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. 

Now that you have done your taxes, its time for National Healthcare Decisions Week, April 16-22.  This is an excellent time to call attention to conversations on values and wishes for care at the end of life and actually completing documents - especially appointing a healthcare power of attorney in an Advance Directive.

This year we are challenging everyone to do 2 things
1.  Complete your own Advance Directive.   Everyone in Healthcare needs their own directive so now is a good time to get yours done.
2. Encourage your friends and family to complete an Advance Directive.  Remember that Kokua Mau has lots of free information on our website including a free Advance Directive and an informational brochure that includes a checklist about what to do with your Advance Directive once it is completed. 

Let us know what you have planned and visit for ideas for your agency, facility or community group. 

We hope that you will join us for the Kōkua Mau meeting this month Thur. April 27, when our speaker Larry Nabb, VP from HMSA who will be giving us an overview of the last 5 years of Supportive Care and a view to the future.

And thank you to everyone who has joined or renewed your membership in Kōkua Mau for 2017.  Your membership is crucial to keeping our programs going so thank you!  And if you haven't joined or renewed yet, there is still time!  You will see below that we now have an easy, fee-free option using PayPal Giving Fund. 
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4/21 & 22 Oncology on Canvas

This year all 4 hospitals will celebrate Oncology on Canvas! Please call and register to make sure there will be enough food and supplies and we have listed the correct location for 2017.

Friday 4/21 & Saturday, 21 April
Tripler: 10th floor, Oceanside
Contact Pat Nishimoto to register (433-4087)

Sat. 4/22
Queens: Queen Emma Tower 7th floor
Contact Darlene Sardinha to register (691-8984)

Sat. 4/29
Kapiolani: Conference Room A, 2nd floor
Contact Joyce Wong to register (983-8333)

Kaiser: TBA

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!!

Oncology on Canvas Art Exhibit Honolulu Hale

The paintings created during Oncology on Canvas will be displayed at Honolulu Hale June 19 to July 7. Honolulu Hale is only open Monday through Fridays during the day hours.

Pat Nishimoto, Oncology Nurse Specialist at Tripler and Kokua Mau member invites us: "To come and see the amazing art work done by our patients, their families and the staff on their cancer journeys".

Thur. 4/27 Kokua Mau Meeting

Please join our monthly meeting on Thursday April 27, to learn, laugh, mingle and network. This month Larry Nabb, VP of PMSO (Population Member Service Organization) Strategic Partnerships at HMSA will be giving us an update on Supportive Care including statistics from the last 5 years and a look to the future.  Supportive Care is a ground breaking benefit from HMSA that offers patients the opportunity to receive high quality, comfort-directed care with they undergo disease modifying treatments.  The palliative teams that provide the care are provided by hospice who works with the patient and their loved ones to create a plan of care for each individual.  Supportive Care was a pilot for 4 years and as of January 1 became a benefit for certain HMSA members. 

Thur. April 27, 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.)

NEW: 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#.

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

May 25: Marlene Young, Providing services and advocacy to LGBT Seniors
June 22 (note not the last Thursday of the month) Kate DeBartolo, The Conversation Project giving us updates from her national perspective.
July- no meeting
Family Camp June 9-11

Each year, Hospice Hawaii hosts a family camp for children and teens ages 7-17 and their family members who have lost a loved one through death.  This is available to anyone in our community. 

June 9 - June 11
Queen Liliuokalani Children's Center

Campers have the opportunity to share and connect with others who have experienced grief. Arts and crafts balanced with big energy activities, provide families their space to reflect and heal.
This year's theme is "Pohaku Ola," which means "healing stone." More

Applications Due: May 11, 2017. Camp is $50 per family (limited scholarships are available). Please call 791-8093 or email for more information.
Workshop series for Dementia Caregivers at East and West Oahu locations

The workshops Positive Approach to Dementia Care will be held from April to October, 2017.

This series is especially valuable for family caregivers and friends of someone with memory loss who do the day to day care and want to learn many effective and beneficial tools and tips for improving communication, helping with challenging behaviors, dining, how dementia progresses, what is normal and not normal aging, and providing care in the final stages of dementia.

These Positive Approach to Care™ seminars or workshops were developed by dementia advocate and occupational therapist Teepa Snow and provide essential information for families and care partners on how to have a positive and meaningful relationship with loved ones with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia throughout their journey. Dorothy Colby is a mentor for Teepa Snow training and co-trains with her on the Mainland.   

Each series has six workshops on different topics - one for Oahu East Side series at Kahala Nui, and one for Oahu's West Side at The Plaza at Pearl City.

See list of topics, dates and times on the EventBrite Registration site:
Space is limited so register early! If you have questions or would like to be added to ECHO's mailing list, please contact Jody Mishan
Alzheimer's Disease Initiative Speakers Bureau

We are announcing the Hawaii Alzheimer's Disease Initiative Speakers Bureau for topics on dementia, brain health, and caregiving

These presentations are appropriate for diverse venues which could include groups or organizations, clubs, employee or retiree associations, unions, caregivers, healthcare settings, senior centers, workplaces for employees, libraries, churches or temples. Topics include:
  • Palliative Care for Persons Living with Advanced Dementia
  • Hospice and Dementia
  • The Grief Journey of Caregiving and Dementia
  • Caregiver Self-Care
  • Starting the Conversation on Advance Care Planning for Persons with Memory Loss
  • Brain Health & Risk Factors for Dementia
  • Non-Medication Strategies for Dementia Behaviors
To book for your group, please contact Jody Mishan at (808) 295-2624 or via email.
The Hawaii Alzheimer's Disease Initiative Speakers Bureau is a partnership of UH Center on Aging's Hawaii Alzheimer's Disease Initiative, Kokua Mau - Hawaii Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, and JABSOM Dept. of Geriatric Medicine & Pacific Islands Geriatric Education Center.

National POLST Paradigm Toolkit Webinar Series

The National POLST Paradigm is hosting a webinar series to present a new POLST toolkit we've been developing, Using the POLST Paradigm to Honor Patient Wishes Across the Care Continuum.

This toolkit is intended to give facilities a reference of what the POLST Paradigm is, and will provide resources (FAQs, sample policies and practices, etc.) to help implement quality procedures that support the treatment wishes of patients using the POLST Paradigm.

This Spring 2017 webinar series (which began April 6 but is being recorded) includes 6 webinars, an Overview, plus 5 webinars that correspond to various care settings in which POLST is important:
  1. EMS - May 3
  2. In-patient Hospital - May 11
  3. Nursing Homes - June 8
  4. Hospice - June 13
You may register for the free webinars and learn more at
FREE Advance Care Planning Events - O'ahu

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)
OPTION 1 Ewa: Speakers: Dr. Emese Somogyi and fellow guest speakers

Thur May. 25 2017, 
12:30 to 3:00 p.m.:
Pali  Momi  Medical Center
Ewa Conference Room
Validated Parking: Pali Momi Medical Center Parking
98-1079 Moanalua Rd, Aiea HI 96701

Refreshments will be provided. Attendees and their health care power of attorney or loved one are encouraged to participate. Seating is limited. Call 485-4593 or email to register today.

OPTION 2 - Downtown Honolulu Speakers: Dawn Minaai, MD, and fellow guest speakers

Fri Jun. 23 2017
8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
First Insurance Center
1100 Ward Ave.,  Honolulu 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.
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
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.

Please share your updates with us, 

Jeannette Koijane, MPH
Executive Director
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