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Social Workers' Month

Posted on March 25, 2021

Ask the Expert

This month, we are putting the spotlight on April Wubbens, a senior member of the team.

March Makana Pono

Posted on March 25, 2021

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

For almost a decade, Mike Kuo, RN, has taken care of our Islands Hospice patients in the Inpatient Unit (IPU) at Palolo. Mike provides care for ohana who require a higher level of attention than can be given at home or a facility.

Maui Corner: Kehau Watari

Posted on March 25, 2021

Maui Corner

Meet Kehau – a brand new member of the Islands Hospice Maui Team.

February Makana Pono

Posted on February 24, 2021

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

Islands Hospice RN Agnes Villanueva grew up with four foster brothers and witnessed how her parents cared for them with unconditional compassion and understanding. “My parent’s compassion has allowed me to see first-hand the power of what kindness, love, and understanding can do for the recipient and the giver.”

Maui Corner: Jomarie V. Pascua

Posted on January 25, 2021

Maui Corner

Jomarie V. Pascua is a CNA with our Maui team. Get to know her better here!

January West Oahu Hospice Hero

Posted on January 24, 2021

Hospice Hero

“It brings me warmth to see a patient and their family get the help they need, just in time,” Ashley explained. “I guess you can say this is my way of being able to connect with the families we work with.”

January Town Hospice Hero

Posted on January 21, 2021

Hospice Hero

Jillian Garcia never thought she could handle the emotional toll of working in hospice care, but she believes it's what she’s meant to do. “Working with people at the end of their life is a remarkable thing,” explained Jillian. “We all come into this world and we are all are going to leave it at one point or another, and I get to be a part of these people’s journey, which is an honor.”

Volunteer Spotlight: Christian Won

Posted on January 21, 2021

Volunteer Spotlight

Christian’s involvement at Islands Hospice dates back to when he was a college student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He had heard of the excellent care his grandfather received at Islands Hospice and saw our call for volunteers.

January Makana Pono

Posted on January 7, 2021

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

As a veteran himself, and a member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Paul understands just how valuable nonprofits can be to help cut heroes and families cut through the red tape to obtain the benefits and resources owed. He selected DAV to receive his $5,000 Makana Pono contribution.

December Makana Pono

Posted on December 28, 2020

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

For a child with a critical illness, making a wish come true can do so much more than lift spirits. Make-A-Wish Hawaii has granted thousands of wishes to Hawaii’s keiki over the years and our Makana Pono awardee has chosen to help direct her $5,000 donation to Make-A-Wish to bring more wishes to life.

December Town Hospice Hero

Posted on December 24, 2020

Hospice Hero

A life-changing event helped set Aaron on a path to help others pass away peacefully with no regrets.

December West Oahu Hospice Hero

Posted on December 23, 2020

Hospice Hero

He didn’t go into hospice care until he saw the type of compassionate care his Dad received from Islands Hospice.

Ten Questions with Mary Jane Domingo

Posted on December 22, 2020

Maui Corner

Mary Jane Domingo works as an intake coordinator with our Maui Team.

November Makana Pono

Posted on November 24, 2020

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

Lanakila Multipurpose Senior Center (LMPSC) is a much-needed hub for seniors. It is a place for exercise, socialization and education. Located in Kalihi, it is the largest senior center in the state, serving nearly 1,500 seniors. With COVID-19 presenting new challenges, especially for our kupuna, Islands Hospice Social Worker, Iris Hashimoto, selected the senior center to direct her $5,000 Makana Pono donation.

Maui Corner: Malia Gomes

Posted on November 24, 2020

Maui Corner

Get to know our Maui Team!

November Town Hospice Hero

Posted on November 18, 2020

Hospice Hero

Sometimes it's the little actions we take that make all the difference. As a Licensed Practical Nurse, Janice Raping could not have anticipated the reaction she received for her small act of kindness.

November West Oahu Hospice Hero

Posted on November 17, 2020

Hospice Hero

Taking care of your elders is a large part of Filipino culture. Throughout his childhood, John 'Jaqi' Ibbay watched his mother care for his grandparents until they passed. While the responsibility was stressful at times, he remembers the joy that taking care of them brought to her. "It made me realize that caring is unconditional," Jaqi explained.

Volunteer Spotlight: Roy Hamada

Posted on November 11, 2020

Volunteer Spotlight

Music can provide sweet reprise and escape during an otherwise hectic year. It seems like we need music more than ever during the pandemic, and for hospice patients, it can make a world of difference. As services and care have changed to ensure our patients' health and safety, Islands Hospice volunteer musicians have also had to pivot their performances to digital platforms.

Keeping team spirit high this holiday season

Posted on November 7, 2020

Ask the Expert

We all managed the last few months in different ways, which is why, for me, NOW is the best time to talk about Team Spirit.

October West Oahu Hospice Hero

Posted on October 22, 2020

Hospice Hero

Through her personal experience, she understands the impact that compassionate care can have on a patient’s life and their families. Hence, she strives to give patients the best quality of life and peaceful departure while offering families the support they deserve.

October Makana Pono

Posted on October 22, 2020

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

It’s because of these agencies and their critically needed services, Islands Hospice Social Worker, Jesseca Guerreiro, is directing her Makana Pono donation to Ala Kuola, an organization that once helped her and her son escape an unsafe relationship.

Volunteer Spotlight: Michael Elabaroza

Posted on October 22, 2020

Volunteer Spotlight

Before moving to Hawaii and joining Islands Hospice as a volunteer, Michael shared his musical gifts with hospice patients on the mainland for over 20 years.

Maui Corner: Gloria Bennett

Posted on October 21, 2020

Maui Corner

Get to know our Maui team!

What's the deal with EQ?

Posted on October 16, 2020

Ask the Expert

In a nutshell, emotional intelligence is generalized awareness for our feelings and the feelings of others. EQ

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