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. 

Happy 2017!

We are starting the New Year with a whole range of interesting meetings. We hope to see you at Making Health Care Whole and/or Palliative Pupus next week as well as the Kokua Mau monthly meeting on Jan. 26.  And thank you for renewing your membership or joining Kokua Mau in 2017. 

Summary of last year's Highlights:

Our Let's Talk Story Program re-energized: 19 trained volunteers are  going out into the community to talk about the importance of conversations with loved ones and providers. This is a great chance to talk story with groups large and small across our communities.  Let us know if you'd like a talk at your workplace, church or temple, rotary or seniors club or any other place where people come together.

Kōkua Mau is an 'official site' to show the PBS documentary Being Mortal for free in Hawaii, which is a alternative great avenue to get "The Conversation" started. 

The "Translation Project": six key documents, POLST and the Hawaii Advance Directive among them, are translated into 10 languages. We are still very proud of the fact that we are the only state that offers these documents in Ilocano, Marshallese or Tongan.

And yes, we do now have a FaceBook page.
Looking ahead:

The grant from the Stupski Family Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation will be a great catalyst for dramatically increasing Advance Care Planning conversations in our community. We have several innovative programs that we will be working on starting with: 

1. Hiring an Advance Care Planning Coordinator.  Interviews are in progress and we hope to hire our 2nd employee early in 2017.  This person will help us to increase the number of workshops and talks we can offer.

2. Media campaign on Advance Care Planning.  In order to use media to reach people on the importance of conversations, we will be conducting market research in the new year and then be devising media campaigns to reach across the state.

We look forward to the New Year and the tremendous opportunities in Hawai'i as we work to improve care for seriously ill people, their loved ones and professionals who help to take care of them.

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Mon. 1/9 Department of Geriatric Medicine Grand Rounds

"Having the Conversation (and how to get paid for it): Advanced Care Planning"

Monday, January 9, 2017,
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Kuakini Medical Center HPM Auditorium
347 N. Kuakini St., Honolulu, HI 96817

Lori Protzman, RN, BA HCA, CHTP/Advanced Care Planning Coordinator, Queen's Medical Center & Lance Kurata, MD Internal Medicine Primary Care Practice
Objectives: Upon completion of this educational session, participants will be able to:
  1. Learn about different tools and resources to assist with discussions
  2. Practice skills for ACP discussions
  3. Learn how to properly document and bill for ACP discussions
Intended Audiences: Physicians, nurses, and other allied health staff who provide care for geriatric patients.


Please call 523-8461 to RSVP by Thursday, January 5, 2017

Palliative Pupus: Jan 11, 2017

Palliative Pupus: Come participate in an interactive interdisciplinary story from the cutting edge of hospice and palliative care and mingle with colleagues.

The first Palliative Pupus of 2017 is one week earlier than usual, on the second Wed. of the month January 11, 2017.

For the rest of the year we meet as usual bi-monthly on the 3rd Wed. of the month.
March 15
May 17
July 19
September 20
November 15
5:15 to 7:00 PM
The Queens Conference Center (QCC) Room 200
510 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96813

If you are unable to attend and would like to call in, please contact us for details. We are so glad that our neighbor island colleagues can join us virtually!

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. 1/12/2017 Conference: Making Health Care Whole

We hope you can join us for this great conference with Dr. Christina Puchalski, an internationally known pioneer in the field of spirituality and health care:

January 12, 2017
7:15 am to 3:30 PM
Queen's Conference Center
1301 Punchbowl Street Honolulu, HI 96813

The day will be divided into two sections, which can be attended separately:

In the morning, Dr. Puchalski will lead us on a journey towards creating healing environments for the people we are called to serve. In the afternoon, she will facilitate small group discussions on how our organizations can increase our effectiveness in providing spiritual care.

Morning Session: "Integrating Spirituality and Health Care"
(7:15 am to 12:15 PM

The Role of spirituality in healthcare. Dr. Christina Puchalski

Listening to a patient's story. Moderator: Reverend Al Miles

Creating healing environments attending to spiritual needs of patients. Dr. Christina Puchalski

Closing Remarks
: Dr. Daniel Fischberg

Afternoon Session: "Witness to Suffering: The Art of being Present" (1:30 to 3:30 PM)

Introduction To health care standards regarding spiritual care, measurement, evaluation and research. Dr. Christina Puchalski

Table Groups Discussion Topics:
* How does your organization provide spiritual care?
* What do you envision for the future; how will you get there and how do you measure outcomes and quality?

Summary: Dr. Christina Puchalski

Half day registration $50, full day $100. Please register by January 3, 2017.

For program details and to register please download the PDF file.

If you have any questions, please call Anke Flohr at (808) 591-6556 or JP Sabbithi at (808) 791-8003.

As a result of attending this conference, spiritual care and healthcare providers will have a deeper understanding on the relevance of spirituality to the overall well-being of patients and their loved ones. Connections will be bridged between the work of medical professionals and religious/spiritual care providers.

This conference is with Dr. Christina Puchalski, MD in collaboration with Pacific Health Ministry and Hospice Hawai'i.

Christina Puchalski, MD, MS is a pioneer and international leader in the movement to integrate spirituality into healthcare in both the clinical setting and in medical education.

1/26 First Kokua Mau Meeting of 2017

Please join our monthly meeting on Thursday January 26, to learn, laugh, mingle and network.   

Thur. Jan. 26, 2017  
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 for a basic headcount.  (You can certainly come even if you didn't RSVP.)

For people who cannot join us in person, please send Jeannette an email to get the handouts.  Hope to see you all there!    

Tue. Feb 7, Webinar: The Importance of Advance Care Planning

Join us for this webinar featuring our very own Jeannette Koijane, Executive Director of Kōkua Mau. Jeannette will give an overview of Advance Care Planning, specifically focusing on Advance Directives and POLST.  

Tue, Feb 7, 2017
10:00-11:00 am HST.
CEU: 1.0 CE pending (through NASW-Hawai'i)
Cost: $39 per registrant for HAH members; $59 for non-members.

Those attending the session will be able to:
  1. State at least 2 differences between an Advance Health Care Directive and a POLST.
  2. Describe the type of patient for whom the POLST form is designed.
  3. Understand efforts underway in our community to promote advance care planning.
  4. Identify available education, materials and resources in our community to help professionals and lay people access advance care planning.

Target Audience: Health professionals who work with people who may be facing serious illness including Social Workers, Directors of Nursing, Clinical Managers, Resident Care Managers, RNs, LPNs, Certified Nurse Aides, Caregivers, Administrators and Executive Directors

Make checks out to HAH and mail to:
Healthcare Association of Hawaii
707 Richards Street, PH2
Honolulu, HI 96813

To pay via credit card, please call Gina Gibo, Lori Henning or Gail Coleman at (808) 521-8961. Credit cards accepted are: Mastercard, Visa and Discover. (Cancellations will be charged a processing fee.)

In order to receive the Continuing Education Certificate, participants must register, pay the registration fee, log on and attend the webinar, complete the evaluation form after the webinar and email it to Lori Henning at The Evaluation will be available for download during the webinar.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. View System Requirements

Renew your 2017 Membership or Join Kōkua Mau now!

Now is a good time to put and easy New Year's resolution into practice (and get one thing accomplished already in the first week): join us or renew your Kōkua Mau membership for 2017 now. Your financial support is very important.

Making a tax-deductible donation is easy. You have 2 options:

2. In the good ol' US postal mail - 3 steps:
  1. Write a check payable to 'Kōkua Mau' and put 'membership' in the memo field
  2. Get an envelope and address it to:
    Kōkua Mau
    PO Box 62155
    Honolulu HI 96839
  3. Stick on a stamp and put in the mailbox
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. (We are not a state agency or state funded!)

Your generous tax-deductible membership gift will allow us to have a real impact on improving quality of life for those with serious illness and their loved ones. (And yes, due to the beauty of the web the virtual mug is still available for the taking)

For over 16 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.

We ask for your financial support and invite you to get involved.

Thank you for your support for Kōkua Mau!

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.

Best wishes and Happy New Year. Please share your updates with us, 

Jeannette Koijane
Executive Director
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