Events Highlights 2018

December 2018

New webpage: Remember: Everyone needs an Advance Health Care Directive – Not Everyone needs a POLST

November 18, 2018

Mits Aoki Legacy Foundation 2018 Community Service Award
Mits Aoki Legacy Foundation 2018 Community Service Award

Kōkua Mau was presented with the 2018 Community Service Award by the Mits Aoki Legacy Foundation to Jeannette Koijane, Kōkua Mau’s own Executive Director. more

October 2018

Kōkua Mau is happy to announce an updated printing of the 16 page booklet “Advance Care Planning: Making Life Decisions”. Thank you all for being a part of our movement to improve care, and special thanks to Mountain Pacific for your sponsorship in this endeavor. More

August 2018: Free webinar: Preparing for Medical Aid in Dying: Perspectives and lessons from California

Our colleagues at the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, a sister organization to Kōkua Mau, shared their experiences and suggestions as Hawai‘i moves towards a January 1, 2019 start date for our law. The laws are very similar and their experiences are very relevant. They shared data from the first two years, information on provider and community education as well as the experiences from a Kaiser physician that is assisting in implementing the law in their region. A link to the webinar recording.

July 2018:

As part of our longstanding cooperation with The Conversation Project, these two new resources are now available with a co-branded version listing Kōkua Mau as a local resource for Hawai‘i. (more)

  • How to Talk to Your Doctor 12-page PDF file
  • How to Choose a Health Care Agent & How to Be a Health Care Agent 16-page PDF file

We hosted once again the Virtual Conference “Turning Points – Mastering Transitions in Care” on July 18 & 19 – more

Kōkua Mau awarded 2nd year of funding from Stupski Family Fund

We are very pleased to announce that Kōkua Mau has been awarded a second year of funding 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 in the work of Kōkua Mau. The grant allows us to build on the work that we collectively have accomplished over the last 18 years, and further expand our reach and impact across the state.

We have heard from you, our members, and others in the community that there is a unfilled need for more advance care planning conversations to occur long before people develop a serious illness or are in a crisis. We will be using the grant to reach out to the community where people work, live and pray with the support of Hope Young, our Advance Care Planning Coordinator, and our Let’s Talk Story Program (Speakers Bureau).

March 2018: Research Completed: Hawaii Resident Perceptions of Advance Care Planning

We contracted with Ward Research to conduct telephone surveys and focus groups of Hawaii residents to learn about their attitudes towards conversations with doctors, families and completion of advance care documents. This research was made possible with a grant from the Stupski Family Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation. The results are very interesting, showing people in Hawaii are having conversations but there is a long way to go. More and PDF files of both reports.