Please remember to renew your Kokua Mau membership or join for the first time during our
2016 Membership Drive - details below
February 2016 Kokua Mau eNewsletter  


I hope to see you at one of the upcoming events, especially the February Kokua Mau meeting on Feb. 25 when Kristin Lambert Bryant, Esq. will cover the complicated and crucial topic: "Deciding What If?" Legal tools to plan for incapacity and transferring assets upon death.

Thank you for participating in our 2016 Membership Drive - its easy and fast and crucial for Kokua Mau's ongoing work - details below. 
Feb. 4, 8pm Insights on PBS Hawaii - Caregivers for those Facing Serious Illness

Caregivers for those facing life-threatening illnesses are often unpaid nonprofessionals - partners, family members or friends - who provide essential emotional and physical care. Join the discussion on the next INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII as four caregivers share their challenges as the lifeline of support for those confronting serious illnesses.

In case you missed the first installment, there was a candid wide-ranging discussion with three local people with cancer retired news anchor Kirk Matthews, nightlife promoter Daniel Gray, and blogger Christa Wittmier.

Feb. 12 & 13 Journey with Death with Bodhi Be

Maui-based end of life bereavement counselor, Bodhi Be, will discuss conscious dying, practices for conscious living and dying and death as teacher.  Caring for the dying, caring for the dead, suicide, ending a life and the spiritual questions, "Is there a death?" "What dies?" will be discussed.

Friday, Feb.12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Introduction with Bodhi Be $15
Saturday, Feb. 13, 10-4 p.m Journey with Death Workshop $50
Saturday, Feb. 13, 7-9:30 p.m. Zikr with Bodhi and Leila Be, Donation


Bohdi Tree Dharma Center

654A North Judd St, Honolulu


An informative and experiential day and evening to become familiar with and accept our own and others' mortality.


For more information contact or call 808-203-5950 or visit

Tue. 2/16 Free Webinar: Recognizing and Remedying Elder Financial Abuse in Medicaid Denials

This national webinar will focus on the intersection of elder financial abuse and public benefits cases, including the underlying financial stresses of elders who are vulnerable to these types of abuses. We will discuss benefits that can be compromised such as Social Security and Medicaid as well as strategies and tactics to educate older adults and their caregivers, resolve cases and restore benefits.

February 16, 2016
2:00-3:30PM (EST)

Register for the Free Webinar
Wed. 2/24 Death Cafe Honolulu

You are cordially invited to attend the 6th 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.

Wednesday, February 24th
BDK Hawai'i, 1757 Algaroba St. Honolulu

If you plan on attending, please arrive by 6pm. Late arrival disrupts the conversation and makes it harder for you to participate.

Please RSVP to or on

Please note that there is only on-street parking - the lot is for residents of the building that the business shares space with. Its location is off of King Street, so is accessible by public transportation.

Please feel free to bring snacks, but please let the facilitator know so she can plan accordingly.

Facebook page at for more info about Death Cafes.

Thur. 2/25 Kokua Mau Meeting

We hope you can join us for our February Kokua Mau meeting where we will have 2 excellent speakers and updates:

Kristin Lambert Bryant, Esq. will cover the complicated and crucial topic: "Deciding What If?" Legal tools to plan for incapacity and transferring assets upon death.  

The Rev. John Lunn, known to many in Hawaii, will be again joining us to discuss his international palliative care experience.  He is currently based in India and has worked in Africa and Asia.  

Thursday, Feb. 25, 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.)   
April 2016 Oncology on Canvas

Oncology on Canvas helps people living with cancer and those that love and care for them to cope with disease through art.  No previous art experience is needed, there are no age restrictions and everyone is welcome!!

Mark your calendars (more details will follow as April creeps up on us)

Friday, 22 April 3-8 pm
Saturday, 23 April 9 am - 4 pm
Tripler: 10th floor, Oceanside

Kapiolani:  Saturday, 23 April
Queens:  Saturday, 23 April
Kaiser:  No date confirmed yet.
Commission for Case Manager Certification ToolKit

The Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) announced a new resource this week: a toolkit for case managers to help everyone-case managers and other health care workers, caregivers and patients themselves-learn to talk about end-of-life wishes and communicate them to loved ones and the health care community.

The End of Life Conversation Project Toolkit is a collection of resources from the Commission and from The Conversation Project.

The End of Life Conversation Project Toolkit is available at no cost via the Commission's online knowledge resource, the CCMC Case Management Body of Knowledge.

Join Kokua Mau or renew your membership for 2016

This is the time of the year when we ask you to join or renew your Kōkua Mau Membership. Membership is tax-deductible and your financial support helps us to maintain and expand our programs. This includes the e-newsletters, free materials for download (including POLST and the new Advance Directive), our well-visited website, various training opportunities, monthly meetings, Palliative Pupus, and our expanding Speakers Bureau.

2016 will certainly be busy as we look forward to more outreach activities with churches, temples and other community groups - let us know if you would like to schedule our Speakers Bureau to visit. We also look forward to ongoing education and networking opportunities for professionals, both those organized by Kokua Mau and those where we can collaborate with partners.

Membership and donations are an essential part of keeping Kōkua Mau fiscally sustainable.  Last year we had nearly 100 individuals who joined and details for membership are below.  We especially encourage organizational membership by community leaders that support our mission. Please contact Kokua Mau's Executive Director Jeannette Koijane for details.
With all donations going into programs we still don't offer you another tote bag, but we still do have the ever popular: low cost virtual Kōkua Mau mug.

In thanks for your membership:
  • All members are honored on the Kōkua Mau website and on written materials that are displayed at events
How do I join? 2 easy ways
Download a membership form, include a check and and mail it to the Kokua Mau address on the form.  (Renewing members can just send in a check without the form.)

Online: Chose your membership level online or on the PDF file 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. (Kōkau Mau is 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 with free materials for the community
  • Monthly Kokua Mau meetings, which usually include a speaker, local updates and networking opportunities
  • Palliative Pupus - our cutting-edge, clinical case discussion
  • Coming soon: Key documents in 10 languages
For over 17 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.
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 Kokua Mau Resources in Multiple Languages

Stanford University Free Course

Your Health Care Wishes Smartphone App

Update on the translation project:

Six key documents will be available by the end of February 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).   

Your 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.

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
Best wishes and please share updates with us, 

Jeannette Koijane
Executive Director
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