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 just added the Matters of the Heart Half day seminar, sponsored by the UH Elder Law Program on on Valentine's Day, February 14th.

Please too plan on joining us on Feb. 23 from 3-5pm at the Kokua Mau monthly meeting when the topic will be Health Care Decisions Day and different ways you can use this national event to get conversations going in your facility and agency and in our community. Although the actual date in April 16, we encourage people to think about any date or dates around that time that work for you. If you cannot make the meeting but want to work on on this with us, please let Jeannette know.  You can also visit their website at

And thank you to everyone who has joined or renewed your membership in Kokua Mau for 2017.  Your membership is crucial to keeping our programs going so thank you!  You will see below that we now have an easy, fee-free option using PayPal Giving Fund. 
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2/14 End-of-life care and elder law explored at Matters of the Heart

Many of the most delicate questions in end-of-life care, among other elder law topics, will be explored during a half-day seminar at the University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law on Valentine's Day.

Tue. Feb 14
11:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Moot Court Room at the Law School
2515 Dole St, Honolulu, HI 96822

A reception and light lunch will be served from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

While there is no admission charge, a $10 suggested donation at the door will cover lunch and the cost of materials. Law and social work students are complimentary, but reservations are required. Continuing education and ethics credits may be available to attorneys, social workers and healthcare providers.

Participants are asked to register by February 10 by email or by calling UHELP at (808) 956-6544.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Try to Remember
Explore basic legal planning for older persons and special needs trusts. This session will also look at how professionals can help plan for potential physical and mental incapacity of patients in order to avoid guardianship, conservatorship and abuse.

1:30 - 3 p.m. Laws, Ethics, Medicine Autonomy-Deactivating Pacemakers
Look at healthcare standards for the implantation and deactivation of cardiovascular implantable electronic devices, including pacemakers, in end-of-life care. Discussion will focus on medical, legal and ethical guidelines to improve the autonomy and independence of patients under current medical and legal standards.

3:15-4:15 p.m. Legal Resources for Military Retirees and Their Caregivers
Examine legal resources for military retirees and their caregivers and the laws and regulations that provide for military legal assistance for qualified clients.

The Elder Law and Veterans Seminar-Matters of the Heart-is sponsored by the UH Elder Law Program.

Last week Thur. Feb 2 'Insights' on PBS Hawaii

Jeannette Koijane, Kōkua Mau's Executive Director, was on PBS Hawaii's 'Insights' Thursday night. Kōkua Mau was invited by PBS Hawaii to their life show with the title 'Hastening Death When Death is Inevitable' to represent Kokua Mau's informed neutrality stands on the issues. You can watch the hour long show streaming on the PBS Hawaii website.

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

Additional Webinars focusing on Hospice and Home Care

Kōkua Mau partners with the Essential Education Webinar Network to offer you these high quality webinars focusing on Hospice and Home Care.  They have just added three new webinars to the 2017 Hospice & Home Care lineup with Gloria Turner, Turner Healthcare Consulting. (Register using the link above.)
  • 7/11/2017 Project Management for Starting a Palliative Care Program
  • 9/21/2017 Serving the Under-Served in Your Community
  • 12/7/2017 Honoring Veteran Program Partnerships
Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention.

The Kupuna Education Center at Kapiolani Community College offers the following class for Seniors and individuals with compromised balance: Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention.

March 8 - May 5, 2017 (Wednesdays, Fridays)
Kapiolani Community College Chapel

The class will be taught by Jan Thurman, MPH, RKT.
She is a Board Certified TCAFP(Tai Chi for Health Institute) Instructor.

At present, the cost is FREE! However, you must register for Course No. ENR3089 - 001, and be determined to fully participate and practice the skills to see the full benefits. An initial assessment will be completed at the beginning and a final re-assessment will be completed to see the benefits.

To Register for Classes go to:

If you have problems with the registration process please do not hesitate to call The Kupuna Education Center at Kapiolani Community College at 734-9108.

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

FREE Advance Care Planning Events

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. Please bring your family and loved ones with you to discuss these important topics together.
  • Have you completed your advance directives?
  • Who is your health care power of attorney?
  • What is Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)
Speakers: Dawn Minaai, MD, and fellow guest speakers

Mar. 31 (Fri), 2017,   8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Jun. 23 (Fri), 2017,  8:30 to 11:00 a.m.:
First Insurance Center
1100 Ward Ave.,  9th Floor, Room 980
Validated Parking: 1100 Ward Ave.,  Honolulu, HI 96814

Refreshments will be provided. Attendees and their health care power of attorney or loved one are encouraged to participate. Seating is limited. Call 808-532-6380 or email to register today.

A notary will be available to those who want to complete their Advance Health Care Directive after the class. This event is sponsored by Straub Medical Center

Visit to obtain and review a copy of the Hawai'i Advance Health Care Directive prior  to attending the event.
Kauai 3/29 - Advance Care Planning (ACP) and POLST Facilitator Training

Communication Skills to Improve ACP and POLST Conversations. This course is offered for nurses, physicians, social workers and other clinicians and focuses on reviewing the processes related to creating advanced directives and key elements for in facility discussions for ACP and POLST development.

Course Objectives:
  • Identify barriers to ACP. Learn resources and tools needed to initiate ACP discussion with patient and practice communication skills
  • Convey the importance of completing an advance health care directive and naming a health care decision maker
  • Describe the purpose of POLST program. Review the 5 different sections in the POLST. Identify skills in assist in making end-of-life treatment decisions to include CPR, DNAR, full and limited treatment, time-limited trials and comfort care
  • Demonstrate POLST type conversations in role-play exercises
  • Discuss the implementation of ACP for hospital and community. Identify ways to standardize and measure ACP documentation in the EMR
March 29, 2017
Wilcox Memorial Hospital, Kaua'i
3-3420 Kuhio Hwy Conference Room B & C Wednesday,

HPH employees:  Manager's approval is required prior to registering AND register online through HPH Learning Center (HLC). Type in catalog: ACP or POLST ; Select course: HPH - POLST Advance Care Planning (ACP) Facilitator Certification 2017

Non HPH participants:  Register via
For further information contact: Dr Amy Corliss at 245-1277; Ann Croydon, Social Worker at 245-1268 or Michelle Cantillo, RN, HPH ACP Coordinator at 808-535-7874

For Physicians they are offering Continuing Medical Education Hawai'i Pacific Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

For Nurses we they offering ANCC Contact Hours. Hawai'i Pacific Health designates this live activity for 7.5 contact hours for nurses. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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.  Once you enter your account via the PayPal Giving Fund there is no fee, even if you pay with the credit card on file liked to your PayPal account. Only donations through the PayPal Giving Fund link are transaction fee free. Please send us your feedback about your experience with this free service.

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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