Share your expertise
October 28,

We hope you can join us tomorrow Thursday, Oct. 29 for our
Kokua Mau Monthly Meeting.

This month we will be focusing on a visioning process for Kokua Mau and the state. 

This is part of a larger 5 year vision that we are working on with input from key people in the community, including and especially Kokua Mau participants.  Please come and participate in this interactive meeting and RSVP so we can get a head count.  If you would like to be involved in the process but cannot attend, please let Jeannette know. 

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015
Conference Room 224
Weinberg Building
St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawai'i
2226 Liliha Street in Honolulu

Reminder:  Only 2 Kokua Mau meetings left in 2015:  tomorrow Oct. 29 and December 3. December 3 is the last meeting of the year  and the Kaiser Permanente SWITCH program will be presenting their new coordinated case management program.  Remember we combine the November and December meetings into one, due to Thanksgiving and the Holidays.  After that, please join us again January 28 in a brand new 2016.  

Parking is validated and click here for a map and further details.  There will be real coffee and refreshments as well.
Thurs 10/29 Night of the Living Will

The University of Hawai'i Elder Law Program (UHELP) at the William S. Richardson School of Law will once again hold its annual

During this daylight presentation of their annual Halloween event, the University of Hawai'i Elder Law Program will present a talk about medical treatment decision-making and advance care planning to include informed consent/informed refusal, individual instructions for health care, durable powers of attorney for health care, comfort care only-DNR bracelets/ necklaces and Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST).

Thursday October 29
William S. Richardson School of Law Library 
UH Manoa Campus  

Call 956-6544 to save a seat or e-mail:  

Fri/Sat 10/30 & 31 The M Technique For End-Of-Life

Limited seating still available.  Please register now.
This structured system of touch is suitable when massage is inappropriate because the receiver is very fragile, critically ill or the giver is not trained in massage. The 'M' works on the skin receptor sites that send signals to the brain. This method of touch has been used in America since 1994, and is taught in universities, hospital, hospices, nursing colleges and massage schools. The 'M' Technique® is different from massage. More details on our website.

Fee: $50 for the M Technique workshop. Each workshop is limited to 24 participants so register early. You can attend the workshop on Friday Oct. 30 or Sat. Oct. 31. 

1PM to 5:30 PM (both days)
Sullivan Center - 4th Floor
Iolani School
563 Kamoku St
Honolulu, HI 96826 

Thank you to St. Francis Health Care System for the generous sponsorship of this event of the 'Iolani Hospice Program in collaboration with Kokua Mau.
Fri. 11/6 A Rose for Remembrance

St. Francis Hospice Bereavement Services invites you to a life-changing experience.

Friday, November 6, 2015
7:00 pm
Newman Center - University of Hawaii - Manoa
1941 East-West Road

A Rose for Remembrance, is a touching interdenominational memorial service that honors the memories of St. Francis Hospice patients and others in our community. You'll have the opportunity to honor your loved ones by dedicating beautiful roses in their memory. You may bring a photo of your loved one to share that evening. This meaningful memorial service is being held in celebration of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

For more information, contact Wesley Taira, LCSW, Bereavement Social Worker at St. Francis Hospice, at or 547-8129.
11/12 Straight from the Heart: Palliative Care for Advanced Cardiac Disease
Kokua Mau and HMSA invite you to this national webinar which we are providing free of charge to Hawaii participants.

Over 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year - that's one in every four deaths.

Providing palliative care services to these patients presents many unique challenges to hospice and palliative care providers. This Webinar will dive into the prognostication and hospice eligibility issues for these patients as well as explore the latest evidence-based practice in care management including drug and technological innovations.  Faculty will also examine the vital role of the interdisciplinary team in providing the necessary support for patients and families receiving palliative care services for this complex and devastating disease.  
For additional information including Faculty and Continuing Education Credit information, visit the
NHPCO website 

Thursday, November 12, 2015
(Please arrive 15 minutes early. Session begins promptly)
818 Keeaumoku St
Honolulu, HI 
Parking will be validated. Please RSVP to Jeannette so you can get handouts and updates.
Thurs. 11/12 Death Cafe

You are invited to attend the 5th Death Cafe Honolulu, a free event with (iced) tea, cake and conversation. The conversation is steered by the participants, and has previously touched on topics such as medical decision-making, paddling clubs taking people's ashes out to sea, teaching youth about volunteering in hospice, natural burial and so much more.

Thur. November 12th
BDK Hawai'i, 1757 Algaroba St, Honolulu.

Please RSVP to or on
In this Issue and from Past Newsletters:
Advance Care Planning Speakers wanted!
Wanted: People interested in speaking in the community about Advance Care Planning. Kōkua Mau is getting more and more requests for presentations from community groups and we would like to expand the number of speakers we can send out to meet face-to-face.

We will train you and give you materials but you should have a good understanding of the topic and be comfortable talking to groups. If you are interested in helping, let Jeannette know as our first training will be November 10.

Aloha United Way Giving 2015

Please remember us in your Aloha United Way giving.  For the first time you can make a contribution specifically to Kōkua Mau by using our designation number 80410 on the Donor Designation Form (or the new online version).  

Please tell your colleagues, friends and loved ones who might be part of an AUW campaign as well. The coconut wireless is still the best way to spread the word about this new opportunity for Kōkua Mau.
New video - POLST: Doing it Better

POLST: Doing it Better is a new free POLST Video (7 Min 22 sec) available from the National POLST office. This excellent short video nicely summarizes the essentials of POLST.  Please share the link with your colleagues.  

We'd also like your feedback. Do you feel we need an additional video just for Hawaii on POLST and if so what information is missing?  
Register Now: Nov 11 The Fine Art and Science of Pain and Palliative Care

Registration for The Queen's Medical Center conference on Pain & Palliative Care is now open. This annual conference brings national and local leaders together for our state's premier palliative care conference. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 
Ko'olau Ballrooms & Conference Center 
Kaneohe, Hawai'i 
  • Early Bird registration until October 27
Fast Facts of key palliative care topics

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people facing serious illness.

Palliative in Practice:  A blog discussing pertinent issues across the full spectrum of palliative care. Sign up for free

Fast Facts provide peer-reviewed, evidence-based summaries of key palliative care topics. Each Fast Fact is printer-friendly and free.  View them all at

Choosing Wisely®

Choosing Wisely®, a campaign of Consumer Reports, to provide resources for consumers and physicians to engage in important conversations about the overuse or misuse of medical tests and procedures that provide unnecessary and potentially harmful medical care.  This excellent campaign has suggestions from a wide range of professionals organizations and very relevant for our work.
Video: Ain't no way to die

This is an amazing video by ZDoggMD, Rapper and MD. Watch it through to the very end (only 4 minutes). Ain't no way to die

ZDoggMD is a physician, off-white rapper, and the founder of Turntable Health. He's not a businessman.  A hospitalist at Stanford for almost 10 years, Dr. Z currently resides in Las Vegas-a city he finds simply adorable.  More and a list
off all his videos including one on Readmissions.

16-Page Kokua Mau Booklet

Thank you to all of you who contacted us and are already using the updated booklet!

Our 16-page Kokua Mau booklet "A Guide to Advance Care Planning: Making Life Decisions" has been re-printed.

A big big mahalo to Mountain-Pacific Quality Health for their generous sponsorship of printing 40,000 copies!  

Now available with updated wording, the new booklet reflects 2014 changes to POLST which added APRNs as signers.

It is our hope that, for instance, every Medicare recipient will have access to the booklet. We encourage you to make good use of this excellent resource and distribute it widely within your network.

Please contact us and let us know how many copies you would like so we can work out how to best get them to you.  

Best wishes,

Jeannette Koijane
Executive Director
Quick Links
Featured Article
Join Kokua Mau button
Join Kōkua Mau as a members now for 2015!

Membership is the backbone of Kōkua Mau's budget and helps us to be a financially sustainable organization. Just follow the steps outlined on our website.
Our Members

Visit Our Members
Join Our Mailing List