing capacity and balancing autonomy and protection from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Tuesday, Feb. 3
8:30am to Noon
Pomaika'i Ballrooms at Dole Cannery

735 Iwilei Road, Honolulu, HI  96817

Continental Breakfast will be provided. Parking will be $6 per vehicle with validation at Dole Cannery (movie parking)

Register online with EventBrite. Admission: $16.82  per person ($15 plus online fees)

If you have any questions about the event or registration process, please contact Jody Mishan or call 295-2624

Please register ahead of time online. Not accepting credit cards at the door.

CEUs for social workers pending approval by NASW Hawaii Chapter.

David Godfrey, JD, is a senior attorney to the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging in Washington, DC. He is responsible for the ABA's role in the Administration on Aging funded National Legal Resource Center and for producing the National Aging and Law Conference. He is a board member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Prior to joining the Commission he was responsible for elder law programming at Access to Justice Foundation in Kentucky. Mr. Godfrey earned his BA with honors at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and his JD cum laude from the University of Louisville School of Law in Kentucky. He has presented on legal and ethical issues and dementia capability for Administration on Community Living for their Alzheimer's Disease Supportive Services Program (ADSSP) educational Webinar series.

Daniel Marson, JD, PhD is a clinical neuropsychologist, licensed attorney, and tenured full professor in the Department of Neurology at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he directs the Division of Neuropsychology and UAB Alzheimer's Disease Center. He graduated from Carleton College, University of Chicago Law School, and Northwestern University in Clinical Psychology. He lectures nationally on competency in neurocognitive disorders and has over 100 publications on this topic. He's been a principal investigator on multiple NIH grants and his work on financial capacity in the elderly has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, and on NPR. Dr. Marson is a fellow and past president of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. He frequently serves as an expert witness in civil and criminal matters.

This event is being sponsored by the Hawaii Executive Office on Aging, The Hawaii State Bar Association, National Legal Resource Center's National Elder Rights Training Project, the American Bar Association, Miyasaki LLC, and Kahala Nu

From past eNewsletters

Prepare for Your Care

Looking for an easy on-line guide (with large print)? The PREPARE website is designed to help people and their loved ones prepare for medical decision making. https://www.prepareforyourcare.org


Leveraging the New IOM Report

Web Conference Briefing: The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) hosted a very interesting and informative web conference on Oct. 28, with Diane E. Meier, MD, one of the nation's leaders in palliative care.   She discussed the Institute of Medicine's latest report in depth and presented the report in a practical and action-oriented way. The full presentation and slide deck used are currently available for free download. It is interesting to see how many of the IOM report's recommendations we are working on in Hawaii. 

Best wishes and Happy New Year!

Jeannette Koijane
Executive Director
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