2016 is starting with a bang!  We hope you'll join us at one of our upcoming events including the first holiday party of the season!

Kōkua Mau eNewsletter - January 2016
Happy 2016!


As a new beginning, we have tried to make our newsletter more mobile friendly as many of you are reading it on the go. We chose a simple version without many bells and whistles in the hope that text might display best in your different technological gizmos. Please let us know what you think of the new 2016 look.

We look forward to seeing you at Palliative Pupus on Jan. 20 and at the first Kokua Mau meeting of the year on Jan 28, that will also be our holiday party. 
Table of Contents

Jan. 13 - A Will for the Woods (Movie)

Jan. 20 Palliative Pupus

Jan. 28 Kokua Mau Meeting and Holiday Party

Kokua Mau Resources in Multiple Languages

Stanford University Free Course

Your Health Care Wishes Smartphone App

Wed 1/13 A Will for the Woods

Happy new year to all! Just a reminder about the movie screening for A Will for the Woods on January 13th.

Instead of holding a Death Cafe for the month of January, we will be showing the film A Will for the Woods on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from 6-8pm at BDK Hawai'i ,1757 Algaroba St. in Honolulu.

There will be free popcorn. Please feel free to bring some more snacks to share.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP  or  
Wed. 1/20 Palliative Pupus

Please join us in 2016 for Palliative Pupus. Come hear an interactive interdisciplinary story from the cutting edge of hospice and palliative care and mingle with colleagues.   

Wed. Jan. 20, 2016
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.
Thur. 1/28 Kokua Mau Meeting

We hope you can join us for our first Kokua Mau meeting of the year that will also be our holiday party.  Better late than never or just in time for Chinese/Lunar New Year.  We will have a short agenda with updates and then we'll have lots of time for networking.  This will be a potluck so bring something (anything) to share.  Back by popular demand, we'll be having a white elephant gift table so now is the time to pass along those items that someone else is sure to want!  

Please notice that we will go on until 7pm so we hope you can drop in after work if you cannot come at the regular meeting time!     

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016  
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.  Please RSVP to Jeannette so I can get a basic headcount (but you can certainly come even if you didn't RSVP.) 

Sneak peak:
Our speaker in February will be Kristin Lambert Bryant, Esq. She will cover the complicated topic: "Deciding What If?" Legal tools to plan for incapacity and transferring assets upon death.  
Update on the translation project:

Six key documents will soon be available in ten languages: Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), Ilocano, Japanese, Korean, Marshallese, Spanish, Tagalog, Tongan and Vietnamese.

Our translation project is almost complete. Stay tuned. We will be uploading the documents and languages as they become available. We are looking forward to offer these great resources to our whole community:
  • Hawaii Advance Healthcare Directive
  • Advance directive explanatory information sheet
  • Consumer guide to POLST
  • POLST Form for Hawaii
  • Questions about CPR
  • Tube Feeding

Thanks to the hui of sponsors who made this project possible:  HMSA, Kaiser Permanente, Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC), AlohaCare, United Healthcare, Ohana Health Plan, and University Health Alliance (UHA).   

smart_appYour Health Care Wishes Smartphone App

With some very creative people, the Commission on Law and Aging created a smartphone app called My Health Care Wishes to give individuals and their family members the ability to store their own and each other's health care advance directives, key health information, and health care contacts on their Apple or Android smartphones, and to send advance directive documents directly to health care providers by email or Bluetooth.  www.MyHealthCareWishes.org
Stanford Free interdisciplinary online course on palliative care

Stanford Health Care in conjunction with Stanford University has designed a FREE interdisciplinary online course for palliative care for health care practitioners who work in cancer care. More
I hope to see you soon and Happy New Year!!

Jeannette Koijane
Executive Director
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