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Volunteer Luncheon Salutes Those Who Serve

Volunteer Luncheon Salutes Those Who Serve

St. Francis Healthcare System hosted their annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on April 20, 2013 at the Hale Koa Hotel.  Organized by Patty Martin, Sallyanne Pekelo, and Betty Coffer of the Volunteer Programs Department, the luncheon was attended by more than 200 volunteers, St. Francis Healthcare System employees, Sisters of St. Francis, and guests.  In his […]

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Take the Stress Out of Traveling with an Elder Loved One

Take the Stress Out of Traveling with an Elder Loved One

Summertime is often travel time.  Graduations, weddings, and family vacations often mean getting in the car, or on a plane, and heading out to where the festivities are located.  Sometimes, travel with an elder loved one, especially one who might be frail or have health issues, can be stressful.  Some elders, who worry about their […]

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Caregiving and Maintaining Friendships

Caregiving and Maintaining Friendships

Caring for a frail or elderly loved one is a labor of love–one that often requires tremendous sacrifices from the caregiver.  One of those sacrifices may be that the caregiver’s friendships are compromised.  The time commitment required from the caregiver to meet the needs of their loved one and see to all their other responsibilities […]

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Worried About an Elder Loved One Living Alone?

Worried About an Elder Loved One Living Alone?

As our loved ones age, we may begin to worry about whether they can live alone.  While our kupuna value their independence and are comfortable in the homes they may have occupied for decades, we may wonder if it’s time to offer support to help them stay independent while attending to their health and safety […]

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Routine Can Help People with Dementia

Routine Can Help People with Dementia

Caring for someone with dementia can be emotionally trying and physically exhausting.  Many people diagnosed from dementia, though, can benefit from sticking to a routine of regularly scheduled activities that can provide structure to their days.  Read the article from agingcare.com that discusses how to use routine daily activities to assist those with dementia to stay […]

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Hyun Underwood Receives National Certification as a Chaplain

Hyun Underwood Receives National Certification as a Chaplain

by Nathan Hokama This week, Hyun Underwood, Manager – Spiritual Care for St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii, will receive her national certification as a Chaplain from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains at its national conference in Pittsburgh. Congratulations, Hyun! Those being accredited must have taken appropriate courses and meet rigorous standards approved by […]

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Welcome to Our New Hospice Volunteers!

Welcome to Our New Hospice Volunteers!

by Nathan Hokama St. Francis Healthcare System recently welcomed more volunteers to serve our hospice patients. They completed the mandatory 16 hours of training last month and are now ready to bring encouragement and cheer to others. In photo: Sallyanne Pekelo (Volunteer Programs Coordinator), Joanne Mahuka, Sunny Mah, Rory McCarthy, Clare Taira (daughter of Wesley […]

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Congratulations to the Sisters Celebrating Their Jubilee!

Congratulations to the Sisters Celebrating Their Jubilee!

by Nathan Hokama The presence and involvement of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities continue to have a positive influence on St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii. We are fortunate to have two jubilarians working among us: Sister William Marie Eleniki, OSF, and Sister Norise Kaiser, OSF, who each recently celebrated 50 […]

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Enfleshing the Love of God to People with Alzheimer’s Disease

Enfleshing the Love of God to People with Alzheimer’s Disease

by Nathan Hokama It can be challenging to demonstrate the love of God to those who may not be able to reciprocate any love in return, who may think you’re a stranger to be feared, or who may even be violent and lash out against you. These are the types of patients and clients St. […]

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Lettuce Rejoice! HeLP’s Aquaponics Program Continues to Grow and Thrive!

Lettuce Rejoice! HeLP’s Aquaponics Program Continues to Grow and Thrive!

by Nathan Hokama  The St. Francis Healthy Lifestyles Program (HeLP) has successfully merged food security, Hawaiian cultural preservation, and health education all into one by offering experiences in aquaponics. Aquaponics is a sustainable system of food production that combines aquaculture with hydroponics.  Aquaculture involves raising aquatic animals such as fish or shrimps, and hydroponics is […]

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