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


Do you know caregivers in Ewa? 

Please encourage them to attend this Caregiver workshop sponsored by AARP this weekend (3/12) in Mililani.  Kokua Mau will be one of 18 organizations with information and there is a great line up of speakers. 

For questions, contact 1-887-926-8300 directly.
Sat. 3/12 Caring for Family is a Big Job. Could You Use a Little Help?


Saturday, March  12, 2016
9:30 a.m.  to 1:30 p.m.*
St. John Apostle  & Evangelist  Church
95-370 Kuahelani Ave., Mililani

Phone registration: 1-877-926-8300. Basic program and Online registration.

A resource fair of governmental and non-profit service providers will be open at 9:30 a.m. with featured speakers beginning at 10 a.m.

* Light refreshments and a lunch will be provided.

Wed. 3/16 Palliative Pupus

Please join us for Palliative Pupus in March.

Come hear this interactive interdisciplinary story from the cutting edge of hospice and palliative care and mingle with colleagues. This month, we will hear about one patient's predictions about his dying. 

Wed. March 16, 2016
5:15 to 7:00 PM
The Queens Conference Center (QCC) Room 200
510 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96813

Calling in? Let Jeannette know so you can get you the bridge line.

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: 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.

Note: The May 18 Palliative Pupus will start at 5:30 PM, not at 5:15 PM, due to scheduling needs.

Wed. 3/23 Death Cafe Honolulu showing the film Departures

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
BDK Hawai'i,1757 Algaroba St, Honolulu.
If you plan on attending, please arrive on time.

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.

About the film - Soon after buying an expensive cello, Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) learns that his orchestra is disbanding. Daigo and his wife move back to his hometown in northern Japan, where he answers an ad for what he thinks is a travel agency but is, in actuality, a mortuary. As he learns and carries out the rituals used in preparing the dead for their final rest, Daigo finds his true calling in life. Departures is in Japanese with English subtitles. View the trailer for the film

There will be free popcorn. Please feel free to bring some more snacks to share.
Seating is limited, so please RSVP.

Don't forget to check out our Facebook page for more info about our group.

Thur. 3/31 Kokua Mau Meeting

We hope you can join us for our February Kokua Mau meeting.  This month's topic:  The Medical Use of Cannabis: The basics.   

Our presenter is Wendy Gibson, who is a trained cannabis nurse through the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Commission on Accreditation and a member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association.

She is currently advocating for medical cannabis patients, working as a Field Organizer for the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii and The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii.     

She has over 30 years experience working in healthcare, working with a variety of patient populations in a variety of inpatient, outpatient and home care settings.

Thursday, March 31, 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 and so you can get the slides ahead of time (but you can certainly come even if you didn't RSVP.)     
April 22 & 23 Oncology on Canvas 2016

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

Kapiolani:  Saturday, 23 April
Queens:  Saturday, 23 April
Kaiser:  No date confirmed yet.
Fri. 4/29 11th International Bioethics Conference

The conference "Dementia, A Population Health Challenge: Rising Rates, Emerging Ethics" features local and international speakers discussing not only the rising costs, but "The Frightening Economics of Dementia."  

Friday, April 29, 2016 at the
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m (all day conference)
Pomaika'i Ballrooms, Dole Cannery
Honolulu, Hawaii.  

Patient Autonomy and Advance Care Planning will be examined from an Australian perspective.  In addition, you will hear how Singaporeans address the use of restraints on dementia patients and mental capacity.  

A local geriatrician will share ways to increase the quality of life for dementia patients and their caregivers.

An expert panel will speak to the hard questions of an 80-year-old with severe dementia in need of a pacemaker and Hemodialysis.  From the Caregiver point of view, another group of panelists will tackle questions regarding a 45-year-old homeless veteran with dementia and a rich son, a loving mother, and a father with Alzheimer's disease.  Attendees will have an opportunity to ask the panelists questions about each scenario.
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.
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.

With all donations going into programs we 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

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.
Best wishes and please share your updates with us, 

Jeannette Koijane
Executive Director
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