Please join us for two interesting speakers on Thursday this week's Kokua Mau Meeting
Thur. Feb. 25 Kokua Mau Meeting   


I hope to see you on Thursday, with two exciting speakers.  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 and Rev. John Lunn will report about his palliative care work in India. 

Thank you for participating in our 2016 Membership Drive - its easy and fast and crucial for Kokua Mau's ongoing work - details below. 
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.  

Kristin Lambert Bryant was born and raised in Honolulu and is a graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law. She has a private law practice focusing on Estate Planning and Elder Law. Kristin is a senior mediator at the Mediation Center of the Pacific and is also an assistant professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law where she teaches the Elder Law Clinic. Kristin is also a volunteer attorney for the University of Hawaii Elder Law Program.
Kristin will be discussing how you can use legal documents as tools for incapacity and transferring assets after death. She will cover different ways to pass assets upon a person's death, including Wills, Trusts, and joint accounts. She will also cover different ways to plan for incapacity, including different types of Power of Attorneys. 

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

We have set up a conference call for those who are unable to participate in person.  Conference Dial-in Number (712) 775-7100; Participant Access Code 1079885#

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.)     
Mon. 3/7 Dementia Friendly Communities: Best Practice and Models

This just in from Jody Mishan.  Please respond to her directly.  

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Monday, March 7
4:30-6:30 pm
Kahala Nui - Diamond Head Room 
4389 Malia Street, Honolulu, 96821 
(free event, refreshments provided) 

Space is limited so please register with me:
Phone: 295-2624
The expert presenters, who will be visiting Hawaii from Minnesota, are Dr. Terry and Michelle Barclay. They will be in Honolulu the week of March 7-11, providing dementia trainings related to our new grant from Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging "Alzheimer's Disease Initiative" awarded to UH Center on Aging. They are experts in writing and training on dementia-capability. Please ask Jody for their bios. 
This is all about creating "Dementia Friendly" communities in Hawaii based on some best practices and models. One of the most evolved and highly regarded initiatives is Minnesota's model which you can explore on their state dementia collaborative website, ACT on Alzheimer's:  
Michelle Barclay is currently Executive Co-Lead for Act on Alzheimer's and Dr. Terry Barclay is Co-Chair of their Quality Healthcare and Detection Leadership Group.
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.

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.
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 see you Thursday, 

Jeannette Koijane
Executive Director
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