Kokua Mau Videos

Quick overview: 2020 YouTube Channel additions

Funerals & Memorials are very different these days. What are new ways to grieve, mourn, comfort and honor?

How are we supporting people in our community whose loved ones have died but are not able to go to funerals or memorials in a usual way because of the pandemic? Watch our (Virtual) Kōkua Mau Monthly Meeting from August 27, 2020.

In Hawai‘i, about 1,000 people die a month so nearly 6,000 people have died since gathering restrictions began impacting 10s of 1000s of people have not been able to grieve, mourn and comfort each other. 

Learn about what is happening in our community and strategize about solutions. Click on the time code to jump to a specific presentation on our YouTube channel.

  1. 0:03 Context and introductions
    by Jeannette Koijane, Executive Director, Kōkua Mau
  2. 03:15 Military rituals in the time of COVID by Patricia W. Nishimoto, DNS, FAAN, Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Tripler Army Medical Center
  3. 12:01 What resources are available? Support groups and extra support in the time of COVID? by Valerie Payton MA, LCSW, Bereavement Social Worker, Home Hospice, St. Francis Community Health Services
  4. 35:39 What are mortuaries seeing in these times when no one can come together – by Pete Dilwith, Pete Dilwith, CFSP, CPC, CCO, VP of Operations, Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary.
  5. 54:42 Clarence Liu, Retired chaplain (navian), local boy

Advance Care Planning in the time of COVID-19 in Hawaii.

National and local experts agree that advance care planning continues to be important to make sure that people’s wishes are known. Hear from our local experts on how they are approaching these conversations and what opportunities and challenges they encounter and hear from 6 local experts who presented at the June 25, 2020 Kōkua Mau Meeting. Hear from:

  • Jeannette Koijane, Executive Director, Kōkua Mau – A Movement to Improve Care Direct link to speaker click on the time: 00:45
  • Michelle Cantillo, Advance Care Planning Coordinator at Hawai‘i Pacific Health. Direct link to speaker click on the time: 2:48
  • Amy Hamane, Volunteer at Community First, Hilo 10:46
  • Susan Michihara, Interim Manager, Ambulatory Social Work at Kaiser Permanente 28:47
  • Lori Protzman, Advance Care Planning Coordinator at Queen’s Medical Center 48:28
  • Hope Young, Advance Care Planning Coordinator at Kōkua Mau 58:47

Breaking the Ice: Personal Stories on End-of-Life Issues (DVD)

Kōkua Mau produced an award-winning trigger video that is an excellent tool for starting advance care planning conversations. Personal stories from three local families illustrate the importance of advance directives, starting conversations about end-of-life issues and effective pain management during the 8-minute video. 

We officially have a Kōkua Mau YouTube channel! www.youtube.com/c/KokuaMau

Palliative Care Summit 2020

Our very successful Palliative Care Summit on April 25, 2020 in Honolulu was the first of its kind in Hawai‘i. More on our website.

Some of the most important conversations you will ever have

Our video “Some of the most important conversations you will ever have” gives a short 3 minute introduction to Kōkua Mau’s work. It was selected as a winner in the Ananda Fund Hawaii video competition in January 2014.

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

Recordings from our monthly Kōkua Mau Meetings

Kōkua Mau Meeting August 2020
Kōkua Mau Meeting July 2020
Kōkua Mau Meeting June 2020

We need your help: Please visit our YouTube channel and ‘like’ our movies.

We are always looking for volunteers to talk about their experiences in a video about conversations, advanced directives or POLST. If you’re so inclined please let us know.


Update from Kokua Mau: Advance Care Planning and Dementia

Presenter: Jeannette Koijane, MPH, Executive Director, Kokua Mau: A Movement to Improve Care

About Breaking the Ice: Personal Stories on End-of-Life Issues (DVD)

At the time this video was produced streaming option were very limited and expensive. Now everybody can just click on it and watch it in HD. The video is still available on DVD for $20. Available on DVD only (sorry, we are long out of the VHS option). It can also be borrowed from the Hawai‘i State Library System on all islands.

Living Your Dying, an inspiring 57-minute (DVD)

Mitsuo Aoki was a semi-retired theologian, minister, college professor and founder of the University of Hawaii’s Department of Religion. For over four decades the Rev. Dr. Aoki had shown others how to experience death not merely as an end, but as a vital, inseparable part of life.

Please spread the word about this extraordinary film! All those who attended the premiere and saw the broadcast were taken on an amazing journey that affirmed life and love in the very real presence of death.

Kōkua Mau is now a distributor for the DVD.  Please order the DVD through the Kōkua Mau website using our ORDER FORM.

For more about the DVD, please visit MitsAoki.com

Palliative Care Videos

This video animation compares palliative care to the foundation of a bridge. While illness may weaken the foundation, the palliative care team provides a stronger layer of support. Watch more videos at GetPalliativeCare

Hospice Videos


Meet George, a man who has always lived with the ‘aloha” spirit as he experiences one last luau

More videos about hospice care can be found at Moments of Life. The goal of Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice is to educate the public about the choices we all have when facing a life-limiting illness, and how choosing hospice is not ‘giving up.’ The campaign is also about capturing vivid, emotionally powerful ‘moments’ on video that show what people receiving hospice care genuinely experience. You will find stories from across America, from the patient, family caregiver, and hospice professional points of view. And you may be surprised to see how much more ‘living’ hospice enables in the last chapter of life.

More Kōkua Mau Resources:

Five Wishes® Advance Directive

Five Wishes® is an easy-to-use advance directive (AD), a legal document in which you name the person you want to make healthcare decisions for you (in the event you no longer can) and state your wishes for healthcare treatment. You do not need a lawyer or a notary to complete it. Cost: $5/booklet.

Five Booklets on End-of-Life Planning and Care

Visit our dedicated five booklets page, where you can download the PDF files.

  1. Advance Care Planning: Making Choices Known (each booklet has 20 pages.) A workbook to document the kind of care you want if you are unable to make decisions for yourself.
  2. Planning Ahead: Funeral and Memorial Services. Document your funeral or memorial service preferences ahead of time. Includes tips for working with mortuary or funeral homes.
  3. Preparing to Say Good-bye: Care for the Dying. Learn about common symptoms experienced by dying people and what you can do to make the dying person more comfortable.
  4. Death Occurs: What to Do When a Loved One Dies. A guide to help you get through the hours, days, and weeks following a loved one’s death.
  5. Help for the Bereaved: The Healing Journey. Learn about the common expressions of grief, the healing process, and when to get help.

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