Welcome to Kōkua 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.


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.


What’s New?

Congratulations to Adventist Health Castle for winning the 2017 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Castle is the first hospital in Hawaii, or the first organization of any kind in Hawaii, to receive this distinction. Adventist Health Castle is one of only five 2017 recipients and a long time Kōkua Mau member and supporter.

The award is administered by the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and you can read more about Castle and the award at www.nist.gov/baldrige/castle-medical-center  The awards will be conferred by the President of the United States in Baltimore, Maryland in April of 2018.

Let’s Talk Turkey

Not cooking advice, but here are 5 great resources to get you started to talk about advance care planning over the holidays, starting with Thanksgiving gatherings. As your loved ones gather from far and wide don’t miss the opportunity to have a real conversation about your wishes for end-of-life care.

1. Starter Kit from The Conversation Projectdownload the PDF file or visit our website for more information.  This easy to follow Kit can get you talking about decision making and following wishes, providing a way to get conversations going before you get to the Advance Directive or POLST. The Starter Kit is also available in Chinese, Korean and Spanish (link on our website).

2.  Contribute to  Story Corps’ “The great Thanksgiving Listen“. Now in its third year, The Great Thanksgiving Listen has grown from an experimental challenge issued by our founder, Dave Isay, into a vital intergenerational movement. StoryCorps will work with teachers and high school students once again across the country to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend.

3. Discuss and Complete an Advance Directive with your loved ones – all the materials are on the KM website.  Notice we now have links  on each webpage for Advance Directives and POLST for easy and quick access! The documents are available in 10 languages this year!

4. THIS IS FROM 2015 ….  Laugh a bit with Pallimed’s compilation of advertisements again designed to get you talking. Remember as you celebrate the holidays, there is no better time to have the conversation.

5.  Watch some movies and play some games to get the conversations going.  We created a (PDF) handout with a compilation of some suggested key resources.

October 2017:

Farewell to Ken Zeri who will retire from Hospice Hawaii

Ken Zeri, Kōkau Mau’s own and its board president for many years, will retire from Hospice Hawaii as President and Chief Professional Officer after more than 31 years of service in hospice care. Ken has been a strong voice for hospice care in Hawaii and nationally, serving on the NHPCO board for the last several years.
The Hospice Hawaii board of directors has selected Tori Abe as its new President and CPO, effective December 1, 2017. Tori is currently Chief Strategy Officer at Hospice Hawaii, where she oversees marketing and fundraising, admissions, leadership, special projects and strategy development. She was responsible for developing a community relations strategy and new brand identity that has resulted in increased awareness and understanding of hospice.  As a member of the senior leadership team, Tori also directed development and implementation of operational improvement, resulting in improved quality of care and collaboration throughout the organization.
Congratulations Tori and good luck in your new adventures Ken!
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⇒ 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

⇒ Kōkua Mau Membership Drive 2017

⇒ 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

⇒ 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’.

⇒ Translations of key Kōkua Mau Advance Care Planning materials are now available 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 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.

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Other Current Events:

 — Past Announcements —

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, 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 bookletA Guide to Advance Care Planning: Making Life Decisions” has been re-printed and is available in large quantities.

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


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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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