Kokua Mau Monthly Meetings

Please join us for our Kōkua Mau Monthly Meeting on the last Thursday of the month* from 3 PM to 5 PM.

  • Each month we have updates about events in the community and one or more guest speakers.
  • Meetings are open to all.
  • Parking is validated. (See map at bottom of page.)
  • Each month’s topic is announced in our eNewsletter
Meetings are held in the Conference Room 224 of the Weinberg Building at St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii, 2226 Liliha Street in Honolulu. 

The Weinberg Building is at the Diamond Head side of the campus, the only building facing Liliha Street. Take the elevator in the lobby to the second floor Conference Room. Please allow some time to navigate the parking structure. 

In the past decade Kōkua Mau monthly meeting were held at Hospice Hawaii. Since early 2011 we have moved to a bigger venue to accommodate more people.

* Please note that there are 4 months with five Thursdays in 2014. The meeting is on that last (5th) Thursday of the month. 


Examples of past Kokua Mau Meeting agendas:

Agenda for Sept. 16, 12013

This month Dr. Sheldon Riklon and Dr. Lauren Okamoto will be presenting on their research on Marshall Islanders’ attitudes towards death and dying. Dr. Riklon is Marshallese physician who currently practices in Hawaii but worked for many years in the Marshall Islands.  Both presenters currently work at JABSOM and are caring for Marshallese patients.  The results are very interesting and will hopefully provide some insights for those of you working with Marshallese people.  The presentation will include background information about the Marshall Islands (in case you didn’t know who to ask.)

Jeannette Koijane will present (including pictures) about the palliative care training she and Pat Nishimoto did in the Republic of the Marshall Islands in July 2013.

Agenda for August 29, 2013

Our speaker will be our own Kokua Mau board member Dr. Anna Loengard, Chief Medical Office of St. Francis Healthcare Systems.  Anna will be talking about (and showing drawings) of the plans for the facilities on Liliha.  Dr. Loengard will also be talking about a CMMI (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation) grant that they recently submitted on care for people with dementia.  They are proposing a very innovative model for improved care that would be filling an important niche. There will also be a chance for other updates and lively discussion (as always.)   

Agenda for Sept. 27, 2012


In the next meeting the Pain and Palliative Care Program team from Queen’s Medical Center will be presenting about their different programs and initiatives to improve care in their facility. We will also be discussing how POLST is being integrated in EMR systems (PDF or not) and the importance of advance directives in light of the high profile case in the media.

Agenda for the Thur. June 28, 2012

Meeting:
Come and join us at the next Kokua Mau meeting. Kokua Mau member and local author Lani Leary, PhD will be presenting about her work at our next meeting.  She will share with us her recently published book: No One Has To Die Alone – Preparing for a Meaningful Death. Lani is a psychotherapist and professor of death studies. She has written an extraordinarily clear-eyed and helpful guide for those who must care for a dying loved one, an almost unavoidable and challenging situation. Come and learn more.  All are welcome.

Agenda for October 25, 2012


At the next Kōkua Mau meeting, we will be discussing the upcoming presentation by Dr. Angelo Volandes as well as updates of activities.  

Additionally we will have a special guest presenting:  
Rev. John Lunn, RN is a visiting consultant in palliative care in India and Africa. He spent nearly 7 years in India and 3 years in Liberia. His new assignment will be in Tanzania.

Before he embarks on his new journey, from the 1st week of October. He will spend three months in Honolulu.

Agenda for the May 31, 2012 Meeting:


Deborah J. Whisnand, Executive Director of Pacific Health Ministry will present at this month’s meeting. Welcome Pacific Health Ministry our newest Kokua Mau Member! Pacific Health Ministry is a spiritual service agency founded in 1986 by the religious and health care communities to provide spiritual care and education in health care institutions and the general community.  PHM utilizes the unique multi-cultural content of Hawaii as a means of understanding ministry.  PHM provides the spiritual care services and Professional Chaplains at twelve of Hawaii’s major residential and health care institutions.  As the only organization in Hawaii accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, PHM trains clergy and qualified laypersons.  Clinical Pastoral Education teaches Ministry Formation, Spiritual Care, Crisis Counseling and Institutional Ministry Practice for persons pursuing certification as Professional Chaplains. 

January 2012 Monthly meeting:

John Grant from the Executive Office on Aging presented about the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) including the program to reduce hospital readmissions.

Elizabeth Bethea, County Executive on Aging, Elderly Affairs Division, joined us as well to talk about her experiences with this program.  This is a new resource that will hopefully be of benefit to those you care for.

Anna Loengard presented about developing a business model for integrating palliative care through/across systems which is relevant as St. Francis expands their service this year. This is in preparation for a national presentation she will be making.

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