Welcome to Kokua Mau

Kōkua Mau is Hawaii's Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, a community benefit, nonprofit organization. Kōkua Mau is comprised of individual and organizational champions and supporters from hospitals, education, consumers, insurance, long term care and hospices.

We hope that you will find useful Hawaii-focused information and resources on hospice, palliative care, end-of-life care, POLST and Advance Care Planning for yourself, your loved ones and those you care for. 

What's New?

Coming soon: Kokua Mau Resources translated in 10 languages! (during May 2016)

September 10, 2015: POLST: Doing it Better is a new free POLST Video (7 Min 22 sec) available from the National POLST office. This excellent short video nicely summarizes the essentials of POLST. Youtube (larger video)

September 2015: Announcing the updated Hawaii Advance Directive. 

After 10 years we have updated and revised the Advance Directive to make it more user friendly and accommodate the wishes of patients and their loved ones in more detail. Now a 3-page document, you can find the PDF file of the Advance Directive on our dedicated web page

All "old" two page Advance Directives are still valid, although we recommend you use only the new form and may consider updating an "older" form with the more detailed options available now. 

August 2015 - We have exciting news: the 16-page Kokua Mau booklet "A Guide to Advance Care Planning: Making Life Decisions" has been re-printed.

Now available with updated wording, the new booklet reflects 2014 changes to POLST which added APRNs as signers. A big big mahalo to Mountain-Pacific Quality Health for their generous sponsorship of printing 40,000 copies!  Please contact us and let us know how many copies you would like so we can work out how to best get them to you. More

July 21, 22 & 23:  Kōkua Mau hosted 'Clinical Advances in the Art and Science of Care', a virtual conference organized by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA). Learn more

Sat. March 28, 2015: POLST Training for professionals in Hawai‘i was conducted. 

September 12, 2014, Hawaii Public Radio aired an interview with Jeannette Koijane on Kōkua Mau.  

Congratulations to all of us!

We are happy to report the POLST legislation to expand signing privileges to APRNs (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse) was signed June 30 by the Governor and went into effect on July 1, 2014 as Act 154!! more  
As of July 1, 2014 Hawai‘i has a new (and improved) POLST form. The Kōkua Mau website is the central source for POLST information for Hawai‘i and you can download the new POLST form and updated POLST information for providers and consumers here.
  • All POLST forms filled out and signed by a physician before July 1, 2014 remain valid!
  • While ‘old’ POLST forms with the word ‘physician orders’ are still valid, we recommend that you only use the new POLST form after July 1, 2014. 

Two New Resources:

Kōkua Mau: Some of the Most Important Conversations You Will Ever Have” is a three-minute video that highlights the importance and resources available to make decisions about end-of-life planning. The video was recently awarded first place in the Caring for our Kupuna category by Ananda Fund Hawaii as part of its first annual video competition.

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The 16-page booklet "Advance Care Planning: Making Life Decisions" by Kōkua Mau is designed to help you make informed advance care planning decisions for when you are seriously ill. Many of the ideas and terms explained in this booklet might be new to you but are very common in medical settings and are important for you to know. 

Other Current Events:

Past Annoucements

What are ACP Decision Videos?

Kōkua Mau has been honored with the 2013 Trailblazer Award by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). 

Pacific Business News about Kōkua Mau and our Trailblazer award.

Services and Housing Options for Seniors on O'ahu' (pdf file 1MB) published by the Kōkua Kalihi Valley (KKV, Nov. 2013). 

Our very own Kōkua Mau Board Members have been recognized with various awards (Oct. 2013). Congratulations to all of them!

Report by Dr. Emese Somogyi from the Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (April 2013)

A Culturally Relevant Palliative Care Curriculum for US Affiliated Pacific Islands

Kōkua Mau Materials:
One of Kōkua Mau's main objectives is to help educate people about the decisions that need to be made when they, their family or loved ones are seriously ill. 

Kōkua Mau's vision is a community where: the people of Hawai‘i are treated with dignity, compassion and love throughout their lives.

To make that vision a reality, Kōkua Mau's mission is: 
to weave a lei of caregiving and support so that the people of Hawai‘i facing serious illness can live in the place of their choice, with relief of pain and suffering and according to their values, beliefs and traditions.

Join Kōkua Mau

Kōkua Mau depends on donations and annual membership fees to carry on with our work. Please help us improve quality of life for people living with serious illness or at the end of life here in Hawaii. This is a community wide effort that needs everyone's support.

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