Supporting family caregivers in West Hawaii since 1996

It takes a whole community to care for our caregivers.


Starting in 2014, HCCN took on the responsibiity of providing this free national evidence-based program in West Hawaii. Over 120 local family caregivers have developed the skills needed to handle the challenges of caring for a loved one.

A scripted curriculum and detailed training material provide consistency and quality in all PTC classes no matter where they are located.  Participants also receive a copy of The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class.  The book covers a range of topics, including: hiring in-home help; caring for the memory-impaired; legal and financial issues; care facility placement.

Class size is limited to ten participants. A $25 book deposit will be collected at the first class, and refunded upon completion of the six-class series. Pre-registration is required; walk-in registration will not be available.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes are free of charge.  They are presented in West Hawaii as a collaboration between HCCN and University of Hawaii Manoa Cooperative Extension, Mauii, Aging and Intergenerational programs, with additional funding from West Hawaii Healthcare Council, PFI Rubbish Service, Inc., Hawaii Community Federal Creditor Union, AARP and HMSA.

PTC classes will resume when it's safe for us to be 

together again. Please contact us to join our email list, 

and we'll let you know about upcoming classes.

 For full information about Powerful Tools

for Caregivers, visit the national website:


Who are the classes for?

The Powerful Tools for Caregivers program is designed to help 

family caregivers cope with the demands of caring for their 

loved ones with chronic medical conditions.  

          What do the classes cover?

~ Managing stress effectively

~ Practicing self care

~ Coping with guilt, anger and depression

~ Learning to relax

~ Making tough decisions

~ Setting goals

~ Solving problems

What West Hawaii family caregivers say about PTC

The comments below are just a sample of the evaluations

we've received from class participants:

~ I found my hope again knowing there is help and that I can ask for it.

~ I am not alone. There are many others going through this.

~ Every topic targeted real life day-to-day issues.

~ I like the closeness I felt with all who attended.

~ It will give you a profound peace and calm.

~ It was such a mind opening opportunity.