Come hear Dr. Angelo Volandes
February 23

 Aloha Kokua Mau, 

Dr. Angelo Volandes and the ACP Decisions videos he helped to create are being used around the state to help professionals have conversations about goals of care and advance care planning.  This week we have 2 opportunities to hear from Dr. Volandes here in the islands.  The first is at UH Manoa on Wednesday night and the second is the Kokua Mau meeting on Thursday.

At both venues, Kokua Mau will be selling Dr. Volandes' new book The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-life Care.  We will be offering it for the special price of only $15 for a signed copy. (Please note: cash only.) 

Wed. 2/25 The Conversation: Advance Health Care Planning

In Hawai'i, there are significant opportunities to better honor people's preferences for care, and we have a unique opportunity to make that happen.

Wed. February 25, 2015
5 - 7:30 pm
4:30 p.m. Registration
UH Mānoa Campus, Campus Center Ballroom
  • Informing and Honoring Patient Choices - Dr. Angelo Volandes, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School
  • Best Care Possible - Dr. Rae Seitz, MD, HMSA Senior Medical Director
  • Panel Discussion: "Real Life Conversations"
Pupu Reception. No admission cost. RSVP by February 15 online.

This event is open to UH Mānoa students (nursing, social work, public health, medicine, law, etc.), UH Mānoa Nursing alumni, and members of the healthcare community. More

Parking after 4 p.m. on upper UH Mānoa campus is a flat fee of $6.

Sponsored by HMSA, UH Mānoa Nursing, and UH Mānoa Nursing Alumni Association.


Thur. 2/26 Kōkua Mau Monthly Meeting

The February Kōkua Mau Meeting (2/26) will be at HMSA to meet Dr. Angelo Volandes. (Next month we will be back at St. Francis.) 

Thur. Feb. 26, 3-5 PM
HMSA, 818 Keeaumoku Street,

Room 1804, First Floor, Makai side of the building

Parking is validated


Angelo will give us an update on the ACP decision videos, especially the videos filmed in Hawaii with a local focus and presenters.  He will be showing clips of the latest videos soon to be released. Come for a sneak preview. He will also talk about and be available to autograph his latest book: "The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-life Care", just released by Bloomsbury Press. We are happy to welcome Dr. Volandes back to our Kōkua Mau Meeting.

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

Register now: Sat. 3/28 POLST Training

POLST Training for APRNs and Physicians.

Sat. March 28, 2015
(Registration and lunch beginning at 11:30am)
15 Craigside, Honolulu

Kōkua Mau, Hawaii Hospice and Palliative Care Organization invites you to a 4 hour training for providers who are actually completing the POLST.
This interactive session will be a combination of lecture, video, case study and role play.  The faculty are experts from our Hawaii community, all with direct experience of discussing and completing POLST.
In this Issue and from Past Newsletters:
From past eNewsletters

Get ready for National Healthcare Decisions Day Free Webinar 2/26

Free Webinar to Kick Start your program.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (PST)

April 16th is just a few months away and it's time for advance care planning advocates everywhere to start preparing for National Healthcare Decisions Day!

This free webinar is an opportunity to:
  • Delve deep into National Healthcare Decisions Day
  • Learn about successful NHDD event planning models, and
  • Find out how to use NHDD's easy social media tools to promote the importance of advance care planning
NHDD is a 50-state initiative to provide clear, consistent information on healthcare decision-making to both the public and health care providers through the widespread availability and dissemination of simple, free, and uniform tools to guide the advance care planning process.

This free webinar is open to everyone. Sign up today!

Wed. 3/11 Nonpharmacological Interventions for those Living with Dementia

Dear Dementia Champions and Advocates,

The last time this presentation was held it filled to capacity within one week, so there wasn't even have a chance to send it to all networks.

The presentation will be held again, in he hope that if you were unable to come last December, you can make it this time. Please include this notice in all your organizations newsletters or mail notifications.

Nonpharmacological Interventions for those Living with Dementia: Addressing Behaviors and Improving Quality of Life.

Wednesday, March 11
4:00 to 6:00 pm
15 Craigside Solarium,
15 Craigside Place, Honolulu

Please RSVP because the audience is limited to 100, by responding to this email or calling Jody Mishan at 295-2624. Kindly pass on to your networks or to anyone who may benefit.

Presenters: Aida Wen, MD, CMD and Brett Lu, MD, PhD

Hawaii NASW CEU pending approval

This is a free event with pupus and refreshments provided. Sponsors are Executive Office on Aging, Pacific Islands Geriatric Eduction Center (Dept. of Geriatric Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine) and St. Francis Healthcare System


2015 Membership Drive

Please renew your Kōkua Mau Membership. 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.
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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.

Books and News
The new book by Dr. Angelo Volandes

Congratulations to Dr. Volandes!

The book, The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-life Care, by Angelo Volandes is being released this week by Bloomsbury Press.  The book is a part memoir and part guide about how American medicine fails patients with serious illness and offers a better approach to improve how Americans live as well as possible for as long as possible.  You can order the book on Amazon and have it signed at the Kokua Mau meeting in February. 

Dr. Volandes is also the driving force behind the ACP videos and many of you might have met him during his visits to Hawaii.

Best wishes,

Jeannette Koijane
Executive Director
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