Promoting Education & Conversations for End-of-Life Care

"Don't wait for your doctor to start The Conversation; start the discussion on your own with family members, friends, and your health care team."
-Angelo E. Volandes, M.D.


Many critically ill people who die in hospitals receive unwanted, distressing treatments and have prolonged pain. Many fear that their wishes will be disregarded and that they will face death alone or in misery.[1]  


We are seeking to educate every resident over the age of 65 on the importance of having “The Conversation” with their loved ones and the importance of having an Advance Health Care Directive.

By holding sessions with many groups in East Hawai‘i we are giving East Hawai‘i residents the tools and confidence to have these conversations.


Our partners include Hawaiʻi County Aging and Disability Resource Center, Hawaiʻi Care Choices, The Alzheimer's Association, various East Hawaii Churches, Blue Zones Project, and dedicated volunteers. 



If you would like to host a session or become involved, please contact us.

Free Public Informational Sessions Offered

Let us help you complete an Advance Health Care Directive that documents your end-of-life wishes. It's free and doesn't require an attorney. 

We will provide a step by step explanation on how to complete your Advance Health Care Directive. If you already have a Living Will, a Health Care Power of Attorney, or an Advance Health Care Directive, you’ll learn how to review it to be sure it meets your needs today.

WHAT TO BRING??  Information about two people that you trust to be your “Agent” and “Alternate Agent:  name, street address, cell phone, home phone, and email address. They will be your Health Care Power of Attorney and will speak for you if you are no longer able to communicate.



Location:  Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Training Room

                  1055 Kino’ole Street, Hilo, HI 96720  *Volcano session at Cooper Center    


Questions?  Please contact:

                  Tony Kent at or phone (808) 292-4559


                   Amy Hamane at (808) 935-1500.

                    *For Volcano session, call Sally Mermel, 987-0327 



Important Resources

These resources help you to assess your feelings and wishes about end-of-life care. They can help you to decide what decisions to make when filing out an Advance Health Care Directive.  Click the boxes above for more information. More helpful links and contact information below.

Click here for more information about Advanced Directives and to access downloadable forms:

Kōkua Mau

P.O. Box 62155

Honolulu HI 96839 

Phone: 808-585-9977


Kōkua Mau

Kōkua Mau is a Hawai’i-based non-profit that offers comprehensive information on Advance Care Planning, Healthcare Navigation, Caregiving, and POLST information, and a Speaker’s Bureau on these topics.

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.

The Conversation Project

20 University Road, 7th Floor

Cambridge, MA 02138 USA 

Phone: 617-301-4868

Email: Executive Director, Harriet Warshaw,

The Conversation Project

The Conversation Project is a national organization providing resources for individuals and organizations to help people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. 

90% of people say that talking with their loved ones about end-of-life care is important BUT 27% have actually done so.  82% of people say it's important to put thier wishes in writing BUT 23% have actually done it.  


When is comes to end-of-life care one conversation can make all the difference. Have the conversation.

Hawai'i Care Choices

1011 Waiānuenue Ave.

Hilo, HI 96720


Phone:  808-969-1733

Fax:  808-961-7397


Hawaii Care Choices


Hawai'i Care Choices stands for exceptional care that gives focused support aligned with patient choices.  The service lines span a continuum of care for patients. 

Palliative CARE

Can begin at diagnosis and provides support while continuing curative treatment to impact disease outcomes. 

Hospice CARE

Can begin when a cure is beyond reach. Hospice care provides home care and inpatient care to increase comfort and quality of life.

Bereavement CARE

Is support for those who are in grieving process. It is offered free to community. Services can be provided in-home and in accessible locations.


Services are delivered to patients at home, but are also available at the Pōhai Mālama a Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Care Center or other private care homes where the patient resides.  Hawai'i Care Choices also provides free bereavement counseling to any East Hawai'i residents who have lost a loved one (regardless of whether the loved one received hospice care).

“When Hospice of Hilo came in to help us, things got so much better.  We got oxygen, we got the wheelchair, and they really helped to relieve the anxiety that was surrounding our whole situation,” said Julia Hoke, wife of Arthur Hoke, who received Hospice of Hilo care. 

Aloha Chapter Headquarters,

O‘ahu Office    

1130 N. Nimitz Hwy

Suite A265

Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96817


Toll-free phone number:

800-272-3900 (Hawai‘i only)

Phone: 808-591-2771 ext. 8234

Fax: 808-591-9071




Hawai‘i Island Contact: 

Patrick Toal, Big Island Regional Coordinator

Alzheimer's Association, Hawai‘i

The Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter serves all of the Hawaiian Islands. The Chapter office is on Oahu, with county offices on Hawai‘i (the Big Island), Kaua‘i and Maui. They offer support to the caregiver through educational support, empowering and validating their efforts as essential in reducing medical costs, and allowing loved ones to remain at home – keeping families together for a longer period of time.

Would you like FREE assistance completing your Advance Health Care Directive?  Visit the Life Care Center of Hilo at 944 W Kawailani St, Hilo, HI 96720 or call (808) 959-9151.

Aging & Disability

Resource Center (ADRC)

1055 Kinoole Street

Hilo, HI 96720-3872



ADRC Statewide: 808-643-2372

Hilo: 80-961-8626

Kona: 808-323-4390

County of Hawai‘i, Office on Aging

The Office is a designated Area Agency on Aging, enabling the county to receive federal funds through the Older Americans Act of 1965. The Hawaii Aging and Disability Resource Center - houses various State, County and private organizations to simplify your search for aging and disability needs.

The County of Hawai‘i, Office of Aging Mission is:

To establish a comprehensive and coordinated system of services in Hawai'i County that enable older people to live independently and with dignity.

Kamana Senior Center

127 Kamana Street

Hilo, HI 96720


Phone: 808-961-8708


Fax: 808-961-8921


TTY: 808-961-8025



County of Hawai‘i, Elder Activities Division

The Elderly Activities Division provides comprehensive and coordinated services for older individuals, which promote maximum independence, optimum health, personal dignity and self-enrichment. EAD staff offers older adults 55 years and older many educational and recreational choices, various opportunities and services to enhance their quality of life, such as employment, volunteer opportunities, transportation, escort, information and assistance, in-home services (chore, personal care), recreational activities, congregate meals and home-delivered meals and islandwide, statewide, national and international activities (Kupuna Hula, bowling, softball, health fair, etc.).

Nā Kūpuna deserve:

  • maximum independence,

  • optimum health,

  • personal dignity and

  • self-enrichment.

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