Supporting family caregivers in West Hawaii since 1996

It takes a whole community to care for our caregivers.

Below this section of Big Island support groups, there's a listing of 

current online classes and events for caregivers and other kupuna.

Hawaii Island Alzheimer's 

Support Groups:

Nic Los Banos, our new Big Island coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association, is offering two island-wide supports group on Zoom -- first Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., and third Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. To sign up, contact Nic at 808-518-6649 or email him at [email protected].

Kona Brain Injury Support Group: hosted by Karen Klemme, RN., 

meets on Zoom the second Wednesday of each month 

starting at 6 p.m.

To participate, please email 

kklemme @hawaii.rr.com and she’ll send you details.  This group has been meeting in Kona for 26 years. For more information, search for “Kona Brain Injury Support Group” on Facebook.

Kona Family Caregiver Support Group

meets on second Saturdays at 11 a.m., facilitated by Joann D'Addio, M.Ed., and sponsored by HCCN.  The group is now meeting in a safely distanced outdoor location in Kona, with Zoom also available.  Call Joann at (773) 294-8773, or email her at [email protected] for information.

St. Francis Healthcare System in Honolulu

offers a very interesting range of FREE classes.

Please contact Maylynn Wong, (808) 547-8138 or 

[email protected]

ONGOING, Especially for patients with Parkinson's disease.

Dr. Marie Snyders has been offering Dance for Parkinsons in Kona for several years.  Classes are currently offered online, via Zoom.  For full information, please check this website, https://www.konadanceandperformingarts.org/danceforpd 

(where some of the information is about former live classes).

Local Alzheimer's Association coordinator Nic Los Banos says:  Join me on Wednesday, July 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (HST) to learn about some of the legal and financial issues that may impact persons living with dementia, how to make legal and financial decisions, and ways to put legal and financial plans in place.

While this program is not a substitute for professional legal or financial advice, it is an overview of important issues to consider and viable options to explore.

Register for this Zoom session at: https://tinyurl.com/LFHIJul21

Questions? Need help registering? Let me know.

[email protected]

Check out the calendar for this well-loved community venue in Waimea.  Online, tutushouse.org, or call 


AARP presents a workshop series about the latest COVID-19 information, especially for caregivers.  Dates are May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10 and October 8.  See the panel at the right for signup details.

See the panel on the left for more details about this series. 

 To sign up, use this link:  


Community First:  Advance Health Care Directives,

 June 16, August 1 -- blended online and live (in Kona)

workshop about this important topic


or call Amy Hamane, 443-4033

Contact  Kym Gentry-Peck for details; email her at [email protected], or call 808-494-5193.  You’ll find 

an interesting article about this program in the online 

West Hawaii Today, at


Hawaii Alzheimer's Disease Initiative Virtual Memory Cafe meets on fourth Wednesdays -

Please contact Christy Nishita at [email protected] 

for signup and information.

Alz. Assn. + U.H, Lunch Time series:  

Brain Health, last Thursdays May 27 - July 29

Register:  email [email protected]

Empower and Protect Persons with Dementia


This is a lively website which features teachers from 

all over the Big Island, offering exercise for seniors.  

808B-fit.com  will get you there.

Empower and Protect Persons with Dementia

Senior Medicare Patrol Hawaii 2021 webinar series

on a variety of  topics, from May 17 - June 22.  

Contact: [email protected],  

or call 808-226-4077.