Today is a good day to renew your membership or join Kokua Mau as an individual member.  Details below and thank you for your support. 


Please join us next week Thursday October 27 for for the next Kōkua Mau meeting, which will be an interactive session for professionals on the crucial role of Spiritual Care and led by Rev. Anke Flohr and Rev. JP Sabbithi. 

Kōkua Mau is looking for an Advance Care Planning Coordinator and we hope that you will think about the position for yourself and share the word in your networks.  This position is made possible by our new grant from the Stupski Family Foundation of the Hawaii Community Foundation. 

We have added two key documents about Advance Care Planning (ACP) conversations and reimbursement by providers and Medicare on the Kōkua Mau website.

Registration and program for The Queen's Medical System's Annual "The Fine Art and Science of Pain and Palliative Care 2016" November 17 is now available.  This is the foremost conference on palliative care in Hawaii and I hope to see you all there.  Please note that it is NOT on Veteran's Day this year.  Early Bird registration is until Nov. 3. 

Thur. 10/27 Monthly Kokua Mau Meeting

Please join us next week for our October monthly meeting to learn, mingle and network.  This month features an interesting and timely interactive session with Rev. Anke Flohr, Pacific Health Ministry and JP Sabbithi, Hospice Hawaii.  This session is designed to be useful for professionals and was requested to help professionals who strive (and struggle) to provide meaningful spiritual care to their patients and clients. 

The Crucial Role of Spiritual Care - Case Studies and Practical Tools for Professionals

Thur. Oct, 27, 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#. Please let us know ASAP if you will be calling in so we can get you the slides. We will NOT be available to send you the slides on the day of the meeting. 

Parking is validated and click here for a map and further details.  Please RSVP to Jeannette for a basic headcount.  (You can certainly come even if you didn't RSVP.)

Preview of Future Meetings: 

November: No Meeting since time conflicts with Thanksgiving

December 1Self Care over the Holidays - Felicia Marquez-Wong, St. Francis Hospice and Pat Nishimoto, Tripler Army Medical Center

Aloha United Way Campaign & Kokua Mau

It is that time of the year: The Aloha United Way Campaign started, which supports important organizations in our community. 

For the second year we are honored to be part of it.  You can make a contribution specifically to Kōkua Mau by using our designation number 80410 on the Donor Designation Form (or the online version).  

Please tell your colleagues, friends and loved ones who might be part of an AUW campaign as well. The coconut wireless is still the best way to spread the word about this wonderful opportunity to support Kōkua Mau.

Kokua Mau is hiring an Advance Care Planning Coordinator

Kōkua Mau's vision is that conversations about Advance Care Planning become common place in our communities, long before crisis hits and giving people time to discuss their wishes with loved ones.  If you are interested in making that happen,
please consider applying to work with us as Kōkua Mau's Advance Care Planning coordinator.  Thanks to the Stupski Family Fund grant, we have the amazing opportunity to hire a full-time coordinator (or 2 part-time people) to help move our community to the next level.
We are seeking an Advance Care Planning Coordinator to develop and coordinate multiple projects, work with Kōkua Mau member organizations and local coalitions, and coordinate public outreach efforts on advance care planning. For further information and the full job announcement, go to
Please submit cover letters and resume by Nov. 1, 2016.
Fri. 11/4 A Free Advance Care Planning Event

Advance Care Planning is the process of thinking about, talking about, writing down and sharing your own health care wishes. It is the greatest gift we  can give to our loved ones. Have you completed your Advance Directive? Who is your health care power of attorney? What is Provider Orders for  Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST). Please bring your family and loved ones with you to discuss these important topics together.

Nov.  4, 2016 

8:30 to 11:00 a.m.

First Insurance Center

1100 Ward Ave.,  9th Floor, Room 980

Validated parking at 1100 Ward Ave. Honolulu HI 96814

Speakers: Dawn Minaai, MD, and fellow guest speakers.

A notary will be available to those who want to complete their Advance Health Care Directive after the class.

Refreshments will be provided. Attendees and their health care power of attorney or loved one are encouraged to participate. Seating is limited. Call 522-3199 or email to register today.

Please download and review the Hawaii Advance Health Care Directive prior to attending the event.

Register Now: Nov. 17 - The Fine Art & Science of Pain and Palliative Care Conference.

Join us this year again for Hawaii's most important Palliative Care Conference, hosted by Queen's Medical Center.

      Thursday, November 17, 2016
Ko'olau Ballrooms & Conference Center
Kaneohe, Hawai'i

Fee: QMC Physicians & Staff before Nov 3: $115 after: $135

Non-QMC Physicians & Staff before Nov. 3: $175 after $195

Meeting patients' pain and palliative care needs demands a balance of the best of the art and science of caring. Challenges such as safely and effectively treating pain and maintaining resilience and presence can leave one with the feeling of staring at a blank canvas. This conference has gathered a multi-talented faculty to share the state of both the art and the science of pain management and palliative care, to inspire you with their creative presentations, and take you from that blank canvas to a larger palate of care options to create your masterpiece in meeting these vital patient needs.

This conference has broad appeal to physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and other healthcare professionals.

The PDF flyer with the registration form and program is on our website.

 Death Café Honolulu

Death Cafe is taking a break for November and December and will be back events after the New Year.  Thank you for your support and Happy Holidays. 

Being Mortal - Screening of the Film - Dec. 8, 2016

"Being Mortal" delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande's own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how to best care for the dying becomes a personal quest.

: Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children, 1319 Punahou St., Confernce Rooms 4-7, New Diamond Head Tower (Parking will be validated)
When: Thursday, December 8th 2016 from 5:00-7:00pm; Registration


ACP and Medicare Reimbursement

Advance Care Planning (ACP) conversations with clients are increasingly recognized as best practice and reimbursements rates from are now available.  HMSA has adopted the Medicare codes and will recognize them in their P4Q program. These codes will be recognized for people with HMSA as a primary or secondary payer.

As of January 1, 2016, Medicare began reimbursing healthcare providers for advance care planning (ACP) discussions with Medicare beneficiaries. Authorization for payment is set forth in the November 2015 Final Rule, published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

To help you better understand the new reimbursement rules, we have two free tools for you.   Please visit our website to access the PDF files.

  • ACP by the Medicare Learning Network
  • FAQs: Advance Care Planning Under Medicare - from Kokua Mau for Hawaii
As you prepare your patients and clients for ACP conversations, we encourage you to look at the free resources available from Kokua Mau.  Having these conversations is an important, but often a difficult and emotionally challenging task and we have resources to help you. The Starter Kit from The Conversation Project is a great resource available for free to all in Hawaii and there is also now a Starter Kit for people with dementia.  

Introducing Kokua Mau's Let's Talk Story Program

Help us to get our community talking. We have renamed our Speakers Bureau to the Let's Talk Story Program and we are ready to go out into the community to get conversations going.  A team of 19 speakers are ready to go. We have two avenues you can explore to get 'THE Conversation' started.

  • Let's Talk Story program
  • Free Screening of "Being Mortal"
The goal of our Let's Talk Story Program in a nutshell:

  • Learn how to talk with your loved ones about what matters most to you.
  • Share about the kind of care you want to receive with your doctor. You'll feel more confident and ready for the future.
Kōkua Mau wants to get our community talking about wishes for care at the end of life. Our new Let's Talk Story Program will go out to community organizations, churches and temples with our free, 2-hour interactive sessions facilitated by Kōkua Mau's trained experts. We know these are not easy conversations but they are some of the most important that you will ever have. Please help us spread the word about this great opportunity to facilitate "The Conversation."

Our goal is to help individuals and families understand decisions they may need to make and find resources and information in our community to talk about their wishes for care at the end of life.

If your group or somebody you know is interested in a free workshop on this important topic, contact Kōkua Mau at or (808) 585-9977.

Please visit our website for more details and download the PDF of the flyers for our Let's Talk Story program.

Talk Story Program Option: Free Screening of "Being Mortal"

Do you want to show the documentary "Being Mortal" at your facility, organization or meeting? Kokua Mau is now an 'official site' to show the hour-long PBS documentary for free in Hawaii. Please contact us and we can collaborate on a screening for you.
"Being Mortal" delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande's own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how to best care for the dying becomes a personal quest.
After the screening, we encourage you to have guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences. Watch a short trailer here

Multilingual Resources 

All multilingual resources are intended as tools to help members of our community with limited English proficiency. As is common with such complicated issues, these documents do not replace a one-on-one conversation, sometimes with the help of an interpreter, to walk people through the decisions they have to make for themselves or their loved ones. We translated six key documents into 10 languages:

  • Hawai'i Advance Health Care Directive
  • Advanced Directive Information Brochure
  • The official POLST Form for Hawai'i
  • POLST Information for Consumers
  • Information about CPR
  • Information about Tube Feeding
For all multilingual resources (currently 48 PDF files) click on the "languages" menu button in the top right corner of our website, with two ways to access the multilingual PDF files:

  • By Language: Click on the language link and you get a list of all resources available in that language. We will add selected materials in the language (such as the Conversation Starter Kit) when we become aware of it.

  • By Document: Further down on the "Languages" page just click on the "multilingual" link for e.g. Consumer Guide to POLST and you find all the languages available for the Consumer Guide to POLST on one webpage.
Once you open one of the PDF files you will see that, for example, the Multilingual Advance Directive or POLST form have a cover sheet in English providing additional specific information. This background information is important for healthcare workers or English-speaking loved ones and make each PDF file a stand-alone document.

Please click on one of the links and explore the multilingual resources. We are looking forward to your ideas and feedback.

We want to thank all the volunteers who have dedicated countless hours reviewing documents and giving us feedback. It has been a herculean task but our community project is finally a reality thanks to all of you that helped us with your expertise.

We thank the collaborative effort of our sponsors that made this translation project possible.

  • AlohaCare
  • Executive Office on Aging (EOA)
  • Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC)
  • Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA)
  • Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii
  • 'Ohana Health Plan
  • University Health Alliance (UHA)
  • United Healthcare

In response to popular demand we have created (hot off the digital press) our brand new Kōkua Mau FaceBook page. We hope FB to become an additional avenue to share information about Advance Care Planning and available resources in Hawaii with a wider community.

Go to and check it out. If you are on FB please do what you do best, such as liking us and/or sharing our events or post. If there is anything else you would like to see on our FB page, please let us know.

Best wishes and please share your updates with us, 

Jeannette Koijane

Executive Director

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