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. All Kōkua Mau materials in one place are in the Tool Kit.

What's New?

March 1, 2017: 

Kōkua Mau has been awarded a two-year grant for "Improving Care and Support for those with Serious Illness" from the Stupski Family Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation.
We are very grateful to the Stupski Family Fund for their vote of confidence for the work of Kōkua Mau which all of you have made possible over the last 17 years.
With this grant we will be able to expand our reach and impact across the state and we'll need your continued support and engagement to make that happen. More

Kokua Mau Monthly Meeting April 27, 2017 (4th Thursday)

Kōkua Mau Membership Drive 2017

November 2016:

All 6 documents in 10 languages are now on the Kokua Mau website

September 1, 2016: 

Aloha United Way

Aloha United Way Campaign just started, which supports important organizations in our community. You can make contribution specifically to Kōkua Mau - by using our designation number 80410

August 1, 2016: Let's Talk Story Program

Kōkua Mau wants to get our community talking about wishes for care at the end of life. Our new Let’s Talk Story Program - more - will go out to community organizations, churches and temples with our free, 2-hour interactive sessions facilitated by Kōkua Mau’s trained experts. Option 2 is a free screening of 'Being Mortal'.

July 2016: Visit our new facebook page

Like Kokua Mau faebook page

June 15, 2016: Multilingual Key Resources

Translations of key Kōkua Mau Advance Care Planning materials are now available here on our website and free for you to download. 

The multilingual resources are intended as tools to help members of our community with limited English proficiency. As is common with such complicated issues, these documents do not replace a one-on-one conversation, sometimes with the help of an interpreter, to walk people through the decisions they have to make for themselves or their loved ones. 

All multilingual resources PDF files can be found by clicking on the "languages" menu button in the top right corner. Two ways to access the multilingual PDF files:
  • By Language: Click on the language link for all resources available in that language. We will add selected materials in the language (such as the Conversation Starter Kit) when we become aware of it.
  • By Document: Just click on the "multilingual" link for e.g. POLST and you find all the languages available for POLST on one webpage.

We want to thank all the volunteers who have dedicated countless hours reviewing documents and giving us feedback. It has been a herculean task but our community project is finally a reality thanks to all of you that helped us with your expertise.

May 26, 2016 Op-ed Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Island Voices :
“Palliative and hospice care a critical need at end-of-life stage”
               by Daniel Fischberg, Jeannette Koijane and Rae Seitz.

Kōkua Mau’s Op-ed from May 26, 2016 on Page A11. PDF or link to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (access for subscribers only).

Nov. 2015: Two new documents:

Sept. 2015

POLST: Doing it Better - a free POLST Video (7 Min 22 sec) from the National POLST office. 

The Hawaii Advance Health Care Directive has been updated.

Aug. 2015

The 16-page Kōkua Mau booklet "A Guide to Advance Care Planning: Making Life Decisions" has been re-printed and is available in large quantities. 

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Some of the most important conversations you will ever have from Kokua Mau on Vimeo.

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Other Current Events:

Past Annoucements

July  2015:  Kōkua Mau hosted 'Clinical Advances in the Art and Science of Care', a virtual conference.

March 2015: POLST Training for professionals in Hawai‘i conducted by Kokua Mau. 

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

What are ACP Decision Videos?

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

A Culturally Relevant Palliative Care Curriculum for US Affiliated Pacific Islands

Kōkua Mau Materials:
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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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