Kōkua Mau eNewsletter


Happy Lei Day!

Thank you to everyone who renewed your membership or  joined Kōkua Mau!  Your financial support is crucial to helping us carry on and expand our activities. 

Did you forget or are you feeling guilty?  It is not too late to sign up for 2015.  You can join or renew your membership today - details below.  

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank our 2015 Organizational Members for their generous support!

Bristol Hospice
Islands Hospice
Hawaii Pacific Health
The Queen's Health System
United Healthcare Community Plan
The Cancer Center of Hawaii
Kaiser Permanente
St. Francis Healthcare Systems of Hawaii

Castle Medical Center
Church of the Crossroads
Executive Office On Aging
Ho'okele Care at Home
Hospice Maui  
Kaua'i Hospice 
North Hawaii Hospice
Pacific Health Ministry
Tower Hill Resources
University Health Alliance (UHA)
Wilson Care Group
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Membership and donations are an essential part of keeping Kōkua Mau fiscally sustainable. Individual Membership starts at $40.
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Please download our membership form and put it with a check in the good old postal mail.

Online: Go to the Kokua Mau website, 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.

Hospice News Network 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.

If you would be interested in getting this weekly newsletter, just let Jeannette know.  HMSA sponsors the Hawaii distribution so we are able to offer it free to interested people and organizations in Hawai'i.


5/14 and 5/20 Eden at Home

Compassionate Caring for elders who live at home. The two session workshop focuses on changing perceptions of elders at home and in the community. It will provide practical strategies to improve the of life for elders and their care partners.

May 14 and 21 (Thur)
9 am to 1 pm
Kailua United Methodist Church
1110 Kailua Rd, Kailua HI 96734

Workshop is limited to 14 participants.

To register by May 7 please email sue.pignataro@gmail.com or call 263-0136 or 483-0762.

Registration fee is $10 to pay for part of the cost of the workshop manual. Please mail (check payable to 'Project Dana') to: Project Dana * 902 University Ave * Honolulu HI 96826. Please note place and date of your training on your check.

Wed. 5/20 Palliative Pupus

Please join us for Palliative Pupus - another lively and interactive, case-based interdisciplinary discussion from the cutting edge of hospice and palliative care. This month, a family shares with us their hospice journey with their 10 year old daughter.

Wed. May 20
5:15 to 7:00 PM
The Queens Conference Center, Room 200
510 S. Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

There is validated parking for the first 15 people at $5/person or you can park for free in the municipal lot (see link below) after 4 PM. Or feed the meter across the street at the Department of Health, which now has a two hour maximum enforced 24 hours.
In this Issue and from Past Newsletters:
From past eNewsletters

5/6 Enhancing Our Resident's Quality of Life

This full day training will focus on person centered care and proven approaches to enhance the quality of our residents life. Participants can receive up to 7 hours of Continuing Education credit (additional fee). Fee $125.

For more information contact Keith Savell directly.   


SUNDAY 5/24 3rd Death Cafe Honolulu

Sorry, the correct day for 5/24 is Sunday

You are invited to attend the 3rd Death Café Honolulu, a free event with tea, cake and conversation about death and dying.

Sunday, May 24
Chapel Lanai at O'ahu Cemetery
2162 Nuuanu Ave.

We have a new venue in Honolulu! Special thanks to Na Mea Hawai'i for hosting our first two events.

6/11 Cancer Survivorship Conference

Please spread the word that the next Hawaii
Cancer Survivorship Conference will be held on June 11. Journey Together is a cancer survivorship conference that focuses on issues important to cancer survivors and their caregivers.

Break-out sessions, a resource fair and medical corner will also be part of this event organized by Cancer Coalition partners. Resource tables can be reserved by calling 692-7480.  Registration details coming soon. 

Save the date: 7/21-23/15 Virtual Palliative Care Conference

Virtual Conference 2015: Clinical Advances in the Art and Science of Care.

The conference is designed to advance the provision of innovative, evidence-based, exceptional hospice and palliative care.

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) and National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) will host the  Virtual Conference.

July 21 - 23, 2015
Honolulu location TBA

As we did in the past we will meet at a central location and watch the live web-broadcast together. Details on when and where to follow.

8/18, 19 & 20 National ELNEC Train-the-Trainer Courses in Kona

This is a great opportunity for us in Hawaii to access this national training with some of the leaders in the field. It is ideal for people who would like to become the trainers for their organization.  There are 5 different courses as well as an international meeting the day before with participants from 20 Asian countries.

The organizers have agreed to give Kokua Mau participants a $50 discount so be sure to mention us when you sign up.

End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium
August 18, 19 & 20, 2015
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa Keauhou Bay
Kona, Hawaii

Pre-Conference to ELNEC Summit August 18, 2015
Asian Conference: Showcasing ELNEC's Efforts in Promoting Palliative Nursing Education and Practice. Asian partners in palliative care are invited to this conference. Learn about the tremendous growth of palliative care throughout Asia. For more information.

August 19-20, 2015
The ELNEC Summit provides ELNEC curricula train-the-trainer courses simultaneously. More Information
Road to Recovery Drivers Needed

Do you have time to help cancer patients get to and from appointments?  American Cancer Society's Road To Recovery Project needs drivers!  Please contact ACS directly at 808-595-7500 if you can help. 

Do you know of Family Caregiving Training Opportunities? 

Jackie Boland, AARP's Community Outreach Director, is asking for our network's input on available family caregiving trainings.  Please respond to her directly at jboland@aarp.org.

With the Kupuna Education Center course offerings on hold, she is wondering if you might be aware of where family caregivers could go for training? If you know of any organization offering trainings, she'd like to get that information. A recent call in reference to making safe transfers made it clear that this is a community need we may be hearing a lot more about until the Kupuna Ed Center is back up and functioning. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

"How do you want to die?" on PBS

The PBS NewsHour weekend edition featured
The Conversation Project on Saturday, March 28th, 2015.

The segment: "How do you want to die?" highlighted the growing national movement to normalize end-of-life care discussions, and the role that The Conversation Project
has played in making this change happen. You can view it streaming.

Kokua Mau Free Materials all together in our 'Toolkit'

Did you know that all Kokua Mau materials are together in our
These free materials are designed to be easy found in once place to be printed and shared. 

When Should Dying Patients Stop Treatment?

You can watch Dr. Atul Gawande's Interview on PBS' Frontline "Being Mortal" streaming on YouTube.

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 has been released 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 . 

Dr. Volandes is 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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