Thank you for your support of Kōkua Mau!  Now is the time to re-new your membership or join for 2016. 


As 2015 draws to a close, we can look back and see that we have accomplished a lot - together. Here are some of our milestones:

Our Speakers Bureau is being re-energized with 20 volunteers who are getting ready to go out into the community in 2016.  This is a great chance to talk story with groups large and small across our communities.  Let us know if you'd like a talk at your church or temple, rotary or seniors club or any other place where people come together.

"A Guide to Advance Care Planning: Making Life Decisions" (also known as "the booklet") has been re-printed.  40,000 copies are available for anybody from across the state.

We have undertaken a major update of our Advance Directive. Now on three pages and more user friendly, it accommodates the wishes of patients and their loved ones in more detail. As an added bonus, thanks to the feedback from the Notary community, page 3 now complies with all the state requirements. The PDF file of the Advance Directive is on our dedicated web page.

Looking ahead:

The "Translation Project" is in full swing and in 2016 we will have six key documents, POLST and the Hawaii Advance Directive among them, in 10 languages. Details in a separate eNewsletter, once it is all on our website.

And we look forward to the New Year and the tremendous opportunities in Hawai'i as we work to improve care for seriously ill people, their loved ones and professionals who help to take care of them.

We hope that as you make decisions about your end-of-year giving, you will remember Kōkua Mau.  Now is a good time to join us or renew your Kōkua Mau membership for 2016. Your financial support is very important.

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 or state funded!)

Your generous tax-deductible membership gift will allow us to have a real impact on improving quality of life for those with serious illness and their loved ones. (And yes, due to the beauty of the web the virtual mug is still available for the taking)

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.

We ask for your financial support and invite you to get involved.

Thank you for your support for Kōkua Mau!

Making a tax-deductible donation is easy.  You have 2 options:

2. In the good ol' US postal mail - 3 steps:
  1. Write a check payable to 'Kōkua Mau' and put 'membership' in the memo field
  2. Get an envelope and address it to:
    Kōkua Mau
    PO Box 62155
    Honolulu HI 96839
  3. Stick on a stamp and put in the mailbox
Kōkua Mau: 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
Providing on-site, relevant Trainings:
  • We provide ongoing POLST and Advance Care Planning trainings with a variety of health care organizations (health plans, facilities, dialysis centers, hospitals, long term care, etc.) and community groups (senior clubs, Rotary, churches, caregiver groups.)  Please contact Jeannette if you are interested. 
  • Co-sponsoring Speaker Series, such as: Quality of Care Issues for People with Late-Stage Dementia and their Caregivers, which was well-attended and well received.
  • Virtual Palliative Care Conference streamed live from Washington DC for three days, bringing in national experts without needing to travel.

Hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season and thank you for your support!

Jeannette G. Koijane, MPH
Executive Director
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