Hospice of Hilo to Offer Presentation for Professionals

Hospice of Hilo will be offering a free presentation for community professionals serving those whose lives are affected by loss  “Grief Touches Everyone.” Participants will meet at Hospice of Hilo’s Community Room located at 1011 Waiānuenue Ave in Hilo, on Wednesday, October 25, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

Facilitated by Hospice of Hilo bereavement counselors, participants will learn about common responses to loss, and how grief can affect adults and children emotionally, cognitively, physically, socially and spiritually. An overview of the organization’s free community Bereavement Services will also be provided.

The workshop is highly recommended for teachers, counselors, case managers, social workers, and caregivers.“ This well organized and informative workshop is a good introduction to grief and the resources that can help,” said a past participant.

To register or for further information contact: Anjali Kala at 961-7306 or email anjalik@hospiceofhilo.org. Please RSVP no later than October 24th.

Hospice of Hilo to Host safeTALK Suicide Prevention Training

Hospice of Hilo will be hosting a safeTALK Suicide Prevention Training sponsored by the State of Hawaii Department of Health, on Saturday, September 30 from noon-4:00pm at the organization’s Community Building located at 1011 Waiānuenue Avenue, Hilo.

This half-day workshop will prepare participants to recognize and support a person with thoughts of suicide. Attendees will become safeTALK-trained suicide alert helpers, which will allow them to move beyond the common tendency to dismiss or avoid talking about suicide. This training will provide instruction in how to properly connect a person with thoughts of suicide to first aid and intervention caregivers. A certified safeTALK instructor along with the support of Hospice Spiritual Counselor, Rebekah Bernard, will facilitate the workshop.

Suicide was the most common cause of fatal injuries among Hawaii residents over the 5-year period 2010-2014, accounting for over one-quarter (908, or 26%) of all fatal injuries, according to State of Hawaii Department of Health data. Suicide was also the leading cause of injury-related death for most age groups — all but the very young and the very old out-pacing car crashes, homicide, unintentional poisoning and drowning. Health data estimates one person dies by suicide in Hawaii every two days.

The training is free, however pre-registration and sign up are mandatory. Please RSVP no later than Thursday, September 28th by calling Volunteer Manager, Jeanette Mochida at (808) 969-1733 or by emailing jeanettem@hospiceofhilo.org

Hospice of Hilo to Host Free Six-Week Grief Support Group

Hospice of Hilo will be offering a free, six-week adult grief support group called, “The Healing Journey”. The group is open to anyone in the community who has suffered a loss. Meetings will be at Hospice of Hilo’s office complex located at 1011 Waiānuenue Ave, Hilo, on Wednesdays from 10:00am to 11:30 am from September 6 through October 11.

“Participants are comforted by the validation of their grief and the knowledge that they are not alone.” said Hospice of Hilo Community Bereavement Counselor and group leader Cathy Hough. “To light memorial candles for their loved ones, write in journals, and to learn about the ways that grief ‘shows up’ empowers them to take charge and navigate their personal journey of loss.”

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A recent participant explained, “Cathy’s commitment and pride in her work are evident. I think anyone could benefit from this class since loss in its many forms is universally experienced.” Healing Journey attendees have commented that the group was very helpful to them, finding it to have a kind and loving atmosphere in which to share their grief. “I use the coping mechanisms provided to this day because my grief journey is an on-going process.”

To participate in the Healing Journey six-week adult support group, please RSVP no later than Wednesday, August 30 to Cathy Hough at (808) 961-7309.

Hospice of Hilo Volunteer Training

Hospice of Hilo is looking to add to its volunteer team and will conduct a training session in June for those members of the community interested in giving a few hours a week to uplift others.  “Hospice of Hilo is an excellent organization to be part of. They treat all patients, as well as volunteers with lots of aloha,” said volunteer, Marion Kittleson-Villanueva.  “I have been a volunteer for over a dozen years. Serving others brings much joy and is an opportunity to give back to our Hilo.”

2017 Hospice of Hilo Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon attendees

New volunteers can choose to provide services like companionship, respite, transportation, light housework, yardwork, or administrative support.  Hospice of Hilo is especially in need of Licensed Massage Therapists who wish to share their gift of care, and volunteers who would like to take a shift on a night or weekend.

Training dates are:  June 20, 22, 27 & 29 from 4:30pm to 8:30pm.  Interested trainees should contact Volunteer Manager, Jeanette Mochida at jeanettem@hospiceofhilo.org or call 969-1733 to arrange a required pre-training interview.

Hospice of Hilo provides specialized comfort care for patients facing a life-limiting or serious illness.  Services are delivered to patients in their place of residence from Laupahoehoe to South Point, Ka‘u, or at the Pōhai Mālama a Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Care Center.  In addition to hospice services, Hospice of Hilo also provides free bereavement counseling to any and all residents who have lost a loved one (regardless of whether the loved one received hospice care). For more information about Hospice of Hilo visit www.hospiceofhilo.org or call 969-1733.

13th Annual Celebration of Life at Wailoa State Park

Hospice of Hilo will host its 13th Annual Celebration of Life at Wailoa State Park on Sunday, April 30, 2017.  “Celebration of Life is a beautiful and profound ceremony.  Walking together is uplifting, and watching the twinkling lights from the lanterns as they float down the river is a moving sight,” said Community Bereavement Counselor, Cathy Hough.

Attendees can purchase a commemorative lantern in memory of a cherished loved one. “We use lanterns as a symbol to help people remember loved ones are always in their hearts.  Watching the lanterns glide on the water also helps those in grief express emotion, and provides a shared experience with others, reminding participants that they are not alone on their healing journey,” said Bereavement Counselor, Anjali Kala. In addition, participants can dedicate a 2-mile walk around Wailoa State Park while raising funds to support compassionate care in East Hawai‘i.

“The cost of delivering the care our community needs often exceeds the reimbursements received from insurance companies,” said Hospice of Hilo CEO, Brenda Ho.  “Donor support of our programs through events like Celebration of Life helps provide the wheelchair and the oxygen, reduces a family’s anxiety in the face of illness, brings comfort to patients in pain, and helps children in grief smile again.”

Those interested in registering for the walk, or purchasing a lantern, can do so online at www.hospiceofhilo.org, by calling Lisa Kwee at (808) 969-1733, or at the event.  Luminaries are $20 before event day, and $25 if purchased at the celebration. Live Entertainment will be provided by Darlene Ahuna, Doug Espejo and Boni Narito, and Keaukaha’s – The Kipapas. ‘Ono food will be available for purchase.  Prizes will be awarded to walking teams and individuals who raise the most funds. Registration opens at 3:30 pm on event day, with the walk beginning at 5 pm, and the luminaries will make their way down the river at 7 pm.

Hospice of Hilo Seeking Volunteers for “Light Up a Life” Events

Hospice of Hilo invites individuals and groups to provide volunteer support for its 27th annual “Light Up a Life” event hosted at the two Prince Kuhio Plaza Macy’s from November 25th to December 24th.

Rotary Club of South Hilo Members, Jim Nakagawa and Rosemary Linden, Volunteer for the 2015 Hospice of Hilo Light Up a Life event at the Prince Kuhio Mall Macy’s.

Rotary Club of South Hilo Members, Jim Nakagawa and Rosemary Linden, Volunteer for the 2015 Hospice of Hilo Light Up a Life event at the Prince Kuhio Mall Macy’s.

Each year, during the holiday season, Hospice of Hilo sets up a Tree of Remembrance at each of the two Macy’s entrances in the mall allowing the community to honor loved ones by hanging a personalized commemorative ornament on the tree.  For many, the ornaments are a symbolic connection with loved ones and a reminder that they remain alive in our hearts.

Community volunteers are needed to provide support at the tables from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and are scheduled to provide service in 2-3 hour shifts.  Volunteers are asked to provide a loving presence for those shoppers who wish to decorate and hang an ornament.  Donations are accepted for the ornaments, but are not required.  Volunteers are requested to assist any person who chooses to donate by accepting cash, check or credit card on behalf of Hospice of Hilo.

“Volunteers are vital to the annual ʻLight Up a Lifeʻ, helping with ornaments, being caring hearts, listening to stories and honoring the memories of loved ones in our community. We couldn’t do it without their support,” said Volunteer Manager Jeanette Mochida.

Hospice of Hilo provides specialized comfort care for patients facing a life-limiting or serious illness.  Services are delivered to patients in their place of residence, or at the Pōhai Mālama a Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Care Center.  In addition to hospice services, Hospice of Hilo also provides bereavement counseling to any and all residents who have lost a loved one (regardless of whether the loved one received hospice care).

If you, or your group, is interested in supporting compassionate care in East Hawai‘i call Lisa Kwee at 969-1733, to sign up.

Hospice of Hilo Launches Hawaii Palliative Care Center

Hospice of Hilo has launched the Hawai‘i Palliative Care Center (HPCC) at the Pōhai Mālama a Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Care Center.

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HPCC will provide a team dedicated to meeting the complex care needs of individuals diagnosed with a life-threatening, and in many cases, a life-limiting illness. This service will partner with patients’ existing physicians and specialists, and alongside current treatments, to help patients and families navigating the healthcare system, address pain and symptoms, and clarify care planning options.

“Health care is complicated and there are many people unnecessarily suffering because they are not receiving the kind of comfort care, pain management, and navigational support they need,” said Hospice of Hilo CEO Brenda S. Ho. “We hope to offer an extra layer of support that will help patients and families find peace in the chaos of their serious illness.”

According to the Center to Advance Palliative Care, the program’s goal is to, “improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support [… ] it is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment.”

Hospice of Hilo has recruited Dr. Frances Spector to serve as the Palliative Care Physician of HPCC and Joanne Potts as the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. Dr. Spector brings over 40 years of Palliative Care experience and was previously the Medical Director of Hospice Care at the Kaiser Permanente, Oakland Medical Center.

HPCC includes a physician’s office, a patient exam room, and a reception area. Prior to HPCC, palliative care services were non-existent in the acute and long-term care facilities in the community spanning Laupahoehoe to South Point.

“Since the overall population in the service area is relatively small, the best option to provide this service was to create a partnership between Hospice of Hilo and the East Hawai‘i Region of Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation,” said Ho.

Through this collaboration, the HPCC team will also offer palliative care consultation services and support for patients and their families in both the acute and long term care departments at Hilo Medical Center, Ka‘ū Hospital, Hale Ho‘ola Hāmākua, and Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home.

“Our patients need more support when they are diagnosed with a life-threatening or life-limiting disease,” said East Hawai`i region Hawaii Health Systems Corporation CEO Howard Ainsley. “Many of these patients would benefit greatly from comprehensive pain and symptom management and care coordination as they seek curative treatment. This is why we strongly support Hospice of Hilo’s efforts to create the only Palliative Care Center on the island of Hawai`i.”

More information can be found at www.hospiceofhilo.org or by calling (808) 934-2913.

Hospice of Hilo Sponsors Youth and Teen Bereavement Camps

Hospice of Hilo will be having free, four-week youth and teen bereavement camps at its Pōhai Mālama a Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Care Center located at 590 Kapi‘olani St. in Hilo.  The youth camp is for children ages five to 11 and will meet from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm every Tuesday starting January 21 and going to February 11.  The teen camp is for ages 12 to 17 and will meet from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm every Wednesday starting January 22 to February 12.

Hospice Youth Camp

“Grief is a normal response to death and loss. Within every child and adult there is a natural ability to respond to great loss. Each person chooses his/her individual path for expressing grief. Any death is emotional and disruptive for an adult; it can be devastating for a child,” said Hospice of Hilo Children’s Bereavement Counselor Fujio Sato.

“In a relaxed, supportive, open and safe environment, the youth and teens work with professionals to learn positive ways to share their feelings related to their loss and learn new ways to cope,” said Community Bereavement Counselor Cathy Hough.

Pre-registration is required for each camp.  No charge to participants. For more information or to register call Fujio Sato at 969-1733.

 

Hospice of Hilo Inviting Public to Open House

Hospice of Hilo is inviting the public to tour its Pōhai Mālama a Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Care Center on Wednesday January 22, located at 590 Kapi‘olani Street in Hilo.  The first open house will be at 9:00 am and the second tour will be at 5:00 pm.

Hospice of Hilo

Hospice of Hilo

The 14, 140 sq ft  inpatient care center was completed and opened in 2012 and recently received its Medicare Certification.  “The Pōhai Mālama a Harry & Jeanette Care Center was built to serve the community and it’s important for us to open it up to the community so they know it is there for them,” said Hospice of Hilo Development, PR, and Education Coordinator, An Umamoto.

The care center features 12 private suites each with its own lanai that looks out onto the garden.  It also houses one of the finest art collections on Hawai‘i Island.  “A lot of planning and details went into the care center to ensure that it would be a place where individuals and families could really feel at home, and find comfort in their time of need,” said Hospice of Hilo CEO Brenda S. Ho.  The care center is also home to the newly launched Hawai‘i Palliative Care Center, the only one of its kind on Hawai‘i Island.

Since 1983, Hospice of Hilo has been serving East Hawai‘i from Laupāhoehoe to South Point, Kā‘u, through it’s home care program, bereavement program and most recently the inpatient care center and the Hawai‘i Palliative Care Center.   After the initial open house on January 22, Hospice of Hilo will carry on with tours on the second Wednesday of each month at 9:00 am and 5:00pm.  “We are open to scheduling individual and group tours at other times.  Groups can also organize brown bag lunch meetings at the center to learn more about Hospice of Hilo and our services as well,” said Umamoto.

For more information call 969-1733.

Hospice of Hilo Celebrates with 24th Annual Light Up a Life

Hospice of Hilo is celebrating the Holiday Season by lighting up the Trees of Remembrance at its 24th Annual Light Up a Life.  The trees are at the two entrances of Macy’s at the Prince Kuhio Mall from now until December 24th from 10:00 am to 8:00pm.  “Everyone is invited to place a commemorative ornament with the name of a loved one on the tree.  The ornaments are a very meaningful way to pay tribute to those we remember and love,” said Hospice of Hilo Spokeswoman, An Umamoto.

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This year, Hospice of Hilo asked the Kuwaye Family to do the honor of placing the first ornament of the season on the tree in memory of Yasuo Kuwaye, who received hospice services.  “We feel real special to be asked to be the first family and so thankful to have had Hospice of Hilo’s services,” said wife, Anako Kuwaye.

The Kuwaye family, which included daughter Frances Chow, son Wayne Kuwaye, Daughter-in-law Carol Kuwaye, sister Sue Toyama and wife Anako Kuwaye, gathered around Hospice of Hilo Chaplain, Phillip Jones, as a he led them in a short memorial commemorating the life of Yasuo Kuwaye.

Light Up a Life is a community event raising funds for Hospice of Hilo’s programs.  There is a suggested $10.00 donation for creating and hanging an ornament, however, no one will be denied the opportunity to honor a loved one.  For more information about Light Up a Life or any of Hospice of Hilo’s programs call 969-1733.

 

Aiona Car Sales Donates Proceeds of Car Sale to Hospice of Hilo

In support of Hospice of Hilo, Aiona Car Sales sold a 2006 Mercedes Benz M-Class ML350 and donated all the proceeds to Hospice of Hilo.  The car, with only 58,000 miles, sold for $10,000.

“We’re so grateful to the Aiona family in their support of our programs that help patients and families live better by bringing them care and comfort in their time of need,” said Hospice of Hilo CEO Brenda S. Ho.

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In 1998 Aiona Car Sales opened its doors to the community and has been delivering on its mission of providing quality vehicles at a fair price. The Aiona family has had personal experiences with hospice care and deeply believe in its mission and work.  “Hospice is an amazing service.  They do great things for our community.  This is our way of giving back for the care they have provided for our family and the many, many `ohana throughout our community.  We’re lucky to have Hospice of Hilo here and are proud to support what they do,” said Pat Aiona, Sr.

Since 1983, Hospice of Hilo has been ensuring that every life is touched by compassionate care, helping individuals and families find comfort and sense of peace during their time of need.   Currently Hospice of Hilo runs a Home Care Program, an inpatient care center, a bereavement program for adults and children, and a Pre-Hospice Transitions Program, and is opening up Hawai‘i Islands first Palliative Care Center in January 2014.

 

Hospice of Hilo to Offer Free Grief and Holiday Season Workshop

On Wednesday November 20 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Hospice of Hilo will be offering Grief and the Holiday Season, a free community workshop.

The Hospice of Hilo Staff

The Hospice of Hilo Staff

The workshop will be held at the Hospice of Hilo Community Center located at 1011 Waianuenue Avenue.  “As the days get shorter and the shadows of the season grow longer, managing grief can get more and more challenging; especially during the holidays.  Questions of how do we begin to fill the emptiness we feel when it seems everyone else is overflowing with joy seems to arise for many going through the process of losing a loved one,” said Hospice of Hilo Community Bereavement Counselor, Cathy Hough.

“There is often a tremendous amount of anxiety and apprehension for single parents about spending their first holiday season with out the other parent,” said Hough.  At the workshop participants will learn coping strategies and enjoy making a commemorative art project.  According to Bereavement Counselor Anjali Kala, “Creating rituals and traditions can often help as a coping tool.  It is also a way for kids to feel involved and incorporate their ideas.”  The workshop is open to all who have experienced the loss of a loved one.  For more information or to sign up please call Cathy Hough at 969-1733.

Hospice of Hilo Sponsors Youth and Teen Bereavement Camps

Hospice of Hilo will be having free, four-week youth and teen bereavement camps at its Pōhai Mālama a Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Care Center located at 590 Kapi‘olani St. in Hilo.  The youth camp is for children ages 5 to 11 and will meet from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm every Tuesday starting September 10 and going to October 1.  The teen camp is for ages 12 to 17 and will meet from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm every Wednesday starting September 18 to October 9.

Photo courtesy Hospice of Hilo

Photo courtesy Hospice of Hilo

“Grief is a normal response to death and loss. Within every child and adult there is a natural ability to respond to great loss. Each person chooses his/her individual path for expressing grief. Any death is emotional and disruptive for an adult; it can be devastating for a child,” said Hospice of Hilo Children’s Bereavement Counselor Fujio Sato.

“In a relaxed, supportive, open and safe environment, the youth and teens work with professionals to learn positive ways to share their feelings related to their loss and learn new ways to cope,” said Community Bereavement Counselor Cathy Hough.

Pre-registration is required for each camp.  No charge to participants. For more information or to register call Fujio Sato at 969-1733.

Hospice of Hilo Invites the Public to Help Celebrate 30th Anniversary

Hospice of Hilo is inviting the public to come help celebrate its 30th Anniversary with a Mahalo Party at the Prince Kuhio Plaza on Saturday August 24, from 10am to 2pm.  The event will include games and activities for the whole family, information about Hospice of Hilo, prizes, live entertainment and cake.

“The party is our humble way of thanking the community for all the trust it has given us over the years.  We truly want everyone to know we’re here for them and they don’t have to do it alone,” said Hospice of Hilo spokesperson, An Umamoto.

Hospice Thirty Years

For 30 years, Hospice of Hilo has compassionately cared for the end-of-life needs of the East and South portions of the Big Island from Laupāhoehoe to South Point, Ka‘ū.  Hospice of Hilo has grown from four volunteer staff members working out a small cottage on Waiānuenue Avenue to an organization with 84 staff members and over 200 volunteers, an office complex and the new inpatient care center, the 12 suite 14,140 sq ft Pōhai Mālama a Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Care Center, the first one of its kind on a neighbor island.   “Through all the changes over the years we’ve been able to, with the support of the community, stay anchored to our core of helping individuals and families live better through our home care program, inpatient care center, bereavement counseling and pre-hospice Transitions Program,” said Umamoto.

“Hospice of Hilo exists to serve the East Hawai‘i community, and we are so honored to have the continued support and trust of those we serve.  We would not be here today without your help and we cannot thank you enough,” said Hospice of Hilo CEO, Brenda S. Ho.

For more information, please visit, www.hospiceofhilo.org.

 

Hospice of Hilo Honors Its Volunteers During Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

National Volunteer Week was April 21 – 27, 2013 and Hospice of Hilo honored its core of dedicated volunteers who provide support, companionship and dignity to members of the community facing serious and life-limiting illness at its Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.

Hospice of Hilo honored it's volunteers last week.

Hospice of Hilo honored it’s volunteers last week.

“Volunteers have expressed their gratitude at being allowed to touch the hearts of Hospice of Hilo patients. They continue to set a great example of the honor and privilege of serving. We recognize, acknowledge and honor the 2000+ hours they have given in 2012 towards the service of the terminally ill,” said Hospice of Hilo Volunteer Manager, Pearl Lyman.

Hospice of Hilo volunteers often serve patients and families at the bedside but they also assist in the office, help raise awareness, contribute to educational programs, and provide fundraising support and more.

“They are truly the heart of our organization. We are so very grateful for all the volunteers give to ensure that each and every member of our community facing a life-limiting illness knows that they don’t have to face the journey alone and that with hospice care they can live better,” said Hospice of Hilo CEO, Brenda S. Ho.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that there are an estimated 450,000 hospice volunteers providing more than 21 million hours of service to hospice programs each year. More than 1.65 million patients in the U.S. are cared for by hospice every year.

“Helping others is what I like to do and I believe there is no better way than to be there for them when they are facing the end of life,” said Hospice of Hilo Volunteer, Susan Pauole.

If you are interested in becoming a Hospice of Hilo volunteer, please call Pearl at 808-969-1733. More information is also at www.hospiceofhilo.org.

HMSA Presents $60,000 Check to Hospice of Hilo

The Hawaii Medical Services Association (HMSA) Vice President of Customer Relations Mike Sayama presented a $60,000 check to Hospice of Hilo today.

HMSA Vice President of Customer Relations Mike Sayama (left) presented the check to CEO Brenda Ho (middle) and Board President James Nakagawa (right).

The money on behalf of the HMSA Foundation, will help support the soon to be opened Hawai‘i Palliative Care Center housed in the new 14,140 square foot Pōhai Mālama a Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Care Center.

Hospice of Hilo Seeking Volunteers for Light Up A Life Festival

Hospice of Hilo is looking for volunteers to help with its 23rd annual Light Up a Life hosted by Macy’s at the Prince Kuhio Plaza from November 23 to December 24.

Hospice of Hilo is seeking volunteers for it’s “Light up a Life” ceremony

“Each year, during the holiday season, we set up a Tree of Remembrance at each of the two Macy’s entrances in the mall to allow the community to honor loved ones by hanging a personalized commemorative ornament on the tree,” said Hospice of Hilo Volunteer Manager, Pearl Lyman.  She continues, “The ornaments are a symbolic connection with our loved ones and a reminder that they  remain alive in our hearts.”

Community volunteers are needed to provide support at the tables from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  and are scheduled to provide service in 2-3 hour shifts. “Volunteers are a vital to the Annual Light Up a Life, for over 22 years they have been at the tables helping with ornaments, being caring hearts, listening to stories and honoring the memories of loved ones in our community.  We couldn’t do it without these wonderful people,” said Lyman.

Please call Pearl Lyman at 969-1733 to volunteer your time at any one of the Trees of Remembrance.

Hospice of Hilo Looking for Volunteers

Hospice of Hilo is looking for volunteers willing to be a part of its team, providing compassionate end-of-life care and support to the East Hawaii community. The next volunteer training session will be on August 18th & 25th from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

According to Volunteer Manager, Pearl Lyman, “Hospice of Hilo volunteers are called upon to perform an array of supportive services; including patient care and feeding, respite care, bereavement care, transportation, companionship, shopping, errands, active listening and reading, as well as office administrative support, community education and public relations.  And now with the opening of the Pōhai Mālama a Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Care Center there will also be a need for cooking, gardening and even playing the piano.”

Lyman goes on to say, “Our volunteers give so much, and ask for so little. They meet the families where they’re at and they journey with them through the unknown. I am so lucky to work among these wonderful people.”

For volunteer, Nancy Molitor, it’s all about, “Caring for all humanity.”

To find out more about becoming a Hospice of Hilo Volunteer please contact Pearl Lyman at (808) 969-1733 or email pearl@hospiceofhilo.org to arrange a pre-training interview.