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. 

We hope you can join us next week Thursday for our first 2017 Kōkua Mau meeting. Thank you to everyone who has renewed their membership or joined for the first time.  We depend on your support so please see below for details on how to join with just a few clicks. 

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1/26 First Kokua Mau Meeting of 2017

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

Who decides when you can't?  Best Interest, Substituted Judgement, Intermittent Incompetence... Which and when? 

Please join Gary Powell from the Caregiver Foundation as he covers these topics and more at our next Kokua Mau meeting. The Caregiver Foundation is a unique agency, offering services to primarily to seniors and disabled adults to help them navigate the many facets of caregiving in today's world. This will be an interesting, interactive session and starts the year off well. You can read more about the agency at 

Thur. Jan. 26, 2017
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.)

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

2/9 to 3/16 The Cancer Thriving and Surviving Program

You're invited to participate in the Cancer: Thriving and Surviving (CTS) Program! CTS is an evidenced-based program developed by Stanford University. CTS consists of six weekly workshops that are led by two Stanford trained facilitators. The workshops are highly participative, where mutual support build upon participants' confidence and ability to manage health along with a common source of support.  Each workshop encourages and introduces new topics and tools to help participants' manage health, stay active and enjoy life. There is NO cost to participate but space is limited.

Start: Thursday, February 9 to March 16, 2017
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
919 Ala Moana Blvd, 5th Floor.

The last class will be held in the same building, 2nd Floor, Room 215.

To Register: Go to:
Or call Valerie Yoshida at (808) 692-7480 or e-mail

Please complete a consent form and questionnaire prior to the first day of the workshop. If you are unable to, the questionnaire and consent form may be filled out at the beginning of the first workshop.

Water and light refreshments will be provided at each session.

Parking: At no cost to you, parking passes are available and can be mailed to you prior to the workshop. [Parking at METERED parking stalls only. Date and Time circled must be complete on each parking pass].
Renew your 2017 Membership or Join Kōkua Mau now!

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

We've found a simple, fee-free way for you to pay your Kōkua Mau membership electronically with just 3 quick clicks: PayPal Giving Fund.

If you have a PayPal account, you can donate to Kōkua Mau through the PayPal Giving Fund and 100% of your donation goes to Kōkua Mau. Please use this link to make your donation. The PayPal Giving Fund has a set template and you may have to enter the membership level you want to join manually. The rest is 3 easy clicks and you are done. An email confirming your donation should follow shortly thereafter. (If you do not have a PayPal account you cannot use this fee-free service.)

Please note: This is not the same as using a PayPal account with a "donate' button on a website.  If you donate inside of PayPal there is a fee. Only the PayPal Giving Fund donations are transaction fee free. 

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.

Making a tax-deductible donation is easy. You have 3 options:
  1. Go online and donate with a credit card
  2. If you have a PayPal Account use the PayPal Giving Fund and 100% of your 3 click donation comes to us fee free.
  3. A check in the good ol' US postal mail is still the best way to have no fees on either end (and you may use you canceled check for the IRS)
    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 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.

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.

4/17 Sixty Five Shades of Grey: Controversies in Geriatric Care

With the rapidly aging population and increasing life expectancy of the average older adult, we as a medical profession are facing new problems and challenges in caring for the geriatric patient. This Queens Medical Center conference will explore how to tackle these "gray" areas in geriatric medicine while still providing the best care for Hawai'i's kupuna.

Friday, April 14, 2017
8:30am to 4:00PM
Halekulani Ballrooms
Honolulu, Waikiki

CE Credits
         Physicians - Approved for 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
         Nursing - Approved for 7.0 nursing contact hours
         Others - A certificate of attendance will be provided
For More Info & To Register: Office of CME - (808) 691-4406 or
Please share your updates with us, 

Jeannette Koijane, MPH
Executive Director
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